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Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Depression

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7 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Depression

Depression is more common than you might think. A major depressive disorder is a leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15-44. More than 15 million American adults are affected by depression each year. It can cause very severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle life on a daily basis.

Depression is a very real, very scary and debilitating disorder, and it should never be taken lightly. If you know someone who is suffering from depression, it’s extremely important that you don’t make ignorant suggestions or sarcastic remarks. The fact is, they are in pain. You might think you’re helping them by telling them to “snap out of it,” but all you’re doing is adding to their pain.

Here are seven things you should never say to someone who is suffering from depression:

1.Grow Up

Depression can happen to anyone, at any age. This comment expresses a true lack of compassion. Saying this shows that you aren’t taking their illness seriously, and you also don’t understand what’s going on.

2. Maybe You Should Trying Learning From Your Mistakes

Saying this to someone who is depressed is the equivalent to kicking them when they’re down. This gives them more insecurities and more reasons to be upset. This adds to the sense of hopelessness and failure that they’re already struggling with.

3.No One Ever Said Life Was Fair

When someone is battling depression, they have very little energy to see clearly. Their sadness is so overwhelming and paralyzing that they are unable to see the positive things in life. Saying this to someone with depression will hurt them even more.

4. Suck It Up, Life Is Hard For Everyone

Depression is not a sign of weakness. This statement isn’t just insensitive, it’s an expression of extreme lack of compassion for your friend or family member who is struggling.

5. It’s All In Your Head

This statement is clearly insensitive to someone who is battling depression. Saying “it’s all in your head” degrades them and lets them know that you think they’re making the whole thing up.

6.Snap Out Of It

Telling someone with depression to “snap out of it” is a clear sign that you’re dismissing the mental disorder. You’re denying there is any real problem and suggesting they are simply feeling sorry for themselves. This can end up making your friend or family member withdraw from you, even more than they already have.

7. I Thought You Were Stronger Than This

A person who says this to a friend or family member battling depression is probably struggling with their own emotional issues. This is a bullying phrase – you’re telling that person their illness is weak, in order to make yourself feel better.

Happy Foods’ to Help You Fight Depression! Very Important!

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10 ‘Happy Foods’ to Help You Fight Depression! Very Important!

Sadness is normally a part of life. Ups and downs are inevitable and some people do have it worse. Be it a failing grade at school, a fight with your best friend, a misunderstanding between your sibling or parents or breaking up with your significant other, these will definitely lead to sadness.

Depression is always confused by some as nothing but sadness. Some people claim they are depressed although they are not. People with depression are experiencing sadness in a different way. The sadness stays for far too long and is affecting their daily lives. They lose their will to eat, go out, socialize, work and many more. Depression, sadly, is highly associated with suicide.

But for those who experience it, it doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Some are still fighting and is ready to take a step against depression. And here are 10 of the few that you can consume while going into battle.

1: Green Tea

Consumption of tea, specifically green tea, has long been proven to help fight against depression. Studies that have started as far as 7 years ago, claimed that green tea, and its component Theanine, is great in helping improvement towards psychiatric conditions.

2: Almonds

Almonds are significantly a great helper against depression because of its component Magnesium. Magnesium influences the production of Serotonin, the feel-good hormone or the hormone responsible for our happiness. People with depression have significantly low levels of serotonin in their brains that causes them to be highly inactive and not engage in any activities.

3: Salmon

A cold water fish such as salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids. This is associated with keeping the brain at peak condition by reducing inflammation. In recent studies, people with depression have a very low intake of omega-3 fatty acids which causes them to be more prone to some illnesses.

4: Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids help reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue and anxiety which are also associated with depression. Consumption of dark chocolate is related to serotonin levels.

5: Eggs

The staple breakfast food is lesser known for its effects in the brain. Eggs are rich in zinc, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Zinc is important in maintaining good mental health by boosting neurotransmitter production and function. Vitamin D in the other hand is related to mental illnesses when consumed in low levels. Vitamin B12 helps the nervous system in performing its function.

6: Bananas

Bananas are rich in tryptophan. Tryptophan is a substance that influences the production of hormones that can affect the mood. Aside from that, bananas are also rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine helps in the production of norepinephrine and serotonin. This two help in the treatment of depression by reducing the symptoms.

7: Avocados

Avocados are incredibly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. Because of this, it one of the most excellent food to help overcome depression. A diet low in potassium can contribute to mood swings and confusion.

8: Blueberries

In a recent study, blueberries fed to rats shown a great result that it can be very helpful against depression. It is naturally rich in antioxidants and other minerals such as selenium.

9: Spinach

The use of dark, leafy green vegetables to fight depression is a must. Eating spinach during your meals can help improve your brain function and cognitive health. It is rich in folic acid, magnesium, and zinc which together help stabilize and build stronger mental health by fighting against mood swings and facilitating brain activities.

10: Asparagus

Asparagus, besides being your childhood veggie, is high in folic acid, B vitamins and tryptophan. The three substances found in asparagus help in overall mental health. Improving cognitive function, stimulating neurons and increasing the production of dopamine (a hormone in an incredibly low level for those who suffer depression).

How to Effectively Rid Your Home of Mold: Testing and Remediation

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How to Effectively Rid Your Home of Mold: Testing and Remediation

There are no federal or state laws dictating or directing the proper cleanup of mold or even how much exposure is safe. However, a few states have recently started to address the issue by making information about mold dangers, symptoms, and proper clean up available to the public via pamphlets and websites.

When it comes to testing for mold most experts say it’s simply not worth the expense. Not only are mold tests in their infancy and unreliable, but there are also so many types of mold that a test could show the home is mold-free when indeed mold is present.

These experts recommend that homeowners skip these costly tests and proceed immediately to clean up if they’ve found or strongly suspect mold. The type of mold found does not dictate how remedial clean up is done.

New York City’s Department of Health was the first government agency to devise a cleanup plan for mold. The United States EPA has made available a remediation plan for schools and commercial buildings and guidelines for homeowners too. The guidelines are very general and provide very little about hidden molds but rather recommend the homeowner contact a professional. The EPA site explains how to find someone to hire for this type of service.

General Guidelines for Cleaning Up Mold in the Home:

  1. Be sure to completely clean up and dry water from any leaks or floods within 24 – 48 hours.
  2. Scrub mold off surfaces with a natural tea tree oil-containing detergent and water. Apple cider vinegar is also good to use to kill mold.
  3. Discard any item that is porous or ones that you cannot completely remove the mold.
  4. Do not paint or caulk over moldy surfaces.
  5. Contact a professional mold removal company if needed.

What to Wear When Cleaning Up Mold:

  1. You don’t want to breathe in a mold so it’s essential you wear an N-95 respirator available online or at some hardware stores.
  2. Wear gloves to cover all exposed skin on hands and arms
  3. Wear goggles to protect eyes.

Mold is a serious health problem for some people, in some homes or offices. Despite the fact that this public health problem is just coming to the mainstream’s notice doesn’t mean it hasn’t existed for years – actually thousands of years.

Did you know that in the Old Testament, specifically Leviticus 13 and 14, God tells his people that if they have mold in their homes they should burn them to the ground?

In Leviticus 14:45 God says, “A house desecrated by mildew, mold, or fungus would be a defiled place to live in so drastic measures had to be taken. “

That’s not the only time mold and the serious health implications it carries is mentioned in Leviticus. Check it out for yourself and see.

When it comes to health problems and mold it’s sometimes difficult to know for certain. The most you can do is make your best-educated guess and then take action. If mold is the cause of your health issues you’ll be rewarded for taking action sooner than later.

Depression: New Research Shows That Genetics Are Not Destiny

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Depression: New Research Shows That Genetics Are Not Destiny

A new study from Northwestern University reports that genetics do not create a predetermined destiny when it comes to knowing whether someone will, or will not, experience depression in his or her lifetime. This is good news and bad news.

 

On the bright side, the researchers found that immersing rats, who had been bred for depression-like behavior for 33 generations, into engaging and playful environments brought them out of extreme despair. The changes were so dramatic that some of their blood biomarkers for depression changed to non-depressed levels.

 

On the flip side, when a control group of genetically “non-depressed” rats was exposed to prolonged, intense environmental stress, it caused their blood biomarkers for depression to convert to levels seen in the genetically depressed rats. Based on these findings, the researchers believe that genes and environment cause depression by different molecular pathways and that nurture can override nature in depression.

 

The March 2016 study, “Nature and Nurture: Environmental Influences on a Genetic Rat Model of Depression,” was published today in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Although this is an animal study, the genetic rat model of depression is biologically similar to human depression.

 

In a statement, Eva Redei, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and lead investigator of the study said,

 

“The environment can modify a genetic predisposition to depression. If someone has a strong history of depression in her family and is afraid she or her future children will develop depression, our study is reassuring. It suggests that even with a high predisposition for depression, psychotherapy or behavioral activation therapy can alleviate it.”

 

The study also found genetic influences and environmental influences on depression likely work through different molecular pathways. Rats bred for depression, and rats that were depressed due to their environment showed changes in the levels of entirely different blood markers for depression. Being able to differentiate between the two types of depression could eventually lead to more precise psychotherapy treatments and antidepressant medications.

 

There Will Be Sunbeams In Your Soul Again

Over the years, I’ve written candidly about my own battles with depression. I’ve had two major depressive episodes in my lifetime. When I look at this research through the lens of my own life experience and pretend that I was a guinea pig in this experiment, I can anecdotally corroborate the findings of this study.

 

I’ve always believed that I have a genetic predisposition for depression, but with hindsight, it’s clear that my environment played a huge role in plunging me into a clinical depression—which I describe as “blackness within blackness.” Later, a change in the environment brought me out of depression by beaming sunbeams into my soul.

 

As an example, I was a very happy teenager until my parents’ marriage started to fall apart. I was sent off to a stuffy boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut with a dean who made me feel “less than” in many ways. I felt so alone, bullied, trapped, and like a black sheep at boarding school that I plummeted into a deep depression that almost caused me to self-destruct.

 

Luckily, after high school, I went off to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts which fosters a “free to be… you and me” culture. By the end of my first semester of college, I was the happiest I’d ever been in my life. I agree with Redei’s assessment, “You don’t have people who are completely genetically predisposed to depression the way the rats were. If you can modify depression in these rats, you most certainly should be able to do it in humans.”

 

It’s encouraging to know that your disposition for depression isn’t set in stone. However, it’s also important for parents, educators, and policymakers to understand the life-changing impact the environment can have on someone’s mental health.

 

For example, in a Psychology Today blog post, “Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters,” I wrote about the potential backlash of not providing public schools with the funding needed to create safe, clean, enriched learning environments for our children. The new research from Northwestern shows that even children who are hardwired to be resilient and optimistic can be beaten down and rewired for depression.

 

Environmental Stress Can Make Genetically Non-Depressed People Depressed

In the Northwestern study, Redei and colleagues were curious to see if they could alter the rats’ genetically caused depression by changing their environment. To accomplish this, they took depressed rats and put them in large cages with lots of toys to chew on and places for them to hide and climb. They describe the environment as “sort of a Disneyland for rats.” The rats were kept in this utopian playground for one month. “We called it to rat psychotherapy,” Redei said, “because the enrichment allows them to engage with the environment and each other more.”

 

After a month in the playground, the researchers found that the rats’ depressive behavior was dramatically reduced. To prove this, the rats were placed in a tank of water that is used as a way to measure for depression.

 

Typically, non-depressed control rats will swim around curiously while they’re actively looking for a way to escape. On the other hand, depressed rats tend to be complacent and apathetic. They simply float in the water, making no effort to find a way out. The good news is that after just a month in the playground, the genetically depressed rats energetically paddled around the tank, eagerly looking for an exit.

 

Conversely, the Northwestern scientists wanted to see if environmental stress could trigger depression in rats who had been bred to be the ‘non-depressed’ control group of the experiment. The control rats were subjected to a psychologically stressful situation, which involved being restrained for two hours a day for two weeks.

 

After two weeks of prolonged stress, the control rats also displayed depressive behavior and inertia when placed in the water tank. They, too, passively floated in the water, showing the same behavior as the genetically depressed rats, and didn’t try to escape. The prolonged environmental stress caused some of the blood biomarkers for depression to change from non-depressed levels to levels seen in genetically depressed rats.

 

Conclusion: Your Genes Don’t Determine Your Depressive Destiny

Although the exact causes and effective interventions for depression remain enigmatic, these new findings offer valuable clues for creating better ways to diagnose and treat depression.

 

This research should serve as a reminder that nobody is immune from getting depressed. If you are suffering from depression, reach out and ask for help. And, if you’re in a position to change your environment, this research shows that doing so could create a chain reaction and upward spiral that could alter your biomarkers for depression.

 

The next step for the Northwestern researchers is to find out if the biomarkers actually cause behavioral changes in response to the environment. Redei concluded, “If so, then perhaps we can find novel drugs to change the level of biomarkers in depressed rats to those of the non-depressed controls and, thus, discover new antidepressant medications.”

Have Depression or Anxiety? Get Your Thyroid Checked

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Have Depression or Anxiety? Get Your Thyroid Checked

Six weeks ago I woke up tired and depressed as I have so often in the last year. All I wanted to do is go back to bed. The negative intrusive thoughts began before my feet touched the floor. You are so lazy, I thought to myself. You could never hold a REAL job. You can barely string together three sentences.

All I had to do that day was to crank out one quality blog before getting the kids from school, but every few paragraphs I needed to lie down. Since I hadn’t been sleeping well for months and was used to feeling fatigued, I assumed my exhaustion and concentration problems were merely symptoms of my chronic depression. But there was actually something more going on than depression.

“Your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone,” a new doctor told me over the phone that day. “That’s the first thing we have to work on because low thyroid levels can affect a lot of things and make you feel very tired and depressed.” As a physician who practices “functional medicine,” a science that engages the entire body to address the underlying causes of disease, she took a dozen vials of blood from me the week before as part of a comprehensive consultation.

 

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that produces hormones that control how your body uses energy and a lot of other things, like body temperature and weight. When your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism), your symptoms might include:

Fatigue

Weight gain

Constipation

Fuzzy thinking

Low blood pressure

Bloating

Depression

Slow reflexes

When your thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism), symptoms include:

Anxiety

Insomnia

Weight loss

Diarrhea

High heart rate

High blood pressure

The interesting thing is that I’ve had my thyroid levels checked for eight years now, ever since an endocrinologist spotted a tumor in my pituitary gland. However, not until a comprehensive lab test was done did a doctor suggest treatment for low levels of both T3 and T4 hormones.

According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12 percent of the American population will develop a thyroid condition. Today an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease; however, 60 percent are unaware of their condition.

Many of those people will visit their primary care physician or a psychiatrist and report symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and fuzzy thinking. They might receive a diagnosis of major depression, general anxiety, or bipolar disorder, and leave the doctor’s office with prescriptions for antidepressants, mood stabilizers, sedatives, or all three.

The drugs might abate some of the symptoms, but the underlying illness will remain untreated.

Dana Trentini, the mother of two, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism the year following the birth of her first son in 2006. She was overwhelmed with fatigue. Her pregnancy weight was impossible to lose. Her hair began to fall out. And kidney stones landed her in the emergency room. She was treated by a leading endocrinologist and became pregnant again; however, her thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) reached levels far above the recommended reference range for pregnancy and she miscarried.

In October of 2012, she launched her blog, “Hypothyroid Mom,” to help educate others about thyroid disease. “The mission of Hypothyroid Mom is clear – to drive awareness,” she writes on her blog. “The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people, mostly women, with thyroid dysfunction worldwide, yet over half are unaware of their condition.”

Everyday Health featured Hypothyroid Mom in January 2014 for Thyroid Awareness Month: “How Mom’s Thyroid Problems Can Hurt Baby.” It is Dana’s life mission to bring about universal thyroid screening in pregnancy. “I will save babies in memory of my lost child,” she writes.

A friend led me to her fascinating post, “Mental Disorder or Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism?” In this post, she features a letter from one of her readers who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and pumped full of meds, ready to undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The woman, Jana, writes: “Finally after four years of bipolar medications to the max, a close family member was diagnosed with hypothyroidism so my doctor tested me too. I have a family history of thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.”

And then Jana says something that makes me think all persons taking antidepressants and mood stabilizers should have their thyroid checked: “Every single time I attend a bipolar support group, I ask everyone if they are hypothyroid and every time half the people raise their hand and the other half have no clue what it is and they don’t know if they have been tested.”

Dana then highlights a few studies linking bipolar disorder, depression, and thyroid disease. As she mentions, the use of lithium to treat bipolar disorder complicates matters, because the medication can itself cause thyroid problems. However, plenty of research points to the connection between bipolar disorder and thyroid disease even in those who aren’t medicated with lithium, as well as the connection between different kinds of mood disorders and hypothyroidism. Dana mentions these:

A 2002 study entitled “High Rate of Autoimmune Thyroiditis in Bipolar Disorder: Lack of Association with Lithium Exposure” found that Hashimoto’s thyroid antibodies were highly prevalent in a sample of outpatients with bipolar disorder as compared to a control group.

An interesting study of bipolar twins versus healthy control twins showed that autoimmune thyroiditis is related not only to the bipolar disorder itself but also to the genetic vulnerability to develop the disorder.

 

A 2004 study found a link between thyroid autoimmunity, specifically the presence of thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO Ab+), with anxiety and mood disorders in the community.

 

A 2005 study found that subjects with Hashimoto’s disease displayed high frequencies of lifetime Depressive Episodes, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Social Phobia, and Primary Sleep Disorders.

 

For some people, thyroid treatment is straightforward and brings fast relief of symptoms. Mine has been more complicated because I take lithium for my bipolar disorder and I have a pituitary tumor.  I’m extremely sensitive to medications that stimulate thyroid production: What should be a therapeutic dose for me causes insomnia. I am hopeful, however, that I will eventually find a solution.

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or both, please get your thyroid checked. Read Dana’s post, “Top 5 Reasons Doctors Fail to Diagnose Hypothyroidism.”

An underactive thyroid can make you feel depressed, fatigued, and fuzzy brained. An overactive thyroid can cause anxiety and insomnia. If you fluctuate between the two, you will have similar symptoms to those of bipolar disorder. Thyroid disease may very well be at the root of your problem.

Types of Depression

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depression is a not unusual however critical mood Disorder/sickness. It causes extreme signs that have an effect on how you experience, thinks, and hoe you take care of day by day activities, such as sleeping, eating, or running daily work. To be identified with depression, the signs and symptoms should be present for as a minimum of 2 week.

it is ordinary to feel down from time to time, but if you’re unhappy most of the time and it affects your everyday existence, you may have medical depression. it’s a circumstance you could treat with medical treatment, speaking to a therapist, and adjustments in your way of life.

there are numerous types/sorts of depression. activities in your life cause some, and chemical changes in your brain cause others.

  1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

You may hear doctors call it Major Depression, When people use the term clinical depression they are also referring Major Depressive Disorder.

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Some other symptoms you might have are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of interest in activities normally enjoyed
  • Changes in weight
  • Changes in sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death and suicide.
  1. Persistent Depressive Disorder.

Also known as Dysthymia, it is a type of chronic depression that is present more than or for at least two years. And in this case It can be mild, moderate, or severe.

  1. Bipolar Disorder.

It is a mood disorder that is defined by periods of abnormally elevated mood known as mania. This mood episodes that range from extremes of high energy with an “up” mood to low “depressive” periods. The vast majority of those with bipolar illness also have episodes of major depression.

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people with bipolar depression often have different physical and emotional symptoms, which may include:

Fatigue, insomnia, and lethargy

Unexplained aches, pains, and psychomotor agitation

Hopelessness and loss of self-esteem

Irritability and anxiety

Indecision and disorganization.

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  1. Postpartum Depression.

being pregnant can result in good sized hormonal shifts that can frequently affect a lady’s moods. Depression may have its onset in the course of pregnancy or following the child Birth.  Postpartum depression is greater than “child blues.”

  1. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

Women with PMDD have despair and different symptoms at the start of their period. Among the most common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are irritability, fatigue, anxiety, moodiness, bloating, improved appetite, food cravings, aches, and breast tenderness.

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  1. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a length of major depression that most usually takes place at some point of the winter months when the days develop short and also you get less and less daylight. It usually goes away in the spring and summer time.

when you are unhappy, antidepressants can assist. So can mild therapy. you will need to sit in the front of a special brilliant mild container for approximately 15-30 minutes every day.

Are Antibiotics Making You Anxious Or Depressed?

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Antibiotics Making You Anxious Or Depressed?

An antibiotic is a type of antimicrobial substance active against bacteria and is the most important type of antibacterial agent for fighting bacterial infections.

Antibiotics are designed to heal the body and fight off infections that are pulling you down. Ironically, these strong medicines come with their share of side effects, including some that can leave you feeling dizzy, anxious, depressed, or even suicidal. While it may come as a surprise to many, anyone who has experienced anxiety and weakness while on a course of antibiotic resistance will probably relate to this. So is it possible that antibiotics are making you more anxious or depressed?

1.      How Antibiotics Disturb Gut Health And Impact Mood

Research on the connection between gut microbes and the nervous system has been gathering ground, and now it seems like there may be a connection to your mood regulation as well. With neural development and function in the brain and the nervous system being linked to the delicate balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut, there is every possibility that your antibiotic use is also altering your mood.

When you consume antibiotics–antibiotic resistance, the composition of microbiata in your gut changes. One study on the long-term and short-term effects of metronidazole and clarithromycin found a decline in bacterial diversity.Decline in bacterial diversity and disruption of gut flora opens you up to problems with mood regulation such as depression and anxiety.

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2.      Psychiatric Effects Of Antibiotics – antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics can cause symptoms of anxiety like gastrointestinal issues and even dizziness. Some medicines may cause depression and suicidal thoughts as well, as mentioned on their labels as possible side effects.

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics especially known for psychiatric symptoms like anxiety. However, there may be others that can cause anxiety or depression in your particular case, as a side effect you experience even if it isn’t typical of the wider population.

Ciprofloxacin and gentamicin in particular are some of the drugs that have been found to cause this problem. One animal study investigated the anxiogenic effect of fluoroquinolones norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin and concluded that rats treated with the antibiotics showed anxious behavior.A separate study found broad spectrum oral fluoroquinolone Prulifloxacin, used as an antibacterial agent, also caused anxiety-like effects in certain tests on mice.

It is worth noting that antibiotics have some side effects which can be easily confused with anxiety or even depression. For instance, they could make you feel tired and low on energy – something that is likely to be elevated also because of the underlying illness from which you are recovering. This is not actually real anxiety or depression, though telling them apart can be tough.

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3.      What Happens If You Are Already Prone to Anxiety and Depression?

Read the fine print. Some antibiotics come with warnings that side effects may include dizziness, depression, and thoughts about dying or killing yourself! If you have already been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, depression, or any mental illness which could be worsened with these side effects, you should probably look for alternatives and be upfront with your doctor about these pre-existing conditions.

Those with a leaky gut problem should also be cautious about antibiotic use. According to an article in the Scientific American,a leaky gut may cause bacteria to be displaced, resulting in inflammation and fatigue, a worse mood, and depression. If you already have this problem, taking antibiotics which disrupts gut flora further will add to your depression.

4.      Is This Common?

Extreme anxiety problems and depression due to antibiotics use is not widespread, which is why most people are able to complete their course of antibiotics without having to discontinue or switch to an alternative treatment.7 If you experience severe anxiety or depression, it is likely to be due to an underlying tendency or early stages of those mental illnesses rather than the antibiotic resistance themselves.

That said, you are likely to see first-hand accounts online from people who have experienced anxiety symptoms with a range of antibiotics including Tequin, Levaquin, and Prednisone, to name a few. Prednisone itself is known to result in mood swings, insomnia, and depression.The key is to be aware of your own body and mind and consult with your doctor for any possible problems or side effects you experience.

5.      Does This Anxiety Go Away?

If you are reacting to a particular antibiotic, the anxiety-like symptoms and anxiety itself should ease as your body gets used to the medication. Also, most antibiotic-linked anxiety tends to go away once you finish your course of medication and the last traces of the antibiotic leave your body.

However, if you are already seeing signs of depression or anxiety, these will probably not vanish overnight when you stop taking the antibiotics. Check for common symptoms of anxiety and depression to see if you are suffering from one of these conditions. This will help determine if your anxiety is likely to pass after you stop the antibiotic. If you are clinically depressed or have an anxiety disorder, explore appropriate treatment.

6.      Protect Yourself

The best way to protect yourself from antibiotic-associated anxiety is to speak to your doctor. Ask about side effects, focusing specifically on anxiety. Check back with the doctor if you experience some concerns or find your anxiety issues getting worse once you’ve started the course of treatment. They will be able to suggest a suitable alternative if your problems are severe or are interfering with your daily life.

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Probiotics may help restore the balance in your gut, mitigating some of the symptoms associated with intestinal disturbance or digestive problems. Probiotics have also been explored as an adjuvant therapy for helping ease symptoms in major depressive disorder. You can increase the intake of probiotic foods like yogurt and fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, and pickles when on antibiotics to help mitigate some of the anxiety- and depression-related side effects of a drug.   (antibiotic resistance)

Best Way Ever To Comfort Wife Who Is Battling Depression

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Battling Depression

This story will be the feel-good story you were looking for to kick off the weekend.Husband

An Imgur user named Molly felt that her life was falling apart. She was busy, dealing with issues from the past and had a lot going on in her life. As she wrote on Imgur:

1.      “Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn’t afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda.”

She has been battling depression. She is not the only one, as it is estimated 12 million other women in America alone are also suffering from depression. As a result, she has not been proud of the way she has treated her newly wedded husband.

2.      “I’ve not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact, sometimes I’ve lost all hope and even taken my anger out on my husband.”

After she had come back from a trip to San Francisco, mentally exhausted, she saw an incredibly sweet message waiting for her. Her husband wrote it; Tim titled “Reasons I Love My Wife.”

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Here is the list:

  1. She is my best friend.
    2. She never quits on herself or me.
    3. She gives me time to work on my crazy projects.
    4. She makes me laugh, every day.
    5. She is gorgeous.
    6. She accepts the crazy person I am.
    7. She’s the kindest person I know.
    8. She’s got a beautiful singing voice.
    9. She’s gone to a strip club with me.
    10. She has experienced severe tragedy yet is the most optimistic person about humanity I know.
    11. She has been fully supportive about my career choices and followed me each time.
    12. Without realizing it, she makes me want to do more for her than I have ever wanted to do for anyone.
    13. She’s done an amazing job at advancing her career path.
    14. Small animals make her cry.
    15. She snorts when she laughs.

She goes on to sum her feelings up:

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3.      “I think he wanted me to remember how much he loves me. Because he knows how quickly I forget. He knows I struggle to see the good in the world, and especially the good in myself. But here it is. A testament and gesture of his love. Damn, I needed it today…”

She also sent a message to everyone out there struggling with mental illness:

“I’m not saying mental illness is cured by nice words on a mirror. In fact, it takes professional care, love, empathy, sometimes even medication just to cope. Many people struggle with mental illness – more than we probably even realize. And instead of showing them hate or anger when they act out. Show them kindness and remind them things can and WILL get better. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If that person can’t be you – see if you have any resources for therapy.”

8 Silent Killers That Are Linked To Chronic Fatigue!

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It is obvious we all feel tired from time to time. We often just chalk it up to stress, a late night or a rough week at work.

And although those things can be blamed for isolated incidents of fatigue, chronic and unexplained tiredness there is a more likely they are caused by a known medical condition.

Here are 8 such ailments. — (Silent Killers conditions)

1.      Hypothyroidism

Thyroid – your thyroid is located on the front of your neck – it creates hormones that control the way your body utilizes energy. When your thyroid is not able to create enough hormones, then you feel weak and tired.

Untreated hypothyroidism is a serious condition; in many cases, it causes sudden cardiac death. This is because of the illness’ has a tendency to increase bad cholesterol levels in the body.

It is estimated about 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from hypothyroidism. Half of them are undiagnosed. So my question is could you be one of them?

Also Read: 5 HIDDEN DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH DRINKING ALCOHOL REGULARLY

2.      Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is very common and can happen at any age may it be in children or adult. The problem associated with iron deficiency is that it causes your body to lose red blood cells faster than it can make – a condition also known as anemia.

Red blood cells are very essential in our bodies as they carry oxygen throughout your body and hence giving the energy of your organs to function properly.

When left untreated, as it often is, iron deficiency poses a major risk for heart failure. It’s estimated that iron deficiency causes 154,000 deaths around the world annually. This condition mostly affects women of bearing age as they experience monthly period.

3.      Diabetes

High blood sugar levels is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. This results in feelings of depression, a lack of energy and difficulty carrying out tasks that were once easy.

9.3% of the American population has diabetes, and 27.8% of that number are undiagnosed.

Type 1 diabetes can reduce life expectancy by an average of 20 years, largely due to undiagnosed or untreated cases, which can result in sudden cardiac arrest or stroke.

4.      Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes fatigue due to the disturbing nature of its other symptoms, which can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Painful trigger points
  • Restless leg syndrome

Doctors believe that as many as 75% of those with fibromyalgia are undiagnosed.

That high count is partially due to the fact that some men mistakenly think their symptoms cannot be indicative of fibromyalgia. In reality, symptoms can appear in men, women, and children.

Untreated, fibromyalgia significantly increases suicide and accidental death risk.

5.      Multiple Sclerosis

Fatigue occurs in 80% of multiple sclerosis patients, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Doctors suspect that MS causes fatigue because of nocturnal muscle spasms and bladder dysfunction that can make getting a refreshing night’s sleep impossible.

More than 400,000 people have MS in the U.S. Some experts believe there are just as many undiagnosed people with the condition.

6.      Depression

Depression is an incredibly common disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health says it affects 40 million adults in the U.S. alone.

Despite being incredibly treatable, only one-third of people suffering from it seek treatment.

Those not getting proper treatment are exposed to chronic fatigue thanks to the condition’s frequent headaches and chronic pain.

Also Read: This is What Depression Does to Your Body

7.      Glandular Fever

Glandular fever is an infection that typically passes within 2-3 weeks. But the fatigue that occurs, as a result, can last as long as 6 months after the original infection has passed.

Glandular fever is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • A skin rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen spleen
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Jaundice

There are more than 3 million cases of glandular fever each year. The bacteria that causes it is passed through kissing, exposure to coughs and sharing of cutlery.

Glandular fever results in life-threatening complications in 1 out of every 1,000 cases.

8.      Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleeping disorders in the United States. It seriously disrupts REM sleep and can leave you feeling fatigued and drowsy during the day.
If you have a partner, ask your partner to keep an eye out for the following symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Excessive snoring
  • Long pauses in breaths while sleeping

Those who are overweight are at a higher risk of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea greatly increases one’s risk of dying due to sudden drops in blood-oxygen levels. It also increases the risk of liver problems and complications during surgery.(Silent Killers)

 

5 Hidden Dangers Associated With Drinking Alcohol Regularly

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In America, the alcoholic beverage industry is responsible for more than $400 billion in economic activity every single year. That’s a lot of cash!    (Hidden Dangers Associated)

Of course, it’s hardly surprising considering just how widely consumed alcohol is; 63% of Americans drink liquor, wine or beer regularly.

That last statistic has many health experts concerned. You see, regular alcohol consumption impacts the human body in some remarkably bad ways.

5 Negative Effects Of Alcohol On The Human Body — (Hidden Dangers Associated)

  1. #1 – Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is a ‘strong scientific consensus’ regarding the link between regular alcohol consumption and several types of cancer in areas such as the:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Esophagus
  • Liver
  • Breast
  • Colon

Half a million people die annually from these and other alcohol-related cancers.

Alcohol causes cancer in a number of ways. For one, your body quickly converts the ethanol in alcohol to acetaldehyde – a carcinogen that damages both DNA and proteins.

Alcohol also stops your body from properly absorbing several nutrients that are crucial to fighting cancer, including vitamins A, B, C and D as well as carotenoids.

  1. #2 – Osteoporosis

Research has shown that drinking as little as 2 ounces of alcohol per day negatively impacts your pancreas, the organ responsible for absorbing calcium.

And what happens when your body doesn’t get the calcium it needs? Your bones grow weaker and your risk of osteoporosis goes up.

Regular booze consumption also increases your body’s production of cortisol and parathyroid – two hormones that damage your bones, making you more likely to suffer frequent fractures.

  1. #3 – Depression

While booze might make you feel alive in the moment, its overall effect is that of a depressant. Drinking even small amounts regularly can rewire your brain and lower its serotonin levels.

This is particularly dangerous for people with existing depression; such individuals are twice as likely to begin drinking, making their symptoms worse.

  1. #4 – Dehydration

This negative health effect kicks in the moment you start drinking.

Alcohol causes dehydration by decreasing your production of anti-diuretic hormone. Your body uses this hormone to absorb water after urination; in its absence, your body loses water faster than it can be replaced.

Dehydration causes abnormal blood pressure, rapid heart rate, fever, sleepiness, constipation, dizziness and headache.

  1. #5 – Liver Damage

Drinking regularly – even at quantities that do not produce intoxication – significantly increases your risk of liver damage.

Alcohol stresses the liver, which is responsible for removing harmful substances from your blood. This results in damage, and even death, of liver cells.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis are all liver-related conditions caused by drinking heavily.

How Much Booze Is Safe?

So here’s the thing. Experts say there really is no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption. No matter how little you drink, if you drink regularly enough you will damage your body.

That said, particularly risky drinking is classified as more than 5-6 pints of beer, or 6-7 glasses of wine weekly – for both men and women.

So what’s the take-home from all of this?

Well, drinking is something that should not be taken lightly. Your body would certainly be quite grateful if you cut back – or even stopped drinking altogether.(Hidden Dangers Associated)

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