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Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.
The holiday shopping season is just around the corner, and if the past is prologue, then many Americans' stress levels will soar during the next couple of months. Who wouldn't want less stress during the holidays? Below are some tips and insights to keep stress down.
Research tells us that about half of consumers will experience increased stress related to holiday shopping. But the cause isn't that consumers hate to shop for gifts. Rather, it's shaky personal finances.
The state of consumers' finances is a big issue. The National Financial Capability Study found that roughly 60% of consumers report that, month after month, they find it difficult to pay all their bills. Holiday shopping just exacerbates the pressures these consumers feel.
What can stressed out consumers do? The short answer is to set holiday spending budgets and avoid carrying a lot of debt. After all, that is what the consumers who experience less stress do.
What does it feel like to have ADHD? And, more importantly, what’s the long-term experience of ADHD like? A recent post at my website (www.adhdmarriage.com) reminded me of how poorly those of us without ADHD understand that ADHD experience, and how critical it is that we think compassionately about our partner’s way of being in the world.
Non-ADHD partners tend to underestimate the significant issues that adults with ADHD face every day. To help provide perspective, I start with some eye-opening descriptions I’ve heard over the years about what it feels like to own that ADHD brain, then close with the life experience described by ‘Richard’ on my site. It’s incredibly moving, and well worth the read.
The ADHD Brain is Different
The ADHD brain differs chemically and physically from the non-ADHD brain. Here are a few of the ways that those with ADHD describe it:
Like having the Library of Congress in my head with no card catalogue”
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Administration issues final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule
Final rules break down financial barriers and provide consumer protections
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury today jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.
The final rule issued today implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plans features like co-pays, deductibles and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits.
When the weather turns cold and daylight hours dwindle, it's easy to blame seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a blue mood.
By Cathy Garrard
But chances are, there's a whole lot more to your SAD story. Before you flip on a light box, make sure these other seasonal mood-busters aren't dragging you down.
You're not moving enough
Cold temps make it all too easy to curl up on the couch and let your gym habit slide, but it's common knowledge that regular exercise holds the power to lift your spirits. "Moving around is helpful to everyone's mood," says Harvard psychologist Dr. John Sharp, author of The Emotional Calendar. You don't even have to commit to a full-on routine. In a study published in Perception and Motor Skills, researchers found that even a single exercise session at any intensity can increase positive mood feelings and decrease the negative ones. If you live in a wintery clime, take advantage of the snowshoeing and ice skating to shake up your exercise routine.
You're worried about money
Holiday expenses take a bite out of your bank account, and fretting about credit card bills can rob anyone of good cheer. Before you start racking up the bills, decide if expensive gifts are even necessary. A homemade present can mean much more than a pricey package. "Don't be afraid of the B word: a budget," says Sharp. "It can be a big or a small number. Spread it around in a way that can make you happy, but don't put yourself in the hole."
You're overwhelmed with family obligations
'Tis the season for familial gatherings—and all of the holiday stress and drama they can bring. But guess what? It's entirely within your power to decline any stress-inducing invites. If you'd rather not trek to Aunt Linda's house three hours away for a holiday dinner, politely say no by saying you're eager to start making new holiday traditions at home. And if you just can't avoid sitting next to a relative that drives you crazy, take a deep breath before engaging in conversation with her: Research from Harvard Medical School shows it decreases tension and anxiety.
Harry Potter, a corgi with the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog group, waits to meet students and staff at Chapman University Law School for some stress relief.
Some enjoy the company of an animal. The presence can be calming, therapeutic or just friendly. Yet while some just enjoy the company, others may need it.
There recently has been a proliferation of service animals in a widening range of occupations outside of the traditional roles as helpers for the hearing or sight impaired.
“It’s just an opportunity to have that human-animal connection,” ValeskaWilson-Cathcart, assistant director of administration and innovation for UCF Counseling and Psychological Services, said. “There’s a lot of research with how it can help reduce stress, reduce anxiety, improve mood and provide relief.”
Lately, there has been a focus on using dogs to help with the emotional and mental stability of an individual in need. This broadening of what a service dog entails has broadened the amount of people that are entitled to an animal that is able to go with them anywhere.
By Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer | November 25, 2013 08:15am ET
From the glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner to the champagne toast on New Year's, alcohol is often a familiar sight at holiday celebrations.
But if you're taking one or more medications a day — whether they're over-the-counter or prescription — is it safe to raise a glass or two, or should you avoid drinking altogether?
In some cases, mixing alcohol with medications can be dangerous. Some drugs contain ingredients that can react with alcohol, making them less effective.
The holidays can be a time of drinking more alcohol than normal.
Drinking while on other types of medications might have a negative effect on your symptoms or the disease itself. For example, consuming alcohol can reduce blood-sugar levels, leading to poor control of diabetes. [7 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health]
Knocking a few back can also intensify the sleep-inducting effect of medications that may cause drowsiness, making it risky to get behind the wheel or use dangerous machinery.
"The danger of combining alcohol and some medications is real and sometimes fatal," said Danya Qato, a practicing pharmacist and doctoral candidate in health services research at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
"Alcohol works in various and unexpected ways to impact the effectiveness of a medication," Qato told LiveScience.
Thank you all so much for the replies. The fact that their are people out there supportive as you all seems to make the battle a lot easier- I felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders today laugh.gif (NinjaSwan)
Misdiagnosed By Professionals And Unrecognized By Loved Ones
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression,
is a psychiatric disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy,
activity levels, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is a
serious mental illness requiring specialized treatment, but the problem,
according to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline
Knolls Residential Treatment Center, is that bipolar disorder often gets
misdiagnosed by professionals and is unrecognized by loved ones.
"Bipolar disorder commonly co-occurs with other illnesses and
addictions, making it hard to diagnose without a thorough diagnostic
workup that includes looking at substance/drug abuse and use, and an
evaluation for possible early life trauma both of which can produce
symptoms that look like bipolar disorder," said Dr. Dennis. "Many times,
residents come to Timberline Knolls with a diagnosis of bipolar
disorder, but once evaluated are properly diagnosed with a drug abuse
problem, which looks similar to bipolar disorder when an individual is
going through stages of intoxication and withdrawal. Additionally, the
diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be missed by professionals who think
the patient is just suffering from substance abuse or dependence."
Not only do professionals miss the diagnosis, but loved ones and family
members many times do not recognize the real problem either because they
do not know what bipolar disorder is, or because they are focused on
something else, such as a co-occurring drug abuse problem.
Signs of bipolar disorder in its manic state include:
-- extended periods of feeling overly happy or outgoing
-- extremely irritable mood, agitation, or jumpiness
-- being easily distracted
-- little to no sleep for several days in a row without feeling tired
-- having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities
-- behaving impulsively
-- suicide attempts
Signs of bipolar disorder in its depressive state include:
-- isolation from friends and family
-- loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
-- feeling tired or slowed down
-- having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
-- abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially cocaine
-- dependence on sleeping pills
A correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and ensuring the appropriate
treatment is offered, is critical for those who face and treat bipolar
disorder and co-occurring disorders. People with this illness can
achieve long-term physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Dr. Dennis
encourages everyone to remember this is a disease, and the individual
did not choose to have the disease. Sufferers can choose to get
treatment and recover. Help is available and manageability is possible
when someone is connected to the right support system and specialized
treatment is sought.