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Your Mind and Brain Conditions can be Managed

<p>On account of World Brain Day, the Mind and Brain Service at the Aga Khan University Hospital conducted a Facebook Live Session for the public to answer their queries regarding mind and brain conditions. The expert who participated in this discussion included: </p><div>
</div><div>Dr. Shahzad Shamim – Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Service Line Chief of the Mind</div><div>Dr. Aziz Sonawalla – Senior Lecturer, Neurology </div><div>Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui – Lecturer, Neurology</div><div>Dr. Yusra Hamid – Senior Instructor, Psychiatry</div><div>
</div><div>The specialists spoke about some of the common problems that people face in their daily lives. One of the major conditions discussed was Migraine and its different types. Dr. Aziz Sonawalla, responding to many different public queries replied: “Not all headaches can be migraines and may not lead to any serious mind or brain conditions unless there is a change observed in a MRI Scan that is when further assessment is advised. Migraines can be managed by avoiding certain foods that you may think are triggering your headaches,” Dr. Sonawalla continued explaining about Hormonal Migraines, “Females, when going through hormonal changes may get these headaches which subside once they vomit. One must track their pain so that the best treatment could be advised.”</div><div>
</div><div>One of the common problem in our society includes social anxiety and depression. Dr. Shahzad Shamim commented that the multi-disciplinary team at the Aga Khan University Hospital has in house facilities to conduct all investigations and also take complex cases. “If a person shows signs of depression persistently for two weeks, they must consult a doctor. Some of these signs include: mood swings, being sad most of the time after remembering old memories, change in sleeping pattern, questioning the purpose of their life and having a desire to end life.” Commented Dr. Yusra Hamid and she speaks about depression. She continued discussing, “The issue with medication for depression is that often patients are able to get these without a prescription, we strongly advice the patient to see a doctor who can help you work out the best way to fight depression.”</div><div>
</div><div>People often believe that Dementia is a part of aging, “Dementia is an illness, and often patients with depression may have dementia. Nutrition also plays a great part here and we insist everyone to have a healthy diet.” Advised Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui. </div><div>
</div><div>Dr. Shahzad Shamim, Service Line Chief of Mind and Brain Service Line at the Aga Khan University Hospital moderated the session and also advised the audience about the availability of welfare and zakat at the Aga Khan University Hospital. Here at the Aga Khan University Hospital, we believe in providing quality care to all regardless of their gender and caste. </div><div>
</div><div>The complete video of the Facebook Live session can be viewed on: <a href=";v=e&amp;sfns=mo">;v=e&amp;sfns=mo​</a> </div><div>