2018
Expert Author Debbie A. Johnson
Do you feel depressed and low-energy during winter's dark days? What you have is most likely not S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is literally a medical condition similar to clinical depression. You likely just have a milder condition: seasonal depression. And that's good news because? Because it's easy to beat with three simple steps:
1. Light, light, light! Use full-spectrum light-bulbs in your home and at work, wherever possible, then add a "happy light' - You can't afford not to. What is your good mood worth to you? You can read or make phone calls or do whatever you wish near the light box or put it at your work desk. Also, once a month, try the new UV safe tanning beds. Not to tan, just to get the light your body needs.
Take a mini-vacation and close your eyes each day for a minute by your light box and imagine you are in Hawaii or another sunny destination... you may just find yourself there on a quick vacation! But in the meantime, you'll feel better. Imagine yourself immersed in joy... that will help, too!
2. Stay active. You may think winter is for hibernating, but if you do, hibernate actively! I do Zumba at home by my sunny window and alternates with swimming at an indoor pool that has lots of light coming in during the morning hours. Exercise is a magic-pill you have to earn by sweat! Also, be sure to get enough good sleep in order to have the energy you need to work out.
Are you doing the kind of exercise you love? If you are, then you're motivated to exercise more. Do you love to exercise alone or in a group? Do you need others to push you along or sweat with you? Do you need a firmly scheduled class? If so, you know what to do... join one!
Don't have time? Just imagine exercising and you'll find yourself having time! Do this visualization as you wake up in the morning or just as you are falling asleep at night, and whenever you feel guilty about not exercising! People have actually toned up just by imagining it, but you will likely find yourself at the gym, walking at lunchtime, or wherever/whenever you can best get your workout. The subconscious is a powerful tool to help you in your daily life. Just keep speaking its language-images!
3. Vitamin D-3 helps a lot - If you can't get enough real sunlight, and even if you can, take D-3 in a form that is easy to absorb and utilize by your body. If you could only take one supplement with you on a long journey, I've heard that vitamin D-3 is the one to take with you. Yes, even over vitamin C.
Expert Author Jessica Ann
Most people would agree that food makes them happy - but did you know there's actual science behind it? Some foods can truly boost your mood, and I want to share a few of those with you. It's important to note that our gut is our second brain so when we take care of it by eating a healthy diet we will feel much better overall. It is estimated that 90% of our serotonin production is in our digestive system so let's get to feeling happy.
Here are a few of my favourite mood-boosting foods...
Dark chocolate. You may have felt like chocolate made you happier, but now it's been scientifically proven as well. It's been shown that eating dark chocolate each day lowers your levels of stress hormones and therefore makes you happier. This isn't a free pass to eat endless amounts of chocolate, but a little piece won't hurt - in fact, it could actually help!
Fruits & Veggies. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from a lifestyle filled with vegetables and fruits allows you to release neurotransmitters that make you happy. Therefore, incorporating this rainbow of food into your life is great for your mood and health.
Fatty fish. The omega 3's that come from fatty fish like wild salmon and tuna provides your body with the nutrients it needs to feel less stressed, a lot more relaxed and happy. Another benefit of omega 3 is its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. If it helps you reduce pain that's an added bonus to boost your mood.
Saffron. Have you heard of saffron before? Saffron is a spice from India. Conducted research showed that only a little bit of saffron a day makes serotonin more available to the brain. Saffron has also been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms.
Along with eating mood-boosting foods, you can also make an effort to exercise on a regular basis for more mood boosting benefits. The endorphins that are released during exercise have a powerful effect that can last the whole day and set you up for success. Another great practice to boost your mood is by keeping a daily gratitude journal. Every day write down at least 3 things you are grateful for and really think deeply about them. When we are in a state of gratitude it completely transforms our perspective and mood.
Enjoy your food, make healthy decisions and you will be happy!
If you are struggling with your mood, please seek medical attention from a licensed medical professional. These tips are not to take the place of medical assistance.
Expert Author Katherine Quirke
The majority of us do not practice being mindful yet it is the secret of many successful and famous people. As we mature from children (a time when mindfulness is our natural state) to adulthood we are programmed by family, school and peers. Our subconscious mind is not our own. In adulthood we are fed a constant feed of fear and negativity via our ever present news media making us stressful and anxious that stems from the subconscious.
When you become mindful you realise that these external stresses do not matter. It is just white noise that you need to retrain yourself to hear on a conscious level and immediately let go before it sets in your subconscious.
To be mindful is to be at peace. This can be achieved simply and with practice over time. Outlined here are some steps to assist you.
Step away from the activities that can be associated with worry either past or future. These reminders do not serve you well but manifest to debilitate and destroy. They manifest into imaginations that may not ever happen.
Meditate. Meditation has become one of the most amazing and simple ways to become mindful. You can take 5 minutes or an hour. You choose the amount of time you want to meditate. Start with 5 minutes and build up.
Using mind tools you can really speed things up. Meditation creates a peaceful mindful state that can last long periods of time. The more you meditate the longer the periods of mindfulness last as your re-train your subconscious mind. Meditation has been scientifically proven to assist people who suffer from depression. It is safe and non invasive.
If you feel anxious you can relieve this fast and become mindful in a snap. It does take a little practice but it is worth the results. Just close your eyes and take in a slow deep breath and then let it out. The increased intact of oxygen has been proven to relax and refocus the mind. Do this as much as you can. You don't really need to close your eyes but I find it really speeds things up. However, if you are in a situation where closing your eyes is not safe or possible just take the slow deep breaths and feel the euphoria. You should find it difficult to recreate the anxiety you had a few minutes ago.
If this article has raised concerns about you or a loved ones anxiety levels or depression please contact your health service in your state or country.
Expert Author Scott LaDoucer
There is a plethora of helpful information on ways to endure, manage, or live with bipolar or how to support those who suffer from it. You will find a very different form of information being touched on here. What you will find is information that goes deep to the core of the Human Element, and where to start the process for HOW to conquer it naturally. I speak from my own personal experience with Bipolar.
"Everything Starts in the Brain"
To get to the root of bipolar or any other human condition, it is important to employ the power of a question and to do so in the light of reverse engineering. In this case take the condition and its symptoms and work backwards for the purpose of uncovering each element along the way down to the root. After employing various medications with limited results, I was encouraged to employ this concept.
Here is an example of how this was employed that opened the door of understanding for me leading to my conquering bipolar. After employing various medications or pharmaceuticals over a period of time but did not result in the desired results, I was asked, "So you went to the doctor in Texas and found that you are dealing with an imbalance in hormone levels, correct? Do you know why your hormones levels are down?" Then it was pointed out to me, "You have to work backwards from the obvious symptom to get to the root. If they are giving you something to take care of what is missing, why is it missing? What is responsible for the production of hormones?"
That was the essence of the line of questions. In addition to my hormones levels being a mess, I was also dealing with severe muscle fatigue and headaches, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), along with the bipolar. So, it was clear that whatever was wrong was at a very deep level. This is when a key element was revealed, when he said, "everything starts in the brain." Unless you start there, it is not possible to get the results you desire because you are not working from the foundation. You can't fix your organs if your hormones are not in balance. You can't get your hormones in balance if your brain chemistry is not in balance. You can't get your brain in balance unless you know the status of your brain chemistry. If you start there and bring balance, then you allow the natural process to kick in and you allow the brain to orchestrate all that happens in the rest of your body and all of your efforts will be from a balanced foundation." Here is the BIG question... "Do you know the status of your brain chemistry?"
Most will shy away from subjects related to the brain as it is perceived to be too complicated to understand. While it is undeniable that the brain is extremely complex, gaining a basic understanding of certain key elements will empower anyone doing so to empower themselves with why they are where they are mentally, emotionally and physically.
There are 4 core elements known as neurotransmitters that play a role in everything. They are as follows:
Dopamine - Acetylcholine - GABA - Serotonin
Each plays a very specific assignment in our thought process and bodily functions. It is important to know where we are in order to get where we want to go. Knowing the status of your brain neurotransmitters, otherwise known as "Natures", is crucial in conquering any mood imbalance.
The status of your brain's biochemicals can be determined by means of an Inner World Nature Assessment through Inner world Systems. In addition to acquiring this information, it is important to understand that bipolar is not something that suddenly appeared. A natural process of events and elements lined up culminating in the condition. Learning how to work with nature will be very important is equally important to be able to conquer this condition. It is a process, and everyone is different in how this process unfolds. However, the steps and layers to address are very much the same.
There are 4 areas that should be considered when desirous of making any lasting transformation in life.
1) How the Mind works
2) What Natural Laws are in play
3) How Energy works
4) How Frequency works
Here are the basic steps one needs to address to engage the natural process:
1 - Develop Nature Awareness (Bringing balance to all 4 through awareness and implementation of following steps)
2 - Supplementation (Initially focusing on nature deficiencies)
3 - Diet Adjustments (Initially related to our deficiencies)
4 - Mind Development Programs (Learning how the mind works)
5 - Reset Goals (Review and re-establish intentions)
6 - Writing & Affirmations (Enhance existing desirable conditions/Establish new habits and self beliefs)
7 - Lifestyle (Shift in habits Incorporate Step 4 & Conscious choices to alter ones daily activities)
8 - Movement Triggers (Designed to encourage healthy thinking and general sense of well being)
9 - Accountability process (Find 1 or 2 people to support your efforts)
10 - Reassess in 6 Months (Seeing progress helps continue momentum and reveals needed adjustments)
Watch for more articles expanding upon this information.
Good Health To You!
Scott LaDoucer invites you to examine his book containing his journey and discoveries and how he conquered Bipolar and avail yourself of the "Revolutionary Insights" that changed his life. The Book is entitled "How I Conquered Bipolar - Naturally" with a subtitle "What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You and May Not Know" (Beyond Medicine)
Expert Author Mike Bond
"Hey, did you know that bloke was afraid of mice? Right wimp. Whoever heard of a grown man being afraid of mice?"
The fact that you climb the wall when a large spider appears on the scene, isn't mentioned.
Now, there's the rude labelling, labelling that can hurt and insult people, but there's the other kind of labelling. You go to your doctor and he tells you that you suffer from depression. You're a depressive. This can be helpful to people who weren't sure what the heck was wrong with them.
The problem is that if we don't visit the doctor; if we simply 'tough it out,' then a loss of control over our lives can be the result. I mention depression, because it's so infernally prevalent. So very many people suffer from it, but at some time down the line, they've mentioned it to one of their relatives and been told;
"Oh, don't be such a drip. We all feel depressed at some time."
Oh, I see. We all feel clinically depressed, do we? Big strong men have no trouble getting over clinical depression, do they? Oh no. Clinical depression is depression, only the doctor gives you pills to clear it up.
WRONG!
Why put labels on people at all?
"What's wrong with your husband?"
"He has clinical depression," so this woman trots home to her husband and tells him that poor old Bert's mad!
The Human Condition is what these various ailments used to be called. They were accepted as part of life, most especially in the last century. They'd use the motor car analogy.
"Oh, you're just a bit run down." Yeah, like a car battery.
"It's his nerves, poor man."
Thank God more enlightened thinking has started to take over. A good psychotherapist can gently make the condition seem more normal.
Let's look at grief. Some poor woman has just lost her mother, whom she idolized. She simply can't stop crying. The good therapist will quietly point out that she's suffered a terrible loss, and what she's experiencing is perfectly normal. Hellish though it is at the moment, the grief will pass.
Gradually, gradually, day by day, the light will shine through again. You'll cling to it and start to find little moments of happiness, where all was darkness before.
Personally, I think that this thoughtless labelling of people who suffer through no fault of their own, is quite despicable. Supposing a lady sees someone shot in front of her. What do you think she'll do? Go about her merry way, rejoicing? Of course she won't. She's been very badly traumatized. She'll probably wake up in the middle of the night and in her mind, hear a gunshot.
But this is the beauty of our make-up. Slowly, slowly, these hellish thoughts will leave us. So before you label someone out of your own ignorance,
Expert Author Margo Kirtikar Ph.D.
Anger management, is an issue not only in America, but everywhere else around the world throughout all cultures. Anger is a natural emotion that we all share but it is our choice what we do when overwhelmed with this negative rush of adrenaline. Some of us are aware that we can transform this boost of angry energy, from being negative and destructive to being creative, constructive and focused directing it towards achieving a beneficial goal. When we can do that we can literally move mountains to accomplish the impossible individually and collectively.
As an example is the story of Rosa Parks who as a black woman, in 1955, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. When asked many years later what had moved her to say no, her answer was, 'I was angry! I'd had enough of the bus segregation injustice.' She remained calm, said no and stood her ground. With that she triggered a larger movement known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which put an end once and for all to bus segregation in America. Other good examples of constructively channeled anger energy are Women's Lib Movement, the Civil Rights Movement in the US, the end of apartheid in South Africa and more recently the financial fiasco initiating the Occupy Movement in Wall Street and other even more recent similar events around the world all initiated by angry people.
But in order to be creative and to use this burst of angry energy productively we need to practice self-control, remain unflustered, despite the anger. We need to have a strong mind, be compassionate and peace loving, with a sole mission to eliminate injustice and to make things better for everyone concerned. Well balanced and peace loving people get angry too but instead of escalating into a rage and turning berserk, they instigate or inspire others to move to find solutions to change things for the better.
Anger can be used like a tool to get us somewhere or it can be used like a weapon lashing out at everyone with one sole mission, destruction. Full of negativity and self-destructive demonic thoughts, we are spurred on by inner devils beyond our control compelled to demolish, kill and to wreak havoc around us, if only to give relief to our tormented soul, to shut out furious inner voices, to put an end to the agony and suffering that we feel. This behavior usually puts us deeper into trouble.
Many health problems such as, backaches, headaches, hypertension, skin disorders, stroke, insomnia, heart attack, colds, infections and more are often due to uncontrolled and unresolved anger. This includes emotional and mental problems such as depression, drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, mood swings and eating disorders. To go through life constantly being angry and holding resentments towards others is detrimental to our health and dangerous and it can result in more serious diseases such as cancer, divorce and accidents when we are preoccupied with our revengeful thoughts or self pity and in irrational behavior and actions that we will regret when we do damage that cannot be rectified.
Anger management is an issue worldwide and needs to be urgently addressed on many levels. We are living in a very unique time in our world history, the demands that we as individuals are exposed to physically, emotionally and mentally, are such as humanity has never known before. Presently only the few are equipped to deal with the digital age and its many challenges. From a metaphysical point of view the issue has to do with the accelerated evolution process of mother earth Gaia, the human being and technology. Modern technology and all that it encompasses demands more than what most are able to cope with in a healthy manner, with the fast changes, on every level, driving the less equipped literally insane. The majority of humans are simply not evolving fast enough to keep up. Hence we have what is called 'The Mad as Hell Generations.'
Most of us are controlled by our emotions and we are unaware of the fact that we live our lives as slaves to our feelings that change from one moment to another depending on our moods and whims of the moment, reacting to outer circumstances. Some of us go through life constantly irritated by one thing or another, and we give vent to this anger in frustration. Some of us repress our feelings of vexations and resentments until this inner rage turns into some kind of mental illness when one day we are bound to blow up, to give vent to violent acts and go rampant causing mayhem around us.
There are many reasons why we are currently witnessing extraordinary violence, terrorism, fascism and racism all over the globe. The injustice of the greed and irresponsible behavior of the banking and financial sector is one reason and other reasons are the corrupt government officials, the erosion of the middle class, the injustice of the political system and the dishonesty of those in power. With most of the world's populations exposed to terrorist attacks and wars people are afraid of what the future might hold for them. Fear makes us angry.
Another factor that contributes to negativity and general discontent is that we are presently living in a society that encourages bad behavior. Most of the entertainment we have on TV and movies are all about how 'bad behavior is cool.' We cheer the villains and displays of hate, intrigues, falsehood and corruption on the screen. We love to watch movies about wars and killings with as much gory details of mutilated bodies and blood as possible. We have movies where popular celebrities such as Michael Douglas declares 'greed is good.' Nowadays it's considered cool to be corrupt. Maximum time is spent on most channels to feed us with the bad and the ugly in the world at large. The question is how can anyone think that we are not affected by all this violence on the screen? Of course we are, depending on our own level of intelligence and psyche we are either desensitized and are not even touched by violence when we see it or we want to copy the villains. It doesn't take a high IQ to know that today if we want to become famous it is easier to commit a horrendous crime and we are assured to be in the TV news exposed to millions for weeks and if we're lucky we'll even have our photo on the cover of Time magazine to join other great celebrities.
There is presently a debate going on as to whether the media, the movie industry and also the toy/games industries play a role in escalating anger, violence and mental illness amongst the young. This should be quite obvious. After all we know that what we focus our attention on becomes our reality. When we focus on the negative, the negative will continue to spread and expand. If everything goes on as it is now 'anger management programs' will be much too little far too late.
It is time for the governments, the politicians, the bankers and financial industries, the giant corporations, the educational system, the medical system, along with the media and the entertainment industry whose only goal is to make profit, to accept responsibility to actively participate with the NGOs, the individuals and the communities who are involved in the process to change our world for the better. Whatever individuals do is not enough if nothing changes at the very top levels. As long as money and profits remain the ultimate goals of all enterprises, within which greed and corruption is widespread, positive change will be slow.
Anger is an issue that has to be dealt with most urgently. It is spreading like wild fire through all societies globally. People today are more aware than ever before, demanding their rights and to put an end to all tyranny. We have an epidemic of anger on our hands that has gone out of control!
Anger management does not solve the problem of 'anger gone berserk' but only deals with the outcome of a lot of wrongs that no one addresses because it is either politically incorrect or not profitable enough. Thank God for face book, you tube and twitter where the public can vent out their anger of injustice reaching millions within minutes.
Sadly it is not deemed necessary for the educational system to include reflective anger management and emotional control in their curriculum. Both parents and the education system should cooperate and accept shared responsibility for the right education for the younger generations. Apparently a research was made that showed that about 6 million teenagers in America are currently diagnosed as suffering from repeated and impossible to control anger attacks. This syndrome has even been given a name IED Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and only 6.5 per cent of the 37.8 per cent of all teenagers who suffer from anger issues received the adequate counseling treatment over the past year. These were the results of a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School who concluded that IED threatens to become a fully-fledged epidemic, if no measures are taken to assuage the devastating effects. The epidemic has spread with adult society as well hence the anger management programs for businessmen and businesswomen! But this is like a drop of cold water on a hot stone. All adults should be educated about anger management and who is better at reaching the masses than the media and the movie industry.
In summary, the answer to the question is absolutely 'YES' Anger Management is an issue in America and needs to be taken seriously and addressed in a humane and compassionate manner without delay not only for celebrities and professional men and women but also with adults and more importantly with the youth generation. This is a very serious issue. The youth of this world need more help, more understanding, more compassion, better education and more support in these fast moving, crazy, competitive, perilous times that we live in. In short we need to clear out the garbage and the hypocrisy of sweeping what is politically incorrect under the rug, before any one of us can find the peace of mind that we all crave for.
Expert Author Margaret Cranford
In this article I am not talking about clinical depression, as medical advice should always be sought if you are truly depressed. I am talking about low moods within the normal range of emotions which everyone experiences at some time, and which you can do something about.
There are many ways to lift your mood, ranging from some simple quick fixes such as listening to the right music, through to developing a new way of looking at life.
For an easy mood lifter, get busy. Physical exercise can work like magic. A good walk or bike ride in the fresh air, swimming, a round of golf, a gym, yoga or pilates session are all likely to make us happier. You can get busy at home too, as gardening, clearing out a wardrobe, cleaning the bathroom or washing the car work well too, so long as you don't resent the activity as a chore. Focus on the use of muscle, lungs and coordination, and the fact your body is working, and you will find increased contentment.
If you are less able to get out and about, an activity such as writing, knitting, painting works well too. While the physical benefits are much reduced, the mental focus on achieving something worthwhile rather than on the cause of the low mood gives you a mental and emotional break and provides positive action and thought. I paint, take photographs and write, and I am always more cheerful the busier I am.
Volunteering is excellent. It may take a while to find a suitable activity or organization and to get your volunteering established, but I thoroughly recommend voluntary work. It gets you out of the house, doing something constructive, quite often helping people or improving the environment. Not only does this help you to look out to the world rather than in to your own problems, but you are being of real help, with the added bonus of meeting new people, and learning new things.
Which takes me to the benefits of learning something. This could be a regular class, where you learn a language, a skill to improve your employment prospects, or a craft, or it could be something you do at home. Find out what classes are available in your local area. However, it doesn't have to be a class. Re-discover your local library, or use the internet to find inspiration. Learn to make your own pasta or bread, learn to knit, to grow plants, to repair furniture or fix your bike, and you are engrossed in a worthwhile activity with a worthwhile result.
In the longer term, there are things to think about that will help you to develop a more permanent positive mood.
Think about things in a positive way. By this I mean not focusing on the 'poor me' aspects of your situation, but on working out what is important to you. Look outward to try to gain more understanding of the world and your place in it. Find the value in the non-materialistic, and you are more likely to be in a good mood. Develop your inner life - your spirituality. How you do this will depend on your personal circumstances and interests, but focus on the aspects of life that don't revolve around possessions and the need for money. Appreciate your family, friends, the natural world, making things and being involved in the community and you are more likely to be content. The alternative, craving material things, needing money to spend on clothes, expensive nights out and expensive holidays means you will be striving for things that don't really matter and also living beyond your financial means. You are almost guaranteed to be miserable.
I will finish with two observations. Don't think you are entitled to be happy, and that if you aren't happy it is someone else's fault. Happiness grows from within, and from leading a life that gives you fulfillment and the opportunity to grow as a person.
Choose your friends wisely. Cultivate friendships with those who have a healthy attitude to life, who are busy, happy with the simple things in life and who offer genuine friendship.
Expert Author Catherine DeAngelis
Health professionals may be baffled when survivors of trauma come to them after recovery, on reassessment, find out symptoms have recurred.
Trauma is a serious assault on a human's life functioning.
What happens to get in the way of a regular day-to-day activity like paying the bills or problem-solving to suddenly make it all seem like a monumental feat?
Could it be a day or two before, or after a holiday gathering that negative emotions or physical symptoms got triggered, and a survivor remembers a traumatic moment that surfaces without a warning?
Trauma happens to people who experienced a psychologically distressing and life-risking event. A person having survived an accident, injuries, illness, physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse, or other crime; a person who is a war veteran, army officer, or settlement refugee who comes from war-torn or a violent country; it can happen to a search and rescue worker; natural disaster survivor, or a bystander of a traumatic episode.
A survivor can relive moments of terror, feelings of culpability, remorse, rage, or disillusionment about life.
Reliving a traumatic event can arouse emotions that cause fatigue, low energy, weepiness or lack of concentration or impatience with others. Outbursts of anger happen for no reason. The memory of trauma comes by flashbacks and nightmares, and it can become so severe it's difficult to lead a normal life.
Unbeknownst to a survivor of trauma, belief that healing has taken place and recovery is over and done with plays havoc on the mind. Thoughts, feelings and emotions are stirred-up. Without warning, symptoms return to cause grief. The ability to manage simple home or work tasks becomes daunting.
Joint pain or inability to sleep throughout the night can occur during a traumatic flashback. Agitation and self-inquiry like "who am I" and "will I ever feel normal? Or "am I going crazy?"
Disharmony grows in relationships and clouds of doom become a veil over the survivor.
The Canadian Mental Health Association reports this kind of impact can develop into acute anxiety or more commonly "post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)."
PTSD is one of several conditions known as an anxiety disorder. It affects about 1 in 10 people, characterized by reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed.
Taking care to know and understand disruptive emotions that could arise after flashbacks are vital life skills tools.
Self-awareness and self-care is arsenal for a trauma-episodic memory.
Life can suddenly become crushing because an onset of images, conversations, smells, or sounds, serve to remind something happening now related to a traumatic event back then.
Psychology Today reports PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults. It is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, gambling, eating and anxiety disorders.
When other conditions are appropriately diagnosed and treated, the likelihood of successful treatment increases.
Mayo Clinic oncologist Edward T. Cregan M.D. explains coping with traumatic stress is an ongoing process. He explains we'll be of more help to our loved one (to ourselves) if we learn about the effects of trauma.
Life skills can help people draw from a broad range of problem-solving behaviours to meet the challenges at work, home or socially. The extent to which an individual with trauma integrates survival behaviours in their lives after their trauma is in itself a measure of success and deserves much support.
In trauma recovery people learn during their healing it is important to accept feelings of denial, to keep active, seek support, face reality of the triggers, and to ground themselves after a flashback.
Trauma survivors need to take time to process feelings associated with the experience and know how to find quiet time to be alone or find someone in the family or among friends to share the experience. They need to know sharing the experience is accepted without judgment.
The key is to recognize trauma might surface at different times of the year.
Dr. Cregan describes the best way to approach trauma is by finding some ways of normalising it - thinking about not being overwhelmed or frightened by symptoms and difficulties (as opposed to catastophising thoughts like, 'It's happening again, I am back to square one' and emphasising coping strategies like staying active, taking care of yourself, seeking social support).
Family members and friends care deeply, yet hold beliefs healing should be done with quickly. This can hinder a trauma survivor's healing. Advocating "life is too short" and "stop focusing on the past - get over it" prolongs the curing period.
Healing takes time and it is different for everyone.
Family physicians notably agree it is part of essential life skills for a survivor to understand and express feelings, deal with anger associated with trauma, and safeguard thought processes so as not to undermine the ability to cope day-to-day.
Awareness is essential.
Emotional wounds take time to heal, or some cases may never heal.
Emotions from a traumatic event can take years to show up and when they do, it's a rude awakening. A realization surfaces to reexamine the memory and the pain associated with it. What can happen is a recall of more memory, adding to the original trauma. Once this happens, it deserves the processing time for the survivor to work through it, and get ready to come out at the other end stronger for it.
Trauma can cause ongoing problems with self-esteem. It affects management of simple life skills. Overcoming trauma is easier for some than others. Some go on to inspire others who is just entering the dark stage of a life-changing journey.
The impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues are what need to be addressed. Recovery happens when the person is ready to move past the pain of it.
Symptoms come back in bits and pieces, like a flashback in a movie trailer - it can subside.
Dr. Creagan believes we can help a loved one with post-traumatic stress by being willing to listen, but don't push. Choose a time when you're both ready to talk.
During the process of recovery from trauma, it can take months, years, even decades. For some, PTSD never leaves.
Trauma assaults a person's ability to manage simple life skills. Generally this is needed to help understand the world around or know the tools to allow a fulfilling life. Daily tasks, going to school or work, building relationships, or one's personal feelings of belongingness or connectedness become visibly exhausting.
Trauma symptoms get in the way of meeting ambitions to live to one's full potential.
Many treatments are available for PTSD to meet the unique needs of the survivor.
Everyone is different, so a treatment by someone experienced with PTSD may work for one person and may not work for another.
Life coaching is available to give supportive listening - without attempts to repair but help resolve some of the strong feelings such as shame, anger, or guilt. A life coach can offer strategies to help map out a plan to get beyond PTSD and work at meeting life goals based on a new method of human functioning.
A life skills approach to trauma is about finding a new personal life balance. Breaking through another wall of understanding and self discovery during recovery of trauma, is about learning to live with a new agenda of coping skills. Taking time to find what works best during healing from the effects of trauma is worthy of investment.
Giving up is not an option, but seeking self-love and understanding, or getting the help needed all bring added successes to an especially brave life of a survivor living with the stresses of a past trauma.
Expert Author Cicely R Everson
Children around the globe are being diagnosed with mood disorders like Bipolar disorder. They are constantly dealing with a multitude of hardships, due to both debilitating symptoms and societal expectations. While experiencing symptoms that resemble that of a hormonal imbalance, these children often experience academic and behavioral problems in school and at home, leading to a reduced quality of life. Severe symptoms often interfere with relationships with siblings, parents, other family members, and friends.
A good friend once described her experience with her 8-year-old daughter who had just been recently diagnosed with a mood disorder. She was not willing to conventionally medicate her daughter, but felt somewhat hopeless in the process. What's a parent to do? Does it make you a horrible parent for not wanting to go along with the doctor's plans to put your child on medication? Absolutely not. Like I tell all parents, you only get your child once, and through your own intuition and the support of those you respect, it is OK if you decide to take alternative measures when it comes to treating your child's mood disorder.
First, let me clarify something about mood disorders. In 100% of the pediatric cases I have seen, all of the children were consuming foods that aggravated their neurological health. I'm not saying these kids had food allergies. While some did, the fact remained that the packaged, processed foods many of them consumed contained toxic chemicals and additives that directly affect the brain in many ways, one of which includes altering hormone levels, leading to a hormonal imbalance. The most important thing you can do as a parent is take an active role in what your child eats. It's really that simple. Does this mean that it will be super easy for you to make the necessary changes to improve your child's health - and his or her mood? Not at all. What it DOES mean is that you have control over what they eat. Although local, organic foods tend to cost a little more, it is very possible to incorporate more of them into your family's diet. One question I often ask parents is, "Is organic food REALLY that expensive, or is it that the packaged, processed junk food is just really cheap?" At this point I usually get stared at for a few seconds while someone admits that they never saw it from that perspective.
The first steps in beating your child's mood disorder should include Holistic Nutrition education and non-invasive lab testing to assess neurotransmitter levels. Ask your holistic practitioner about this for more information. This comprehensive test measures the neurotransmitter hormone levels along with other essential hormones in the body. It will reveal which hormones are looking good, as well as those which are out of balance and potentially causing unwanted symptoms - much like the ones your child may be exhibiting on a daily basis. So, to recap:
1. Focus on a clean diet that is:
Whole food, non-refined, low carb, preservative-free, GMO-free, & alkaline-forming. Don't worry, we'll help you understand what all of this means!
2. Note any emotional/behavioral changes that you see once the 'yuckies' are out of your child's body. Improving your child's diet will also yield other benefits like bowel regularity and a strengthened immune system, which means less sickness!
3. Balance your child's (brain) hormones. Let your holistic practitioner guide you through the stress-free neurotransmitter testing so that you know exactly what's behind your child's mood disorder.
With this combined approach, your child is sure to have a marked improvement with his or her behavior, emotional well-being, and most importantly, the relationship with you.
Work with a holistic practitioner who understands the frustration that can result from a mood disorder diagnosis. No one wins, but with an open mind, you can reap the benefits from Holistic Medicine. If you know someone who has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, please share this life-changing information with them today!
Expert Author Sherry Lynn
I came out of a coma. It wasn't expected. It also surprised doctors and family that I wasn't in worse physical shape. I looked like I had lost in the boxing ring-both front teeth gone, tongue double its size and seriously bruised all over.
The stress of stoking the energy of my mother's life from the dying embers had overtaken me. The one thing that helped was forbidden by Mom's oldest daughter: rescuing broken animals and loving them back to health.
As I focused against the glaring hospital lights, I saw my sad, tiny mother sitting next to my snarling sister. "I just became your worst enemy," were the first words I heard her say. She stepped fully into that role and has done immeasurable damage to my life before and since then.
The kind of energy that my sibling exudes at me or anyone who challenges her is why I didn't want to be on this planet. It poisons people like me. Some of us can't absorb toxic energy and stay balanced. We are the writers, artists and creators from all walks of life and we co-create with the universe to bring our version of art to this world to raise the vibration.
I let myself get weak by focusing on someone else's needs in place of my own. A better plan would be to extend care in 'deposits' but always hold enough back to maintain a healthy, balanced life.
The police officer who showed up next to my hospital bed made eye contact and said, "Can you stand?" He helped me to my feet and added, "I prefer not to cuff you unless I have to." I knew but he didn't, "I had no fight left." I surrendered.
It's a good thing I did because at that point, I was no longer free. Reaching for the door handle for the first time was sobering. It wasn't there. I couldn't open it. Only a human wearing white had the authority to let me go.
Sobriety came on quickly when I learned that 'family' (my older sister) had requested 'permanent placement.' The nurse/social worker/person in white said they no longer do that. This is a 'temporary stop to check your meds and not an incarceration', she informed me. Nice that Sis thought of my future so highly.
"This ends here," I told myself. I was ready to listen to anyone who had answers. Little did I know that doctors didn't know what to do with alcoholics. They are as baffled as many drinkers are regarding why we do what we do to the extent that we do it.
Chemically imbalanced brains will make lethal choices. That is my definition of insanity.