Author: Dr Julian

Discover Whether You Could Have A Hidden Injury

Do you ever wonder about what’s going on inside your body? While you might think you are healthy, with so many reports of dangerous diseases and people dying with virtually no warning it can make you seemingly paranoid about whether there is an issue that you’re just not aware of. Well, while it’s unlikely that you have a serious health condition, it is possible that you have a hidden injury. Left untreated this could impact your quality of life. Or, it could even put your life at risk. So, what are the signs that something is wrong in your body?

 

Trusting Your Senses

One of the most common signs of an injury that has been undiscovered is an issue with the senses. For instance, if you have a problem hearing, it’s likely that you might be experiencing hearing loss or an issue related to a physical symptom such as wax blocking the ear-canal. But did you know, that an issue with your hearing can also be neurological? It’s true, a problem hearing can be the first warning sign of a neurological condition that may need immediate treatment.

It’s not just your hearing either. If you notice any changes to any of your senses whether it be touch, sight, smell, taste or hearing, you should definitely book an appointment with a doctor. It’s quite possible that there’s more to it than you first think.

 

Not As Lazy As You Think

Or perhaps as of late, you have found yourself struggling to stay awake. This could once again be a neurological issue and may even be the sign of a traumatic brain injury. This can develop after trauma that has impacted the brain, and you might not even realize it. Perhaps you fell and hit your head. While you felt fine, the injury may have left significant damage. Find out more about this type of injury if you have noticed changes to your levels of energy, particularly if you have recently been involved in an accident. You might need to see a doctor.

A Question Of Pain

You might find that you are, occasionally, experiencing a slight pain somewhere in your body. A natural reaction would be to shake this off or ignore it as another quirk of your body. However, it is important to pay particular attention to the area of that pain. Think about whether you have ever experienced any trauma or had an injury in that area. This could have been a while ago, and it can be years before an injury starts to show painful symptoms. If you do think this might be caused by an old injury, contact a doctor. They should be able to examine your body and figure out what’s going wrong.

A common example of this would be a pain in your lower back that develops after years of lifting heavy items the wrong way.

These are just some of the common signs that you do have an undiscovered injury that may need treatment. If in doubt and something seems strange to do get checked out. It’s often better to be safer than sorry.

 

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Understanding the Basics of Med Malpractice

We all use medical facilities and come into contact with medical professionals at some point or another in our lives. Whether this is a general practitioner, a local nurse, a pharmacist when collecting prescriptions, a member of the A&E department, a radiologist, a surgeon… the list goes on and on. These individuals are endowed with the responsibility of consulting us when we are unwell or injured, diagnosing problems, and rectifying situations. Most of the time, our experience with them will be positive. Sure, we may not meet with them in the most fortunate of circumstances. But they will do their utmost to improve our individual condition. Every now and then, however, our experiences with medical staff will not be all that they are supposed to be. It is important that you understand these situations and know how to deal with these situations, so that you can take the right course of action should you find yourself in them. Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!

Potential Problems

When we talk about issues with how medical professionals have treated us, we can generally file complaints into one of two different categories – medical malpractice and medical negligence. Here’s how to distinguish between them!

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a situation that occurs when a medical professional fails to provide you with the care that they are well aware that you need. There is always an element of intent in medical malpractice cases. If a doctor knows that you need certain care, treatment, or medication, and consciously does not provide you with this, you need to take action, as the consequences of such behaviour could be dangerous or even fatal. If you believe that you have suffered from medical malpractice, you may need to file a malpractice suit.

 

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is no less serious than medical malpractice. You could still suffer negative consequences should it occur to you. However, there is no intent in medical negligence. It is moreso a situation where a medical professional makes a mistake or does not pursue the right course of action for a patient.

 

What Action Should You Take?

As we have briefly mentioned, individuals who have suffered from med malpractice or medical negligence should seek legal help. This will help to cover any costs that develop as a result of a doctor’s bad decisions or mistakes. It could also provide you with sufficient funds to take time off work to recover properly. What’s more? Seeking legal action will help to assure that similar wrongdoing or mistakes don’t occur to anyone else in the future!

We really don’t talk about medical malpractice all too much, so hopefully the above information will help to guide you in the right direction should you ever find yourself in receipt of inadequate healthcare. Keep it in the back of your mind at all times!

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Understanding the Two Sides of Brain Health

Understanding the Two Sides of Brain Health

The human brain is an incredibly complicated piece of biological machinery. Keeping this part of your body healthy isn’t a simple thing either, though, with this part of the medical field being one of the largest. To make this a little bit easier, this post will be exploring the two sides of brain health, showing you how to handle an issue like this in the right way.

 

The Physical

Physical issues are often much easier to spot than mental ones, making this a good place to start. You will usually have to sustain some sort of head injury to experience this sort of damage, with the skull being fairly strong, and impacts having to be very hard. Of course, though, this isn’t something you want to play with.

Be Aware: One of the most important parts of this is simple awareness. Your brain is very sensitive, but won’t often let you know when something is wrong until damage has already been done. In a car accident, for example, adrenalin will be coursing through your veins, making it difficult to notice a serious injury unless it has very obvious signs.

Take Action: Whether you’re on the scene of an accident or some time has passed, you should always seek medical attention as soon as you are concerned about a head injury. Getting through the long-term impact of something like this can be hard, too. There are loads of companies out there with the skills to support you with this, making it a good idea to call them today if you need some help.

 

The Mental

This field gets a little more complex when you’re dealing with a mental issue. It can be much harder to spot something like this until it starts to bubble over, and a lot of people will reject the idea that something is wrong in this area, even with strong evidence against them. Understanding your brain is key in catching something like this early.

Be Mindful: Mindfulness is one of the best ways to assess and survey your mind without having to see a special doctor. Studying your emotions and thoughts to understand their origins can give you a good insight into whether or not they are rational. By comparing your emotions over time, you will gain the opportunity to delve into the issues which could be hidden away, making it much easier to get help when you need it.

Take Action: There are loads of ways to get support when it comes to mental health. Medical care is the best way to treat something like this, giving you the confidence to enjoy life. Along with this, though, blogs, support websites, and loads of other platforms exist around the web which can provide additional help to make this part of life easier.

 

With the brain being such an important part of your body, it makes sense to work hard to keep it safe. A lot of people find this very challenging. In reality, though, simple observation and learning is often enough to get you on the right track.

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World Mental Health Day 2018: Why The Focus is on Young People.

 

Imagine growing up in our world today.

Young people are spending most of their day on the internet – experiencing cyber-crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games.

Not only that, but the rise of social media is causing young people to have no choice but to constantly be comparing their lives, and appearances, to others’ all around the world.

Mental health issues, suicide, and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising.

LGBTQ youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves and young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental illness and wellbeing.

This is why the focus is of this year’s world mental health day campaign is on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

 

The WHO (World Health Organisation) explained:

“Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. ‘In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows”.

 

It’s important to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

 

Please make sure you ask any young people you know how they are doing, because they may not be as okay as they seem.

And young people, please feel you can talk about your problems, whatever they may be – there is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

At Dr Julian, we think the most important thing when it comes to mental health is to talk.

We offer online video therapy in the comfort of your own home.

So, no waiting lists, and no leaving your bedroom!

We know how stressful and detrimental to your mental health university can be. This is why for world mental health day, we are giving students 25% off their first appointment with us.

 

Just email us at info@dr-julian.com using your student email address and we will reply with your personal discount.

 

Talk to someone, talk to us!

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Every Day Should Be World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day (10th October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide.

 

 

Why It’s Important.

Every year one in four adults, along with one in ten children, will have a mental health issue.

These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help.

According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems seek help or undergo ongoing treatment.

By stark contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

Therefore, world mental health day is certainly an amazing thing raising awareness, educating the world, and trying to help those in need.

However, we think it should be mental health day every day!

Please be there for your loved ones all 365 days of the year.

And if you are struggling, please feel like you can talk about your issues whenever you want.

There is nothing to be ashamed of.

Talk to someone, talk to us:

We, at Dr Julian offer online video therapy in the comfort of your own home.

 

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Could Online Therapy Be a Good Idea for You?

Could Online Therapy Be a Good Idea for You?

It’s not hard to see why online counselling is growing in popularity. We now live in a technology dominated society; tech is a huge part of modern life – especially for millennials. Some may be skeptical, but e-therapy undoubtedly has some clear benefits.

The Advantages of Online Therapy.

Accessibility for Those with Physical Limitations

Online therapy provides accessibility to individuals who are disabled or housebound. Mobility can be a big issue when it comes to accessing mental health care. Individuals who are unable to leave their home for various reasons may find online therapy a useful alternative to traditional therapy settings.

Convenience & Comfort

Many people with mental health issues struggle to motivate themselves to get to the doctors – even just leaving the house can be a challenge. People can find it especially nerve wracking to visit the GP to talk about mental health. It is much easier and more comfortable to talk about such personal matters in the comfort of your own home. The disinhibition effect is a key factor here – people tend to feel more comfortable and confident opening up and discussing problems when they are online, rather than face to face.

Since, with e- therapy, you will be attending therapy sessions online in the comfort of your own home, you can often schedule your therapy sessions for times that are the most convenient for you.

Great for Mothers

This factor – the sessions being at home, even means you could have therapy whilst still caring for your baby or child.

A Good Option for Remote Areas

Online therapy offers access to mental health information to people in rural or remote areas. Those who live in such areas simply might not have access to any other form of mental health treatment because there are no mental health practices in their geographic area. E-therapy gives these individuals access to treatment that they might not have otherwise.

No Waiting Lists

GPs have long waiting lists whereas online therapy can can be instant. This is clearly an excellent thing for everyone in need but especially important for those with severe depression – they can’t afford to wait a while – especially if they may be suicidal.

Some online therapy may offer typed messaging therapy which may not be a great idea for many requiring detailed mental health help and counselling.

However, we at Dr Julian offer video call therapy, which is essentially face to face therapy, just in the comfort of your own home and at your own convenience.

All of our therapists at Dr Julian are professionally trained and accredited.

Visit our website for more info: www.dr-julian.com

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Is Your Contraception Affecting Your Mental Health?

Is Your Contraception Affecting Your Mental Health?

Contraception is of course a wonderful thing – allowing women to take control over their bodies. Not only can it prevent unwanted pregnancies, but it can also help women to improve their acne and their period symptoms.

Hormonal contraception in the UK has evolved from being only accessible for married women, to now being widely available to people of all ages and relationship statuses.

Choices have also now expanded beyond the pill, with the implant, the coil, and many more options which are all easily available on the NHS. This is of course how it should be – everyone deserves the right to contraception, and the fact that there are different options to suit different people is absolutely great.

However, I think much more attention needs to be drawn to the psychological effects of many of these contraceptive methods.

Control over your body and reproductive system is a right, and so too should nuanced information about it be.

Side effects of Hormonal Contraception:

In a survey created by Rosie Hilton and Laurie Presswood, 67.8 per cent of respondents said that they felt a change in their general mood whilst taking hormonal contraception.

56.9 per cent said they felt their hormonal contraception had impacted their mental health.

Many respondents frequently referred to experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood swings, and two respondents specifically identified suicidal thoughts.

The most commonly used form of contraception for those answering the survey was the combined pill, with 196 out of 396 respondents having only experienced this form of contraception. Of this group, 65 per cent said that they felt the pill had affected their general mood, and 51 per cent felt it had affected their mental health.

These statistics are alarming when compared to the statistics popularly published, or expressed to people taking the pill:

In the list of potential side effects that come with Rigevidon, a commonly used brand of the combined pill, “mood swings including depression” is listed as a ‘common side effect’ that “may affect up to 1 in 10 people”.

This listed statistic seems incorrect, and rather far off from the truth.

Astonishingly, 56.5 per cent of people who said they felt their hormonal contraception affected their mental health, said that they had continued to take it despite these concerns.

It seems that women often dismiss their side effects due to the importance of avoiding unwanted pregnancies.

This is clearly not right and a change needs to happen.

Of course, contraception is important and vital, but there are other options out there and women should be encouraged to try these options.

Women shouldn’t just accept their low moods, and mental health issues, as a sacrifice for birth control.

What to do if you think your contraception is affecting your mental health:

Try coming off your contraception for a little while (of course still use protection – i.e condoms), and you may see a drastic change in your moods.

If this is the case, try other methods of contraception, especially non- hormonal ones:

Non-Hormonal Contraception Options:

  • IUD
  • Barrier methods such as the traditional condom or the female condom.
  • Cycle/temperature measures (i.e www.naturalcycles.com)

Try different methods and see what works best for you. You could make your future-self much, much happier.

Your mental health and happiness should come first!

If you are experiencing mental health issues, whether due to contraception or not, the best idea is to seek help.

Talking to someone is the best cure.

Talk to us at Dr Julian; we have just updated our online system with which you can access professional online therapy in the comfort of your own home.

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The Link Between Gut Health and Mental Health.

The Link Between Gut Health and Mental Health.

Your gut is a lot more integral to your overall health than you may think.

Microbiome – the fancy term for the variety of bacteria that live within your gut and body – helps your body digest and absorb essential nutrients. But not only that, more and more research is starting to find that your microbiome may also support your immune system, your weight and, even your mood.

Scientists are starting to find a link between your gut and serious mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

How can your gut health be affecting your mental health?

There is a connection between your gut and your brain. Scientists refer to it as the gut-brain axis: the neurotransmitters in your gut travel along your nerves and through your immune system, to your brain, creating a two-way street of communication.

This explains why some stressors or anxiety can make you feel sick – it is communicated directly through your gut-brain axis.

Your microbiome produces a wide range of neurotransmitters, like the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.

These reach the brain via the bloodstream, and can reduce inflammation – which has been shown to be a contributory factor in certain mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety.

According to research published in JAMA Psychiatry, brain inflammation was 30 percent higher in people diagnosed with clinical depression.

An unhealthy gut, can mean a decreased production of antioxidant chemicals that reduce inflammation and sustain chemical stability in the brain. These changes can contribute to certain signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Improving your diet might improve your headspace.

Recent studies show that loading up on fermented foods and drinks — like yogurt, kombucha, or sauerkraut — can lead to psychological improvements.

Other research suggests that taking a probiotic supplement with specific strains of bacteria may even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Of course, you shouldn’t expect a carton of yogurt to cure your depression overnight. Slow and steady changes to your diet may help make a difference over time.

Don’t forget your fiber: eating enough will help the healthy bacteria in your gut thrive.

Happier gut, happier you.

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