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Psychological Changes In The Elderly
Hormones: Hormones surge in the adolescent. The body is changing rapidly and many times it is just an emotional roller coaster. The teen is not a child and not an adult yet...They don't know what to do with their growing bodies and of course there is chemistry with the opposite sex making it all a big learning experience. They are trying not to need the parents they still need in a big way. ...Read more
Whats the PHYSIOlogical cause of panic attacks?what hormones/chemical changes in body cause the attacks in conjunction with psychological aspect of it
Some foods can: contribute to panic attacks. Caffeine and processed sugars can increase the likelihood of panic attacks. The psychological factors tend to be important to understand as well, so start by speaking with a psychologist and also cut back on coffee, tea, chocolate and processed sugars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular dementia: It is well known that a series of small strokes, called lacunes can eventually add up and cause vascular dementia, similar to alzheimer's. A sudden change may well correlate with a new stroke, perhaps from a larger vessel. Tough to treat, but use a memory enhancing agent plus a drug to prevent strokes. A neurologist who does hospital work would be ideal. ...Read more
What is the physiology underlying the changes in mean arterial pressure and heart rate that occur with changes in posture?
Blood Fall ; Gravity: Person curious about physiologic changes in body going from supine to upright should regard faster ; more vigorous heart beats to pump blood ; oxygen to neediest tissue, the brain, which resides on highest part of the body tower. Blood column falls farther in an upright body, thereby causing arterial constriction to acutely diminish size of the blood container, the arterial system. ...Read more
What part of the brain is affected if visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions appear in an elderly person?
If part of psychosis: That is a symptom of dementia due to alzheimer's disease or many small brain infarctions (multi-infarct dementia), there exists death of brain cells in many areas of the brain, but areas where cells are replaced by 'amyloid plaques and tangles' are usually concentrated in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. Once judgment, behavior, psychosis, hallucinations occur, it has spread to cortex. ...Read more
Does the body physiologically change as the seasons change to accommodate a change in temperature? (ie: more weight in the fall and winter)
Not Really: Humans live in artificial environments most of the time; we heat our homes in the winter and cool them in the summer. Our "seasons" are not what our ancestors lived through. That said, if we are less active in the winter and more active in the summer, then yes, our bodies will change, but it's due to that phenomenon, not the seasons themselves. ...Read more
Many: The adolescent brain has not fully developed. Anyone raising teenagers who are convinced that their parents are the worst and craziest people on earth, only to learn differently when they reach their 20's (or sometimes never?), can tell you there is hope. They learn that the world does not revolve entirely around them, that there are things they can still learn, and that others are important. ...Read more
Can symptoms of Lyme disease (and coinfections) become worse due to changes in the weather (such as change in barometric pressure)?
Yes: Lyme disease can cause just about any symptom known to man, including sensitivity to changes in barometric pressure. Western medicine has little if anything to offer for this symptom but homeopathy and chinese medicine can help; of course proper treatment of lyme and co-infections should help too! ...Read more
Many: There are changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. Could have loss of interest in family and things previously enjoyed; may become more isolated and irritable. Sometimes they become agitated, anxious, and pacing. Concentration may be poor. Such a person needs to see his/her physician for an evaluation -- also a psychiatrist can help differentiate causes & treat effectively. Care is needed w/this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might the hyperexcitability of brain in epilepsy be related to the hyperactivity of people with asperger's?
Seeming not: Catatonic disorders are a group of symptoms characterized by disturbances in muscular movement behavior that may have either a psychological/physiological basis. The best-known symptoms are immobility--a rigid positioning of the body held for a considerable length of time. Pts dx. with a catatonic dis. may maintain their body position for hours, days. They seem not to be aware of surrounding. ...Read more
Expert opinions? Which changes in blood pressure and heart rate occur due to depression of the brainstem vasomotor centre from phenobarbital overdose?
Many!: First, it is important to find out if there is a physical reason for impotence. This requires a history & physical examination by your doc, with appropriate testing. If a physical cause is found, like a hormonal imbalance, then treatment helps. You may be referred to a urologist. If there's no apparent physical cause, which is not infrequently the case, then psychological issues are possible. ...Read more
Can brain damage in older veteran cause delusions and hallucinations/ what parts of brain are affected?
Dementia: Frontal lobe cause blunting. Parietal lobe cause auditory hallucinations. Temporal lobe cause disturbed emotions. Occipital lobe cause visual hallucinations. ...Read more
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