Category: Psychiatry

From Darkness to Dawn

April 20, 2024

From Darkness to Dawn: Exploring the Paths of Depression and Bipolar Disorder at Westminster Ortho Med Clinic Introduction: In the journey of life, our mental well-being dictates much of our journey's quality and direction. At Westminster Ortho Med Clinic - Dubai Healthcare City, we are dedicated to shedding light on complex mental health conditions that affect countless individuals worldwide. This blog post aims to demystify two such conditions:...

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Dementia

November 4, 2023

What is Dementia? Dementia is a disorder in which a previously normal brain does not function normally and the affected person becomes confused, forgetful and out of touch with the real world.  It is rare in people under 65 years of age and appears more likely to develop with increasing age.  It tends to progress slowly after it develops.  So early signs are subtle and vague, and dementia may take some time to be obvious.  The cause is...

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Insomnia

November 4, 2023

How much sleep do we need?  Many people are not aware that the amount of sleep we need for normal health varies with our age. Also, adults differ in the amount of sleep they need; for some, 4 hours a night is ample; for others, 10 hours is not enough. The average sleep for a 50-year-old is 7 hours a day.  What is a sleep problem?  There is a problem when lack of sleep or too much sleep interferes with your activities during the day. The most...

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Bipolar Disorder

April 26, 2023

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a disorder of mental function in which the person’s mood can swing between two (‘bi’) poles ranging from the elated hyperactivity of mania on the one hand to the flatness of depression on the other. It was previously called manic-depressive illness.  How common is it and who gets it?  About 1 in 100 people in the population suffer from bipolar disorder. It tends to run in families, and men and...

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Anxiety

April 26, 2023

What is anxiety? Anxiety is an uncomfortable inner feeling of fear or imminent disaster. Most of us experience some temporary degree of anxiety in our lives, sometimes with just cause and at other times without. It can be a common normal human reaction to stress, and being anxious over appropriate things may help to make us more responsible, caring people. Some people, however, are constantly anxious to the extent that it is abnormal and interferes...

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Depression in Teenagers

April 26, 2023

The extent of the problem:  Research reveals that 3% of Australians aged between 3 and 16 years have a depressive disorder each year. Major depression affects an estimated 8% of Australian teenagers, with about 60% experiencing suicidal ideas and up to 35% making a suicide attempt. The distressing problem of suicide is the second most common cause of death in this age group. Females attempt suicide about 14 times more than males, but males complete...

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Personality Disorders

April 26, 2023

What is personality? Personality is the distinctive personal characteristic of a person that identifies a unique recognizable individual. It includes one’s mental and behavioral characteristics, which are determined by inherited (genetic) patterns and developed by continuing interaction with outside life influences. This includes family interactions, peer pressure, and influential events plus personal drives. What is a personality disorder?  A...

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Social Phobia

April 26, 2023

What is social phobia?  Social phobia is an abnormal fear or aversion to social gatherings, where the affected person feels subject to public scrutiny and avoids such anxiety-provoking situations as much as possible. It is sometimes referred to as social phobia disorder and is much more than shyness. It can vary from a predictable fear of a new social experience to an extremely morbid fear that significantly affects a person’s life. The basic fear...

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Pandemics can be Stressful

January 13, 2021

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

January 10, 2021

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. They can make you feel very anxious (although some people describe it as 'mental discomfort' rather than anxiety). Compulsions are repetitive activities that you do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsession. It could be something like repeatedly...

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