When I train managers as coaches I always ask them to respect the power of coaching questions and to recognize the possibility that what starts as an innocuous, business related conversation, may lead to the unveiling of a deeper issue. Coaching managers would be advised to develop at least a little insight into the signs of abnormal psychology. Consider for example, that most commonly diagnosed form of mental disorder; thought to affect about 1% of the population at some point - schizophrenia. It is a popular misconception that schizophrenia means a split personality. This is not true. It is actually a generic term for a group of psychotic disorders characterized by disturbance of personality, loss of contact with reality and so on. Let's look at how the condition might be described and the symptoms one might expect to be present. Firstly we'll consider Schneider's first rank symptoms (1959): Thought Disturbances: Typical symptoms under this heading include Word Salad - bizarre verbal association and Clang Associations - linking words by sound rather than meaning Auditory Hallucinations: This is the classic "I heard voices", where the sufferer believes some external force is directing them to do something over which they have no control.
Imagine how hard it would be if your version of reality did not seem to coincide with what the general public believed to be reality. Living each day with hallucinations and hearing voices inside your head that are really not there. For millions of people around the world this is a normal day. They live, or try to live, their lives in the best way possible while suffering from schizophrenia. There are jokes made but the ugly reality is far from joking. It can devastate a person, his or her job, family and personal interactions with other people. Sometimes it can mean prolonged time in an institution. In the past this disease was not understood and as a result the individuals afflicted with schizophrenia were often locked away in an insane asylum for most of their lives. The treatment methods were barbaric and did not have a positive outcome for the patients. In this article we will cover the basics of schizophrenia and what it could mean to you as either a patient or a family/friend of someone diagnosed with this illness.
The spice curcumin continues to attract attention and study for both Alzheimer's prevention and possible Alzheimer's treatment. First identified as a possible reason for the lower incidence of AD in India, the more we learn about this unique spice, the more interesting it becomes. Technically, "Curcumin (diferulomethane) is an identified yellow pigment and potent polyphenolic antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties, found in organic solvent extracts from turmeric root powder used in Indian curries." Popularly, Curcumin is the part of the spice turmeric which gives curry its distinctive yellow color. It has been valued for its medicinal properties and used in Indian medicine for centuries. Turmeric, from which it comes, is extracted from the root of a plant from the ginger family. The plant grows wild in the Himalayas. Although a regular ingredient in spicy dishes, turmeric powder itself has a subtle, almost bland, taste. Today scientists are finding that curcumin contains natural substances that inhibit the growth of and even actually dissolve the beta amaloid plaques that are the hallmark indicator of Alzheimer's disease.
If you feel your child has any of the early warning signs of autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) you need to act RIGHT NOW to start the evaluation process. Several medical professionals may be required to get the proper diagnosis. It's going to take time to see all these specialists and your child does not have the time to waste! Start with your pediatrician - Tell them your concerns, and be as specific as possible. If the pediatrician wants to see your child before making a referral, make the appointment for as soon as possible. No matter how old you child is, don't let them take a wait-and-see approach, or wait until the next regularly scheduled check-up visit. Until the appointment, keep a log of all the behaviors that concern you; what they are, when they occur, and with what frequency. Pediatricians are an important doorway to the initial testing your child needs. Just do not expect them or any of the specialists you meet with to be knowledgeable about the real causes of ASD or to know that there are effective treatment options.
Master Energy Intuitive (M.EI) You may end up rolling your eyes but first I ask that you listen with an open mind. All I'm about to share with you has come to me because of my passion for health and healing. Always there looms the question, "Why?" For instance, why are so many in this country plagued with depression and anxiety? And, recently more than ever before, why does it seem there are so many more crimes against humanity? There are so many terrible things that human beings do to themselves and each other think about the genocides on foreign soil, the "road rage", murder and rape. The exploitation of children. The horrors of post-partum depression and the anorexia-bulimia syndrome. The escalating teen suicides and campus shoot outs. Even young children are spinning out of control, a threat to other children and even their own parents. And so much depression chaining its victims to drugs. The rampant mental health debacle knows no social barriers. Bi-polar disorder strikes rich and poor alike.
Over the past two decades there has been a stunning increase in the use of antipsychotic medications for children. In the US, doctor visits for antipsychotic treatment increased from 201, 000 in 1993 to 1, 224, 000 in 2002. Eighteen percent of youth visits to psychiatrists involved antipsychotic treatment; 92% of antipsychotics prescribed were second generation from 1993 to 2002. Antipsychotic drugs are approved by the FDA for use in children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Tourette's syndrome, however the only approved antipsychotic for children are Haldol (haloperidol), generic thioridazine, and Orap (pimozide, for Tourette's), which are first generation antipsychotic drugs. Doctors do have the discretion to prescribe drugs for indications other than those approved by the FDA. Doctors treating children with mental disorders often do just that, prescribing psychotropic drugs in children for uses not approved by the FDA, in many cases cheered on by representatives of the companies that make the drugs that they are prescribing.
Hearing news about ADHD is not surprising these days because there are just so many cases of the condition that have been reported. In fact, when you find a news article on ADHD on the web, or a child with ADHD is featured on a TV program, you would find these ordinary. What's surprising about the condition, though, is that adults can also be afflicted with it. Yes, there are indeed adult ADHD cases that have been reported. What's more, they are quite many in number! Just in America alone, there have been over 12 million cases of ADHD in adults that have been reported. However, when it comes to diagnosing the condition in adults, the process is a bit more difficult when compared to that of diagnosing children. The fact that not much research has been done on adult ADHD yet contributes to this difficulty. Another reason for this difficulty is the fact that the symptoms manifested in ADHD in children are quite different from those that are manifested in adults. Thus, you cannot really compare the conditions quite concretely at all.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a terrifying and deeply disturbing result of being thrust into life threatening event. The results often last decades without relent. High anxiety levels, uncontrollable anger, depression, nightmares and flash backs are all the domain of PTSD and the victim often feels like he or she has just been forgotten because it is difficult for anyone else to understand. PTSD occurs most often as a result of war, rape, natural disaster or serious accident. Up to 40% of men and women who are thrust into a battle zone will end up with symptoms of PTSD. When they come home their families also cop the damage that is done, trying to understand the extreme mood swings, the anger and the depression and withdrawal. Suicide occurs is three times more likely in the children of PTSD victims that other children. So the effects are frighteningly widely felt. Often the victims take a long time to come to terms with the onset of the problem because they see being effected by it as weak and not becoming for the image of a tough battle hardened soldier.
Alzheimers disease robs you of intellectual and social abilities and interferes with regular life. About 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimers Disease. The disease usually affects seniors over the age of 65. As the population ages this number is expected to quadruple. There is no cure for Alzheimers disease. There is progress being made by researchers to improve the quality of life for those who have Alzheimers. Drugs are being discovered and studied which may lead to treatments of the disease. If you have been a caretaker of a loved one with Alzheimers disease, or have a loved one suffering with it, you know that it takes patience and love to keep you and them going. If you think a loved one may be showing early signs of Alzheimers Disease, what should you look for? One of the most prominent signs of Alzheimers Disease is forgetfulness. It starts out with occasional forgetting simple directions or recent events. It progressively gets worse until the patient may forget even family names and objects they see every day.
The disease can begin many years before it is eventually diagnosed. In its early stages, short-term memory loss is the most common symptom, often initially thought to be caused by aging or stress by the sufferer. Later symptoms include confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and the general withdrawal of the sufferer as his or her senses decline. Gradually the sufferer loses minor, and then major bodily functions, until death occurs. Although the symptoms are common, each individual experiences the symptoms in unique ways. The duration of the disease is estimated as being between 5 and 20 years. More than 4.5 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer's disease and by 2050, the number could increase to 13.2 million. Approximately 65, 800 victims die and 350, 000 new cases of Alzheimer's disease are diagnosed each year. America is not alone in dealing with this terrible affliction. In every nation where life expectancy has increased, so has the incidence of Alzheimer's disease.