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The phenomenon of bipolar affective disorder has b
The phenomenon of bipolar affective disorder has b
The phenomenon of bipolar affective disorder has been a mystery since the 16th century. History has shown that this affliction can appear in almost anyone. Even the great painter Vincent Van Gogh is believed to have had bipolar disorder. It is clear that in our society many people live with bipolar disorder; however, despite the abundance of people suffering from it, we are still waiting for definite explanations for the causes and cure. The one fact of which we are painfully aware is that bipol
Fantasy's integral role in the creation of a monst
Fantasy's integral role in the creation of a monst
Fantasy\'s integral role in the creation of a monster In the past decade, the elusive creature known as the serial killer has captured the attention of American culture. With the popular press churning out dozens of books and movies centered around the serial killer each year, the term has almost become a catch-phrase, replacing earlier terms such as \'homicidal maniac.\' Fiction writers and the movie industry use \'serial killer\' in a much more casual manner than can be allowed in a systematic
Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in the Elder
Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in the Elder
Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in the Elderly Mental disorders are becoming more prevalent in today’s society as people add stress and pressure to their daily lives. The elderly population is not eliminated as a candidate for a disorder just because they may be retired. In fact, mental disorders affect 1 in 5 elderly people. One would think that with disorders being rather prevalent in this age group that there would be an abundance of treatment programs, but this is not the case. Because
Although at first sight the DSM-IV classification
Although at first sight the DSM-IV classification
Although at first sight the DSM-IV classification system appears to provide clinicians with a useful framework of which to view their clients, on closer inspection however, the picture is somewhat less satisfactory. Criticisms of the system range from Wakefield\'s (1997) analysis that psychological presentation ranges from problems of living to harmful dysfunction; through to Livesley, Schroeder & Jang\'s (1994) counter-argument that evidence of discontinuity between different diagnoses and norm
The Most Effective Treatment For Anxiety Disorders
The Most Effective Treatment For Anxiety Disorders
The Most Effective Treatment For Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders are becoming a widespread epidemic in America. Each year we spend more than $46 billion dollars, nearly one third of our total mental health bill, treating the almost 20 million Americans affected by anxiety disorders. With these staggering numbers, it is no surprise that researchers and experts are examining many different forms of treatment in order to find more and better ways to diagnose and treat these debilitating disorde
Anorexia nervosa is refusal to maintain body weigh
Anorexia nervosa is refusal to maintain body weigh
Anorexia nervosa is refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight. Disturbance in the way in which one\'s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight. This condition is both a physical illness and a psychiatric illness. Anorexia nervosa can be a very severe illness, inclu