The Importance of Treating OCD Earlier Than Later

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that parents may think they are unequipped to handle. While children with OCD often have fears, feelings or unwanted thoughts, parents may want to have their child diagnosed early on to better assist them through a proper treatment plan.

Family Deals with the Condition:

As a person ages, they may experience health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. While accurate blood pressure readings and physician checkups can address certain situations before they become dire, there are also things you can do early on in life to combat health complications. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising and managing your weight. But for health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), early identification is key to getting the right treatment. Children with extreme symptoms may have a hard time paying attention in the classroom. Their homework may even suffer if they can’t control their thoughts or anxiety. You can look for signs such as your child is irritable, anxious, upset or sad. They may also feel unsure of situations or have trouble deciding things. If they’re performing a task, your child may also lose their temper. An early diagnose with an expert allows family members to deal with the condition and get the kids the help that they need.

Allows Time to Gather Information and Resources:

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OCD is diagnosed with the help of a psychiatrist or psychologist. After a thorough interview process, questionnaire and checklist, the health professional can make a proper diagnosis. Early detection offers patients a better chance at improving their symptoms. Not all therapies work for everyone, so you may need to find an OCD treatment that works best for your child’s personal needs. Several treatment methods include psychotherapy, medication, physical therapy, mindfulness, cognitive and group therapy programs. If your child is diagnosed earlier than later, you have time to gather information to determine the best course of action. You can also enlist the help of the various resources available to you. Remember, knowledge equals power, so you want to fill your mind with as much information as possible.

Find Ways to Manage the Illness:

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Feelings of nervousness or cleanliness are other signs of OCD behaviors. If you’re a parent who is looking to manage the illness, you can start by speaking with your child in an open forum. Show your support by discussing what is going on with their body both mentally and physically. Be supportive by letting them know that you’ll be there for them to help deal with the stresses that they may experience.

Help Child Improve Symptoms with Therapy:

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Based on recent studies found in the Nordic Long-term OCD research, children with OCD and who were exposed to cognitive-behavioral therapy programs had a better chance of improvement when diagnosed at a younger age. If you want to help your child deal with OCD, you can play an active role in their therapy program. Because the treatment plan can be lengthy, you want to make yourself available during all appointments. You also want to adhere to the exercises and recommendations that the therapist deems important. Encourage your child to work hard no matter how tough the struggles may be. If you don’t know much about OCD, there’s a lot of information for parents to help you cope. It may also help to get involved with other organizations where you can share stories and find ideas to help improve your child’s every day symptoms.

Develop a Plan to Live a Healthier Life:

Dealing with OCD behaviors can prove challenging for children. They may even want to give up if the anxieties become too much for them. But treating OCD at an earlier age urges kids to meet the obstacles head on. If at some point during the day they find the anxieties too great to handle, they can get rid of the compulsive reactions to OCD symptoms by following exercises at home. The therapist may also need to meet with them on a regular basis to better assist them in enjoying a healthier and more normal life. Even exposing oneself to the various situations that trigger the OCD behavior can teach kids to stop carrying out the compulsive reactions. Over time, they may stop reacting to the OCD situations because they are no longer afraid.

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OCD behaviors involve compulsive actions and thoughts. If not dealt with correctly, the symptoms can evolve into more serious situations such as anxiety, fear, nervousness, and repetition. But getting treatment early on through therapy can help kids learn about their compulsiveness. It also allows them to find the proper treatment plan that will improve their symptoms and maybe even conquer their fears.

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Rett Syndrome: A Detailed Study

A Rare Disease Called Rett Syndrome:

Mostly girls are the victims of this brain disorder called Rett syndrome. Girls after their birth can have six to almost eighteen month spans of probable normal growth. Then they usually develop complications in learning, communication, coordination & various other brain activities. Girls affected with this ailment loose the proper use of their hands and show uncontrolled actions using their hands like repeating clapping, wringing or washing etc.They usually have small sized head & the pace of development is quite slow in comparison with other children’s. Some other problems they face are scoliosis in which the spine gets abnormally curved from one side to another, seizures, sleep problems, breathing irregularity etc.

Some of the symptoms of Rett syndrome are:

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  • They suffers from microcephaly (unusual brain growth & small sized head). As the child gets older stunted development becomes more distinct.
  • Most of the patients suffering from this syndrome, forget the use of their hands. They are more likely to use their both hands simultaneously to rub or to write.
  • In between the ages one to four their language as well as social skills begin to show a downturn. They usually develop excessive social anxiety & stop talking.
  • Because of problematic muscle coordination their walking style can appear quite wired.
  • You can notice hyperventilation (taking very fast breaths), seizure, strong exhaling of air or even saliva, deglutition of air & uncoordinated breathing.
  • As they grow older they become more irritated & tense too. You can notice long spells of laughter or even longer spells of crying among them.

Causes:

  • Mostly Rett syndrome cases occurs as an outcome of a mutation of genes that happen in a non-regular manner. In rare cases children can inherit this disease from their parents.
  • In most of the occurrences among children, it has been found that the mutation of MECP2 genes is mainly responsible. It has also been found that other activities like duplications and deletions or mutation happening in other genes like STK9 or CDKL5 are also responsible for the occurrence of this disease.
  • A protein called MeCP2 that is essential for the proper growth of the human brain is generated by the gene MECP2. MeCP2 balances the other genes in our brain, by enhancing the action of the spare genes & informing then when to put off & freeze the manufacturing of their own exclusive protein.
  • It has been found that in most children the mutation on the X chromosome leads to Rett syndrome. However what is not clear is the mechanism that leads to bringing in the Rett Syndrome.Some researchers have said that a single gene often impacts other genes that are essential for brain development.

Diagnosis/ Treatment:

Diagnosis/ Treatment
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Irrespective of age an early well timed intervention can always give you a nice result. People with this problem can perform in community & school activities with assistance as well as with therapy too. There are various options for treatments that are available, a list is as follows:

Medication:

  • Controlling seizure
  • Relieve from constipation as well as indigestion
  • Reducing ailments like unusual heart beats.
  • Lowering of breathing trouble.

Occupational Therapy:

  • Coaching activities like feeding & dressing (self-directing actions).
  • Promote the use of their hands & maintain that improvement.
  • Try to lower the typical hand activities like clapping, tapping, washing, rubbing etc.

Physical Therapy/Hydrotherapy:

  • Lower limbs as well as back
  • Maintaining or even enhancing balance & mobility.
  • Patients with an unusual curvature of spine (scoliosis) can have weight bearing training.

Feeding Assistance:

  • For patients who by mistake often swallow their bite which in turn goes into the lungs, introduction of a feeding tube is a viable option.
  • Make their bones strong, provide minerals & calcium, it can also resist scoliosis.
  • For improving weight as well as height, provide high fat content foods along with high calorie meals.

Speech-Language Therapy:

  • Enhancing social interactions.
  • Coach them in nonverbal interaction process.

Physical Assistance:

  • For correcting scoliosis go for surgery or braces

For adjusting hand movements, go for splints.

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Don’t Suffer In Silence: Non-Pharmaceutical Remedies For Mild Depression

Depression is an illness that can strike anyone at any time. It has the power to render life almost unlivable, as you constantly struggle for motivation. Everything in life feels worthless, and any way out of the pit it creates seems impossible. It’s been estimated that one in four people will suffer a period of depression at some point in their lives – a terrifying statistic. Continue reading “Don’t Suffer In Silence: Non-Pharmaceutical Remedies For Mild Depression”

Managing Your Anxiety Easier With These Tips

One of life’s cruelest mental conditions, anxiety is worse than depression in many ways. While depression is seen as being harder to deal with, that’s not the case. In terms of your day-to-day life, studies have shown that having anxiety is much worse. It may not lead to suicidal thoughts, as depression can, but in terms of how you live your life, it can cause all sorts of problems.

Feeling anxious, to a certain extent, is normal. Anxiety helps us to get out of the way of harm and acts as a warning for when we need to take action. However, if the fear that you’re experiencing is persistent and overwhelming, this is a sign that there’s a problem. If you dread everyday situations, this shows that for you, anxiety may be a problem. If it’s interfering with your daily life, you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder. Continue reading “Managing Your Anxiety Easier With These Tips”

5 Tips to Remedy Morning Muzzy Feeling (Foggy Mind, Groggy)

Several researchers and scientists have noticed that people between the age bracket of 15 to 45 seem to be facing early morning lightheadedness or a kind of confusion,  this can happen due to several reasons; like lack of sleep, exhaustion or a new diet-plan that you might be following. The better term to describe this sensation would be a muzzy, groggy or a foggy mind. These symptoms are relatable with most teenagers today as when they wake up, their mind has no clarity and they seem to struggle while trying to focus.

There are times when a person is not even tired and yet faces these symptoms. The reason for it could be some kind of disturbance that could be happening during their sleep. Basically when a person is in this state their mind is not yet ready to wake up and further rest is recommended. In some probable cases it could be a disease but more often than not, it’s just a mere reflection of our poor habits regarding our lifestyle.

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