Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when the contents of the stomach flow back into the food pipe irritating the lining of the esophagus. GERD is the consequence of chronic acid reflux or heartburn. Acid reflux is usually such a common problem that you would think it easy to treat. But sometimes, the symptoms are not so obvious, making it easy to mistake it for something else. While in most situations, GERD symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes, if left untreated, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor to cancer. Therefore it is essential that you are aware of the common and hidden symptoms of GERD.
Moods are a common emotion in life. You may be happy and ecstatic one minute and then become gloomy and sad the next and that’s okay. However, sometimes these mood swings take on dramatic proportions resulting in “great highs” and “deep lows”. These can be the first symptoms of bipolar disorder. They become so intense that they prevent a person from functioning normally. These episodes of highs and lows can happen erratically or last for months and days. Such extreme mood swings are indicative of a mood disorder called bipolar disorder or manic depression.
A child’s life should ideally be blissful and carefree, but that isn’t always the case. Teenagers in particular, go through a lot of physical and hormonal changes. They feel great, planning their future one minute and then looking hopelessly lost and melancholic the next. Peer pressure, parental conflicts, the need to be seen as successful and other factors can put undue pressure on teenagers making them moody and irritable and can cause first signs of depression in teens.
We have all been in situations that make us anxious – perhaps going to the dentist or getting interviewed by a panel of CEOs for a top job or preparing to make a speech in front of a huge crowd. These feelings of unease or nervousness are usually normal when you are facing a threatening situation or when you are dealing with something that is likely to have a huge impact in your life. Such anxiety can affect your normal functioning for a brief period of time and when the situation has passed, you’ll be your old self again. Most of us already know what does a panic attack feel like.