Archive for March, 2008

What is Dementia ?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Dementia is a neurological disorder in which the patient looses its ability to think, speak, reason, remember and move. It is a progressive brain dysfunction, leads to a gradually increasing restriction of daily activities. The most well-known type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia not only affects patients, but also those surrounding them, as most patients require care in the long-term.While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, many other conditions also can cause similar symptoms.Dementia occurs in people with Alzheimer’s disease because healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities.Some of these disorders get worse with time and cannot be cured. Other types respond so well to treatment, their symptoms may even be reversed.After Alzheimer’s disease, the most common forms of dementia are vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia. Frontotemporal dementia is less common.

How To Treat Bulimia

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Bulimia is mainly a psychiatric problem and involves behavioral therapy along with counseling. Therapy is most effective when it concentrates on the issues that cause the behavior, rather than on the behavior itself. The patient is advised to participate in group therapy, where persons suffering from Bulimia meet and talk about their experiences.

The patient may also need Anti-depressants since he usually suffers from depression. Since fluid and electrolyte imbalances are observed, it is prudent to relinquish the reserves with i.v.fluids and electrolytes. The mainstay of the treatment part is Follow-Up. Monitoring of a person’s compliance is vital to the success of treatment.