Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Bipolar Disorder, Etc.

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Schizophrenia

In our discussion of schizophrenia, we review these areas: What is schizophrenia? Are there any early signs that schizophrenia might be starting? Also, what are the later symptoms? Further, descriptions of the “negative symptoms” of schizophrenia (as opposed to the usual positive symptoms we all know about). Then, in addition, gender questions: do men and women have different symptoms? Central to the discussion, what causes schizophrenia? How long does it last? When can you stop your medicines? There’s a test for schizophrenia. And, the page on treatments for schizophrenia is also a free page.

Alzheimer’s

What is Alzheimer’s? And, what are the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s? What symptoms are the mains problems in Alzheimer’s? Are Alzheimer’s symptoms different between women and men? What causes Alzheimer’s and what can you do to avoid it?

Here’s a link to a poem, both a heartwarming and a heart crushing poem, about dementia: “My Own Blood”.

Bipolar Disorder

This medical condition used to be called manic depression or manic-depressive disorder. The mood state of mania proves one point: yes, you really can feel too good. Bipolar is treatable, with many, many effective medications with good safety records available.

Panic Disorder

This medical condition, while really scary, is not fatal and is readily treatable. Those panic attacks (anxiety attacks) can be brought under control. The combination of medication and therapy/education works best. Treatment? No problem. It’s a well understood medical condition. There are many good treatments, many medications and many highly effective therapies. Over time you learn to conquer the panic attacks rather than the other way around.

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Depression

When we talk about depression, we mean real, serious depression, medical depression, clinical depression, major depressive disorder. It’s a whole different beast that the “Sunday afternoon blues”. The good news is that serious depression, even long-standing, treatment-resistant depression, can be treated. We have new tools so that it can be treated more easily and better than in the past. The medications we have for depression do work, but not all depression medications work for all depressed people. Some trial and error is needed but eventually, almost everyone succeeds at getting better.

ADHD

A childhood medical condition, yes, it starts in childhood. But, it doesn’t stop after childhood or adolescence. It lingers on into adult years for most people. A recent finding is that, as the years go by, it can even be less severe or almost go away at some times and much more severe at other times. The good news is that, if diagnosed and treated correctly, it can provide a person with a great many benefits. ADHD usually responds well to the proper treatment. We describe the several available medications and other valuable therapies.

Epilepsy

Seizure disorders are really common medical conditions. And these days they’re no mystery. Epilepsy is no longer a dark, family secret. Everyone knows about epilepsy. Doctors know how to treat epilepsy. And, it’s usually very treatable. There are many medical treatments that work.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is another one of those feared dementias. But, good news, a huge amount of research has been done and is ongoing into Parkinson’s. There are new and better medications, and more on the way. Gracious and conscientious famous people have helped to educate the public and have generously funded much new research.

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Migraine

If you have migraines you’re lucky to be alive at his particular time in medical history. Because, the past years have been a long-awaited and welcome period for migraine treatment, so you’re living during the age of modern migraine medications. With our greatly increased understanding of migraines, we’ve found new medications. Patients with migraines and doctors who treat them have good and effective tools.

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Helpful links:

ClinicalTrials.gov, NIH, U.S. Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mayo Clinic

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  1. A recent email from a reader in Canada was similar to many other emails, questions, and comments that we receive. To help others with similar situations we decided to post this general version of our reply. This particular reply is relevant specifically to the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, but much of the discussion is relevant to all.

    The situation was a mother with a 21 year old daughter who needed medical care but refused to get help. The ages of young adulthood present a dilemma to parents because at these tender ages most parents still view their children as their children, but legally they are full-grown adults who can make their own decisions. Mom and Dad have no say anymore. So parents are unable to force their adult children into care or force them to take medication.

    Parents can try to persuade, however. Try to keep the communication back and forth an open channel. Remind your adult child that you love them and emotionally support them. Emphasize that you just want them to stay healthy and to feel better. Sometimes a person will more likely listen to advice from some other family member or a friend. (Parents can be so boring!)

    One approach that sometimes works is to help them understand the need for at least a medical appointment with a general physician to review of their medical health. There are many physical problems that, until a careful diagnosis is made, can look entirely like a mental health issue.

    For example, here’s a list of a few of the medical disorders can look like schizophrenia.

    Wilson’s disease
    hyperthyroidism
    seizure disorders
    medication toxicity
    brain lesions
    glutamate receptor autoimmune encephalitis

    For each mental disorder there are several medical illnesses that mimic the problem.

    For the question from the Toronto area, below is some specific information.

    The Toronto Chief of Police Jim Ramer recently said, “The Toronto Police Service recognizes the complexity of mental health and addictions issues and our Strategy demonstrates our ongoing commitment to effective, compassionate and respectful responses to these complex issues.” The police also launched their dashboard to provide the public with access to recommendations made in the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The dashboard can be found at https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/mental-health-strategy-implementation/

    Here are Toronto resources for urgent medical or psychiatric attention.

    Visit your local emergency department, general hospital, or call 911

    Non-emergency calls for Toronto Police 416-808-2222

    Contact a nurse at Telehealth Ontario by dialing 1-866-797-0000

    Contact a distress center in Ontario near you. Distress or crisis phone lines are open 24 hours a day. Crisis hotlines offer free, confidential and anonymous telephone counselling and information: 416-408-4357

    Community Mental Health Services

    The Canada Suicide Prevention Service; 1-833-456-4566 (toll free) 24/7 or visit http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca or text 45645
    • TTC Crisis Link
    • Community Resource Connections of Toronto (CRCT); http://www.crct.org; 416-482-4103 (in Toronto); Email: crct@crct.org
    • Local Health Integration Network http://healthcareathome.ca/
    • CORE: http://www.core-toronto.ca
    • Tele Mental Health Services information
    • Gerstein Centre: provides community-based crisis support that reflects and recognizes the needs and wishes of people experiencing a mental health crisis.416-929-5200, 24 hours/7 days

    While we do our best to provide helpful information, our website is not able to provide medical advice or care. Please see our page on Important Legal Notices which explains our limitations. It’s on our site at the “Legal” button in the menu at the top of the page.

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