What Is Cancer? Cancer, also called malignancy, is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Research Leukemia: Ojha and Gurney (2014) studied […]

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Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar? Bipolar disorder is a severe mental illness causing repeat episodes of depression, mania, or both. These episodes can be precipitated by upsetting events but are out of proportion to the causes. Bipolar disorder I is the more severe disorder in terms of it’s symptoms – with individuals being more likely to experience […]

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What is Autism? Autism is a rare disorder affecting the whole body with severe impact on the mind. It is a disorder of childhood with onset before 2.5 years. Autism is marked by severe difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people, in developing language, using abstract concepts and obsessive resistance to changes in […]

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Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried about something. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where a person feels under pressure, it usually passes once the stressful situation has passed, or the trigger removed. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t go away and they stay around, […]

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Alzheimer’s disease

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for around two-thirds of dementia cases.  It causes a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, usually beginning with memory loss. Other symptoms can include: lapses of judgment personality changes difficulty performing usual activities getting lost becoming disoriented about places and times […]

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What are Allergies? An allergy is a disorder in which the body becomes hypersensitive to a particular allergen, which provokes characteristic symptoms whenever the body is then subsequently exposed. Normally antibodies in the bloodstream and tissues react with, and destroy, specific antigens without further trouble. In an allergic person, the reaction of the allergen with […]

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Addictive Behaviour

What Are Addictions? An addictive behaviour is any activity, substance, object, or behaviour that becomes the major focus of a person’s life resulting in a physical, mental, and/or social withdrawal from their normal day-to-day obligations. There are different types of addiction and virtually any activity or substance has the potential to become addictive. Drugs, alcohol, […]

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What is ADD/ADHD? Attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is characterised by short or poor attention span and impulsivity, with or without hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD has academic, social and emotional ramifications, with learning often being impaired and behaviour being disruptive, defiant and often aggressive. If untreated in childhood, it persists throughout adolescence and adulthood. At […]

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What is Alcoholism? The syndrome due to physical dependence on alcohol, such that sudden deprivation may cause withdrawal symptoms – tremours, anxiety, hallucinations and delusions. Usually several years of heavy drinking is needed for alcoholism to develop, but the range is from one to 40 years. Alcoholism impairs intellectual function, physical skills, memory and judgment. […]

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