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What is Local Psychiatrist

A local psychiatrist is a physician who treats mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, body dysmorphia and substance abuse issues. A local psychiatrist is different from a psychologist in that a psychiatrist prescribes medication. People who are overweight or obese may also have mental health issues, whether they’re related to weight or not. For example, some patients experience anxiety and depression because they’re overweight or obese. A local psychiatrist can provide counseling and prescribe antidepressants or other psychiatric medications.

Behavioral therapy may help patients lose weight and keep it off or quit smoking/drinking. A psychiatrist may also be able to recommend lifestyle changes such as cardiovascular exercise, Pilates or anti-inflammatory foods. If you’d like more information on how a local psychiatrist can help you manage your weight, talk to your local family physician. They can refer you to a local psychiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment.

Dementia generally gets worse over time - some people lose mental functions quickly, while others remain the same for a long time. People with more severe dementia may become more childlike, neglect their personal hygiene, become scared or get angry with others. They may not know where they are or recognize loved ones.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Dementia 

There isn’t one test to diagnose dementia. A physician will usually do a physical examination, ask health history questions, test memory and recommend a blood test, MRI or CT scan. He or she will probably double check symptoms and answers with a loved one as well. Dementia treatment may include medications to slow progression, but they’re not a cure. Counselling, family support and soc

Seniors will account for 22 percent of the population by 2050. Many seniors live active and healthy lives, but as we age, our health needs change. These changes depend on different factors, such as your genetics (family history) and lifestyle modifications.  Senior's Health Conditions Heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are common chronic health conditions that affect seniors. Other chronic conditions include: • Alzheimer’s disease 
• Arthritis 
• Cataracts 
Dementia 
• Enlarged prostate 
Glaucoma 
Kidney disease 
• Macular degeneration 
Osteoporosis 
Parkinson’s disease 

A great deal of how healthy your senior years will be depends on lifestyle factors. You can stay healthy and potentially even prevent certain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease by eating a diet rich in veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy. It’s essential to stay active to maintain range of motion, flexibility and even to prevent falls and fractures. Talk to your physician about a healthy exercise plan for your needs, and work with a fitness trainer or exercise specialist to create a customized cardiovascular and strength training plan.

Talk to your family physician if you'd like more information on dementia.

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