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Nov

14

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

This article written by Gordy Slack and published in The New York Times speaks to new developments in the treatment of brain injuries.

We learn so much and often when we thought there was no hope we are once again proven wrong.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Turning to Software to Help Treat Brain Injuries

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Oct

29

Social work and the U.S. military is focus of campus conference

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

This is a review of a presentation by the Army’s top social worker and liasion to the Surgeon General.

It is clear that all branches of the military desperately need social workers (LCSW/lLICSW) in ALL roles such as active duty, reserve component, civilian and contrators.

Things have been so tough that the Air Force no longer can employ or deploy direct social work staff outside of The Continental United States.

Their social work function for active duty, civilians and dependents with needs is two fold.

1. Use contractors or send the person in need back home to the USA where they can get services.

2. Sending your loved one back home. Early Return of Dependent to CONUS.

A sad state of affairs but a boon to professionals deemed qualified.

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

Social work and the U.S. military is focus of campus conference

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Oct

23

CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

This article posted today in USA Today Newspaper and written by Janice Loyd was very interesting.

It reports the dramatic use (overuse) of antidepressant medication among most age groups as well as women and men.

What is particularly alarming however is over 66 % of those taking these medications regularly have not seen a mental health professional.

It is well known in the helping professions that the use of psychiatric medication without conjoint therapy is much less effective.

The question on my mind is why are so many trying to escape their feelings with a pill? Are we uncomfortable with our feelings or emotions? Is it not OK to feel sadness, grief, anger?

Please enjoy the article:

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

CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years

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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 Monitor Interpersonal Anxiety In Your Life

Posted By: Douglas Neutrino Xavier on September 5, 2011 at 8:14 am

Have you ever experienced social stress in your life? If so, you know how difficult it can be. Social stress is much more serious than people believe that it is; it can prevent you from not only achieving your most coveted goals and even getting up to answer the door. If you want to get rid of your social stress dilemma, keep reading this article to find out how.

Your diet might have a huge role in the amount of stress that you have. While changing what you eat may not be a complete cure for your problem, it can be helpful all the same. If you consume large amounts of stimulants such as sugar or caffeine, for example, this can trigger anxiety. Try getting rid of these things in your diet as much as you possibly can. Also, be certain that your diet is well balance with foods and nutrients such as vegetables, proteins and carbs. If you eat a lot of starchy foods, then this kind of imbalanced eating will negatively affect your metabolism and bring on anxiety. Taking certain kinds of supplements like multivitamins are excellent for your nervous system and can help you.

Socializing is a skill and like any good skill, you will not improve it unless you work on it. A lot of times people have difficulty with social anxiety will ignore all social events. This will make things even worse. If you can make yourself relive everything social about your daily life, you will start to see a difference. You can begin things by looking people squarely in the eyes and requesting directions when you are at the mall. Also, it would be good to take the first move when it comes to socializing. Do not wait by the phone for people to call you. But, ask one of your friends to go somewhere with you.

People who are prone to stress can trigger stress when attending functions like a party. Instead of trying to steer clear of these outings, you should prepare for them and learn how to cope with them in the proper way. If you are going to an outing like this, it is best to get there early. This will give you a chance to interact with a smaller group of people before it gets busy. If you already know someone, or several people at the event, try to use them to meet some new people. You can talk to party goers about basically anything. Talk about weather, the food, the guests or music. The point is to make the most of the opportunity to socialize rather than hiding in a corner somewhere.

After you have finished reading this article, you should implement some of the techniques, especially if you feel anxiety in a crowd. Remember that every technique and strategy can be used in a slightly different way and modified for each person. In the end, you want to be self-assured and not afraid to deal with life, no matter what type of social stress you encounter.

It is no secret that falling behind a mountain of paperwork may cause all kinds of tension. Whenever you are unable to type very well, this can allow it to be even worse. One thing many people make use of to help remedy this type of tension is some kind of speech recognition software. Check your neighborhood computer software seller to find a answer.

To obtain the absolute best dialog recognition software, you will need to acquire Dragon Naturally Speaking 10. To learn precisely why, make sure you visit the incredible Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 web site right this moment.

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Sep

02

The Many Consequences Of Anxiety

Posted By: Douglas Neutrino Xavier on September 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

People are being affected by many emotional and physical problems due to the stress they are under. If you are getting too many illnesses, or you see yourself aging to quickly, researchers have learned that it is most likely the result of too much stress in your life. This article will help you understand the issue better, by looking at some of the usual effects of stress.

Everyone instinctively tries to reduce stress, but our first reaction isn’t always the best one. Eating too much, overindulging with alcohol, drug taking or reaching for a cigarette are all common responses to stress. None of these, of course, are actually effective ways to manage stress. The effects of such actions actually end up causing more stress, which is why they should be avoided. People who drink too much, for example, will eventually experience health problems, lose their job or have difficulties with their family, and this brings about even more stress. So it’s important to question your automatic reaction to stress, as it may not be the one that’s in your best interest.

It may be hard to believe, but stress has actually been linked to skin problems like psoriasis, acne, eczema and hives. Recent research shows that stress can contribute to skin ailments, hair loss and related issues. Skin inflammations can be worsened by hormonal activities, which can be triggered by stress. If you already have a skin problem, stress can make it worse, causing more pimples, rashes or blisters to break out. While you may need various remedies for your skin, in the long run, managing stress in your life may help to improve the health of your skin. There’s also evidence that stress can trigger hair loss and premature graying of the hair. This is especially likely if you’re losing a lot of hair, or its turning gray all of a sudden, though you should also look for possible medical reasons.

All people respond to stress differently, and that is what makes it interesting. Some people will become stimulated by a distressing situation, while others will not be affected at all, where a third person will become completely stressed out. Additionally, one person may feel stressed out for a few minutes and then forget about it, while someone else may carry it around for days. This is a key to understanding how to cope better with stress. Events that cause stress don’t have to change for you to be less stressed out, but your response will need to change. What makes stress such a bad thing, is not that stressful situations happen, but what the reaction people have to them.

The more people become educated about stress, the longer the list of unhealthy conditions that it causes are becoming known. It seems obvious that stress has long-term effects on health, but the seriousness of stress is not agreed upon by all doctors or scientists. Stress and relaxation don’t seem to go together, so why not find ways to relax, rather than stress out. Getting rid of stress will not only give you better health, but also longer life.

Many people understand that performing paperwork may cause a great deal of anxiety. In today’s hectic atmosphere, it’s not hard to get behind. Being not too proficient at typing can make it even more difficult. Why not consider benefiting from speech recognition computer software? Seek advice from your local software shop for additional information.

To acquire the definite best speech recognition software, you will need to obtain Dragon Naturally Speaking 10. To determine why, remember to pay a visit to the incredible Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 web site right this moment.

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Aug

28

What You Ought To Realize About Stress Remedies

Posted By: Douglas Neutrino Xavier on August 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

There are many ways to treat stress, and in some cases stress medications are recommended to alleviate the symptoms. This is not a decision you can reach easily, though, as most stress medications require a prescription so you have to talk to your doctor or therapist first. Let’s explore some of the most important questions surrounding stress medications to help you decide if this might be the right approach for you.

Because of the problems associated with certain stress medications, new ones are always being introduced; Birspirone is an example of a recently developed one. This is considered to be a safer and more gentle alternative to drugs such as Valium and other tranquilizer. Serotonin levels in the brain are known to affect mood and stress levels, and Buspirone causes the brain to produce more of this chemical. It’s also less likely to cause drowsiness or memory loss, which are some of the undesirable side effects of many sedatives and other anti-stress medications. Additionally, it’s less likely to cause addiction in users, another problem common with this type of medication. This isn’t to say that Buspirone is perfect or has no potential side effects at all -some of the listed ones are dizziness, upset stomach and nausea.

Because some stress medications are potentially addictive, you should honestly ask yourself if this could be a problem for you. For various reasons, including genetics, some people are more prone to becoming addicted to medications. Since there are many types of stress medication, not all of them habit forming, it’s important to talk about any such concerns with your doctor ahead of time. If stress medications are only used for a limited amount of time, and in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy, there’s less of a chance of becoming dependent on them. Your doctor can help you decide if stress medication is right for you, but the danger of becoming addicted is something some people must keep in mind.

Finding the right stress medication is something you have to do with your doctor’s help, and both of you should carefully consider your background, the type of stress you’re experiencing and other such factors. Sometimes, for example, stress is accompanied by depression and if this is severe, an antidepressant might be recommended. If your stress is causing any other health problems, like high blood pressure, treating your physical symptoms may be the priority you have to focus on first. You should also keep in mind that stress medication isn’t always the best answer, as there are various natural remedies, relaxation techniques and other ways to deal with stress.

In conclusion, always talk to your doctor before taking any medications whether prescribed or herbal. A common problem that most people have today is stress management, something you should get help for especially if it is becoming unbearable. Never fear as your stress can be handled using many of the treatments that are available.

One particular large reason for stress in today’s culture is an overabundance of paperwork. Regardless of what kind of company you’re in, it is easy to fall behind. This could cause a great deal of anxiety if you cannot type very fast. One option would be to get some speech recognition software. This can help a good deal. Talk with your local software shop for more information.

To acquire the overall best speech recognition computer software, you will need to get Dragon Naturally Speaking 10. To determine the reason why, please visit the awesome Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 web page at this time.

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Aug

11

Simple Solutions That Can Help You Take Care Of Your Everyday Emotional Anxiety

Posted By: Rubidoux Tiberius Xavier on August 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

Psychological stress is by far one of the most challenging mental conditions you can ever have. Feeling overwhelmed by everyday life events, and experiencing physical and emotional pain, are all part of feeling psychologically stressed. What makes it worse is that, if you don’t find a way to cope with your stress, you could wind up doing irreversible harm to your body. Don’t become anxious about handling your stress as there are many ways to deal with this psychological condition. By taking care of it, your physical body and your emotional state will benefit. The following strategies are designed to help you out.

It is essential that you realize that everything that you touch has an impact on your level of stress. If you are seeing that you are more stressed out than normal, then it is time that you look into the causes of this. Are you getting at least eight hours of sleep each night? Is your diet balanced and nutritious? Are you ignoring junk food? Do you exercise enough? Taking a look at these basic things and making adjustments for them could get you right back in the saddle. Daily exercises is very important when you start to feel like stress is going to get you down. Exercise provides a place for your stress to go. You can put all of your emotions into one place and utilize them as a part of your energetic workout. Cardio exercise can be very good for people who have stress. Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are there to raise your mood levels and to help you manage your stress levels. You might be able to relax.

You can even take more steps with this and ask that anyone that wishes to schedule something with you send a email request. By using this strategy you are sure that nothing gets lost and you will not have to worry as much. When you can tell that stress is getting the best of you, exercising on a frequent basis can help. Exercise is the place where you can put your stress. You can put all of your stress into your workout and use it as energy to burn. Cardio helps those who have a lot of pent up anger and stress. Endorphines are given out during the course of your exercise routine. Endorphins help to increase your mood levels and help you deal with your level of stress. You might even start to feel relaxed!

Talking to a counselor that is experienced in the area of psychological stress could be your ticket to feeling better. People that have acute stress levels should definitely see someone on a professional level. Counselors are not an open ear to hear your problems. He or she will work with you to figure out the root cause of that stress as well as how to handle that. Psychiatrists may prescribe some medications that are able to relieve certain forms of tension and stress. Even if you could deal with your stress by visiting a psychiatrist, you may not because of the social issues that are involved once people find out. Never allow social issues like this to affect your decisions. How you feel, and whether or not you get better, is your primary focus, not the way people see you.

If you are sure that your stress levels are much too high, then you must do something that will help to decrease them. Work with a doctor to ensure that you are concentrated and that the strategies that you choose to get rid of your stress are sound and healthy. Remember to be patient. Finding the best treatment might take some time.

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