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Nov

29

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

One of the things I truly love about my profession is there is always so much to learn about people and they very often are willing guides to the rich tapesty that is their lives. This article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times was a delightful read as I learned something of which I was previously unaware. This article published in The Health Section reviews eating disorders within Orthodox Jewish Communities.

Please enjoy this delightful article that shares how their culture in some ways may encourage certain behaviors which can frequently mask these illnesses. Another huge point is the stigma of mental illness within this community can very often serve as a barrier to identication and care. Of course one would be negligent to fail to mention how community leaders can impact families coming forward to receive services. Finally where do these patients receive their care? All of these are very important assessment and treatment considerations in order to maximize optimal outcomes for all relevant shareholders.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

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Nov

24

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

This is very good qualitative article written by Abby Ellin for The New York Times.

It discussed the eating disorder Anorexia, an illness inwhich at least a third of sufferers will chronically suffer and another third will die of this disease.

Interestingly enough despite the widespread impact that this disorder has, particularly on women and adolescents there is a dearth of studies relating to recovery.

Recovery has been defined in different ways by different groups. According to this article there is shockingly very few studies done on recovery

I think a helpful way of looking at Anorexia and Bullimia is it is a disorder with significant medical as well as mental health components which each must receive proper therapy.

It was interesting to read about the emergency room physician at a high powered medical school who after years of recovery relapsed and saw her life suffer a significant setback.

All in all this was an interesting read and worth sharing.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

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Oct

14

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

This article printed in The New York Times covers a relatively long term debate over what managed care companies should and should not cover in terms of mental health diagnoses.

Despite the relatively recent federal and many state mental health parity laws it appears that many insurers still have not yet gotten the message. In this article they argue the merits of residential treatment programs which they apparently view with a rather jaundiced eye. Is this a case of being penny wise and pound foolish whereas they will readily pay for hospital level care which we all know is infinitely more expensive or the comparable skilled nursing facility.

They additionally are willing to pay for outpatient level care which as we helping professionals realize is insufficient to meet the needs of many. I won’t get into the great debate of federal oversight over residential care facilities but I will readily state that it helps many thousands of patients on a consistent basis. The diagnoses this article portrays? Eating Disorders which affects all segments but especially young women, particularly those of adolescent age. Please enjoy the article.

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight

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How to get life insurance when you have an eating disorder

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Why do Insurance Companies not cover treatment for eating disorders?

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Sep

08

Insomnia – 60,000,000 US Suffer From This Disorder A Year.

Posted By: Ricardo Henri on September 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

Introduction

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by continual difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep in spite of the opportunity. Insomniacs have been known to complain about being unable to close their eyes or “rest their mind” for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s happens frequently after the loss of a loved one, even years or decades after the loss, if they have not gone through the grieving process.

Insomnia can be caused by: Psychoactive medicines or stimulants, including certain medication, herbs, caffeine, cocaine, ephedrine, amphetamines, methylphenidate, MDMA, methamphetamine and modafinil. Hormone shifts such as those that precede menstruation and those during menopause. Psychological troubles like fear, stress, anxiety, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, unsatisfactory sex life. Mental Disorders like clinical depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety disorder. Disturbances of the circadian rhythm, such as shift work and jet lag can create an inability to sleep at some times of the day and excessive sleepiness at other times of the day. Insomnia may be a symptom of magnesium deficiency, or low magnesium levels.

History

History of these individuals frequently shows excessive daily worries about not being able to go to sleep, evidence of trying too hard to sleep with apprehension if unable to fall asleep, an ability to fall asleep during monotonous pursuits (like watching Television or reading) and in inappropriate situations (at a lecture or while driving) but not when desired, improvement of sleep in unusual sleep environments, and increased agitation and muscle tension before going to bed. The best way to find the reason for insomnia is by careful history taking.

Symptoms

Chronic insomnia means having symptoms at least 3 nights per week for greater than a month. If so, you may find developing a nighttime routine or ritual prior to going to bed helpful for overcoming the signs and symptoms. If however, you find that it continues night after night, be sure you call your health care professional to set up an appointment to go over your symptoms.

Sleep history: Determining the timing of insomnia, the persons sleep habits (commonly referred to as sleep hygiene), and signs of sleep disorders associated with insomnia is important. Patients should be asked about signs of other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (eg, snoring, witnessed apneas, gasping) and restless leg syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder (ie, restless feeling in legs on lying down, which improves with movement; rhythmic kicking through out the night; very messy sheets in the morning). Neurologic testing may be required in people exhibiting signs and symptoms of neurologic disease.

Treatment

Treatment includes: Diagnosing and treating any medical conditions or mental health problems. When people think of treatment they usually think of sleeping pills, but there are actually non-medical therapy that have not only been proven to be effective, but are possibly even better in the long term than sleeping pills.

Melatonin has proved effective for some insomniacs in controlling the sleep/waking cycle, but lacks definitive data regarding efficacy in the treatment of insomnia. Treatment with oxygen may improve but rarely cures the problem. Cannabis has also been suggested as a very effective therapy. Traditional Chinese medicine has included treatment for insomnia. Your health care professional will work with you to create goals for treatment that include headache and prevention.

Conclusion

Insomnia is too little or poor-quality sleep created by one or more of the following: Trouble going to sleep, Waking up a lot during the night with trouble going back to sleep, Waking up too early in the morning, Having un-restful sleep (not feeling well rested), even after sleeping 7 to 8 hours at night, It can also cause problems throughout the day, such as excessive sleepiness, fatigue, trouble thinking clearly or staying focused, or feeling depressed or irritable.

It can be short term lasting from a single night to a several weeks. It can be mild to severe depending on how frequently it occurs and for how long. One of the more common sleep problems faced by male, female and children alike. Insomniacs complain of impaired ability to focus, poor memory, difficulty coping with minor irritations, and diminished ability to enjoy family and social relationships. Because it is not a disease, no test can diagnose it.The Department of Health and Human Services says approximately 60,000,000 Americans suffer from this sleep disorder each year. If you think you have insomnia, speak to your MD

Ricardo Henri is the creator of Natural Remedies,Treatments And Cures,a site with vast information about caring for your own health without depending on medications and needless surgery. Subscribe to his monthly newsletter @ quick natural remedies or quick natural cures

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Sep

05

How To Combat Stress During Pregnancy

Posted By: Sol Badura on September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

A feeling of overwhelming tiredness is very common in pregnancy. Before you have even taken a pregnancy test, tiredness is a common symptom. If you are in your last trimester, this tiredness returns, usually as an indication that you will be giving birth before long.

Simple things like walking down the street may make you want you want to curl up and grab 40 winks. If you can, great, if you can’t there are a few tweaks you can make you ensure that you make it through the day without dropping off.

The first thing you should change is the size of your meals. Your growing baby squashes up your stomach, so you can’t eat as much as you could post pregnancy. Large meals make you tired anyway, so being pregnant exacerbates it further. Eat smaller portions but more often.

We’ve all heard it said many times, but one meal you should never miss is breakfast. Your body is empty after your sleep so refuel it quick. 
 


Another meal that should never be missed is your lunch. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will make it up with a larger dinner, this just make you feel bloated and give you indigestion.

As all your energy is being sapped by your growing child, you need to refuel your body more often, so a midday meal is essential. Include grains and protein in both this and your breakfast.

We need Iron for energy, and this is even more important during pregnancy. Red meat and Spinach are both good sources, but if your fatigue is extreme you may well have a deficiency. You may be advised by your doctor to take a supplement if this is the case.

You need a lot of rest as well as eating properly. Forget those late nights, early to bed is the new routine. Make the most of it; your rest will be spasmodic once your baby arrives.

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Sep

01

The Most Common Signs of Depression

Posted By: George Njogu on September 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

During these physically, mentally and emotionally trying times it is important to be familiar with the common signs of major depression. There are various forms of depressive disorders whose means of treatment varies from one form to the other. Nonetheless, while there are various forms of depression the main warning signs are normally the same.

Understanding the many major symptoms of depression goes far in helping the affected person make educated decisions on the fitting treatment alternatives plus the risks involved. A sufferer who understands their sickness is adept to convey his/her signs and symptoms to a health professional and therefore receives better health advice, remedy or treatment.

Many individuals mistake depressive illnesses with having “the blues”, normal unhappiness or feeling down. Only after these low mood in addition to diminished energy have persisted do they recognize that they should to start searching for a solution. Unless the affected person realizes in good time that they need to seek out medical assistance, they risk developing more acute depression associated issues such as psychological / emotional / mental breakdown, self neglect, social withdrawal, job loss and even suicide.

The numbers of people who unknowingly suffer numerous depression warning signs is believed to be bigger than that of those who look for treatment or therapy. This happens since the majority cases of depression are regularly not severe enough to warrant substantial reasons for concern. Moreover when the majority people feel sad, weary, irritable, withdrawn and so on (these are typical signs or symptoms of depression) they mostly engage in some form of activity to suppress or let off these uncomfortable feelings. Such actions can include exercising, drinking, eating, smoking, taking lengthy breaks from work and so on. More often than not these actions do not cure the situation and some actually make the condition worse.

Here are some of the most common warning signs of depression: * Lack of interest in activities that were formerly fun and fulfilling. These activities can include day-to-day routines, hobbies, public activities and even sex. * Powerful and endless feelings of fatigue and low energy. The individual feels fatigued very quickly and their physical movements may become lethargic and labored. * Loss of capacity to feel joyfulness and pleasure * Persistent feelings of being helpless and hopeless. * Sufferers mostly develop very low expectations of different situations in addition to life in general. * They tend to believe that no matter what they do the outcome will never be good. * Low self regard which is accompanied by feelings of self-loathing and shame. Some patients project these feelings to others and notice that they are unable to tolerate other individuals even individuals who are close to them. * Erratic sleep patterns. Lack of sleep (insomnia) or oversleeping (hypersomnia). * Getting quickly annoyed, restless, and on edge. They find it hard to stand minor alterations in their usual routines. * Loss of mental capabilities like paying attention, memory and intellectual functionality. * Mysterious bodily aches and pains like joint aches, headaches are also common. * Irregular appetite patterns. Uncontrollable longing for particular food, loss of appetite and also overeating can affect depressed persons and this can lead to either speedy weight increase or loss. * Suicidal tendencies or attempted suicide.

It is important to note that numerous kinds of depressive disorders affect every person in different ways. This means that signs or symptoms of depressive disorders are dissimilar from one person to the next. The reason for these variation in signs or symptoms can include such elements as; preexisting medical condition(s) or illness(es), age, genes, environmental reasons, personal habits and gender. In view of the fact that the warning signs of depression are barely ever the same from one sufferer to the next, self cure or medication is not recommended. Any person who believes that they could be suffering from one kind of depressive disorders to another ought to initially seek medical guidance from competent medical practitioners. Only competent and trained doctors are able to endorse or offer appropriate treatment instruction based on the visible warning signs of the depressive illness.

www.depressiontreatment.depressiontreatmentsite.com addresses various information on the diverse treatments of depression offered. Visit our site to learn more regarding the conventional and natural remedies for depression plus the assorted kinds and signs of depression.

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Aug

20

Is Stress Making Your Stomach Bigger?

Posted By: Katherine Crawford on August 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

Not only does stress put you at risk for cancer, but it also promotes the storage of visceral fat. The type of fat that covers your internal organs and makes your stomach protrude.

And please realize that even if you don’t have a lot of fat underneath your skin, you could still be retaining a lot of fat inside your stomach because of stress.

So here is how to lower stress for accelerated fat loss:

1. Figure out your triggers: Keep a log of the specific events that cause your stress responses. I know this sounds simple, but most people do NOT do this. And keep in mind that memory is fickle because we are bombarded with too much information on a daily basis.

2. Act out: Now I’m not talking about going all out, instead let exercise vaporize whatever is bothering you. You see, our bodies are made to handle stress with exercise. In fact, it’s probably one of the best ways to deal with stress because it will also increase your physical health.

3. Take note of how you talk to yourself: If you find yourself using the following words, “never”, “always” and “should”, please stop. These types of words wreak havoc on your internal system. You see, they are very harsh on your cognitive health, so stay away from them.

4. Tap into your network, often: We are social beings, there is no doubt about it. And if you are accustomed to dealing with your problems on your own, it will be like pushing a boulder up a hill. Furthermore, studies have shown that socially isolated monkeys simple wander into the jungle alone to die.

5. Fill up your piggy bank: Doing so will help you prevent the biggest modern stressor of all: financial ruin. Too many people live lives full of fear and uncertainty because of money. By saving some day in and day out, you will buffer yourself against this stressor.

Stress should be taken very seriously. So if you are not practicing the above, please start implementing these strategies today, not tomorrow. After all, tomorrow usually never comes!

Writer Katherine Crawford, an exercise expert and former fat arms sufferer, instructs on how to go sleeveless in 7 days. Unearth how to get sexy and toned arms by visiting her blog on how to go sleeveless in 7 days now!

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