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October

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Symptoms specific to Alzheimer’s disease

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia include:

memory loss – especially problems with memory for recent events, such as forgetting messages, remembering routes or names, and asking questions repetitively
increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
difficulty finding the right words
difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
changes in personality and mood
depression

Early symptoms of dementia (sometimes called cognitive impairment) are often mild and may get worse only very gradually. This means you might

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October

Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders

The causes:

Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that cause a variety of “positive” symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, withdrawal, and incoherent speech and impaired reasoning.

Delusions:

Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that cause a variety of “positive” symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, withdrawal, and incoherent speech and impaired reasoning.

Hallucinations:

It is not unusual for some people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia to hear voices, or to see, smell, taste, or feels imaginary things.  The person experiences events that have no objective

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October

Mood Disorders

Clinical Depression

Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.   Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group.  Depression is never a “normal” part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation.   Unfortunately, though treatment for depression is almost always successful, fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment.  Too many people resist treatment because they believe depression is not

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October

Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder have chronic, exaggerated worry about everyday routine life events and activities, with symptoms lasting at least six months; almost always anticipating the worst even though there is little reason to expect it.  People with General Anxiety Disorder have co-occurring physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.

Phobias

People with phobias have extreme, disabling and irrational fear of something that really poses little or no actual danger; the fear leads to avoidance of objects or situations and can cause people to limit

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October

The 5 Major Categories of Mental illness

While there are over 200 classified forms of Mental illness, the five major categories of Mental Illness are…

Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders
Dementias
Eating Disorders

ANXIETY DISORDER

All of us encounter anxiety in many forms throughout the course of our routine activities.  However, the mechanisms that regulate anxiety may break down in a wide variety of circumstances, leading to excessive or inappropriate expressions of anxiety.  An anxiety disorder may exist if the anxiety experienced is disproportionate to the circumstance, is difficult for the individual to control, or interferes with normal functioning.

MOOD DISORDER

Most of us have

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October

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness, like physical illnesses, is on a continuum of severity ranging from mild to moderate to severe.  Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in five children.  Very few people, however actually seek treatment for mental illness.  The stigma associated with mental illness is still the biggest barrier that prevents people from getting treatment or retaining their treatment.

Mental Illness Defined

A mental illness is a disease of the brain that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary

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