How to identify if someone has post-traumatic stress disorder? And are post-traumatic stress disorder signs easy to identify? Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) occurs when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event that leaves a strong impact on their memory and psyche. There is not a list of definable events that can lead to PTSD… Read more »
Posts Categorised: Mental Illness
Is mental illness hereditary?
Eye colour is inherited from ones parents in a completely predictable way and so are a number of so-called genetic illnesses. This is not the case for any mental illnesses. For some mental illnesses it does matter who your parents are but you cannot predict in the same way as eye colour what effect this… Read more »
Bulimia – how to deal with someone who you think has it
Bulimia has its origins in the same mind-set as anorexia and is not that uncommon particularly in young women. As with anorexia it is based on a fear of fatness but the affected person tends to be of normal weight. This is because the person alternates over-eating (sometimes called binge-eating) with a method of shedding… Read more »
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We go about our everyday lives in two domains: the emotional and the logical. So, for example, we fall in love (emotional) and then decide to live with or marry the perosn (logical). When a relative dies we feel many emotions but manage to cope with this by allowing ourselves gradually to accept it. Logically… Read more »
I keep checking I’ve turned the gas off – can I be helped?
Some people develop a condition where they feel compelled to check and recheck things many times over – sometimes to the extent where they are unable to get on with normal daily activities. Sufferers may have long and complex rituals which they feel compelled to carry out and if they deviate even marginally they feel… Read more »
Can I get help for my relative if they don’t want it?
There is a common myth about mental illness, which goes something like this: ‘unless a person wants to change they cannot be helped’. Like all myths there is a grain of truth in it but it is primarily true only for personal and psychological problems, drug and alcohol related problems and mild degrees of mental… Read more »
Why Your Client Needs a Testamentary Capacity Report
My Practice receives a lot of enquiries about Mental Capacity Reports but less instructions. Clients do not seem to understand their value and perhaps the same is true for some solicitors. Yet, on a regular basis, my elderly psychiatrist colleagues charge many thousands of pounds to sift through the medical records of deceased people, whose… Read more »