5 Common Foods That Are Making You Sad

Life can bring about a lot of situations that can cause lots of sadness and grief. But what about what we eat? Turns out your diet can not only have a direct effect on your physical health, but your mental health as well. Here's a small list of foods that can cause depression:

1. Cereal. Although very convenient as well as tasty, there are a few down sides to eating cereal. Studies have shown that cereal can cause depression mainly due to the fact that it's refined and processed. This means that it has been completely stripped of its nutritional value, leaving it to be nothing more than empty calories. Also, refined carbs have a high glycemic index which can cause spiked blood sugar, which can extremely lead to the blues.

2. White Bread. A very popular staple in many pantries, people are unaware of the effects that white bread can have on your mental health. White bread goes through a process that removes all its vitamins & nutrients, and replaces them with loads of chemicals. These chemicals can trigger a hormonal response in the body and cause blood level reduction. In turn, this can cause changes in your mood, fatigue, and symptoms of depression.

3. Coffee. Sure it tastes great and gives us that excellent boost of energy in the morning but that's not all coffee does to us. Studies have shown that coffee can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain. One study was conducted among college students both average and high coffee consumers, and they all scored high on a depression scale in comparison to those who consumed coffee way less. Taking precaution and drinking coffee in moderation, can greatly decrease your chances of developing depression in the long-run.

4. Fries. Like most fried foods out there fries contain artificial trans fats. During manufacturing, fries go through a process that involves hydrogenated oils which can contribute to depression. Adding olive oil to your diet can prove much safer for your overall health and well-being, as it can help lower your risk of depression by 30%.

5. Diet Soda. You can not actually lose weight from diet soda but you can become depressed from it. Diet soda contains the ingredient aspartame which is an artificial sweetener. Aspartame is comprised of 3 chemicals: phenylalaline, asparatic acid, and menthanol which are all very dangerous. When consumed, aspartame can cause phenylalaline levels in the blood to increase (which can be found in significant areas of the brain) thus decreasing serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.

It may not be easy but working on your diet will greatly benefit you in the long run. Take it one day at a time and always remember, your mental well-being is just as important as your physical.

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What Ails the US Military

Mental health problems are not new to the US military. Many war veterans in the past have reportedly suffered from a mental illness while serving the country. Unfortunately, some are still struggling with symptoms of various mental disorders.

When Robert Koger, former training administrator for the US Air Force and well-known author, said, “The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos , “he aptly described the state of mental and behavioral health in the US military. According to the 2014 study published in the JAMA Psychiatry, “nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition,” and the situation is most likely to worsen if left unaddressed. Moreover, the stigma that soldiers encounter while seeking mental health treatment has led to a dramatic increase in the numbers of veterans grappling with untreated mental illnesses and depression-related suicides.

There is no doubt that the mental health problems experienced by military personnel are the same as the civil populations, however, traumatic experiences and stress during service and the consequent inability to transition to civil life indicate that they could have been triggered by unique factors.

The three most important mental disorders affect a significant number of service personnel and veterans are:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Trauma causing events, such as genocides, wars, bloody coups, military combats, assaults or even sexual assault can leave lifelong emotional and mental scars which may trigger problems such as an inability to sleep, persistent irritation , anger, nightmares, restlessness, anxiety and alcohol and drug abuse resulting in PTSD. The study found that the rate of PTSD in soldiers was 15 times higher than in ordinary civilians.

Depression: It is a serious psychological disorder affecting the thoughts, behaviors, actions, feelings and even physical health of those in service and veterans alike. The rate of depression in military personnel is five times higher than in general civilians, as per the JAMA study.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI): If an external blow, jolt or trauma from a near blast or explosion hits the head penetrating the brain, it may result in TBI causing disorientation, confusion, memory problems, mood swings, and even coma. In fact, TBI is often known as “the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.”

Reasons why people in uniform do not seek treatment

It is important to eradicate the stigma of mental disorders among veterans, soldiers and their families to make sure that they receive the proper care and treatment that they deserve. However, soldiers generally face the following roadblocks on their road to recovery:

Fear of stigma linked with mental health: Studies have shown that military personnel often fear the stigma associated with mental health. More than a third of the soldiers felt they might be denied promotions or be sidelined if they thought mental health treatment openly.

Threat of a dishonorable discharge: Studies show that soldiers have been routinely subjected to dishonorable discharges for exhibiting symptoms of mental illness. An act of dishonorable discharge may not only adversely impact a soldier's benefits but also reduce his or her chances of securing civil employment post retirement.

Restricted access to treatment: Many soldiers facing mental health problems often for treatment treatment while whilst being stationed in remote and inaccessible locations due to poor quality or almost negligible treatment facilities in such areas.

Inadequate mental health screenings: Due to shame or ignorance, many soldiers may significantly conceive the symptoms or feelings associated with mental illnesses. It has been found that many soldiers develop mental health problems during the period of active service.

Recovery road map

The department of defense in the US has revamped several of its policies in the recent past to ensure better mental health for all officers. Following the amendments in 2014, seeking treatment for a mental health condition will not affect one's career in the defense forces. In addition, changes in the security clearance procedures ensure that people need not fear losing clarification by seeking medical consultation.

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5 Myths Debunked About Mental Illness

With the increasing focus on mental health issues across the world, various studies are being processed to better understand the problem and to come up with appropriate treatment measures. Some of these studies have revealed that a significant percentage of the United States population sufferers from severe mental health issues. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately one in five American adult experiences mental illness in any given year.

Despite the fact that a large population in the US suffers from mental illnesses, there is still a lot of stigmas attached to mental disorders. In fact, there are several myths that continue to be prevalent in the society regarding such disorders. However, not only are most of these myths absurd and false but many are contradictory.

In the current article, some of these common myths have been debunked using facts to help the readers in enhancing their knowledge about mental illness so that they can assist people living with such conditions, in a better way.

1. Mental health issues do not affect children

It is incorrect to believe that mental health issues do not affect children. Children, too, can and do, experience mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. According to the NAMI, one in five children between 13 and 18 years of age have, or will have, a mental illness. In fact, 50 percent of all lifetime cases related to mental illness begin by the age of 14.

2. Mental illness is a sign of weakness

An individual diagnosed with a mental health problem is often wrongly thought to be weak due to a lack of understanding. In fact, mental disorders can affect any individual from any age group, caste, creed or culture. Since the risk of developing a mental illness is dependent on various factors such as genetic, biological, social and environmental, it can not be a sign of weakness.

3. Mental illness makes a person mad and dangerous

Since mental illnesses weaken a person's emotional and mental abilities, this, in turn, can result in disrupted behavior patterns that can negatively affect his or her life. The person may even face difficulty in interacting comfortably with people around him or her. However, any dramatic change in one's behavior is interpreted as a sign of madness. Consequently, the person is deemed to be a danger to society. This is not at all true as dealing with a mental illness is in itself a huge challenge.

4. Taking a pill is the best treatment

Since mental health conditions affect every individual differently, there may not be one best capable treatment plan that can work effectively for all. This raises the need to customize the treatment according to the needs of every person. Although medications are commonly used during the treatment, using a combination of medications and therapies, such as cognitive therapy, can work as the best treatment for a person with an illness such as depression or anxiety.

5. Mental illness makes the person incapable of performing at work or school

Irrespective of the fact whether a person is healthy or depressed, managing stressful situations is difficult for every individual. Therefore, it is wrong to say that a person with depression is sooner to fail at work or in school, or in meeting family responsibilities. In fact, a major of them excel in their fields. In certain cases, the person can be so brilliant that it is hard for people to even realize that he or she is dealing with any mental health problem.

Seek treatment to rediscover life

Beside inpatient treatment at a specialized hospital or medical center, one can also help the person with a mental illness in recovering faster by offering love, support and care. It is also essential to enable the person to live a normal life like others by providing the required treatment and encouragement.

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The Bully in the Brain

Let's say, by way of analogy, that you, as the driver of the vehicle, stay in the heart of your body. The engine of the vehicle resides in the head of the body, in the brain. As the driver you can have the most beautiful ideals, goals, objectives, hopes, dreams, wishes and desires, and be stuck right where you are, if the engine is not working.

We need to understand a little about our brain engine so, as the heart-seamed driver of the vehicle, we can go places, do things. In our heart, as the driver, we may be rather frustrated if those hopes and dreams, desires and desires are obstructed, because the brain engine is not firing on all cylinders. It needs a tune-up. It needs its timing reset. Moving parts need to be lubricated. Our higher brain functions, referred to as our functional functions, are very active, lots of moving parts. Our emotional brain is older, deeper, more fixed; it has moving parts as well. The part with the few moving parts, and often at rest, in peace, at ease, is that region of the brain commonly referred to as 'the reptilian brain' herein referred to as 'the biological brain.' Of course, the emotional brain and the executive brain are biological. The biological brain is the basis, the root, the power.

The biological brain engine in the body vehicle, of which you are in the heart of the driver's seat, is intelligent. Although we are more advanced in emotional and executive functions, we have sacrificed integration of that reptile, that animal, at ease, at peace in the world, into our lives, in favor of executive functioning, which rule with iron-fisted realities. It's like an engine being run constantly at the red line. It's going to wear down the moving parts quickly. Turning off the executive functions, and the emotional functions, to withstand in existential peace and ease, the be in that animal brain idle, is a tune up for the whole brain engine.

But, the executive functions have taken over, commandeered the brain engine, caged it and now makes it perform, incessantly. Attempts to drive the vehicle towards that calm, organic state of animal id, is obstructed, blocked, preceded, by the demands of the executive functions. The executive functions are powerful and do take command. They can regulate, or dis-regulate, emotions. Certainly they are behind decisions and actions. They are often less in command of reactions; the emotional brain, can, and very often does, intercede and override executive functions. The vehicle can drive erratically, as if the spark plugs are misfiring. And, indeed, they may be. Time for a tune-up.

Drive the vehicle over towards the biological brain bay and rest a while. Be like a polar bear laying in the snow, a sea otter floating on its back; be like a simple animal, a mammal; be like that magnificent ape, sitting, quiet, at ease, surveying its domain, for hours, idle, without a bully badgering it.

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Avoid the Negative Actions and Comments of People That Are Unwilling to Be Happy Along With You

Enjoy life and enjoy living! Avoid the negative actions and comments of people that are unwilling to be happy along with you!

Life is a great place to showcase your skills and talents for the benefit of yourself, as well as for the benefit of others of like-mind! One of the first lessons that we learn as children is that people, including adults, can have some delusional feelings about themselves. So what does that do for them and you? Well it should make you become aware of the potential that someone in your vicity may just be struggling with mental issues. There are many mental diseases that often times go untreated. An unhealthy view by someone who is bothering you should cause you concern. Jealousy is usually not really an issue until you are encountered with a narcissist. A narcissist has a deep graving for talents to be showcased, talents that are non-existent, these individuals are delusional, opportunistic and pitiful- to say the least. They go around stealing the ideas of others and take credit for words and work that they can never perform on their own. With these ideas of aggrandizement coming many tell-tale signs of which you must be wary; one should be vigilant and take necessary precautions. Place proper security measures in place.

Folks, many times, it is so much better to take the high road or the road less traveled in response to negative actions or comments by people who are mentally unstable, deranged or frankly suffer the effects of grandiosity. Mental illness is more common than what is actually documented, and sadly, it runs in families. The mentally unstable find solace and actually seek out other mentally unstable souls to commiserate with them, especially people who think and act like them. Also these types of individuals travel in the packs, or groups of people that are known to be socially incompetent or awkward, much like themselves. Some have not had a date, or a real connection to anyone since their divorce of more than 20 years ago. The narcissist, is a mentally unstable soul who relates on compliments from strangers for validation or view this as an emotional connection.

It's a sad day when you can not be happy for another because of your mental issues. Rooted in aggrandizement by accomplishes that have never really been recognized in any real or marked tangible measure. Yet these misfits continue to plug away and do the same thing year after year and expect different results. We all know them, or can recognize the signs. Here are some signs you should realize from people that are dangerous and mentally unstable.

If someone is stalking you on your home computer, your website, or imposing on your privacy- one guy viewed by website 89 times in a month and the content that he claimed to write was posted, had been visibly plagiarized, and was still bad. He actually downloaded my whole website to his server.

Be wary of people that have too much time to post comments, or to post the same thing that they did, or that that they wrote over and over again. Twitter is not a garbage pile that needs to get clogged up with the same repeated tweets and content over and over again.

We all typically suspect when we are being blocked, stalked or followed and my goal is to tell you not to ignore what is happening. Tell family, friends and people that need to know of your discomfort and disdain. Unfortunately, the Internet is still the wild, wild west by an underprotected, or unprotected environment, especially regarding intellectual property rights, ownership and recognition.

There are a lot of people out there that are mentally unstable and unable to control their mental issues and their sneaky, unlawful actions eventually dig their own soul into trouble.

Simply by bothering or stalking others will only cause the mentally unstable soul to feel worthless, happy and yet confused, as they feel entitled to do what they do. The world owes nobody nothing. People do not need to give away their time, hard work, talent or privacy to anyone. If someone is mentally unstable say a prayer for them and wish them well on their life ride of hell, angst, pain and insane way of thinking. NOBODY has the right to know your whereabouts, what and where you go during the course of your day! I feel empathy for people that are sick, though I do not feel empathy for the criminal masterminds that have made the Internet a dangerous source of trepidation, over cautiousness, and unhappiness for themselves as well as for others.

*** I enjoy learning from you and from others offering me knowledge continuously!

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Anxiety And Treatment Options

Anxiety is a generalized term used to describe several different and unique mental health disorders. These conditions can range from general anxiety, which is the most common, to panic disorders, fear of people or fear of places and events.

It is very normal and healthy to be anxious at some times in life. When people are having financial or work problems, challenges in their relationships or when they are facing a test or an obstacle in life it is natural to be uptight and even fearful. After the event or challenge has passed, these feelings should disappear quickly, and they should not linger or transfer to something else life.

For some people, feelings of anxiety do not go away. There are very specific symptoms that people need to understand can be linked to anxiety disorders. The more significant and debilitating these feelings or changes become the more important it will be to seek mental health treatment.

Signs of Concern

Different types of anxiety will have different specific symptoms or signs. However, as a general reference look for changes that include:

• Unrealistic worry – worrying about things out of your control or that are extremely unacceptably to occur is not healthy. People with different forms of anxiety tend to worry constantly about illegally, impossible or illogical issues.

• Excessive and irrational fears – fear is normal, but it should not create panic, emotional stress and the inability to live your life. People with anxiety often have irrational fears they recognize are irrational, but they can not stop feeling scared.

• Insomnia – if fears and worries are preventing you from sleeping it is critical to seek help. By taking the opportunity to meet with a psychotherapist it will be easy to make your appointments and gain insight into changing your thoughts around the issues that are triggering the anxiety.

• Lack of ability to make decisions – if you find you are struggling to make decisions and seem to constantly second-guess yourself about even small choices you may have anxiety.

It is also possible to experience extreme panic even in otherwise normal social situations. You may have flashbacks of a traumatic or negative experience and have a real fear of being around people. It is also possible to experience physical health issues such as chronic indigestion, muscle tension, and constant headaches when people have anxiety disorders.

A New Way of Thinking

If you take counselor help, you'll find a new way to think about the anxiety triggers. Changing the way you think allows you to have the time to also change your behaviors, responding in a healthier and more appropriate way to the situations that have been problematic in the past.

Each client will have his or her own unique treatment plan. It will typically include talk therapy techniques as well as exercises designed to treat anxiety and stress and to overcome the other symptoms you may be experiencing.

Additionally, since the holistic approach is used, options such as body massage, yoga and mindfulness may also be incorporated into the treatment. These natural forms of relaxation and stress relief are ideal for addressing both the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety that can be negatively affecting your life.

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Sunshine Helps Maintain Mental and Emotional Health: Study

“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk,” actor Dustin Hoffman once said. Although he made the statement in a lighter vein, it actually holds true. Especially for sunshine, which is indeed very important for living beings.

Sunshine is the ultimate source of energy for all living beings. According to a recent study by the Birmingham Young University (BYU), sunshine is pivotal to one's mental and emotional health. The amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable which is very important.

The researchers said no matter how bad a weather may be because of soaring temperatures, pollution, overcast skies and untimely rainfalls, even a little bit of sunshine during the day can help lift one's mood significantly.

Sunshine helps check emotional distress

That brief beam of rays from the sun will ensure that emotional distress remains stable. Once the sunshine disappears from one's life, emotional distress can surge. That is the reason why a lot of people have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

“That's one of the surprising pieces of our research,” said Mark Beecher, clinical professor and a licensed psychologist in BYU Counseling and Psychological Services.

“On a rainy day, or a more polluted day, people assume that they've got more distress. But we did not see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution … but they washed out.

“Mark and I have been friends and neighbors for years, and we often take the bus together,” said Lawrence Rees, the other collaborator of the study who is a physics professor at BYU.

“And of course you often talk about mundane things, like how are classes going? How has the semester been? How 'bout this weather? So one day it was kind of stormy, and I asked Mark if he sees more clients on these days He said he's not sure, it's kind of an open question. “It's hard to get accurate data.”

Speaking on the utilitarian aspect of the study, which they claim is steps ahead of earlier studies, Beecher pointed to four vital advantages of their research:

  • The current study took several meteorological variables into consideration like wind chill, rainfall, solar irradiance, wind speed, temperature and more.
  • They analyzed the weather data down to the minute in the exact area where the clients lived.
  • They zeroed in on a clinical population rather than a general population.
  • They used a mental health treatment outcome measure to examine several aspects of psychological distress instead of relying on suicide attempts or online diaries.

The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in November 2016, concluded that sunshine is very important to enjoy a sunny mood. Enough sunshine is a guarantor of a happy mood as it can melt away a lot of emotional distress.

Dealing with mental problems

Mental disorders are more common than people think they are. Millions across the world suffer from mental disorders. While some go on to seek treatment and enhance it, others shy away from approaching a treatment program due to varied reasons. Mental conditions are treatable and can be successfully managed with timely intervention. But if left untreated, symptoms can exacerbate.

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Clever Covert Narcissists Fool Almost Everyone

Covert narcissists are the most cunning, conniving and difficult personalities to detect. They are gifted chameleons who are socially skilled and capable of expressing a convincing pseudo empathy. Most people are fooled and banned by the covert narcissist.

Here are some examples of how they operate:

1. Covert narcissists use confidentiality and stealth to control your emotions and weakened you emotionally and psychologically.

2. Covert narcissists demean and compassionate you when you are the most vulnerable.

3. Covert narcissists convince others that they are good people who can be trusted and are worthy of your respect.

4. The covert is obsessed with ultimate control over others, especially those closest to him or her.

5. Covert narcissists constantly plot and plan how to manipulate and exploit their competitors.

Learn how to recognize the covert narcissist by studying his hidden hits, baits and snares. They play the “good person” or the “martyr” roles to the hilt. They are like fine method actors. If you do not recognize them at first, do not blame yourself. They are so clever and smooth with their psychological camouflage they are very difficult to detect.

Pay close attention to the intuitive cues that you are receiving and do not wave them off as irrational or insignificant. Embrace these insights.

Develop a regular practice of psychological, emotional and mental grounding. This includes a form of meditation, prayer, affirmations, quiet times with Nature and other forms of activity that are calming andorative. Part of this practice is instilling a sense of firm respect for your personal psychological boundaries. As you move through each day, develop a deep appreciation for your unique authentic original self.

An essential part of the healing and restorative process is in activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Here we recover, retreat into peace and calmness and restore our sense of security and psychological grounding. One of the finest ways to move into the parasympathetic is through acupuncture. This ancient Chinese medical practice the patient is treated to balance all of the systems of the body including the calming and balancing of the nervous system. So often if you have lived with and put up with the abuse of a narcissistic personality, you body and mind are in a state of fight or flight mode. Acupuncture is a powerful method for helping the patient to shift into the rest, repose and restored mode.

Another pathway to the parasympathetic is through engrossing ourselves in beauty in all of its miraculous forms. Whether it is nature and our immersion in its beauty and mystery or finding an art form that we love, the experience of beauty puts us into the center of the parasympathetic nervous system. Here we feel at home and secure.

You are on the road to life healing. Always remember and value who you are as a unique individual. Pay close attention to your intuition: our protector, guide and the deep source of perpetual inspiration and creativity.

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How To Verify If You Are Mentally Ill

Your dreams protect your conscience from the absurd thoughts sent by your anti-conscience. If you remember many dreams this means that you need many lessons in order to protect your conscience.

Your dreams are trying to help you pay attention to various dangers that are threatening your mental health and your life. You have to understand the characteristics of your personality and what is happening in your life.

You also have to understand what will happen in the future. Many vivid and long dreams predict future situations to help you get prepared to face all challenges the best way you can.

If you had traumatic experiences in life many of your dreams will give you explanations about why you had these experiences in the past, since everything that happens to you is related to your personality and your behavior, and predetermines your destiny.

You face in life challenging experiences that must help you increase your mental health problems, but usually cause mental illnesses because you are a victim of your wild conscience, the terrible anti-conscience.

Most dreams are about your personality, your behavior, and your life. You have to eliminate your satanic anti-conscience and develop your human conscience in order to prevent mental health problems and become a brilliant human being. Otherwise, you will repeat the common mistakes of the human race and have the same tragic destiny of your ancestors.

Nothing really original is observed in the human behavior through our history because we tend to follow the absurd tendencies we have inherited.

Most people acquire a neurosis when they become adults, after having various deceptions in life. Many times their neurosis becomes a severe mental illness and they are tormented by unbearable symptoms, including having many absurd thoughts.

Even when they do not seem to have serious mental health problems they make many mistakes that generate suffering because they are manipulated by their anti-conscience.

You have to avoid falling into the traps of your anti-conscience and the traps of the commercial world by translating the meaning of your dreams and following God's wise guidance.

You will understand what determines your behavior and how the world really works. You will also understand what you have to do in order to have a positive future.

If you have psychological problems, fears, anxiety, depression, etc. you obviously were affected by the harmful invasion of your anti-conscience into your conscience and by the cruel world. You have to understand how to send your anti-conscience away through dream translation. You also have to understand how to read people's minds and predict the future.

God will help you understand the meaning of your religion and desire to become a saint. This is how you will eliminate your satanic anti-conscience. This is how all your mental health problems will be cured and you will become a self-confident human being.

Your true religiosity will help you always be wise, in all situations of life, and you will always make the right decisions.

You will help God change the world thanks to your wisdom.

Even though you are in a sad situation because there is a demon in your brain trying to transform you, the human being created by God into a demon too, you can be guided by God in your dreams and become an admirable human being.

You can become a saint.

You can transform the demon into a human being, and the human being into a saint if you will do what God shows you in your dreams.

This is guaranteed if you will be an obedient student and patient. Your victory depends on your obedience to God's wise guidance, even when you will totally disagree with God. You have to remember that you are stupid, ignorant, absurd, and evil.

God always is right because He thinks based on goodness. If you want to be wise, you must think like God.

If you will insist on your opinion this means that you deserve to be punished in order to understand the meaning of humbleness.

You have to always remember that you are a demon because Satan lives in your brain, and always remember that God is wise because He is a saint.

A person's sanctity determines their mental condition.

If you are not a saint, you are absurd and evil. Therefore, you can not be considered to be a mentally healthy person.

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Clipping Procedure for Treatment of Aneurysms

Aneurysm is defined as an unnecessary expansion of an artery vein resulated by endangering an artery wall in the vicinity of brain. Aneurysms are fatal and dangerous for human health and life. There are two surgical methods for controlling aneurysms. One is called coiling and the other is known as clipping.

Aneurysm Clipping is a surgical procedure implemented to limit the effects of aneurysms or remove it. As an aneurysm grows, the vessels become so thin that it can rupture, permitting blood to spread into the regions adjoining the brain. A specialist of neuroscience opens the skull (craniotomy) and places a tiny clip known as Aneurysm Clip at the neck of the aneurysm to stop an aneurysm from rupturing.

There are two types of Aneurysms ie Ruptured & non-ruptured.

Ruptured: The type ie rupture is highly dangerous and chances of fatality in this case is about forty percent, since the blood enters the vicinity near the brain and there are chances for stroke. Therefore the surgical process for this type starts as early as possible normally within 72 hours after the bleed occurs initially.

Non-ruptured: The type non-ruptured are usually not that critical but these also under normal states of probability of getting ruptured by 1%. But chances increases based on the situation of aneurysms. Therefore these are also treated surgically.

Compared with winding of aneurysms, clipping of aneurysms is an area of ​​ongoing learning. Clipping has recognized its enduring influence over several decades. Winding is a moderately new process and its future safety divergent to bleeding after the procedure is not agreed. The studies are diluted to ruptured aneurysms and considered on particular sections of subjects, its concerns can not be utilized to all aneurysm subjects. Here, the suitable procedure remains tremendously adjustableidence to incidence.

The procedure of Aneurysm Clipping is executed in steps that are: making the patient ready, Craniotomy, identify the aneurysm by unaware skull, placing the clip, inspecting the clip and shutting off. These steps are of-course the major steps but each step has set of operating instruction and surgeons of aneurysms clipping are well aware of that.

In usual anesthesia, a round opening is fixed in the skull, acknowledged as a craniotomy. The brain is efficiently played to recognize the aneurysm. A small clip is located on the basis, or neck, of the aneurysm to block the normal blood flow from going into it. The clip acts comparable to a tie pin, in which the jaws of the clip withstand closed without force is inserted to open the faces. Clips are manufactured from special metal named as titanium and always remains on the artery.

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Mental Illnesses and Stealth Adapted Viruses

Stealth adapted virus infections of the brain can explain the growing violence occurring within the country. These viruses are not effectively recognized by the cellular immune system and, therefore, fail to evoke an inflammatory response. Public health officials have been attributed to acknowledge the existence of these viruses. Contributing to this disregard is evidence that some stealth adapted viruses unequivocally originated from monkey virus contaminants of polio vaccines. Moreover, the experimental testing of contaminated polio vaccines in chimpanzees led directly to the formation of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to the AIDS epidemic.

Virus-induced mental illnesses are not only devastating to patients but can diminish the natural empathy that instills a humane respect for others. The fear of consequences of criminal actions can also be greatly diminished by brain damage. Mentally impaired individuals can be easily misled by propaganda, even to the extreme of being willing to sacrifice their own life.

The medical responsibility for mental illness is largely the task of psychiatrists. Yet by training, psychiatrists are predisposed to see illnesses as neurochemical disorders, best treated with pharmaceuticals. Conventional virologists also do not have the perspective of treating patients beyond boosting the immune system and / or inhibiting active virus replication with pharmaceuticals. Stealth adapted viruses provide a continuing drain on cellular energy resources and are best treated using energy-based remedies.

A major paradigm shift in medicine is the realization that cells obtain energy through an alternative cellular energy (ACE) pathway. This source of energy differs from that derived from the metabolism of food. It is induced by an external energy force termed KELEA (kinetic energy limiting electrostatic attraction). The fundamental role of KELEA in Nature is, usually, to prevent the fusion of electrostatically intercepted opposition electrical charges. KELEA has been shown to loosen the intermolecular hydrogen bonding between fluid molecules.

The fluctuating electrical activity of the brain may be able to function as an antenna for attracting KELEA into the body, with reduction of this activity being a likely consequence of brain damage. The brain attracted KELEA provides an added dynamic (kinetic) activity to the body's fluids in support of various metabolic functions. Moreover, if water is adequately activated, the now more separated electrical charges on the activated water molecules can attract further KELEA, which is transferrable to nearby water molecules. This principle explains the retention of activity throughout the repetitive dilutions used in homeopathy.

The ACE pathway acts as an important defense mechanism against infectious diseases, with several major advantages in comparison to the immune system. One obvious advantage is the ACE pathway's capacity to suppress stealth adapted viruses. The ACE pathway can also contribute to the energy requirements of brain cells, possibly also enhancing its KELEA attracting capacity.

Various methods are available to enhance the ACE pathway and should be tested in patients with mental illnesses. A proven clinical approach is, to begin with, the drinking of KELEA activated water. Water can be easily activated by being placed near various devices with repetitive on-off electrical switching. Dipolar compounds can also be used to attract KELEA into water, possibly acting in an oscillatory manner. The compounds can be removed by decanting, filtration or progressive dilutions. Current protocols involve the consumption of approximately 500 ml daily, with initial benefits being detected within one to two weeks. Increased public awareness and discussions of the concepts embodied in this article may help encourage governmental authorities and major research centers to undertake additional clinical studies among those who are mentally ill.

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Mental Health Is Contained in Language

Our experience in life, even in the womb, is one of sensation. All our physical sense channels, collectively referred to as 'the sensorium,' make up the body of our experience, which is then represented with language. In other words, we can share our experiences because of representative language, because of words and pictures. It makes sense then, that a lot of our mental health is contained in language because all of our experience of which we have identified, codified, is contained in language.

Sensation is just sensation. It is raw experience. Sensation can be described, with language, in terms of intensity, duration, frequency, temperature, weight, pressure color, hue, shade, sound, rate, rhythm, bitter, sweet, pungent, aromatic. Lots of words available to help codify and represent raw sensational experience. Sensation itself is without words, without description, without meaning, other than what we give to it, with language.

We use language every day all day, both with others, and internally in what is referred to as internal dialogue, or 'self-talk.' Self talk is the undercurrent of chatter, using language, to make statements about situations; those statements, valid or erroneous, become the platform then for our sense of personal self, our sense of others, the experience we recognize as our reality. A lot of that reality is 'shared reality' in large part because of the same language. Language is a kind of encoding, and decoding, system. We use words, spoken and printed, to convey experience, ideas, concepts, information. We also use visual images to convey the same. Visual symbols carry a lot of power. Even language is composed of visual symbols, the letters, which make up printed, and spoken, words, associated with sounds, and sights, and feelings.

We typically refer to physical gestures we make, which are visual images, both obvious and subtitle, as body language or non-verbal behavior. The term non-verbal behavior is non-descriptive. It is like saying the sky is not green. But, what it is it? The sky is blue; non verbal behavior, or gestures, is visual communication. It is sight. Words, images, behaviors are all used in communication. Behaviors, from slumped in a chair with depression to ecstatic acting out in mania, is communication. We communicate with others, and within ourselves, using language, primarily composed of words and pictures. Words and pictures makes up the bulk of our thinking. Thinking is using words and pictures to define and give meaning to our sensory experience.

The sensor, the collection of different senses, is composed of the 5 channels we are all familiar with: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. The content of our sensorium, our raw sensory experience, through these basic 5 channels, is the material we use to build our reality, through codification, with language. One of our more sensational channels in the sensor is touch, and body feelings, technically referred to as 'kinaesthetics.' Our kinaesthetic experiences are preverbal. We feel sensation before we describe it. A child of 1 year feet a lot, and has no auditory or visual representations for it, yet. We codify our kinaesthetic feelings with words, and pictures. In some cases, those feelings are so intense, or so sublime, they can not be appropriately codified by language; they can not be expressed; they are ineffable, inexpressible.

Mental health is a poorly understood term; but then, so is health, and so is mental. We typically think of health as the absence of disease when in fact it is so much more than that. To say a person has gone mental is to suggest they have lost their mind, when in fact it could mean that they have gained insight, understanding or have had a transformational breakthrough, what is sometimes called 'metanoia,' which is kind of like a ' new mind. ' We use the term mind a lot, not really knowing what it does, how it works. Learning a bit about how we use language within ourselves, and with others, can help us understand the relationship between mind and body, mental and physical, because the language we use on ourselves, and with others, does influence state of mind, which does have influence over state of body, just as state of body has influence over state of mind. The language we use on ourselves can generate hormones in the blood, just as seeing someone bleeding generates self talk.

We use words a lot, perhaps too much; that undercurrent of self-talk chatter is actively interpreting and evaluating and commenting upon sensory experience of sights, sounds, feelings, smells, tastes, situations, concepts. Kinaesthetic sensations, ie ,, the sense of touch and body feelings, as one of the sensor panels, is often overshadowed by sight and sound but may at times be more valid than conclusions arrived at through the more visual and auditory processes. There is a lot of 'body intelligence' that communicates through kinaesthetic sensations. How does one talk about kinaesthetic sensations, ie, feelings, in, and on, the body, using language? How do we incorporate kinaesthetics into our self talk, and into our thinking, more consciously? How do we invite feeling into thinking?

Mental health is contained in language; it is about how language organizes the content of the sensorium in a way that is coherent, comprehensive and wholistic, or not so, in which case, dis-ease and dis-comfort would be expected. The sensor is somewhat like a complex woven tapestry of many threads in many colors with shifting scenes, sights and sounds and smells and tastes, and feeling, like a living garment, woven day by day, hour by hour, by our own thinking and use of language; a web, if you will, in which we are entangled, by thought and language, trying to get out, to understand, to know. In a crazy world in which we drive on parkways and park on driveways, language can have us parking in the street, or driving in the park, just as it can also have us drive well on the highway and park comfortably at home.

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Can You Reverse Memory Loss?

Most people develop memory loss with age. But psychologists are finding that these problems are often correctable.

People panic when they feel their memories slipping. The 68 year old congressman was frantic. Long proud of his ability to remember the names, the children's name and even the birthdays of important constituents, he now made embarrassing mistakes. His memory was clearly not what it used to be. Devastated, he thought help at a memory clinic near Washington. Could these memory lapses be reversed? Was his career in jeopardy? God forbid, was he in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease?

People Panic When They Feel Their Memories Slipping

Highly educated people in demanding jobs tend to panic when they feel their memories slipping. Psychologist Thomos H. Crook, founder and director of the Memory Assessment Clinic, headquartered in Bethesda, says, “We've had doctors, lawyers, business executives and other active people coming to us for help. They are acutely aware of these shortcomings, and they're terrified. ”

Recent research is helping to claim such fears. While it's true that most people in their 50's and 60's begin to experience a decline in their ability to remember things, it is now known that this decline is rarely a sigh of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. In a majority of cases, memory loss is a result of normal changes in the brain, as well as psychological changes that typically come with aging. The good news is that, for most people, there are ways of rejuvenating memory.

Drugs Improve Memory In Animals, Including Primates

More than a dozen drugs have been shown in US Labs to improve memory in animals, including primates. Clinical trials with human volunteers are now under ay, and results are expected in a few years. But for now, there's only one proven method for reversing memory loss: training. Just as physical exercise counteracts the effects of aging on the body, mental exercises help keep the memory relatively fit. Studies have shown that these techniques are extremely effective if a person is adequately motivated.

Many Who Have Trouble Remembering Conclude They Have Alzheimer's

Many people who have trouble remembering things jump to the conclusion that they have Alzheimer's, a disease which slowly saps the memory, initially leading to severe confusion and disorientation. But epidemiological studies have shown that people between the ages of 65 and 75 have only a 2 percent chance of developing the disease. That means 98 out of 100 people who at age of 65 find themselves forgetting names, shopping lists and fact in magazine articles have normal, healthy brains.

Neuroscientists now view learning and memory as a dynamic process that sculpts and re-sculpts the connections between nerve cells ,, called neurons, in the brain. Every time a memory is laid down, some of these cells under go molecular changes that either strengthen or weaken their connection with other neurons. When a person plans something, it most likely means that some of the connections have been weakened or broken.

There Are Three Basic Types Of Memory

This pattern can be applied to the three basic types of memory: Long -term, primary and secondary. Long-term memory (called remote memory by scientists) involves information that is likely to be retained for a lifetime. Big events like a car crash or the birth of a child are indelibly traced into one's neural circuitry.

Primary memory involves information – a string of numbers like a phone number, for example – that is held only briefly in our focus of attention. Our ability to repeat a phone number immediately after hearing it seldom decline with age.

But secondary memory – the ability to retain information beyond the span of a few moments – is vulnerable. Secondary memory is what “allows you to remember where you parked your car,” says Raymond T. Bartus, Senior Vice President of research and development of Cortex Pharmaceuticals, a California company that is developing memory restoring drugs. “But you certainly do not need to remember every place you ever parked your car.” So the memory is store just long enough – minutes, hours or days – to be useful, and in then forgotten.

Age Affects Secondary Memory More Than The Other Kinds

People in their 60's do not perform as well as younger people on just about every test of secondary memory ever designed ,, says David Arenberg, a psychologist at the National Institute of Aging. In on test, for example, people are shown a list of 12 words and after five minutes are asked which word they can remember. Sixty year olds simply do not do as well as 30 year olds. Moreover, participants in on going institute study show a steady decline when they are re-tested every six years.

A panel of experts at national Institutes of Health has given this phenomenon a name: age associated memory impairment. Many insights into its causes have come from major advances in the neuro-sciences in the past decade. In terms of neurochemistry, age associated memory impairment and the early stages of Alzheimer's disease are often indistinguishable. It may turn out that dementias like Alzheimer's are exaggerated forms of natural aging, but way the process runs amok in some people and is relatively benign in others is unknown. Nor do scientists know why age affects secondary memory more than other kinds of memory.

Many Neurons Shrink Or Atrophy With Age: An Outdated Notion

At one time, scientists believed that memory loss was caused by the death of an estimated 100,000 neurons each day. But better techniques for counting neurons have overturned that notice. It now appears that although some neurons do die in areas of the brain important for memory, the loss is more on the order of 100 cells per day. Over the course of five or six decades, these deaths mount up, so cell loss could account for some of the memory decline that comes with aging, explains Larry R. Squire, a neuro-scientist at San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center. But despite a more important factor is that many neurons shrink or atrophy with age. According to one theory, this happens because of a decline in the production of substances called growth factors, which nourish neurons. Although these cells remain function, they maintain fewer connections with other neurons.

Another theory points to chemical changes. Chemicals called neurotransmitters shuttle back and forth between neurons at nerve ending, enabling the neurons to communicate. Changes in the level s of these neurotransmitters may be partially liable for the memory loss associated with age. Experiments have supported this hypothesis. Researchers were able to induce in 25 year olds the kinds of memory lapses often experienced by 65 years olds by giving the youngger people drugs that inhibit the action of cholinergic compounds, a class of neurotransmitters that are important for memory. When the drugs wore off, their memories returned to normal.

Some prescription drugs that many older people take can have a similar deleterious effect. Here, the solution is straight forward: change the patient's drug regimen.

Drugs For Improving Memory For Available In Europe

Scientists reason that if chemical changes in the brain contribute to memory loss, then chemicals, in the form of drugs, may be able to counteract it. More than 20 drugs for improving memory are now available in Europe, but they have not been tested under America's rigorous standards. Only one drug, Hydergin, has so far been approved in the United States.

Neverheless, there is reason for optimism. Experiments have shown that the memories of healthy old monkeys can be improved with drugs. Other experiments have demonstrated that human experience the same kinds of memory loss as monkeys. It is reasonable to believe that if such problems can be reversed in monkey, they may also be reversible in humans.

No Criteria

When Thomas Crook founded the Memory Assessment Diseases in 1985, one of his goals was to test various drugs that were believed to have the power to restore memory. He was, however, faced with a problem: Few healthy people had ever been test for memory function, so there are no criteria, or baselines, for distinguishing between the memory losses caused by aging. It was important to make such a distinction so the drugs could be tested with precision. Crook surmised that some drugs might benefit people whose memories were impaired by disease but not people experiencing normal memory, and vice versa. To determine which drugs were effective for which conditions, he first had to establish baselines.

Crook's New Memory Tests Are Computer Administered

But the available tests of memory function were outdated and irrelevant to problems in everyday live. So Crook and his colleagues developed several new tests. They are administrated by a computerized system employing a video screen and a laser disk, which stores visual images in much the same way a compact disk stores sounds. Thousand of volunteer's have taken the tests, which evaluate the ability to resolve such everyday memory problems as finding misplaced items and remembering names. The results of these tests have shed light on normal and abnormal memory loss. For example, according to Crook, people suffering from normal memory loss tend to misplace objects, but they rarely get lost when retracing their steps along a familiar route. Losing one's way in familiar territory can be a sign Alzheimer's. Once baselines were established, the clinics began testing a number of memory enhancing drugs.

Blood Pressure Drugs May Improve Memory As A Side Effect

Several drugs prescribed for high blood pressure seem to improve memory as a side effect, and they are being tested in people with normal blood pressure. Also under study are substances called phospholipids, which are believed to help neurons absorb chemicals important for memory. Raymond Bartus of Cortex reports that some cholinergic compounds have also shown promise in the laboratory. But these studies are still in the early stages, so it will probably be years before any new memory drugs receive Government approval. And both Crook and Bartus caution that no drug will be a panacea. In order to combat memory loss effectively, the psychological dimension of the problem must be addressed as well.

The normal aging process leads many people to adopt a defeatist attitude. They become convinced that their memory is going down the tubes and nothing can be done. A young g person who loses his car keys thinks, “I wish I paid attention,” or he turns to his wife and says, “Did you take my keys?” It is not a salient event. An older person is more likely to interpret the loss of the keys as significant. He or she thinks, “I am losing my memory.” These feeling can become a self fulfilling prophecy. They can also lead to depression, which is believed to contribute to memory loss.

Many older people become less active both physically and mentally, as a result, they fin d themselves less stimulated by their environment. According to Dr Jermone Yesavage, a psychiatrist, at Stanford University, such stimulation may be an important factor in keeping the brain fit, and the lack of it may affect the biochemical processes involved in memory. In this view, memory is like a muscle: it atrophies if it's not exercised.

The First Step Is To Develop Self Confidence

But the solution to these problems does not begin with memory exercises, which require great motivation. A person must first develop self confidence. In trying to help people with age associated memory impairment, she uses behavioral therapy to counteract negative stereotype. She tries to get her patient to realize that although their memories change in later live, one can compensate and one can control one's memory by trying hard and paying attention.

Try Associating A Person's Name With Something Concrete: Mental Imagery

One set of exercises for improving memory relies on mental imagery. The idea is to associate a person's name with something concrete. For example, if you meet a person with prominent nose whose name is Bill, you might link the name with the image of a dollar bill stuck to his big nose. The next time you see him, the image should come to mind and see him, the image should come to min and you will remember his name. Dr Yesavage has tested the technique on Stanford undergraduates. “Within 15 minutes they can remember name like crazy,” he says.

Build Up A Video Library Of Images

Older people, however, find it more difficult. To help them along, Thomas Crook and robin L. West, a psychologist at the University of Florida in Gainesvillem have produced a videotape that is the memory equivalent of a Jane Fonda workout, “Crook says. person's face appears on the video screen, in this case a woman named Joan who has big brown eyes. Imagine a picture that corresponds to the person's name. The image for some name, like Penny, is obvious. In Joan's case, you are told to conjure up the image of a phone. on the screen. And the video clips this to life: a phone appears over Joan's big brown eyes.

The “Loci” Method Helps In Remembering Lists

Another memory improving technique, called the loci method, is helpful in remembering lists. Employed by Roman orators centuries ago, it does not require a computer or a videotape. Say it's a shopping list that you want to remember. First, you visualize landmarks along a familiar route through a house, an apartment or a room. For a house the landmarks might be mailbox, front door, hallway or so on, up to about 20 places. For a single room they may be doorway, desk and bed and so on.

Once landmarks have been established, you are mentally place a grocery items in each location. The bread might go in the mailbox, the milk near the front door, and the raisins in the hallway. When it's time to recall the list of groceries, you “walk” along the route and remember each item as it is encountered. The task is easy because you do not have to think about the order of the items and because the associations often provide striking images – loaf of bread stuffed into the mailbox, or raisins, strewn along the hallway. Using this method, lists can be stored in the memory for about 24 hours.

How To Use Memorable Mental Images For Numbers

Other tricks are helpful in remembering numbers. Say you need to remember “flight 216.” You could use memorable mental images for the numbers; two could be twins, one could be a pole and six a six pack of beer. Flight 216 then becomes a mental image of twins hanging from pole drinking six pack or rhymes and images can be used in conjunction: two and shoe, one and sun, six and sticks. Flight 216 becomes an image of a shoe sitting in the hot sun near a pile of stickers.

Of course, the key to fulfilling memory enhancing techniques successfully is motivation. Often the knowledge that memory loss is generally reversible is enough to get people to give it their best effort.

The elderly Congressman certainly had enough motivation: he believed that his career was on the line, and noticing motivates a politician more than the thought of being retired back to the district. With the help of techniques learned at Thomas Crook's clinic the congressman now can remember names and faces as well as he ever did.

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How to Beat Burnout and Enjoy Life

Have you been feeling physically and mentally dejected recently? Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Unable to cope? In other words, have you set yourself up for burnout? Well that's bad news.

The good news is that burnout is preventable and even resolvable no mater how far down the path of self destruction you have already gone.

Burnouts …, it sounds reminiscently like a Jan and Dean song of sixties: “Wipe out.” And, in-fact, that might not be a bad way to describe it. Herbert J Freudenberger, Ph. D., who first identified the syndrome among social workers and coined the word, defines burnout as a state of depletion and of physical and mental exhaustion caused by over commitment to a job, cause, relationship, a way of live.

Sufferers complain initially of feeling “overwhelmed,” “frustrated,” “blocked by insurmountable circumstances,” or “unable to cope.” Occasionally, they feel “drained of energy,” “used up”, “having nothing more to give.” This, in turn, gives rise to a calloused cynicism a “do not knock yourself out for anymore” attitude and, finally, to a sense of personal powerlessness – that the situation is beyond their control – which tends to become a self fulfilling prophesy .

At highest risks are the high achievers – goal oriented people with great expectations. These are the people who “want their marriages to be the best, their work records to be outstanding, their children to shine, their community to be better,” says Dr Fruedenberger.

“All their lives, they have undertaken tough jobs and prided themselves on their ability to master situations. Now, however, no matter how great their efforts, the only result seems to be frustration.”

What pushes them over the edge of high achievement to a chasm of low energy and self esteem?

Dr Freudenberger says it occurs when commitment becomes over commitment. Commitment, he says, is a very positive life force. Over commitment, on the other hand, robs us of energy, enthusiasm, and fulfillment. It obliterates our true purpose and goals in life. It threatens our physical and emotional well being.

Falling off Balance

Dr Dennis Jaffe, a California stress management consultant, describes the turning point as one of imbalance when you're giving one more receiving. “When you are in balance, you have a sense that your efforts are being rewarded. Your energy is continuously renewed. You have the ability to rebound from emotionally or physically taxing situations.”

When we fall off balance, the blame tends to fall on external factors – the job, spouse, kids, whatever. But rather than looking outside for fault, Dr Jaffe suggests we look inside for answers.

The bad news, according to Dr. Jaffe, is that burnout looms ominously on the horizon of everyone's stress response scale. The good news is that it is preventable and completely resolvable – no matter how far down the path of self-destruction; you can turn back on the road to health and high performance.

Three Steps to Recovery

But getting yourself back on track and keeping yourself there requires more than a few good intented resolutions. Nothing short of a drastic attitude and lifestyle changes will reverse its course healing, says Dr. Jaffe, hinges on a three tiered process involving self awareness, self management and self renewal.


“People are not machines that can be pushed to high performance,” says Dr Jaffe. “When we push over-selves to accomplish something and we experience resistance, we need to ask ourselves why we are doing this, why is it important to us. The symptoms signal not an inability to manage the outside world, but a disconnection within ourselves. ”

To reconnect, then, we must first tune in to our thoughts and feelings. “You have to be willing to look honestly and deeply and to incur some pain. Freudenberger.

“First, think about your image that competent you others have come to expect so much of. Think about the schedule, the tasks you perform, your family's expectations, your own expectations of yourself. you're the world sees and hears every day. Then put your pad close and close your eyes. Let that other you emerge. the bathroom to prepare for the day ahead. The one you get brief glimpses of when you're all by yourself and feeling kind of beat. Now let that real voice speak. Do not shut the voice away. It may have important things to say, write a second vignette. Even if only fragments of thoughts come through, jot them down. Whatever feeling you noticed – no matter how fleeting – include them. ”

By comparing these two images, Dr Freudenberger believes, you can get to know a large part of yourself that has been shut away – some thing that's essential to burnout treatment and prevention.

Becoming conscious of our physicality (do you have any aches, pains, or pent-up tension that has gone unrecognized?) And changes in behavior patterns (Are you drinking more alcohol or coffee lately? ?) Can also help you get in touch with your feelings. Sometimes we hurt physically or drastically unconsciously into bad habits when our stress coping mechanisms are not working properly, Dr. Jaffe says.

In connection with that, he suggests that you explore your reaction to stressors. All of us develop copying methods some of them more effective than others. Very often, however, the ineffectiveness of a coping method is not noticeable until a real crisis arises or we become inundated with multiple stressors. Then, the method that carried us satisfactorily through mild to moderately stressful situations suddenly fails us. Dr Jaffe reminds us of four such methods: withdrawal (postponing action and / or refusal to face the problem), internalizing (stewing over the problem without resolution or reaching out for help), emotional outbursts (the long term out of internalizing reaching the boiling point) and over controlling (trying to resolve every problem, including those that do not warrant our attention and even those that have not yet been encountered)

Typically, those who confront stressors heard on – who take action to resolve only those problems that are within their power to control and seek support or help from others when they encounter difficulty in coping – are good stress managers, says Dr Jaffe.

But, What's more important is what works for you. By looking closely to how you cope with each stressful situation and most importantly, how you respond emotionally and physiologically to your stress response – you begin to get a clear picture of which methods work for you and which work against you. A personal stress log can be extremely useful says Dr. Jaffe. Note the action you take in response to specific stressors as well as your subsequent feelings (relief, frustration, helplessness, exhaustion) within a week or two, you will begin to notice the definite patterns.

One very important aspect of this is assessing the importance of each stressful situation and determining how much energy you want to expend on resolving it. Something we have no choice: An emergency situation resents itself and we must act on it immediately. All other priorities suddenly slop down a notch. But how many times have you worked yourself into a frenzy over something that was of very little value or consequence? Think about this the next time your adrenaline spurs you into action. Before you start pumping energy into the situation, ask yourself how important it is to you personally, can you really make a difference, and what's the worst possible consequence if you do not get involved. Do not waste your stress energy. It is possible to spend ten dollars worth of energy on ten cent problem.

On the other hand, it's possible to under spend. Have you ever allowed a relationship to disintegrate, admitting only after it ended how important it was to you? Have you ever ignored signs of trouble with your children until the problem was nearly too big to handle? Have you ever ever closed your eyes to injustice on your doorstep, in your own neighborhood or social group, because it was easier not to speak up?

If so you know what it means to spend ten cents worth of adrenaline on a ten dollar problem. That's why stress management consultants all agree that a key element in stress mastery is assessing your personal values ​​and goals. “If you do not know what your goals are, you may move from one meaning less talk to another or make sloppy decisions by default.

So start today. Determine what's important to you. List the things you like to do; the things you do not like to do what you wish you could do. Then look at your day. Do you see any conflict between your values ​​and the way you spend your time?

Alan Lakein, a time management consultant whose advice has gone a long way to prevent corporate burnout at such fiercely competitive firms as AT & T and IBM, offers his technique of self reflection. He poses three questions. What are your life goals? How would you like to spend the next three to five years? And if you had just six months to live, how would you spend them?

Take about two minutes (four at the most) jotting down your answers t each of those questions. Then spend another two minutes to review your responses and improve your goal statements. Again if your statements conflicts with hour current life – if you're putting a disproportionate amount of effort into areas that do not reflect your life goals, if your five year plan is a major departure from the present, and if the prospect of six month death sentence fills you with a longing for a better way of life – then some changes may be in order.


Establishing clear goals is the first order on the agenda of self management. Write them down. And review them every month or two, reconfirm them or revise them (remember life is constantly changing and so, too, do our goals and priorities) Also, while it's natural to have more than one goal at any time, to many goals or conflicting or competitive goals are certain to lead to frustration and distress. So be very selective and keep each goal in its proper perspective.

Some of your goals will no doubt be very concrete and specific: take a self-defense class, buy a new car and paint the kitchen. Others may be more vague and philosophical: be a better parent, expand your circle of friends, and improve your feeling of self worth. And then, of course, there are your long term life goals: becoming financially independent, get in shape, achieve spiritual fulfillment.

Long term life goals are top priority on everyone's scale. But with so many more immediate concerns, we often lose sight of them and as a result they may never become realized. That's why setting priorities and planning is essential to any stress management program.

Lakein begins and ends every day with a plan. He makes a “To Do” list of everything he wants to accomplish that day. Then he reviews them in terms of his goals and determines the order of priority. The A tasks are those that are of highest priority – the important things that are absolute “musts” in order to achieve our goals, including our life goals. “I make it a point to do something every day towards my life goal,” says Lakein.

B tasks are of secondary importance. “If I have time, I'll tackle them,” says Lakein. “But note before all the A's are taken care of first.” And C tasks are those that when you really think about them, you realize that you're not significant at all. “if they do not get done, it's not a big deal,” says Lakein.

According to Lakein, 80 percent of the items on any to-do-list are insignificant and unnecessary. It's in that 20 percent of significant tasks that 80 percent of the value lies.

“Concentrate your effort on these high priority items” he explains. “Do not get bogged down in C tasks no matter how quick and easy they are to do.” And if you have trouble deciding which of your tasks describes the C rating, Lakein says, ask yourself what would happen if you did not do it. If you can live with the consequences, do not do it.

As with most things, however, moderation is the key. “It you think that trying to 'get control' of your time and your life means becoming super organized, super-busy, or preoccupied with every moment as it slips by, let me assure you that this is not the case,” Lakein explains , “Too much organization is as ineffective as too little.” The ideal is balance ”

Balance .., that's the word that every stress manager lives by. People who knows how to balance work with play, wakefulness with sleep, stress with relaxation, activity with rest, giving with receiving, have discovered the key to health and happiness, they say.

One of the most difficult conflicts is finding enough time and energy to do everything we want. Work can eat up our time and energy, sometimes leaving us with little left over for our family. Tragically, working people too often make their family and personal relationships their lowest priority, giving them what, if anything is left over. Yet people who are successful at managing stress and remaining healthy are often those who make their personal and family lives a priority and are able to say 'no' to some outside demands.

Sometimes, setting those priorities requires that you first develop new, more flexible attitudes towards yourself and your work. You've got to realize that you do not have to do everything yourself and, in fact, that you're more effective if do not. By accepting that advance and developing contacts, networks, support groups – whatever you need to help you get your work done and problems solved – you can free yourself to do more of the things that you enjoy doing and that you're good at.


Self renewal is the ultimate exercise in balance. It is the process of continuously renewing energy energy (physically and emotionally), something that is essential no matter in what performance state you are functioning.

“If you're in burnout and do not make some effort toward self renewal, you'll break down,” Dr Jaffe reminds us. “And if you're in peak performance for too ling – which requires a tremendous amount of energy to sustain – and lose sight of your need for self renewal, you could have ever skid down the path to burnout. a peak performance type of effort. Now you would not just get up the next day and run another one. Common sense tells us that we've got to rest up and renew our energy. ”

How do we Renew Ourselves?

Through meditation or other relaxation techniques practiced on a regular basis. By giving and receiving love and devoting time to people who energize us. Through physical pursuits – running and the like – which discharge tension and renew our energy. And by taking time off – if possible, perhaps even an extended leave of absence, a so-called job sabbatical.

People can use a sabbatical to get what they're not getting in their routine life. If you've always wanted to play your guitar seriously but never had enough time for it, taking a sabbatical can be real opportunity to satisfy that kind of need that's never been satisfied before. And some people want to travel. If their life is very routinized and sedentary, a traveling sabbatical fills a complementary need.

Time off can give you the perspective that help you get over burnout. Taking time off can bring you back more motivated.

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Boost Your Brainpower With Super Nutrition

Cloudy thinking, forgetful, illogical? 'Brain foods' can help!

We wall have days when our thinking is fuzzy, our logic defies reason, when we can not for the life of us remember some name or fact that was so familiar just the day before. On days like those, you might want to trade in your gray matter for a new, improved model with rechargeable batteries and a software system that lets you discover the unknown secrets of the universe in one easy lesson.

Unfortunately, we have to make do with Mother Nature has given us. Luckily, that's usually more than adequate. And with better nutrition, we can make better use of the brainpower we do have – and even stave off the mental deterioration we know as senility.

Oxygen Clears The Mind, Keep All Circuits Functioning!


“The brain needs large amount of oxygen to function effectively, and the only way it can get it through iron packed red blood cells” says Don M. Tucker, associate professor of psychology at the University of Oregon.

Some studies show that children with iron – deficiency anemia have short attention spans and trouble learning new material. They also show the boosting iron intake reverses those problems.

Alertness And Memory Can Suffer With “Low But Normal” Iron Levels!

And Dr Tucker's research shows that adults can suffer from related problems with alertness and memory when their iron levels are in the “low but normal” range.

In one study, for instance, the higher the blood iron levels, the greater the word fluency. (Volunteers were asked to come up with as many words as they could begin with “Q” and end with “L.” In another, in adults over age 60, blood iron levels were one of the more important measures in determining whether or not not the person has normal brainwave patterns.

“Getting enough oxygen to the brain is certainly part of its function, but we think iron also effects brain chemical and pathways,” Dr Tucker says. “We know that iron is heavily concentrated in a part of the reticular activating system.” This area of ​​the brain turns the brain on, so to speak. It keeps alertness. in awareness and alertness. ”

Sources of Iron: Liver, brain, kidney, meat, fish, oysters, shrimps, egg yolk, beans, cereals, lentils, leafy vegetables, drumstick leaves.


The brain sees o have a special need for the B Vitamins. Memory loss, disorientation, hallucinations, lack of coordination, and personality changes can occur with B-complex deficiencies.

Short-Term Memory Is Sometimes Impaired In Alcoholic Who Develop Thiamine Deficiencies.

Alcoholics, for instance, who sometimes develops thiamine (B1) deficiencies, have problems with short-term memory. They may remember in detail that little café in Paris 20 years ago, but not what they had fur supper the previous night.

Thiamine may also keep the brain thinking straighter and younger. An orthopedic surgeon in England thinks that thiamine deficiency can cause confusion and that confusion can lead to stumbles and broken bones.

The surgeon, MWJ Older, had noticed that people who come to him for hip and thighbone surgery all experienced a dip in their thiamine levels as results of the stress of the operation. He also noted that until the thiamine shortage passed, the patients suffered a bout of confusion.

Digging a little deeper, Dr Older found that patients who come in for an electrical hip surgery – planned in advance, that is – were not thiamine – deficient before the operation, and that their post surgical thiamine deficiency did not last so long. But the patients with emergency fractures, he discovered, were deficient before, during, and after their operations. That raised the possibility that preoperative thiamine-related confusion may even help cause the emergencies.

“mental confusion in the older awaits further study,” Dr older notes, “but our data support the concept that thiamine deficiency may be a contributory factor to postoperative confusion. We suggest that the causation of fracture itself may be attributable to thiamine deficiency, with confusion precipitating the fall “.

The Most Promising Anti-Senility Nutrients?

But if there were a contest for the most promising anti-senility nutrients, the price might be awarded to vitamin B6 and copper. Two University of Texas nutritionists have reported (in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), the remarkable news that a deficiency of B6 or copper in young rats causes some of the same kind of brain cell abnormalities as those seen in senile humans. The results implied that those two nutrients might prevent mental decline.

Science, of course, is never hat simple. But the evidence looks striking. The researches found, among other things, that in rats and humans, the dendrites – delicate, branching roots that carry electrical impulses from one brain cell to another – tend to shrivel up and die when stripped of B6 or cooper. Without the all important dendrites, brain circuitry breaks down.

Although the rats were fed a diet skimpier in the two nutrients than any human diet would be, the researchers said that a mild deficiency of those nutrients over the years could have the same devastating effect. The Texas researches, Elizabeth Root and John Longenecker, recommended obtaining adequate b6, copper and other nutrients into the diet as soon as possible for the sake of prevention.

For Best Results, Catch The Deficiencies Early!

“If you catch these changes early then you might prevent some of the neurological damage from occurring,” Dr. Root says. “But it's not just B6 and copper. People who have a poor diet in general are the most likely to get into trouble. We're starting some more experiments on the possible effects of deficits in magnesium and foliate, two nutrients that also come up low in most diet surveys. ”

Sources: B1 (thiamine: Unpolished rice, wheat, bajra and jowar.

B6: Egg yolk, liver, meat, fish, milk, whole grains, cabbage and other green vegetables.

Copper: liver, nuts, dried fruits, cereals, pulses, meat products, fruits, vegetables, oysters and fish.

Even Mild Deficiencies Of B12, C, Folate, And Riboflavin Can Impede Brain Function.


Actually, there's evidence that physically healthy people over age 60 can be measurably keener of mind that their peers if they maintain sufficient dietary levels of vitamins B12, C, Foliate and riboflavin. Even milked unnoticeable deficiencies of those nutrients can mean less than optimal brain function.

At the University of New Mexico, senility experts Jean Goodwin and her husband, James Goodwin, and other placed advertisements in newspaper and on TV and radio asking for volunteers for an experiment. Each volunteer had to be at least 60 years old, free of all serious diseases, and not on medication. After a screening process, Goodwin chose 260 men and women between the ages of 60 and 94 from various social and income levels.

All the volunteersave a sample of their blood and filled out a three day food diary still exactly that they ate during that period. Taken together, the blood test and diet survey showed the researchers almost exactly what each person's levels of most vitamins and minerals were.

Memory And Problem-Solving Tests Administered To 260 People Yielded Definite Nutritional Links.

After the process, the volunteers underwent two mental performance tests. In the first one, a researcher read a one paragraph store to each person and asked hi to repeat it as quickly and accurately as possible. A half hour later the volunteers had to recite the paragraph from memory, with no cues. The second test measured each person's ability to solve non-verbal problems and to think abstractly.

The researchers fed all the test scores and nutritional profiles into a computer and waited to see if good nutrition would correlate with quicker thinking. It turned out that the volunteers with the lowest B12 and C Levels scored worst on the memory test. Those with the lowest level of B12, C, Foliate and riboflavin did worst on the problem solving test.

“We showed that in population of healthy older people, those people who had a deficient intake and low blood levels of certain vitamins scored significantly worse on the test,” said Dr Jean Goodwin. “Our recommendation is that everyone maintain an adequate intake of those nutrients,”

Sources: B12: Milk, cheese, eggs, beef kidney, heart and liver, chicken liver. (Animal foods are the main source, and pure vegetarians who exclude even milk from their diet, run a risk of developing a deficiency)

Foliate: Vegetables, cereals, Meat and liver.

Riboflavin: Milk, meat, cereals and pulses.

Vitamin C: Green vegetables, fruits (especially guavas, oranges, sweet limes and lemons) and fresh crop potatoes.


Thiamine and B12 are also needed to produce and use one of the brain's major chemical messengers, acetylcholine.

Choline: The Active Component Of “Brain Foods” Like Fish, Liver, And Eggs.

But the real star in acetylcholine production is another B vitamin, choline. Manu of the foods touted as “brain foods” – fish for instance, liver and eggs contain choline a substance researchers are finding really can help reserve the brain's ability to reason learn, and remember. Choline is the building block for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine that sends messages between brain cells.

For instance, researchers at Ohio State University recently found that mice fed a diet in heavy choline rich lecithin had much better memory retention than mice on regular diets. They took much longer to go into back room in their cages where they had received a mild electric shock, meaning they had not forgotten their unpleasant experience.

What's more, their brain cells, examined under a microscope, showed fewer of the expected sighs of aging, says Ronald Mervis of Ohio state University's brain Aging and neuronal Plasticity Research Group.

Sources: (Choline): fish, liver, eggs, heart, soyabeans, peanuts.

Can Lecithin Provide A Brain Boost?

Like fiber or fish oil, it's slowly becoming a household word. You may have heard of it already lecithin.

What's the big to do? Studies have suggested that lecithin may aid memory and even slow down or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

But what is lecithin? Found naturally in soybean, eggs, butter, corn and milk, lecithin is used in medicines, food, even cosmetics as a wetting, emulsifying and penetrating agent. It's the lecithin that keeps the fat and the cocoa from separating an in chocolate, for instance, and in keeps margarine from splattering when hot.

For years, lecithin has been sold in health food stores in the west as a treatment for everything, from heart disease to weight loss. In fact so many clans have been made that some proponents are worried about over kill.

Just how solid is the lecithin memory connection? Lecithin is precursor to choline, and scientists re excited about animal studies that suggest lecithin may slow down one part of the aging process: the degeneration of brain cells, and then before normal age-related memory loss., Says Dr. Morvis, “Normally, as the brain ages, its cell membranes become more rigid with fatty deposits and lose their ability to take in and release brain chemicals and to merely messages.” This can cause memory loss and the confused thinking.

A Lecithin-Rich Diet Appears To Keep Nerve Channels Open.

But a lecithin rich diet seems to repress or delay this membrane hardening.

As part of the deterioration process, aging brain cells also tend to lose dendrite spines, the chemicals receptor areas that are vitally important is passing along information.

Having too few dendrite spines is like having a bad phone connection. Messages get distorted and lost. But lecithin fed older mice had the same number of dendrite spines as much younger mice.

“Despite the difference between mice and people there are, neglectless, remarkable similarities in the structure of their never cells,” says Dr Mervis. “I believe lecithin could help to repress or delay similar problems in people.”

Can Lecithin Boost Min Power In Normal, Healthy People?

In fact, in some studies, lecithin has shown some promise in boosting the mind power of normal, healthy persons.

“Our studies show that choline has a week modern memory enhancement effect” says Dr Mervis. “It's not a robust effect, but it can be measured.”

On two separate days, theyave ten healthy volunteers, raging in age from 21 to 29, either a supplement of 10 gms of choline chloride or an identical appearing but worthless substitute. Then after an hour and a half, the people were given a memory test.

In a serial learning test, subjects had to memorize in proper order a sequence of ten unreferenced words. The list was read to each person and repeated as often as necessary until perfect recall was achieved and could be repeated twice in a row.

“Choline significantly enhanced serial recall of unrelated words as measure by the number o trials required …,” the researchers reported. “Furthermore, the enhancement was more pronounce in 'slower' subjects than in subjects who performed well.”

Indeed, Choline Enhanced Memory – Particularly In People Who Were Forgetful.

In other words, the people most in need of help had their memories prodded the most when they took choline. One individual who normally need six trial readings to master a ten-word list cut that to four after taking choline. Another dropped from seven to five attempts with choline supplement.

One person who normally required ten trials to aster a list of difficult words reduced to five (a 50 percent improvement!) After taking choline.

Long-Term Effects Of Choline Supplementation Are Still Unknown.

As promising as Dr Mervis' results were, however, he as quick to point out that many questions still remains. For example, these test measured memory 90 minutes after a single dose of choline and the doses of choline given in these test were at lest the times as great as the 900 milligrams or less provided by a typical diet. We still do not know how long the effects last or whether they would continue over several weeks or months if extra choline were consumed daily.

And the trials involved only younger, healthy volunteers with a normal range of remembering ability.

Moreover, high doses of lecithin can cause gastrointestinal cramps, diarrhea or nausea in some people.

So, what can we say for sure about lecithin?

Basically, that we really need more solid evidence before suggesting it as a super nutrient. Some great ideas turn out to be the truth. But the whole truth about lecithin is still to be learned.

Meanwhile there's no harm in upping your intake of fish, soybeans and corn. You may just give your brain power a little boost.

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