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Developmental disability

In this article, you will learn more about what developmental disabilities are, the associated risk factors, and different interventions that can help individuals with developmental disabilities reach their goals.

Developmental disability 

Developmental disability is a term used to describe physical or mental impairments caused by a particular disorders or illnesses. It includes conditions such as Autism, now called an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Individuals with developmental disabilities often experience physical, psychological and communication difficulties that appear before 22 years of age and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.

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Taking Control of Your Mental Health: A Patient’s Guide

Welcome to Taking Control of Your Mental Health: A Patient's Guide. This article is designed to provide students with information and offer you guidance you may need to take control of your mental health in your life.

Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood issue. It can be difficult to identify and understand the full range of emotions and experiences that can make up our mental health.  

An individual’s personality traits define how they perceive the world around them.  It is a set of characteristics and features that cause them to think, feel, and behave in a particular way.  We aim to provide a comprehensive overview of mental health and how to best manage it.

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Microdosing Psychedelics in Mental Health

Continuing with the psychedelic theme, and the potential benefits to mental health have been covered in a previous article and podcast. The key issues were the potential therapeutic benefits, of using these compounds.  After all, there was a 40-year pause on psychedelic research following the prohibition of these substances. 

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Optimal Gut Health

Have you ever wondered what the secret to overall good health is? 

Turns out, it all starts with your gut.

The gut microbiome is an ecosystem of hundreds to thousands of microbial species living within the body. These populations affect our health, fertility, and even our longevity.

There is increasing evidence that the mixture of microorganisms found in the gut and intestinal tract plays a key role in regulating health. It is central to the digestion of food but has also been linked to the functioning of the immune system, mood and brain function, as well as to a range of conditions, including cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Melatonin on the couch

A previous podcast discussed how jet-lag medication was used to treat young people for sleep problems. A dietary supplement containing melatonin was readily available in health shops throughout the United Kingdom until it was banned. In some cases, melatonin supplements may also contain serotonin. 

Be mindful that the human body can make melatonin from the enzymatic conversion of serotonin into melatonin. There have been reports of poisoning in children who needed hospital care, and several young children died from a melatonin overdose.

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Therapy on a budget for generation Z

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2020, young adults aged 18 to 24 had the highest prevalence of mental health issues. Though mental health issues are common among Gen Z, indi­vid­u­als born between 1995 and 2010.

They are grow­ing up in an age of increased stress and anxiety. And being called the most depressed generation and are more likely to seek mental health counselling or therapy than their older counterparts.

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Positive Self Talk

Self-talk: How often do you hear that little voice in your head tell you that you aren’t good enough?  Negative self-talk can hinder your progress in life and hold you back from fulfilling your dreams. 

There are ways to turn your inner voice into a positive one.  Follow the ten tips below and create a new positive and pleasing voice that will build your confidence and improve your life.

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Big five personality traits: Who are you?

An individual’s personality traits define how they perceive the world around them. It is a set of characteristics and features that cause them to think, feel, and behave in a particular way.

Personality traits are characteristic of enduring behavioural and emotional patterns rather than isolated occurrences.

Although all aspects of your personality stem from both nature and nurture, many models of personality types attempt to explain why we are the way we are.

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Co-dependency Malaise

Robert Burney once coined the term "co-dependent" in the 1940s and defined it as someone who depends on another person to meet their emotional needs. Co-dependency is putting somebody else's needs before your own.

Thereby, being co-dependent is hardly the same thing as simply being dependent.  A co-dependent person may feel responsible for the happiness or well-being of others — especially if they have experienced abuse or neglect growing up. 

This term was widely used in the 1950s in the context of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Co-dependency behaviour is often found in alcoholic families.

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Increased risk of dementia with night terrors

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 50 million people worldwide have dementia today. By 2050, this number is expected to surpass 131 million.

In most cases, dementia is connected to Alzheimer's disease.

Unfortunately, its symptoms often go unnoticed until they become too severe to treat. If left untreated, Alzheimer's disease (AD) can eventually result in death, but early detection and treatment could help prevent or slow down the progression of this awful disease.

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Early Signs of Depression in Females

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 20 million Americans each year have a mental illness. These include major depressive disorder (MDD) and dysthymia, both considered forms of clinical depression.

While some people experience depression throughout their lives, others develop symptoms later in life, and this is especially true for women who tend to experience depression earlier than men.

Because women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, they often don't seek treatment due to the belief their symptoms are typical, or they should get over it.

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Traits Of A Good Friend

Friendship is a crucial element in protecting our mental health and well-being. Thereby allowing you to share positive experiences and provide emotional support when needed.

Friendships can range from close relationships and family attachment to co-workers or casual acquaintances. Even simple interactions alleviate loneliness and make us feel better.

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A brief introduction to mental illness

I’m sure you’ve heard about mental health issues before. And yes, they affect millions of us every year.  But did you know that over half of us may experience some mental illness at least once during our lifetime?

Mental illness can be depicted as a disease which causes an individual to experience severe disturbances in their moods, thoughts, emotions, behaviours, or ability to function at work or home.

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Anxiety on Mental Health and Wellbeing

If you’re having trouble sleeping well or feeling anxious most days, you probably aren’t alone because over 40 million Americans yearly suffer from anxiety disorders. 

Excessive worry has become common for many people today, and it affects their ability to sleep well, perform daily tasks, concentrate, or enjoy social interactions—and that’s not healthy!

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How to survive a heatwave

Heatwaves are silent killers, and the death toll is often recognised only months after the official figures emerge.

If heatwaves were named as storms to highlight the risk they pose, the dangers would be more widely recognised. Indeed, one in Europe in 2017 got more attention when it was nicknamed Lucifer, which kills many more people each year in the UK than any storm.

Heat exposure has also been linked with an increased risk of death or disability among children, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions and those who are obese.

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