Category Archives: Anti Depressants-Sleeping Aid

HOW TO DIAGNOSE BDD IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: BDDQ

Someone who appears to have BDD based on his or her answers on the BDDQ should then be asked questions from the adolescent version of the BDD Module to determine whether BDD is really present (see Appendix C). Because it’s common for adolescents to think a lot about their appearance, it’s important to be sure […]

THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF ST JOHN’S WORT: AWAITING FURTHER RESEARCH

Should we reserve judgement about the effectiveness of St John’s Wort pending the conclusion of the latest studies ? There does not seem to be much merit in this argument. In the use of St John’s Wort to treat depression, the Europeans have been leaders for over 350 years. Since the publication of Commission E […]

COMING OFF TRANQUILLIZERS: GRACE’S STORY

Grace, aged sixty-seven, was prescribed Tranxene six years ago because she was ‘run down’ after nursing her husband through a long illness. She had always been a strong outward-looking woman who spent a lot of her time helping the young mothers and the elderly in her area. She saw her doctor because she was becoming […]

COMING OFF TRANQUILLIZERS: RELAXATION AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

This is not just a set of silly exercises to fill in the afternoon. Muscles that are shouting for a chemical that you have stopped taking have to be re-trained. If you tie a tight band around your arm, what happens to your hand? You will certainly get pain, swelling, loss of movement and an […]

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: AGORAPHOBIA

This is often thought of as fear of open spaces, but it is a great deal more wide-ranging. A man who can happily drive to work may be paralysed with fear if he has to travel by public transport. Even going to the local shop can be an impossible task for the agoraphobic. Many people […]

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: LACK OF CONCENTRATION

Calls come in saying ‘How is it that I am having difficulty doing simple things I have done all my life?’ One said ‘It has taken me two hours to fit a plug onto a kettle’. Many women have said that they could not understand the simplest recipe or knitting pattern. There is some confusion […]