Posted by in Mental Health on October 18, 2012
If it’s not broke don’t fix it…right? No! One of the best methods of mental health recovery is to maintain an environment prone to mental health and mental illness recovery. Staying mentally healthy is a way of life, not something you do when things start to go wrong. Keep reading for your top 10 tips to staying mentally healthy! Remember sometimes, the best treatment is prevention.
For access to some great cutting-edge research aside from the tips below, check out the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Research and Evaluation Team’s publications.
1) Stay Physically Active: the human mind developed in an environment requiring one travels the equivalent of 12 miles per day for sheer survival (and no that doesn’t mean jumping in the car and flooring it!). Recent research has proven that increased physical activity can actually create new brain cells (once thought of as a static number), this explains why nearly every mental healthcare consumer at facilities such as MHCD are strongly encouraged to begin an exercise regiment immediately.
2) Stay Socially Active: we are social creatures, thus one’s support network, be it family or friends, is of immense importance to one’s general well being. It is of course OK to take a few nights to yourself, but don’t stay shut in. Go out, keep your social relations strong.
3) Get a Hobby: find something creative outlet that you want to do just for yourself. Depending on what you chose, a hobby can be a great avenue into sports clubs, night classes at a local college, or staying physically active; plus if its something you enjoy it will be much easier to stick with!
4) Be Self-Reflective: you know those few nights a week I said it was OK to just take a night to yourself? Do it! Read a good book, walk your dog, just think things over. Examine where you are in life, where you want to be, and where you’ve come from. Be honest and complimentary to yourself. You are a brave, amazing person, so act like it
5) Play: play is actually tremendously important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalize your social networks, and reduce stress/anxiety.
6) Maintain a healthy diet: this goes along with staying active. Stay healthy, both in terms of exercise and in terms of eating. Now don’t go crazy here, you don’t want to make yourself miserable by being the food-police, just be conscious of what is going into your body. And allow yourself some leg-room to cheat once a week or so!
7) Set goals: when people are feeling depressed, aimless, or like they are just going through the motions, often times its because they are lacking general direction. Set realistic goals for yourself so you are continuously aiming at something, this is a practice known as positive dissonance (you are constantly reaching for a new goal you set, thus you are always striving further and further even if you accomplish a goal along the way). Importantly though, one must not take this too far and find no joy in overcoming a given sub-goal; this will prove to demoralize the individual. You should celebrate your successes! Each and every one of them, and then push yourself to be even better. Once you reach your goal, set another one to get even further! This will constantly drive you, give you reasons to celebrate as you attain goals, and will increase your general level of content and mental health. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by in Uncategorized on September 7, 2012
When you start noticing a little more hair than usual in the shower trap, a small flicker of fear catches you, and drives you to the mirror to see whether there are any signs of that dreaded M shape. In a way, it’s a little like the fear you used to have as a youngster approaching puberty. Every morning, there was the slightly paranoid not looking in the mirror to see whether there were any signs of acne. Going to school, you were never certain this was not going to be the day when the class noticed your first spots. Being so prominent on your face, acne is not something easily hidden. Equally, once your hair starts to retreat, wearing a baseball cap all the time is also a sure sign of the problem to everyone around you. So the news from some quarters that Propecia hair loss treatment may cause acne came as something of a shock. Although some adults do find acne a continuing problem, the idea you could suddenly have hair loss and acne as a side effect of Propecia was disturbing news.
The first reaction is that the literature issued with the drug does not mention acne as a side effect. This was not noted as a sufficiently significant effect during the clinical trials. However, there’s an increasing body of anecdotal evidence from some men who report blackheads and rashes of spots which disappeared when they stopped taking the pills. Taken that Propecia was approved by the FDA, there have been continuing trials but, so far, none has produced scientific evidence linking the drug to acne. All that can be said is that the drug does affect the hormone balance in the body and this may stimulate more oil production in the skin of some men. But, so far, there does not seem to be a sufficiently real threat to justify any action. If you are one of the very few unlucky men, treat your skin with hydrogen peroxide to keep the pores clean. If the condition persists, talk to your doctor about alternative approaches.
Among the Mafia and some other groups, there’s a strong cultural drive to stay silent and never admit wrongdoing. This is part of a more general reaction against organized authority and strong allegiance to the group. In many cases, allegiance to smaller units is actually the better way to organize. Often the large centralized organizations are remote and uncaring, lacking local knowledge and with little commitment to serving the community. The usual loyalty is to teams within the central organization without direct interest in promoting service standards. In the healthcare industry, we see this in the building of large and impressive hospitals. The staff who work in these shining towers of excellence are paid the highest salaries, they have the best working conditions, and their status is supreme. In such a hierarchy, no one wants to work in the community where the pay is significantly less and the work of dealing with actual patients is far more demanding.
In other countries, the emphasis is on primary care in the community with local groups of nurses and support staff led by dedicated teams of general practitioners. Wherever possible, people are treated in their homes. This avoids the need to build massive central hospitals. It also treats the patients with individual dignity, strengthens the family support networks, and helps maintain quality of life. Shipping every patient off to a hospital strips them of their independence and turns them from a person into a file number.
Yet there does remain a core problem. For all doctors and nurses develop better relationships with the patients and their families, there are still medical problems people prefer not to admit. Erectile dysfunction falls within the code of silence. This is ironic.
Cialis is a convenient and effective treatment. More importantly, restoration of sexual activity has a strongly beneficial effect on the quality of life within families. Yet unless people ask for help, it cannot be given. The Cialis sits in its bottle or blister pack, a victim of shame and embarrassment. The only hope is for the men to buy online. That does maintain their privacy.
Since Carisoprodol, or Soma, is a muscle relaxer, many people wonder about its capabilities of treating anxiety. Anxiety medications have become very popular and there are reasons why one might think of a muscle relaxer for anxiety. However, Soma is not a good medication to take for this purpose, and in some cases, using it for anxiety can become dangerous.
Carisoprodol has certain anxiolytic effects and can alleviate anxiety. However, these anxiolytic properties are not very strong. What people may be feeling instead is the muscle relaxing and sedative effects of the drug. These effects can often be confused for reliving for anxiety.
Many people who have experienced an injury or suffer from chronic pain may suffer from anxiety due to their condition. They may be out of work, unable to compete in a sport, or unable to care for themselves – all situations which can cause anxiety. Also, insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety. Muscle relaxers relieve your pain and have a sedative effect. Therefore, you may feel less anxiety due to the reduction of these symptoms, without actually treating anxiety.
Many times, drugs are prescribed for “off-label” uses. These are uses that are not currently approved for use, but the drug has been shown to provide benefits anyways. However, Soma and anxiety is not one of these situations. Since the anti-anxiety effects of Soma are not very strong, you would need to take unsafe amounts to treat your anxiety. A good doctor would not prescribe Soma for your anxiety and would suggest other alternatives.
Many times, people have to take anti-anxiety drugs for long periods of times – sometimes years. Soma is only to be used in the short-term, often less than three weeks. Muscle relaxers can be highly addictive, and this makes short-term use important. Also, if you do end up taking Soma long-term, you could suffer from serious and unpleasant side effects when it comes time for you to stop using the drug. For this reason, Soma does not make a great anti-anxiety medication. Soma is not currently approved by the FDA for use as an anti-anxiety medication.
If you need help managing your anxiety (or insomnia), speak with your doctor. There are many safe and effective anti-anxiety drugs on the market that will provide you with better and more permanent anxiety relief. However, if you need help managing muscle pain, Carisoprodol is a great treatment option.