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How do I improve my sleep

Sleep is a period of reduced consciousness, from which one can be easily aroused. For sleep to be satisfactory, the quality matters more than quantity. This quantity varies from person to person, with age and with activity. Sleep is restorative to both body and mind. A few days of sleeplessness will lead to irritability, cognitive…

Dealing with caregiver stress

Caring for someone with a mental illness is a daunting task and have negative consequences for caregivers, a phenomenon known as caregiver burden. A caregiver is a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. Most often mental illnesses do not only affect individuals but…

Can dementia be reversed ?

There are several causes of dementia and thankfully several of them can be reversed. You have to remember that when we talk about "dementia" we talk about a set of symptoms including but not restricted to a decline of mental abilities (memory, language, problem solving etc). "Reversible dementias"(RD) are conditions that may well be associated…

Understanding the types of dementia

You may understand this post better if you start at “What is dementia?“. Before we jump into the types of dementia, please remember that dementia is defined as ” a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.”. There…

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How is dementia diagnosed

Please read the following articles 1)What is Dementia ? 2)What are the types of dementia ? 3)Is dementia reversible ? before you continue to read this article. It will help you understand this better. :) There is no single diagnostic test that can determine if a person has dementia. Physicians use a number of approaches…

How do I help someone with dementia

When she wakes up, we know what is scheduled for the day. He meal time, activity time and sleep times are kept regular. We try to fit in some social interaction, a few out door activities and some puzzle time everyday. Every alternate day we try to give her a 5 minute foot massage.A caretaker…

How does dementia progress

Most types of dementia are progressive. This means that over time people with dementia will slowly worsen in terms of their functioning. How quickly dementia progresses depends on the nature of their illness, their cognitive reserve and how early treatment is initiated. It is very important that dementia is diagnosed early in order to slow…

What is dementia ?

Ravi is currently 72 years old. He lives with his wife in an apartment in north Chennai. Ravi’s wife Karpagam began noticing that he seemed to appear forgetful. He would forget where he kept his spectacles and would scream his lungs out every morning, “Karpagaaaaaaaaaaa, kannadi enga ??”. Gradually he also seemed to lose track…

Identifying dementia early.

A new person is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds. 50 million people with dementia worldwide in 2017.Will almost double every 20 years, 131 million in 2050. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China and India. Even in the “developed” world only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and managed.…

Looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak

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The vivid mind clinic comprehends and perceives the sentiments of nervousness, pain and worry that individuals might be encountering in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic. This is a short article that should ease things a bit. Infectious disease outbreaks can be alarming and can influence our emotional well-being. While it is essential to remain…

Resilient.

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Resilience has been most frequently described as a positive adaptation despite adversity. It is that ability to get up after you get knocked down. Resilience may be interpreted as the ability to keep moving forward irrespective of circumstances, failure or disappointments. "Resilience is not positive thinking, resilience does not equate to optimism. Resilient people also…

Warning signs of dementia.

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The following is a list of 10 warning signs that one has to look out for in order to detect dementia and  associated behavioral disturbances early. These 10 signs have been outlined by th Alzheimer's association. You may take this test for a loved one, this test not meant to be taken by the elder…

The early psychosis screening test.

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Psychosis can be best described as  a set of symptoms that distort reality. Schizophrenia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, feel and behave clearly.  It is extremely important to  identify and treat schizophrenia as soon as possible after the onset. With delay in effective treatment, one may be at increased risk for b adverse implications for long-term treatment outcomes.…

Insomnia screening test

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Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia often have dealing with the daily grind. Sleep is essential for optimal functioning of the body and the mind. A lack of sleep can lead to Not feeling well-rested after a night's sleep Daytime tiredness or sleepiness Irritability,…