Similar yet so different – Part 4: PMS and PMDD

Similar yet so different – Part 4: PMS and PMDD

Mood swings, cranky behavior, fatigue and irritability are some of the common physical and psychological symptoms witnessed one to two weeks before menstruation among woman of reproductive age. Commonly known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), it is a gynecological condition that affects a woman’s emotional, physical, mental and behavioral health.
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Similar yet so different – Part 3: Schizophrenia and Paraphrenia

Similar yet so different – Part 3: Schizophrenia and Paraphrenia

Many perceive mental illness as a mood swing and or an incomprehensible personality trait. Sadly, mental disorders are not taken seriously unlike physical illnesses. An unexpected change in behavior, inability to perform daily tasks, social isolation and unpredictable mood swings are some of the warning signs that a person’s mind may be seriously impacted by an ailment. On one hand, mental health patients are discriminated due to social stigma which makes their condition worse, on the other hand, common symptoms between two mental illnesses make accurate diagnosis and treatment all the more difficult.
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Keeping stress-free New Year resolutions

Keeping stress-free New Year resolutions

“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

This is the last verse from the poem ‘Ode to the West Wind’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The ephemeral phenomena of falling autumn leaves and the beginning of shorter days and far colder nights is not at all a morose theme when one fathoms what awaits them in the next chapter of seasonal changes. It is a time when humans, plants and fauna alike prepare for the long slumber before ushering into a new period of warmth and life.
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Similar yet so different – Part 2: Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

Similar yet so different – Part 2: Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

Any dramatic change in one’s behavior, including drastic mood swings, displays a personality that is in complete contrast to the actual person. Although such a change is largely perceived as sheer madness due to lack of awareness, this is one of the common symptoms of difficult to understand psychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder (BPD).
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