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How Yoga and Meditation Reduces Depression and Other Mental Health Issues

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that disciplines the mind and body through a series of poses known as asanas. Each asana is held for a period of time with the aim of strengthening the mind as well as the body, due to the concentration required to hold the pose.

Yoga is also about connecting with yourself by gaining an insight into your inner self. When Depression strikes, it is said that the person has lost the connection to themselves. Devotees of yoga claim that it has amazing inner healing powers and because of this, yogis (those who practice yoga) are able to deal with depression and other Mental Health Problems better than those who do not practice the discipline.

Studies have found that yoga is helpful in cases of depression, Anxiety, stress, Bipolar conditions and other Mental Health Problems. In the UK, yoga is being offered as a form of alternative therapy on the NHS. In New York, yoga is offered as a treatment by psychiatrists to their patients.

Because of the side effects of many mental health drugs, yoga is increasingly being seen as a popular alternative to harsh drugs. For example, yoga is deemed an effective treatment for those suffering from Schizophrenia. Yoga works to calm the body and hence the mind due to the steady and controlled breathing that is required in order to complete the postures.

Fans of yoga have found that they are able to transfer this skill to other areas of their life, particularly when they are feeling anxious because they are able to slow down their breathing and also their heart rate.

Meditation is one of the practices of yoga, and involves using controlled breathing together with inner reflection and focusing on an object or a particular set of thoughts. Meditation that is geared towards helping mental health problems involves dealing with negative thoughts and feelings which can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem.

Meditation is used by monks as part of their daily ritual to instill calmness and control within the body. They also use meditation as a means to reach within themselves and attain inner peace and harmony, so that they are essentially at one with themselves. This notion of being completely at one with yourself is seen as one of the keys to being truly happy from within.

Meditation is an excellent way to help calm and focus the mind as well as deal with negativity and replace them with positive thoughts and a happier mindset. Research has found meditation to be highly effective in Treating Depression and preventing severe bouts of depression from returning.

One of the many benefits of meditation is that those people who meditate regularly have an exceptional ability to handle stressful situations with a calm and clear mind. Anyone can experience the life enhancing qualities that meditation can bring, simply by playing meditation CDs. These are widely available online and can be used to help a number of conditions from weight loss to depression and treating Anxiety and stress.

Yoga and meditation go hand in hand, and aside from their numerous health benefits, they are a viable alternative to drugs for those people who suffer from depression and other mental health problems.

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Cognitive Disorder

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How You Know – Assessing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder



How You Know – Assessing Adhd


                        There is a site on the web dedicated completely to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There is also a video series on this site available under FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) which presents a variety of topics all focused on Adhd. The video series is about ADHD only, and was written and narrated by a professional clinician experienced in treating ADHD patients. He appears to be highly knowledgeable on the topic and professional in his delivery.

This is the seventh video in this series and teaches the viewer about the processes used to identify ADHD. This information can be very helpful to someone who suspects that a loved one, a family member or a friend may be suffering from ADHD. How does a person know if the suspected behavior should be analyzed professionally.  This video answers that question. The series itself is presented by MegaTech, Inc. which provides technological treatments for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  MegaTech, Inc. created the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity treatment game, called, “Cups and Balls,” which can be found on this web site free of charge! According to the narrator, Cups and Balls is therapeutically beneficial for a person with ADHD, helping them to increase attention span as well as the ability to focus on the task at hand.

                   The clinician who is the narrator of this video series, which can be found on the web site,, explained that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not diagnosed with an absolute medical procedure. There are no blood tests, x-rays, or hard diagnostic tools to determine the absolute diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Brain scan imaging provides information on how the brain operates but, according to the narrator, doesn’t provide diagnostic information  specifically to identify Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is what is referred to as a syndrome. As in the other videos in this series, I found it necessary to turn to my old friend Daniel Webster for a definition. I looked up syndrome which was a term used to define ADHD.


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Webster explained that a syndrome is a group of signs And Symptoms which collectively indicate a disease or disorder. Clinical professionals have a list of behavioral criteria for ADHD with which to identify it.  If the behavior of the person being evaluated fits enough of the criteria andthe ADHD behaviors are intense enough to consistently disrupt the person’s daily life, the individual would then be given the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

           The clinician further explains that it takes a professional in the field of ADHD to accurately identify ADHD. The professional has been trained to understand when to appropriately make such a diagnosis. These professionals include a pediatrician, a Psychiatrist, or even a Psychologist. Among the tests that professional clinicians use are client interview, as well as direct behavioral observation in schools, at homes, and in community settings. The professional interviews family, teachers, and other persons involved in the life of the client.      Another assessment process used is to study a collection of behavioral patterns.  Behavioral patterns are assembled by timelines for ADHD behaviors.  This data includes school reports of trouble, fantasy, or any behavior that might be dysfunctional in the learning process at school or disruptive in a home environment.  Pattern analysis includes frequency counts, durations and intensity of disruptive behavior in different settings and times . According to this video, the intensity of behavior patterns is a critically important key to identifying ADHD. The intensity of the behavior patterns being evaluated are usually measured on an Intensity Scale.

The narrator in this video series, which is found at, explained that there are many different psychological instruments used to assess Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The most common one, and often used is The Conner’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Scale.  The Conner’s has a Family Report Form and a Teacher Report Form.  These forms use the ADHD Behavioral Criteria and places each of these behaviors on an intensity measure of degree.  The Conner’s and other similar scales measure the amount or degree of ADHD behavior patterns exhibited. Other scales distinguish ADHD from other similar conditions, such as Asperger Syndrome or a cognitive disorder. 

The clinician then cautions viewers that they should be careful when selecting a professional in their area to assesses and diagnose their child, family member or loved one.  It’s important to find an experienced clinician who works with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, he further cautions that if the clinician works exclusively with ADHD, he may tend to see all behavioral patterns as ADHD when behavioral characteristics may be attributed or associated with something different or other difficult behaviors. Clinicians who work exclusively with ADHD sometimes are less objective and tend to see only behaviors looking through the lens of their ADHD predisposition. He explains that there are behavioral Disorders which share similar characteristics with ADHD and emphasizes that it is critically important to make an accurate diagnosis. A misdiagnosis is counterproductive to reducing the behavioral symptoms of ADHD. On the other hand, since ADHD is not an exact science, the clinician must be patient while spending the time to get to know the client and the behavioral patterns that are displayed. There is quite a bit of trial and error associated with attempting to make a diagnosis as well as finding the most fitting treatment plan and success for each individual person.  This concluded the seventh video which was on the Assessment Process, and can be found under FAQS at the web site, . This web site contained helpful information about   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for anyoneconcerned about this Behavioral Disorder.




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Gaillyn Hope is a former elementary public school teacher.  She is now a web writer, as well as a writer and teller of children’s stories. Her interest in ADHD was sparked by her connection to education

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Nervous System Disorder

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Common Childhood Diseases And Disorders That You Should Know

Diseases and Disorders are common to every living being. We all get ill and suffer from several health problems throughout our life. But when these conditions occur in childhood extra care is required. In this article you will find some common childhood illnesses and disorders like chest infections, cough, asthma and influenza. Chest infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, usually follow a common cold or sore throat. Coughing and wheezing may occur, and some children develop asthma. Children can also get influenza.

In asthma, there is a difficulty in breathing caused by narrowing of the air passage to the lungs. It is common in childhood. It may be triggered off by bronchitis or be caused by an allergy to pollen or dust. In some children, Emotional Stress plays a part. Skin conditions, such as eczema in children, may be due to irritation from a detergent or an allergic reaction to a food or a particular fabric.

Abdominal pains are also commonly seen in childhood. Sudden pain in a child’s abdomen is nearly always caused by Overeating food that is too rich, or eating when excited. But if the pain lasts for more than an hour, if it is accompanied by vomiting, or if the child also passes blood-stained urine of faeces, a doctor should be consulted. Possible causes are appendicitis and a rare blockage of intestines.

Most Infectious Diseases are caused by a micro-organism that is bacterium or a virus. The infection can be air-borne or spread via food and water. Many serious Infectious Diseases, like smallpox have been virtually eliminated in developed countries by immunization. The symptoms of many childhood infectious diseases are similar – a rash on the body, a fever, general malaise and common cold. A rash on the body accompanied by fever needs to be seen by doctor.

The dangers of such illnesses could be dehydration due to vomiting and refusal to eat drink, difficulty in breathing due to vomiting, refusal to eat and drink, difficulty in breathing due to clogged airways, or febrile convulsion. These diseases, if untreated, can lead to complications. Cold and coughs are very common in childhood. Children develop immunity to specific viruses, as they grow older. So in the earlier years they are susceptible to infections with cold or flu viruses.

Senses defects are also seen in childhood. Unless senses or Nervous System Disorders are recognized and treated early, a child’s development can be seriously impaired. Among the most common senses defects are poor eyesight, and deafness or partial deafness, which account for many cases of so called backwardness in children. More obvious is a squint, which must receive treatment if the child’s eyesight is not to be permanently damaged.

Growth disorders like difficulty in gaining weight or height is another common disorder seen in children. Retarded growth is generally caused by a disorder of the pituitary gland. A disorder of the same gland causes excessive growth, and both need specialist treatment. Poor nutrition, such as deficiency of essential vitamins, may cause conditions such as deficiency of essential vitamins, may cause conditions such as rickets. Behavioral Disorders, such as bed-wetting, stealing and truancy can often be traced to emotional insecurely or stress.

I hope, this article will help you find information on common childhood Diseases And Disorders. Proper knowledge help prevent complicated conditions from arrival.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Common Childhood Diseases And Disorders that You Should Know

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