The U.S. Senate declared September 19th to be ADD Awareness Day. To celebrate, I'm going to lose my car keys. What a Shame About Me Perhaps the biggest problem with attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD or AD/HD or ADD/ADHD), is that superstitious and stereotyped social attitudes keep people from focusing on results and cultivating gifts in order to make a positive difference in people's lives.
The conclusion of the WHO's Global Forum for Community Mental Health in Geneva last month presented a consensus within the organization for the dissemination of a network of community mental health services among its member states. The Forum sought to address a increasing incidence of disorders related to mental health among developing countries in particular. According to WHO officials, factors such as demographic change, natural disasters, internal and external conflict and socio-economic conditions have afflicted individuals living in the developing world disproportionately in terms of the mental health disorders these elements have engendered.
In medicine, we often see patients with chronic neck and back pain. I previously posted about patients who present with neuropathic pain and how they can be some of the most difficult patients to treat. Often, the etiology of their pain is unknown and treatment often involves a long trial and error approach. Health professionals have always been taught that chronic neck and back pain is a phenomenon of industrialized nations.
In my work as a physician, one thing that has always bothered me is the patient with "neuropathic pain". Here is the typical scenario: A patient with a history of chronic pain (usually back pain) and pain medication use comes to the hospital for surgery. Post operatively, the patient's pain is poorly controlled, despite administration of high doses of morphine derivatives.
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