Benefits of Broccoli

As we noted earlier how improving your diet can help mild forms of depression, we found a great infographic on fitlife.tv that demonstrates the wonders of broccoli.  Sure, it might not be the best tasting vegetable out there, but it is one of the healthiest.  Trying to incorporate this nutrient packed little green veggie into your diet on a daily basis can be the perfect pick me up.
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Chronic Pain and Depression

Help with depression caused by chronic painThose suffering conditions that produce prolonged bouts of chronic pain are more prone to developing depression. Constantly having to deal with pain on a day to day, hour to hour or even minute to minute basis can have a profound effect on a person’s psyche and mental state. Extreme frustration, anger, helplessness and hopelessness may develop in patients who have to undergo living with any disorder, illness or injury that has left them in a state of pain.

Pain may interfere with a person’s ability to perform regular routines and activities of daily living. As the pain progress in severity and intensity, the person may experience depression as they may no longer be able to function the way they want or expected to. Feelings of uselessness may creep up. Depression for chronic pain patients does not really occur overnight. It usually starts with characteristics such as crying and depressed moods until it eventually develops and manifests the symptoms of major depression which includes anhedonia or the inability to experience any pleasure, lack of appetite for food and inability to sleep at night or insomnia.

Chronic pain may also cause depression if the source of the pain, illness or disorder, has a risk of death associated with it. Most terminally ill patients say that they are living each day in fear, feeling as if they might die the next hour or so. Cancer, for example, is one illness which can cause long term pain. The risk of developing depression among cancer patients is very high as patients may feel that the time for their death is looming. In most cases, this fear of death leads to long term depression and apprehension.

Another condition known as phantom limb pain, the pain sensation from an amputated extremity, provides chronic pain which results to long term depression. It is experienced by a number of post operative patients, no matter what age, gender and race. What makes phantom limb pain worse is it is psychological in nature. It is usually managed by placebo drugs. However, physicians also prescribe pain medications as the “phantom “pain is considered as something real by the patient. Fibromyalgia sufferers also are at an elevated risk of developing clinical depression.

Can Depression Make Pain Worse?

Pain can definitely makes depression worse, however, some studies have also shown that depression can actually make pain worse. When a patient with chronic pain experiences depression the psychological symptoms can disrupt proper eating and sleeping routines and brain cells do not function properly as well. This can interfere with the brain’s ability to produce natural pain killing chemicals, making the pain sensation more severe and intensified.

The best way to prevent depression associated with chronic pain is through early and effective pain management methods. Pain medications are usually given round the clock to prevent any pain sensation to the client. Handling the physical pain symptoms can significantly reduce the propensity of depression from occurring. However, even if pain management methods are being performed, patients may still develop depression. Antidepressant medications and other therapeutic pain managements are usually indicated for patients who are already experiencing depression to prevent progression of the condition.

Before taking any type of antidepressant it is important to inform the prescribing physician of all other medications being taken to avoid any dangerous drug interactions. If prescribed any type of depression medication it is also important to take the dosages outlined by the doctor. Any side effects are problems should be reported immediately.

It is important for any patient that has suffered an injury (back, neck, bone etc.) illness, or health condition that has left them experiencing pain on a regular basis to be aware how it can also affect their mental state and puts them at a higher risk of developing depression or other mental health disorders. Pain can be debilitating, both physical and psychological, and often times improving one can help improve the other. Communication with your doctor is always key and it can be extremely beneficial to inform them of not just your physical pain but of the mental toll it may taking on you as well.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Basics

ptsdThe development of modern warfare has seen an increase in the effects on individuals after the event. However, despite the common occurrence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military personnel, PTSD is a serious disorder that can affect anyone of any age dealing with a significant trauma in their life. Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience traumatic events, but only a small percentage of these will become affected by PTSD. The symptoms are similar to how a majority of people react to trauma, but the difference is in duration. Usually symptoms will abate within a few weeks, but it is characterized by the enduring symptoms that last for a month or more. Sometimes the disorder will not start to develop until several months after the trigger event.

What is PTSD?

Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder and how it differs from other conditions is important in helping an individual deal with the disorder. It is classified as a type of anxiety disorder, and those affected will display similar symptoms to those with anxiety and depression.

After a traumatic event, many people experience what is known as an acute stress response. This is a more short-term response and more common, but if symptoms last longer than a month and significantly affect work and home life, it may be PTSD.

Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

As previously mentioned, PTSD is commonly associated with soldiers returning from war, but in reality any number of traumatic events can trigger the development of the disorder. Physical, mental, or sexual abuse, particularly over a long duration, is linked to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly in children. Accidents, such as car or plane crashes, fires, etc., and terminal illness diagnosis are other significant triggers. Severe natural disasters, including tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes have a major link to PTSD in those affected and also the service workers called to respond to the disaster.

These types of experiences are truly traumatic, but not everyone who experiences events like these will develop PTSD. Other factors, including a neurobiological predisposition and psychological history, can determine the onset and severity of PTSD. While there is still a lot of different speculation on this front, doctors have determined several factors related to hormone levels and genetic conditions that may have an affect.

Symptoms of PTSD

There are two main symptom groups for individuals suffering from PTSD: the physical and the mental/emotional. The physical responses are similar to those of anxiety disorders such as:

– Disrupted sleep or irregular sleep patterns
– Elevated heartbeat
– Nausea
– Sweating
– Tension (including aches and pains)
– Irregular breathing

The emotional responses can be the more disturbing and disruptive of the symptoms associated with PTSD. These can include:

– Vivid flashbacks and nightmares
– Increased anxiety and unease
– Loss of interest in everyday tasks and hobbies
– Difficulty concentrating
– Emotional detachment
– Alcohol and drug abuse

Treatment Options

After a traumatic event occurs, there are several preventative treatments that might inhibit the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Immediately following an event, psychological debriefing is often used to help the individual understand what happened. This form of treatment is very common in disasters, accidents, and warfare, but the ultimate success is under debate by medical professionals. Low levels of cortisol are linked to the development of PTSD, so a treatment of cortisol may be effective.

Once post-traumatic stress disorder has been diagnosed, a number of treatment options exist to help the individual affected. Medications are commonly prescribed to help ameliorate the physical symptoms, though these seem to be most effective when used with other forms of treatment. Individual counseling helps to deal with thoughts pertaining to the trauma and coping with how suffering from PTSD has affected daily life. Many professionals also recommend family therapy and support groups to emphasize the individuals are not alone and help better the stresses placed on families dealing with a member with PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very serious condition, but with proper care and treatment, individuals can hope to return eventually to a normal pattern of life. While this is often associated with soldiers coming back from combat, anyone who has gone through a traumatic, extremely stressful event may suffer from its effects.  The development of PTSD is a result of a number of factors and does not result from a lack of bravery or an inability to cope.

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