Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are not always as obvious as some people may believe. However, there are a number of small indicators that may help to provide you with a rudimentary diagnosis. OCD may be expressed in a number of ways, and one of the more common signs is compulsive tooth brushing or over-brushing. This can be extremely damaging to the teeth and gums, as it can strip away the protective enamel on a person’s teeth, and leave gums bleeding, swollen, red and/or irritated. Continue reading
When it comes to dealing with a disability, the effects often go beyond the physical. From mobility folding scooters to physiotherapy, the physical aspects of living with a disability are often emphasized when people speak about health care or accessibility. However, it is important to remember that the psychological effects of disabilities are just as important. If you are curious about the psychological impact a disability may have, please consider the points below. Continue reading
For some people, the very thought of visiting the dentist may send shivers up their spine. Although many people have visited the dentist several times without incident, there are some individuals whose nerves get the better of them during their appointment. People with a fear of the dentist usually have the perception of possible discomfort or pain as the root of their fear. The truth, however, is that dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and is relatively pain-free compared to how it once was. So, how do you deal with dental-phobic patients? We thought we’d ask the Dentistry Award’s Best Dentist in London winners, the Smile Cliniq, for some tips: Continue reading
People who have never used drugs or abused alcohol may wonder what could ever cause anyone to become addicted to illicit substances. Why would anyone compromise their health, safety, and finances to indulge in something that could ultimately kill them?
In fact, addicts are often trapped by a number of psychological factors from which they cannot escape and over which they have little to no power. Despite our general reluctance to be empathetic toward someone with substance dependence issue, the reality is sober living is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Continue reading
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain condition that affects more than 5 million men and women in the United States—particularly individuals who are over the age of 65. Common symptoms of the condition include severe memory loss, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, difficulty learning new things, difficulty recognizing loved ones, inability to perform everyday tasks, and impulsive behavior. At present, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, the condition will ultimately prove to be fatal. Continue reading
While The American Psychological Association currently only recognizes 100 phobias, it is estimated that there are actually over 500 phobias in existence throughout the world. One of the most intriguing – particularly in light of the beauty and youth obsessed age in which we live – is Gerascophobia. Continue reading