This is a story about my Schizophrenia meant to be painted. The years after college my father passed away on Jan. 2, 2007, due to natural causes and then my sister died the very next day in a car accident on her way to the funeral. I cannot express the pain and anguish that came over me.I suppose all people who are affected by mental illness have that moment when “it” happens—the moment when their condition makes itself known. My moment happened when I was an undergraduate in college. It was in the form of voices, hallucinations and paranoid thoughts that one of my professors was trying to kill me.
9 ways to deal with #anxiety in 10 minutes or less
According to the Mental Health Foundation, four to 10 per cent of people in England and the US will experience depression in their lifetime.
The group also say that mental health problems like anxiety and depression have contributed to one fifth of days lost from work in Britain alone.
Here are nine little tips and tricks you can employ when you need them to help decrease the symptoms of anxiety:
1. Listen to music
Many studies celebrate the calming power of music. Listening to music can have a relaxing effect on the mind. Decreased anxiety by 65 per cent.
Reiki Music: Meditation Music
Whether you’re enjoying a soothing hot bath at home, a visit to a spa, an acupuncture treatment, a deep massage, a Reiki session or sitting quietly in a garden or in nature, you will benefit more when you are deeply relaxed. Listening to healing music can help you let go and surrender to relaxation, it can inspire you as well, resulting in a deeper experience. Meditation is what this is all about relieving your anxiety.
There’s a lot of talk these days about post-traumatic stress (PTSD) – veterans returning from war who can’t sleep because of nightmares, who feel vulnerable and on-edge just walking into a crowded McDonald’s. Or people who have been in terrible car accidents that make them now shiver while waiting at a red light, or trigger them into road rage when a car suddenly weaves in their direction. Continue reading “Life is a PTSD Event”
Women soldiers may be at greater risk for combat stress than their male counterparts and much less likely to endorse proven protective factors for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests.
Results of a large study that anonymously surveyed a cohort of National Guard troops before and after deployment to Iraq suggest military women have more than twice the risk of developing combat-related PTSD than their male counterparts.
March 23, 2011 — Early administration of low-dose hydrocortisone in the emergency department may reduce the risk for subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in adult patients with severe trauma and may be particularly effective in those without a history of mental health treatment, results from a small pilot study suggest. Continue reading “Low-Dose Hydrocortisone May Cut PTSD Risk in Trauma Patients”
ScienceDaily (2011-02-23) — High blood levels of a hormone produced in response to stress are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in women but not men, a study has found. The hormone, called PACAP is known to act throughout the body and the brain, modulating central nervous system activity, metabolism, blood pressure, pain sensitivity and immune function. The identification of PACAP as an indicator of PTSD may lead to new diagnostic tools and eventually, to new treatments for anxiety disorders.
Bret Stetka, MD; Richard H. Weisler, MD; Henry A. Nasrallah, MD; Harold Kudler, MD
Since September 11th, 2001, roughly 2.2 million American service members have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. As a result, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) has seen 167,000 new cases of related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 195,000 cases of depressive conditions and affective psychoses, and 103,000 cases of anxiety disorders. Worse still, the suicide rate in the Army and Marine Corps has, for the first time on record, reached that of the civilian population. With 2 ongoing wars and a growing pool of returning veterans, effective psychiatric care for our active and former military personnel is crucial. Yet with the exception of military and VA psychiatrists, few clinicians receive training on the unique challenges associated with delivering mental healthcare to this population.
Medscape recently interviewed psychiatrists Dr. Harold Kudler, Dr. Richard H. Weisler, and Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah on the history of psychiatric care in the military, the magnitude and impact of mental illness in active military personnel and veterans, and means of improving care in our venerable service men and women.
What do the Arizona shootings and 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina or news of a plane crash have in common? All of them take over the news and all of them can cause younger children to wonder, “Is it safe, Mommy and Daddy?”
When they see or hear on the news of another terrorist attack somewhere in the world, they can worry, “Are they going to come and blow up our city?”
When they watch rainstorms and winds cause massive flooding, they can worry, “Are we all going to drown like the people in New Orleans?”
When they are in a plane that is flying through turbulence, they can worry, “Are we going to crash?”
And now when they see or hear a mentally unstable person ranting and raving in a parking lot, a mall, a store or walking between moving cars, they can worry, “Are they going to pull out a gun and start shooting at us?”