Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia: Symptoms, Self-Help, and Treatment What is social anxiety disorder / social phobia? Matthew’s story Matthew skipped class today. It’s the first day of the new semester, and he’s afraid that the professor will go around the class and have the students introduce themselves. How to Recognize a Manic Episode or Hypomanic Episode of Bipolar Disorder If someone you know has or may have bipolar disorder, you need to know the signs that point to a manic or hypomanic episode. If you see a group of these behaviors, you (if possible and appropriate) or the individual in question should contact a doctor. Going to an emergency room may be the right choice, depending on how extreme the behavior is. Keep a notebook just for recording manic (and depressive) symptoms. Note: Most symptoms are shared between mania and hypomania. Those that are not are indicated.
A Systematic Review of Comparative Efficacy of Treatments and Controls for Depression Abstract Background Although previous meta-analyses have examined effects of antidepressants, psychotherapy, and alternative therapies for depression, the efficacy of these treatments alone and in combination has not been systematically compared. We hypothesized that the differences between approved depression treatments and controls would be small. Methods and Findings The authors first reviewed data from Food and Drug Administration Summary Basis of Approval reports of 62 pivotal antidepressant trials consisting of data from 13,802 depressed patients. Chronic Anxiety Disorder: The Price You Pay for Hiding Your True Self The more I learn about anxiety, the more I realize just how widespread a problem it really is. There are millions upon MILLIONS of people all over the globe struggling with some sort of chronic anxiety disorder, often more than one type. Seeing how much people are suffering makes me really sad sometimes. It also pushes me to understand and overcome the limitations my own anxieties are still placing on my life.
Two Popular Foods May Turn Immune System Against Brain Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfoWaking Times A new study published in the open access journal Nutrients titled, “The Prevalence of Antibodies against Wheat and Milk Proteins in Blood Donors and Their Contribution to Neuroimmune Reactivities,” implicates two of the Western world’s most popular foods in various forms of immune-mediated brain damage and dysfunction, including gluten ataxia and multiple sclerosis. A group of U.S. researchers set out to ascertain the presence of IgG, IgM, and IgA antibodies against wheat and milk, in 400 blood samples, from 181 males and 219 female donors of mixed ancestry. Because wheat and milk antibodies have been found in elevated concentrations in various neuroimmune disorders, the researchers measured the co-occurrence of their antibodies against the following brain proteins: GAD-65 (Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase)Cerebellar peptidesMBP (myelin basic protein)MOG (myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein)
The worst scars are in the mind: psychological torture Torture often includes methods that entail severe psychological distress and profoundly disrupt the senses and personality. This article describes how psychological methods which do not amount to ill-treatment when considered in isolation can amount to torture through their accumulation over time and their integration into the whole torture process. Dr Hernán Reyes, MD, of the ICRC’s Assistance Division, is a specialist on medical aspects of detention and has visited numerous detention centres around the world. Abstract Torture during interrogation often includes methods that do not physically assault the body or cause actual physical pain – and yet entail severe psychological pain and suffering and profoundly disrupt the senses and personality.
Another Reason Why Wheat and GMOs Can Destroy Your Health Sayer Ji, GreenMedInfoWaking Times A new study indicates that wheat contributes to the growth of pathogenic bacteria in our gut, adding to growing concern that GMO foods are doing the same. A new study published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology titled, “Diversity of the cultivable human gut microbiome involved in gluten metabolism: isolation of microorganisms with potential interest for coeliac disease,” has revealed something remarkable about the human gut bacteria (microbiome).
Treating Anxiety Naturally By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit Guest Writer for Wake Up World Everyone experiences anxiety every once in a while. The Forgotten Organ – Your Microbiota Dr. MercolaWaking Times Researchers are increasingly starting to recognize gut microbiota as one of your unappreciated “organs.”1 It may be even more apt to view your body as a “super organism” composed of symbiotic microorganisms, as proposed in the video below. Either way, there’s no denying the powerful influence these microorganisms have on both your physical and mental health. This is great news, since this places you in a distinct position of power over your health and well-being. As recently reported by the Institute of Science in Society:2
Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies. "Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health," says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be." Smits and Michael Otto, psychology professor at Boston University, based their finding on an analysis of dozens of population-based studies, clinical studies and meta-analytic reviews related to exercise and mental health, including the authors' meta-analysis of exercise interventions for mental health and studies on reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise. The researchers' review demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programs in reducing depression and anxiety.
Things to Consider Before Getting the Flu Vaccine Did you know that during the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC —in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss. In seniors, aged 65 and over, the US flu vaccines were only nine percent effective. The ‘gold standard’ of independent scientific evaluation and analysis, the Cochrane Database Review, has issued no less than five reports between 2006 and 2010, all of which decimate the myth that flu vaccinations are “the most effective flu prevention method” available. In average conditions, when a flu vaccine at least partially matches the circulating virus, 100 people need to be vaccinated in order to avoid just ONE set of influenza symptoms, according to Cochrane’s findings. Yet as another flu season approaches, all these facts are wholly ignored by conventional medicine and media alike, and you’ll certainly never see them mentioned in any flu vaccine promotion campaign.
5 Things I Learned From Being Admitted To A Mental-Health Crisis Clinic Thanks to a number of stressful factors, I was sent to the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) emergency department recently at the "professional advice" (read: insistence) of my general physician. This all happened because I admitted to planning the care of my beloved cats in case I killed myself. I spent eight hours in the waiting room with a patient wristband secured at the end of my newly-scarred arm, with no access to any of my possessions except a book, my journal, and my phone. Every exit was locked and permission was needed to leave, and if I wanted to step out for a smoke, I’d need accompaniment in order to ensure that I’d return. Though I was offered food, I did not accept any, despite having eaten nothing all day (anxiety makes me lose my appetite). I sat for approximately five hours in the waiting room before I was seen.
New Vaccines Will Permanently Alter Human DNA Jon Rappoport, GuestWaking Times Why is the government so maniacal about injecting vaccines? Consider this article in light of the accelerating push to mandate and enforce vaccination across the planet. The reference is the New York Times, 3/9/2015, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research. Here are key quotes that illustrate the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. 5 Tips for Attending a Yoga or Fitness Class With PTSD I recently wrote a piece about my experience in a yoga training where my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was triggered. Along with the incredible support and feedback from the community, I was honored by many people sharing their own stories of anxiety and PTSD, and asking where and how they could find yoga classes that were safe for them. I answered as many as I could (and please feel welcome to reach out to me and I’ll connect you to my network), but I want to address how to find safe classes and create secure environments so that we can feel confident going into new yoga or fitness related situations. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop in anyone – young, old, military, housewife, yoga student, CrossFit… doer – after they have been exposed to one or more traumatic events, usually involving serious or violent incidents. PTSD is more common in women than men. Normally, the fight or flight response acts as an indicator to tell us when we really are safe or in danger.