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UNDERSTANDING ANGER

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Are you famous for your short temper? Do you have a short fuse or find yourself getting into frequent arguments and fights? Anger is a normal, healthy emotion, but it’s unhealthy when it flares up all the time or spirals out of control. Chronic, explosive anger can have serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind.

The good news is that getting anger under control is easier than you might think. With a little insight into the real reasons for your anger and some effective anger management tools, you can learn how to express your feelings in healthier ways and keep your temper from hijacking your life. Please cont act us now for help. 318- 670- 8858, FAX 318- 670- 8947.

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WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

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We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.

Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don't feel sad at all—they may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic, or men in particular may even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.

Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.

Are you depressed?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.

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• you can’t sleep or you sleep too much

• you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult

• you feel hopeless and helpless

• you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try

• you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating

• you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual

• you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior

• you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)

Signs and symptoms of depression

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that's when it's time to seek help.

Common signs and symptoms of depression

• Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.

• Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.

• Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.

• Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).

• Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.

• Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.

• Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.

• Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.

• Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.

• Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

 

HOW IS ADD / ADHD DIAGNOSED ?

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Your pediatrician will determine if your child has ADHD using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Connors or Vanderbilt rating scales are often used to screen for certain behavior patterns. For example, the child’s teacher may note difficulty staying seated and excessive talking in the classroom, while the parents may note inability to complete tasks or disorganization at home. The process involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. ADHD is a clinical diagnosis; there are no lab tests or imaging studies to determine whether a child has ADHD. To confirm a diagnosis of ADHD, symptoms:

-Occur in more than one setting, such as home, school, and social situations and cause some impairment

-Significantly impair your child’s ability to function in some of the activities of daily life, such as schoolwork, relationships with family members and friends or in their ability to function in groups such as sports teams

-Have continued for more than 6 months

Often ADHD is detected around age 5-6 years; however, mild forms of the condition (especially in girls) may not be noticed until the early teen years. It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children younger than 4 years because of rapid changes in their development. Your pediatrician will do a thorough medical history and physical examination. He will screen for other conditions that may affect the child’s behavior and mimic ADHD:

-Intellectual disability (mental retardation)

-Developmental disorder such as speech problems, motor problems, or a learning disability

-Chronic illness being treated with a medication that may interfere with learning

-Trouble seeing and/or hearing

-History of physical/sexual/or emotional abuse

-Major anxiety or depression

-Severe aggression (mood disorder)

-Possible seizure disorder

-Possible sleep disorder

Referral to a subspecialist may be needed for the above conditions. For an accurate diagnosis, the pediatrician will need information from the school to assess the child’s behavior in the classroom; his learning patterns; how long the symptoms have been a problem; how the symptoms are affecting the child’s progress at school; ways the classroom program is being adapted to help the child; and whether other conditions (being bullied, etc.) may be affecting the symptoms. In addition, the pediatrician may want to see report cards, standardized tests, and samples of your child’s schoolwork. Other caregivers (grandparents, etc.), former teachers, religious and scout leaders, or coaches may also have valuable input.

THE SYMPTOMS OF ADHD

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ADHD is genetic, neurobehavioral disorder that affects about 10% of the population. If a parent has ADHD, there is a 75% chance that one of their children will have the condition also. ADHD is a life-long condition, progressing into adulthood. Children with ADHD will have many of the following symptoms:

• Inattentive, daydreams

• Does not listen

• Easily distracted from work or play

• Is disorganized

• Frequently loses a lot of important things

• Does not follow through on instructions or finish tasks

• Is in constant motion, as if “driven by a motor”

• Cannot stay seated

• Frequently squirms and fidgets

• Excessive talking

• Frequently acts and speaks without thinking

• Cannot wait his/her turn

• Impatient

• Blurts out answers

• Interrupts others

Sometimes a teacher is the first to notice these symptoms or perhaps questions from the pediatrician raises the issue. At routine visits, pediatricians often ask questions such as

• How is your child doing in school?

• Are there any problems with learning that you or your child’s teachers have seen?

• Is your child happy with school?

• Is your child having problems completing class work or homework?

• Are you concerned with any behavior problems in school, at home, or when your child is playing with friends?

If your child has shown symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis for more than 6 months, discuss further evaluation for ADHD with your pediatrician.

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick.

Causes »

Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. It usually starts between ages 15 - 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs more often in relatives of people with bipolar disorder.

Types of bipolar disorder:

• People with bipolar disorder type I have had at least one manic episode and periods of major depression. In the past, bipolar disorder type I was called manic depression.

• People with bipolar disorder type II have never had full mania. Instead they experience periods of high energy levels and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as mania (called hypomania). These periods alternate with episodes of depression.

• A mild form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia involves less severe mood swings. People with this form alternate between hypomania and mild depression. People with bipolar disorder type II or cyclothymia may be wrongly diagnosed as having depression.

In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following may trigger a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder:

• Life changes such as childbirth

• Medications such as antidepressants or steroids

• Periods of sleeplessness

• Recreational drug use

Signs and symptoms

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people experience abnormally elevated (manic or hypomanic) and, in many cases, abnormally depressed states for periods of time in a way that interferes with functioning. Not everyone's symptoms are the same, and there is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder.

Symptoms »

The manic phase may last from days to months. It can include the following symptoms:

• Easily distracted

• Little need for sleep

• Poor judgment

• Poor temper control

• Reckless behavior and lack of self control

o Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use

o Poor judgment

o Sex with many partners (promiscuity)

o Spending sprees

• Very elevated mood

o Excess activity (hyperactivity)

o Increased energy

o Racing thoughts

o Talking a lot

o Very high self-esteem (false beliefs about self or abilities)

• Very involved in activities

• Very upset (agitated or irritated)

These symptoms of mania occur with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, the symptoms of mania are similar but less intense.

The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:

• Daily low mood or sadness

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

• Eating problems

o Loss of appetite and weight loss

o Overeating and weight gain

• Fatigue or lack of energy

• Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty

• Loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed

• Loss of self-esteem

• Thoughts of death and suicide

• Trouble getting to sleep or sleeping too much

• Pulling away from friends or activities that were once enjoyed

There is a high risk of suicide with bipolar disorder. Patients may abuse alcohol or other substances, which can make the symptoms and suicide risk worse.

Sometimes the two phases overlap. Manic and depressive symptoms may occur together or quickly one after the other in what is called a mixed state.

Exams and Tests »

Many factors are involved in diagnosing bipolar disorder. The health care provider may do some or all of the following:

• Ask about your family medical history, such as whether anyone has or had bipolar disorder

• Ask about your recent mood swings and for how long you've had them

• Perform a thorough examination to look for illnesses that may be causing the symptoms

• Run laboratory tests to check for thyroid problems or drug levels

• Talk to your family members about your behavior

• Take a medical history, including any medical problems you have and any medications you take

• Watch your behavior and mood

Note: Drug use may cause some symptoms. However, it does not rule out bipolar affective disorder. Drug abuse may be a symptom of bipolar disorder

Dobi Healthcare Services will try to find out what may have triggered the mood episode. We may also look for any medical or emotional problems that might affect treatment.

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SCHIZOPHRENIA

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SCHIZOPHRENIA

Nobody knows for sure what causes schizophrenia. Research suggests that schizophrenia may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. An imbalance in these chemicals can cause messages in the brain to get mixed up. Scientists believe that schizophrenia, like many other illnesses, results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Symptoms of schizophrenia

Positive symptoms are extra feelings that usually are not present. Examples of positive symptoms include:

• Distortions in thought content (delusions)

• Hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, or smelling things that do not exist (hallucinations)

• Disorganized speech and behavior

Negative symptoms are a lack of behaviors or feelings that usually are present. Examples of negative symptoms include:

• Losing interest in everyday activities, such as bathing, grooming, or getting dressed

• Feeling out of touch with other people, family, or friends

• Lack of feeling or emotion (apathy)

• Having little emotion or inappropriate feelings in certain situations

• Having less ability to experience pleasure

There are things you can do to help manage your schizophrenia symptoms. Quickly contact Dobi Healthcare Services to help you .Work with our doctors and our treatment team to learn more about the full range of schizophrenia symptoms you might experience and to develop a treatment plan that works for you.


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What Happens With Too Much of Worrying?

 

Worrying is a general feeling of uneasiness that creeps in when any situation or problem is too much of a concern to you. This is accompanied by a constant thought as to what might happen that keeps coming back to us again and again. All of this leads to anxiety or even panic as long as we are awake.

OUR PHILOSOPHY AND GOAL

At DOBI HEALTHCARE SERVICES, it is our goal to provide positive, effective and individualized services to the individual in a least restrictive environment that allows the individual to experience improvement,or stability of symptoms of mental or emotional disorder. Individuals in the program experience improvement in their ability to reach their potential, improve quality of life, and overall life satisfaction, while reducing the need for more restrictive services.

Treatment at DOBI HEALTHCARE SERVICES are determined through evaluation by licensed child and adolescent psychiatrist or licensed psychologist or clinical social worker.