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Mental Health Awareness Month and Mental Illness Awareness Week - Free Depression or Anxiety Tests

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, during which the free National Anxieties Disorders Screening Day is held. Consider what Kim Bassinger, Marc Summers and football great Earl Campbell have in common. They have all suffered from an anxiety disorder, America's most common mental illness. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, nearly a quarter of the American adult population will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. Unlike normal worries, these individuals can experience a variety of symptoms which can include spontaneous panic attacks, endlessly checking and rechecking their actions, persistent, uncontrollable worry and social anxiety, which interferes with their lives. The symptoms of anxiety disorders are characterized by fear and anxiety that appear for no apparent reason. Anxiety disorders include Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Natural Treatment for ADHD or ADD

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. ADHD is not caused by poor parenting, too much sugar, or vaccines. This condition is diagnosed approximately three times more often in boys than in girls. It is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by pervasive inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity and resulting in significant functional impairment. ADHD is linked to an imbalance in the chemicals used to regulate mood, behavior and energy level in the body. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. Children who are successfully treated for the disorder live happier, more secure lives, and are better able to succeed in their educational and career goals. Symptoms include excessive worry, fear, or panic, which can also lead to physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Symptoms of this condition will appear over the course of many months, and include Impulsiveness a child who acts quickly without thinking first.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD ?

A child who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) finds it very difficult to pay attention, and is easily distracted. They are also impulsive, and have seemingly endless energy. An ADHD child is often very talkative and fidgety, has a hard time taking turns, and can struggle socially. ADHD children have a hard time staying with one task for any length of time, and have difficulty in a school structure; in fact ADHD behavior is most noticeable once a child has started school. The structure of a classroom setting can be extremely challenging for a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They may have a hard time sitting at their desk, keeping their hands to themselves and completing assignments. Because an attention deficit hyperactive child is impulsive, they can say inappropriate things at inappropriate times. The ADHD child often struggles academically and is often are the child who is always in trouble. It is estimated that up to 5% of school age children suffer from ADHD.

The Different Stages Of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a form of memory loss which degenerate the nerve cells in the brain. It is progressive in nature and the rate of progression differs from patient to patient. The progression of the disease is divided into four stages based on the different types of functional impairments at the different stages. Predementia: This is the first stage of Alzheimer's disease. A detailed testing of the brain's structure and functions can bring forward some kind of cognitive difficulties up to eight years prior to development of Alzheimer's disease. The most common difficulties at this stage are short term memory loss and inability to grasp new information. Early Dementia: In this stage the loss of memory and learning power, along with a small proportion of language, executive or visuoconstructional difficulties, start becoming prominent. However, all the memory sub-capacities like older memories, facts learned, how to do regular activities are not affected to a great extent. The language problem is marked by loss of vocabulary and reduced fluency of words which leads to degradation of written and oral language.

Statistics of Autism in China

Autism is called 'zi bi zheng' and considered of a tpye of mental disability in China. There's no diagnosis of autism in China until the 80s of 20 century, which is 40 years late comparing to international society. Even by far, there's only about 100 doctors in China who can diagnose autism expertly. In a survey of the year 2001 with 60 thousand of children from 0 to 6 years old included, they put mental disability into the list for the first time. The result of this survey was that there were about 104, 000 children with mental disability in China by then, with 15000 new patients every year, of which autism was on the top of the list. It is widely agreed that autistic people account for 4 of the whole population. According to this formula, China may has 5.23 million of autistic people, even if the ratio is 1, there's still 1.3 million people with autism. According to WHO statistics, there are about 600, 000 to 1.8 million children with autism in China. But some scholars believe that the number might be from 1.

Four Things You Need to Know About Your Child's Autism

Autism is the epidemic of the future. Where once rates of autism were as low as 1 in 20, 000 only a few decades ago, they are not only 1 in 125, and getting higher every single year. Doctors are trying to find out the causes of autism in an effort to cure it, but the progress is slow, and autism is appearing in more and more children with each passing year. As a result, many are learning how to deal with autism and beginning to network with each other to find solutions to autism problems. Here are just some of the things you need to know about your child's autism. 1. You need a whole new set of parenting skills with an autistic child because autistic children will often not receive pleasure from simple games like peek-a-boo and hide and seek. As a result, they will not usually come running when you call them. Do not get stressed with this, because the more stressed you are, the more stress they will have and that is a dangerous situation for an autistic child. 2. You should focus on the strengths of your autistic child and help them improve on their weaknesses.

Alzheimer's Treatments And How They Work

A neurological disease thought to be the most common form of dementia in the elderly, Alzheimer's disease is incurable. Treatment, however is possible and can alleviate the symptoms to some extent ' which can ease the heavy burden faced by caregivers for Alzheimer's patients. There are both pharmaceutical and non-drug treatment options for Alzheimer's disease. First, it is vital for the caregiver to understand that the Alzheimer's patient does not act the way that they do intentionally. Anger and depression are common behavioral changes exhibited by sufferers, and knowing and coping with this is a large part of Alzheimer's treatments. A non-drug method of Alzheimer's treatments is to aid the afflicted in adapting to their situation and their surroundings. Alzheimer's patients often have a hard time dealing with loud noises and unfamiliar situations. If the caregiver can make some accommodation to fit the environment to comfort the patient, this can be very helpful to patient and caregiver alike.

Autism Causes - Genetics and Environment

As far as we know today, most cases of autism or the related autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are not like a typical inherited disease - where a damaged gene is responsible for causing the symptoms. The inherited aspects of autism are best understood as an increase in susceptibility. This means children with autism are born with genes that leave them more sensitive to damage inflicted by their surroundings. However, the fact that the incidence of autism (the number of people diagnosed or receiving treatment) has increased dramatically since the early 1980's strongly suggests genetics alone cannot be responsible. Some say that the troubling increase in the rate of autism is just a result of better diagnosis. There may be some truth to this, but since 1956, there has been a pretty good set of criteria used to diagnose autism called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Although it has been improved over the years, it has not changed much since 1994 and the rate of autism diagnosis has only increased since then.

How To Defend Against Psychic Attacks Without Really Trying

I don't know about you. But I am sure these psychic attacks are out there. Successful people who are goals orientated can be pushy and impatience. They can cause you anxiety and stress if you happen to be in the ambit of their firing center. Their aggressiveness can cause grievances which can spiral unintentionally to the people around you. Where am I leading with these horror feelings. Someone may end up "Kicking The Cat" - Zig Ziglar. For those who are unaware of this story, here is a brief summary and whilst you are reading through, you can measure the spiral effect. The kicking the cat story is about a person having a bad day and passing those negative feeling to others. It goes like this: Jim is mad because the morning traffic has caused him to be very late to work. Shortly after getting to work he starts yelling at his assistant about a report he needs. Alice, the assistant, calls the manager who has not turned the report in on time. In a very forceful manner, Alice tells the manager to get the report over to her immediately.

Autism Diagnosis and Evaluation

As a part of the diagnosis of autism or one of the autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs), you should get a neuropsychological evaluation which spells out in plain English the developmental deficiencies your child has. You have probably recognized many of these problems yourself and the evaluation should accurately reflect your observations since you know your child best. However, you might find yourself exaggerating your child's capabilities and getting angry when the evaluation claims your child can't do something you know they can. This is the natural parental defense mode kicking in, but you must try to avoid this tendency. It is VERY important to get a good and objective clinical appraisal. The neuropsychology evaluation should contain the results of a parent interview and the results of an inventory filled out about your child. The Conner's Parent Rating Scale-revised(S), the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale are common and important components to a complete neuropsychological evaluation.

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