Sleep disorders and it’s symptoms

Sleep disorders and it’s symptoms

Sleep disorders are often misunderstood and many people do not know what they are. Sleep is an important process in our lives because it helps us to be healthy, active, and well-rested. Sleep problems can affect your health, relationships, work performance, moods, safety when driving or doing other tasks that require attention or coordination like using power tools. They may also increase the risk of developing depression or anxiety disorders if left untreated. Sleep disorders include insomnia (inability to sleep), hypersomnia (excessive sleeping), narcolepsy (falling asleep during the day), restless legs syndrome (also known as Willis-Ekbom disease) periodic limb movement disorder(PLMD) which causes involuntary movements while sleeping caused by a problem with the central nervous system.

Sleep issues are connected to both physical and psychological difficulties.

Importance of seep

The importance of sleep is often underestimated in our society because people tend to focus on waking hours when they need energy, but sleep deprivation has been linked to increased risk for developing insomnia. The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that more than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems.

Sleep deprivation impairs the body’s ability to heal, slows metabolism which can cause weight gain and is linked to an increased risk of stroke. Lack of sleep also affects your immune system because it causes higher levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) which reduces white blood cells making it harder for the body to fight off infections.

Sleep deprivation is also linked with obesity because sleep loss may lead you to eat more high-carbohydrate, processed food and less healthy foods like fruits and vegetables which can cause weight gain. Sleep problems such as insomnia or nightmares affect your moods and relationships leading people who suffer from these disorders into depression if left untreated.

People who are sleep-deprived tend to make poor decisions, have trouble concentrating and remembering information. They also take more risks which can be dangerous in many situations like driving or operating heavy machinery when you may not be able to concentrate or pay attention because of lack of sleep.

There are two distinct types of sleep that occur in a cycle every three to five nights:

  1. non-REM sleep is the first type. During this stage, your body goes into a restful state as you slip into unconsciousness and lose awareness of your surroundings. Your heart rate and breathing slow down. Your blood pressure stabilizes, muscles relax, body temperature drops, and your brain waves become slower. During this stage of the sleep cycle you are likely to dream but not remember them in detail because it is during non-REM sleep that memory consolidation occurs through a process called “memory processing”. This is the time when your brain organizes and makes sense of the information you collected during the day.
  1. Stage two is called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep because it’s characterized by movements of eyes that occur in unison with vivid dreams. Your breathing becomes more rapid and irregular and blood pressure rises as well as your heart rate which may become irregular; your muscles become temporarily paralyzed which prevents you from acting out your dreams. It is during REM sleep when most of our dreaming occurs and it’s also believed to play an important role in learning, memory processing, emotion regulation, and self-repair processes
  1. The last stage of the cycle is non-REM deep sleep or slow wave sleep (SWS) which is characterized by very slow brain waves. The body begins to repair itself, growing cells and tissue while boosting the immune system function.

Consequences of Lack of Sleep and Coexisting Conditions

If you do not get enough sleep, your body will produce higher levels of cortisol, which can make it harder to manage stress and increase the risk for developing anxiety disorders.

(Stay tuned as we’ll keep writing more content until this article is complete!) A lot of people suffer from insomnia or other related conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders affect millions of people all over the world and have negative consequences on mental health as well as physical health. People who suffer from insomnia or other related conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome can’t live a normal life and may not be able to work properly if left untreated for too long.

Insomnia Disorder

Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping. The main symptom of insomnia is having difficulty falling asleep. Other symptoms include waking up too early, not being able to sleep for the whole night, or restless leg syndrome that may disrupt your nights.

Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep every single night despite an adequate opportunity to sleep in a dark quiet room during normal sleeping hours; difficulties can be measured as:

* the inability to fall asleep in 30 minutes or less on most nights (or after a shorter sleep duration on some days)

* waking up too early and being unable to go back to sleep quickly almost every morning.

People with insomnia may complain of:

difficulty falling asleep at night, trouble staying asleep through the entire night, waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep, feeling tired upon waking in the morning.

Insomnia may be caused by or associated with:

sleep deprivation due to lifestyle choices (e.g., staying up late watching television), mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety, certain medications including some used for treating Parkinson’s disease, however it can also be a symptom of another sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

Treatment for insomnia may include lifestyle changes (e.g., avoiding caffeine), medications to help with sleeping, CBT treatment or other forms of psychotherapy.

(We are almost done writing this article on Sleep Disorders !) If left untreated, insomnia can have serious consequences on your health.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing pauses during sleep. People with obstructive sleep apnea have trouble breathing when they’re asleep and snore loudly at night which can affect their sleeping partner too.

The main symptom of this disorder is loud, disruptive snoring that disturbs others’ rest or leads to morning headaches.

People with obstructive sleep apnea describe feeling tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day because they are not well rested. Symptoms may be worse when lying down at night due to fluid pooling in your throat and nasal passages that blocks airways. Other symptoms include frequent awakening from snoring, gasping for air while sleeping, morning headaches, dry mouth or throat upon waking in the morning.

The disorder is caused by a blockage that keeps air from getting into your lungs and can be diagnosed with an overnight sleep study called polysomnography (sleep study). Treatment for this disorder may include losing weight if you are overweight, using breathing devices such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), lifestyle changes, surgery or dental appliances.

If left untreated for too long, obstructive sleep apnea can cause serious health problems like heart attack and stroke because of the lack of oxygen supply to your brain during night time.

Other Sleep Disorders

Non-Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Arousal Disorders: a sleep disorder where people wake up from sleep but feel tired and sleepy upon waking in the morning.

Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Arousal Disorders: a condition where you suddenly wake up from your sleep, often with gasping or panicked breathing, during periods of very deep sleep.

Restless Leg Syndrome [RLS]: a neurological movement disorder characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs.

Non-Cardiac Chest Pain: a form of chest pain that is not related to pressure or squeezing in your chest cavity due to heart disease; it can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux, muscle strain and lung cancer among others.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea [OSA] is a sleep disorder where you stop breathing for short periods of time while sleeping.

Conclusion: We hope this article has helped to clarify what sleep disorders are and how they can be treated. If you think that you might have a sleep disorder, call our doctors today for help!

Social phobia

Social phobia

Social phobia is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by an intense fear and avoidance of social situations. If you suffer from this condition, it can be difficult to make friends or get a job. Many people with social phobia also experience performance anxiety when they are in public speaking engagements or meeting new people. This blog post will teach you everything that you need to know about social phobia so that your life becomes easier!

It is a condition that can affect people in different ways, and it usually starts when they are young. It has been estimated that about 13% of the U.S population will suffer from a social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. This post will help you understand what is, how to recognize its symptoms and take steps to recover if you think you might be suffering from this type of mental illness.

Definition of social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is a mental illness that causes an intense fear of being judged by others. It’s also known as social phobia or social anxiety. This article will tell you everything you should know about this condition, including the signs and symptoms, treatment options, coping strategies for everyday life problems, and more.

Definition of social anxiety disorder

Symptoms of social phobia.

People who experience social phobia often:

– Have a fear of looking foolish in front of others.

– Avoid talking, eating, drinking, or writing in front of other people.

– Isolate themselves from their friends and family to avoid any possible embarrassment.

– Think that they might lose control or embarrass themselves by entering into a screaming fit or laughing at an inappropriate time.

– Stomach aches before making phone calls or giving presentations at work.

– Have negative self-talk.

Social phobia can be a debilitating condition that makes it hard for someone to live life the way they want.

What are examples of social phobias?

– Social Anxiety Disorder

– Shyness

– Panic disorders including Agoraphobia and/or panic attacks

Social phobia is so much more than just shyness. It can be debilitating, yet people who have it are often reluctant to seek help because they don’t realize the impact social anxiety has on their life. That’s why we’re here!

Can social phobia be cured? What are it’s treatments?

Social phobia can be cured with the help of different therapies and medications.  The therapy that is most often recommended for social phobia treatment includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). With the help of CBT, you will be able to understand your thoughts and learn how to manage them. Medications are also helpful in addressing some symptoms related to social anxiety disorder, such as panic attacks or muscle tension.

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Is social phobia the same as social anxiety?

No, social anxiety disorder is the official term that has replaced “social phobia.” Social anxiety includes symptoms of fear and worry about being judged or embarrassed by others in any type of social situation—most often occurring during interactions with strangers.

What is extreme social phobia?

Social phobia is an anxiety disorder that makes you feel afraid of what others think about your actions, causing distress in different social situations. People with this condition often fear embarrassing themselves or other people by doing something out of the ordinary. It can affect all kinds of activities and interactions such as eating in front of others, speaking to strangers, dating, or public speaking.

People with social phobia tend to believe that others are constantly watching and harshly judging them, which causes them to feel bad.

Conclusion: We hope that this blog post has been helpful for you! If you would like to learn more about social phobia, or if you think that this condition applies to your life in any way, please contact our doctors today. Thank you again for reading!

Somatic Symptom Disorder | diagnosis and treatments

Somatic Symptom Disorder | diagnosis and treatments

It is a common misconception that Somatic Symptom Disorder is not a real illness. In reality, it is the most prevalent chronic pain disorder in the world according to Dr. Robert S. Andresen who specializes in Somatoform and related disorders at Baylor College of Medicine.

Somatic Symptom Disorder has been a controversial diagnosis since it was first introduced into DSM-IV in 1994 due to its vague definition of “somatic symptoms”. This blog post will cover everything you need to know about Disorder from its diagnosis and treatments!

Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with Somatic Symptom Disorder, you must have at least one somatic symptom that has been present for more than six months. This symptom cannot be the result of a known physical or mental illness. You can also suffer from any number of unexplained symptoms which are categorized as “somatic” when they persistently bother and affect your daily life. Somatic symptoms can include physical pain, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction to name a few.

Oftentimes people will be diagnosed with somatization disorder instead of Symptom Disorder if their symptoms have been going on for less than six months or are being caused by an underlying mental illness such as depression or anxiety

symptoms 

The major symptoms include pain, gastrointestinal problems (e.g., diarrhea), sexual symptoms (e.g., vaginal pain during intercourse) and pseudoneurological complaints (e.g., dizziness, fainting).

These symptoms can be difficult to recognize as related to the psychiatric disorder; diagnosticians and patients should be aware that these symptoms can result from a general medical condition.

People who suffer from somatic symptom disorder typically visit a general practitioner rather than a psychiatrist or other mental health expert.

While it typically begins during early adulthood, it is not uncommon for symptoms to begin in childhood.

Somatic Symptom Disorder can be found in people of any age, race or gender.

Somatic Symptom disorder affects approximately one to two percent of the general population and about half of the people in primary care.

Somatic Symptom Disorder is more common than many other mental disorders such as schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

It can be difficult to diagnose  because it shares symptoms with a number of different conditions including conversion disorder, OCD , anorexia, hypochondria and depression.

Treatment

While there is no known cure for Somatic Symptom Disorder, the symptoms can be treated with medications, therapy, hypnosis and biofeedback techniques.

Patients who suffer from Somatic Symptom Disorder can benefit greatly from therapies that teach coping strategies to reduce stress in their lives.

While research has not found specific treatments for somatization disorder, cognitive behavioural therapy is highly recommended by experts as a treatment option.

Many patients are treated with antidepressants to help relieve their symptoms.

If your doctor diagnoses you with Somatic Symptom Disorder, don’t panic! It is a common and highly treatable disorder that can be managed by therapy or medication.

Related conditions

  1. Illness anxiety disorder: Individuals with illness anxiety disorder are preoccupied or anxious about having a serious medical condition. Similar to somatic symptom disorder, the symptoms of this mental health condition involve physical complaints that cannot be explained by any known medical diagnosis
  2. Hypochondriasis: People who suffer from hypochondria believe they have an undiagnosed ailment despite several medical examinations proving otherwise
  3. Malingering: Malingerers pretend to be sick in order to avoid work or other responsibilities
  4. Conversion disorder: This mental health condition is characterized by a loss of, or change in function that has no known medical explanation. The symptoms are neurological and often involve blindness, paralysis, seizures, numbness and other problems with the senses
  5. Somatization Disorder: Somatization disorder is diagnosed when symptoms of psychological distress are expressed as physical symptoms rather than emotional or mental symptoms.
  6. Psychosomatic Disorders: A psychosomatic disorder involves both a medical condition and how that condition makes you feel emotionally (e.g., developing high blood pressure due to stress).

Somatic Symptom Disorder is a real and prevalent condition that affects millions of people. With so many cases, it can be hard to know what you’re dealing with when someone mentions the disorder.

This blog post will cover its definition, diagnosis process and treatments so you can better understand this chronic pain illness for yourself or your loved ones who might need help managing their symptoms. Contact our doctors today for help!

 

What is tau?

What is tau?

Tau protein is linked to neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tau protein is threaded out in the spinal cord, brain stem and nerve fibres with various studies revealing it may become twisted or swollen due to the high production of the amyloid-beta precursor protein, leading to Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. It has since been found at levels far beyond what one might expect in their cerebrospinal fluid which has fueled fears over its significance in relation to Alzheimer’s pathology.

Levels of tau were found elevated even among those with no symptoms or obvious signs that diverge from typical senile plaques; suggesting tau followed the same pattern of accumulation as seen for amyloid-beta.

Tau protein is one of the major types of proteins found in the central nervous system, where it plays an important role in stabilizing microtubules. It’s also what you might call a “sticky protein” that binds to other structures and organelles. Scientists have studied tau for decades, but they still don’t know everything about it.

Tau protein is a type of protein that, when it has been twisted into the shape of a helix and folded back on itself, stabilizes microtubules in the brain. Microtubules are tubular structures made up of proteins called tubulin; they help maintain cell structure. Tau proteins provide structural support for these vital structures while also regulating their assembly and stability. This article will explore everything you need to know about tau proteins including what they do, how to keep them functioning properly, and how to prevent any problems from arising with them.

Role of Tau

What causes tau buildup in the brain?

Too much amyloid-beta precursor protein causes tau proteins to enter into the wrong shape. This twists or misaligns the tau proteins, which hinders their ability to perform their normal functions.

How do I get rid of tau protein?

There are no known ways to remove tau protein. However, there are things that you can do in order to reduce the number of tau proteins formed within your system or stop them from harming cells and tissues even further. Preventing formation is the best way for removing this disease altogether since it’s not possible to remove all existing ones either.

What removes plaque from the brain?

anti-amyloid immunotherapies have finally achieved their objective, after years of false starts and setbacks. At least four drugs have now shown the capacity to remove amyloid plaques from the brain successfully: Abilify, aripiprazole, betaneurene, and ocrelizumab.

tau protein in Alzheimer’s disease

In the brains of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, tau proteins are misfolded and deformed. The disorganized tau proteins form neurofibrillary tangles, which are a hallmark of the disease. As a result of the abnormal tau proteins, communication between neurons is impaired and eventually stops.

The brains of persons with Alzheimer’s disease exhibit beta amyloid plaques as well; however, these plaques are not specific for Alzheimer’s Disease. Beta-amyloid plaque accumulation correlates better with cognitive decline than neurofibrillary tangles.

tau dementia

Tau protein is a normal brain protein that becomes abnormal when it accumulates in large amounts in the human brain. The accumulation of tau protein leads to neurofibrillary tangles, which are twisted strands of fibres found inside nerve cells. These tangles interfere with the proper function of the cell and lead to problems such as memory loss and difficulties with movement.

Tau proteins also play an important role in maintaining the shape and structure of microtubules, tubular structures that provide support for cells within tissues. When these proteins become abnormal they form knots on these microtubules causing them to collapse. This can lead to cell death and, consequently, to neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease).

Conclusion: Finding out more about tau protein and the implications it has on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease can help you better understand what is happening in your body. Tau protein may become twisted or swollen due to the high production of amyloid-beta precursor protein leading to Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. It has since been found at levels far beyond what one might expect in their cerebrospinal fluid which has fueled fears over its significance in relation to Alzheimer’s pathology. Contact our doctors today for a free consultation, we will be happy to answer any questions you have!

Telepsychiatry

Telepsychiatry

Telepsychiatry is essentially using technologies such as video chat or other digital communication methods to provide mental health care to those who need it. Telepsychiatry uses the internet and telecommunications tools to engage with clients and patients outside of a traditional therapy setting. Telepsychiatry is catching on quickly as technology becomes more advanced, affordable, and accessible.

Telepsychiatry has been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that the idea really started to take off.

In 1993, Avner Shapiro created Telesource, an online mental health service. It was one of the first internet-based therapies available.

In 1997, Texas Tech University created the first online master’s degree in mental health 

counselling.

Now telepsychiatry is used in clinical practices all across America, typically for patients with limited access to care or in rural areas where mental health practitioners are hard to find. Telepsychiatry can also be a cost-effective and efficient alternative when there is a patient in need of therapy but is unable to make it to an appointment or they are in between treatment facilities.

counselling

Technology is making it easier for mental health care to be accepted and utilized, making more people eligible for treatment.

Telemedicine is used for more than just mental health care. It is used in a variety of ways,

Including:

  • General healthcare consultation and management
  • Patient education and self-monitoring of health
  • Review and coordination of care between different healthcare professionals
  • Online prescription refills

Telepsychiatry can be used in similar ways. It is typically used to:

  • Screen and manage psychiatric symptoms
  • Provide therapy or psychological assessment
  • Facilitate group therapy sessions
  • Monitor, manage, and educate patients on medications

Telemedicine is legal in most states, but there are restrictions.

  • In some states, a licensed practitioner is not allowed to establish a long-distance relationship with a patient.
  • Some states do not allow non-licensed professionals (such as social workers) to provide telemedicine care.

Another potential stumbling block is a lack of knowledge about the services’ availability.

A lot of the stigma surrounding mental health services is a result of misinformation.

  • People may feel that going to therapy means they are crazy or that they will be judged or misunderstood by their therapists.
  • They may think that telepsychiatry services are not safe or secure enough for them to use.

While there is still work to be done in order to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, telepsychiatry can also help with this issue by providing more people access to care regardless of where they live.

Telepsychiatry can be an effective way to expand mental health services in rural areas or help people who don’t have adequate insurance, transportation, or time to make it to appointments.

The use of telemedicine is still limited in some ways because there are no federal guidelines surrounding it. However, this would change if the proposed health care reform bill is passed.

The Bill would reimburse doctors for using telemedicine under Medicare and Medicaid, including reimbursement for travel costs incurred by the patient to see a provider who they can’t otherwise access by driving or public transportation.

Telepsychiatry has been shown to improve access to mental health care as well as provide individualized care for patients at a lower cost.

Telepsychiatry is especially beneficial to children and adolescents who don’t live near therapists or lack the time, transportation, or insurance needed to make it to appointments.

The use of telepsychiatry has also helped people overcome geographical barriers by improving access for those living far away from therapists.

In the future, it is expected that telemedicine will continue playing a role in mental health care and expand into other areas of medicine because it provides more people with access to healthcare services when they otherwise wouldn’t have it.

Conclusion: If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed out more often than not and are looking for a fresh approach to mental health care that is convenient and affordable, then telepsychiatry might be the right option for you.

Contact us today if you would like to learn about our doctors’ experience with this type of service! We’re here around the clock so there’s no need to wait until tomorrow morning when it could be too late!

What is agoraphobia?

What is agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations where escape might be difficult in the event of panic symptoms. It’s also called “agoraphobia without history of panic disorder,” because it does not involve the sudden onset of intense fear that characterizes a panic attack. Agoraphobia is classified as an anxiety disorder because the fear response interferes with typical functioning. Sufferers may become housebound for years at a time, unable to work or attend school, all because they are afraid to leave home alone.

The word “agora” translates from Greek into English as “gathering place.” The term 

agoraphobia was coined by psychiatrist Charles Macek in the 1970s.

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes panic attacks when people are in certain places or situations. It’s also known as “fear of open spaces.” The word agoraphobia comes from the Greek words for “marketplace” and “fear,” which together mean fear of the marketplace. People with this condition may be afraid to leave their homes because they worry about having a panic attack in public, or they may avoid social events due to similar concerns.

It is a type of anxiety disorder that causes fear in situations where the person has trouble escaping, or where help wouldn’t be available if something bad were to happen. This can include public places like shopping malls and grocery stores, but it also includes spaces in your own home. The agoraphobic feels trapped by their anxiety and does everything they can to avoid these situations. If you’re wondering what agoraphobia is or what it means for you, this article will give you all the answers and more!

What triggers agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is triggered by an intense fear of any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help might not be available to avoid or deal with the panic.

The exact cause of agoraphobia is unknown. But there are many (probably) reasons for this kind of phobia, just like for other kinds of phobias. It could come from an upsetting event – anything that made someone feel trapped and powerless would increase their risk for developing agoraphobia. Anything that feels threatening can also trigger it: confined spaces, heights, school exams, job interviews … Anything that’s new and stressful could lead to feeling anxious about stepping out on your own. Deep-rooted fears about leaving others alone – maybe because you worry about something bad happening to them, or perhaps because you are responsible for their welfare – are another cause.

Is agoraphobia the same as anxiety?

Agoraphobia is not the same as anxiety, but suffers from agoraphobia often from anxiety disorders.

If a person suffers from panic attacks, they may have a generalized anxious disorder.

The distinction between social anxiety and agoraphobia is that while the former involves being anxious in public, the latter entails a fear of open spaces.

Is agoraphobia the same as anxiety

Can a person with agoraphobia be cured? agoraphobia treatment.

There is no known cure, but the SSRI antidepressants amitriptyline or nortriptyline are helpful in some people.

Agoraphobia treatment typically comprises a combination of therapies:

Agoraphobia can be treated with both medication and therapy. Medication is often prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks or depression.

However, medication for agoraphobia alone is not recommended as it may have side effects and does not address underlying problems that can lead to relapse once treatment has been discontinued.

In addition to or instead of taking medication, a therapist can help you learn how to identify and manage the triggers that cause you to have panic attacks. Therapy can also help you manage your fear of leaving home or being in open spaces, and it may include one-on-one sessions with a therapist as well as group therapy classes.

It’s also important to note that agoraphobia has something to do with improper balances of chemicals in the brain. Learning how to manage agoraphobia involves adjusting these chemical levels or finding an alternative when they cannot be adjusted directly. We’ll talk about this more in a minute when we mention medications and other treatments for better coping skills.

Is agoraphobia a severe mental illness?

Sometimes agoraphobia is described as a severe mental illness, but in fact it is an anxiety disorder. People with this condition experience attacks of extreme anxiety among crowds or in open spaces. They may panic when away from home, and some are even housebound for their safety.

Agoraphobia only affects the person experiencing it-and while they may be scared of being outside, they usually want to get better so they don’t have to remain at home. Therapy can help people develop strategies for dealing with crowded places and otherwise adjust to life without fearing being outside of the home too much. Events have been held at malls specifically for people with agoraphobia are designed to help provide safe environments where previously feared things can be done.

How do you calm down ?

It depends on what you’re feeling. It may be that you’re just living in a really hectic world and need to get more time to yourself. You might find that by becoming more social with others or by joining clubs that fit your interests, it lessens the time of year when you feel the most anxious. If it’s something specific, like getting out of bed before noon, try setting alarms for times instead of having one very strict wake up call every day.

Conclusion: If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our doctors today. We’re here for you and want nothing more than to help get your life back on track! Let’s work together so that we can find the right treatment option for you. You deserve it!

What is anxiety?

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a very common mental health disorder that affects millions of people every single day. It is an excessive worry about future events or the way someone feels when they are in certain situations. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for more than six months, then it might be time to talk with your doctor about anxiety disorders. There are many different diagnoses and treatments available for those who suffer from this debilitating condition. In this post, we will discuss what anxiety disorders are and how to identify them as well as treatment options that may work best for you!

Anxiety is a natural response to stress and can be useful in certain situations. When you are feeling anxious, your body releases adrenaline to make it easier for you to react quickly. This is why many people feel their heart race or “butterflies” in their stomach when they are nervous. It does not always mean that there is something wrong with them! If this anxiety occurs too often or interferes with daily life, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

People who suffer from anxiety disorders can attempt to avoid situations that cause or worsen their symptoms. The following are some common symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, specific phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder are examples of different types of anxiety disorders.

 Types of Anxiety Disorders

 Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

People who suffer from GAD have an excessive amount of worry that does not go away. They may feel like they need to be prepared for everything and are tense, irritable, or restless much of the time. The excess worrying can interfere with daily life because it is hard to focus on one task at a time. Individuals who are suffering from this disorder often feel like they cannot control the worrying, which can cause significant distress.

Panic Disorder

This is when an individual has repeated panic attacks out of nowhere and without any warning signs. In some cases, people with this diagnosis may not even know what caused them to have a panic attack. These individuals may have a fear of losing control or going crazy, and they can be extremely sensitive to physical changes such as increased heart rate.

Specific Phobias

When someone is suffering from a specific phobia, it means that something irrational causes extreme anxiety in them – usually the object/situation only mildly provokes their reaction. Some examples of specific phobias are blood-injection injury, heights, flying in airplanes, spiders/bugs, and public speaking.

Agoraphobia 

This is when an individual becomes anxious or uncomfortable in places where they feel it would be difficult to escape if something terrible were to happen. This could include open spaces (such as bridges, crowds), being alone (because they cannot get help if needed), or traveling in public transportation.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety typically occurs because an individual fears that other people will judge them for their actions and behaviors. They may worry about embarrassing themselves by doing something wrong around others, saying the wrong thing, not knowing what to say, etc. This is known as social anxiety disorder and it can be very debilitating for those who are suffering from this condition.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder

This occurs when an individual has a great deal of worry about being away from home or people they need to take care of them (children). They may feel like something terrible will happen if they are not by their loved ones’ side. Those who suffer from this disorder often have difficulty being apart from the people they love and need to stay close in order to feel secure or safe.

Risk factors of Anxiety Disorder

If you are suffering from one of the following, it is important to talk with your doctor about what might be causing this.

Genetics – There may be a genetic factor involved if another family member has suffered/is suffering through an anxiety disorder or mental illness. This does not mean that because other people in their family have experienced these disorders that you will too. However, it is important to discuss your family history with a medical professional in case there are any genetic factors that may be causing this disorder such as an imbalance of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) between the brain and body.

Stressful life events – Although these types of situations do not always lead to anxiety disorders, the combination of stressful life events and other possible causes could be the reason why an individual is suffering from this.

Symptoms to look for – If you are concerned that someone close to you may have an anxiety disorder, pay attention to their behaviors or habits in order to see if any symptoms fit with what they might be experiencing. Some examples include feeling like they are out of control, avoiding certain places or situations (going to work/school even though there is no reason why not), constantly worrying about safety. other common symptoms include 

-Inability to relax

-Incessant worrying about everyday things, even when there is little reason to worry

-Uncomfortable feelings in your stomach or chest area

-Tense muscles and rapid breathing

Treatment

The first step most often taken in order to treat anxiety disorders is with therapy and medication. If the disorder has become so severe that it begins affecting daily life then psychiatric treatment may be needed. There are several different types of medications that can help minimize the symptoms, however it is important to note that these do not cure mental illness and you should only take medication under a doctor’s supervision. The most common treatment for anxiety disorders involves psychotherapy (usually cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT), which helps people learn how to change their behaviors and feelings in order to reduce the impact of the disorder.

Self-Help and coping.

There are a variety of things people do to assist them cope with anxiety disorder symptoms and make therapy more successful. Some examples include:

-Keeping track of your symptoms and how you feel each day

-Writing about the things that make you anxious or upset

-Surrounding yourself with supportive people who can help facilitate treatment (therapist, family)

-Staying on top of medications by visiting doctor’s appointments regularly.

Please contact our doctors if you need help with this disorder.

What is GAD?

What is GAD?

Definition of a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

Have you ever heard of GAD? It is the acronym for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder affects 6 million adults in the United States, and can be debilitating to your day-to-day life. In this blog post, we are going to talk about what GAD is, how it impacts people’s lives, treatment options available for those with GAD, and more!

GAD is a chronic condition that makes you concerned about a variety of topics and situations, which causes significant worry.

It is important to note that GAD and stress are not the same thing. Stress does not cause a disruption in your life, where as people with GAD may find it difficult to function and maintain normal activities due to their anxiety levels. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), most people will experience some type of heightened anxiety in their life at some point. This is completely normal and part of what makes us human!

GAD can be made worse by physical or mental health conditions, such as thyroid disorders or substance abuse. Some people with GAD will also experience depression throughout their time suffering from this disorder. For others, it may cause them to develop other anxiety disorders in the future.

It is important to know that GAD does not discriminate. It can affect anyone and everyone, regardless of age or gender; although women are twice as likely to develop this disorder than men.

GAD is a disorder in which people have excessive anxiety and worry. They may feel anxious about specific situations such as social interactions, public speaking, or being away from home. The person will typically be able to identify what triggers their anxiety and they can usually control it by using relaxation techniques or changing the situation that triggered the anxiety. However, some people with GAD experience symptoms almost constantly and are not able to regulate them very well. It’s also possible for GAD to occur without any identifiable external cause.

In addition to feeling excessively worried all of the time, someone who has GAD might also have trouble sleeping due to racing thoughts at bedtime; muscle tension caused by worrying; dizziness when standing up quickly; irritability due to constant tension; difficulty concentrating due to fatigue and lack of sleep; restlessness because the person can’t relax.

Can GAD be cured?

Yes, with treatment. There is no cure for generalized anxiety disorder yet, but you can manage your symptoms and feel better each day with proper diagnosis and medication.

The most important step in managing GAD is to reach out for help. Talking with a therapist or medical professional will help diagnose and treat the problem so that you can get on the road to feeling calmer and happier.

Is GAD a serious mental illness?

Yes, GAD is a serious mental illness and may require long-term treatment to control symptoms.

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What are some other names for GAD?

>General Anxiety Disorder

>Social Phobia

>Panic disorder

GAD is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive worry, nervousness and tension. It affects about 3.1% of the population in North America (about 6.8 million people) at some point in their lives – that’s nearly 1 out of every 25 people!

GAD can be caused by physical or emotional stressors including family problems, school pressure, financial difficulties, work issues and more.

The most common symptoms are: Gnawing sense of dread; Restlessness; Irritability; Difficulty concentrating on anything but the source of the anxiety; Fatigue; Muscle tension (particularly neck/shoulder muscles); Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other possible signs include sweating palms, nausea and trembling.

GAD is typically treated with medication, talk therapy or a combination of both. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of GAD.

Conclusion: Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a chronic condition that can have debilitating effects on your day-to-day life. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available for those who suffer from GAD.

 

What is guanfacine?

What is guanfacine?

Guanfacine uses in drug that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, ADHD and chronic hives. It works by relaxing muscles in your body to lower your blood pressure or reduce an allergic reaction. There are many benefits to taking guanfacine including its ability to help you sleep better at night without disrupting REM cycles. This blog post will discuss everything you need to know about this medication so you can make informed decisions about whether it’s right for you!

How does guanfacine work?

Guanfacine works by increasing a chemical in your body called norepinephrine. This can cause it to have effects on various other chemicals and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, GABA and glutamate. It also increases the activity of brain cells so they communicate with each other better which helps improve memory and concentration. The medication was initially designed as a treatment for high blood pressure and it was discovered that patients taking the drug also experienced cognitive benefits.

How does guanfacine make you feel?

Guanfacine has a much different effect on users than most medications, in fact it can have an opposite effect in some cases. Some people report feeling sleepy when taking the drug whereas others claim that they feel more energetic. For others, this is also dependent upon if they along with guanfacine during the day/night because people often experience a different set of symptoms when they wake up in the morning.

How does guanfacine make you feel

Who should take guanfacine?

Guanfacine is most often prescribed to treat ADHD because it can be helpful in both children and adults with this condition. However, there are some situations where the drug is prescribed for anxiety disorders, high blood pressure and chronic hives. This medication is only available with a doctor’s prescription and it may not be right for everyone who has been diagnosed with one of these conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about whether guanfacine will work well for you, talk to your doctor as they can help you figure out the best treatment plan.

Can guanfacine be crushed?

No, you should not crush guanfacine because it will lose its effectiveness. It is meant to be taken orally as a pill or liquid so that the medication can slowly enter your body and make changes over time.

Is Guanfacine safe?

Guanfacine has been shown in clinical trials to have few side effects and has been approved by the FDA. However, there is still a very small chance of experiencing an allergic reaction to guanfacine even if it doesn’t happen in clinical trials. You should stop taking guanfacine and contact your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects such as rash or severe headaches that do not go away. In rare cases, patients have experienced suicidal thoughts while taking guanfacine. If you experience any of these symptoms call 911 immediately.

As with all medications, there is a very small chance that someone could develop an addiction to guanfacine or misuse it recreationally. Guanfacine belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines which are known to be addictive. If you feel like your guanfacine use is getting out of control, talk to your doctor about alternative medications that will not be as harmful if misused.

Guanfacine liquid.

Guanfacine is an oral medication that has been found to be useful in treating ADHD. It works by affecting the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) which are known to affect attention and behavior.

Guanfacine dosage.

Guanfacine works by boosting the brain’s levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, which decreases hyperactivity and impulsivity in people with this condition. Symptoms of guanfacine overdose may include: agitation, increased heart rate, muscle weakness or cramps, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth, fast or deep breathing, flushing (redness of face), dilated pupils, 

sweating and nausea.

Guanfacine is also used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. If you have any questions about taking guanfacine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How does guanfacine make you feel?

The majority of patients who take guanfacine do not experience negative effects. Sedation or tiredness are the most frequent guanfacine side effects. When standing up quickly, low blood pressure is generally observed as dizziness. The most severe guanfacine side effects are rare.

If you miss a dose of guanfacine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once unless advised by your physician.

Does guanfacine help with anxiety?

Guanfacine may be used to treat high blood pressure or ADHD. Guanfacine is also used off-label for the treatment of anxiety. There are no studies available that focus specifically on guanfacine and anxiety, so its use in this area remains anecdotal at this point.

Is guanfacine and Adderall the same?

Guanfacine is an alpha-2 receptor agonist that is used to treat ADHD symptoms. Adderall contains d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine mixed salts, which are central nervous system stimulants. The two medications affect different neurotransmitters in the brain and therefore have different effects on patients using them.

However, both drugs work to reduce hyperactivity and impulse control, which are symptoms of ADHD. Guanfacine is not an amphetamine so it does not cause the same negative effects as Adderall.

Is guanfacine used for autism?

Guanfacine is an alpha-2 receptor agonist that is used to treat ADHD symptoms. Currently, there are no studies available that focus specifically on guanfacine and autism.

However, it may be possible to take advantage of the shared symptomatology between these conditions (inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity) to treat the symptoms of autism.

What is guanfacine hcl?

Guanfacine comes in tablet form and is taken once daily with or without food. The standard starting dosage for children is 0.5 milligrams (mg) per day, which can be increased to a maximum dose of 4 mg per day over a period of four weeks.

For the treatment of high blood pressure, a starting dose of 1 mg can be taken once daily and increased to a maximum dose of 4 mg over a period of several weeks. Guanfacine may interact with other medications including antidepressants, MAO inhibitors and antiarrhythmic agents, so it is important to consult with your doctor before taking guanfacine.

Do you gain weight on guanfacine?

It is possible to gain weight while taking guanfacine, but this depends on a variety of factors. Guanfacine tends to have a sedative effect that can cause patients to become less active overall, thereby causing them to gain weight.

With regards to specific ways that guanfacine may cause weight gain, it is thought that the drug may increase appetite.

Can you smoke marijuana with guanfacine?

Yes, but smoking is not recommended while taking guanfacine due to the low levels of oxygen in cigarette smoke. Smoking can also have a negative effect on blood pressure, so this should be taken into consideration when using both substances at once.

We hope this blog post has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of our team for further assistance.

What is inattentiveness ADHD?

What is inattentiveness ADHD?

Inattentiveness ADHD, also known as ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common disorder in which people have a hard time focusing, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be) and are hyperactive.

Inattentive ADHD is characterized by careless errors caused by a lack of attention. Hyperactivity is not present, and signs of impulsivity are not as obvious as those in hyperactive ADHD.

People with inattentiveness ADHD may:

-Be easily distracted; Forget or lose things; Not finish tasks; Have difficulty concentrating during work or play; Be disorganized; Avoid tasks that require a lot of thinking such as schoolwork or paperwork; Make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.

Although there is no cure for ADHD, it can be treated by medications and psychotherapy (talking about problems and how to deal with them).

The following symptoms must be present for at least 6 months to an extent that they impact on social and academic/work performance:

– Inattention: having a hard time focusing, being easily distracted, not seeming to listen, not finishing tasks, having messy and disorganized work.

– Hyperactivity: fidgeting with hands or feet, being unable to stay seated in one place for a long time.

– Impulsivity: interrupting conversations, speaking without thinking about the consequences of their actions, inability to wait for things they want or deserve.

If a person has inattentive ADHD, he or she will have a hard time in school and work. A person is not able to finish tasks, makes careless mistakes and has low grades compared to the potential of that individual.

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder predominantly inattentive.

What is predominantly inattentive.

This is when symptoms of inattention are present but symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity are relatively weaker. This means that the children do not show symptoms like fidgeting or squirming, talking excessively, etc. Children with this subtype can also be quiet and difficult to notice at first- making them more likely to be overlooked.

What is predominantly inattentive

predominantly inattentive type.

This means that the children do not show signs like fidgeting or squirming, talking excessively, etc. Children with this subtype can also be quiet and difficult to notice at first- making them more likely to be overlooked. Typically, children with the predominantly inattentive type show these symptoms:

-easily distracted

difficulty focusing/ paying attention to details for tasks or activities (homework, playing games, etc.)

-trouble staying focused during tasks or play (when they start a task, such as homework, they may only work on it for a few minutes before becoming distracted)

-difficulty listening when spoken to directly; doesn’t follow through on instructions and fails to finish assigned chores or usual daily activities.

-trouble organizing tasks or activities.

-avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).

-appears forgetful in daily activities.

-frequently loses things needed for tasks or activities (such as school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, etc.

Is ADHD a form of autism?

  1. ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are different conditions. While some people may have both, many individuals with ADHD will never develop ASD, and the majority of people with ASD do not have ADHD. The best way to tell whether symptoms might be due to autism is to observe how a person functions in everyday life—the problems they have in social, occupational, and academic life. In ADHD, the person may struggle with these problems but generally is able to compensate for them.

Can ADHD go away?

Yes. About half of kids with ADHD may no longer show signs of the disorder by the time they reach their 20s, particularly if they were diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Symptoms gradually lessen over time, almost always by age 25. However, many adults with ADHD do not get diagnosed until they are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, or older—in large part because the condition wasn’t known to exist until approximately 25 years ago and most doctors aren’t trained to identify it.

Does inattentive ADHD get worse with age?

Typically, as children get older and approach their teenage years, signs of hyperactivity tend to decrease. On the other hand, inattentiveness usually increases as kids reach their preteen and teenage years. Symptoms of inattention may worsen during times of transition—when routines change or stress levels increase (for example, starting high school).

Do kids with ADHD zone out?

Yes, this is a common symptom of ADHD. Kids with ADHD often have trouble staying focused on any one thing for very long. Their attention may shift rapidly from one thing to another—for instance, they may start reading a book, hear a noise outside the window, and stop reading to go check it out. This can be frustrating to parents, caregivers, and teachers.

Is inattentive ADHD a disability?

Yes, it is a disability.

–The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require certain public and private schools and colleges to provide appropriate educational services to qualified individuals with disabilities. This may include inattentiveness ADHD.

–The ADA also prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability (including ADHD) in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and governmental activities.

Can you grow out of inattentive ADHD?

Yes.

-At least two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to have symptoms into adulthood; however, many adults who were diagnosed as kids are surprised to learn they still have it because, unlike their younger counterparts, so much more is expected of them in terms of organization, time management, and self-discipline—tasks that often require more effort than they are able to give.

-People don’t “grow out” of inattentiveness ADHD, but many learn to adapt and compensate for their symptoms.

-It’s not uncommon for adults to find themselves needing treatment when they reach their thirties, after a job loss or divorce, for example.

-Even if your symptoms seem mild, they can become more troublesome as you get older and face new challenges.

What are the causes of inattention ADHD?

As with most mental disorders or learning disabilities, the exact cause of inattentiveness is still unknown. However, it can be said that genetics and environmental factors play an extremely important role in the onset of ADHD [which includes both inattentiveness add and hyperactivity add].

The genetic or heritable causes of ADD are demonstrated by studies showing a high degree of biological (genetic) similarity among family members. ADD runs in families, with an average of 5% -10% of children having the disorder compared to 2% in the general population. Research shows that there is a 40%-60% chance that first-degree relatives (siblings or children) of an individual with ADD will also have the disorder.

inattentive add treatment.

The treatment for inattentive type of ADD is same as the hyperactive impulsive type. The treatment usually entails medications like Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, etc. Behavioral therapy is also required to help with the symptoms.

In this article, we’ve covered the common symptoms and treatment options for people with inattentiveness ADHD. We hope that you find these points helpful and if you need more information or want to schedule an appointment please contact our doctors.