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We all deserve to live stress-free and satisfying lives. However, most times, this isn’t usually the case as life throws us lemons here and there. Whenever a stressful situation arises, an emotional support animal can help you get through the rough times. Studies show that emotional support animals have helped many people find a natural and loving solution through anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological conditions. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself in the middle of a conflict involving your emotional support animal. This article details the three common conflicts over emotional support animals and how you can navigate through the situation.

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1. Conflict of Interest between a Landlord and Tenant

Under federal law, emotional support animals have the right to housing. In a situation where you need to move to a new apartment, you need to inform the landlord about your emotional support animal. Even though the law is on your side, most times, this explanation doesn’t go well.

Although federal laws require that landlords waive any pet policy if submitted with a valid ESA letter, your landlord can lawfully deny your request for an ESA. Your landlord is within their rights to reject your ESA request if your animal poses a direct safety or health threat to them or any other tenants in the building.

Most times, however, many landlords will try to bully you into paying monthly pet fees or increase the rent because of your ESA. The landlord may also try to acquire your medical history records to validate their rental increase demands. You must understand that this request is a violation of your rights and the Fair Housing Standards Act.

On the flip side, your landlord may simply be unaware of any ESA laws. It is, therefore, up to you to try and educate them on the relevant laws that apply to your emotional support animal and the housing act. You can also ask them to get in touch with the U.S Commission on Civil Rights.

If you are the landlord in this situation, you need to ensure that you have a formal conversation with the U.S Commission on Civil Rights. A simple telephone call with the organization will be inadmissible in court if you get sued by any tenant regarding ESAs.

As the tenant, you can provide the landlord with an ESA letter from your doctor. An ESA letter proves that you truly need the animal with you at all times. The letter also mandates that your landlord acknowledge the presence of the animal on the premise and not have to charge you extra for it.

 

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2. Conflict of interest between two tenants

Sometimes conflict may arise from other tenants complaining about your ESA’s presence in the building. The tenants may cite a health or safety risk with the most common factors being noise or animal allergies. As mentioned above, your ESA is guaranteed housing rights under the housing act.

This, therefore, means that a tenant isn’t legally allowed to force you out of your residence if your animal doesn’t pose any risk. If the conflict however escalates and heads to court, you may need to provide an ESA letter ascertaining that you need the animal to cope with your psychological problem.

You can also coordinate with your landlord to provide details of your arrival to the building. If you moved into the building before the complainant, then the law may be on your side. The documents may prove that you got approval from your landlord to move in with your ESA before the other tenant.

While the plaintiff may not necessarily have to move out, they may be asked to use different stairways to avoid coming into contact with your animal. The landlord may also be asked to install air purifiers in the building to help those with allergies cope with the animal’s presence.

 

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3. The Question Of Whether ESAs Are Allowed On Flights And Other Public Places

The Air Carrier Access Act allows people with ESAs to bring them in flights without any additional charges.  Some airlines may try to disregard this law and ask you to place your ESA under the cargo hold or completely prevent you from flying with the animal.

If you find yourself in such a situation, you should produce your ESA letter from a reputable mental health expert detailing why you need the animal with you. Without proper documentation, any airline can legally refuse your ESA entry into the cabin.

As to whether ESAs are allowed in public spaces such as hotels and restaurants, it all depends on the institution’s policies. While some of these areas may allow ESA’s in their premises, most of them have a no-pet-allowed policy.

Due to the temporary situation that is hotels and AirBnBs, most of these institutions won’t allow you to bring your ESA with you. You can, however, get in touch with these establishments ahead and let them know that your animal is well behaved. You should also produce the relevant documents if you’d like to increase your chances of bringing the animal with you.

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Final Thoughts

If you’d like more information about ESA letters and guidelines, you can book an appointment with Mango Clinic and we will put you through with one of our doctors. We will assess your mental health situation and explain to you why you need an ESA.

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Browsing through the Internet, you’ll see so many weight-loss diets. But, are they safe, or even practical? Here’s the complete guide to 2020s most trending weight-loss diets. Before we get started, it’s essential to take note that this isn’t merely a how-to-do manual. Instead, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of different diets. Furthermore, I will explore various topics relating to the most sought-after diets of 2020.

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As you’ll see throughout this guide, we shall use evidence-based data to broaden your perspective about weight-loss diets and healthy living in general. If you’re searching for a weight-loss diet, or you intend to embark on one that you’ve found on the Internet, this guide is perfect for you. Also, if you enjoy reading, I’ve included reviews from top dietitians and nutritionists for further reference.

 

Chapter One: A Look at the Concept of “Weight-Loss Diet”

You probably think that a weight-loss diet only entails the type of food you eat, and the amounts you consume, right?

Well, you’ve been wrong all along!

Recent advancements in the weight-loss sphere prove that weight-loss isn’t all about shedding off extra pounds. In the past few years, countless diets have been created. Similarly, there are dozens of theories behind every diet that you’ll come across. Generally, all foods offer permanent and fast weight loss. Nonetheless, only a few can stand the test of time.

It’s always advisable to eat a healthy diet since your food choices go a long way in determining your health and quality of life in general. In the past, low-fat diets were considered to be responsive. With time, scientists discovered that low-fat diets are not as effective as previously touted.

One thing that you should keep in mind is that every diet that reduces your calorie intake will show considerable positive results. The most effective weight-loss diets work in the following ways:

  • Cut out all lousy food calories, and in their place, consume healthy calories
  • Rejection of old myths, and inducing evidence-based research

To adhere to a weight-loss diet, you should first prepare your outline.

Here’s how you should start:

Calculate Your BMI

There isn’t a foolproof way of calculating your BMI. However, this should be the first step to take when you embark on a weight-loss diet. Once you determine your BMI, you’ll know whether your weight is healthy or not in correspondence to your height. Numerous online BMI tools can save you time and lessen the mathematical chaos of calculating your BMI.

Your BMI should be compared with the following standard ranges:

  • Below 18.5 = underweight
  • 5 to 24.9 = healthy weight
  • 25 to 29.9 = overweight
  • Above 30 = obese

The correct assessment of obesity is a perfect tool for deciding the best weight-loss diet for you. Before you make this decision, it’s essential to review the basic concepts of weight-loss diets.

So, let’s dive in.

 

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Best Weight Loss Diets

 

Eliminating calories from your diet isn’t a linear process:

Once you start following a specific weight-loss diet, you’ll shed weight dramatically during the first weeks of embarking on the program. However, at some point, the weight drop will stagnate. Consuming the same number of calories, or the same diet won’t help you shed any more weight.

When you shed an optimum amount of calories from your diet, you won’t lose any extra weight. When you shed a lot of weight, you lose muscle and water alongside the fats, thus slowing down metabolism. Most diets entail variations in calorie cut-down over time. This is a sustainable way of shedding weight.

Good calorie food options include lean meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, low-carb fruits, and high-fat dairy products. Your daily calorie intake shouldn’t exceed your calorie intake. Therefore, contrary to what you might think, the entire weight-loss debate isn’t rocket science.

In every weight-loss diet that you embark on, your calorie intake should be less than the number of calories that you burn. Generally, there are different ways or burning calories.

Many people consider exercise to be a crucial component of calorie expenditure. However, research shows that exercise only accounts for 20% of your calorie expenditure. Your max calorie expenditure is determined by your resting metabolic rate. This is the rate at which the body burns and converts calories into energy. Nevertheless, this process isn’t under voluntary control. Therefore, functional weight loss only focuses on strategies that increase your resting metabolic rate.

Anyone who’s looking for a diet that offers weight-loss shortcuts is undoubtedly in trouble!

Successful and foolproof diets are devoid of shortcuts. Besides the fact that weight-loss is a long-term commitment to diet rules and goals, losing weight rapidly has adverse side effects, and could put you in trouble.

So, how is rapid weight-loss detrimental?

Most of the diet marketers that you’ll come across offer the so-called rapid weight loss diets. However, some of these diets lead to starvation or the intake if an absurdly low number of calories. Besides, some of the weight-loss supplements that you’ll come across are not approved by the FDA.

Rapid weight loss can be dangerous, and here are some of its possible risks:

  • Loss of excessive body water mass in up to 25% of cases, thus leading to gallstones
  • Dehydration, which leads to electrolyte imbalance
  • Headache
  • Malnutrition
  • Fatigue
  • Amenorrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation

As you can see, rapid weight loss isn’t always a good idea.

Often, those who seek rapid weight-loss have short-term goals in mind. However, if you want to lose weight sustainably, and with long-term goals in mind, it would be best to search for proven options rather than short-term solutions.

Indeed, you can’t fake weight-loss. Therefore, we should examine some of the most touted weight-loss diets in 2020 to determine whether they are beneficial.

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Chapter Two: The Mediterranean Diet

Just like the name suggests, this diet is primarily based on eating patterns associated with countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. This diet is renowned for being healthy since it focuses on your health and wellness in general, rather than just weight loss.

Numerous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet has numerous benefits, including weight loss and the prevention of heart ailments, premature death probability, and diabetes mellitus. It’s hard to provide a solid definition of this diet, but it comprises lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans.

In this chapter, we’re going to describe the Mediterranean diet in detail.

So, what does the Mediterranean diet consist of?

The fundamental components of the Mediterranean diet are vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, virgin oil, fish, spices, and bread. When you embark on this diet, you should also consume adequate amounts of yogurt, eggs, poultry, and cheese. Try to avoid consuming red meat, and strictly avoid sweetened beverages, sugar, processed chicken and meat, refined and polished grains, processed low-fat foods, and trans-fats.

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Here’s a breakdown of some suitable food options that you may want to consider:

  • Vegetables; Spinach, carrots, Brussels, tomatoes, sprouts, and broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds; Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts
  • Fruits; Strawberries, apples, bananas, figs, dates, melons, and oranges
  • Legumes; Peas, beans, peanuts, chickpeas, and lentils
  • Whole grains; barley, corn, whole wheat, and brown rice
  • Herbs and spices; Basil, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, and mint
  • Fats; Avocadoes, extra virgin olive oil, and avocado oil

Which Drinks Are Permitted?

After getting started on the Mediterranean diet, water should be your go-to drink throughout the day. Besides, coffee and tea are acceptable. Nonetheless, you should avoid additives, sweeteners, and sugars.

What Makes the Mediterranean Diet Popular?

Initially, this diet wasn’t meant for weight loss because most people who live in the Mediterranean region adhered to it without any weight loss objectives in mind. Although there isn’t an official way to support it, the Mediterranean diet has gained immense popularity over other weight-loss diets, which are somewhat more restrictive.

The Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan Sample

Day 1

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt, honey, and berries
  • Lunch: Tuna with lots of green vegetables
  • Dinner: A piece of chicken breast with tomatoes
  • Snacks: Almonds with a bowl of salad

Day 2

  • Breakfast: A piece of fruit, boiled egg, and whole-grain toast
  • Dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and dried tomatoes
  • Dinner: Salmon with quinoa
  • Snacks: Hummus with dipping vegetables

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Fruit and walnuts
  • Lunch: Tabouli salad and long grain pita
  • Dinner: large salad, gnocchi, and roasted chicken
  • Snacks: Caprese skewers

Day 4

  • Breakfast: Fruits and slices of brie
  • Lunch: Veggie soup with whole grain rolls
  • Dinner: White fish cooked in garlic and olive oil, sweet potato, and zucchini
  • Snacks: Slices of cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and olives

Day 5

  • Breakfast: Omelette, fresh herbs and olives, and tomatoes
  • Lunch: Salad with veggies, a piece of chicken, and olives
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Snacks: Peach, almonds, and yogurt

Day 6

  • Breakfast: A scrambled egg with vegetables, and a slice of whole-grain bread
  • Lunch: Quinoa bowl, feta, veggies, and sliced chicken
  • Dinner: Roasted fennel with broccoli, arugula salad, and grilled seafood
  • Snacks: Greek yogurt, grilled vegetables, and hummus

Day 7

  • Breakfast: Vegetable frittata
  • Lunch: Lemon, raw veggies, whole grain crackers, and smoked salmon
  • Dinner: Mussels and red sauce pasta
  • Snacks: Cucumber dipping alongside mashed avocadoes, lemons, and salt

 

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Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

 

The Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet stands out due to the numerous benefits that it offers. In the long-run, this diet offers dozens of health benefits, including better brain development, better coordination and cognition, and low risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s among older individuals. Moreover, the diet lowers the risk of common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and certain forms of cancer.

A research report published in the Frontiers of Psychology journal un April 2018 pointed out that veggies and raw fruits boost your mental health and prevent arthritis.

Concerning the short-term benefits of the Mediterranean diet, you’re most likely to experience considerable weight loss within the first few months of embarking on the diet, provided that you follow it strictly.

Foods to Avoid in the Mediterranean Diet

To experience both the short-term and long-term benefits of the Mediterranean diet, you should avoid these food items:

  • Soya bean oil and canola oil
  • Refined grains, including flour, pizza dough, white pasta, rice, and wheat
  • Pastries, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, sodas, and candies
  • Processed meats, red meat, and hot dogs
  • Preserved and frozen foods

Read on to find out more…

Possible Pros and Cons of the Mediterranean Diet

Pros
  • Nutritional Benefits

The Mediterranean diet doesn’t skip significant food groups. Therefore, it encourages nutrient intake. Besides, the menu has a low risk of protein and mineral deficiency.

  • Weight Loss Management

The diet can help you manage weight since it encourages the consumption of lean meats and nuts alongside dietary fiber and fruits. This helps you to stay fuller for a longer time than most foods. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet eliminates refined sugar and processed foods from your menu, which is crucial to any weight-loss regimen.

  • Better Mental Health

The nexus between the Mediterranean diet and better mental health is attested to by  Kelly Toups, the Director of Nutrition at Oldways.

“A 2018 study in Molecular Psychiatry found that those most closely following a     Mediterranean diet were 33% less likely to develop incident depression than those not following a Mediterranean diet,” she says.

  • Low Levels of Saturated Fat

The Mediterranean diet restricts the intake of translate-fatty acids. This reduces the risk of fat deposition in your vessels and body tissues. By reducing the consumption of saturated fat, your body’s cholesterol levels will balance out, thus preventing multiple systemic illnesses.

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  • Easy to Follow

Arguably, this is the most significant benefit of the Mediterranean diet. There’s a wide selection of foods, depending on your nutrition needs. Therefore, you can always set a menu that suits you despite your lifestyle, health condition, and age.

 

Possible Cons

  • Time Consuming

Preparing foods in this diet can be time-consuming, especially when compared to heating ready-to-cook or frozen food items. Besides, shopping for some diet-specific foods can be challenging.

  • No Authentic Guidelines

The Mediterranean diet is deprived of evidence-based research compared to other famous diets. It doesn’t provide a clear count of the number of calories that you’ll lose. Besides, it doesn’t give a clear list of foods to eat and avoid. Even so, the USDA provides a healthy Mediterranean-style eating guide, which you can use as a reference.

  • Supports Alcohol Consumption

The Mediterranean diet allows you to consume alcohol, especially red wine. However, this can be dangerous for women, especially those who have a family history of breast cancer. The consumption of red wine increases the risk of getting breast cancer.

So, should you embark on the Mediterranean diet?

This diet is a perfect way of losing weight while benefiting from its nutritional balance. Indeed, the pros outweigh the cons, which is why the Mediterranean diet is trending in 2020.

 

Chapter Three: The Old School Volumetric Diet

This diet focuses on keeping you full at all times by only eating healthy foods. By staying fuller for longer, you’re likely to eat less. The layout of the Mediterranean diet is to split the energy density of individual food items into significant meals. Generally, the food falls into four categories:

  • Group 1 (very low-density): These foods include non-starchy fruits and veggies, broth-based soups, and fat-free milk.
  • Group 2 (low-density): This group consists of starchy fruits, cereals, grains, vegetables, legumes, and dishes like spaghetti.
  • Group 3 (medium-density): Includes French fries, meat, ice cream, cheese, cake, and bread.
  • Group 4 (high-density): This group of food items includes chips, chocolates, crackers, cookies, candies, oil, and butter.

When you embark on this diet, you’re allowed to split your all-day meals into snacks, dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Ultimately, the outcomes will depend on how you adhere to the diet.

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Getting Started on the Volumetric Diet

According to dietitians, the most effective way of getting started on the Volumetric diet is by increasing your water intake. Water increases the bulk and volume of the food that you consume without increasing your calorie intake.

Here’s a list of food items that are water-rich:

  • Pasta (65%)
  • Fruits and veggies (up to 95%)
  • Yogurt (75%)
  • Soup (95%)

With time, you can substitute these foods with those you prefer, such as hummus and juicy carrots. You simply need to look for food items that contain loads of water.

The Scientific Logic Behind the Volumetric Diet

A study report published in the Journal of Eating Behavior highlighted that food items with a low energy density can induce weight loss. The volumetric diet doesn’t explicitly state what you should eat and what you should avoid. Instead, it encourages you to follow a healthy diet plan, which helps you to shed an optimal amount of health and stay healthy.

The volumetric diet’s critical factor is the consumption of water-rich foods since they have low energy intensity. Besides, focus on foods that are nutrient and fiber-rich, since they will leave you feeling fuller after meals. A typical volumetric diet consists:

  • Fresh or frozen veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Legumes
  • Beans
  • Lean white meat
  • Skinless chicken
  • Low-fat fish
  • Little sugar
  • Water as a substitute for other drinks
  • Fresh fruits

One incredible benefit of the volumetric diet is that it’s consumer-friendly, especially to individuals who aren’t big fans of veggies. Read on to find out what nutritionists say about volumetric diet-aided weight loss:

  • A 2014 study by Drexel University researchers comprised 132 participants. They shed weight by adhering to a low-energy volumetric diet, even after terminating the diet.
  • A report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 showed that obese women who followed a low-density volumetric diet lost 2 pounds extra compared to those who followed a low-fat volumetric diet.

 

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Pros of Volumetric Diet

 

What Are the Benefits of the Volumetric Diet?

  • Convenience: Provided that you adhere to the guidelines, you can consume different foods. The broad food choice allows you to eat the food items that you prefer.
  • No strict rules: When following the volumetric diet, you don’t have to deprive yourself of foods such as pastries and chocolates. The diet allows you to incorporate them into your feeding program in a healthy and balanced way.
  • Bid goodbye to hunger pangs: The volumetric menu is specially designed to enhance satiety by deviating the brain from hunger signals. Therefore, it reduces hunger pangs.

 

Possible Cons

  • Cooking isn’t spared: Adhering to the diet can be difficult, more so to individuals who can’t cook meals from home. If you like eating out, this diet may not be for you.
  • Offers short-lived satiety: The volumetric diet vouches for the consumption of low-calorie foods. Although this leaves you feeling fuller, satiety is often short-term. It’s best to incorporate proteins in your meals to keep hunger pangs away for a longer time.
  • Lack of proper rules: Just as it’s the case with the Mediterranean diet, this diet doesn’t have rigid rules and restrictions regarding the consumption of certain foods.

Although the volumetric diet alone works wonders as far as shedding weight is concerned, it would be best to combine it with an exercise regime to maintain the gains.

 

Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits of the Volumetric Menu

Plainly speaking, the volumetric menu isn’t a quick fix. It might make you cut your calorie consumption, but still, feel deprived. Even so, the long-term benefits of the volumetric diet are more promising. For instance, it offers numerous health benefits to older individuals.

Considering the short-term outcomes of the volumetric diet, it isn’t meant for those who are looking for a quick fix. Its long-term results are more prominent, and longer-lasting too. Therefore, the diet is designed for those who want to lose weight sustainably over a long period.

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Chapter Four: The Plant-Based Flexitarian Diet

Whenever this diet gets mentioned, vagueness often comes into play. However, as the name suggests, the diet is all about vegetarianism. Many people are turning to vegetable-based diets. Typically, plant-derived diets are rich in proteins and entail avoiding beef rather than eliminating it altogether.

The flexitarian diet allows you to consume plant-based foods as well as animal-based proteins primarily. Nonetheless, the latter should only be consumed in moderate quantities. The flexitarian diet is a friendlier version of the typically strict vegan diet. If you’re looking to embark on a plant-based diet, yet you still want to be consuming meat in moderate quantities, the flexitarian diet should be your go-to option.

So, why is this diet so hyped?

Well, the flexitarian diet is the brainchild of one Dawn Jackson Blatner. He wanted to show the benefits of plant-based meals among people who also enjoy eating meat products. The primary difference between individuals who embark on the flexitarian diet and vegans is that vegans try to cut out meat and animal-based products completely. If you follow a flexitarian diet, you’re neither a vegan nor a vegetarian since it allows you to consume small amounts of animal-based proteins.

Principles of the Flexitarian Diet

  • Try to include plant-based proteins rather than animal-based proteins in your diet
  • Eat lots of veggies, grains, legumes, and fruits
  • Replace processed food with organic food
  • Avoid added starches and sugars

The flexitarian diet is renowned for its numerous health benefits as well as its nutritional considerations. This diet encourages the consumption of plant-based food items and the avoidance of processed foods. You’re probably wondering about the type of food that you should incorporate in a flexitarian menu.

Here’ a list of foods that complement the flexitarian diet:

  • Starch-free veggies, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, and bell peppers
  • Proteins; Soybeans, legumes, tofu, and lentils
  • Whole grains; Ferro, backfat
  • Fruits; berries, oranges, apples, cherries, grapes
  • Plant-based milk; Almond, coconut, soybean, hemp
  • Beverages; Tea, coffee, water
Animal-Based Food Options
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Wild-caught fish
  • Grass-fed animal dairy products
  • Organic poultry
Foods to Avoid

The flexitarian diet not only discourages the consumption of animal-based proteins but also processed foods, including;

  • Processed meat (bacon, sausage, bologna, etc.)
  • Fast food (fries, burgers, pizza, chocolate)
  • Added and refined sugars (rice, barley, wheat, cakes, donuts, cookies, etc.)

 

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How the Flexitarian Diet Supports Weight-Loss

According to research, the probability of shedding weight is higher if you eat plant-based foods. On average, non-vegetarians weigh 15% more than vegetarians. Research shows that the rate of obesity amongst vegetarians is between 0% to 6%. Altogether, the rate of obesity among vegetarians is 20% less compared to non-vegetarians. Furthermore, obesity rates are lower among semi-vegetarians than non-vegetarians.

Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet

One outstanding characteristic of the flexitarian diet is that it’s easy to follow. To fully benefit from the menu, it’s best to stay persistent when making your food choices. When you embark on the flexitarian diet, you’ll consume lots of healthy fats and fibers. These go a long way in preventing cardiovascular diseases. The flexitarian diet also promotes heart health and physical activity. Fibers and healthy fats offered by the diet help to control blood pressure.

When it comes to weight-loss, the flexitarian diet offers you a healthy way of slimming down within a short time. The idea is to avoid taking high-calorie foods, and well as processed foods. Over the years, research has indicated that individuals who mainly consume plant-based meals are slimmer than those who rely on animal-based and processed meals.

The Flexitarian Diet and Cancer Prevention

Legumes, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, fruits, and other foods recommended by the flexitarian diet are rich in antioxidants that keep cancer at bay. Studies have shown that incidents of colorectal cancer are remarkably low among individuals who mainly rely on plant-based diets. Therefore, the widespread adoption of the flexitarian diet can be an essential cancer-prevention factor.

Possible Drawbacks of the Flexitarian Diet

The flexitarian diet encourages you to replace processed foods and animal-based foods with nutrient-rich organic foods. Even as you get started on the diet, you should keep in mind that a poorly executed flexitarian diet can lead to adverse side effects. A poorly planned vegetarian diet leads to deficiencies in:

  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Women and children face a higher risk of experiencing these deficiencies. Your genetic makeup and gut bacteria are the primary determinants of how your body extracts nutrients from plant-based foods.

Key Takeaway

Although the flexitarian diet can help you to shed weight, you should keep in mind that the outcomes will depend on your food choices, body genetics, and adherence to the diet.

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Chapter Five: The Raw Diet

This diet is based on eating fresh, unfrozen, and non-processed foods while avoiding food items such as table salt, pasta, coffee, refined oil chips, and refined sugar. The idea behind this diet is that seasonings, sugars, salts, and oils increase your calorie intake. Besides, heating fruits and vegetables reduce their nutritional value. Proponents of the diet argue that it not only helps in weight loss but also improves your health.

So, who created this diet?

Maximillian Bircher-Benner is credited for inventing the diet during the late 1880s. He discovered that eating raw apples cured his jaundice. After a series of experiments, he concluded that eating raw foods has lots of health benefits.

Raw doesn’t necessarily mean uncooked. Instead, it more or less implies eating non-microwaved, and unprocessed foods that aren’t grown under herbicides or pesticides. Although more than a century has passed since Maximillian Bircher-Benner made his discovery, the raw diet has only gained popularity and widespread acceptance over the past few years.

The raw menu mainly entails eating plant-based items, although some individuals also eat raw fish and eggs. The diet also allows alternate methods of eating raw foods, including blending, juicing, and mashing.

The food items that you can eat as per the raw food diet include:

  • Raw veggies and fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
  • Raw nuts
  • Raw seeds
  • Raw nut butter
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Olive oil
  • Wheatgrass
  • Purified water
  • Dried meats
  • Unpasteurized dairy products

Foods to Avoid

  • Coffee
  • Pasta
  • Pastries
  • Table salt
  • Refined sugars
  • Frozen food
  • Refined oil
  • Chips

At this point, you’re probably wondering whether there are any potential risks.

 

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Which Vegetables Are Healthier Raw?

 

Well, consuming uncooked food, for instance, may not be safe. Foods such as raw meat, fish, and chicken may contain harmful bacteria, thus the need to cook them first. Other high-risk natural foods that you should be wary of include raw eggs, shellfish, kidney eggs, and milk. Generally, the body struggles to digest uncooked foods compared to cooked foods. Cooking may decrease the amount of water in the food, but it increased the content of nutrients such as antioxidants.

Right-risk raw foods include:

  • Raw Eggs

According to the CDC, you should only consume pasteurized eggs because the dangerous Salmonella bacteria are often present in some types of eggs.

  • Shellfish

Eating uncooked/raw shellfish can lead to severe Vibrio 3vulnificus infection, which is manifest by nausea and vomiting.

  • Kidney Beans

It’s not advisable to eat raw kidney beans since they contain a toxic chemical compound known as phytohaemagglutinin(PHA). This compound causes nausea, vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Just 3 or 4 raw beans can cause these symptoms to appear.

  • Raw Milk

Raw milk contains listeria bacteria, which can cause severe health issues and pregnancy communications.

So, should you embark on the raw food diet?

Proponents of the raw food diet argue that those who eat have a better metabolism, clearer skin, and healthy weight since it restricts cholesterol intake. However, the diet can also lead to severe health issues. Generally, uncooked food isn’t as safe as cooked food. Therefore, the raw diet isn’t recommended to some age groups.

A study conducted in 2005 established that individuals who primarily rely on plant-based foods have a lower bone-mineral density according to their age. Even so, Dietitians point out that to fully benefit from the raw food diet, you should balance the essential nutrients derived from raw foods with essential nutrients from cooked foods.

If you love reading, I’ve included expert reviews about the diets above by some top nutritionists in America. Here are some of the reviews:

  • The Mediterranean Diet has a 4.2-star rating due to its emphasis on veggies, fruits, and healthy meals. It is ranked as the #1 weight-loss diet.
  • The Flexitarian Diet has a 4.1-star rating. It is regarded to be a health and smart choice, and this sees it rank at #2 in the best weight-loss diets list.
  • The Volumetric Diet has been given a 3.8-star rating. It scores highly for its emphasis on health, and the improvement of diabetes and heart health. The diet is ranked at #5 in the best weight-loss diets list.
  • The Raw Food Diet has a score of 2.3 out of 5. Concerns have been raised about its nutritional completeness and the lack of safety measures.

One nutritionist has pointed out that to benefit from the raw food diet, you need considerable effort and commitment as well as knowledge and sacrifice.

Therefore, it’s not surprising to see the raw food diet rank at #31 in the best weight-loss diets list.

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So, those are the most popular weight-loss diets in 2020. Once you decide to shed weight, choose what works for you. Before doing so, it’s best to consult different nutritionists and dietitians. Always go for the option that helps you attain your weight-loss goals safely and effectively. Keep it here for our next informative blog post!

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Today, let’s dig into nine little known facts about depression that will blow your mind away. The facts are well researched with lots of evidence to back them up. Following these facts, there has been a lot of emphasis on depression and resulted in a new way of looking at this mental health disorder. You will find these facts interesting to know.

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Contents

Fact 1# Brains of people with depression look different

Fact 2# Depression is triggered by multiple factors

Fact 3# Over 65% of depression is confused with anxiety over time

Fact 4 # One of the main causes of suicide is untreated depression

Fact 5# Children also suffer from depression

Fact 6 # Depression can be cured using magnets

Fact 7 # Over 80% of people with depression aren’t taking their meds

Fact 8 # Depression isn’t someone’s choice

Fact 9 # Women are more prone to depression than men due to postpartum depression

 

Let’s begin, shall we?

 

Fact 1# Brains of people with depression look different

By now, you know that depression is a complex disease. It has different factors going round in the background. Among the things that go on behind the scenes include trauma, changes in chemical composition, medical conditions, and genetics. All these factors lead to changes in the brain structure, which makes it look different from a person who isn’t suffering from depression.

The following are the significant changes that are evident in the brain of a person suffering from depression:

  • Differences in Brain Structure

Following comprehensive scans on the brains of people with depression, major changes in the structure were witnessed. One of the major concerns is changes in white matter, which was prevalent.

What’s the role of the white matter in the brain?

White matter is the communication channel of brain cells. The white matter contains signals that pass information between cells in the brain. Through this signaling, information moves around the brain. When the white matter is interfered with, one develops problems touching on emotions, cognition, and the thought process.

When one has depression, their brain may not function properly. Some of the areas that are under threat when one has depression include:

  • Thalamus
  • Amygdala
  • Frontal
  • Prefrontal cortices

Brain shrinkage may occur, and its severity depends on how long one has suffered from depression.

 

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Is depression classified as an inflammatory disorder?

When one has persistent depression, they may develop inflammation. However, it’s yet to be established whether it’s depression that causes inflammation or vice versa.

  • Functional differences

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The three areas of the brain that undergo significant changes include:

  1. Hippocampus– Damage on this part of the brain leads to impaired memory
  2. Prefrontal Cortex – Affects attention
  3. Amygdala – Alters one’s behavior and attention

During the last stages of depression, the changes to the brain’s functionality may penetrate the victim’s genes.

Hormonal imbalance is also common in people suffering from depression. In these people, the stress hormone, cortisol, is produced more than that in normal people. A person with elevated levels of cortisol is likely to suffer from ‘Cushing syndrome.’ As you can see, the process is cyclical. High levels of cortisol are a major cause of significant depression disorder.

  • Biochemical differences

Any type of damage caused by a disorder isn’t superficial. It begins at the molecular level and piles up through many biochemical changes that cause havoc on the entire body. Following these changes, you will start experiencing the effects on every part of your body.

There’s nothing romantic about the chemistry of depression.

Here’s the thing, the brain is in charge of all the body’s functions. When one has depression, things begin to go wrong. Every molecular activity in the body starting from the brain is affected. These changes shift the body from its normal operation to fight and flight mode. The shift results in a chemical imbalance that may be influenced by genes, trauma, or the environment.

  • Changes as seen on a Brain Scan

The future of medicine is hopeful that an MRI will help detect all types of brain issues. While you might assume that changes are limited to functionality and structure, such an assumption is wrong. Before we look at the difference between the two, let’s explore some interesting knowledge about a brain scan. Things that a brain scan can detect.If there’s a diagnostic wonder in the world of medicine, it’s a brain scan. Whether it’s a tumor, changes in brain structure, lesion, unusual formations, or anything else, a brain scan will pick it up.

Brain scans fall into two main categories: a Computed Tomography (CT) scan and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The two offer highly diagnostic insight on various brain-related diseases.

Between an MRI and CT scan, which is better? The two are equally good and have been endorsed by doctors in the detection of brain anomalies. The two can detect four different types of brain disorders. As you may know, depression has time and may relapse. When a depressive period occurs, you may not be aware of the triggers. There are specific triggers that cause depression.

In the following fact, you will get to learn about different triggers of depression.

 

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Fact 2# Depression is triggered by multiple factors

We all feel low from time to time. Various factors, such as losing a job, arguing, or the presence of grey clouds in the sky, can make one sad. In some cases, depression may set in from nowhere without any triggers. However, clinical depression is different from ordinary depression. It’s a medical disorder that has specific triggers. Such depression usually manifests in a myriad of symptoms. Let’s dig into some of the triggers.

  • Being overworked at the workplace

Reports by the American Institute of Stress, the primary causes of depression disorder are caused by stressors at the workplace. However, most people who can’t handle extreme pressure at the workplace are at substantial risk of developing many mental health disorders, including depression. Work pressure may be out of our control. The two available options are looking for an alternative job or developing a coping mechanism for the work overload.

  • Body Inflammation

There’s a new radical approach to comprehending depression that links the disorder to inflammation in the body. Is depression caused by inflammation in the body? Most people don’t know this, but inflammation in the body is a big problem. Complex systematic inflammation affects various critical symptoms in the body, such as the respiratory system or the musculoskeletal system. The impact of these disruptions causes a big mess in the body. It’s not a coincidence that there’s a connection between the brain and inflammation.

What are the common causes of inflammation?

  1. Trauma
  2. Sleeping disorder
  3. Illness
  4. Infection

Inflammatory proteins such as cytokines contain an active inflammatory cascade. When such proteins reach the brain, they lead to reactive oxygen species, among other byproducts, which may cause stress on the body and lead to depression.

 

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5 Emotional Factors that Trigger Depression

 

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  • Financial distress

There’s a high correlation between financial woes and depression. The two are like milk and butter. Why is this? When one has financial problems, they can’t make money, and they lag on bills, pile up tickets, and other liabilities that drag their mood down. Furthermore, the lack of money entangles one in a vicious cycle. 50% of people with depression are usually on leave or don’t have a job. I hope you can see the chain here? When you compare yourself to your peers who are ahead of you financially, you may end up getting depression. People suffering from depression due to lack of money may isolate themselves, which makes the situation worse.

  • Sexual dysfunction

There’s a co-existence between depression and sexual dysfunction. How so? When one experiences problems in their sexual life, they may not open up to anyone, including their physician. As a result, depression keeps growing inside them. What’s worse is that your antidepressants can cause sexual dysfunction. Between 16 and 20% of American women are taking antidepressants. The above high figure shows that women are prone to depression due to the sexual dysfunctions that they may be experiencing. Moving on to,

  • Obesity

We live in a world where being big is perceived as unhealthy. People with weight issues often fall into depression due to the stigma associated with the extra pounds. Most of you here would also struggle with depression if you added weight excessively. The worst thing that drives people into more depression is when they can’t seem to shed the extra weight.

 How Does Obesity Trigger Depression?

Obesity is a tough conversation among most people. Those suffering from it are in denial and don’t want to admit that there’s a problem. Most of these people keep quiet about any struggles they may be going through due to their excess weight, and this leads to chronic depression. When feeling like your weight is pulling you down, seek therapy. It works!

  • Excessive Consumption of Alcohol

Most people may not know that their mental health is greatly influenced by what they eat or drink. Social drinking has been on the rise among Americans, and more people are slipping into alcohol addiction by the day. Various types of depression are occurring due to alcohol and substance abuse. The main problem is that people are using alcohol to help them forget about their problems. Drinking alcohol is seen as an escape from one’s problems. Such a mentality can cause depression.

Here’s an essential question:

What’s the effect of alcohol on one’s mental health?

Once you start drinking, there’s this euphoric feeling, and one gets into a mellow mood. But once you sleep and the effects of the alcohol wear out, you are brought back to reality. The wake-up call triggers episodes of depression and anxiety. Once sober, you may even contemplate suicide.

So, why do you feel worse once you stop drinking?

Alcohol and most other substances manipulate your body’s physiology and can be highly addictive. Once you stop drinking, you will go through withdrawal symptoms as the body tries to wean itself the effects of the alcohol. Alcoholic beverages contain high amounts of carbohydrates. Withdrawal from taking these drinks deprives the body of these carbohydrates and may cause mayhem. As you stop taking alcohol, the body craves these carbohydrates, and the result is depression and becoming irritable.

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Fact 3# Over 65% of depression is confused with anxiety over time

It’s common to confuse depression with anxiety or vice versa. The two mental health disorders have similar symptoms. Since they revolve around once thought pattern, 65% of the people confuse depression with anxiety. So how can you tell the two conditions apart? Don’t worry; you are in the right place to get the information you need about these mental health disorders. The two common disorders that are often interlinked are ‘Major depressive disorder (MDD)’ and ‘Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).’ Surprisingly, most people are suffering from both. Are you wondering whether you have both anxiety and depression? Here are some symptoms that may help you figure that out:

When you have anxiety and depression, the symptoms may be intense. The truth is that if you have anxiety, the chances of getting depression is high. It’s common to be diagnosed with both depression and anxiety. The treatment options available for the two are almost similar, especially if you are experiencing them at the same time. For both, you may be prescribed antidepressants. The two also involve cognitive behavioral therapy, making some lifestyle changes, and correcting sleeping patterns. While both disorders have different features, most of their attributes often overlap. It’s highly common for people to suffer from the two at the same time.

 

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Fact 4 # One of the main causes of suicide is untreated depression

The rate at which people are committing suicide due to depression is rising at an alarming rate. The mental disorder causes major changes in behavior in the victim.

The thing is, knowing what’s going on in one’s mind is extremely difficult. Unless someone takes you through their thought process, you will remain in the dark. When it starts having problems and falls into depression, they may start isolating themselves from friends and family. They also withdraw from social interactions that they used to find enjoyable. If you notice such trends in a person, chances are they are slowly slipping into depression. The worrying thing is that such behavior may lead to suicidal thoughts. A person suffering from depression often believes that taking their own life will put them out of their misery. Usually, suicidal thoughts are passive. The victims begin to fantasize and ask themselves,’ ‘what if I was dead?’ or ‘what if I die?’ ‘Could suicide be the permanent solution to my problems?’ Some red flags to look out for a suicidal person is when they start giving away personal belongings or when they start acquiring a firearm. These are indications that the person could be contemplating suicide.

Never ignore any red flag that points to suicidal thoughts. Over time, there’s a trend in the correlation of suicide to depression between genders. For men, about 7% are prone to suicide as a result of depression compared to 1% of women in a similar situation.

 

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How can you detect if someone can be suicidal?

Predicting whether someone is likely to commit suicide isn’t easy. However, some warning signs point to the possibility of suicide. They include:

  • Prolonged periods of mental instability
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of meaning in life
  • Drastic changes in one’s behavior and personal hygiene
  • Mood swings
  • Disposing of personal possessions

Apart from these, there are other warning signs such as:

Verbal cues – A suicidal person may repeatedly utter specific phrases such as ‘I want to die’ or ‘You will miss me.’ Most suicidal people will try to reach out to the people around them using such phrases, which is usually a cry for help.

High-risk peopleDepression often manifests in different ways in people and alter their thinking patterns. For people at a high risk of killing themselves, they are often preoccupied with death and often wonder how it can’t be reversed. Such people tend to be fierce and impulsive. When these people know of someone close to them who committed suicide due to depression, they may be motivated to do the same to also get out of their despair.

Suicidal people fall into two categories: those that are determined to die or those that are desperate for help. Simple.

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Let’s move on to the fifth fact:

 

Fact 5# Children also suffer from depression

Is your child always unhappy? Are they pulling away from their friends? Naturally, children hate darkness. Is your child always isolating themselves and staying in a dark room for hours? Well, you will be amazed to learn that children are not immune to depression. As sad as that sounds, it’s a fact.

Why do kids fall into depression?

Let’s explore this together. According to statistics, about 2 to 3% of children under the age of twelve suffer from clinical depression. While this number may be low, it’s still sad to think about it. Kids are always full of life and have lots of energy. However, mistreating or abusing them steals this innocent joy from them. While not every child that’s abused may suffer depression, it’s still a significant trigger of depression in kids. The correlation between child abuse and depression is high.

The rate of depression among teenage girls has skyrocketed over the past decade. Over the same period, the rate of suicides has doubled among this age group. Parenting the current generation is no easy fete. Children are under a lot of pressure nowadays. At this age, children don’t know how to express sadness or open up about any emotional issues they may be having.

Another contributing factor is the generational gap in how things should be in society. Most children don’t see anything wrong with playing violent video games or using their smartphones to access social media and participate in the hype there. However, most parents believe that this is a big NO.

 

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There’s no denying that children in the current generation spend a huge amount of time on the internet using their smartphones and laptops. It can be tough to supervise what they are watching and what’s in their mind. However, it’s your responsibility to monitor them and check their phones once in a while. You can also look into their social media accounts or browser history to try and understand what’s going on in their mind. Don’t overlook depression in children. Ensure there’s an open communication channel between you and your kids.

 

Fact 6 # Depression can be cured using magnets

How cool is that? This little piece of information right here is revolutionizing the treatment of depression. Sometimes depression can be resistant, and the solution lies in Transcranial magnetic therapy. I am sure you think that this method involves the physician placing a magnet on your head that sucks out the depression. No. Transcranial magnetic therapy (TMS) involves the use of powerful electromagnets similar to those used in an MRI. Your brain is an electric organ, and there’s a high correlation between electromagnets and electricity.

How do magnets help your brain?

The newest research on neurocognitive abilities involved the use of magnets. The solution can be used to improve one’s sleeping patterns and eating habits. Magnets can manipulate your brain. Using them may help one’s cognitive ability and improve memory. In 2008, the FDA approved the use of magnets to improve brain functions. Over the years, the success of the treatment has increased tremendously. Some therapists believe that TMS has similar effects to taking antidepressants. Combined with other psychotherapy techniques, the results are amazing.

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According to the World Health Organization, over 350 million people are suffering from depression around the world. This figure makes it the leading cause of disability. 30% of the world’s population is said to be resistant to various forms of depression treatments. The term resistant to treatments refers to the situation where a patient is still exhibiting symptoms of depressions even after two or three cycles of taking antidepressants.

The science behind how TMS operates is still sketchy, but there are different procedures of carrying it out. TMS is painless and works by sending electric impulses to the brain, which in turn stimulates the cells, which helps control one’s mood and behavior. However, the method is relatively new and comes with certain risks. Let’s check them out.

Transcranial brain stimulation is a non-evasive procedure – there’s no surgery involved. Repeating the process hasn’t caused any adverse effects. However, there are some side effects, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Tingling
  • Scalp pain
  • Twitching of facial muscles

Unlike other treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy that cause seizures, TMS doesn’t require sedation or the use of anesthesia before the procedure starts. Speaking of the procedure, you will need multiple sessions of therapy to achieve the desired results. Eventually, the symptoms will reduce and completely disappear over time.

 

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression

 

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Fact 7 # Over 80% of people with depression aren’t taking their meds

When you think about it, that’s an extremely high number of people not taking their depression medicine considering how severe the disease can be. Due to such statistics, it’s no wonder depression is the leading mental disability disorder and has led to the growing number of suicides. How come this number is so high? Why don’t people seek help or get their depression treated? Let’s look at some reasons:

High cost of treatment

Depression can be treated using medication and non-medical ways. However, the expenses of people with comorbidities is thrice that of those without. In America, the treatment options for mental health patients include out of pocket costs, insurance, and government-funded programs. However, there’s no guidance on how to seek to treat these conditions. Most people want to get treated for depression, but they have no idea where to start. Another problem is that individuals are in denial and don’t want to open up about what they are going through. They don’t want to accept that they could be having a mental disorder. Unlike other major diseases, there are still no clear guidelines on how one should go about when they suspect they may be having depression. There’s also limited platforms for people to express themselves.

Disbelief that the treatment will work

Another reason why most people with depression don’t take their meds it because they don’t believe that the medicine will work. The non-medical treatment options call for patience, time, and lots of positive attitudes. There are many treatment options for various types of depressive disorders. Some are experimental treatments that may fail at times. Most patients often get disappointed when a particular treatment doesn’t seem to take the symptoms away. In most cases, re-evaluation is required, and patients don’t want to do it again. Most of the individuals don’t look at the bigger picture or the long term positive outcome of the treatment.

Mistrust and loss of confidentiality

Fear of opening up is one of the main reasons why people don’t seek treatment for depression. Most of the people feel insecure and may not have the confidence to express their emotional turmoil to anyone. The negative thoughts build up. An emotional connection or bond needs to exist for people to open up to each other. In most cases, this bond is missing. Older people, especially those between 60 and 70 years of age, fiercely guard their independence and don’t want to ask for help. They fear that they may lose their integrity and look desperate, which makes the situation worse. Most people prefer to commit suicide due to fear of judgment and loss of self-esteem.

 

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Lack of health insurance cover

When one doesn’t have health insurance, they may fail or delay in getting the necessary treatment. About 4.4 million Americans don’t access to health insurance, and a further 38 million have minimal access. The implication is that this population won’t get the primary care and prevention needed for most medical conditions. Lack of access treatment may lead to irreversible damage.

 

 Fact 8 # Depression isn’t someone’s choice

You don’t choose to be depressed. Period. There’s a difference between emotions and emotional disorders. Emotions such as happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow are in one’s control. You can overcome such emotions easily.  However, the same isn’t the case for depression. One doesn’t choose to be depressed. You can’t tell to snap out of it or be happy. Most people think that depression is a mood swing or random behavior. It’s important to understand that depression is a disease and not a habit. About 8% of Americans develop depression when they are around 12 years and don’t seek medical help. Only 50% of the population gets treatment for these conditions despite living in a first-world country. There are many myths associated with how one gets depression.

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What are some of the common misconceptions of getting depression?

There’s this belief that depression is the outcome of negative events in people’s lives. Therefore, it’s believed that the easiest solution out of it is making the person happy. Another belief is that depression affects only people in a certain age group. However, depression doesn’t discriminate against age, ethnicity, or area. Anyone can get depression.  Depression doesn’t necessarily need to have a cause. It’s not automatic that tragic events in your life will drive your depression. Many people turn to worse things to deal with their pain. When depression goes untreated, it may lead to alcohol abuse or suicide attempts. Once depression is diagnosed, treatment needs to be administered quickly. Sometimes, the patient may need something more than medical and non-medical intervention.

Now that we have addressed some of the misconceptions related to depression let’s look at the actual causes of depression.

 

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What Causes Depression?

Underlying medical conditions- When one has certain underlying medical conditions such as chronic pain, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, among others, they are more prone to depression.

Drug abuse- There’s a lot of evidence showing that substance abuse of stimulants and non-stimulants always leads to long term depressive disorder. Drugs, especially those that alter the central nervous system, contain active ingredients that result in dependency on the drug. As time goes by, you need the dosage. Failure to do so leads to the development of withdrawal symptoms and, eventually, chronic depression.

Genetics- Sometimes, depression is genetic. You may be prone to depression if your mother or father’s side has a history of the disease.

Does Genetic Composition Lead to Depression?

Over the last decade, research has shown that depression runs in families. The significant genetic composition may lead to a probability of developing depression in the long run. Ever wondered who is likely to get depression between men and women? Have you ever heard of the term ‘ baby blues’? Learn more about this in our last fact.

 

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Fact 9 # Women are more prone to depression than men due to postpartum depression

Depression is prevalent in both men and women. However, women are seen as more prone to depression because they talk about it most of the time. Men, on the other hand, bottle up their feelings and are in denial of the symptoms. They end up drinking excessively or abusing drugs to cope with what they are going through. The main difference here lies in the hormonal composition between men and women.

That’s why women suffer from postpartum depression while men can’t experience such a thing. Women experience a lot of hormonal changes between their puberty and menopause, which makes them twice susceptible to depression compared to men.

How long does postpartum last?

The most severe period for postpartum depression is usually six weeks after a woman gives birth. The first six weeks are a crucial period between the mother and her newborn. The mother usually experiences lots of emotional and physical changes. After these first weeks, the reproductive parts start to go back to their normal state before the pregnancy slowly. The recovery from a vaginal birth is different from that of caesarian delivery.

 

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Understanding postpartum depression

The sad thing is that society doesn’t understand the strong emotions felt by a mother who just gave birth. The people around her believe she’s only feeling the overwhelming joy of giving birth. However, while most women are joyful about the newborn, they also get into postpartum depression.

Some of the symptoms that a woman experiences after childbirth include; poor sleeping patterns, low appetite, mood swings, and extended fatigue. Some of the symptoms associated with postpartum depression are restlessness, stress, and rejection of the baby.

The following are the risk factors of getting postpartum depression:

  • Isolating oneself
  • Family history of depression
  • Increased number of children
  • Economic distress

The easiest way to cope with postpartum depression is by accepting the condition and focusing on the baby. You will have some good and bad days, but it shall come to pass. Allow family and friends to help you when you feel overwhelmed.

Conclusion

So, depression can kick in at an early age. These nine facts are some crucial things that not many people know about depression. Depression is multi-faceted and presents itself due to many factors. The good news is that if detected early, it’s manageable and treatable. Visit Mango Clinic to get rid of depression.

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For years nutritionists and doctors have told patients that weight-loss is a pretty straightforward process: Move more and eat less! But is this the reality on the ground? Weight loss is more sophisticated than those two words. There are tons of underlying factors that can make a weight loss journey very difficult or even impossible if those factors are not addressed.

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Apart from nutritional deficiencies or excesses, conditions like insomnia, diabetes, hormone imbalances, and emotional issues can counter your efforts to shed extra calories.

What’s more, when a person commits to go on a strict diet or exercise schedule, it is like they deny themselves something that they really want. And what does that make most of them feel? Miserable and confined! Actually, this is one of the main reasons why 2 out of every five people dieting, quit within the first week, and only 1 or 2 ends up surging on after 30 days!

So if you want to lose weight, the most effective approach is first to identify any underlying or hidden issues you might have and then customize the right plan that addresses them, if any.

Also, creating healthy eating or exercising habits is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off. Read on to find out more on why weight loss treatments and dieting mostly fail:

Underlying physiological problems

Perhaps you have done almost everything right, but weeks or even months later, you are still not losing weight. This is where functional medical therapy comes in handy. Issues like adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunctions, hormonal imbalances, or toxicity issues can easily thwart weight loss efforts of even the most committed person. But this doesn’t mean it is your fault.

Clinically identifying these conditions can give solutions to your weight loss struggle. When the causes are finally found, they can be addressed easily and quickly.

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Dieting doesn’t last

The main problem with dieting or weight loss treatments is their short term approach. Many people approach dieting as an all-round fast solution to the problem.

So you go in full blast within a short period. Instead of making small, gradual adjustments to your lifestyle, diets encourage you to turn your life around for about a week or even a month. But what happens after that one month or two weeks?

Certainly, your body will return to its initial state. That essentially means that no fast or one-approach fits all when it comes to weight loss. It’s the small adjustments over time that last, not the big ones within a month or so.

It is okay to change everything you are doing wrong from now on for a few weeks. However, that will not change your hidden conditions or behavior patterns. It is the steady and slow changes that will eventually lead to success.

 

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Not understanding calories

Your body’s processes need the energy to function optimally. And healthy diets (not necessarily dieting) gives your body essential nutrients like vitamins, adequate calories, essential amino acids, and fluid.

So if you minimize your calorie intake to lose weight, it will likely make you more tired than usual. This means you will not have the energy to exercise, eventually affecting your weight loss efforts.

So what is the best way to approach? Time your meals well, and get enough rest to allow your body to burn more calories than you are taking. Combine that with exercising, even light exercise like, however, choosing to bike or walk instead of driving or taking stairs instead of an elevator will do the magic.

A healthy diet blended with exercising is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and reduce risks of conditions like obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even heart disease.

 

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Unrealistic weight loss goals

There are thousands of dieting schedules and weight loss treatments out there that make many illogical promises. The best you can lose in a week healthily according to clinical studies and research is one kilogram. Obesity calls for new efficient strategies.

And you can only achieve that by taking at least 500 calories fewer per day to create a deficit of 3000 calories and eventually lose 1 kilogram. So if any dieting supplement or treatment promises more than that, just pass. It is not healthy and is almost impossible to achieve.

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It is essential to understand your weight gain’s real cause before determining the right weight loss approach. At the Mango clinic, the professionals will first identify any underlying or hidden causes of your weight, then customize the right weight loss plan that addresses all of them at once. Discuss the best option with your physician to avoid the consequences of making the wrong choice. Mango Clinic is here to help. Call us on (786)-422-9327 or click here to book an appointment.

 

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental condition characterized by fidgety, squirmy, and disorderly children and sometimes quiet, withdrawn, and hyper focused adults. It’s estimated that more than 6.1 million children in the United States have an ADHD diagnosis. These children eventually grow into mature adults. However, despite the prevalence of this neurobehavioral disorder, tracking the symptoms still proves challenging. In this post, we discuss common ADHD symptoms you should look out for in both children and adults.

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ADHD Symptoms in Children

Hyperactivity

Children with ADHD often struggle with focus and may be inattentive in class and at home. While most children have short attention spans, they still manage to pay attention to activities. Kids with ADHD are often hyperactive and impulsive. The signs of hyperactivity include:

  • The inability to sit still, especially in tranquil spaces. The child may fidget and move their hands, body, and legs
  • Excessive talking
  • Being unable to wait to take turns. For example, when answering questions or picking items
  • Constantly interrupting conversations
  • Impulsive actions
  • Having little sense of danger around them

Inattentiveness

  • Inability to focus on activities
  • Being easily distracted when performing activities
  • Making simple and careless mistakes, especially on schoolwork
  • Constantly moving between activities, which leads to multiple unfinished tasks
  • Experiencing difficulty in planning and organizing tasks
  • Inability to focus on tasks that are time-consuming and hard
  • Losing things and often forgetting things
  • Being unable to follow instructions or remember them

Lack of Emotional Control

Children with ADHD may often struggle to control their emotions. They may experience temper tantrums- sudden outbursts of frustration and anger. These outbursts may start early in childhood, as young as one year, and may progress until adulthood

At two, the tantrums are extreme because the child may not speak well enough to describe their problem, but has developed assertiveness, leading to tantrums. Being hungry, tired, and sleepy can exacerbate the outbursts.

Daydreaming and Withdrawal

Sometimes, children with ADHD may withdraw and start daydreaming in the middle of classes and other events. They may ignore what’s around them and focus on their thoughts. Sometimes, the child may withdraw and focus too much on one task, which causes them to forget other activities.

 

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Causes of ADHD Among Adults

 

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ADHD Symptoms in Adults

Some people with ADHD experience less severe symptoms as they age. However, the condition carries on into adulthood, and if not detected early, can cause significant problems. Adults with ADHD struggle with the same symptoms’ children have, in mild to severe forms.

Impulsiveness

An impulsive person makes decisions without much thought. The person may often find themselves taking risks without considering the consequences and also interrupt others when they speak. They may also blurt out answers before questions are complete.

Hyperfocus

On the opposite of hyperactivity is hyper focus. A person with ADHD may become completely engrossed in an activity that interests them. The ability to focus may be so strong that they ignore other activities around them, lose track of time, and ignore other responsibilities.

Disorganization

A person with ADHD may find it challenging to stay organized, both physically and mentally. Their space may often appear disorganized.

Frustration

A person with ADHD may often have a low tolerance for frustration. If something irritates them, they may blow up the situations more than is necessary due to emotional control challenges.

Poor Time Management Skills

Due to mental disorganization, a person with ADHD may often find it challenging to manage time and plan for activities. This may lead to missing deadlines at work.

Forgetfulness

People with ADHD may often forget things and activities.

Excessive Restlessness

A person with ADHD may find it challenging to stay still and focus, especially in a quiet place.

Trouble Coping With Stress

A person with ADHD may find it challenging to handle stress, emotions, and rejection.

Trouble Multitasking

Due to poor planning and poor time management skills, handling several tasks simultaneously becomes hard for a person with ADHD.

Inattentiveness

A person with ADHD may find it challenging to focus on a task, particularly when they’re uninterested in an activity. They may also start different projects and dump them before finishing them or avoid and dislike specific projects.

Trouble Listening

A person with ADHD may struggle to listen to you directly.

 

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Positive ADHD Symptoms

However, not all ADHD symptoms are negative. On the positive side, you may observe the following:

Creativity and hyper focus: People with ADHD often withdraw into their thoughts and focus on single tasks, which makes them extremely creative and good problem solvers.

Elasticity: A person with ADHD may find it easy to move between tasks and enjoy different tasks equally.

Spontaneity: People with ADHD may become excited, especially when interested in something. They become spontaneous and exciting to be around.

Enthusiastic: A person with ADHD may be extremely energetic, especially when performing an activity, they’re interested in. This makes them hands-on team players and great to work with.

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Seeing a Doctor

If you have any of the above symptoms or know someone struggling with the above, it helps to schedule an appointment with a doctor at Mango Clinic in Miami. A proper diagnosis is the only way to determine if you have ADHD, and if you need treatment to help you handle symptoms. Make your appointment at Mango Clinic today.

 

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Impulsivity is one of the common symptoms of ADHD. An impulsive person decides without thinking it through or considering the consequences. Impulsiveness in people with ADHD is likely to continue into adulthood and cause issues with family, friends, law enforcement, and employers. It’s, therefore, crucial to seek treatment to help with impulse control.

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Impulsivity and ADHD

It’s crucial to remember that impulsiveness has its upside and downside. On the one hand, it can help you take charge of new opportunities, but on the other hand, it could lead to making a detrimental choice. Impulsivity is typical for all human beings, but high levels of impulsive behavior are associated with psychiatric disorders such as ADHD.

Also, impulsivity is multidimensional. It includes challenges in controlling motor responses (physical actions) and the inability to control impulsive choices (choosing immediate rewards over long-term rewards). Some of the symptoms associated with impulsivity include:

  • The inability to wait your turn. Some students may blurt out answers before the question is complete
  • Interrupting others during conversations
  • Being extremely impatient when waiting inline
  • Experiencing temper tantrums
  • Participating in risky and antisocial behavior with little regard for the consequences

 

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Treatments for ADHD

Pharmacological Treatments

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs are conventional treatments for a range of psychiatric disorders, including ADHD. Research has shown that a serotonin deficit can contribute to mood disorders, including aggression. A study of 100 people with intermittent explosive disorder showed aggression outbursts, and irritability decreased after treatment with fluoxetine, after only the second week of medication.

Sometimes, if you have ADHD, you may use impulsive behaviors such as erratic shopping, gambling, or drug abuse to cope with depression and anxiety. SSRIs are also beneficial for impulsiveness worsened by depression and anxiety, which are psychiatric disorders that also afflict people with ADHD.

Selective Noradrenergic Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs have also proved beneficial in managing impulsiveness in people with ADHD. Atomoxetine, in some instances, stops impulsiveness without inhibiting learning or attention. A 10-week study of individuals with a binge eating disorder showed that impulsive symptoms improved after treatment with atomoxetine.

Venlafaxine, another SNRI, has also proven beneficial in managing impulse control. However, it’s crucial to remember that much like other psychiatric medication, the use of SNRIs for impulse control is hard to determine. The results may vary per individual.

The benefit of SNRIs is thought to stem from the lack of stimulants in the medication. Research and observations over the years have shown that the use of stimulant medication worsens impulsive behaviors such as gambling, sexual behaviors, and hair-pulling.

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Opioid Antagonists

These are drugs that inhibit dopamine releases. Drugs such as naltrexone enhance the control of motor responses among patients with impulse disorders. Research also supports the use of naltrexone and nalmefene for treating impulsive behaviors such as gambling, alcohol abuse, kleptomania, and sexual behaviors, which may exhibit in people with ADHD.

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ADHD- Hyperactive Impulsive Type Symptoms

Non-Pharmacological Treatments

Non-pharmacological interventions are great alternatives to medication, but can also be used in combination with medication to improve impulse control. Some of the treatments include:

Psychoeducation

This form of treatment includes providing people with ADHD and their families with information regarding the symptoms of the psychiatric disorder. Through understanding the condition, patients have a better chance of recognizing their impulsive behaviors.

It can also help individuals to challenge misconceptions about the disorder. Rather than thinking that impulsive behavior is entirely within their control, people with ADHD can finally understand how their condition exacerbates impulses. With the right information, a person with ADHD can start practicing mindfulness to control their impulses where possible.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a self-instructional form of therapy that aims to help a person with ADHD take a more planned and reflective approach to life. With CBT, you can learn to approach your choices with more thinking and use a goal-oriented format to deal with everyday life.

In combination with pharmacological treatments for ADHD, CBT can help you deal with impulsivity. You can take CBT sessions individually and with groups. CBT covers a broad range of topics such as behavior analysis, time management, mindfulness, acceptance, planning, and anger control, among others.

Each of these topics can help you control impulsivity by being more thoughtful about actions, controlling emotions to avoid tantrums, and planning activities to avoid idleness that may encourage impulsivity.

Parent-led Behavioral Therapy

This form of therapy includes parental intervention and is crucial, especially for young children and adolescents. Going through therapy can help both parents and kids with ADHD cope with impulsivity associated with non-compliance. It’s excellent for parents who don’t want medication for their children.

If you’re a parent, you learn ways to analyze behaviors and address your interactions with the child to reduce problematic behaviors. The therapy can happen at home or in an office or hospital either alone or with groups.

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What’s holding back mental healthcare access? There is a lot of information on the general issues that bar people from seeking help to treat their mental illnesses. Sure, there are people that have managed to access successful treatment, but a good number of those battling mental illnesses aren’t getting the help they need. This gap between patients and treatment trickles down to multiple factors.

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Ideally, knowing all the reasons that are keeping you from accessing treatment could change your life. If you would like to know some of the reasons why accessing mental healthcare is tough, this is the post for you. It includes five of these barriers.

The points included in this post are not only an inside view of the mental healthcare industry but also evidence-based insights into why accessing treatment options have been a problem. It will answer the many questions in your mind right now.

 

Number One – Structural Barriers

Mental health issues are common all over America. While all states have been working on creating an environment favorable for mental health treatment, there still exists a large gap between access to treatment and the prevalence of the illnesses.

The Treatment Gap

The treatment gap is used to refer to the difference between the number of patients who need specific treatment and those who actually receive the care. Among the primary reasons for this large gap is the availability of unpredictable and insufficient data on the American population. This is exacerbated by the scarcity of resources for collecting this data.

According to the survey:

  • America’s weighted mean for the treatment gap for mental illnesses stands at 71.2%
  • The mean for the treatment gap stands at 57.6% for severe disorders
  • The mean for the treatment gap stands at 65.7% for critical to moderate disorders

In the case of severe mental disorders, the treatment gap is as follows:

  • 5% in North America
  • 9% in Latin America
  • 4% in Mesoamerica
  • 8% in South America

For severe to moderate mental disorders, the treatment gap increases substantially:

  • 2% in North America
  • 7% in Latin America
  • 7% in Mesoamerica
  • 1% in South America

Tackling the treatment gap that exists among alcohol and substance abusers is the biggest challenge for first-world countries such as America. The treatment gap among American adults is also exceptionally high, further adding to the global mental health disorder burden.

Poor Mental Health Policies

Policies are supposed to aid in meeting the needs of the population. Historically, America has been more than adamant in creating mental health policies aimed at helping people with war-related chronic mental health problems. This includes a centralized system of procedures that have been around since 1960. Services might no longer be available to the seriously ill citizens because the centralized approach didn’t factor this target demographic.

The present situation concerning public health policies isn’t that different from the post-war one. Instead of targeting the population that needs them, today’s health policies are aimed at therapeutic services for outpatient settings. As such, this scenario results in inadequate resource allocation for the mental health sector.

Here are a few trends recorded in 2020, according to Mental Health America’s published article:

  • There has been an increase in the prevalence of depression and anxiety from 8.66% to 13.01%
  • More adults are attempting suicide than ever
  • While most American have insurance, they lack treatment
  • The youth and adults lack treatment requirements
  • There is still a large proportion of the youth that goes unidentified despite struggling with mental health illnesses

 

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Mental Health Professional Shortage

In general, America doesn’t have enough health professionals, but this inadequacy can be felt most in the mental healthcare sector. According to mental health resources, a good number of Americans, 89.3 million, live in federally designated areas of mental health shortage.

These statistics can be tied back to a variety of factors. Other than rural areas being highly deprived of diagnostic and treatment services, they typically lack access to mental health professionals. On the flip side, while urban areas have more health professionals, most have long waiting lists. Patients often have to wait for months before accessing these services.

This matter is further aggravated by government-sponsored and private insurance plans. Also, doctors often shy away from taking up mental healthcare careers.

The Organization of Mental Healthcare Services Is Fragmented

The fragmentation of mental health services makes accessing mental healthcare tougher for most people. Mental health services are referred to as ‘de facto’ in many areas. While people do report their problems, they often find themselves stuck in a maze of disorganization before they can get any help. This increases the urgency of having an efficient service system to facilitate direct contact with the community.

Some of the reasons for the disorganization of mental health services include:

  • Desperate administrative resources
  • Historical reforms
  • Variation in eligibility criteria rules
  • Misconducted funding streams

 

When combined, these factors have created widespread artificial boundaries between the patients and access to treatment. It is rare for popular communities to offer their past and present medical histories for assessment. When these communities actually present this data, processing the examinations usually takes months.

A severe lack of mental health services is also common among large minority communities, which is why people who dwell in rural areas are known to commit suicide at a rate that’s higher than their urban counterparts.

 

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Ignorance of the High-Risk Population’s Treatment

Whenever reform and guidelines are being designed, the high-risk population is often neglected. Mental healthcare isn’t advanced enough to ensure that all aspects that require consideration are addressed. However, the leaders in advancement also use outdated and general approaches when making decisions on mental healthcare.

Here is some of the high-risk population that is often ignored during mental healthcare reforms:

Geriatric Population

Mental health disorders and suicide are highly prevalent among the older generations, so providing this age group with treatment is necessary. For older people, ‘Medicare’ is their primary financer for health issues. The sad truth is that Medicare offers limited services and options for the mental healthcare sector. This inadequacy is linked to:

  • Limits to hospitalization
  • Limited coverage of office visits
  • Little to no coverage of prescription drugs

Around 25% of this demographic claim that these Medicare restrictions bar them from seeking healthcare. Since the treatment offered to older people isn’t as receptive as that offered to other adults, most resist seeking treatment. Under Medicare, general outpatient medical services require a 20 percent copayment, while most outpatient mental health services require a 50 percent copayment. It also rigidly limits the lifetime hospitalizations to 190 days.

Suggested Citation: “9 Barriers to Effective Treatment and Intervention.” Institute of Medicine. 2002. Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/10398.

The under-diagnosis and under-treatment of the older generation also pose a greater risk to access to treatment. Since a good number of physicians’ view depression and mental illnesses as part of growing old arising from anatomical, physiological, and psychological changes, special treatment considerations do not seem necessary for this group. However, this mindset can negatively impact the importance of seeking mental healthcare.

Adolescents

The reasons behind poor mental healthcare access are the same for the adolescent population; low utilization, limited access to care, low help-seeking behavior, and diagnosis problems have all contributed to the limited access to mental health treatment.

Another significant factor is that the unemployed status of most adolescents makes affording treatment expenses an uphill task. This age group also doesn’t adhere to appointments and follow-ups as required.

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Number Two – Limited Awareness/Education About Mental Health

The lack of mental healthcare awareness can be quite consequential. Stories about mental health complications can be found everywhere, including in newspapers, media, and TV. The responsibility of spreading and understanding mental health awareness falls on the government, treatment providers, and family members. Why aren’t people that struggle with bipolar disorder or chronic depressive disorder or schizophrenia getting the treatment they deserve? For those who do, why are treatment rates quite high?

The best excuse for this situation would be ‘Anosognosia’ – an inadequacy in self-awareness. If the person suffering from a mental disorder isn’t well-educated about their condition, they will have a lot of questions about their wellbeing. ‘Broken brain’ is a term commonly used to refer to people struggling with mental illnesses who have to deal with the continuous change in their brain or its damage without sensing that they have a mental illness.

50% of patients who are suffering from mental illness often don’t accept the fact that they have a mental disorder. While their health providers, friends, or family might try to inform them of their condition, it can be tough for them to understand or be mindful of their mental wellbeing. Addressing anosognosia is challenging since it is also a symptom of mental illness. Those who aren’t at home with their mental illnesses might react differently, including through:

Irritation

Other than being uncomfortable to deal with at first, mental disorders do get worse with age and time. Those struggling with these illnesses may face pressure in the form of work, financial burden, memory loss, a decline in cognitive skills, and stigma, which can breed anxiety while socializing.

Fear and Anger

The experience of being told that you have a mental disorder is typically painful and terrifying. People react towards fear in a completely unpredictable way. For those with psychiatric disorders, it can be tough to take things positively.

The language used to address the different disorders could also be an issue to the point where people suffering from mental illnesses become susceptible to specific words. For instance, calling such people’ mentally disturbed’ can be humiliating and cause anger reactions.

Why Mental Health Awareness Matters

Mental health awareness and the awareness of existing healthcare choices are necessary for early diagnosis and for spotting red flags within a specific demographic. This awareness also speeds up recovery from mental disorders.

Knowledge of all things mental health-related could help those in need figure out how to access healthcare resources. In fact, half of Americans might not access healthcare resources due to not knowing how to go about it.

They may not be aware of the resources that exist for their specific disorder; non-profit organizations, insurance policies, government-sponsored low-budget insurance coverage, and funding all offer great opportunities for improved mental health for the population. However, the lack of education, cultural and language barriers, superstitions, and conservative mindsets hold back people from leveraging healthcare options and treatments.

 

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Limitations of Psychiatric Health in the USA

 

Awareness offers both hope and a large recovery window. Attention to the possibilities of mental illnesses creates the perfect environment for decreasing comorbidities and improving how people approach life.

In the United States of America, a variety of organizations is working overtime to improve mental health awareness in their communities. These initiatives are targeted at improving the mental health of the population as well as increasing awareness of available treatment options. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Helpful Educational Resource for Mental Disorders and Healthcare In The U.S
  • CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

The CDC offers a rich source of data concerning mental health disorders. It has databases that are broadly based on public data and statistics. In recent years, the organization has been a huge advocate for mental health awareness. It has been promoting this cause by describing mental health to the public and outlining the benefits of mental health awareness as well as the available treatment options.

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is the service behind the most extensive medical library in the world, the ‘National Library of Medicine.’ The organization’s main goal is to offer high-quality information concerning health and wellness. By using English and Spanish, it achieves its goals of spreading healthcare awareness through all possible mediums. As an online resource, MedlinePlus is among the most trusted sources of information for individuals and their friends and family.

Mentalhealth.Gov

The U.S government uses this website as a one-step access door for a wide variety of mental health resources. Visitors can learn all things related to mental health by visiting the site. It targets a number of areas, including:

  • The general public
  • Policymakers
  • School systems
  • Health and emergency preparedness professionals
  • Local communities
  • Government and business leaders

National Center For PTSD

This organization’s target demographic is American veterans, both men, and women. It claims to offer all employees of the VA respect, excellence, and a baseline of standards.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NIMH has been one of the greatest champions of establishing evidence-based research on mental illnesses. As a leading federal agency in the mental health field, it falls under the 27 institutes of the National Institute of Health, which has been acclaimed as the world’s largest biomedical research agency.

In the coming five years, NIMH has created a strategic plan on how it wants to push mental health awareness forward. The plan includes (2020 updated):

  • Highlighting efforts aimed at improving therapeutic and preventive mental health interventions
  • Monitoring the trajectory of mental illnesses to establish the perfect way to intervene
  • Advancing the basic science of the brain, behavior, and genomics to understand mental illnesses better
  • Ensuring that people suffering from mental disorders can benefit from improved services and outcomes, and better knowledge to practice

 

Number Three – Racial Barriers and Social Stigma

The disorder isn’t the only complication that people struggling with mental illness have to deal with. While the disorder itself can be daunting to deal with, the whole experience is worsened by social stereotypes and prejudice.

Victims of mental illnesses are often robbed of both a healthy, happy life and access to mental healthcare facilities. They end up being deprived of adequate healthcare, good jobs, and access to freely available resources.

Why Mental Health Stigma Is Prevalent?

Stigma arises whenever the society or those closest to the victim term them as less desirable. It can be manifested in a variety of ways, including negative attitudes, ignorance, or discrimination. The victim is often referred to as ‘other.’

This stigma could easily be fueled by society’s negative attitudes and lack of awareness. In other cases, people struggling with mental illnesses often become society’s soft targets of violence in a variety of ways. For instance, people who have schizophrenia are often regarded as violent and a danger to others.

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Five Common Societal Misconceptions About Mental Illness

1.     Mental Disorders Are A Weakness

It is common for the mentally ill to receive a lot of backlash for their mental health status. Their condition often raises questions about their abilities, intelligence, and physical output. Such perceptions about them often lead victims towards a path of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, which is often a big hurdle to their motivation to seek mental healthcare.

Also, seeking treatment for mental disorders is often regarded as a lack of mental strength. The truth is that mental strength isn’t affected by mental illnesses. In fact, many people dealing with mental health disorders are quite influential and are known to handle their condition incredibly well.

2.     It Is Impossible to Overcome Mental Health Problems

Some contributing factors are non-modifiable, such as age, genetics, sex, and family history. However, it is quite possible for people struggling with mental illnesses to manage and recover from their conditions. A lot can be done to their daily living to lead them on the road of recovery. This includes:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Embracing psychotherapy
  • Practicing good sleep hygiene
  • Taking FDA-approved medication
  • Engaging in regular physical activity and exercise

3.     Violence Is Normal for People with Mental Disorders

The media has made a significant contribution to the negative portrayal of the mentally ill. Mental illnesses have been tied to ghost possessions, domestic violence, spooky mental asylums, serial killers, and more.

Hollywood movies, news, and documentaries have easily earned the mentally ill a ‘crazy’ label. In reality, people struggling with mental illnesses tend to be innocent and polite and are often not the perpetrators of violence, but victims of it.

The ensuing backlash, false portrayal by the media, constant label, and linkage of mental illness to criminality have all contributed to creating an unsuitable environment for those with mental illnesses to recover or open up about their struggles.

 

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USA Mental Health Stats of Previous Years

 

4.     Seeking Mental Healthcare Is Considered as a Sign of Failure and a Source of Embarrassment

Around 50% of Americans are embarrassed and hesitant to seek help, regardless of their mental condition. This can be linked to the myths, baseless opinions, and stereotypes that are constantly exchanged within society. Mental health disorders are far from being a choice. Seeking mental healthcare should be seen in the same light as getting help for other health conditions. It should be viewed as a choice to prioritize your health enough to seek treatment and enjoy a better life. Owning up to your mental disorder and seeking help is, in fact, a sign of strength, which shows you have the spiritual power and will to design a happier life for yourself.

5.     Mental Health Practitioners Aren’t Doctors

Studies in the field of psychiatry and psychology are of great importance. These health professionals play a key role in diagnosing mental disorders, treating them, and coming up with advanced ways of managing mental illnesses. Psychologists cannot be called doctors until they earn their PhD. in their fields and get authorized licensure. Attending medical schools isn’t a requirement for them. On the other hand, psychiatrists have to attend medical school to completion and take licensing exams before reaching their degree. In both cases, these professionals are referred to as doctors after fulfilling the required criteria.

While there is a significant difference in salary and education, this difference neither takes away their title nor questions their expertise. The fact is that both professions have a significant role to play in decreasing mental health stigma and improving healthcare accessibility with an excellent prognosis.

Stigma Can Be Divided into Two:

  • Public stigma
  • Self-stigma

Public Stigma:

Stereotype: The mentally ill are negatively perceived by society. (violent, different, weak, dangerous)

Prejudice: Rigidity towards these negative beliefs.

Discrimination: Often, this leads to the avoidance and withholding of common living opportunities.

On average, the American and European population has a very negative perception of people with mental health disorders. Even professionals in the mental health sector do practice some form of stigmatization.

Some of the general thoughts about mental health within the public domain are:

  • People struggling with mental illness should be isolated from society
  • The mentally ill are immature
  • Others should make the life decision of the mentally ill since they are incapable of making these decisions themselves

Double standards and discrimination in thoughts and opinions around the mentally ill are quite common. Family members might shy away from socializing with the mentally ill. An above-average portion of society will also have negative thoughts concerning marriages with the mentally ill. This public stigma hurts the chances of the mentally ill to access good jobs, free treatment options, safe housing, social club memberships, public parks, etc.

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Self-Stigma:

Stereotypes: Having a negative perception about oneself (feeling helpless, weak, and crazy, etc.)

Prejudice: Agreeing with and settling to the false beliefs of society

Discrimination: Failing to seek help and missing out on treatment opportunities

It is common for people living within a society that stigmatizes against them to endorse this backlash. With time, a mentally ill person might find themselves thinking that they inherently deserve less, and often lose hope for their future. Low self-esteem and dignity are significant contributors to the low rates of the mentally ill seeking resources and screening.

Moving onto this chapter’s last section

Racial Disparities

Unlike in the case of general health, there are petty differences among the public regarding accessing quality mental healthcare. The minorities in the United States, such as African Americans, access poor quality mental healthcare, whereas the situation is much better for accessing general healthcare.

Studies show that the prevalence of mental health issues among African Americans is less than or equal to that of the other American ethnic groups. However, the outcomes for blacks aren’t anywhere close to being as good as those of the whites.

 

Number Four – Barriers in Primary Healthcare and Suicidal Detection

Globally, mental health problems are quite common. In fact, the morbidity and mortality rate has seen a steady increase recently due to inadequate primary care and screening for the mentally ill. Primary care plays a pivotal role in the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of mental illnesses. Most people struggling with mental disorders complain about inadequacies in primary healthcare facilities and limited access to the available ones. According to a study conducted by De Hert and colleagues, the poor management of mental illnesses can be tied back to several barriers, which include:

Patient Barriers:

Low Socioeconomic Background:

The unavailability of resources like aids, funding, family support, and insurance coverage hold back people from affording mental healthcare. One of the most significant problems for people with low socioeconomic backgrounds is that the mentally ill are often regarded as disabled and problematic. As such, these individuals have to primarily depend on their own financial abilities due to inequality, social stigma, and low self-confidence.

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Poor Mental Health Experience:

Some of the social experiences people have had with mental health make patients shy away from opening up to society and health experts. For instance, the media has been painting a terrorizing picture of common mental healthcare resources such as doctors and hospitals. Famous Hollywood movies have created the perception of the mentally ill being victimized through experimentation, torture, bloodshed, and violence. This negative image makes it tough for people with mental illnesses to believe that the real world is any different.

Service Provider Barriers:

Three factors drive the quality and capacity to address and treat mental health disorders:

Knowledge

Inadequate knowledge about the different mental health conditions among healthcare providers complicates access to mental healthcare. While there are diverse mental health disorders, a single disorder could affect two people in varying ways. Lacking the knowledge of the multiple aspects of the different disorders makes managing patients an uphill task. Education is necessary among doctors and nurses for them to deal with mental health emergencies with efficiency.

Scope of Practice

The scope of practice of a good number of healthcare providers excludes mental illnesses. While a physician will claim that they have a license to treat the body, they may emphasize that they don’t treat the brain. Such individuals believe that dealing with mental health issues is outside their scope.

Attitudes and Values:

A lot of people find dealing with new primary healthcare workers tough. Making a connection with them and opening up can be a challenge for most people. This especially holds true for people with a history of alcohol and drug abuse as they experience rejection from primary healthcare workers who might see them as “drug-seeking.”

Barriers to Suicide Detection and Management:

In the United States, suicide has grown into a significant concern. Mental health disorders and suicide attempts often go hand in hand.

What Are the Mental Health Disorders Associated with The Risk Of Suicide?

Some of the mental health disorders that result in suicide include:

  • Major depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alcoholism
  • Emotional stress
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personal disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
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Prominent Factors Contributing to Suicide in the USA

 

Here are some of the problems that hold back suicide detection:

Suicide Screening

Most countries have embraced a grim suicide detection strategy. In most cases, this involves conducting primary health surveys on depression and assessing the probability of suicide occurring among the target audience.

While there are a variety of tools that can help screen suicide, their applicability is often questionable. Having conversations with the patient about their condition as well as their family and medical history is often the best alternative.

People who fit the following description often have a high risk of suicide:

  • People facing fatigue
  • Clients with chronic pain
  • People struggling with financial burdens
  • People going through sudden changes in their life
  • People who are socially isolated
  • People going through postpartum depression
  • People who are sleep-deprived
  • People with a history of substance abuse
  • People struggling with more than one chronic disease
  • People whose first-degrees biological relatives have a history of depression
  • People living in impoverished home environments
  • The geriatric population that lives alone

Often the sensitivity and availability of the screening tools aren’t always at 100%. Picking the ideal screening tools trickles down to a variety of factors, including personal preferences, availability, time consumption, and other factors.

The fact that screening tools are also known to lead to false-positive results is also a major drawback. This can lead to high medical care costs, which could complicate the lives of people who lack private insurance.

 

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Number Five – Financial Barriers

The adverse effects of economic and psychological issues have had a significant role to play in the increasing burden of mental health disorders around the world. According to recent research, about 56% of the population with depression and 86% of people struggling with alcohol abuse go untreated due to the high cost of accessing treatment.

Globally, the inability to afford mental healthcare treatment is the main cause of treatment denial. Many of America’s insurance companies, especially Medicare, either allocate inadequate resources or completely fail to cover mental healthcare services. Reversing this is largely in the hands of authorities, caretakers, and the policymakers.

WHO has already confirmed the significant threat that lies with mental illnesses? Millions of Americans find accessing psychiatric healthcare challenging. Often, those who access the care often have to go through a maze of fragmentation and financial obstacles.

Some of the main reasons behind these financial issues include:

  • Unemployment
  • Insurance companies’ high rate of denial of care
  • Health insurance networks lacking mental health experts
  • Mental healthcare facilities demanding high out-of-pocket costs

These issues will exist, whether the person seeking mental healthcare has private or public insurance coverage. Here is a list of the opportunities for healthcare treatment offered in the United States and the financial aspect that hold them back:

Insurance

Ideally, having insurance coverage is meant to make accessing treatment easier. There is a scheme under the American health system that allows all deserving populations to access treatment under a specific insurance plan.

Many insurance sources under this scheme do cover mental health treatments. For instance, employers can provide insurance to their employees. As for young people (those below the age of 26), they can always rely on the coverage provided by their parent’s employer. On the other hand, college students can enjoy low-cost insurance provided by the school’s state.

The Financial Drawbacks of These Insurance Options

A good number of these plans might exclude mental health conditions from their coverage. Despite the government trying its best to be strict, many insurers could exclude previously diagnosed illnesses from their coverage. In other cases, the mentally ill might struggle to afford common insurance plans, with some working under employers who don’t offer insurance!

For people who can’t access insurance through family support, school, or work, there is always the option to access government-sponsored plans through:

  • Medicare
  • Affordable Care Act Marketplace
  • Medicaid

Medicare And Medicaid

The U.S government sponsors Medicaid and Medicare. These services are provided based on qualifications, disability status, income, and age. For you to gain access to the service, you will need to work with a social service agency to fill social security disability applications.

 

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Limitations of Psychiatric Health in the USA

 

The Limitations of Medicare:

Limited Providence of Facilities

Other than the popular Medicare plans to have a variety of financial restrictions, the services that you can access under the insurance are limited to a specific budget. For a majority of these plans, you will need to pay higher fees if you can only access out-of-network healthcare providers. While other plans can give more choices, they often come with a high price tag that is difficult to afford.

State-Specific Limitations on Coverage

Although Medicare services can be accessed throughout America, the advantage plans will often be strictly restricted to specific areas or states. This will prove to be disadvantageous to the demographic that travels frequently; their health insurance might not work outside their residential area.

The Additional Cost of Healthcare Coverage

At face value, Medicare looks like a reasonable plan that comes with premium charges that are automatically deducted throughout the project’s many parts. However, it might have user-specific hidden charges. These charges could include specialist visit copays, add ups on the advantage plans, and drug deductibles.

Free Clinic and Health Services

While insurance will cater to most parts of healthcare, there exist a couple of cost-free options. These options are easy to obtain through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). However, you need to meet stringent requirements to gain access to these services.

Another popular option is to reach out to local non-profit organizations. While some therapists under these organizations can offer their services at no cost, such opportunities are often luck-dependent.

What Are the Possible Issues?

Cost-free options are often offered by healthcare candidates like part-time workers, observers, and trainees. These candidates might fail to match the quality services and treatment regimens offered by experts. People seeking treatment for their mental health disorders could easily experience a lack of professionalism and malpractice.

Funding for The Mentally Ill Working Population

Finding employment as a mental health patient is often a struggle. However, job seekers can always leverage the disability quota for a chance at landing minimum role jobs. The government also provides supported employment options and vocational rehabilitation services. The former offers people with mental illnesses an excellent opportunity to make enough money and afford their treatment.

In order to get supported employment, you might have to contact mental health agencies. Your employment could be restricted to specific sectors, such as teaching the mentally ill. Once you are employed, your employer will take the responsibility of eliminating any barriers to how you work. Often, this involves stringent supervision to ensure high levels of quality and create an ideal corruption-free environment.

The Difficulty of Maintaining Jobs With Mental Disorders

It is often difficult to find and maintain jobs with mental illness. While 60% of Americans suffering from mental illnesses are ready to work, it can be surprising to learn that their unemployment rate lies at 80%. Sure, seeking a job with a mental illness can be a great idea, but the underlying illness could complicate relating with others in the workplace.

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Conclusion

There is a diversity of barriers to accessing ample care for mental health disorders, with most of the above-listed obstacles having several contributing factors. The ensuing stigma and lack of healthcare access could arise from both the society or the patient himself. The ultimate goal is to work on ways for breaking these stereotypes and barriers to eventually allow victims to enjoy a healthy and functional life like the rest of the population.

Now that you have learned enough about mental health care aspects, you can do your part to change this narrative. Whether you or your loved one have a mental illness or not, you are always welcome to seek care at Mango Clinic. Feel free to leave a comment and visit this site anytime for more knowledge. Book an appointment today!

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The current pandemic represents one of the hardest challenges in modern history. It has no doubt taken a heavy toll on your mind, body, and soul. To help you maintain peak physical and mental health, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 most therapeutic blogs. We didn’t rank them in any particular order because we believe each one offers invaluable advice.

No matter what your current situation is, you’ll find some inspiration in these carefully picked and constantly updated websites. As you consume this precious information, you’ll discover that you’re not alone in your struggles. These blogs are sincere about helping you improve your mental health. They are

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MindBodyGreen

This blog enhances your overall well-being by focusing on spirituality, personal growth, and financial discipline. It caters to all your needs, from integrative health to maintaining physical fitness. It does that mainly through nutritious recipes and practical advice on functional food. Other than health, the blog focuses on your holistic wellness through the promotion of body positivity and physical awareness, including beautification and makeup.

From implementing Feng Shui, adopting greener cleaning practices, to simple tips on parenting, it will fulfill most of your needs. Overall, this blog is about a peaceful planet that can prosper through heightened friendships and relationships. If those are your aims, along with keeping up with wellness trends, then you are in the right place.

2

Psychside

This blog keeps growing in popularity due because it posts psychological facts that touch on personality, mental health, personal well being, and phobia-related curiosity. It has several well-researched and easy to implement resources. On top of that, it offers you the opportunity to contribute to community discussions.

This benefit includes the chance to submit and have your article published. The blog helps you uncover some bizarre scientific information to engage your mind.

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Everyday Health

Everyday Health fulfills your desire for a wide range of health topics, including good food and dietary habits. It also provides sound information on the types of drugs and supplements you should take to sustain a busy lifestyle. That particular section is like a small pharmacy on your screen, which helps you sharpen your knowledge of their benefits and side effects.

The blog keeps you informed with the latest news, notifications, alerts, and regular newsletters. It also caters to Tippi, a growing community that encourages personal and professional wellness through the motto “tip it forward

4

Factsionary

This platform contains little bits of knowledge from across the globe. It allows you to ask questions and contribute as well. Factsionary also compiles strange and unconventional posts that both educate and entertain. Their content covers a wide range of topics, including relationships and health. As you go through the simple and complex facts presented on the blog, your mind feels like it’s solving important and significantly beneficial puzzles.

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Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene advances a simple and holistic lifestyle by healing your body and mind. Yoga is known to restore sanity deeply. Adriene herself is a central part of the brand. Other than being proactive, she symbolizes health and pure simplicity. Her blog has more than 500 free videos and several practical premium courses.

Her equally popular Youtube channel has received recognition from several media outlets and fans across the world. The blog’s Yoga calendar and vegetarian recipes help you plan consistent and sustainable Yoga practices.

6

Sam Harris

Sam Harris discusses the philosophy and neuroscience principles that expand your mind. This versatile blog also offers other helpful content including the “Making Sense” podcast, as well as the “Waking Up” mobile app. The podcast provides answers to common questions concerning society and the human mind.

The app helps you understand how your mind works, with the ultimate aim of accomplishing your life’s purpose. The blog’s beautifully designed memes, combined with the thoughtful quotes by the blogger, provide a valuable representation of your inner mental state.

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Greatist

You can describe Greatist as a blog that focuses on life, food, beauty, and fitness. One of its most exciting aspects is the addons it offers alongside its workout videos. The website promotes an extensive product list, including supplements and essential oils. It also cites relevant studies to strengthen their viability.

You also receive a variety of recommendations, including the best keto-friendly food items, low-carb sauces, healthy chocolates, and suitable fitness gear. This blog acts as a convenient guide.

8

Dr.Shefali

Other than being a wisdom teacher, Dr. Shefali is also a coach. Her blog has several episodes that cover amazing topics. They include consciousness, manifestation ideas, personal development, insights, spirituality, and life lessons. The website also contains some of Dr. Shefali’s published books, as well as her workshop schedule.

This light-hearted blog is perfect if you want to know more about energy fields, or just need a simple guide to parenting and romantic relationships.

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High Existence

High Existence provides deeper insights into altered states of mind. If you’re interested in keeping your brain calm, you can listen to their podcast and read their surreal articles. The blog also discusses stoicism and philosophy with a general focus on enlightenment.

It mixes spirituality with psychology to give a comprehensive understanding of how your brain understands concepts. You can find a wide range of topics, ranging from personal growth and wisdom to the brilliance of famous individuals. The blog has a thoughtful “random button“ which picks articles from a 10-year-old archive.

10

NAMI

This blog is a part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Its discussions revolve around mental health issues. They focus on individuals, caregivers, and families, with special emphasis on teens and young adults.

The organization was founded in 1979 on the ideas of a small grouping of families gathered around a kitchen table. Their discussion led to the formation of an association with the sole aim of helping people who need mental health resources. The blog contains a variety of studies and stories. It also makes it easy for the audience to post personal problems or opinions in the community forum.

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Rethink

Rethink blog advances mental wellbeing through top notch advice and actionable information. Are you planning on gifting someone through your will? Are you an activist for mental health equality? This blog helps you make the best of your compassionate and empathetic inclinations.

Among the many events, it celebrates include world prevention day, mental health awareness week, schizophrenia week, carers week, OCD awareness week, and stress awareness month. Apart from reading, Rethink encourages its audience to actively participate.

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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen’s blog describes her as a writer who relentlessly studies human nature to make life better. She also seeks to brighten your day through books and podcasts. Her content is suitable if you’re seeking a deeper connection with your body and senses. It also helps prevent irrational thoughts by providing varied and entertaining articles.

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Dr. Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud seeks to train your mind to make it strong enough for the world around you. His strategies involve understanding topics such as life, faith, and leadership. If you’re in a toxic relationship, lack confidence, or need to love again, this is your blog of choice. Dr. Cloud also has regular podcasts that focus on leadership, as well as books, intensive programs, consultations, and speaking engagements.

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Healthy Place

This is the right blog if you’re interested in learning more about Schmanxiety. Although the current pandemic has caused lots of stress, you can fight and overcome it. Common topics include creative schizophrenia, how to avoid self-injury, how to cope with depression and understanding neurodevelopmental issues.

Other types of content include videos on mental health, inspirational quotes, and the chance to customize your mood journal. By following this blog, you can live positively with ADHD and Bipolar disorder. It also helps normalize the stigma associated with such mental health conditions, which allows you to live a more fulfilling life.

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Blurtitout

Blurtitout’s main objective is to understand depression to cure it. As you go through the blog, you’ll have a better feeling of the dynamics of living with anxiety and depression. What’s more, it conveniently provides audio blogs that you can listen to on the go. That means you can still learn as you drive, work out, or perform other tasks.

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Anxiety Sisters

These sisters are also known as “Abs and Mags”. Their blog provides a safe space if you’re looking to understand mental health. Their slogan, “don’t go it alone”, encourages you to share your experiences with your peers and people who empathize with your situation.

Loneliness is not conducive to healing. The main objective is to offer mental health resources through sisterhood. The message is that you can thrive with anxiety if you have a strong support system.

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Neurohacker Collective

This blog encourages its readers to contribute actively to the citizen science movement. Its areas of interest include neurotechnologies, brain health, stress management, diet, sleep, body movements, healthspan, and neurology.

If you’re new to neuroscience, you’ll learn more about hormones such as dopamine, as well as the principles of cognitive science. You also get access to blog-related products. These items are associated with sleep energy, longevity, and cognition.

18

Beck Institute

Beck Institute is a source of empowerment if you’re looking for information, training, and certification in certain fields of mental health. Whether you’ve started therapy or plan on doing so, some education on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will help you grasp the concepts better.

The founder, Dr. Judith Beck, is an expert on CBT. She motivates you to heal while allowing others to also receive healing. This is the perfect blog if you want to know more about anger management, stressor response management, and other techniques for handling mental health problems.

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Paul Ekman

The topics covered by this blog align with Dr. Ekman’s chronology of achievements. It covers topics such as micro-expressions and the facial coding system. It’s an exciting resource if you have an interest in emotions. It helps you answer the following questions: How do I experience emotions? Can I achieve emotional balance? What’s the science behind lie detectors? What’s the scientific explanation for smiles? How do you explain suppressed emotions?

Other than checking how genuine your smile is, you can create a heightened emotional awareness.

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Roland Bal

Roland Bal’s blog focuses mainly on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a largely ignored condition that transforms into a chronic illness. The techniques used by Roland himself include somatic psychotherapy and cognitive methods to treat complex trauma. The aim is to help you understand boundaries and handle vulnerability.

His blog also provides audio files on trauma care coupled with guided meditations. This resource has valuable information on childhood trauma and dissociation, as well as heartfelt testimonials.

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Happiful

This blog compiles exciting, day to day life hacks in a light-hearted manner that also helps you solve dull tasks. Its motto encourages you to “hack your way to positivity and wellness” using the various mental tips at your disposal. You can solve issues such as troublesome colleagues, facemask anxiety, lockdown regret, panic attacks, and comparison traps.

Sometimes you might suffer from mental disorders that you’re not aware of, such as adult autism. Happiful not only guides you in identifying these symptoms but also helps in preventing them from escalating. The blog’s magazine is also available in printed format.

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Anxiety Gone

Anxiety Gone blog helps you fight anxiety, which can be hard to deal with daily. It encourages you to have mental health boxes with peculiar names such as “warrior spirit box” depending on your desired mood. These boxes contain therapeutic products and practical resources for reading. Each one is packed with research-inspired tasks that help you manage your mental and emotional needs.

The blog discusses peace of mind through techniques such as aromatherapy, sleep aid, crystals, and meditation spinning rings. It also covers self-help techniques, past traumatic experiences, kid’s anxiety, and self-reflecting questions that help you tackle social anxiety.

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Sch Counselor

If you’re a student, this blog is a useful source of ideas, lessons, and general resources that help you tackle test anxiety. As a licensed professional counselor, Danielle Schultz writes on various issues associated with student life, providing guidance and therapy in the process. She also gives tips to parents on how to properly homeschool their kids, especially those with disorders such as ADHD and anxiety. Other topics the blog addresses include behavioral support plans, career improvement, bullying solutions, and group counseling.

24

Scott Barry Kaufman

Kaufman’s blog covers humanistic psychology and its associated aspects. It provides education in the field using factual, research-backed information that includes wellness advice. The Jonah Complex is a good example of the topics it addresses. It’s the fear of success, which holds you back from achieving your true potential.

The author seeks to solve several other complexes that affect our mental wellbeing. The blog teaches you how to find inner harmony, cope with forced isolation, and navigate the unknown. You’ll also understand the importance of finding meaning in life’s adversities. Finally, it offers crucial tests to help you self-actualize.

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Dr. Melanie Greenberg

Dr. Melanie’s site is known as The Mindful Self-express Blog. Its categories include managing anxiety and negative thinking, healing your mind and life, stress-proofing your brain, and living healthier. The blog also provides precious advice on navigating parenting and other relationship challenges, as well as improving your strength and happiness. It caters to both individuals and couples by offering content that all of us will need at one point in life.

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Catherine Auman

Catherine Auman’s blog mainly addresses the principles of spirituality and psychotherapy. It provides various tips that help you achieve peace of mind and serenity using tools such as spiritual hipsters and meditation gardens. It also helps you socialize while working towards shared mental healing.

You can seek diverse spiritual missions, identify a suitable spiritual therapist, or learn more about transpersonal psychology. This blog contains abundant information on similar events around you.

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Chipur

Bill White’s blog focuses on anxiety, depression, and bipolarity. Its content shows practical ways of solving these three mental health disorders through learning, sharing, and healing. They include simple activities such as understanding what love is, knowing when to give up or fight, and needing some time off to discover your true self.

The blog also helps you learn just how exciting psychopathy can be. The author answers all your concerns through well-researched posts that drip with wisdom. As you consume the information, you realize that the situations described suit you, as well as the accompanying solutions.

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Binge Eating Therapy

This informative blog by Leora Fulvio explores the link between binge eating and mental health issues. It helps you achieve self-control as a step towards managing your dietary habits and unlocking other health benefits. The blog also offers downloads that shed more light on hypnosis guided meditation.
Other solutions relate to eating disorders. They help you overcome conditions such as body image problems, bulimia, and compulsive eating. Psychotherapeutic techniques are central to healing mental problems and their physical manifestations.

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Hilary Jacobs Hendel

Hilary Jacobs is a notable psychotherapist, speaker, author, and blogger. Her blog’s focal point is the treatment of depression and avoiding anxious thoughts. Its powerful tips help you identify and repair ruptured connections within yourself and your relationships. It also shows you how to avoid fights with family, spouses, and other loved ones, as well as build unshakeable emotional resilience.

If you’d like to dig deeper, Hilary Jacobs has a book, ebook, and audiobook depending on your preference. Her blog also contains other useful resources such as interactive videos and breathing instructions that help you manage life’s unique challenges.

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Blunt-Therapy

Randy Withers’ Blunt Therapy blog promises to talk about mental health in a frank manner. It’s fascinating because the posts are crafted by certified mental health experts. The blog’s mental health resources cover all types of disorders, including schizophrenia and homicidal ideation. It also encourages you to pursue life coaching skills if you’re interested.

This blog is suitable if you want to understand the myths that are associated with addiction or the bizarre reasons for America’s inability to win the war on drugs. Another thoughtful topic it covers is telehealth solutions for underserved communities.


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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US, more than 40% of adults have a BMI exceeding 30, which is the threshold for obesity. An additional 9% are considered as severely obese having a BMI surpassing 40. The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic led to lockdowns resulting in the closure of gyms and forced people to stay at home.

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Obesity and Coronavirus

Age, especially those above 65, in addition to individuals with a compromised immune system are major risk factors for being hospitalized and succumbing to Covid-19. However, doctors have found out that some of their sickest patients below the age of 60 are the ones who are obese. For instance, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, of the 180 patients hospitalized in the month of March, the most prevalent underlying condition was obesity among adults aged 18 to 49 years.
Reports have indicated that patients under the age of 60 with a BMI exceeding 35 were twice likely to be admitted to ICU for coronavirus compared to patients having healthy BMI. Those same patients were also found to be three times likely to die from the virus than those having a lower BMI.
Analyzing homebound behaviors
The fact that children and adolescents tend to gain more weight especially during summer vacation compared to during school year, researchers from The State University of New York, Buffalo came up with a study to find whether being constrained at home will have a similar effect on lifestyle behaviors of the kids. One the co-author, a childhood obesity expert, noted that the “school environment offers routine and structure around sleep, mealtimes, and physical activity, which are three predominant lifestyle factors that are implicated in obesity risk”.

 

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Main Causes of Obesity During Lock Down

 

Collateral Effects of Covid-19

The research confirmed that children experienced negative behavior changes, which indicated that children who were obese fared worse on weight control while at home compared to when they are in school. Faith, a co-researcher, noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has had collateral effects that go beyond direct viral infection. According to her, teens and children struggling with obesity are finding themselves in a precarious situation of isolation that appears to make an unfavorable environment for creating and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Based on the duration of stay-at-home measures, the researchers fear that excess weight gained may be difficult to reverse, and could potentially contribute to obesity in adulthood. This is because childhood obesity tends to track over time and can easily predict weight status in adulthood.

Lockdowns are leading to obesity

Studies have shown that lockdown has worsened situations for individuals who are already obese. About 70% of the sample population being studied reported experiencing difficulty in achieving their goals to lose weight. 60% of this population also reported that they turned to stress-eating, which makes it even worse since they are already suffering from obesity. 50% of the population stated they were stockpiling food – fearing that there may be possible rationing while also limiting the potential of them being exposed to the coronavirus during trips to grocery stores.
When food is in surplus, overeating can be triggered especially among the morbidly obese patients as they usually struggle with impulse control. While some experts expected that the closure of restaurants would lead to healthier eating habits, this was never the case. Even though most patients are making their own food at home, the foods that they are stockpiling is likely processed due to longer shelf life. With this, Americans are substituting one pattern of low-quality consumption for another by picking cheaper processed foods rather than eating out.
When it came to working out, half of the patients claimed to be exercising less, and almost 56% said their workout intensity had decreased when quarantine began. The study identified that social isolation and loneliness as predictors of physical inactivity. It was also revealed that most patients were struggling with symptoms of mental health. More than 70% reported experiencing an increase in anxiety, and more than 80% said they felt more depressed than usual. The authors noted that given obesity is partly behavior-driven, the situation can be worsened by mental health issues.

 

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How to Reduce Obesity during Lockdown

 

Recommendation

Connie Diekman, a nutrition consultant based in St. Louis reviewed the findings and noted that health care providers in the weight-loss field ought to be mindful of psychological impacts brought about by the pandemic. She stated that struggling to lose weight should begin by identifying a simple change they can incorporate in their exercise and diet. This could mean getting on a food schedule, cutting down the number of snacks consumed per day, or taking a daily stroll around the neighborhood.
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Did you know that it is a normal occurrence to experience anxiety and depression at some point in life due to the irrational dread of everyday situations? While you may group it generally as a mental health disorder, anxiety and depression is an umbrella term defining psychiatric disorders manifesting in the form of extreme fear, panic attacks, selective mutism, social anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. Whenever such conditions are persistent, severe, uncontrollable, and capable of disabling you from undertaking daily activities, it turns out to be a serious medical condition with a similar level of seriousness as physical illnesses such as heart attacks.

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Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

One of the facts about the condition is that it is different from the normal experience of nervousness, causing reactions that may be out of proportion. Depression and anxiety may manifest in the form of emotional symptoms, physical symptoms, or a combination of both. Specific symptoms that you should watch out for include:

  • Lethargy
  • Poor sleeping patterns
  • Reduced self-confidence
  • Feelings of agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • A persistent low mood
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • A sudden decline in appetite

 

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What Causes Depression and Anxiety in Men?

 

What Causes Anxiety and Depression?

Although anxiety is caused by a build-up of stress in most cases, your children may develop the condition due to the use of certain medications, and perhaps this is why approximately 8% of the children develop the condition from an early age. Specific medical conditions that may bring anxiety include diabetes, thyroid problems, diabetes, chronic pain, rare tumors, and certain heart diseases. These conditions will cause anxiety and depression because they drive you to a state of flight or fight which is associated with extreme stress. If you have attempted to withdraw from drugs and substances of abuse, this could be a cause of anxiety and depression as well, rendering it necessary to seek addiction help alongside treatment for the two conditions. You should understand that it is one of the most prevalent mental health issues, affecting up to 30% of adults in life. It is worth noting that anxiety and depression occur separately in most circumstances, but almost half of the people diagnosed with anxiety end up developing depressive symptoms, which renders it difficult to treat the combined mental health conditions.

 

How about the Role of Genetics in Anxiety and Depression?

Genetics plays a contributory role in the development of this condition, especially if one or both of your parents suffered from the condition at any point. Genetics is even more influential whenever it is combined with environmental experiences such as the trauma of losing your loved one. If you underwent any form of abuse while growing up and it was repressed without professional mental help, this could also work alongside genetics to contribute to the two conditions.

 

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Does Depression Pass Down Genetically?

 

There are Natural Remedies which Mitigate or help in Managing Symptoms of Anxiety

It is evident through medical research and therapy that even 20 minutes of physical exercise occasionally could help in easing pressure and subsequently reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety such as extreme fear. Meditation is also recommended as another natural remedy, alongside foods or diets which could help you in reducing such symptoms. If you consume clean and healthy foods that contain probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids, and b-vitamins, you are likely to experience less severe symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Anxious? You are more likely to be Sensitive and Reactive to Changes in Facial Expression

If you are depressed or anxious, it is more likely that you will be quick to notice and react to changes in facial expression, especially in social situations. It is associated with the perception that people have noticed your mental health problem, but statistics indicate that you are less accurate in most of the cases. It should not be a cause for social isolation because, with increased visibility, you will benefit from greater social support, considering that there is no shame in seeking help.

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Anxiety and Depression are Manageable

Anxiety and depression are treatable and sometimes manageable, although the speed of recovery differs from one individual to another. It is a fact that only one-third of the people suffering from these conditions receive proper treatment and education, a direction that you should avoid because it could exacerbate the condition from mild to severe. There are a variety of treatment options, including medical therapy using antidepressants. The lifestyle choices that you make will also determine how well you manage the conditions, and the most preferred include:

  • Exercising with friends
  • Seeking greater social support
  • Engaging in meditation
  • Eating meals with plenty of nuts and Omega-3 fatty acids

Conclusively, depression and anxiety are not conditions that should push you into social isolation because the mood swings in such a state only exacerbate the condition. Professional advice is your portion of healthy living, even when battling with depressive symptoms. It is time to book an appointment with Mango Clinic and mitigate the conditions through our multi-modal strategies.

 

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