Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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What Is Traumatic Stress

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Advice on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments

Accidents, violence and a variety of different cases of trauma are experienced on a regular occurance with staff in emergency wards. And, it can have an immense affect an individuals mind.

Intense stress results in the body going in to fight or flight with lots of adrenaline placed in your bloodstream. Recollections of past events can be distorted by large quantaties of adrenaline.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is believed to be a result of those flash of memories.
A drug that is known as proprandolol has been seen to be one method of Dealing With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Check out the rest of the article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments at: Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Using it at the right time is essential, as it’s purpose is to inhibit adrenaline in the body.
Side effects can include the use of drugs which simply sedate the feelings of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Eating whole foods are believed to be a fabulous Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment. Fresh fruits, nuts, veggies and using seasame foods are best used as oppossed to quick dishes that are made up of oil and fats.

Sugary drinks such as fruit juice or soda need to be swapped for plain water or non-carbonated fruit juices. Any kind of food made up of flour such as – cakes, cookies or breads need to be skipped too. Health wise, with flour is not such a good idea either.

Natural suppliments can be useful as a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment to reinforce the wellbeing of the brain. Amino acids aren’t only located in fish, chicken and eggs but also health supplements too.

The affects can last for many hours and the feelings of calmness and relaxation felt in only minutes. If you’ve exhausted taking pharmaceuticals and medical remedies, visiting a natural practitioner may be what is best.

Just a reminder, that I have the complete article of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments, which you may want to See: Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

About the Author

Jonothan Peters has written and researched extensively on the topic of Panic Attacks and Anxiety. To check out a review of a very good product that recently been reviewed check out: Charles Linden Review

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Bipolar Disorder Mania

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Bipolar Disorder, Type Ii: How is it Like Rodney Dangerfield?

Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor best known for his catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect”. It can seem the same with Type II Bipolar Disorder. In show biz, things that are flashy are popular, but when it comes to the cast of bipolar disorder, Type II is a stick in the mud—the shy, quiet member of the cast. Some even think it a less serious form of bipolar disorder! Don’t be fooled. The real problem is that Type II don’t get no respect.

Talk About Bipolar Disorder and the average person is thinking about mania. Mania gets all the media play—it’s what the average person on the street thinks of when bipolar disorder is mentioned. Celebrities with Type I get all the attention and become spokespeople for bipolar disorder. The drama of Type I overwhelms its seductive, depressive fellow actor, Type II.

But those of us who experience Type II, know how its tendrils can snake into the very cockles of our hearts. So what is the power of bipolar disorder, Type II? How is it different from Type I? Why is it a challenging diagnosis?

Lifelong, Type II is characterized by Depression interspersed with episodes of hypomania or normal mood. Its episodes of hypomania distinguish it as a disorder in the family of Bipolar Disorders, but Depression, rather than mania, is the major characteristic of Type II. Depression is its true power.

And Type II is a supporting actor—not in the limelight. Hypomania rather than mania constitutes its high point. Hypomania seeks the limelight but ends up at the back of the stage while the mania of Type I dances its way to celebrity.

Truth be told, hypomania just isn’t as flashy and impressive as mania. Mania causes dysfunction, hospitalization and perhaps psychotic features. Those with mania may spend to unbelievable excess, or push the limits of the criminal justice system or write memoirs that soar to dizzying heights.

Hypomania goes unnoticed, and cannot keep up with mania. It’s a “can do” mood with plenty of energy. It’s a mood of elevation, expansiveness or irritability that can result in highly productive activity. Frequently the person with Type II sees hypomania as a welcome relief from the depressive episodes rather than as part of a complex actor on the bipolar stage. Sometimes hypomania isn’t even noticed by the person who has it. Hypomania also flies in under the radar screen of many clinicians. It definitely takes back stage to mania.

Those with Type II usually seek help during depressive episodes. The depression is usually easy to diagnose. The person’s symptoms of Bipolar Depression can be severe and certainly are recurrent. Too frequently a diagnosis of unipolar or Major Depression is made without consideration that the true diagnosis is a member of the bipolar family.

Well-informed and astute clinicians ask whether there have ever been periods of time with little sleep and high energy. A “yes” to these questions are red flags that will lead to further investigation with questions about “persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood, lasting throughout at least 4 days, that is clearly different from the usual nondepressed mood” (Dsm\-iv\-tr).

Trouble is, who remembers episodes of hypomania when seeking Help For Depression? Since hypomania by definition doesn’t cause marked impairment in functioning, the person with Type II may not even recognize it as part of an illness monopolized by depression.

So the power of Type II is depression. It differs from Type I in being characterized by hypomania that isn’t as flashy as the mania of Type I. It can be a missed diagnosis because hypomania doesn’t cause the dysfunction of mania. Here are some important consequences of these three facts.

• Since Type II is fueled by depression, it is a serious illness and can cause an extreme amount of partial and total disability. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a less severe form of bipolar disorder! Hope for regaining wellness is always present, but recognizing potential pitfalls of this serious illness is a vital part of gaining wellness skills.

• Type II can cause frequent and persistent suicidal thinking, even at an early age. People with Type II have more suicide attempts but it’s the high energy of Type I that results in more completions of suicide. With Type II there can be persistent suicidal thoughts causing intense and distracting psychological pain. These thoughts can seem rational and sometimes persist in the absence of suicidal attempts. The person experiencing suicidal thoughts may not realize that they are not a normal part of life.

• In Type II, once a person is diagnosed, it is difficult to gain insight as to why bipolar disorder was diagnosed since the flashy mania of Type I is not a part of the illness.

• Most research on the family of Bipolar Disorders, until recent years, focused on bipolar disorder, Type I. Since Type I holds the limelight, there is less information about Type II.

• The depression of Type II stews and simmers beneath the surface. It frequently becomes so much a way of life that the person who experiences it long term fails to get treatment until it’s boiling over.

• Type II is frequently misdiagnosed and treated with anti-depressants alone (without a mood stabilizer). This can worsen symptoms.

• Hypomania is frequently not recognized as part of the illness. When it occurs, it may be seen as a sign of improvement rather than as a part of the overall illness.

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Type II doesn’t get no respect. But if you have Type II, take hope. Type II is a rising star. More and more attention is being paid to it these days. While it may never take over the limelight of Type I, it is being recognized for its role in the family of bipolar disorder. Appropriate treatment and use of wellness skills can usher in a life without the constant drama of overwhelming depression.

The good news is that wellness skills can work effectively for bipolar disorder, Type II. Clinicians are recognizing that Type II requires a different approach from that used for Type I. The medical community is getting better at looking for the red flags that distinguish it from unipolar or Major Depression. Researchers are recognizing the distinctive role Type II plays among Mood Disorders. In reality, Type II is beginning to get more respect.

Ten Tips For Dealing With Bipolar Disorder, Type II

1. Realize that Type II is no less serious than Type I.

2. Ask questions to get clear about why you were given the diagnosis of Type II.

3. Learn what normal mood is so you don’t confused between hypomania and normal mood.

4. Begin or continue to understand your moods by keeping a mood chart or graph.

5. Recognize hypomania as being part of the illness and pay attention to its treatment as well as that of depression.

6. Explore evidenced based psychotherapies such as Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy that are highly effective with Type II.

7. Learn wellness skills to deal with both hypomania and depression.

8. Stave off suicidal thoughts by carrying a note or card on which you have written, “I need help. I am feeling suicidal. Please stay with me and help me call…(your doctor, family member, friend). Include the phone number.

9. Stay in treatment even when you feel well.

10. Develop a network of family and friends who can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

About the Author

Jane Mountain, MD, is an author and speaker. Her work combines her knowledge of medicine with “street knowledge” gained from living with bipolar disorder for many years. She is the author of Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery and Beyond Bipolar: 7 Steps to Wellness. Her website,, offers a free newsletter (BeyondBipolar), how to schedule Dr. Mountain to speak, recommended reading, more articles by Dr. Mountain, and links to other mental health sites.

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Eating Disorder Facts

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Facts On Eating Disorder And Its Treatment

A recent survey elucidates the fact that around 10 millions of Americans are suffering from eating Disorders, 87% are children under the age of 20 and 90% are female. A sizeable population of people affected is women and there are more numbers of reasons to substantiate this fact. Depression and the chemical imbalance in the brain are the main reasons for the problem. Eating Disorder treatment should be focused to identify the symptoms and causes of the problems. It is disheartening to see such people spending their lives in silence and compelled to keep their devastating behavior secret from all their family members and friends.

People suffering from eating disorder spend most of their time in public toilets, gyms, jogging trials and in kitchen. The seriousness of the problem is not well understood by most of the people and they simply believe that they are not affected with the eating disorder. It really takes a longer time for them to convince that they have become a victim of eating disorder. Enrolling in any of the eating disorder center is a good way to start a better life. If this problem is not treated on time, then it may lead to adverse effects.

Malibu Eating Disorder Treatment is one of the best treatments offered. The program is designed to cater to the needs of the individual. People are taken special care and psychiatric counselor is available 24 hours. A general discussion and a counseling session is very helpful for the patients to recover soon. Exchange of thoughts with the counselors can be a confidence building measure. Malibu treatment center has got the state of art facilities in treating their patients. The luxurious atmosphere will revive and completely change the way of thinking for the patients.

Eating Disorder Center must understand the problems faced by the individuals those who are affected. People often experience guilt, shame, Anxiety and are isolated by friends and society. This will have a bigger impact in the relationship. Problem solving capabilities and confidence will come down as a result. If individuals get to have a slight doubt or find a miniscule of symptoms regarding eating disorder then

# Identify the Depression and disorder
# Seek professional help
# Join psychotherapeutic groups which is important
# Seek help from family and friends
# Remember that recovery from eating disorder can actually cure depression giving a new lease of life.

Malibu Eating Disorder Treatment center has got a team of professionals who can understand the connections between eating Disorders and Clinical Depression which are both physiological and psychological in nature. There exist a close nexus between the two. The treatment has got holistic approach. Patients can go far but with the help of experts from the center, patients can go further. Experts train them to face the challenges of the world and give them the confidence to live. The normalcy is restored and the opportunities are given back to prove themselves.

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