Mental Health Problems & Solutions

Mental Health status is as similar as the status of physical health. Everybody has to suffer with this problem. We all have to fight with these kinds of problems. Good mental condition means you can think and feel and react in the ways that you need and want to lead your life. But in the poor mental condition, you cannot feel, think and react in a normal and positive way. The negativity surrounds your mental condition. This is very bad as same as the bad health condition. Sometimes, it can be worse than that. In every four people, one person is suffering with this kind of mental problem. There are various ranges of common problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


Some types of mental problems:

There are different kinds of mental problems. Some of the mental problems have similar symptoms. But everyone’s experience is different. All have to go through some different kinds of changing experience.

Anxiety problems:

You may experience some occasional kinds of anxiety. But when it comes to frequently in your life and disturbs your normal lifestyle, then you will have to fix it. If you are suffering from the excessive pressure and tension about daily works and any kinds of situations, then you will have to do something in order to get rid of it. Anxiety is basically a condition of mental state that we feel when we are in a situation filled with worry, tension and pressure. We are afraid of the situation that may happen in future. So, the tension of future can create the state of worry and tension in us. We cannot enjoy our present moment in this way. For this, you may also feel some kinds of physical symptoms such as sleeping problems and panic attacks. In this case, you will be diagnosed with particular anxiety disorder. This may be general anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Prevention:

You should take some steps in order reduce the stress factors and decrease the level of your anxiety. You should go to the doctor in order to get some help as early as possible. Apart from that, you will have to stay active and happy. You will have to lead your life enjoyably. You should avid the use of drug and alcohol. It can cause worst effect on our mental health.

Depression:

Depression is considered as low mood. It can affect your daily lifestyle. For this state of mind, you can feel hopeless, aimless, guilty, worthless and exhausted. This mental condition can affect your sleep, appetite and sexual life and overall your physical health. The primary stage of depression cannot stop your normal flow of life but in some extend cases; it can hamper your normal life status. You will difficulties in order to do all kinds of works. You will not find any motivation and zeal from you in order to do some work. Depression can also enlarge your suicidal tendency. It can be life-threatening as well. You will lose your work energy. You will become an insomniac patient. You will not think properly and accurately. You will feel restless and agitated.

Prevention:

Depression can be treated. You can manage your mental illness and depression as well by following some steps. A depressed person basically needs support. Discussion can reduce the severity of depression. The affected person can also take some psychotherapy. It is also known as cognitive behavioural therapy. In some severe cases, the affected person may take medicine according to the doctor’s prescription. Exercise and other kinds of therapies can also help you to stay fit and healthy.

Phobias:

Phobia is basically the extreme state of fear and anxiety. It can create from a particular situation or object. While a person has some phobia, then they will lead and shape their life by avoiding such situation that can consider dangerous and irritation to them. It can be diagnosed by the doctors. The affected person will experience some kinds of intense distress feeling. It sometimes leads to the panic attacks. It can affect your normal lifestyle. It can also hamper your happiness and enthusiastic moments.

Prevention:

Phobias can be treated with proper medicine and behavioural therapy. You will have to go to the psychologist at first in order to discuss your whole problem. The proper therapy can reduce the fear and anxiety from you. You can enjoy your daily life without any fear. The exposure therapy can help you in this regard. CBT can also help you to get rid of from this situation.

Schizophrenia:

It is one kind of a mental disorder that usually happens in the late adolescence period. People may suffer with hallucination, delusion and other kinds of cognitive difficulties. It commonly strikes at the age of 16 to 30. These patients have to rely upon some other person. They are even unable to take care of themselves at this stage.

Prevention:

Treatment can help you to give relief from this kind of condition. You will definitely need proper medication for this situation. Some people need some sort of counselling in this case. In some cases, the self-help resources can help you. You can overcome from this difficult situation by yourself.

Bipolar disorder:

It is called maniac depression. It can create extreme mood swings. You will feel low in this case. It may vary from one person to another. It can increase the agitation in you. It is difficult to identify the problem. It can affect the children and teens at most.

Prevention:

People with bipolar disorder cannot understand the fact that can hamper their daily lives. It can also disrupt their relationship with their loved ones. So, they need some sort of mental treatment in order to get rid of this. The professional health advisers can control these symptoms and help you to overcome from this situation.

The mental health problems need a range of approaches and some kind of innovative steps. It is a very common human experience. It can happen to many people irrespective of their age and gender. The poor mental condition can disturb your regular life. You should take some effective measures in order to prevent it.

Why Less Melatonin is More

WPeople who suffer from emotional distress and depression, substance abuse, and health problems often suffer from insomnia, or habitual sleeplessness, leaving them feeling helpless and unsure where to turn for relief. People who don’t have any of the previously mentioned problems have trouble sleeping from time to time as well, although maybe not as often. Sometimes our body clocks are simply off, or maybe our environments don’t exactly promote sleep and relaxation; those stressful nights often leave us feeling desperate to get rest. Almost everyone has heard of melatonin, and most of us turn to it when we have trouble falling or staying asleep. But did you know that when taking melatonin, less is more? Taking higher milligrams of melatonin can actually be sabotaging your sleep even further.

Our bodies naturally produce melatonin without us having to take the supplement. Our brains naturally begin producing it an hour or two before bedtime; our natural melatonin levels rise at a steady pace while we sleep and then rapidly fall an hour or two before waking. When we take higher doses of melatonin, it actually speeds up the process of our natural melatonin levels rapidly decreasing. This causes us to wake up sooner and have trouble falling back asleep – why didn’t I know this when I was taking 10mg of melatonin at a time? 

We can actually inadvertently give ourselves more undesirable side effects than just messing up our sleep schedule by taking too much melatonin – headaches, nausea, dizziness, and irritability can occur if the right dose is not ingested. According to Sleep.org, we only need 0.2 – 5mg of melatonin an hour for bedtime – and the dose is smaller for children. Starting with 0.2mg of melatonin and increasing the dosage as needed is recommended. When melatonin receptors in our brains are exposed to high doses of melatonin, our receptors become unresponsive – meaning that within a couple days of taking high doses, we can easily develop an immunity which leads to further sleep complications.

It’s important to educate one another on the proper usage of melatonin, because many people who have taken high doses believe the supplement is a non-effective sleep aid. It’s easy to understand why people think this – especially when melatonin can be purchased in doses that are higher than what’s necessary – but spreading knowledge on the matter could help many people turn their sleeping habits around. 

By taking melatonin appropriately, the supplement can have benefits that surpass sleeping needs. Studies have shown melatonin has extended the lives of cancer patients and may improve memory in elderly people. The dosage needed for extending lives and memory recollection differs from the dosage needed to sleep, which is reflected on the link provided.

So what’s the most effective form of melatonin?

Melatonin is offered in multiple forms. You can purchase pills, chewable and dissolvable tablets, liquid, or topical sprays and creams. The most effective form of melatonin depends on the user’s needs. Chewable and dissolvable tablets are going to take more of an immediate effect, while regular pills, liquid melatonin, and topical creams and sprays are going to take 30 minutes to an hour to take effect. All forms are effective and can be chosen depending on whether you want to sleep quickly or if you want to take time to wind down before going to sleep.

If you’re interested in learning the science behind controlling your natural melatonin, it’s actually pretty effortless and easily attainable. In simple terms, to promote a healthy sleep schedule, get some sunlight during the day and limit your exposure to light in the evening. I recommend this because darkness promotes melatonin production while light suppresses it. The light needs to be genuine sunlight and not artificial.

Science Behind the Keto Diet

SYou’ve probably heard of the keto diet by now. It’s one of the most popular weight loss diets that social media and the news have been raving over for the last year or two, and for good reason. I initially didn’t take any interest in the keto diet, because I’ve been naive and fallen for way too many fads in the past to give the keto diet a second thought. 

However, as time went on I noticed talk about the keto diet didn’t die down – which made me wonder if I was wrong for assuming it was a waste of time. So, I gave keto a chance, did some research, and now I’m happy to educate others on a bandwagon I wish I’d hopped on sooner.

The keto – or ketogenic – diet, is defined as “a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that is used in medicine primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.”

By learning the definition of the keto diet, I knew it was not a fad. If it were a fad, medical professionals would not use it to treat epilepsy in children. Even more, if it’s safe enough for children, that’s confirmation that it’s not an unhealthy yo-yo diet jam-packed with meal plans that set people up for failure. According to Healthline, the keto diet might even fight against diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s in addition to epilepsy and weight loss. A study by PubMed even found that people on the keto diet lost 2.2 times more weight than people who were on calorie-restricted, low-fat diets – not to mention their triglyceride and HDL levels improved.

But how does it promote weight loss and fight against diseases?

The short answer is ketosis. As mentioned in the definition, the keto diet dramatically reduces carb intake and replaces it with fat intake. The carb reduction puts your body in ketosis, a metabolic state that makes your body produce ketone bodies out of fat and then uses those for energy rather than carbs. In other words, while in ketosis your body burns fat for energy, and the turning of fat to ketones in your liver supplies energy for your brain. The increase of ketones and protein in the body has been proven to help massively reduce blood sugar and insulin levels and slows tumor growth.

Since many individuals have to consume less than 50 grams of carbs each day to enter ketosis, many foods have to be removed from your diet, like grains, candy, soda, fruit, legumes, and potatoes – that’s a big sacrifice, but one that reaps many benefits. Meat, cheese, low-carb vegetables, avocados, eggs, olive and coconut oil, nuts and seeds, berries, butter, unsweet coffee and tea, and dark chocolate are the most ideal foods for the keto diet, and many delicious foods fall within those categories. For me, cutting out pasta is the hardest.

Using a Ketonix meter seems to be the most effective way to confirm whether or not your body is in ketosis. Your body produces acetone when it’s in ketosis, and the Ketonix meter tests acetone levels in your breath. This has proven more effective than testing blood or urine for confirmation of ketosis.

It is important for everyone to be aware of the “keto flu”, a series of symptoms that many experience during the first week or so of beginning the keto diet. This is not of course a real flu, but it mimics the flu as evidenced by nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, headache, irritability, weakness, muscle cramps, and dizziness among other things. There are measures you can take to make symptoms minimal, but some people are fortunate to not experience the keto flu at all. The keto diet might not be safe for pregnant/breastfeeding women or those with kidney disease, liver disease, or pancreatic conditions. You should always consult a medical professional when thinking about making drastic changes to your diet.