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Psychiatry and Sexuality

What is Sexuality?

Sexuality is a term which the public mainly associates with sex. However, sexuality is a term that covers the sexual organs, gender and reproduction and also sexual orientation, attitude, behavior, public values, desire and pleasure. This means that whilst sexuality provides the human with certain biological properties it also has an effect on the person’s behavior, emotions, relationships and choices.

Taking a Schizophrenic Patient to the Doctor

Relatives and friends of a schizophrenic patient, and people close to the patient usually find themselves at a loss as to what to do. The difference between the real world and the world of these patients, who are unable to distinguish between imagination and reality, also has a negative impact on the patient’s relationship with other persons. People close to the patient may suffer psychologically during this process, and may even stop associating with the patient. They may not know how to help the patient, and may not be able to prevent problems relating to a job and lodging which are needed by the patient.

Depression and Diet

Depression, one of the mood disorders, is a psychological disorder in which the person experiences feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt and sorrow; where alongside of symptoms like fatigue and inability to enjoy life there is deterioration in sleep and dietary patterns.

Serotonin

What is Serotonin (Happiness hormone)?

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that transmits electrical signals between the nerve cells, also known as the happiness hormone, is primarily found in the brain, the intestines and in blood thrombocytes. It is produced by the body.

What is a Broken Heart Syndrome?

Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as cardiomyopathy, is a condition brought on by an emotionally or physically stressful situation. Events that adversely affect the person’s emotions, like separation from or the loss of a loved one, betrayal, trauma, shock, depression, a difficult and stressful tooth extraction, or receiving happy news (like expecting a child, winning the lottery and similar) can bring on this syndrome. It is more common in women than in men.

What is Trauma?

For an event to be called a traumatic event it has to be an event that develops suddenly and causes fear, anxiety and a feeling of hopelessness in the individual. In addition to these it has to threaten the person’s life, and psychological and physical integrity. The event may not always be experienced by the person himself, it can also be a traumatic event experienced by people in the person’s close environment or it can be an event which the person witnessed.