Mental

Update 1st October -

Vitamin 'may prevent memory loss'

Older people with lower than average vitamin B12 levels were more than six times more likely to experience brain shrinkage, researchers concluded. The University of Oxford study, published in the journal Neurology, tested the 107 apparently healthy volunteers over a five year period. Some studies suggest two out of five people are deficient in the vitamin.Read More

Pain Is Common in Parkinson's Disease

Nearly 70 percent of patients with Parkinson's disease report pain, which is significantly higher than the frequency of pain in healthy controls, according to a brief report in the Archives of Neurology.Read more

Update 1st September

Ageing and mental health

Old age can be a time for relaxation and reflection, achieving long-held ambitions or taking up new interests. Most older people remain in good mental health until the end of their days. But for many, especially the millions of people living in extreme poverty, old age can bring increasing stress, worry and depression. Read More

The Mysteries and Benefits of Sleep

In a study published in May, researchers at Harvard and McGill universities reported that participants who slept after playing this game scored significantly higher on a retest than those who did not sleep. While asleep they apparently figured out what they didn't while awake: the structure of the hierarchy that linked the pairs.Read More

You’re Checked Out, but Your Brain Is Tuned In

Even the most fabulous, high-flying lives hit pockets of dead air, periods when the sails go slack. Movie stars get marooned in D.M.V. lines. Prime ministers sit with frozen smiles through interminable state events. Living-large rappers endure empty August afternoons, pacing the mansion, checking the refrigerator, staring idly out the window, baseball droning on the radio.Know more

Update 1st August -

Memory Loss with Aging: What's Normal, What's Not

Information is stored in different parts of your memory. Information stored in the short-term memory may include the name of a person you met moments ago. Information stored in the recent memory may include what you ate for breakfast. Information stored in the remote memory includes things that you stored in your memory years ago, such as memories of childhood.Read More

Update 15th May -

Are Your Loved one’s Memory Lapses Merely Awkward? Or Are They More Serious?

Are your loved one’s memory lapses merely awkward? Or are they more serious? For the first time ever, your mother forgot your birthday. Back from a recent vacation, your father can’t recall what sites he visited. More and more, your aunt mixes you up with your siblings. Sure, none of us are as young as we used to be. And as we watch our loved ones grow older we expect to see a little decline in memory.Read More

Hard to achieve retirement peace and quiet

Apart from health issues, isn't anxiety supposed to diminish after retirement? Well, perhaps it does, or maybe it merely shifts focus. Back when I had a job, lesser irritants hardly registered; I had bigger fish to fry. Nowadays, niggling matters nag at me, loom larger. Indecision hovers. Tasks I used to tackle with fervour I now reconsider and debate with myself about whether or not they're worth the effort.Read More

Psychological & Mental Health

Unfortunately, late-life depression is usually confused with the effects of the multiple illnesses associated with this age and the medication used for their treatment, or it is consider normal among elders. However, it must be emphasized that depression is NOT a part of the normal aging. Read More

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly:

The difficult changes that many elderly individuals face— such as the death of a spouse or medical problems—can lead to depression, especially in those without a strong support system. But depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging. In fact, most seniors are satisfied with their lives despite the challenges of growing old. Read More

Age-Related Memory Loss:

For most people, memory lapses are a normal part of ageing, not a warning of serious impairment. There are many ways you can improve your cognitive skills and keep memory loss from disrupting your daily life. Read More

Sleeping Well As We Age:

Age alone does not cause sleep problems. Disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Instead, poor sleep habits and conditions such as untreated sleep disorders, medications, or medical problems can accumulate and compound to result in sleeplessness. This article will help you understand the causes of sleep problems and provide tips to help you sleep well. Read More

INDIAN DISABILITY AND ASSESSMENT SCALE (IDEAS)

A scale for measuring and quantifying disability in mental disorders.The Persons with disability act 1995 includes mental illness as disability. The persons with mental illness are eligible to avail all the benefits under the persons with disability act 1995. The disabled people need disability certificate showing more than 40% disability from the competent authority to avail the benefits. Patients with only the following diagnosis as per ICD or DSM criteria are eligible for disability benefits: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.Read in Detail

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