Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
A recent article from the Associated Press reported on the results of a major, 12 year study on women and heart disease.
The study followed 63,000 women over a 12 year period of time. At the onset of the study, none of the women showed any symptoms or signs of heart disease. Almost 8 percent of the women were suffering from severe depression.
The women in the study with depression had more than twice the risk of dying from sudden cardiac death (generally caused by an abnormal heart rate) and an increased risk of dying from all other types of heart disease.
One of the most surprising results of the study indicated that women taking antidepressants had the highest risk of sudden cardiac death.
Although the study, at first glance, would indicate antidepressant medication could cause an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, the researchers point out that the results may also mean women taking antidepressants were suffering from more severe depression and it ...
Have you had a panic attack? If so, you're not alone.
A panic attack is a sudden onset of severe anxiety so intense that it causes physical reactions - when there is nothing to be afraid of. Your heart rate can soar, you might start to tremble or shake, your mouth dries up. You might feel nauseated or feel you can't breathe. You may feel dizzy or weak.
A meta-analysis of more than 5,500 patients scored the incidence of panic attacks and panic disorder across a number of other mental disorders. Of these, 61 patients had bipolar disorder.
Among those patients, 7.6% were diagnosed with panic disorder, 4.6% had a history of panic attacks, and 9% were currently having panic attacks. While those figures aren't as high as most of the other conditions listed (including several anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder), they still give a good look at the prevalence of panic attacks in bipolar disorder. Almost one out of ten of us is experiencing panic attacks at any...
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