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May, 2015

anxiety disorders symptoms in adults

anxiety disorders symptoms in adults Anxiety is a physical and psychological reaction to something that is seen as threatening. Anxiety is a normal human reaction that in some cases can be beneficial. For example, when going to a job interview, feelings of anxiety can make a person more alert. However, when the feelings of anxiety […]

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how to help schizophrenic people

how to help schizophrenic people If the person you care for sees or hears things that you do not see or hear, or speaks to himself or to ‘voices’:  Keep calm  Try to distract the person if you can by: involving the person in something interesting; offering something to look at (e.g. magazine); […]

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schizophrenia definition and symptoms

schizophrenia definition and symptoms Schizophrenia is a mental illness, which is characterized by profound distortions in the person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The person starts to see the world very differently from the way they normally do and from the way others see it. The person loses touch with reality. Schizophrenia can happen to anyone […]

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how can you help someone with depression

how can you help someone with depression  DURING DEPRESSED MOODS Please refer to the advice for depression which is given earlier in this chapter. DURING MANIC PERIODS Avoid argument and confrontation unless necessary to prevent harmful acts. The person you care for may be convinced that he or she is right, although to you and […]

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mania symptoms list

Mania is an emotional state of intense energy and hyperactivity with no apparent reason. People who have mania will experience some of the following:mania symptoms list  Feeling elated and euphoric  Sudden changes in mood, such as being irritable and quarrelsome  Great difficulty in sleeping  Being overactive and excessively energetic  Changes […]

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Bipolar affective disorder or manic depression

Bipolar affective disorder or manic depression The term bipolar affective disorder is used for people who experience depressive, manic or mixed episodes (characteristics of depression and mania together) at different times. People usually recover and have a period of stability between episodes. Depressive episodes are far more common and tend to last longer. Manic episodes […]

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How can you help the person with depression?

How can you help the person you care for? A person with depression is not lazy or weak because they find it ‘difficult to get out of bed’ or because they do not find anything ‘worthwhile or pleasurable’. They cannot just ‘snap out of it’, ‘pull themselves together’ or ‘get better with a good holiday’. […]

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depression symptoms checklist

Depression is one of our most common emotions. It is common to experience feelings of sadness and tiredness in response to life events such as losses or disappointments. In most cases, as people come to terms with changes in life, the sad feelings resolve. In situations such as bereavement, these feelings may continue for months […]

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affective disorders definition

affective disorders definition Affective disorders are mental health problems that are characterized by abnormal changes in the person’s mood. They include depression, mania and bipolar affective disorder (formally known as manic depression). Paul is 22 and has severe intellectual disabilities. He lives with three other men with intellectual disabilities in a house that has 24-hour […]

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health screening assessment

As people with intellectual disabilities often do not report illnesses, it can be useful for you to arrange regular health screening with the person’s GP or practice nurse. This will help identify treatable problems with vision or hearing, obesity, skin infections, diabetes and other conditions. Also, it isimportant for you to review care at times […]

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