Geopolitics and the Psychopath

In the aftermath of the Paris massacre I found myself pondering the surreal state of the world and the myriad humanitarian disasters and violations of international law infiltrating the globe. War crimes in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and Libya accompanied by air strikes, bombing raids and time changes have become routine. The genocide in Yemen, albeit a humanitarian catastrophe, receives little media attention. US led propaganda and harsh sanctions have economically destabilized Venezuela, conceivably as a prelude to invasion. Government looting of pensions and savings has begun, devastating retirees and their surviving spouses while corporate moguls earn 380x more than the average wage earner. It has always been this way irrespective of ideology, theology, or philosophy. The brutality of war and suffering are historical realities.

In distress I turn to my chosen field of psychology for answers. I am led to realize that in this geopolitical landscape, driven by the quest for political domination and exploitation of world resources, it is incrementally imperative that the layperson acquires a basic psychological comprehension of human evil, in order for any of this to make a modicum of sense.

Physicist and psychoanalyst Ian Hughes wrote:

A small proportion of people who suffer from psychological abnormal personalities have, through history, had an immeasurable detrimental impact on our societies, our politics and our world. Enabled by their ruthlessness to readily acquire positions of power, they have long dominated the psychologically normal majority of the world's population.

In Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason philosopher Immanuel Kant makes the claim that evil is innate to the human species. According to Kant, self-conceit is the designated egoistic trait responsible for moral corruption. An extreme propensity for evil has been referred to by psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley, in his seminal book The Mask of Sanity, as a neuropsychiatric defect which fuels the need to destroy. Cleckley's psychological perspective identifies a measure for evil as psychopathology.

Psychopathy iss a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior. They are conscienceless and calculating, and ruthlessly driven to acquire power and control. Psychopaths command compliance and obedience so as to actualize their agendas. Accordingly, they are encouraged by the absence of critical thought, and the reliance on primitive psychological defenses of those they seek to control. Moreover, research using positron emission tomography (PET) indicates that one of the primary causes of psychopathic behavior is believed to be neurological abnormalities in the frontal lobe of the brain.

Cleckley purports that psychopaths present with a visage of normalcy. According to Cleckley the psychopath has the uncanny ability to conceive this 'neuropsychiatric defect', stating, “They are not only disagreeing to those unfamiliar with such patients but often to people who know well from experience their persuing outer aspect of honesty.” We are deceived, even deluded by, the psychopath's disguise of virtue, his glibness, ostensible calm, status, and charm. The psychopath's veneer of normality can be so seamless it becomes implausible to consider the malevolence behind the mask, even for trained clinicians.

Political Ponerology, coined by psychiatrist Andrzej Lobaczewski, is the study of institutional and government systems consisting of high-ranking officials presenting with psychopathic practices. Lobaczewski's investigations focus on government in which absolute political power is held by a psychopathic elite, and explains how an entire society can be governed and motivated by purely pathological values. Lobaczewski emphasizes how psychopathic leaders “special psychological knowledge” of normal people enables them to manipulate and assert a hypnotic power over the masses. He explains psychopaths have studied us and their ability to use our emotions against us deteriorates our cognitive abilities.

BF Skinner's work with operant conditioning tells us that what we learn is impacted by reinforcement and punishment / incompatibility consequence. A pattern of intermittent reinforcement establishes unpredictability and confusion. The psychopath capitalizes on this phenomenon. The victim's mind scrambles in an effort to mitigate the distress and return to internal consistency. Sometimes cognitive dissonance sets in and the desperate urgency to discern a rhyme or reason becomes a driving force. At this point the duped masses are brought up in an addictive cycle and come to view the psychopathic tormenter as the redeemer. Lobaczewski contends the psychopath's evil motivations, masked by a humane ideology, further exacerbate confusion.

The use of propaganda, distraction, and eradication lies are instrumental in ensuring that beliefs and memories that echo the psychopathic leader's agenda are retained, while that which does not serve the psychopathic leader, are forgotten. The need to fit in, to secure a national identity further ensures compliance with this indoctrination. According to Lobaczewski the basic ignorance and weakness to this conditioning / brainwashing guarantees that the masses will bend to the deified psychopathic leader's will. This pathological attachment is a survival strategy, which enables dissociation from jarring reality. By disowning inconceivable truths and taking on the psychopath's perspective, the victim wards off the threat of helplessness, and terror is mitigated. Over time learned helplessness takes over and passive acceptance of abject criminality occurs.

Destroying the credibility and reputation of a designated target ensues the charismatic psychopath a position of power and control. By manipulating facts, disseminating ambiguous rumors (doublespeak), and calling the targeted victim's morals into question, a nefarious narrative devoid of proper context, is created. Triangulation is also a commonly relied upon tactic by psychopaths, designed to pit the masses against the targeted rival, in order to Divide and Conquer. Relying on confirmation bias, the tendency to interpret information so that it supports preconceptions, psychopaths dupe others into colluding in actualizing its agenda. As the designated target begins to cave under the shame of stigma and the oppression of the smear campaign, a militia of enablers will support the psychopath's heinous agenda.

For the psychopathic leader to enforce amoral, soulless, calculated schemes, victims ripe for brainwashing are necessary. When gullible followers succumb to pathological influence they lose site of their critical faculties and they lose the ability to distinguish normal human behavior from pathological. This supportive and compliant populace assures that the psychopathic leader will uninterruptedly carry out depraved, lawless motives. This is what leads to the propagation of macrosocial evil.

To prevent such a decption one must consciously curtail the reflexive deference to authority and question the motives and actions of those in power. A psychologically informed historical perspective offers proficiency with discerning patterns of fanaticism, oppression and widespread corruption. In a climate of elitism, controlled media, class disparities, pragmatism, and civil liberties violations, becoming informed about the predatory nature of the psychopath is critical to perceiving what lurks beneath the ostensibly principled demeanor of the psychopathic ruler.

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Blinded by Darkness: The Collective Denial of Evil and Its Impact on Psychiatric Treatment

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -Edmund Burke

A therapist advises a woman who's been stalked and harassed by her psychopathic ex-husband to meet him over coffee to address co-parenting, A young woman with severe somatization of trauma is told by her therapist that her psychopathic brother was engaging in sexual 'play 'when he was raping her vaginarily with objects as children. A young man avoids necessary treatment because his perpetrator, his father, is an iconic philanthropist. He legitimately fears being scrutinized by clinicians who question his sanity. Why is the burden of proof on the victim to establish a legitimate case for his / her suffering? Why are not these victims believed and why are facilitators of an empirical science denying the psychological reality of evil?

Evil denotes an absence of good. It is that which is depraved and immoral. Theodicy, coined by philosopher Gottfried Leibinz, is a theological construct, which attempts to answer the question of why a good God permits the manifestation of evil. Questions arise in theodicy as to levels of will, why evil exists, and as to wherever there is a demonic force responsible for radical evil. All of these questions address the chaotic universal force of evil, but for the purposes of this article we will address the conundrum of human evil, specifically the evil we inflict upon one another, and the collective denial of its very existence, which in turn allows for evil's proliferation.

In “Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason” philosopher Immanuel Kant makes the claim that evil is innate to the human species. According to Kant, self-conceit is the designated egoistic trait responsible for moral corruption. An extreme propensity for evil has been referred to by psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley, in his seminal book “The Mask of Sanity”, as a neuropsychiatric defect which fuels the need to destroy. Cleckley's psychological perspective identifies a measure for evil as psychopathology. Psychopathy as described by Cleckley purports a visage of normalcy. According to Cleckley the psychopath has the uncanny ability to conceive this 'neuropsychiatric defect'. Cleckley asserts, “they are disturbing not only to those unfamiliar with such patients but often to people who know well from experience their convincing outer aspect of honesty.” 1 We are deceived, even deluded by, the psychopath's disguise of virtue, his glibness, ostensible calm, status, and charm. The psychopath's veneer of normality can be so seamless it becomes implausible to consider the malevolence behind the mask, even for trained clinicians.

On the contradictory, prolonged exposure to the psychopath's abuse and exploitation results in complex PTSD, and in the worst case scenarios DID. The victims of psychopaths are emotionally, psychologically, physically, financially and socially devastated. The visibility of their distress and symptoms makes them vulnerable to being stigmatized. Sociologist Erving Goffman defined stigma as, “a phenomenon where an individual who is severely discredited by his / her society is rejected as a result of the attribute”. 2 Goffman emphasized the role stigma plays in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment by expounding on its insidious barrier to recovery, and the dehumanization and depersonalization, which stimulates further damage and marginalizes victims. Essentially stigma breeds pretempt and attempted breeds flame. Following this line of reason, the stigmatized victim is extremely blamed for the harm inflicated by the psychopath. This social Darwinistic paradigm illustrates how the psychopaths advantage over the victim supports a survival of the fittest template. The fittest are elevated, irrespective of their character. Signs of weakness and fragility are subject to condemnation. Power and status are the relevant marks for what is valued and esteemed.

Along with what is collectively viewed as aberrant or hierarchically correct, and thereby conductive to stigmatization, there are other elementary collective biases we adhere to in spite of contradictory evidence. For example, the need to believe that the world is fundamentally just, contributes to the rationalization that egregious maltreatment must be somehow deserved by the victim. The need to assure ourselves that we are invulnerable to evil affords us a false locus of control, which again, shifts the focus onto the victim's culpability. What deviates from the norm creates conflict with our social reality. This generates uncertainty and threats to our world-view. To return to a state of perceived equilibria we may limit the intrusion of new information or thinking about things in ways that contradict our pre-existing beliefs. We simply deny that which causes us distress. Given that evil calls into question our basic trust in the order and structure of our world we are compelled by our instinct for self-preservation, to deny evils existence and construct a reality that offers an illusory sense of safety and predictability.

My treatment of D, who was perpetrated by a pedophile over the course of many years, is an example of this phenomenon. The pedophile who I¡¯ll refer to as R was a highly regarded coach and educator in an affluent suburb. Years after the assault of D, the FBI arrested R in a sting operation. In spite of the irrefutable evidence implicating R, the community came to R's defense, citing his character and beneficent deeds as proof of his innocence. Even when allegations of sexual abuse made by a foster child in R's care came forth, the childs credibility was ironically damaged by his stigmatized status as an emotionally harassed ward of the state. This case in point illustrated the egos ability to censor and reconstruction disturbing information so as to maintain consonance. On a global scale we see the same defenses employed in response to allegations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups perpetrated by the catholic church. Psychiatrist Andrzej ob obaczewski studied what he termed pathocracy, institutional and government systems comprised of high ranking officials presenting with psychopathic practices. Lobaczewski attributed human ignorance and weakness to the propagation of macrosocial evil. Correspondingly, in spite of the church's heinous history of aligning with Hitler and Mussolini, implementing the Inquisition and Crusades, the Magdalene laundries, the witch-hunts, and the supported democracy and slavery in the Americas, Africa, and Australia, the persistence with upholding naïve, illusory ideas of spiritual infallibility and idealized notions of value jump accountability and objective reality. As Lobaczewski contends, evil motivations are masked by a humane ideology. When followers succumb to pathological influence they lose site of their critical faculties and they lose the ability to distinguish normal human behavior from pathological. What results is a collusion with evil.

Those who are pathologically evil are ruthlessly driven to acquire power and control. They command compliance and obedience so as to actualize their agendas. Here, they are encouraged by the absence of critical thought, and the reliance on primitive psychological defenses intended to deny unacceptable truths. Psychologist Stanley Milgram's experiment concerning personal conscience and obedience illuminated how tolerable we are to the influence of authority. The impetus for Milgram's experiment was the Nuremberg war criminal trials. The defense of the Nazi genocide was blind obedience to following orders. Milgram investigated this explanation by testing whether study participants would comply with instructions to administrator electric shocks to other participants. The finds revealed that authoritative pressure could usurp moral judgment. In fact, 65 percent of the participants fully complied with the orders to administrator up to 450 volts of electricity. This study reinforces what psychopaths understand; that the innate inclining to uphold and obey authority is rooted in sundry factors such as fear, identification with the aggressor, the need to belong, etc. As long as there are no serious repercussions, orders dispensed by an authority figure are generally obeyed, irrespective of whether they oppose our morals. This predisposition offers the psychopath malleable yielding victims ripe for exploitation and abuse.

Returning to the inquiries at the beginning of this article, we can acknowledge why evil is denied, and why the burden is on the victim of human evil to legitimize her reality and her suffering. The masses, including clinicians, are blinded by the psychopath's mask of normalcy. We stigmatize the symptomatic victims, condemning them as inferior given their emotional instability, concomitant to lauding the capable and convincing psychopath. Our innate proclivity to maintain internal equilibrium and illusions of safety, compel us to rely on elaborate psychological defenses to deny threatening information. We see evidence of this on a global scale in which objective reality is dwarfed by deceptive ideologies. None of us are immune to the intimidation of authority. The world is rife with leaders in high positions of power who are pathologically evil. For myriad reasons our innate inclinations to conform and obey eclipse our moral judgment. Unknowingly, ignorantly, carelessly and unintentionally we collude with evil more often than not.

So what is the panacea? As facilitators of therapy, mental health practitioners are bound to come in contact with victims of evil. As treatment providers We need to vigilantly challenge our denial systems and demythologize evil if we are to adequately treat those seeking our help. This requires us to courageously face the harsh reality of life's dangers, including the potential for evil that lurks within. Jung referred to the repressed, 'dark', unenlightened parts of the psyche as the shadow. As Jung explained, the denial andression of the shadow unconsciously causes it to be projected onto the 'other'. If mental health clinicians collectively deny the reality of evil, to quote Jung, than “… how can evil be integrated? There is only one possibility: to assimilate it, that is to say, raise it to the level of consciousness.” 3 By bringing the reality of evil's influence into the therapeutic framework, a clinically significant factor in the healing process is consciously addressed. The dark side of humanity must be acknowledged if victims of evil are to assimilate what was done to them. Summarily, it is our ethical responsibility as therapists to embody consciousness. Only then can we truly recognize evil, refuse complicity, and be reliable instruments of helping others heal from evil's wreckage.

References
Cleckley, HM (2011) The Mask of Sanity: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues about the So-Called Psychopathic Personality Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, LLC; 3rd edition

Goffman, E. (2009) Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity New York: Simon and Schuster

Jung, C. (1970) Civilization in Transition (The Collected Works of CG Jung, Volume 10) Gerhard Adler (Translator), RFC Hull (Translator) Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press

Kant, I. (1998) Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason, Robert M. Adams (Editor), George Di Giovanni (Editor), G. DiGiovanni (Translator) Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press

Leibniz, GW (1952) Theodicy, Edited by Austin Farrer and translated by EM Huggard. New Haven: Yale UP

Lobaczewski, A. (2006) Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, Grande Prairie: Red Pill Press

Milgram, S. (2009) Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View New York: HarperCollins Publishers

Footnotes

1. Cleckley, HM, The Mask of Sanity: An Attempt to Clarify Some Issues about the So-Called Psychopathic Personality (Whitefish, MT: Literary Licensing, 2011), 342

2. Goffman, E., Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009) 30

3. Jung, C., “Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology” in Civilization in Transition; The Collected Works of CG Jung, Gerhard Adler (Translator), RFC Hull (Translator (Volume 10, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 1970).

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Coloring Books for Adults As a Form of Stress Relief Therapy

Coloring books for adults help your mental health

Coloring books for adults is an offspring of art therapy which is a mental health profession that is the process of making and creating artwork which intends to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem “(according to the American Art Therapy Association). So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Also, art therapy is not only about mental health and improving yourself – it's a form of personal expression, as well.

However, it is important to understand that using a coloring book for adults is not exactly the same as completing an art therapy session. While art therapy was first practiced in the 1940s, the first research on using adult coloring pages as therapy is generally believed to have only begun as recently the mid-90s.

Adult Coloring Books Health Benefits

Despite the fact that coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits, it's not the same as therapy. Working through coloring pages definitely has the potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness, according to the industry researchers. Based on groundbreaking research in 2005 it was proven that anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored complex coloring pages for adults or mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside.

Just like guided meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and worries and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who are not comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, like painting or writing. The participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring images. It feels safer for them and it creates containment around the coloring process.

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Keep in mind, if you're dealing with significant mental or emotional issues, the therapy is going to be more effective than coloring solo. But for those who just need a hobby to help them relax and chill out, these coloring books could be the solution. People that engage in activities like that feel recharged and restored.

Since precision is everything when it comes to coloring pages for adults, skip the crayons and go straight for the colored pencils, so you'll be able to blend colors, do shading and adding highlights and lowlights to your masterpieces.

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The Food-Brain Connection

For over 40 years I have been studying the extremely complex connection between food and brain function. Many experts have recognized the connection between highly processed food and various common brain disorders. Their perspective goes something like this: You eat too much highly processed food and at some point you will become insulin resistant and pre-diabetic, a condition that now affects more than 50% of our population. Many will also become obese or develop type II diabetes. We do know that being exposed to these pro-inflammatory diseases for years will have a predictable adverse affect on brain function leading to an increased incidence of dementia, depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar II and other common brain disorders. David Perlmutter's excellent book “Grain Brain” reflects this concept quite well. I agree that this is probably true but I have a different view of how bad food affects brain function. In my opinion when you eat a diet of highly processed food the brain is the first rather than the last organ to be adversely affected.

Connecting the dietary dots

I learned this over many years by measuring the body composition of over 10,000 patients in my primary care practice. Because of my interest in neuroscience I was also paying attention to their brain dysfunction symptoms. I learned a few things along the way:

1. When a healthy person eats bad food like binging on pizza and sugary soda, they will likely feel crummy for a period of time and then they will return to normal. This can happen to anyone and it does not indicate a disease.

2. If a person consumes a diet of highly processed food for years, at some point they will develop specific brain dysfunction symptoms that persist 24/7. We have identified 22 of these symptoms that tend to slowly develop over time.

3. This fits the definition of a disease that we now call Carbohydrate Associated Reversible Brain syndrome or CARB syndrome .

4. Because the symptoms of CARB syndrome overlap with many traditional medical and psychiatric disorders and because most doctors are unaware of the CARB syndrome concept, they end up labeling these patients with a long list of disorders, a condition that I call “labelitis”. Patients are diagnosed with major depression, bipolar II, ADHD, IBS, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and other conditions. They are given multiple drugs that actually make them worse because they really only have one disease-CARB syndrome.

5. Unlike many psychiatric disorders CARB syndrome is preventable, treatable and reversible and it starts by changing your diet. A low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat (healthy fats) diet is the best way to go. Get your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables rather than grains. I favor a Paleo or ketogenic style diet with some intermittent fast thrown in for good measure. Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf have great web sites outlining this type of diet. Jimmy Moore's book “Keto Clarity” is good starting point for a healthy high fat diet. Dr. Mercola has many great tips on healthy eating and is also loaded with other tips for living a healthy life.

6. The lead symptom of CARB syndrome is persistent cravings for sweet and starchy foods. These cravings are so overwhelming that most patients simply can not follow a healthy diet. I have found that the key to successful treatment is to suppress these cravings with combinations of low dose medications when necessary and targeted supplements for virtually everyone. The amino acid L-glutamine can help suppress these cravings and you really can not overdose on this amino acid. I also highly recommend taking a precursor supplement containing L-tyrosine and 5-htp in a ratio of about 10-1.

7. When it comes to managing patients, pay attention to the brain dysfunction symptoms, especially the cravings. Anything that reduces the craving for sweet and starchy foods is good and anything that makes the sins worse that you are doing something wrong. This is a good way to determine whether a drug or dietary changes are working for you.

The wisdom that comes with living with a disease

Over the years I have found that patients with CARB syndrome immediately “get it” when it comes to understanding a rather complex brain disorder because they have been living it. When I go through the 22 symptoms of CARB syndrome they often think that I can read their mind. No healthcare provider has likely ever asked them most of these questions before. As a matter of fact I developed the CARB syndrome concept by carefully listening to and observing my patients over many decades.

Physicians in the dark about nutrition

Educating healthcare providers is another story. Most doctors receive little or no nutritional training in medical school so they leave nutritional advice to the dietitians. In my experience often their advice is decades out of date. I have a Psychiatrist friend here in Greece who has shown a great deal of interest in the topic and I am trying to educate him. He has noticed that many of his patients have some of the 22 symptoms of CARB syndrome but he never connected this with diet. I noticed that in the hospital where he works they feed their patients a really horrible diet that is far from a Mediterranean diet. It contains about 85% high glycemic carbohydrates, 10% low quality protein and 5% bad fats. I have tried to convince him that this diet is coughing out many of the treatments he is giving his patients. He told me today that when he stays at the hospital when he is on call and eats the hospital food, he feels terrible for several hours. I told him that this is normal and is not CARB syndrome. If he eats this food every day and the symptoms persist 24/7 he will then be entering the ugly world of CARB syndrome.

The challenge of educating the educated

He also has a research position at a top Greek university. I find it a bit odd that a simple country doctor could educate a top clinician in psychiatry but true scientists will evaluate new theories from many different sources. Remember that all of today's experts are simply wrong. How do I know? Leap ahead a few decades and look back and you will see what I mean. Science is evolutionary so it is always changing. When you live on the fringes of the current experts you are either a crackpot (wrong today and wrong tomorrow) or a future expert who has the ability to see where science is heading before others. I try to be a future expert and I am not afraid of being judged by father time.

The wisdom of making a self-diagnosis of CARB syndrome

The key to successful treatment is first making the diagnosis of CARB syndrome. Because this is a new concept most doctors are unaware of the concept, so I try to teach people to make a self-diagnosis. I believe that this is a reasonable and ethical approach because all the treatments that I recommend are very low risk. If the concept proves to be wrong by father time, virtually nobody will be harmed. Eating a healthy whole foods diet specifically will not harm anyone. It may take decades for the medical and scientific communities to accept this concept. If you have CARB syndrome I strongly suggest that you do not wait decades to do something about it. My mission is to help guide you through this challenging task.

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When Mentally Ill People Lose Friends To Suicide

Suicide. Intrinsically linked with mental illness, help is frequently provided for families who have lost a loved one to suicide, even coming with a title for those family members: “Suicide Survivors.” But what about the mentally ill who lose their also mentally ill friends?

Mental illness can be a lonely journey, where day in, day out, someone battles with their own imperfect mind, often surrounded by people who do not understand what it is like to have mental health problems. For those of us who reach out for help, a hospital stay is often required.

Within these hospitals, patients often befriend each other, bonds forming over similar experiences, even if the diagnoses differe. And why not? The pull of friendship makes the experience of living with mental illness a less lonely one, a shared struggle, where friends help each other through their days. Indeed, many people with mental health issues become typically more empathetic and compassionate souls, as they understand what it means to struggle and suffer, and do not like seeing it in others. Friendships form as a natural response to this.

With making friends with others with mental health issues coming a dark, little spoken of, truth: We almost inevitably will lose someone to suicide. I, personally, have lost at least five friends in the last three years, and are writing this essay while digesting the knowledge that the latest death happened ago days ago. She was a beautiful, albeit troubled, soul, who I met during one of my stints in a psych ward, and kept in touch with on the outside, over Facebook. I do not regret the friendship one moment, quite the opposite. It has been a gift.

But it is hard losing loved ones to an illness that I too have, and I can not help wondering, who will it take next, and will it ever be me? My heart goes out to the people around me, should I ever become a victim victim. My family, naturally, but especially my friends who, like myself, suffer from mental illness. I know that loss, that heartache, we've shared those feelings before when we've rallied together over the loss of some of our numbers. I know that fear, when it's brought home just how potentially deadly this illness can be.

At the psych ward I've been to, there is no inpatient group for patients who have lost friends to suicide. There is a group on grief and loss, but it's more generic in nature. It makes me wonder why. It's not like they're unaware that we befriend each other; they can see it in action, on a daily basis. Are they afraid that there might be a 'copycat' fallout if the 'elephant in the room' is spoken about? Who knows.

What I do know is that it is something that needs to be addressed. It's not enough that we rely upon other mentally ill people – our friends – to help us grieve the loss of one of our own. We are strong people, but we are also vulnerable at times. There needs to be something official put in place, also. There needs to be resources both online and offline that are designed for our particular demographic, to deal with this issue.

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7 Facts About Concussions That All Parents Absolutely Must Know

Concussions and effective concussion recovery are in the news nearly every day. Effective concussion protocol, as well as legal action from past players for difficulties in life that may be connected to the effects of concussions, are now a daily part of the sports landscape.

The emphasis on discussions has also spread to youth sports. For parents, it is vital to consider how research about concussions trickles down and affects their children.

It is hard to know exactly what information is most important for parents to keep in mind, so here are seven facts all parents must know:

1. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is not just getting “dinged” or “getting your bell rung”; a vital organ has been injured. The brain is considered to be the most important organ in the body, so any injury can have a serious impact on daily activity.

2. Concussions can happen in ALL sports. While most concussion news tend to focus on football due to the significant amount of contact, any / all sports that have contact carry a risk of this type of injury. Be sure your child follows all safety precautions and uses all safety equipment provided correctly. Be sure to also make sure all equipment is in good condition and meets current safety guidelines.

3. Get immediate medical attention. The signs and symptoms of a concussion do not always appear immediately after the injury. They can emerge days, and sometimes weeks, later. Follow post-treatment protocol provided by your doctor.

4. Monitor your child even after medical attention. Look out for basic symptoms such as being dazed or stunning, answering questions slower than usual, and changes in your child's mood, personality, or behavior.

5. Your child may provide the best information about the lingering effects of a conversation. Listen to your child if they mention things out of the ordinary such as being sensitive to light, headaches, and feeling down or depressed.

6. Let your child's coaches know if they have had a conversation in the past. This previous injury makes the chance to have another concussion go up. What's more, having a history of concussion in the past can make recovery from a current concussion take more time.

7. Help your child take the time to get better. This can mean alternate assignments / arrangements at school and not playing / practicing in sports. Your child may not understand that their brain needs time to heal. They may be more concerned with their grades or not losing a roster spot.

Concussions are a part of athletics. As a parent, it is frightening to think about this because of the possible ramifications of this type of injury. It is even tougher to know that no matter how hard you try, you can not completely prevent an injury, and this includes concussions. However, just because you're in the bleachers does not mean you're not part of team. Being an active, informed, and involved parent is a significant factor in ensuring your child holds as safe as possible while participating in sports.

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The Benefits of Availing Psychological and Counselling Services

Human psychology is at times difficult to fathom and it varies from person to person. For an instance, if you have the ability to end pain in your body, you can not expect the same from your sibling as it is different with every human being. The same goes for the emotional problems that people face on a daily basis whenever it is pressure from the workplace or a tiff with the family members or anything that is related to one's individuality. Not everyone can cope with such problems in their lives and therefore end up taking drastic steps that are fatal or probably causing adverse health conditions that could have avoided if they would have taken necessary help.

The study shows facts where it is stated that verbal interactions and sharing problems with another person are likely to relate the brain from stress to a certain extent. Post the sharing process, when a person receives necessary help, the brain tends to treat itself completely from stress as times goes by. Therefore, the presence of psychological counselors and therapists is something that is critical. The help that you receive from them is likely to assist you if you are one of those who lead a troubled life. Here are a few benefits that would convince you to get back a new life.

You get to talk to someone anonymous

While you choose a counselor, ensure that they are a complete stranger. Being a stranger would allow you to place your problems to them in a better way without them being judgmental about your trouble which is something that is not possible with sharing it with your family. Whether it is a problem with your family or an issue with sexual abuse, they would ensure that they listened to you without taking sides.

They would help you with practical solutions

They are trained in counseling and solving your problems and are wise enough to understand you and your problems. They have a solution to everything that is disturbing you, but you are expected to have patience with the entire process. No counselor or psychologist would help you with a solution that shows instant results. Just the way problems have gained momentum with time, the problems are to get resolved as time passes by. Mental exercises, verbal conversations and creating a strategy for the life that you lead are likely to help you recover well if you have the willpower to accept the change.

You Learn to Solve Problems in the Future

Whenever you see considering changes in your life after you visit a counselor, you are likely to get the ability to handle similar problems in future. You learn how to be strong with your emotions and mental health so being brave with all that you face. This does not mean you would not require professional help. You would need a support that is known to bring about positive changes to you and show you the right path in curing yourself.

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How To Acquire Perfect Mental Health And Find Peace

The human race is very cruel, and this is why we kill one another, there is poverty on earth, and many crimes, wars, and suicides keep happening here everyday. The world is a horrible place camouflaged by hypocrisy, indifference, and greed.

You believe in numerous absurd thoughts, either because they are imposed by your satanic anti-conscience or by the hypocritical world. The bitter truth is that almost all your thoughts are absurd, except you are a saint.

You have to become a perfect human being and attain sanctity in order to completely eliminate your satanic anti-conscience and become a mentally healthy human being.

God helps you achieve this goal by teaching you the meaning of goodness and its importance to your mental stability in dream messages. You have to think like a saint in order to be really mentally healthy.

Nobody is mentally healthy in our world, except the rare saints of our tragic history.

If you are evil you are forbidden because evilness generates absurdity. You have to definitively stop being evil in order to stop being absurd, and acquire perfect mental health.

You disagree with the fact that you are evil because you believe in the lies of the hypocritical and ignorant world, but the truth revealed by God in everyone's dreams unmasks their evil intentions. Most people are controlled by their satanic anti-conscience all the time.

This means that they accept the evil thoughts of the demon that lives in their brain, and the demon controls their mind and behavior even more.

So, Satan lives in our brain sending us absurd thoughts with the intent to generate a severe mental illness within our conscience and destroy it, so that it may control our behavior.

God lives in our brain too. He created our human conscience and He sends us dreams with information and guidance when we sleep and we stop listening to the absurd thoughts of the demon.

You have to be intelligent and translate the meaning of your dreams according to the scientific method of dream interpretation in order to understand God's words in your dreams, and do what will help you find peace and evolve.

Carl Jung was a genius. My work proves to the world that he discovered the right method of dream interpretation because his method helps us understand God's words. I sincerely clarified and simplified his method of dream interpretation, and I certainly completed his research.

The scientific method of dream interpretation is based on Jung's discoveries and on my discoveries because I rather obeyed God's guidance in my dreams, while I was translating their meaning according to Carl Jung's method of dream interpretation.

You can completely trust the information you have in your dreams because it is sent by God in order to cure your mental health problems and transform you into a sensitive genius.

Your dreams help you be with God, and transform Satan into a human being.

You have many evil tendencies, but you have to consciously avoid doing what they inflict to your mind, and prefer to do what God shows you in your dreams, even if you have to suffer.

If you are making tragic mistakes, you will obviously suffer in the future, when you will face their tragic conquences.

So, you have to prefer your suffering in order to obey God's incomprehensible guidance and find sound mental health for life. You always want to avoid suffering, but you must not avoid the suffering that transforms your evil personality into a saint personality and purifies your spirit.

Thanks to the process of transformation you will follow through dream translation, you will stop making tragic mistakes and you will learn many things that will help you make progress in life. You will stop suffering with the consequences of your tragic mistakes, and attain higher consciousness.

God gives you a big advantage in the end. You become a mentally healthy person. You are able to find peace, love, and happiness.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Improves Mathematical Ability in Children

Introduction

If an interesting study on sleep is anything to go by, school children who get nice and sound sleep at night do better in mathematics and languages. A group of researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal have found this interesting link. The authors of this study have published the findings in the journal Sleep Medicine. In this article, we will try to look at the ways by which children improve their processing ability with a good sleep at night based on this study.

Study on Sleep Efficiency

This interesting study has brought out the link between the “sleep efficiency” and higher academic performance in maths and languages. These are the key subjects that predict the success of wards in their future pursuit of learning and academic success. Sleep efficiency is a gauge to measure the sleep quality. It is nothing but the ratio of amount of real sleep time to the total time spent on bed. Although other academic research projects have found out the links between sleep and general academic performance, this is for the first time a study has examined the impact of sleep quality on report-card grades of children in specific subjects. The members of this sleep study have found that children did better in mathematics and languages ​​if they had greater sleep efficiency. However, the group could not find any correlation between the grades in science and arts subjects with the change in sleeping pattern. The study monitored the night-time sleep of children using a device called actigraphy . It evaluates the sleep by measuring the movements on the bed. The research team studied about 75 healthy children between 7 and 11 years of age for this project.

Analysis of Results

The study has found out that the executive functions such as planning, paying attention and multitasking get affected on sleep deprivation. These higher mental skills, which humans in general have, greatly affect the performance in mathematics and languages. It has also found that short or poor sleep also adds to the poor academic performance in children due to their inability to execute executive functions effectively. However, this aspect is most often ignored by parents of the children. For the output parity, the scientists averaged the results over 5 nights to build the children's habitual sleep patterns. They later correlated the data with report-card grades these wards got in that period. Regular screening for possible sleep issues is particularly important for students who show difficulties in math, languages ​​or reading, the researchers have opined in light of this study.

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Empty Your Emotional Backpack

If you drop by the fire station on any given Monday, there is a good chance there will be something interesting to see.

Most likely you will arrive to see a crew of firefighters on the apparatus floor, intentionally going through compartments on the fire truck. They will be pulling off metal toolboxes and large bulky bags and packs.

If you watch a little longer you will see the crews going through the bags, pulling out all kinds of equipment – hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools alike – and checking them over like concerned mother ducks.

It's “Monday Jobs” day and the crews are beginning their routines of maintaining and running all the pieces of equipment that are carried on the fire truck. After all, they must be ready with fueled saws, gas blowers, hydraulic rescue tools, working axes, pike poles, halligans, and ceiling pullers – for ventilation operations, rescue, or forcible entry.

You might see hundreds of feet of different colored rope, for high angle rescue, being rolled out of bright orange bags and given the once over. You might see a flash of silver as carabineers and pulleys are double and triple checked. You may jump with a start as the growl of a gas blower, or the scream of a chainsaw, hits your ear drums.

Items that are broken and worn get fixed or replaced.

It is a big part of our job to go through the many packs on the truck and maintain our tools and equipment so that we may be ready at a moment's notice for whatever comes next.

The Forgotten Backpack

For all of our careful preparation and maintenance, however, there is one backpack that firefighters often forget to check. I have learned over the years, that this one-the one for which no daily, weekly or monthly check off list exists – the one bag we are not required to check – may be the one that needs the most attention and maintenance of all.

For in this backpack, carried invisibly on each firefighter's back, sit the calls – the thousands of emergency calls, the really bad ones especially, and the multitude of stuffed feelings that may accompany them. Firefighters see bad things. It is part of our job and it is what we sign up to do. And while we may be good at handling the emergency scene, many times our feelings become an afterthought-something we try to push away after an especially difficult emergency.

Of course, firefighters are, by far, not the only ones who see difficult things in the world. Yes, feelings of pain and suffering are most definitely a universal part of our human experience. So here is the thing.

We ALL carry our own invisible backpacks on our backs . And it would serve us well to check them regularly.

In our personal backpacks we carry those things that weigh on our shoulders and our minds – many of them unexpressed thoughts and feelings that we have hurriedly stuffed away, even years ago, because they felt uncomfortable and messy.

Your Feelings Are Part of Your Human-ness

The assortment of feelings may include all the big ones – guilt, shame, anger, fear, and despair. For many of us dealing with feelings is a challenge. Has it become a habit to avoid your feelings or avoid expressing them authentically? There are many reasons why it can be hard to express how we are really feeling.

We may have learned in our impressionable youth that it was not okay to show feelings – the 'children should be seen not hear' syndrome. Maybe when we were young and we did show our feelings, we were judged somehow. 'Man up!' or even a benign sounding 'Do not cry,' are instant ways to shut down someone's true expression.

We might worry about what others will think, if we show our feelings. “Can not let them see me angry or sad. I want to appear in control.” Maybe we listened to our internal judge, “Oh I should not let myself get upset about that.” For some of us, even feelings of joy might be hard for us to express. “I would not want to look silly or undignified,” our mind might chatter. Firefighters may think, “I do not want to burden my loved ones with my feelings.”

Our reasons are many, for hiding our true feelings. But whatever the case, it serves us incredibly to realize that feelings are natura l to have and express. They are an integral part of our human experience. They are what make us exclusively human!

Express Yourself

When we stuff our feelings away and hide them in our backpacks, we set ourselves up for problems in our future. Do we explode one day, all those feelings coming out all over the place with a messy bang? Or do those unexpressed emotions start to eat away at our insides literally – causing physical ailment, illness, or dis-ease.

When our personal backpackers become too full and overloaded, they spill out, usually in messy ways. When my feelings run amok at the slightest event at work or home, I know that my backpack has become too full. It serves us well to be aware of the weight of our backpacks.

Good fire organizations encourage their firefighters to attend critical incident stress deletions after an especially bad call. This is the time for crews to check through their backpacks, and see what it is that we can acknowledge, feel and express. Just as we take care of ourselves by staying physically fit and knowing our jobs, I believe it is just as vital to maintain and take care of our emotional well-being too.

There are many ways we all can choose to empty our overflowing backpacks. A conversation with a mentor may give us relief. We may seek out professional therapies or our closest friends for support. Processing our feelings through art, dance, and creativity may feel right. Whatever the way you choose to affirm and honor your feelings, you will begin to feel relief when you release the weight of old thought patterns and stuffed feelings.

So today, friends, let us remember to:

Give yourself permission to feel your natural human feelings.

Especially give your self permission to feel the ones that get the bad rap. Let yourself feel jealous, intolerant, impatient, angry, sad and afraid.

Practice feeling your feelings fully . It is OK if this takes time. Some of our feelings are buried deep. If it is sadness, feel it fully, let the tears flow. If it is anger, feel it, scream it, write about it, run it out, dance it through – let it out.

Resolve to maintain and empty your backpack . Frequently. You will feel lighter and freer as you authentically express your feelings on your journey.

It takes courage to be human. It takes courage to be authentic in our human-ness. And it takes great courage to feel our feelings fully and then express them.

Let's remember to take care of ourselves. We can gently remind one another.

Let us lighten our load and empty our backpacks.

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10 Practicable Ways on How to Stop Procrastination

Have you been wondering why you do not take some special task seriously but instead you easily find yourself doing miscellaneous things like chatting, playing games, watching movies, surfing forum and blogs but you really know that you are not, this is a phenomenon called procrastination

Are we familiar or ever someone who delays or postpone important things to do not until the deadline before they begin to rush in other to meet up wishing they had started in time. Those kind of people do not usually take advantage of their free time, they squander and waste it on unnecessary things, they hardly complete a task successfully and in most cases they struggle to keep their performance above average level.

People with this kind of habit continues to do the same over and over again until they identify and realize that they are struggling with procrastination, here are ten different ways to solve the problem of procrastination:

1. Break down your bulky task into pieces: some times when the task at hand is much, this can lead to procrastination, but we can break this work in to pieces that we can easily deal with once at a time, when you outline your task dealing with it stage by stage suddenly the work become simpler and easier than you taught.

2. Change your environment: the environment also has great impact on our behavior, it influence us in so many ways, it is said if one moves with great people and achievers, their behavior will influence and help shape ones behavior so as the same way its will do if you move with negative minds so you might need to change your environment because it has a great effect on us as an individual.

3. Have timetable and try to set deadline: this is very important for students in which the level of procrastinators among them is greatly increasing in recent times, set timetable for your work and also set deadline for you complete a particular job, task, or assignment in a given or specific time.

4. Remove your procrastinating factor: these things can easily be identified, because they are the things you turn to easily that takes up your time during procrastinating probably it is chatting or pinging, you have to identify these things and caution yourself when you are about turning to them in other for you to put yourself back in the game.

5. Hang out with peoples that motivate you: just move with that push you do more, people who have product impact on you.

6. Have a buddy: having a companion helps a lot, not just ordinary companion but someone of like minds, who reminds you of your goal and both of you will serve as watchdog to one another, hold yourself accountable to each other toward your goal and objectives and in the process you will learn from each other.

7. meet with and learn from authority in your area of ​​specification: talking with people who are already experienced in the field helps so much, it makes you realize your goal is achievable, it brings calmness and some sense of believe and more confidence to you .

8. Remind yourself of your goal: this is also important in other words it will serve as a reminder between you, what you are doing and your goal.

9. Stop over contemplating issues: waiting for a particular time to do things because of unnecessary reasons, stop that act because there's never a perfect timing, because if you keep waiting for the perfect time, you are never going to achieve anything, over perfection is one of the reasons for procrastination.

10. Get a grip and take action: at the end it all boils down to taking action, you can take all the time to take surveys, planning and preparation but nothing will happen if you do not take any action, just set you goals , understand the task ahead and know what you want achieves in the end and then take action.

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A Case Study on How to Stop Procrastination

Procrastination is a phenomenon that affects the mind of an individual, it makes a person to continue to postpon an act, event or delay in work, it's a thing that affects the mental construct of a person, it justifies itself with irrelevant excuses and shift one's attention to other things like pinging, chatting, sometimes irrelevant gist, most of these things are things that we are easily lured to, they are usually fun related and we easily find ourselves doing at our leisure time till all the time is wasted and we have a small window to meet up.

Procrastination is a thing that needs to be controlled, because it affects the individual psychic and eat up the productive and productive time of an individual.
A case study is a student of pharmacy in the University of Ibadan Nigeria who decided to share her experience with us; we will not be mentioning her name so as to protect her identity so we addressed her call her Jane during the interview.

Jane is a student of pharmacy in her third year, after doing very bad in the examination in the both semester of her first year; she noticed that she's not doing fine academically and if she did not do anything about it things might go beyond repair, she decided to speak with her confidant about her situation, who later advised her to go the school medical hospital where she was then referred to the psychotherapy department where she met and had a explained and a good conversation with the psychologist because she had been told not to hide anything and not to be afraid, she told the psychologist how she consistently procrastinate and not serious about her studies, she would always tell herself that 'you still have time' and sometimes she wants to force herself to read but will drop the book because most of the textbooks in her department are bulky, she easily gives countless hour to gist with friends when she's in the hostel and later after the gist she would realize she had lost precious she should have use to study, sometimes she would spend countless hours chatting with her friends will be carried away before she knows it time has gone.

She told the psychologist that what she comes to realize is that she easily got carried away with these things repeatedly until she had a very little time to study for her first examinations, which really had a negative impact on her performance and she also struggled in the second semester.

Jane was given psychological therapy by the psychiatrist and ways she to overcome procrastination, which was a discipline, should have a well planned timetable, she was assisted in relocation to another hostel in the institution so as to have a new environment and also new friends, of this time she was advised to be the one to choose and not her friends choosing her so that she has the good ones, who do not jokes with academic activities and so that they can motivate, hold each other accountable towards their goal and in the process learn from one another.

The psychology also told her to break down her tedious works so that it can be easier and simpler in that way and procrastination can not set in.
Jane adhere to all these instructions by the psychiatrist and her situation change drastically.

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BPD Co-Dependent And How To Take Care Of Myself?

If you are a BPD Codependent and want to know How To Take Care Of Yourself, you have come to the right source.

The co-dependent position in a relationship with a BPD suffering person can be very challenging, painful, and gives the feeling of living a life that goes nowhere, which is also very depressing.

Many co-dependent non-BPDs feel that they can not live with their BPD suffering dear ones, or without them. It's a toxic relationship where, unwillingly, both parts have emotional needs that they can not fulfill alone. So they try to meet their needs the best way they can given the relationship.

First of all, you need to understand how you ended up with this co-dependent personality. Maybe you grow up in a family where you felt worthy only when you took care of others while neglecting yourself. Or maybe you were raised in a way that you got praised only when others got something from you (ie, conditional love).

The co-dependent lives to help others and feels worthy only when they help and contribute to others. Unlike a BPD sufferer, they want and ask for love, yet they feel they can not feel good about themselves without having someone in their lives who needs constant “saving” and attendance.

The second step you need to take is to determine what your love-language is, and what the language of your BPD dear-one is.

According to Gary Chapman, PhD., Humans have five love-languages. Each of us have one main love-language, and one or two secondary love-languages.

The five love-languages ​​are: Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time.

To determine your love language, ask yourself “What type of communication of others makes me feel loved the most?” Go back in time to the moments when you felt totally loved and appreciated and determine in what language of love you had been talked or communicated to. That is the language that you are naturally “attuned” to. That is the language of love that really gets to you.

Once you have found your love-language, determine what the language of love of your BPD loved-person is.

If your relationship is like most of the relationships between a BPD sufferers and a non-BPD, chances are your love languages ​​are different.

Different people are expressing their love in different ways. Problems come up when the two can not seem to get their deeper messages and ideas across and are left frustrated and their 'love-tanks' empty.

In many cases both sides assume that their love language matches the other one. In reality this is rarely the case. What happens next is that both of you feel neglected, misunderstood, disrespected, and frustrated. Both also ask themselves “Why am I giving so much and getting so little or nothing in return?”

Therefore, two steps of the way out of BPD co-dependent and learning how to take care of yourself consistors of:

– Understanding your co-dependency and stopping it by building high self-esteem regardless of your upbringing and how the BPD person perceives you

– Discovering your language of love and of your BPD loved person, and start communicating on their love-language. Sometimes they will learn yours and start communicate it to you as well – in a relationship, love has to be unconditional and mutual!

However, making a BPD – non-BPD relationship work and taking care of yourself at the same time involves other matters as well, like understanding the fears of the BPD person, learning to communicate in a way that goes around their fears, getting them to accept help, in the relationship setting into place what I call the 'SEEDS Formula', and several other things.

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Women in the Military May Experience Behavioral Health Issues After Combat Exposure

Wars and battles take a toll on the nation nation – ravaged locales, diminished human capital, and complete mayhem all around. However, when a country gets embroiled in wars or combats, there is one group that is affected directly – that of soldiers.

Exposure to combat or deployment in war zones can severely impact the soldiers' mental health. Even after the war is long over, the soldiers continue to feel the pangs of the rigor. Not just men, even women in the military are as much sooner to experience the agony, says a recent study. Depression, anxiety, and melancholy are what they are left with.

The research revealed that combat exposure in military women is associated with an increased likelihood of mental health problems after deployment. These women are more likely to experience behavioral health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and risk drinking.

Combat-exposed women in military have 20 times higher chance of PTSD

The 2016 study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) analyzed combat exposure scores of 42,397 army enlisted women who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. Based on their self-reported experiences, these women were assigned combat exposure scores of 0, 1, 2, or 3+.

The researchers found that the active duty and National Guard / Reserve women with a combat exposure score of 3+ had 20 times higher chance of developing PTSD compared to women who did not have any exposure to combat zones.

Even a single exposure or deployment to war zones for a brief period can raise the chance of developing behavioral health problems (PTSD, depression, and at-risk drinking) in these women, the study said. “Our findings suggest that injuries, injuries, and combat exposures experienced by women during deployment may have an additive, negative effect on their post-deployment behavioral health,” said Dr. Rachel Sayko Adams, lead author of the Journal of Traumatic Stress study.

Dealing with symptoms

Adequate measures should be taken so that these foreseeable behavioral health issues can be handled and better care can be provided to these combat-exposed women in military. Not only women, even men should be covered under such programs.

“Ongoing force-wide screening for behavioral health problems should be coupled with development and evaluation of programs to improve the psychological wellbeing of the Armed Forces,” said Dr. Rachel.

Dealing with PTSD

Behavioral health issues like PTSD can be mostly deal with psychotherapy, but medicines can also be used depending on the need. In most cases, love and support from people around can make a huge difference. The sadness and melancholy after a traumatic experience can be dissipated only when shared and cared.

The war exposed men and women in military are the classic cases of PTSD. They struggle hard to gel into the social fiber after their return from combat zones. They are always on the verge of exploding at the slightest provocation. They are fragile from inside, appear numb and disconnected.

But love and compassion from close ones can act as a soothing balm to their petrified minds. Helping them find a counselor is the first step towards reinstating their disoriented mind, so that they can mingle happily with the rest and enjoy a sense of belonging.

Recovery roadmap

Getting immediate help is the earliest step in handling mental health problems like PTSD or anxiety. Delayed treatment can worsen symptoms and complicate treatment intervention.

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How to Avoid Stress

The Question whether nutrition or stress is the most important factor in health has long been in dispute. However, both are most important, so it does not matter.

Some people get away with poor diet if they are easy going, while others may survive the effects of stress through good diet. Others, who are not so funded in either case will suffer. If poor diet and stress are a dominant factor in their life, this will unduly be a recipe for disaster.

On the other hand, if we get the diet right and are able to cope with stress, we are certain to thrive. If the other two key factors: regular exercise and minimizing exposure to chemicals are covered, we have the formula for excellent health.

Men and women who have never married die at younger ages than their married equivalents, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Single men between 25 and 64 years of age were approximately three times more likely to die than married men in the same age group, while single women in the 25 to 64 age group were approximately two-and-a-half times more likely to die than their married counterparts.
The higher rates of death were due to cancer, heart and other artery diseases, respiratory and digestive system diseases, car accidents, suicide and drugs.

Similarly, a recent seven year Swedish study found that middle-aged men who have recently endured high levels of emotional stress and have no-one to turn to for emotional support are three times as likely to die within several years as those who have ample supporting relationships.

So being single is a health hazard! Quips aside, there is considerable evidence to confirm this conclusion.

A Swedish study of 1,000 men, followed up from 50 to 70 years of age, found that one of the most important factors protecting them from disease and death, even after allowing for lifestyle factors like saturated fat r smoking, is the number outside of people that live under one roof! The more people you live with, the safer you are.
That's why the family network is so important.

The second important factor is the amount of social contact that people have outside the home. In other words, the number of people in our lives is likely to be of major significance in our well being and survival.

Dr Dean Ornish of the University of California, made the observation of people with heart disease that, “underneath their differences that felt a sense of isolation from parts of themselves and their own feelings, isolation from other people and isolation from a higher force, whatever that mean to them. “]

Dr Robert Buist in 'The Cholesterol Myth', adds: “Ornish's support groups are quickly focussed on the concept that anything that promotes intelligence and communication is healing, while isolation, alienation and loneliness are probably among the great predictors of heart disease.”

If we are not sufficient enough to be part of a big family, we can keep regular contact with friends and relatives. Or in the absence of those, we can join a social group or sporting club.

And when we look at the bright side of employment, instead of whinging and moaning about having to go to work as we sometimes do, we can appreciate the fact that the emotional support of being part of a team may be second only to the family in satisfying a major need that keeps us alive and well.

In conclusion we can say that the most harmful kind of stress for most people is that associated with social isolation, alienation and loneliness.

So let us never take our relationships for granted. Friendships require nurturing, and the effort required will bring us additional rewards.

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