Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What distinguishses complex PTSD from PTSD?

Answered by Ybe Casteleyn, Psychtraumatologist and Author of the Healing Power of Pain on Quora "a person suffering from PTSD realizes that he/her suffers from the consequences of an event, something that happened to him/her Life feels different 'before' and 'after' a person suffering from CPTSD often thinks there's something wrong with him/her because multiple trauma at a young age tends to mix and mess up your personality and sense of self"

What is the difference between depersonalization disorder(DPD) and derealization disorder(DR)

Answered on Quora by Emma Charlotte Young "Depersonalization is a feeling of not being in one's body/not having control over one's actions. The person is aware that she/he is in his/her body, but feels somewhat disconnected Derealization on the other hand is a feeling of separation from the world around the person. Many describe it as if the world is a dream or TV show. Again she/he is aware that this is just a feeling. Both experiences are often caused by anxiety and/or fatigue. There is also such thing as Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder, where one may experience episodes of both.

Suggestions to help improve your mood Part I

IF FEELINGS OF ANXIETY OR SADNESS REGULARLY CAUSE PROBLEMS AT WORK OR HOME, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THEM!!!!!! (1) REACH OUT If you have a close friend nearby, meet for a walk. Make a call if they are far away. You can feel supported and less stressed by talking with someone you care about. Research shows, along with lifting your mood, reaching out can strengthen your immune system. Your body is better at fighting illness and it is good for your heart also. (2) DARK CHOCOLATE It has chemicals called flavanols. Flavanols can make blood flow to your brain and may help you think more clearly. Have a small square 2 to 3 times a week. Make sure it is 70% cocoa or more. (3) MUSIC Music can affect your brain the way sex or chocolate does. Your brain makes natural painkillers when you sing along. This can boost your mood. (4) LAUGH Laughing can ease tension in your muscles. Also, when you breathe in quickly your heart and lungs get a boost. Laughing makes your brain release chemicals that help your body fight infection and pain. (5) GOOD DEEDS Your body makes hormones called endorphins when you do something nice for someone, Endorphins are natural painkillers linked to pleasure, trust, and a connection to other people. It has been shown helping others raises your self-esteem. (6) HUG YOUR PET You feel better just being around your pet. A hormone called oxytocin is released that lifts your mood and bonds you to living things. (7) WATER You can feel tired or cranky when your body needs water. Your mental sharpness may even be affected. Vegetables and fruits are good sources too.

Foods to avoid if you have depression and anxiety Part I

(1) FRUIT JUICE Whole fruit has fiber that fills you up and slows down how your blood takes in energy. You are just drinking nutritious sugar-water without the fiber. It can quickly hype you up and just as fast, bring you down. That can leave you angry and hungry. Does not help anxiety or depression. Eat whole fruit. Drink water when thirsty. (2) REGULAR SODA Soda has a direct link to depression(all sugar-sweetened drinks do). Try seltzer with just a splash of fruit juice. (3) DIET SODA Even though you may not have the energy crash that comes with having too much sugar, diet soda makes you depressed. You may feel more down than drinking regular soda. Many sodas have too much caffeine. That is bad for anxiety too. (4) TOAST The highly processed white flour in white bread quickly turns to blood sugar after you eat. The energy spikes and crashes that come is bad for depression and anxiety. (5) "LIGHT DRESSING" With "Light" or "Sugar Free", many of these get their sweetness from aspartamine. Aspartamine is an artificial sweetener liked to depression and anxiety. (6) KETCHUP Has 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon. Artificial sweeteners may be in the "Light" ones, which could be linked to anxiety and depression. (7) COFFEE It can make you jittery and nervous, if you are not used to it. It could mess up your sleep. Withdrawal from caffeine can make you feel bad, too. Cut caffeine out of your diet slowly, if you think it causes problems. If you are alright with it or you drink decafe, COFFEE CAN ACTUALLY HELP YOU FEEL LESS DEPRESSED.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Misophonia is a strong dislike or hatred of specific sounds. It can also be called selective sound sensitivity syndrome. Doctors are not sure what causes it, but it is not a problem with the ears. They believe it is part mental and part physical. Misophonia could be related to how sound affects your brain and triggers automatic responses in your body. It is sometimes mistaken for anxiety or bipolar or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some doctors want it classified as a new disorder. Misophonia starts with a trigger. It is often an oral sound. It could be the noise someone makes when they eat, breathe, chew, whistle or yawn. It can also be a small repetitive motion like someone fidgets, jostles the person, or wiggles their foot. For a mild reaction, the person may feel anxious, uncomfortable, the urge to flee, or disgust. A more severe response might cause, rage, hatred, panic, fear, emotional distress, a desire to kill or stop whatever is making the noise, skin crawling, or suicidal thoughts. You may respond over time to visual triggers also. The person might be set off by seeing someone get ready to eat or put something in their mouth. This is a lifelong condition that usually starts between the ages of 9-13. It is more common with girls. It comes on quickly, however, it is not related to any one event. There are more than a dozen misophonia clinics around the country. They offer sound therapy combined with psychological counseling. With this therapy, the doctor sets up background noises to counteract the trigger sound. Talk therapy and antidepressants are other treatments. Patients are recommended to get regular exercise, plenty of sleep and manage their stress. They can also wear ear plugs and headsets to tune out sounds. They are told to set up quiet areas or safe spots in their home where no one will make the noises that bother them. They can find support with The Misophenia Association which has chapters across the country.

Monday, December 4, 2017


(1) If you stayed up too late, swap the snooze button for sunshine. Those little minutes snoozing aren't restorative. Get outside for 5 minutes to lift that mental fog more effectively. Natural light improves alertness. (2) Your at home and you are tired around 3 in the afternoon. You still have a lot to do. Make your a cup of coffee. Let it cool. Drink all of it quickly. Then right after, take a 20-minute nap. No longer than that. The caffeine will be kicked in by the time you wake. It should give you an energy boost. (3) Shake out of sleep mode by getting moving. Take the stairs. You can get 20 minutes of extra energy by going up and down the stairs at a normal pace. A release of chemicals, such as dopamine, is likely activated by exercise to make you more alert. It's like a shot of Red Bull. The only thing is you are burning calories instead of taking them in.

Drink these for your mental health

COFFEE A lower risk of Alzheimer's, heart disease and some cancers has been linked to drinking coffee. This is due to its potent antioxidants, thought to help prevent cell damage that is caused by free radicals. Try This: For a warm rich flavor, add 1 tsp ground cinnamon to your coffee grounds before brewing. Stir in up to 1/4 cup of low-fat milk instead of using sugar. Don't use too much low-fat milk it might block the coffee's antioxidant effects. GREEN TEA It contains an amino acid(I-theanine) that can help increase the frequency of alpha waves in the brain. The alpha waves are linked to feelings of relaxation. Try This: You can drink and eat your green tea. Instead of water, cook your brown rice in brewed green tea. It will give it an earthy flavor. It is delicious alongside chicken, salmon, or vegetables. TART CHERRY JUICE Tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin. That is the same hormone that tells your body when it is time to go to bed. Drinking tart cherry juice in the a.m. and before bed can help you sleep longer and more soundly according to research. Try This: Add 1/2 cup of seltzer to 1/2 cup of tart cherry juice for a nightcap. Use seltzer because there is less sugar that way. Add a squeeze of lime.