Medication

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Why Flying Ryanair Can Make You Happy

Danny McCubbin | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Last Friday I had followed my own advice and everything was going smoothly but then for some reason I started feeling agitated at everything that was happening around me. Why was the bloke next to me hogging both armrests? Why was the flight attendant so angry and snappy with the customers?

Are Ya Bad? Or Are Ya Bad Bad?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby pointed out once that there may be people reading this who are trying to understand what someone who is depressed is going through, why they are acting the way they are, and I hope I've been able to give you some insight into that. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but for me, this is how it manifests.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

When I'm depressed it's really pronounced - I can go from ok to dangerously low to barely contained anger in a matter of hours. When I'm well, my mood tends to follow those around me - if I'm with people who are in good form, I'm in good form. If there's stress or angst around me, I take it on. As Therapist described it today, I'm a chameleon when it comes to mood.

New Treatments For Depression Reported Beyond Prozac And Proloft

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new study looking at what causes depression may open the door to new treatments beyond antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft. Reporting in t...

Sharing Medical Data Is Not Okay

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

There are many issues about sharing a persons personal medical data with other organisations and companies, some issues are big and others are much smaller. For me, it causes many issues. I'm not afraid to share with the world that I have a heart condition, caused by a lack of fibrillin gene meaning my aorta just keeps expanding. In fact, that's pretty rare in itself, admitting it can stop people wanting to hire me, because even though it's controlled - I pose too much of a risk.

Nanoparticles Pills 'Could Replace Current Injectable Cancer And Diabetes Medication'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Nanoparticle pills could one day replace a host of medications for diseases such as diabetes and cancer that now have to be injected, research suggest...

Surf Lessons Are Being Prescribed To Help Low Self-Esteem And Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It sounds like a flippant concept - offering young people surfing lessons to help combat their depression and low self-esteem - but it's encouraging n...

The One With the Mental Health

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

Telling people I have depression and I take medication for it has been one of the most liberating things I've ever done. I refuse to hide in a corner. So I talk about it. Because talking about it helps me heal and it, hopefully, stops the rest of the world being embarrassed and treating mental health as something we don't mention.

'Poop Pills' Made From Faeces Help Cure Deadly Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Pills made from faecal matter - or 'poop pills' as they are more affectionately known - are successfully treating patients with a deadly disease, acco...

Why the Taboo on Prozac is So Last Century

Esther Rich | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Unlike a lot of people in today's society, I will happily admit to taking anti-depressants. A mental illness is just that - an illness, which needs treating. If I had a physical ailment I wouldn't think twice about taking the medication, so I don't understand why there is such a taboo on medication for mental illnesses.

One Third Of Us Need Painkillers To Go To Work

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Almost two in five painkiller users need medication just so they can go to work, a healthcare charity has said. Nuffield Health warned that long-te...

Faster Cancer Treatment To Be Rolled Out Nationwide

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Cancer patients can now get vital treatment in just five minutes instead of two hours after a new injection procedure was trialled by a hospital. P...

Aspirin Linked To Elderly Blindness

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Regular use of aspirin can more than double the risk of a leading cause of blindness in older people, research suggests. Scientists found a signifi...

Why NICE Mustn't Withdraw Severe Asthma Treatment That Gave Me My Life Back

Sophie May | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie May

The doctors at the hospital sat my mother down and told her there was nothing else they could do, that my body was shutting down and that I was going to die. That was it - I was going to die because of asthma. It sounds crazy but sadly over 1100 people do die from asthma every year.

Painkillers Cause Headaches - Finding Another Way

Laura Knowles | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Knowles

Painkillers can't be considered as a cure for headaches. They block the pain receptors that are giving the brain the message that there is a problem. Painkillers are not addressing the problem of where the headache is really coming from.

My Top Three London Pub Alternatives

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

So, for the serious ones on the wagon, pregnant women, and people like me who shouldn't drink on medication, here are my top three non boozy alternatives to a good night out. Girly as these suggestions are, I have tried them to success out on men.

Meditation is my Medication!

Ladan Soltani | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ladan Soltani

Meditation is not always a discipline which needs to be practiced solely in a seated, upright posture. From experience, the mind can be silent in the noisiest shopping mall or the loudest party. This does not mean we just miraculously stop thinking. It is almost impossible to completely curb our thoughts, even for a regular practitioner of meditation.

Many Questions Still Unanswered in the Polypill Debate

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

Anyone reading the papers this week might have come away with the impression that all over 50s should be hot-footing it down to their local pharmacy and demanding a polypill. So why, you might be wondering, are we not adopting this 'one size fits all' approach straight away?

Antidepressants - Can They Help? (Tom Cruise Doesn't Think So)

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

I very much doubt Tom Cruise will be reading this. If you are, Tom, I just like to say that I accept that trying to pacify the war of the worlds between Scientology and psychiatry is mission impossible. I know psychiatry has its shortcomings.

The Ultimate Checklist for Backpacking Across Europe

Simon Markland | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK
Simon Markland

Unless you have an incredible memory capacity, chances are you will need a documented and carefully thought out checklist before you travel on any holiday. If you're tacking a backpacking break across Europe however, that list becomes infinitely more important.

Being Admitted to a Psychiatric Ward - The Experience and the Process

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

I recently watched a film - a terrible film - which had an archaic, grotesque depiction of life in a psychiatric ward. After I recovered from the boredom, I woke up, wiped dribble from my shirt, and then started to ponder over it. It was frustrating to think that people who have no experience of this kind of environment may be influenced by such a portrayal.

The 'Intelligent Pill' That Tells You When To Take Your Medication

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A new ‘smart' pill that helps patients to manage their medication, as well as monitoring their heart rate and body temperature, is to be available i...

Taking Slightly Too Much Paracetamol 'Can Cause Death'

PA | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

People who regularly take slightly too much paracetamol over a period of time to relieve pain could be at a higher risk of dying than those who take a...

Diary of a Cancer Patient: Getting Used to Chemotherapy Treatment

Laura Smith | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK
Laura Smith

I am staying positive on the whole - it's actually not that bad, you just learn how to get on with it. I have had pretty bad luck; I appear to have had every side effect going to date. I won't go into the gory details but had a week of staring at hospital walls, barely recognising myself, unable to do anything being hooked up to a drip 24/7 and getting more and more down but even now I look back and think if that's the worst, I can deal with it.