Saturday, January 20, 2018

Anorexia and suicide

People with anorexia may also struggle with substance abuse, anxiety or depression. They may be thinking about suicide. Don't wait if you are having suicidal thoughts or you are worried about a loved one. Call 911 or the national suicide hotline: 800-273-TALK(800-273-8255). Warning signs include talking about death or suicide, engaging in risky behavior or withdrawing from loved ones or friends.

Personal Story of Cigarette Addiciton

"I smoked 3 packs a day for about 15 years when I decided to quit, I did it "cold turkey". I realized that out of the 60 or so cigarettes I was smoking every day, I only really enjoyed maybe 3-6 of those. The rest were simply me continuing to self-medicate my nicotine fix. I was very dedicated to my smoking habit. I had a very close and intimate relationship with tobacco than I did with most people. When I quit, it was like my best friend was gone forever. Even so, I realized that I needed to let go of my "friend". Each time I left my house, I found myself checking "Do I have my cigarettes?" "Do I have matches or a lighter?" "Do I have enough money to buy another pack of cigarettes?" It eventually sunk in that I was truly addicted, both physically and psychologically and this addiction was ruling my life, I made a conscious decision that I didn't want to live like that Once I made up my mind, I decided to put as much effect into ridding myself of my addition as I did to maintain it for those 15 years. The most difficult part was the first couple of weeks. As my body was detoxing, it was also signaling that I needed to dose myself with more nicotine. The way that it was doing this was by intense cravings and "panic attacks". These were very vivid and happened often at first. The panic attacks usually lasted 3-5 minutes. But I found that I could hang on through those attacks, that the next one was not quite as bad and I was stronger and better prepared for the next one. And when it came, it was less intense until they came less often and were easier to deal with. Is this the way to quit smoking? It was for me, as I haven't used tobacco products in more than 26 years." David x xxxxx, Adjunct Professor of Pikes Community College, answered the question "How can you quit smoking without professional assistance?" Found on Quora.

What is an eating disorder?

"An eating disorder is an illness that leads people to overeat, starve themselves, or adopt other unhealthy behaviors surrounding food and body weight These disorders- binge eating, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia- are not simply bad habits. They interfere with daily life and without proper treatment they can cause serious health problems." Taken from a slideshow on WebMD: A visual guide to understanding eating disorders.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

"Domestic violence is abuse that happens in a personal relationship. It can happen between past or current partners, spouses, or boyfriend and girlfriends. Domestic violence affects men and women of any ethic group, race or religion; gay or straight; rich or poor; teen, adult, or elderly. But most of all its victims are women In fact, 1 out of 4 women will be a victim at some point." Definition from a WebMD article.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

EXCELLENT DESCRIPTION OF WHAT DEPRESSION FEELS LIKE! GREAT FOR NON-SUFFERERS TO READ

"I know it is a challenge for anyone who has never experienced depression to grasp its weight. As someone who has experienced depression, I will try and explain it as best I can... Have you ever lost a family member who has died to young? Maybe through an illness or an accident. The feeling of pure sadness and pain hits you and feels like it will never end. But you know, eventually, you will find your new normal and resume living your life. You miss that family member, but you have to get on with living. Depression is a bit like that, except the pain does not subside with time. In fact, it gathers momentum. The feeling of pure sadness gets into your bones, your nerves, your muscles and ever worse, your mind. Your five senses no longer function properly; food loses its taste, and your world is now various shades of grey. Even the orange and red hues of the sunrise are overcast. Roses have no smell, the feel of velvet is like sandpaper, and the sound of people laughing is as though you have cotton in your ears. For many, the emotional pain sits in the solar plexus, the body's primary network of physical and emotional nerves. It is where depression takes up residence because this is where the most damage achieved." "Have you ever been told you are worthless and will not amount to anything? Maybe someone has said you should not try because you will fail. Do you work in a toxic? Are you often in the office bullies crosshairs? Are you often called a loser, idiot, fool and so on? When your defenses are down, these words feel real and even sound true. When saturated with negative emotions, these words are napalm. By this point, it is not life you hate or want to escape; it is the constant pain sitting in the center of your chest. You merely want the hurt to stop. No hug can dissolve it, and no amount of reason can scare it away. Unfortunately, you never see depression coming. In fact, you do not know it is your new companion until it is too late. You have no idea when this uninvited guest arrived. It is an opportunist. Given a chance, depression will silently seep through any period of sadness or stress in your life. It is a bit like carbon monoxide in that respect. Are you a weak person for having depression? No Illness, physical trauma, PTSD, bullying, the death of a family member, pregnancy, redundancy, loss of your home; it can be any number of life reasons." "For some, depending upon their condition, depression can be a lifetime battle. The good news it can be beaten and the reoccurrence greatly reduced." Answered by Wendy xxxxxx-xxxxxx,Beat ten+ years of depression and a failed suicide attempt, to this question on Quora Is depression that bad that people kill themselves? I really want to understand the daily thought process of a depressed person without coming off as offensive. Is depression constantly there or does it come and go?

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF A PANIC ATTACK

"It's more than being scared Your body's "fight or flight" response kicks into high gear. It can seem to come from nowhere-maybe as you walk down the street or do the laundry. It can even wake you out of a sound sleep. There's often no obvious reason for your combination of symptoms That's part of why it's called an "attack". It can be so sudden and intense that you feel helpless, unable to move or think clearly." CHEST TIGHTNESS: Your chest may hurt because a jolt of adrenaline gets your heart racing or pounding. It may do both You can also have trouble breathing. CHOKING: You can't swallow because your throat tightens up. You may think you are going to throw up. This makes it harder to catch your breath. TERROR: This is more than the fear you feel in the normal course of life. For example: more fear than when you stand on the edge of a cliff, start a new job, or bring up a difficult subject. You may have an overwhelming sense that something really terrible is about to happen during a panic attack. Despite knowing it is not true, you feel like you are going to die. DIZZINESS: Sometimes it seems like you're disconnected from your surroundings. You feel so lightheaded that the whole room spins. SWEATY PALMS: This is a symptom of anxiety and a panic attack. Sometimes you can sweat a lot in other places, like under your arms. You could also get hot flashes or chills. TREMBLING AND TINGLING: You may start shaking. Your fingers or toes can tingle or go numb. That is because your blood is busy going to your heart and muscles. HEADACHE: It could come on suddenly and go as quickly. Just like the other symptoms, this alone does not mean you are having a panic attack. From WebMD slideshow What happens during a panic attack.

Do you rely on over-the-counter medicines?

Many continue to use over-the-counter medicines even when minor ailments have turned more serious. One survey shared that 41% of adults who report taking a drug store sleep aid have done so for at least a year The recommended limit is 2 weeks Experts say there is a crisis with overusing OTC pain relievers because more than 4 million Americans overuse these pills. Experts also say there is no sign of it slowing down. Here are suggestions for when to call a doctor: INSOMNIA You have been taking OTC sleep aids several times a week for 2 weeks. Bedtime makes you anxious. You frequently wake up in the middle of the night with your mind racing and you can't fall back to sleep. You are struggling with feelings of malaise, anxiety, or sadness during the day too. HEADACHES You are taking an OTC pain reliever twice a week or Just once a week, but continuously for a period of 3 months. You take a first dose of OTC pain reliever, then you take a second dose for that same attack and You take OTC pain reliever the next day when the pain returns. You are taking OTC pain relievers at higher-than-recommended doses, and you are barely getting relief. Or worse, no relief at all.