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Fundamentals of Psychology

Fundamentals of Psychology

by Michael Eysenck
  Aimed at those new to the subject, Fundamentals of Psychology is a clear and reader-friendly textbook that will help students explore and understand the essentials of psychology.
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Psychology

Psychology

by Richard Gross
  All the major domains of Psychology are covered in detail across 50 manageable chapters that will help you get to grips with anything from the nervous system to memory, from attachment to personality, and everything in-between.
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Penguin Dictionary of Psychology

Penguin Dictionary of Psychology

by Arthur S. Reber, Rhianon Allen, Emily Reber
  Indispensable guide to all areas of psychology and psychiatry.
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How Medical Malpractice Can Affect You Mentally

December 2019 - Medical malpractice is often the stuff of nightmares: many of us don't want to think about how it would affect us mental and physically if it were to ever happen to us. We put so much fundamental faith in doctors that the thought of them betraying us or making a mistake can truly shake us to the core. If you have suffered from medical malpractice and are worried that it is starting to affect you, then here are some reasons why this may play a role in your mental health.

The Effects

There are a number of situations in which medical malpractice can affect us mentally:

  1. The trauma of seeing a loved one suffer, or indeed of losing a loved one
  2. Being put on unhelpful and inefficient medication
  3. An Incorrect diagnosis
  4. A delay in diagnosis (and the consequences of this)

The psychological effects of all of the above can be catastrophic if we don't receive the right help so it's imperative that you seek justice if you believe you have been a victim of this. Visiting www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk for more information is advised if you feel this is the case.

Any shake-up or challenging period in our lives can cause us to experience mental health problems. In fact, it's estimated that around a quarter of us will experience some form of psychiatric condition at some point in our lifetime. These include:

  • Anxiety: a sense that something bad is going to happen which is accompanied by symptoms of panic attacks, shortness of breath and sometimes even nausea
  • Depression: despite the common misconception that depression is a general feeling of low mood, it is actually a more complex and profoundly debilitating illness. Not being able to leave your bed, or indeed feeling anything quite emotionally, are just two symptoms of this condition

Medical malpractice could be the trigger for some people, particularly if they were badly neglected by a medical professional. To find out whether you have developed one or both of these conditions as a result, it is strongly advised that you seek help and advice from a psychologist or doctor.

PTSD

If medical negligence has been severe enough to make life-changing alterations to your body, or if you found yourself awake during surgery, then this can sometimes cause post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). It's been found that PTSD after anesthesia can easily develop after seemingly temporary anxiety symptoms. Post-traumatic stress disorder arises when we struggle to process a traumatizing incident and often results in our brain recreating the incident again and again, which can be emotionally painful to those who suffer from it.

If you feel as if you may have developed mental health issues as a result of poor medical treatment, then the first step you must take is to speak to a doctor. Getting help is the first and most important step in the process. After that, you should consider more formal action - whether it's seeing a psychologist or carrying out legal action against the accused professional.

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