It can be mild or excruciating, can be episodic or continuous and can merely inconvenience or totally incapacitate the patient. As in acute pain, chronic pain may also originate with an infection or trauma and in some cases degenerative processes such as arthritis are evident. However for many sufferers of chronic pain the cause is unclear. This absence of diagnosis can in itself add to the effects of the pain. Patients become despondent and lose hope that their pain will ever cease.
Understand Mental Health Problems CMH 302 Know the main forms of Mental ill health The main forms of mental ill health can include clinical depression whereby the main signs and symptoms of this may include: * An unusually sad mood that does not go away * Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable * Lack of energy and tiredness * Loss of confidence in themselves or poor self-esteem * Feeling guilt when they are not at fault * Wishing they were dead * Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions * Having difficulity in sleeping or sleeping to much Bipolar is a specific type of depression this is where a person may have an episode of depression followed by an episode of mania. Mania is the opposite of depression. A person experiencing mania may be: * overconfident and full of ideas * be very talkative * find it difficult in sticking to one subject when they are talking * be full of ideas * have less need for sleep * take risks they normally wouldn't Anxiety disorders differ from day to day anxiety as they are more severe, it is long-lasting and it interferes with the persons work or relationships. Some specific types of anxiety disorders can include: * Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) The main symptom of this is overwhelming anxiety and worry, commonly about things that may go wrong or a persons inability to control a situation, even when there are no signs of trouble. Physical symptoms of GAD include a fast or pounding heart, headaches and inability to relax.
A lot of the time a person with social anxiety may have trouble falling asleep due to the stress of an upcoming social event. Having bad sleeping patterns such as these can wear a person’s body down and create serious health problems (Denkmire and Perritano 7). Individuals with social phobia tend to over analyze or over think simple situations which can cause a large amount of stress when done every day. Heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure are a few serious side effects associated with the stress that accompanies social anxiety. Social anxiety increases a person’s chances of developing high blood pressure.
Older adults who are hard of hearing often report that their hearing loss causes communication problems, which can result in difficulty thinking or concentrating. This results in inattentiveness, distraction, and boredom. The most serious consequence is withdrawal or abandoning participation. Older adults with hearing loss face many of the same fears that anyone with a disability encounters. They worry about loss of significant relationships or jobs or about being perceived as incompetent.
She writes that not enough sleep is going make people more frustrated which will eventually make them have problems with people around. She also talks about that when people do not get enough sleep it messes up their metabolism. At the end of the article she helps out by giving strategies that could help get stuff done so that the people who are sleep deprived can actually sleep (Thompson.) Thompson discusses what happens to peoples motor functions when they do not get enough sleep and that if they lose a full night of sleep it is pretty much like being drunk, so they should not take the car out for a drive or handle any other machinery. Being responsible definitely comes at play in this kind of situation.
job. This, of course, gets one a bad grade and plenty to be embarrassed about. Having to do all that work in almost no time at all brings such an immense amount of stress down one’s body that it can become very unhealthy. When one procrastinates he or she might stay up at night and get little or no sleep at all. Since this happens stress becomes even heavier on one and can provoke serious medical issues.
Hypochondriasis is so overwhelming that it causes problems with work or relationships in one’s life and if it is severe it can be completely disabling. It is similarly common in women, men and even in children as well but is usually seen in people aged between 20 and 30 years old. Emotionally the symptoms are measured by anger or an expression of guilt as a result anxiety and distress coexist with hypochondriasis. On the behavioural aspect symptoms are to play sick which helps to escape from obligations and postpone unwelcome challenges. Signs of health anxiety have little inclination to an impulsive solution and will continue for months or years if treatment is not offered.
(Murray, pg.2) As a nurse you deal with a lot of physical, mental and emotional stress. The stressed nurse may show physical sign of stress such as high blood pressure, headaches, nausea, chest pains and fatigue to just name a few. The behavioral signs are becoming withdrawn, under or over eating, and becoming accident prone and careless. (Murray, pg.4) The emotional signs of a nurse who may not be managing there stress are irritable, angers easily, depression and anxious. These symptoms can compromise the care of a patient or patients if not managed correctly.
Many Americans suffer from emotional and psychological disorders brought on by the everyday challenges of life. Some common disorders which include anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain are brought on by prolonged stress. Pain and stress are not good or bad. They are the body's defense mechanism. A stressful situation, whether it is a long awaited promotion at work or death of a loved one, can cause multiple imbalances that, if prolonged, will result in disorders.
To conclude the section, we will have a brief discussion on managing stress. Physical and Emotional Affects Delivering bad news is very stressful to most people. No matter how often you must do it, it is not easy and can cause great stress. When people are stressed or anxious, their body reacts to it. The “fight or flight” reaction kicks in and the body prepares to