About 18.8 million American adults experience a depressive illness

Depressive Disorders

About 18.8 million American adults experience a depressive illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. Depression affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. People with a depressive illness cannot just “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years.

source-SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,

Bulimia is characterized by episodes of binge eating—

 

 

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia is characterized by episodes of binge eating—eating an excessive amount of food at once with a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode—followed by behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced purging by vomiting or misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise. Because purging or other compensatory behavior follows the binge-eating episodes, people with bulimia usually weigh within the normal range for their age and height. However, like individuals with anorexia, they may fear gaining weight, desire to lose weight, and feel dissatisfied with their bodies. People with bulimia often perform the behaviors in secrecy, feeling disgusted and ashamed when they binge, yet relieved once they purge.

 

source-SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,

Schizophrenia More than 2 million Americans a year experience this disorder.

Schizophrenia

More than 2 million Americans a year experience this disorder. It is equally common in men and women. Schizophrenia tends to appear earlier in men than in women, showing up in their late teens or early 20s as compared to their 20s or early 30s in women. Schizophrenia often begins with an episode of psychotic symptoms like hearing voices or believing that others are trying to control or harm you. The delusions— thoughts that are fragmented, bizarre, and have no basis in reality—may occur along with hallucinations and disorganized speech and behavior, leaving the individual frightened, anxious, and confused. There is no known single cause of schizophrenia. Treatment may include medications and psychosocial support like psychotherapy, self-help groups, and rehabilitation.

source-SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,

Assault on the elderly in care

The government claims new national standards for old people’s care homes will make elderly abuse a thing of the past.

Cases of abuse have been highlighted by numerous media campaigns. BBC News Online examines one of the most brutal.

Assault

A nursing home worker was jailed for four years in July for abusing eight elderly women in his care.

Twenty-eight-year-old Simon Hack admitted one charge of causing actual bodily harm, three indecent assaults on women in their 80s and 90s and four of common assault.

Hack, who doctors said had a deep-seated hatred of women, worked for Sunways Nursing Home in Aldershot, Hampshire, from 1991 to 1996.

The prosecution said he seemed to target the frail and vulnerable and those who could not protect themselves.

The accusations against Hack included allegations that he poured cold water over a 78-year-old woman and put a stocking over her head, grabbed a 92-year-old woman’s breasts, force-fed a 96-year-old and poured sherry down the throat of an 81-year-old, causing her to choke.

The prosecution said there had been over 100 complaints made about him

Medical negligence statistics revealed

Medical negligence statistics revealed

June 23, 2010
Posted in Compensation News — Written by Patricia

It’s one of those things that nobody ever thinks will happen to them but a shocking number of people do die while they are receiving treatment in hospital.

New statistics have shown that every day last year, at least one person died because of mistakes made by staff in hospitals.

From January 2009 until May 2010, 656 patients lost their lives as a result of mistakes made and a further 2,500 became more ill because of poor treatment or misdiagnoses.

Some of the errors made related to patients being given the wrong medication, having the wrong part of their body operated on or having instruments left inside them following an operation.

In one case, a newborn baby was fed fabric conditioner. There have also been incidents of the wrong organ being removed or patients receiving transfusions of the wrong blood type.

Some of the mistakes that have been made have been absolutely devastating for the patients involved as well as their families. The majority of them will make a compensation claim for the damage that has been caused.
But of course, no amount of money is any substitute for the life of a loved one and for that reason, the Department of Health have stated that improvements do need to be made.

I felt my life with both my hands

I felt my life with both my hands
by Emily Dickinson

I felt my life with both my hands
To see if it was there —
I held my spirit to the Glass,
To prove it possibler —

I turned my Being round and round
And paused at every pound
To ask the Owner’s name —
For doubt, that I should know the Sound —

I judged my features — jarred my hair —
I pushed my dimples by, and waited —
If they — twinkled back —
Conviction might, of me —

I told myself, Take Courage, Friend —
That — was a former time —
But we might learn to like the Heaven,
As well as our Old Home!

Don’t Quit by Anonymous

Don’t Quit
by Anonymous

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.