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More people are dying of malaria than any specific disease

There are more people dying of malaria than any specific disease.

Bill Gates

What do we know about malaria? Is it only a mosquito-related disease? We are going to clarify all your doubts.

In this article, we are going to discuss all that you need to know about malaria, its causes, treatment, and ways to prevent it.

What exactly is malaria?

Malaria is a disease that is caused by parasites that carried by infected organisms like mosquitoes (usually female anopheles mosquitos). When the infected mosquitos bite humans, these parasites get transferred and it results in malaria.

Malaria is not so common in semi-arid regions. They are usually found in tropical as well as subtropical regions. It is estimated that each year about 290 million people are getting affected and about 4 lakh people die due to the disease.

What are the 4 types of malaria?

The main four types of malaria are Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum), Plasmodium malariae (P. malaria), Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax), Plasmodium ovale (P. ovale), Plasmodium knowlesi (P. knowlesi)

But Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax are the most common types which usually spread in humans.

How do you know if you have malaria?

If you have malaria, then you will experience any one or many of the following symptoms such as:

  1. Fever
  2. Chills
  3. Cough
  4. Headache
  5. Nausea
  6. Vomiting
  7. Stomach pain
  8. Diahrrea
  9. Joint pain
  10. Fatigue
  11. Uneven heartbeat
  12. Fast breathing
  13. Bloody stool
  14. Anemia
  15. Continuous sweating

When should you see a doctor?

You should immediately visit a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms such as:

  1. A very high body temperature
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Jaundice
  4. Renal failure

Signs and symptoms can only be seen a few weeks after you are affected. So if you are experiencing severe symptoms, you should not ignore them carelessly because your carelessness can lead to many complications 

How is malaria caused?

Malaria is mainly caused if a mosquito which is affected by Plasmodium parasites bites us. Other than the bite from an infected mosquito, other factors which are responsible for malaria include:

  1. To an unborn child from mother
  2. Due to blood donations
  3. Usage of used syringes or needles

Who is most affected by malaria?

The cause of malaria depends on the local preventive methods, seasonal changes, and individual precautions taken. Malaria can spread more on people such as:

  1. Old people
  2. Young children
  3. Pregnant women and infants
  4. People with HIV/AIDS
  5. People with low immunity

How is malaria diagnosed in hospital?

When you approach your doctor, they will first analyze your medical history and your recent travel history because it gives a clear idea about the source. Your doctor will also perform a physical examination to understand more about your condition.

If your doctor suspects that you have the symptoms of malaria, then you will have to undergo a blood test. This test will help your doctor to determine

  1. If you have malaria
  2. The type of malaria you are having
  3. Whether the condition has caused anemia
  4. If the disease has affected other organs

What is the best treatment for malaria?

For treating malaria, your doctor will provide you with medications and these medications will depend on the type of parasite that caused the condition. 

Some types of parasites are not resistant to malaria. So the medications provided by your doctor alone cannot cure the disease. In such cases, your doctor will prescribe you to take more than one type of medicine.

Sometimes the treatment method chosen by your doctor can vary depending upon the factors such as  :

  1. The severity of the symptoms
  2. Age
  3. Health conditions
  4. If you are pregnant

What are the ways to prevent malaria?

You should be cautious if you are traveling to an area where malaria is common. The only way to prevent malaria is by taking all the necessary steps to avoid mosquito bites. Some of the common methods that we could adopt to protect ourselves from mosquito bites are:

  1. Wear protective clothing such as full sleeves
  2. Use a mosquito net over the bed 
  3. Spray insect repellents in cases on your exposed skin and light clothes
  4. Ensure that your surroundings are neat and clean
  5. Take antimalarial tablets prescribed by your doctor

As always prevention is better than cure. Even though malaria is not so common in temperate climate regions, without proper preventive measures there is a chance that these diseases can spread at a higher rate.
If you suspect that you have any symptoms associated with malaria, then you should immediately consult a general practitioner as soon as possible.

How many calories should I eat a day?

Calories is a commonly heard word especially for those who are concerned about physical health. But what is the appropriate amount of calorie intake we should intake daily? This is a common doubt. 

In this article, we are going to give you a clear idea of the proper amount of calorie intake. So that the next time when you plan your diet you will not be confused.

What is calorie in a food?

Before knowing the proper amount of calorie intake, let us have a look at the term calorie. Let us not make it complicated. In simple words, a calorie is a unit of energy. It is the amount of energy that we get while we eat food and drinks.

Most of us have a thought that calories are only associated with food. But the fact is everything that has energy contains calories. Let us consider an example. 1kg of coal contains about 7,000,000 calories! Such a huge amount right.

A calorie is usually classified into two. They are:

1. A small calorie(cal)

Small calorie or cal is defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree celsius.

2. A large calorie(kcal)

Large calorie or kcal is the amount of energy required to raise 1 kilogram (kg) of water by 1º C. It is also known as a kilocalorie.

What do calories do to your body?

The basic idea is that we all need calories so that our bodies will get enough energy. Our body needs a specific amount of energy to work and function properly.

When we do not intake sufficient food that contains calories, our body will not get enough energy. As a result, our cells would not function properly, our internal organs stop their function and ultimately it results in serious health issues and even death.

To have a healthy life we need to consume only enough calories demanded by our body. Both high and low-calorie consumption can lead to health problems. 

What affects calorie needs?

Not everyone requires the same amount of calories. Everyone in your family, among your friends, needs a different amount of calories according to the needs of their body to function properly. Some of the factors which determine calorie intake are:

1. Age

We all need more calories at the growing age. Childhood is the basement of our body’s growth. So sufficient energy is required by our body to function and to grow.

2. Lifestyle

Normally, people who are into physical work need more calories. Let us take an example of an athlete and a person working in an office. The athlete needs more calories to meet his/her daily energy needs.

3. Physical size

Physical size defines the shape, weight, and height of your body. If you are tall or have a good physique then you need more calorie intake than those who are short or slim in body size.

Besides, there are many other factors such as:

  • Hormones
  • Gender
  • Medications you are using
  • Hormonal status
  • Pregnancy
  • Dieting structure
  • Genetics

So it is very important to decide and plan your diet according to your body’s requirements. Everyone’s physique and the work they do vary. So the number of calories that you intake should be ruled by those factors.

What is the best time to eat?

You may be wondering about the above question. What is the relation between the time you eat food and calories? The time that we consume food is very important as it determines the utilization of calories in our bodies.

Studies show that the breakfast that we eat should contain 700kcal. This meal is very ideal for supporting weight loss. Heavy breakfast in the morning is also useful in reducing the risk of diabetes, cholesterol, and heart attacks.

What are empty calories and why should you avoid them?

Are you familiar with the term ‘empty calories? Empty calories are those calories that provide energy but very less energy. Most of us are fond of foods containing added sugars. But they all contain empty calories and are unhealthy.

Some of the foods that have empty calories include:

  • Icecreams
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Soda
  • Energy drinks
  • Bacon

These food items can do no favor if you wish to have a proper diet with the right calorie levels. Consuming these foods regularly can also make you unhealthy.
The bottom line is to know the requirements of your body. You should not consume extra or very-low-calorie level foods. So If you have any doubts about the correct calorie intake level required for you, consult a dietician as soon as possible

Types of mental health professions

Unhappiness has increased among people. Life satisfaction has decreased among people and now there is a drastic increase in the awareness for caring for one’s mental health. People have started to reach out to mental health professionals but while approaching them they face this very common problem to which one to choose. 

There are a lot of mental health practitioners to help you with your problems so this article will help you in assisting the right one for you. As it can be confusing because there is a long list of professionals out of which you have to choose one for yourself. 

Find the right mental health professional for yourself. Here is a description of the difference between the most common ones that you have heard of. Because mental health is a broad and complex thing, and that’s why different professionals specialize in different parts for our ease.

1. PSYCHIATRISTS

 A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders. People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices”. They may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.

 Psychiatrists usually focus on prescribing medicine and in some cases, it is mandatory but not in others. I personally have seen a lot of cases in which these medications were even misused so if you think that the problem is too severe and needs medical attention also only then one should go to a psychiatrist. But if the problem can be solved by therapies or needs assessment. Then going to a psychologist is a better option.

Degree

 Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have an MBBS degree, and then a master’s degree with a specialization in psychiatry ( MD degree). A Psychiatrist is the only mental health professional who will prescribe medicine so if you need some drastic and immediate changes in life, you should go to a psychiatrist. If you can’t sleep or have difficulty eating or have any other psychotic symptoms then a psychiatrist is the right person for you. 

2. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

 A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional. They highly specialize in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional illnesses. Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medications to treat mental illness. Rather, they use psychological techniques and have RCI registration for practicing. Being fully trained for severe cases of psychological problems so they can handle them with all the interventions except medicine. So if you are someone who prefers being treated without medicine, should choose a psychologist.

They are trained in primary care centers or medical centers with giving patients proper inpatient treatment for their concerns so they are better at dealing with more severe cases.

Degree

 A Clinical Psychologist has a master’s degree (M.A.) and an M.Phil in clinical psychology which is both for 2 years. M.Phil includes practice entirely but no theory which makes them have more practice in the field. A Clinical Psychologist also cannot prescribe medications but works with or under a psychiatrist. So they can easily work with cases that are more diverse.

3. COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

Counseling psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty in professional psychology. It focuses on how people function both personally and as well as in their relationships at all ages. Counseling psychology addresses emotional, social, work, school, and physical health concerns. People may have various concerns at stages in their lives, focusing on typical life stresses and more severe issues with which people may struggle as individuals and as a part of families, groups, and organizations. 

Counseling psychologists help people with physical, emotional, and mental health issues as they improve their sense of well‐being, alleviate feelings of distress, and resolve crises. They also provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of more severe psychological symptoms because they want to use the proper psychometric tools available. 

Degree

 A Counselling Psychologist has a master’s degree in Psychology (M.A).

4. PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Psychotherapy is similar to counseling and the two can overlap. Psychotherapy is deeper and addresses the underlying causes of the problems, as well as helps the person solve them. The different mental health professionals can have different licenses in their respective fields of work and interests. They can be, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health nurse practitioners. ‘

Psychotherapy can be helpful in a number of problems. It usually aims at understanding the person at a very deep level which goes back to childhood as well.

5. THERAPIST

 A therapist is a broad designation that refers to professionals who are trained to provide treatment and rehabilitation. The term is often applied to psychologists, but it can include others who provide a variety of services, including social workers, counselors, life coaches, and many others. There are different types of therapists having different specializations. 

  • Art therapists
  • Child therapists 
  • Marriage and family therapists 
  • Music therapists 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Psychotherapist 
  • Yoga therapist 

And the list goes on….

These are therapists who are trained specifically in these fields which can help you.

6. COUNSELLOR 

 A counselor is a very broad term and does not cover only mental health professionals but also other professions too. In the field of mental health, a counselor is a person who uses “Talk Therapy”. Counselors can also be a person who is psychologists, counseling psychologists, etc.

So now you know the difference between them all. Before you start your therapy, ask your professional about their specializations which will give you more clarity.

Well, reading the above descriptions of the working professionals. It might still be a little confusing for you as you might not find a huge difference between what they all practice but in the same place it is a good thing that we have so many options to choose from. 

In these descriptions, you should be able to figure out which one would work for you and would bring out the best results. 

Ravneet Kahlon, Counselling Psychologist

Do not normalize depression

Do you feel depressed often? Do you have doubts about your mental health? Are you sure that you are mentally fit and healthy? Don’t worry. We are here to answer all your queries. So in this article, we are going to discuss depression, its causes, treatment, and prevention.

What is the real meaning of depression?

Depression is a common medical condition that affects your mood. It can also affect the way you feel, the way you think, and the way you act. Luckily depression can be medically treated. Sometimes depression is associated with sadness, loss, anger, and loneliness.

People who are experiencing depression need to be cured as soon as possible. But, if not it can affect their social, personal as well as the financial environment. It is also possible that a depressed person will be having a lower productivity.

Depression is mainly classified into two. They are:

  1. Major depressive disorder
  2. Persistent depressive disorder

Depression not only affects you mentally, but it can also affect you physically. So depression should be cured as soon as possible. A person experiencing depression can worsen persisting physical conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer’s disease

It is normal that at some point in our life we will be feeling sadness. But if you are feeling low or sad frequently, then you must be depressed. However, you should understand this situation before it defeats you.

What exactly are the symptoms of depression?

Depression can cause a variety of symptoms. Sometimes these symptoms can vary differently in males and females too.

Symptoms in men

Usual symptoms of depression associated with men may include:

1. Mood changes

Mood changes that are commonly found in men may include:

  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiousness

2. Behavioral changes

Major behavioral changes caused due to depression in men are:

  • Loss of interest
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Drug usage

3. Sleep pattern changes

Depression can also cause sleep disorders such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive sleepiness

4. Physical problems

The main physical problems that are caused due to depression are:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Digestive problem

Symptoms in women

Usual symptoms of depression associated with men may include:

1. Emotional disturbances

Usually, depression can cause emotional disturbances in women such as:

  • Feeling sad
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiousness

2. Sleep pattern changes

Most common sleep pattern changes in women caused due to depression include:

  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleeping too long

3. Cognitive ability changes

Cognitive ability changes associated with women due to depression include:

  • Thinking too much 
  • Talking too slowly

4. Behavioral changes

Women who are experiencing depression can also undergo many behavioral changes. Some of them are:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Withdrawing from hobbies 
  • Less interest in social engagements

What are the usual causes of depression?

Many factors cause depression. Each factor may differ from person to person. The usual factors that cause depression are:

1. Family history

Hereditary can also affect depression. You are at a high risk of having depression, especially if any of your family members possess factors like mood disorder or any other mental health issues.

2. Childhood trauma

Events that happened in your childhood can influence your mind and can persist even after many years. Some events that happened so long can alter your body’s reaction towards fear or stressful situations.

3. Drug usage

People who are addicted to drugs can have depression and other mental health-related issues. Substance abuse can increase feelings such as sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness which are usually related to the symptoms of depression

4. Brain structure

Brain structure can seriously affect the symptoms and intensity of depression. In addition, if the frontal lobe of your brain is less responsive, then it can support the onset of depression and other mental health issues.

What are the general methods used to treat depression?

Treatment of depression is very necessary, to live our lives to the fullest. Treating depression can increase the quality of life too. The general methods used to treat depression include:

1. Medications

If you are struggling with depression your health expert may use certain medications to treat depression. The most common medications associated with treating depression include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antipsychotic medications

2. Light therapy

Light therapy is a common treatment used to treat depression. It is also proved that when a person is exposed to white light it can improve mood and reduce the symptoms related to depression.

3. Talk therapy

This method is also known as psychotherapy is a method to treat depression. It includes talking with the therapist. During the talk session, your doctor will be able to know the reason and suitable method to reduce the issues related to your depression.

How can we prevent depression?

Depression is a very hard medical condition to prevent. Many causes affect depression. But once you have experienced depression, it will be easier for you to prevent it. Some of the simple steps we could adopt to prevent depression are:

  1. Get sufficient sleep
  2. Engage in physical activities
  3. Eat a healthy diet
  4. Talk to your family and friends also during hard times
  5. Consult a therapist without hesitation so that you can take help.

Moreover, depression is a common medical issue nowadays due to lifestyle changes and other factors too. Our medical system has proven ways which help you to combat depression.

Depression is a case of mental health. So if you feel depressed you should immediately consult a psychologist as soon as possible.

Shh! We are going to speak about sex education

Many of us experienced an education where our biology teacher skipped the chapter ‘Reproduction in humans’. We are living in a country where people are ashamed when talking about sex whereas the number of rape cases happening each day is growing.

Most families in India don’t have a clear answer when their children ask “How babies are born?”. Why are you ashamed? Lack of sex education can lead to many relationships and social problems including the boom of rape cases.

It’s high time that our educational system needs a change. We need a society where children and parents can speak openly, clear their doubts, and not be ashamed when speaking about sexuality. In this article, we will discuss all that you need to know about sex ed.

What is sex education?

Sex education is nothing but simple guidance to people to gain information, skills, and motivation about sex and relationships. It is a high-quality educational method to learn about the values, correct wrong beliefs, and take care of one’s sexual health too.

Sex education usually has to take place at schools and at home. But in countries like India, proper sex education is not provided both at families or educational institutions. Proper sex education should comprise the following elements such as:

1. Human Development

Including reproduction, puberty, gender identity, and sexual orientation

2. Relationships

Including families, friends, dates, and romantic relationships

3. Individual skills

Including communication and decision-making skills

4. Sexual behavior

Including temperance and sexuality throughout life

5. Sexual health

Including sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, and pregnancy

What is the need for sex education?

There is a myth that sex education is only associated with sexual relationships. Sex education covers all topics including the safety of each individual. Every person from a very young age should know who can touch them.

We all know that puberty can bring a variety of changes in children physically and mentally. Sex ed prepares them how to handle these situations too. Everyone has the right to know about their body. But most people explore it through poor methods such as the internet.

Parents also have the responsibility of teaching a child about sex education. Many people think that sex education can increase the engagement of children in sex. But actually, it does the reverse. Sex education helps a person to figure out what is right and wrong too.

Here are some of the reasons why we need to have sex education in a country like India where the population is increasing day by day.

1. It provides safer options to teenagers

Unprotected sex among teenagers is one of the major factors for the transmission of many diseases. Also, it is a major factor in contributing to population growth in India. It is seen that students who are sexually aware take less chance of unprotected sex.

Sex education teaches students about the positive and negative impacts of sex, thus making it easier for them to take decisions. It also awards students about contraceptive methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Teenage pregnancies can be mentally shocking to most teenagers. Sex education plays an important role in making teenagers responsible when it comes to sexual behaviors too.

2. Develops values and respect

Saying ‘NO’ is sometimes very difficult. Yet it is very important when it comes to sex. Sex education helps to increase respect and highlights the value of consent among partners. Sex ed also helps to increase comprehensive understanding of bodies.

Also through sex education, students will learn about the changes, mental and physical struggles each one has to suffer. So this makes them more responsible citizens as they develop more values

3. Helps to adapt to changes

Many mental health issues have been found among teenagers when it comes to physical changes. Those unaware of body changes sometimes feel it is very annoying. Sex ed helps children to prepare themselves mentally and emotionally.

In some cases, it is very difficult for teenagers to get out of mental health issues. In such cases, you should immediately seek help from your health expert. Mental health programs like U OK? Is very effective for resolving such issues.

What is the best age for sex education?

There is no specific time to educate children about sexuality and changes occurring in his/her body. For example, some girls experience menstruation at a very early age like when they are nine years old.

Sex education should begin at home. It doesn’t mean that parents should know everything to clear the doubts of their children. To make them aware of the changes parents can seek help from medical health experts.

Children are very curious about everything. So when changes happen in his/her body, they clarify their doubts. But sometimes they can gather wrong information from different mediums. So it is the responsibility of parents to educate their children about sex too.

Moreover, having open communication in the family about sex can make children feel more secure. So they will have the confidence to discuss the physical, mental and emotional problems.

Sex education is a must in each individual’s life. The education system must teach students to deal with all kinds of problems. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Sexuality is part of human life. Giving proper advice can remove doubts, complexities and increase respect for one another.

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