Know the Symptoms of PMS

So, Girls are you all prepared for your PMS (premenstrual syndrome.What? You aren’t aware about it? No worries, while you are at Young Hopes, you simply have to leave all your problems and tensions related with your periods aside. PMS occurs 5 days before the starting of the actual periods. A large majority of women suffer from it. Here we are writing a few of the symptoms that you need to check out in yourself and this will help you in knowing if you are suffering from PMS: Physical symptoms include everything from breast tenderness to bloating and cramping while emotional symptoms can include irritability, stress, anxiety, general dysphoria or unhappiness, headache fatigue, oscillatory mood swings and generally increased emotional sensitivity.

Well, most of the women are able to identify these symptoms and hence take care of their themselves accordingly. And we do hope that now you too after recognising the symptoms will be better prepared in the next months. There is as such no need to take medicine to get rid of these, rather try to remain stress free and on good diet. Because we believe that A Happy Woman alone can make Her Family Happy. Wishing you a Happy Period!

What is Hypochondriasis?

The diagnosis of hypochondria must be given with caution and only when medical exams fail to point a real illness. An increased number of visits to the medical doctor, requests for second or third opinion regarding a disease the client believes is the cause of his symptoms (despite test results that show no relevant problems) or exaggerated preoccupation towards one’s health (nor sustained by medical data) can be indicators of hypochondria.

The signs and symptoms of hypochondria may be: an increased fear of illness, misinterpretation of normal bodily functions or harmless symptoms (such as a running nose, heart beats, sweating, small sores etc.), symptoms that shift or change, vague or specific symptoms, no apparent physical disorder that can explain the symptoms, at least six months of persistent disturbance.
Although the exact causes of this illness are not known, the risk factors include having a serious disease during childhood, the loss of a loved one, anxiety disorders, knowing persons with serious health problems, the belief that being in good health means that you are free of all physical symptoms and sensations, having members of the family that suffer from hypochondria and feeling vulnerable to illness.
Also, looking up (in books or over the internet) information on different symptoms or disease reinforces behaviors that make hypochondria persist or evolve. This disorder affects both men and women equally.
Hypochondria may be associated with other psychiatric disorders, such as major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It affects men and women equally.

Usually, this is a chronic disorder due to the fact that the client addresses first to medical doctors and only later seeks psychological help. However, starting the treatment earlier in the evolution might increase the rate of success. The options of treatment are psychotherapy and medication. Studies have shown that cognitive-behavioral therapy is more effective for hypochondria.
Understanding and recognizing the false or irrational beliefs that cause the health anxiety are key-points in the process of healing. The client will also learn to stop those behaviors that increase anxiety level, such as body vigilance (constantly paying attention to your bodily functions and problems that might occur).
Antidepressant medication may help during the treatment, but must be used with caution because the side effects can actually increase health anxiety.The impact hypochondria has on your life can be reduced by early recognition of the problem and getting the proper treatment method (and sticking to it!).


What is Depression?

It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed person.

Impact of Depression:
•Causes tremendous emotional pain
•Disrupts the lives of millions of people
•Adversely affects the lives of families and friends
•Reduces work productivity and absenteeism
•Has a significant negative impact on the economy, costing an estimated $44 billion a year

Depression and bipolar depression are presented separately on this website because of the unique problems encountered with bipolar disorder. Individuals interested in information about bipolar disorder should also review the information on depression, as bipolar disorder usually includes depressive episodes as well. Bipolar disorder was formerly called manic-depressive disorder. It is a type of depression, and it characterized by the presence of mood swings, especially “manic highs” that often result in high risk, self-damaging behavior. Most individuals with bipolar disorder have both depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes.

Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being. We have all felt sad at one time or another, but that is not depression. Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced with serious problems. This too, is not depression. These feelings usually pass within a few days or weeks, once we adjust to the stress. But, if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with work, school or family responsibilities, it may be depression.

Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.
Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment:
•The symptoms are not recognized as depression.
•Depressed people are seen as weak or lazy.
•Social stigma causes people to avoid needed treatment.
•The symptoms are so disabling that the people affected cannot reach out for help.
•Many symptoms are misdiagnosed as physical problems
•Individual symptoms are treated, rather than the underlying cause.

Clinical depression is a very common psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. This is extremely unfortunate because, with proper treatment, nearly 80% of those with depression can make significant improvement in their mood and life adjustment