I’m sure you will have heard the acronym ‘OCD’ thrown around as an adjective for someone who is a perfectionist or that likes to keep their house very neat and clean.
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), also known as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), is a distressing condition that commonly occurs in both men and women, however, more women are diagnosed with EUPD than men. Sadly, EUPD is often a stigmatised condition that is left undiagnosed or mis diagnosed.
For young girls and women, ADHD will often go undiagnosed and untreated for many years due to symptoms generally being less hyperactive than young boys and men. Hyperactive symptoms are much more obvious during childhood and hence why boys are more likely to be diagnosed and treated for the condition.
People with IBS often suffer from anxiety, depression and especially generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and research suggests that between 60 and 90 percent of people who suffer from IBS have an untreated underlying psychiatric disorder.
Before Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be treated, it must be diagnosed and research suggests that people with GAD are not always diagnosed or the symptoms are masked by use of alcohol.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition that causes excessive worry about a wide range of situations, rather than one specific event. Many people with GAD anticipate a disaster is going to happen and may be overly concerned about money, health, family and work.
A very interesting article in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2016) 209,393-399 suggests that lithium inhibits glycogen synthase kinase-3 which is an enzyme involved in the pathogenesis of cancer. The article concluded that lithium is associated with reduced overall cancer risk in patients with bipolar disorder