Have you got a SAD Face?

Have you got a SAD Face?

Ok, so its summer time now. The days are longer, the sun is shining and you’re walking around with a broad grin on your face. No? There could be a reason for your less than jovial feelings and it’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Usually experienced in winter but can also be found in […] Read more »

Men Whose Wives Earn More Than Them are More Likely To Use Erectile Dysfunction Medication

Men Whose Wives Earn More Than Them are More Likely To Use Erectile Dysfunction Medication

Interesting title right? Well if you find yourself in the position of earning more than your husband then you might want to check the medicine cabinet. The study performed by Lamar Pierce between 1996 and 2006 on 200,000 Danish people found that men who earned less than their wives were more likely to use erectile […] Read more »

What is a Pseudoseizure (PNES)?

What is a Pseudoseizure (PNES)?

Seizures are commonly called ‘fits’, and when asked ‘what causes a fit/seizure?’ many people would say epilepsy, quite rightly because that is the most common cause of seizures. But there are many other causes of seizures ranging from head injuries, to eclampsia in pregnant women, and even brain cancer. Epileptic seizures are a product of […] Read more »

Why do People Cut Themselves?

What is cutting and how many people do it? Cutting is the most common form of self-harm.  Self-harm can also include: deliberate attempt to self-poison; anorexia; bulimia; binge drug or alcohol use; abuse of medicines; deliberate head banging and even hair pulling. The ICD10 and DSMIV are not particularly helpful in their explanation or diagnosis […] Read more »

Top 5 Famous Sociopaths

In common reference the terms sociopath and psychopath appear to have become interchangeable, but they are not. Whilst both are people with a mental illness that separates them from the rest of society the psychopath appears to have a continuous anger at the world and people with a disposition toward violence, whilst the sociopath literally […] Read more »

Why might Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder be Linked? 

Why might Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder be Linked?

Many mental health conditions can occur together within a single individual.  When two or more conditions occur together within one person at the same time, they go by the sad sounding term “co-morbid”. Now just because two events occur together it does not mean one causes the other for example there is a well-known link […] Read more »

What is an Obsessive Cleaning Disorder?

What is an Obsessive Cleaning Disorder?

In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth kills herself because she is haunted by the fact that she was involved in the killing of the king.  She is seen night after night sleepwalking while obsessively cleaning her hands to rid them of the imagined blood stain.  Knowing will never be clean again,  she throws herself from […] Read more »

Life Expectancy With Frontal Lobe Dementia

Life Expectancy With Frontal Lobe Dementia

What is frontal lobe dementia? The frontal lobes of the brain are located as the name suggests at the front of the brain.  Loosely speaking, it contains what we call the higher functions of the brain. These are the areas of the brain responsible for emotions, understanding, speech; some types of movement, planning and judgement […] Read more »