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April, 2014

Forces influencing the mental health of the elderly

Forces influencing the mental health of the elderly Phenomena throughout the world may impinge upon the mental health of the elderly directly and/or through mediating variables such as family care. For example, war and displacement may directly contribute to psychiatric morbidity, including psychoses,behavioral disturbances, substance abuse and suicide among the elderly and also limit the […]

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suicide rate in china

suicide rate in china. According to Sainsbury suicide rates peak around 65-75 years of age for males in industrialized countries and a decade or so earlier for women. In bothcases this coincides with the time when the individual'sprimary role in society is declining. Most countries follow this pattern of increasing suicide with age,but there are […]

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non organic mental health disorders

non organic mental health disorders. Data on non-organic disorders specifically among the aged in countries of the developing world are limited. The studies reviewed below describe the burden of non-organic mental health problems among adult populations (often including the elderly) and elderly populations in the developing world.Even in adult populations, few studies are comparable because […]

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organic disorders in psychology

Organic disorders Researchers have studied incidence and prevalencerates for dementia in different areas of the world,including North America, Europe, Scandinavia,Russia, Japan, China, Singapore and Australasia. Most studies indicate higher prevalence ratesof Alzheimer's disease (AD) in comparison to vasculardementia in North America and Europe. On the otherhand, Russia, China and Japan reveal the oppositepattern. Researchers in […]

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Mental Health Issues in the Elderly

MENTAL HEALTH OF THE ELDERLY In the absence of many rigorous large-scale epidemiological studies examining mental healthamong the elderly in Africa, Asia (with the exception of China) and Latin America, we include mainly small studies in this review. Comparisons among thesesmall-scale studies are difficult because they differ interms of purpose (i.e. measuring different types of […]

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social stress acts as a risk factor for mental disorders

The goal of understanding how social stress acts as a risk factor for mental disorders in urban populations may be pursued onseveral levels. Effects of infrastructure (population density, accessto green space), economic issues (rates of employment, workingconditions), environmental pollutants (air pollution, noise, toxins,light) and social conditions (social coherence, density of socialnetworks) need to be considered […]

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Stress-related risk factors in urban environments

At present, social networks are subject to profound transformation.Electronic communication enables many individuals tomeet friends without personal contact. However, it seems unclearwhether these virtual social networks exert similar effects onhealth outcomes as the real-world encounters. This issue seems important, since socialnetwork size is reflected by the amygdala, a brain structure that isinvolved in governing the […]

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Social stress risk factor for mental disorders

During evolution, processing and performing complex social interaction emerged as a key factor driving the development of larger brains in primates and humans.Social skills that are necessary for profiting from diversification of knowledge, for refining commercial relationships or for building tactical alliances in order to expand power, substantially contributed to the success of the human […]

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Urban-rural differences in mental disorder risk

Despite the general health advantage of city dwellers, incidence(the rate at which new disease events occur in a population) and prevalence (the number of events, e.g., a given disease, in a given population at a designated time) of specific mental disorders seemto be increased in this population. Meta-analytic studies report thatamong individuals living in cities, […]

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mental health disorders in the elderly population

The mental health of the world's elderly is an increasingly important issue as the numbers of aged grow at unprecedented rates. Most discussion of demographics regarding countries in the developing world has traditionally focused on issues, such as high birth rates and low life expectancies, relating tonon-elderly parts of the populations rather than on issues […]

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