Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Tag: Psychological

The Cultural Distinctions In Whether, When And How People Engage In Suicidal Behaviour

The Cultural Distinctions In Whether, When And How People Engage In Suicidal Behaviour

By 2050, racial and ethnic minorities will make up more than half the U.S. population. That shift underscores the importance of understanding the unique suicide risk and protective factors of different groups, says University of Houston clinical psychology graduate student Mary O. Odafe, who along with colleagues have summarised the

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The Science Behind Psychopaths And Extreme Altruists

The Science Behind Psychopaths And Extreme Altruists

According to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, the psychopathic personality (also known as psychopathy) is not equivalent to: Violence Serial killing (psychopathic killer) Psychosis (the presence of delusions and hallucinations) Mental illness (psychopathology) in general Antisocial personality disorder But rather, a psychopath has certain emotional features, interpersonal features and behaviours that

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Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania. The two types of schizoaffective disorder — both of which include some symptoms of schizophrenia — are: Bipolar type, which

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Longer Life With Less Loneliness

Longer Life With Less Loneliness

Kerstin Gerst Emerson kept hearing an unusual complaint from doctors she worked with. Elderly patients kept coming to see them without any health problems. They weren’t feeling sick. They were feeling lonely. Dr Emerson, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology, did some digging with a

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Delusional Disorder

Delusional Disorder

Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness called a “psychosis” in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, unshakable beliefs in something untrue or not based on reality. People with

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Loneliness Cannot Be Cured

Loneliness Cannot Be Cured

Loneliness – the sense of isolation, accompanied by the feeling of alienation – has always been a feature of the human condition. References to the unhappy state of loneliness are scattered throughout the Bible. As the 17th-century poet John Milton reminded us: “Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects about one percent of the population. When schizophrenia is active, symptoms can include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. However, when these symptoms are treated, most people with schizophrenia will greatly improve over time. While there is

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Cyclothymic Disorder

The Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymia or cyclothymic disorder is a relatively mild mood disorder. In cyclothymic disorder, moods swing between short periods of mild depression and hypomania, an elevated mood. The low and high mood swings never reach the severity or duration of major depressive or full mania episodes. People with the cyclothymic disorder have milder symptoms that occur in full-blown bipolar disorder. Who

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Bipolar Disorder II

Bipolar Disorder II

Bipolar II disorder is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person

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Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia represents a consolidation of the DSM-IV-defined chronic major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder (commonly referred to as “Dysthymia”). People with dysthymia describe their mood as sad or “down in the dumps,” but dysthymia is more than simply

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