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September, 2013

Why are physical complaints relevant to mental health?

 There is a strong relationship between mental illness and physical complaints. People with mental health problems come with physical complaints for many reasons: • Worry and tension can make a person tense his muscles for long periods. This makes the muscles tender and painful. A good example of this is the ‘tension’ headache as a […]

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Positive thinking: a different way of looking at life

Positive thinking: a different way of looking at life One of the main reasons why some people become depressed when faced with difficult situations is that they see life in a negative way. It is very helpful to identify such negative thinking and encourage the person who has attempted suicide to see how the same […]

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The person with multiple physical complaints Physical complaints are the commonest reasons for seeking help from a health worker or doctor. Many symptoms, such as fever or cough, can be explained as medical problems. However, there are some complaints for which it is often difficult to find any medical explanation. Examples of such complaints are: […]

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dealing with elderly people with disturbed behaviour

Things to remember when dealing with elderly people with disturbed behaviour • Disturbed behaviour in the elderly can be caused by dementia, psychosis, confusion or depression. It is important to try to identify depression, psychosis or confusion since these should be treated first. • Alzheimer’s disease is the commonest cause of dementia. There is no […]

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dealing with dementia behaviors

dealing with dementia behaviors Practical tips for dealing with disturbed behaviour in dementia General tips • Establish a daily routine. This will make life a lot simpler because you will know what is to be done, how often, when and so on. • As far as possible, let the elderly person be independent. For example, […]

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how to deal with dementia

Dementia is a progressive and terminal disease. It is essential that you should diagnose this disease only if there is clear evidence (as described below). Questions to ask the family or friends • When did you first notice a problem? Often, a relative will recall symptoms starting several months or years before help was first […]

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Why is diagnosis of dementia important?

As with any other illness, knowing why a loved relative is behaving in a strange manner can make the burden less stressful. The carers can be taught what to expect in the years ahead and plan for the future. It is also important to note that in a few elderly people the dementia is caused […]

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How does dementia affect the family?

How does dementia affect the family? The elderly are treated with respect and love in most families. When an elderly person starts behaving in an unusual manner, it causes the family a great deal of distress. The person may forget who his closest relatives are. Aggressive behaviour, agitation and confusion, and sexually inappropriate behaviour cause […]

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When should you suspect dementia?

When should you suspect dementia? Suspect dementia when an elderly person: • is brought with complaints of disturbed behaviour; • is forgetting things more than usual; • has been confused or agitated or aggressive for more than a month. From Mental health articles, post When should you suspect dementia? Post Footer automatically generated by wp-posturl […]

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Dementia in developing countries: why is it important?

Alzheimer’s disease is the commonest cause of dementia. It is a label that is well recognised in the developed countries of Europe, North America and in Japan. Why? Because these nations have a significant proportion of older people. Developing countries, on the other hand, have had a relatively small proportion of older people and a […]

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