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Hormones are essential chemicals in the body that aid in various body processes. With such a critical role, a slight change in its amount leads to various side effects in the body. Hormonal imbalance is increasingly becoming a common disorder, affecting an estimated 80% of women. Both men and women alike suffer from imbalances in growth hormones, insulin, adrenaline, and steroids. However, women are the most affected by imbalances in progesterone and estrogen hormones, while men experience imbalances in testosterone hormone, often leading to both mental and physical health issues.

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Normal hormone fluctuations occur naturally when the body undergoes transitions, such as during puberty, menopause, or perimenopause. However, environmental factors and an unhealthy lifestyle can disrupt these delicate chemicals as well. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance range from mild effects such as insomnia, headache, and joint pain to serious symptoms of anxiety, depression, obesity, and poor memory. That said, below are some of the external factors that cause hormonal imbalance. 

 

1. Chronic Diseases 

Chronic diseases interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system in various ways. Normally, hormones are metabolized to inactive molecules by the liver and kidney after reaching their target organs and producing the desired effects. However, the kidney and liver’s ability to metabolize these hormones decrease in people with chronic conditions, such as heart, kidney, and liver disease. This results in abnormal endocrine functioning. Other causes include; 

  • Surgery 
  • Traumatic injuries 
  • Serious infections 
  • Autoimmune conditions 
  • Medications and supplements use 
  • Radiation and cancer treatment 
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors 

Chronic diseases cause hormonal imbalances characterized by excessive or little hormones. Underlying hormone imbalances may be due to overproduction or underproduction by the endocrine gland or challenges brought by deficient hormone metabolism. 

 

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Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances

 

2. Stress 

Several physical and mental conditions can lead to stress in the body. Stress is a complex response that can affect the liver, kidney, heart, and endocrine normal functioning. Physical stressors are the serious causes of stress, as the body finds it challenging to cope with physical stress. In such situations, the adrenal gland produces cortisol, which is a common stress hormone. Suppose the body doesn’t respond by producing this hormone, it can lead to a life-threatening situation. 

Other medical causes of stress include; 

  • Surgical procedures 
  • Severe infection 
  • Trauma or injuries 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • Intense heat or extreme cold 
  • Serious diseases 

Emotional, social, and economic stress also occur, but are not serious and don’t require the production of high cortisol levels for survival.

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3. Environment 

The environment is another common cause of hormonal imbalance. The normal functioning of the endocrine system is often affected by the presence of environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Also known as EDCs, they can mimic the behavior of natural hormones, binding to target receptor cells. EDCs can also initiate the same processes that normal hormones would, while others block the functioning of natural body hormones. 

EDCs can also interfere with the production, release, storage, transport, and elimination of hormones in the body, causing severe imbalances. Some of the effects of EDCs include; 

  • Genetic congenital disabilities 
  • Impaired immune response 
  • Impaired sexual development 
  • Neurological defects 
  • Decreased fertility 

Pollution is a common environmental factor that affects normal hormonal levels. This explains why people living in busy towns and metropolises have high chances of experiencing hormonal disturbances. At home, cleaning, makeup, and other personal care products also contain pollutants that negatively affect normal hormonal balance in several ways. Additionally, petrochemicals laden in foam packing, cleaning products, and car fumes often release gases with estrogen-mimicking effects.

 

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Conditions Caused By Hormonal Imbalances

 

4. Medication 

While medicines are essential in treating various conditions, they can cause serious side effects, including hormonal imbalances. This explains why you should consult an experienced physician before taking any drugs or supplements. Several studies have shown the effect of some drugs, especially birth control pills, on hormones. Although birth control pills are used in treating hormonal imbalances, they might produce the opposite effect. Most birth control pills increase progesterone levels in the body. 

 

5. Poor Diet 

The body certainly reflects what you eat. Choosing to eat healthily is a sacrifice that assures better hormone health. On the contrary, observing a poor diet, such as a lot of junk, is a recipe for various health problems, including hormonal imbalances. A healthy diet should contain a perfect balance of fruits, green vegetables, carbohydrates, clean proteins, and healthy fats to maintain normal hormone levels. You should also include various fibrous foods, such as sweet potatoes and nuts, to help the body eliminate excess hormones from the digestive system.

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Bottom Line 

Hormonal imbalances are part of the body’s development cycle. However, it becomes a serious condition if you experience irregular hormonal imbalances. Most imbalances result from external factors, such as stress and others mentioned above. Fortunately, most of these external factors can be avoided. Observing a healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies can also correct your hormone levels.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder that does not discriminate against age, race, or time. This disorder has a significant impact on the lives of many Americans. But what many might find surprising is that OCD does not care whether you are famous or worth millions of dollars either. So, imagine its impact on rich and famous people with OCD who are constantly in the spotlight.

While it might seem bizarre, there are many people who have refused to let mental health issues like OCD stand in their way of achieving success and the adoration of their many fans. You might be shocked to hear that some of your favorite celebrities count themselves among the large number of people who deal every day with the impact of OCD in their lives.

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Here are 13 famous people with OCD that have not allowed it to get in their way of being successful.

 

Daniel Radcliffe

At the tender age of 11, Daniel Radcliffe found himself thrust into the spotlight when he first starred as Harry Potter. This beloved, shy boy did not have it easy, and he grew up in the public eye. As his stardom rapidly progressed over a short time, he had to learn to deal with the pressure of constant public exposure.

Admittingly, Radcliffe described his persona as “attracted to chaos” and “dead behind the eyes” after receiving his official OCD diagnosis. But what changed his life was being in the Harry Potter franchise because it made him have a lot of fun. He was smart enough to make his initial choices early on in his career that kept him franchised to the Potter series. This was fortunate for him because, at the time, there were not many decent roles for teenage boys.

Having been diagnosed with OCD at the age of five, he had OCD and mental health issues drilled into him at an incredibly young age. Radcliffe opened up about his struggles with OCD to The Sun in 2012. He had to work especially hard to keep his compulsion a secret while intensely suffering from an anxiety disorder.

 

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OCD is a mental illness.

 

Howard Stern

As a famous American TV and radio personality and a well-acclaimed author, Howard Stern has not let his obsessive-compulsive disorder stop him in his artistic endeavors. He has earned an outstanding reputation for disarming mega-celebrities, ranging from Donald Trump to Bill Murray. However, during his journey to becoming a multi-million net worth famous radio star, he found it difficult to battle his long-standing obsessive-compulsive disorder. His condition causes him to touch his radio mic several times and press multiple buttons before starting his show, but with a compulsion to do it right-handed only.

While Stern’s unstoppable personality has allowed him to lead many celebrities to publicly spill private details of their life on his show, discussion about his OCD and mental conditions and issues have remained quiet. However, in an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, Stern spoke about how heartbreak over his divorce led his compulsion and anxiety to worsen and put his relationship with his daughters at risk. He found that psychotherapy helped him start a new chapter in his life and allowed him to open up like nothing before.

David Beckham

As a famous English football captain, David Beckham is known around the globe. But what you and many others probably do not know is that this role model has obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is obsessed with keeping things perfectly arranged. For example, a few of his known eccentric rituals include:

  • Rearranging hotel rooms
  • Purchasing numerous cans of soft drinks and arranging them to perfection
  • Organizing all his clothes by color

Beckham spoke up about his OCD in a television interview and explained about his bizarre and compulsive rituals and the urge to make everything perfect. He spoke of how he has tried to break his OCD cycle multiple times but has been unable to do so.

Of course, living with someone with OCD can be challenging, and Beckham’s wife, Victoria, was the first to figure out her husband’s mental health problems. His organization quirks often run contrary to what she does in their home but somehow, they make it work.

While Beckham kept his OCD condition secret from his Real Madrid teammates, his former teammates from Manchester United enjoyed poking fun at his condition. They would find it amusing to go into his hotel room and disorganized his clothes and closet, and then spread his shoes around the room.

 

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OCD causes repeated unwanted thoughts.

 

Katy Perry

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that usually involves repetitive, compulsive actions and bizarre thoughts. Famous “Roar” singer Katy Perry knows the uneasiness of this mental condition all too well and blames her OCD on her childhood. She began experiencing flares as a child and acknowledged in Elle magazine that she has OCD tendencies and does strange things like buttoning everything up, hanging clothes a certain way, and color coordinating them. She said, “When things are out of control in your childhood, you find things to focus on.”

In interviews with the media, Katy has explained that she never had proper schooling and was unable to make long-term friendships because her parents were always moving around the United States while she was a child. She believes her lack of education is the dominant factor behind her OCD.

Some of Perry’s bizarre OCD behaviors include:

  • Brushing her teeth four to six times daily
  • Having faith in the existence of aliens
  • Being unable to travel without her teddy bear
  • Having a compulsion to have everything in alphabetical order

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Justin Timberlake

When talking to the media, Justin Timberlake has told them that “Life is complicated.” Not only does Timberlake suffer from OCD, but he also has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). In an interview with Collider, Timberlake said, “I have OCD mixed with ADD. You try living with that. It’s complicated.”

So, what are his addictive rituals? Timberlake says he is addicted to performing live. As soon as he sees large audiences in the arena, it stirs up his compulsion, and his addiction takes control. He just wants to keep performing live forever. This compulsion does not go away once the performance ends.

Of course, being married to someone with OCD is always a challenge. According to a source, Timberlake and his now-wife Jessica Biel did go through some arguments about his need to keep their favorite food lined up accordingly in the refrigerator. Biel still has a hard time with her husband’s habits of needing to arrange bottles of beer, water, and whiskey just right. As for now, no one is spilling the beans on what has been done or how Timberlake copes with his OCD symptoms.

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Howie Mandel

Living with OCD is not easy, especially if you are a celebrity suffering from various forms of OCD. One such famous person is comedian Howie Mandel. One of the compulsions he is most famous for is being an extreme germaphobe. This is the reason why he always keeps his head shaved. He says he feels a lot cleaner with his hair always shaved.

Mandel admits to what has become his most common and rigid compulsion. He states, “The simplest example I can give you is: I don’t think I locked the door, so I go back, and I check the door like everyone else. And then I still don’t think I locked the door, so I go back and recheck the door. And I still think I didn’t lock the door. And I can go back, like, 30 times. Intellectually, I know that I’ve checked the door 29 times before, but I can’t stop myself from going back and checking it again and again and again.”

Obsessive-compulsive disorder has had an effect on both Mandel’s comedy career and family. He has said that comedy is the only part when he can deliver his best brain energies to concentrate on every minor detail around him. He tries not to allow OCD to interfere with his passion for his work as a comedian and living like one. As for his family, Mandel’s is much more patient and tolerant than an average person’s family would be.

 

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OCD affects people of all ages.

 

Charlize Theron

Famous actress and humanitarian Charlize Theron has always been open about her obsessive-compulsive disorder. While she was very wild in her 20s and explored the world like nothing could stop her, once she reached her 30s, things kept whirling around her OCD and related behaviors.

Belonging to a world of glamour and stardom with a brilliant career, Theron’s OCD runs entirely against all that, especially with her extreme aversion to the glitter of all things. She opened up about her OCD compulsion to glitter while appearing on the Ellen show. She said, “I am against it … I don’t buy it. Ever. But it’s on the costume dresses. There’s a lot of times when I am walking through my house, and you know I have a little OCD thing, and I’m thinking, where is this glitter coming from? And it’s those princess dresses …”

Theron has spoken multiple times about the secret that has helped her become less anxious, her kids. She has said that being a single mother has taught her incredible ways and immense tolerance for sorting out her anxiety as much as possible. Theron has also credited her therapy for OCD for making it possible for her to come to a point in her life where she is in harmony with both her work and her two adopted children.

 

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OCD causes great distress.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Everyone around the world knows the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio. This successful actor was born to be a star and has won an Oscar and three Golden Globe awards that prove his talent and acting skills. However, even though DiCaprio has enjoyed massive success throughout his life, he could not avoid the effect that having an obsessive-compulsive disorder had on him.

DiCaprio finally opened up about his OCD about 10 years ago. He had been hiding it for so long. His talks suggest that he has been aware of its effects on his life since he was a child. When speaking to About.com, he said, “I remember as a child stepping on cracks on the way to school and having to walk back a block and step on that same crack.”

Another OCD behavior that DiCaprio has been open about is that he must walk the hallways back and forth to make sure that no chewing gum has stuck to his shoes. His OCD ways have not escaped those around him, either. On-set, his make-up artists gossip about his repetitive behaviors that include touching brushes and frequently doing strange compulsive rituals.

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham has made a big name for herself in the entertainment industry. But with that fame, she has also gained a lot of attention for openness about her struggle with OCD and a plethora of other mental health concerns. This actress and writer has opened up about her never-ending “Fears of Night.” At the tender age of only eight years old, and later as an adult in The New Yorker magazine, Dunham wrote, “I am afraid of everything.”

The following statement written by Dunham sums up her fears very well, “The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep.” Creepy huh? Imagine having to deal with all those fears.

However, there is more to Dunham’s struggles with fear and OCD that do not seem to be sorted out as of yet. Now that she is an adult, her OCD continually shapeshifts. Her obsessive disorder has now been turned into a character on the HBO show “Girls.” Dunham refers to this character as her alter ego.

 

Fiona Apple

You may know Fiona Apple as an American singer and songwriter. However, you may not know that she recently revealed that she has been dealing with and struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In talking to Elle magazine, she said, “I had really bad obsessive-compulsive disorder. At its worst, I was compelled to leave my house at three o’clock in the morning and go out in the alley because I just knew that the paper-towel roll I threw in the recycling bin was uncomfortable like it was lying the wrong way, and I would be down in the garbage.”

Yes, Apple feels compelled to compulsively straighten out garbage cans. But OCD has caused her to do many more rituals as this anxiety problem has affected her career and personal life much over the past several years. She cannot drive, and it took her seven years to record just one album because of her OCD.

Apple has supposedly been captivated by OCD since her childhood. She says she has very dark memories of her past, which could be the possible cause of her mental disorder.

 

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OCD is an anxiety disorder.

 

Donald Trump

Next on the list is none other than the current president of the United States himself, Donald Trump. By now, most of us are familiar with many of Trump’s quirks. While he might not be afraid of making very bold decisions, he has expressed multiple times in interviews in the past that he fears things that can be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

To start, Trump has confessed to having germaphobia and is compelled to wash his hands repeatedly, and as he put it, “as many times as possible!” But his compulsions are not just limited to hand washing. He always prefers to drink from straws to avoid contaminating his hands from the cup.

Back in the 1990s, Trump participated in about 15 hours of long interviews with radio personality Howard Stern. Many copies of these interviews still exist. In these interviews, Trump expressed his OCD briefly.

Here’s what Stern has said about his interviews with Trump, “Today, we learned some interesting things about Donald Trump. He’s very wealthy, and yet he’s a prisoner of obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

 

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OCD is characterized by repetitive behaviors.

 

Cameron Diaz

You may know actress Cameron Diaz from her roles in such famous movies as “The Mask,” “Something about Mary,” or “Charlie’s Angels.” You might also know that she entered the entertainment industry at the very tender age of 15 as a model. From there, her good fortune directed her to stardom in Hollywood. However, what you probably do not know is that she too suffers from OCD.

Diaz admits that she has been captivated with obsessive-compulsive disorder and germaphobia since she was 19. One of her most noted compulsive rituals is rubbing her doorknobs repeatedly, so many times that the paint over them became faded.

What is interesting is that her other noted bizarre ritual contradicts her compulsion to touch doorknobs. Her other obsession is opening doors with her elbows so that she does not come in contact with germs.

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is a well-known actress who entered the entertainment industry as a teen star and turned into a successful businesswoman with her own company and brand. She has confirmed that she, in fact, does suffer from OCD.

As a child, Alba suffered from multiple health issues, including kidney problems, pneumonia, and asthma. Like others with OCD, her prior health struggles and lack of control over her life could have led to her obsessive-compulsive behavior.

In an interview with ABC News, Alba stated, “I used to unplug every single appliance in my house. Or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night…It was like a panic came over me, and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was OK. … It was me needing to control something.”

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The Bottom Line

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is a chronic issue that takes twists and turns that can lead to exceedingly long-lasting symptoms that take over people’s lives.

The commonality of OCD is too widespread to escape. Even celebrities are not spared from the effects of it. The only way to effectively manage this disorder is to get it diagnosed as soon as possible by a certified physician. There are many ways that OCD can be treated, ranging from small to more extensive treatments, including medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Individuals with this disorder need to find the treatment that best suits their unique needs for settling their anxiety that triggers their compulsive behaviors.

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There are several obvious ways in which unhealthy lifestyles can affect your mental and physical health. Nonetheless, there is one lifestyle issue whose effect is not so evident. This is loneliness. The definition of loneliness is somewhat vague to most people. In psychology, however, there are two types of loneliness; subjective and objective loneliness. Objective loneliness is the physical state of living alone or being socially isolated. Subjective loneliness is more of an emotional state of being alone rather than a physical state.

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Loneliness often follows the loss of a job, relationship, or close friends, a movement to a new location, or a change of schools and workplaces. It is characterized by self-doubt, decreased energy, appetite loss, anxiousness, craving for physical warmth, and substance misuse, among other destructive behaviors. Though most people do not pay as much attention to loneliness or even seek treatment for it, the condition can make you suffer from stress and weight loss. The following are some guidelines on a few of these ways.

 

It Increases Your Risk of Inflammation

2015 study reported that lonely people had high biomarkers of inflammation, lowered activity of their anti-viral genes, and increased activity of the inflammatory genes. This genetic activity has been linked to generations ago when human bodies viewed isolation and loneliness as threats. As such, the body activates its flight or fight response to handle the threat. The inflammation heralded by the increase of different genes is meant to protect your body from injury or disease. Even so, too much inflammation in the absence of a threat often leads to the formation of tumors.

 

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Subjective and Objective loneliness are two types of loneliness.

 

It Heightens the Risk of Chronic Illness

In a 2017 study that included 40 subjects, researchers linked loneliness to an increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. Lonely people in another study that considered the results of a 2012 Swiss health survey were also shown to be at a higher risk of high cholesterol, unhealthy lifestyles, and poor physical health compared to the general population.

 

Loneliness Lowers Your Sleep Quality

Optimal sleep is essential for your overall physical and mental wellbeing. According to studies in 2017 that considered 2000 twins, lonely young adults often have lower sleep quality than social ones. The findings of the study also pointed to loneliness being worsened by an experience of violence. A 2018 study that included 639 adults as respondents also concluded that isolation and loneliness affected the quality of sleep in study subjects.

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It Has Been Linked to Depression

In most cases, people assume that depressed people are naturally lonely. This might, however, not be the case. Loneliness has been shown by a 2016 study among 1116 twin pairs to lead to depression. With depression currently among the leading causes of poor physical health, suicides, and self-destructive behaviors, increasing social connections as well as focusing on reducing subjective loneliness should be among the key tactics of battling depression.

 

Loneliness Affects Cognition

Experts have linked loneliness to a negative effect on how a person thinks. They have also shown that loneliness might cause issues with executive function, attention, cognitive function, and even increase your risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. One study that followed more than 12000 subjects for over ten years identified a noteworthy link between loneliness and the risk of getting dementia. According to the findings, lonely people have a 40% higher risk of getting dementia compared to others.

 

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Health risks associated with loneliness.

 

It Increases Your Blood Pressure

Loneliness will raise the levels of your circulating stress hormones. These, in turn, make your body prepare for a fight or flight response. The preparation includes an increase in your blood pressure to push enough blood to your vital organs. Even so, since there is no threat to which your body is responding, the increased blood pressure undermines your circulatory system. Moreover, the heart has to constantly work harder to keep your blood pressure high. These effects result in constant high blood pressure that might need lifelong medication to manage.

 

It Increases the Risk of Premature Death

Premature death is described as death occurring before the average death age in a specific population. One study that included over 300,000 respondents considered the relationship between social relationships and the risk of mortality. It concluded that loneliness carried the same risk of mortality as smoking fifteen cigarettes daily.

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Conclusion

The line ‘’nobody wants to be lonely’’ might be from a pop song, but this is a universal truth. Furthermore, loneliness should not be ignored with its associated risks above. Even so, it is a complex diagnosis with different treatment options available for it nowadays. However, you should get your treatment from an accredited institution like Mango Clinic. This guarantees the diagnosis is made correctly and the treatment approaches instituted work for you. Moreover, professionalism when managing loneliness negates the side effects associated with some medications and treatment options for loneliness.

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High-functioning depression is an insidious mental condition that affects millions of people across the globe. The disorder is almost indiscernible, and therefore, you can never tell that someone is battling with it by merely looking at his/her face. High-functioning depression is complicated and affects ordinary-looking people, including lawyers, doctors, and teachers. You could also be one among the millions of Americans who are battling high-functioning depression without knowing it.

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At this point, you’re probably wondering what exactly this disorder is, and how it feels to battle an invisible mental disorder. Well, you’re not alone. If you don’t know about high-functioning depression or want to learn more about this disorder, worry no more. We are here to make things more apparent to you.

In this guide, we’re going to take a closer look at high-functioning depression. We will explain in detail what it’s all about. To achieve this, we will go beyond the basic definitions and symptoms of the disorder. So, let’s dive right into it!

 

Chapter 1: High-Functioning Depression, Beyond the Definitions

When defining what high-function depression is, one needs to look beyond medical definitions. Think of a woman who does a great job managing her household and can also undertake her tasks at work successfully. She might appear to be happily married, a successful career woman, and an intelligent person to everyone else. However, that’s what people see from the outside.

In reality, the woman could be the most miserable person, totally unable to find happiness for herself or derive satisfaction from others. Those around her might never realize her unhappiness because she’s battling high-functioning depression.

That example brings out our definition of high-functioning depression (HFD).

Mental health professionals point out that HFD is a state of mind where the disorder doesn’t affect an individual’s functional ability or the abilities that he/she is capable of. This explains why the illness isn’t intense enough to disrupt an individual’s on-job performance in most cases. High-functioning depression also has other aspects to it, which we will cover later on in this guide.

For now, let’s learn more about HFD.

The term high-functioning depression implies that an individual can still function normally even when battling the disorder. Typically, depressive symptoms don’t manifest themselves physically or affect an individual in his/her daily life activities. Somewhat, nothing gets disrupted in an individual’s life since the condition often occurs insidiously.

HFD is commonly confused with another depressive disorder called dysthymia. Although the two disorders have similar characteristics, they differ.

Dysthymia is a long-term depression, which also tends to be chronic. The condition is also disruptive and persistent. It causes patients to lose interest in their work and their daily activities.

 

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Dysthymia is also known as persistent depressive disorder.

 

What Makes HFD Different from Dysthymia?

When battling a mental illness, a typical American will use several vague terms to describe his/her symptoms. This explains why other similar disorders tend to overlap with the one that an individual is battling in most cases.

Many people confuse HFD with dysthymia. Health experts have also contributed significantly to this confusion since many of them claim that dysthymia is a pop term for HFD in current times. Others contradict this idea.

Despite sharing many similarities, there’s no concrete evidence to conclude that there’s a correlation between HFD and dysthymia.

But, what makes HFD an invisible disorder?

The primary reason why HFD is an invisible disorder is that doctors can’t diagnose it. Diagnosis only happens when an individual figures out that he/she is experiencing some symptoms and thus decides to seek help from certified health experts to discuss his/her condition openly.

Another reason for referring to HFD as an invisible disorder is that its signs and symptoms are remarkably similar to what you’d experience when battling other mental health conditions. Therefore, it’s challenging to figure out high-functioning disorder through differential diagnosis.

Living with HFD: How Does It Feel?

As we’ve already pointed out, there are no clinical criteria for diagnosing this disorder. This highlights the significance of considering what an individual feels about battling the disorder. In this regard, you should consider these critical parameters for evaluation and diagnosis:

  • You always feel down and low throughout the day. Those around you will notice that you’re quiet and out of energy most of the time. You may also feel tired and gloomy, whether you’re alone or surrounded by others.
  • It’s rare to find happiness, and when you do, it fades away within a short time. Your best moments also tend to turn into sad moments. Low mood and dissatisfaction are part and parcel of your everyday life and are present wherever you go. Your surroundings and everything else happening in your life don’t bring any substantial change in your sentiments and attitude.
  • Your energy levels are always low, and you tend to feel sick and tired of the tasks assigned to you. When undertaking normal daily activities, you feel inactive and physically weak. Getting a good night’s rest doesn’t seem to work in your favor because it doesn’t make any difference as far as your motivation and energy levels are concerned.
  • At times, you don’t feel lazy, yet your activities and energy levels are restricted to tasks that are necessary for survival. You lack the impetus to undertake extra work.
  • You keep downgrading your achievements and abilities all the time. You think of yourself as undeserving of the happiness and finer things that life offers. As a result, you think you’re destined to get nothing in life because you’re unworthy of the good thing that might come your way.
  • You find it difficult to balance your taste. You either have a ravenous appetite, or it disappears altogether. At times, you binge-eat and then find yourself missing meals. This often results in sudden and unintentional weight gain or loss.
  • You don’t have a prominent or valid reason, but sometimes, you get emotional and assume the worst outcomes of real and perceived problems.
  • Completing tasks isn’t an issue, but you find it difficult to focus on the tasks.
  • You push yourself hard to interact and socialize with others or even attend social gatherings. You tend to miss out even on family functions because of the urge to withdraw from crowds.

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Chapter 2: Clinical Signs and Triggers of HFD

In this section, we are going to take a look at the common symptoms of the high-functioning disorder and the things/situations that trigger this condition. Therefore, this chapter is of great significance to those who are battling the disorder.

By now, you probably know that HFD can easily fly under the radar and remain invisible even to those who are closest to you. Not even your friends and family members may notice that you’re struggling with a mental health issue. That applies to you too!

Signs of HFD

As a patient, you should be able to recognize come significant signs of the disorder, including:

  • Lack of interest in daily activities
  • The tendency to seek perfection in everything, including unimportant things
  • Hopelessness and gloominess
  • Lethargy and general lack of energy
  • Emptiness and feeling low even when things around you are fine
  • Extreme self-criticism and self-judgment
  • Trouble focusing even on the simplest tasks
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Impulsivity and short temper
  • Notable decrease in productivity
  • Being resistant towards socializing
  • Poor appetite or binge-eating habits
  • Feeling unworthy and guilty over things you can’t control
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts

When suffering from other mental health disorders, patients tend to feel captivated by their condition. As a result, it’s difficult for them to get over their symptoms. This isn’t the case with HFD because symptoms of the disorder tend to be less severe. Therefore, patients can easily manage their condition by figuring out coping strategies that work best for them.

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Are There Proven Criteria for Diagnosing HFD Symptoms?

There’s a definite set of criteria used to distinguish mental health conditions from each other to attain the final diagnosis. However, the same cannot be said for high-functioning depression since the condition doesn’t have an authentic criterion for diagnosing its symptoms. The symptoms don’t show, and there’s also a notable contradiction on whether to establish a separate benchmark for distinguishing HFD from dysthymia.

Some notable symptoms of HFD are a fundamental component of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Most of the symptoms that we will highlight in this guide are also symptoms of other depressive disorders. Nevertheless, the severity of high-functioning disorder tends to be less than other mental health conditions.

The first criterion for diagnosing HFD is that individuals need to experience a depressive mood for several days for at least two years. Furthermore, depressive behavior should include at least two of these symptoms:

  • Binge eating
  • Poor appetite
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Low energy

 

Signs of a Major Depressive Episode

Most people who are battling HFD experience a significant depressive disorder more than once in their lives. They often have low depressive symptoms, which typically don’t show up. However, depression in itself can cause a significant depressive episode.

When an individual suffers from a regular mental health disorder, he/she tends to experience severe depressive symptoms. However, this isn’t the case with HFD since it can be easily distinguished from major depressive disorders. HFD can be distinguished from major depressive disorder by two parameters; duration and severity.

A high-functioning disorder affects an individual for a long time. On the other hand, the major depressive disorder only stays for a brief period. The two disorders’ symptoms are somewhat similar but may worsen when an individual experiences a depressive episode.

Another distinguishing feature of both disorders is their effect on the level of functioning. It’s understood that although HFD doesn’t affect an individual’s level of functioning, it might affect the level of focus. Nevertheless, it doesn’t affect one’s ability to complete tasks assigned to him/her. Individuals experiencing a major depressive episode tend to start stuttering at task completion, and meeting set deadlines. Some of them may start avoiding embarking on tasks, which forces them to miss out on school or job opportunities. Also, there’s a notable slide in social interaction and self-hygiene.

 

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HFD can be a reason for depressive disorder.

 

What Triggers High-Functioning Disorder?

Many people think that depression is always triggered by something, but that’s not the case. Here are some of the triggers of high-functioning disorder.

Financial Difficulties

Economic crises and financial difficulties are a leading cause of HFD. People who struggle with complex financial matters are at a higher risk of developing HFD. Such individuals end up being unable to focus even on the simplest of tasks due to their condition.

When financial matters intermingle with someone’s cognitive ability, it becomes difficult to focus and make crucial decisions. When HFD results from financial problems, it significantly affects the brain’s psychomotor functioning.

Extreme Stress Levels

What many people fail to understand is that stress is part and parcel of everyday life. It keeps us going, more so when facing challenging situations. In intense situations, the body needs to be kept in flight and fight mode. You need maximum concentration, focus, and energy to handle such situations, and stress comes in handy. However, extreme stress levels shift the optimal level to a chronic level, thus triggering depression.

When you experience chronic stress constantly, you’re likely to have HFD. The workload and stressors you have may feel normal since they’ve become part of you. However, you won’t realize that these stressors only escalate your HFD even without any symptoms.

Traumatic Events

Human life is characterized by traumas, such as losing our loved ones, accidents, and other bad experiences. Such events often have a longstanding impact on the brain and may lead to HFD in disguise. Typically, HFD is the body’s response to the trauma you have experienced or witnessed. Reactions of depression tend to be short-lived. However, if your reactions don’t go away after years, you’re probably experiencing deep-rooted mental health issues. HFD could be one of them.

Loneliness

It is human nature to love being surrounded by other people, and psychologists attest to that. Being in the company of other people is enjoyable and provides a positive environment that your brain needs to develop. Isolating yourself excessively makes you feel lonely and depressed. It raises your cortisol levels, thus giving the brain the impression that you’re under stress.

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Since human beings are social creatures by nature, alienating yourself from social interactions harms your mental health, and leaves you feeling depressed. You may not notice it because the high-functioning disorder doesn’t affect your work and tasks assigned to you, and neither does it give you peace of mind.

Major Life Changes

Change is an inevitable aspect of human life. Often, the changes that we experience in our lives result in challenging situations that may leave you feeling depressed. A major life change has both negative and positive sides to it. For instance, what would be your reaction if you made a million dollars overnight? Indeed, the emotions will likely be exaggerated, just like the stress that comes with such a change.

Your body reacts to both good and bad extreme situations in a similar psychological pattern. At times, the responses that we have towards major life changes hit us back suddenly, more so when we are mentally unprepared to take them. This often results in high-functioning depression.

 

Chapter 3: The Challenges of High-Functioning Depression

It’s difficult to understand HFD both as a patient and a healthcare professional. Although this mental health condition doesn’t stipulate the tasks, capabilities, and ambition of an individual, there are a couple of specific challenges related to an individual’s behavior and mood, which affect his/her lifestyle. The characteristics and traits linked to depressive behaviors and thoughts fall into two categories:

  • The clinical challenges of high-functioning depression
  • Challenges faced by individuals battling HFD

1. Challenges Faced By Individuals Battling HFD

Self-Criticism and Doubt

Criticizing yourself or being criticized reasonably is healthy. Nevertheless, nobody likes taking incessant criticism. Individuals who are battling HFD often struggle with extreme self-criticism and like making harsh judgments about themselves. Such criticism only adds more stress to your life and helps to trigger HFD symptoms. In the beginning, it’s easy to calm yourself, despite your doubt and self-criticism. However, this strategy always fails with time.

Often, the criticism ends up taking on a broader shape, more so when you start feeling ashamed of yourself and cornering yourself from society. This explains why most people who have HFD end up alienating themselves from others, thus depriving themselves of the treatment and help they need.

Seeking Self Perfection

Nothing is perfect in life. However, this is something that never registers in the mind of an individual with HFD. There’s a connection between high-functioning depression and perfectionism. Adaptive perfectionism is healthy since it enables you to correct wayward things and organize yourself. The same cannot be said of maladaptive perfectionism since it has a deep-rooted link to HFD.

There are three subcategories of maladaptive perfectionism, which are:

  • Self-oriented perfectionism
  • Other-oriented perfectionism
  • Socially-prescribed perfectionism

To summarize these sub-categories, we could state that maladaptive perfectionism has unrealistic and exaggerated standards that individuals cannot attain. As a result, it becomes difficult for them to accept shortcomings and flaws in themselves and others. This leaves them in a depressive state of mind.

 

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Challenges faced by individuals battling HFD.

 

Restlessness and Agitation

HFD is among the leading causes of restlessness and agitation. This is an inner feeling of turmoil, which leaves you annoyed. Agitation is caused by:

  • Unease feelings
  • Crankiness
  • Lack of patience
  • Nervousness

Sometimes, agitation turns into aggression, which explains why individuals battling high-functioning depression are usually easily irritated and short-tempered. Often, their brains are racing against their inner thoughts and feelings. This also ends up affecting their sleep patterns. If agitation is caused by a mental health issue such as HFD, it’s important to manage the disorder with a mental health expert’s help.

Social Stigma

Even in today’s modern society, a lot of stigma is related to mental health issues. Most people who are battling mental health disorders such as high-functioning disorder can’t speak about it due to the negative views and behaviors that others hold for them.

Patients tend to hide their battle with HFD and thus fail to speak about what they are experiencing due to societal stigma. Even today, many people still believe that individuals who are battling mental health issues lack standard human capabilities. Other myths and misconceptions related to high-functioning disorder will be addressed later on in this guide.

2. Clinical Challenges Faced by HFD Patients

Diagnosing and treating HFD is difficult due to the clinical challenges that mental health experts face. The greatest challenge is distinguishing between high-functioning depression and other mental conditions. HFD symptoms are strikingly similar to most depressive and anxiety disorders, thus making diagnosis difficult.

Despite the advances that have been made in the field of mental health over the past few years, there is no HFD-specific diagnostic criteria. The biggest challenge that mental health experts face is that HFD doesn’t have known clinical criteria for diagnosing it. Health experts only grope in the dark by considering the signs and symptoms that patients are experiencing, besides asking about their complaints.

This makes it difficult to rule out the condition without a doubt. Diagnosis primarily depends on the precision with which a patient describes his/her symptoms to a doctor. The experience of the doctor also goes a long way in enabling him/her to know that it’s a case of HFD and no other mental disorders.

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Chapter 4: Treatment Options and HFD Coping Methods

Before delving into the available treatment options for HFD and the condition’s coping strategies, it’s essential to understand the significance of treating the disorder.

At this point, you definitely understand that HFD doesn’t affect an individual’s normal functioning. Even so, emphasis should be made to the fact that basic functioning alone isn’t enough for survival. Individuals struggling with HFD often experience a subdued level of depression. Therefore, they live with stress throughout.

Fair treatment is necessary for these individuals’ higher functioning. It also enhances their mood, mental health, and ability to exist harmoniously in society. A fair treatment regimen can suppress most of the complications related to HFD, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Lack of harmonious relationships
  • Poor performance at work and school
  • Suicidal behaviors and thoughts

 

Treatment Options for HFD

There are many residential centers that claim to offer treatment for HFD. Most of these facilities provide patients with treatment and coping strategies. Treatment tends to be individualized in the sense that the mechanisms used are selected for each individual case. This is done to ensure compatibility and the best outcome for individual HFD cases.

The treatment strategies and coping mechanisms that you’ll come across are always straightforward and can be used at home after visiting a mental health facility. Moreover, HFD treatment comes with the option of getting treated alone or undergoing group therapy sessions.

Although medication plays a significant role in treating the high-functioning disorder, therapy is the number one intervention. Typically, medications come after therapy.

Individual Psychotherapy

As indicated above, HFD patients can either undergo individual or group therapy. Individual therapy is whereby patients are treated alone in one-on-one sessions. This helps to uncover their underlying emotions and feelings. Different negative stressors can also be determined during individual psychotherapy sessions. This treatment method is highly recommended for HFD patients.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Also known as CBT, this form of therapy helps to correct an individual’s thinking patterns and eventual actions. Patients are guided on how to regain their lost confidence and get over their fear of social interaction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also widely used to treat HFD and other mental health disorders.

Relational Therapy

Typically, the high-functioning disorder affects an individual’s interpersonal relationships. Relational therapy enables patients to sort out the connections between themselves and their loved ones. It makes them aware of how their thoughts, mood, and behaviors influence their relationships. Ultimately, they use this to ensure that relationships work better for everyone.

Family Therapy

This is an ideal intervention for educating people who are close to you about the high-functioning disorder. Once your family members and loved ones are aware of your situation and the challenges you face, it will be easier to tackle any issues that may arise. Family therapy also goes a long way to eliminating the stigma associated with HFD.

 

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HFD patients can live a stressed life.

 

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Trauma is among the leading causes of HFD. If a traumatic incident is the underlying cause of your condition, treatment should focus on reshaping memories of that incident. This is what trauma-focused therapies are all about. They concentrate on reframing and processing your past experiences to improve your HFD symptoms and ultimately get over the condition.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This intervention focuses on helping patients to accept their negative thoughts. It teaches them about coping with their negative feelings and emotions better, rather than trying to replace those emotions with worse or vague thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Holistic and alternative therapies such as relaxation and mindfulness are an excellent option for treating high-functioning depression. Meditation, yoga, and other specially-designed exercises are used by health experts to help patients.

FDA-Approved Pharmaceutical Therapy

As we highlighted earlier, several pharmaceutical interventions have been advanced to help treat HFD. The commonest pharmaceutical treatments for HFD are:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

These drugs are mostly used to treat depressive disorders. They are great at easing out the symptoms of both moderate and severe depressive disorders, including high-functioning disorder. As the name suggests, SSRIs work by increasing the availability of serotonin in the body. This is a neurotransmitter in the brain that optimizes behavior and mood.

Before embarking on medication, it’s best to keep in mind that SSRIs have possible side effects, including:

Sedatives and anxiolytics antidepressants are the other drugs used to treat high-functioning depression.

When using pharmaceutical drugs to treat high-functioning depression, ensure that you take the medications as per the doctor’s prescription and guidance. Also, you should only take FDA-approved medication.

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Chapter 5: HFD Facts and Suicide Depression

It’s difficult to figure out that a person is battling HFD. This is because patients tend to appear normal to others, but deep inside, they are in a silent battle with this depressive disorder. Here are some probabilities based on acts that an individual with HFD may experience.

If You Feel or Notice that You’Re Pretending to Be Okay

There’s a point in life when you feel like you’re continuously pretending to be fine, yet you’re not. When this happens, you’re likely to keep your struggles to yourself because there’s nothing much to explain about your condition. Gatherings and other social occasions may not work for you because you are sad and hopeless. Your thoughts do nothing to help you get out of this gloomy cloud.

No One Believes You’re Struggling

When battling HFD, you may be able to step out of the house and attend to your chores. You’re even likely to be a successful career person who is envied by other people. No one will believe that you’re struggling behind the scenes.

In your moments of frustration, people may think that you’re faking your emotions or experiencing mere mood swings. Others may think that you either don’t want to work, or you’re running away from tasks and responsibilities.

Typically, high-functioning disorder patients hear mild or harsh comments about themselves due to the difficulty in proving that their condition is just like any other mental health issue. Therefore, it becomes difficult to seek and receive help from others.

Good Days Are Average while Bad Days Are Unbearable

For HFD patients, there’s nothing cheerful about good days. Indeed, he/she may feel just like a typical person, get up early and energized to start off the day, but that’s just it. On the other hand, the not-so-good days tend to be unbearable for high-functioning disorder patients. Right from the moment they wake up, everything feels like hell. On such days, they will wake up feeling drained out of energy, in a bad mood, and unable to focus on and complete tasks at work or school.

On bad days, you should remember that HFD isn’t always the cause for your low energy and bad mood. Undeniably, continuously battling HFD takes a toll on you. However, you should accept that the disorder does not always cause laziness. There could also be other factors that make you a couch potato.

Destructive eating habits, lack of sleep, taking multiple medications for other conditions, and lack of essential nutrients in the body are some of the factors that can make you feel lazy. Therefore, it’s best to ensure that these factors are ruled out by a doctor when diagnosing HFD.

 

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Mental health affects the way we think, feel and behave.

 

How and when Should Patients Seek Help?

If you are experiencing any of the HFD symptoms we’ve mentioned, you should seek immediate help from a mental health professional. Just like it’s the case with other disorders, early diagnosis helps to resolve any issues before they worsen.

Once you visit a healthcare facility, your doctor will note down the history of your symptoms before screening you. If he/she determines that you’re battling with a mental health issue, you will be referred to mental health experts.

Medications, therapies, and coping strategies for high-functioning disorder tend to differ from one patient to another.

Suicide Prevention

Many people who are battling mental health issues like high-functioning depression also struggle with suicidal thoughts. Among the possible challenges of battling HFD, suicide is arguably the most dreadful. Therefore, suicidal thoughts should be addressed promptly before patients do any harm to themselves. Here are some warning signs of suicidal behaviors among high-functioning disorder patients:

  • Talking about suicide directly
  • Hopelessness
  • Seeking access to dangerous objects such as guns and poison
  • Self-hatred
  • Writing a will unexpectedly
  • Drastic mood changes
  • Withdrawal from one’s social circle
  • Increased alcohol/drug consumption

To detect suicidal behavior, or if you feel like you’re going off-track, these tips will come in handy:

  • Seek help from a qualified mental health expert
  • Don’t miss out on therapy or follow-up sessions
  • Instill positivity in yourself by adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Speak positively of yourself and your prospects in life
  • Keep dangerous objects out of reach
  • Maintain ties with friends and family members

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The Road Ahead

Among all the known mental health conditions, the high-functioning disorder doesn’t have a formal and definitive diagnosis. The term ‘high-functioning disorder’ is in itself misleading and can be confused with other prominent physical and mental health conditions.

Anyone who feels depressed should seek help from professionals. Your primary healthcare provider will recommend a mental health expert so that your condition is diagnosed and treated early.

Dealing with depression is energy-sapping, and therefore, you shouldn’t do it alone. You need a supporting cast that will stand by you till the end. Therefore, it’s essential to recognize your symptoms early and seek help from professionals without delay.

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The CDC asserts that adults should have 7-9 hours of sleep daily. Nonetheless, research among U.S residents revealed that 25% of people battle insomnia annually. Thankfully, 75% of this population only has short-term insomnia. Some people, however, do not realize they are battling insomnia because they are not conversant with the disorder’s description.

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Insomnia is described as a difficulty in falling or/and staying asleep. In most cases, you will also wake up too early when suffering from insomnia. Acute insomnia lasts for a night to some weeks, while chronic insomnia occurs at least three nights per week and lasts for more than three months. Below are tidbits on the causes of insomnia and some treatment alternatives for it.

 

Causes of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia, including primary and secondary. Secondary insomnia is linked to an underlying health condition, while primary insomnia has no underlying cause. Below are some of the common causes of different forms of insomnia:

Acute Insomnia:

This is caused by:

  • A change in environment
  • Stress
  • Excess light, temperature, or noise
  • Uncomfortable mattress or bed
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Psychological trauma
  • Jet lag
  • Medication
  • Exercise or watching TV before going to bed since these keep your brain stimulated

 

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Insomnia is a sleep disorder.

 

Secondary Insomnia:

This commonly follows:

  • Medical conditions like back issues and arthritis that cause discomfort
  • Substance use
  • Psychological issues like debilitating anxiety and depression
  • Diabetes
  • Other sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea
  • Long-term medication use like antihypertensives, hormonal drugs, and the anti-seizure medication
  • Nasal blockage or sinuses
  • Neurological issues like Parkinson’s

Other causes of insomnia include:

  • Age because sleep satisfaction often decreases as you grow older
  • Childhood behavioral issues
  • Acid reflux, nocturia, and disrupted breathing in pregnancy
  • Excessive alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine use

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Management Options for Insomnia

A doctor will diagnose insomnia after listening to your sleep and medical histories, then conducting a physical exam to rule out other issues. You might also be required to keep a sleep diary and have special tests at a sleep center. Below are the management options the doctor will recommend if you are diagnosed with insomnia:

1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy {CBT}

The ACP {American College of Physicians} recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia. Part of the problem in insomnia arises from the fears and anxieties associated with insomnia, which make it hard to fall or stay asleep. CBT helps you cope with these anxieties and calm your mind to sleep.

2. Sleep Hygiene Training

In sleep hygiene training, a specialist will help you pick the behaviors and issues that might be causing your insomnia. The training will then focus on helping you change these disruptive behaviors. Some of the changes that might be suggested in sleep hygiene training include:

  • Avoiding caffeinated drinks, sugary or spicy foods, and exercise before bedtime.
  • Minimizing the time you spend on the bed when not sleeping, such as when watching television or surfing the internet.
  • Developing a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Avoiding daytime naps.
  • Keeping your bedroom sufficiently cool or warm and the bed comfortable.

 

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Insomnia can make it hard to fall asleep.

 

3. Medications

In a few instances, medications might be needed to manage your insomnia. One common over-the-counter medication category used for insomnia management is an antihistamine like Benadryl. Even so, these medications only cause you to sleep as a side effect and come with a range of side effects, more so when used for a long time. As such, they should not be used without an expert’s input. Some of the prescription drugs used for the treatment of insomnia include:

  • Eszopiclone.
  • Zolpidem.
  • Benzodiazepines like diazepam, triazolam, and lorazepam.

Most medications used for insomnia can cause tolerance. This is a reduced effect of the medication when used for a long time. To minimize this risk, drugs are often used in combination with other treatments and not for long periods.

4. Melatonin Supplements

Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally produces during the sleep cycle. There are now melatonin supplements that can be prescribed to mimic this natural hormone and help you fall asleep. While there is some evidence that the supplements will reduce the time it will take you to fall asleep, they should only be used for a short time because their long-term safety profile is inconclusive.

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Conclusion:

Insomnia is not an issue that you should take lightly. When left untreated, the condition leads to difficulty in concentrating, mood changes, anxiety, irritability, and daytime fatigue, among other issues. The information above has hopefully increased your understanding of the causes and management alternatives for insomnia. You thus can now make an informed choice on managing insomnia. The management should, however, only be handled by trained specialists.

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Ginger has been used for centuries to cure inflammation, relieve joint pain, and aid digestion. But over the last couple of years, it has attracted the attention of many dieticians and weight-watchers for its weight loss properties. It is a root that has a strong, unique taste. In fact, its taste alone could give you a hint of what is inside. This plant has a lot of antioxidants such as gingerol and 6-paradol that could be beneficial to weight management. So, if you are curious about how ginger could help you solve your weight problem, please read on. 

Antioxidants work as cellular peacekeepers. Their main function is to neutralize free radical molecules that have accumulated in your body. If these radicals are not controlled, they could easily cause issues on a microscopic level. In other words, they can cause inflammation that could trigger heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and weight gain.

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Several studies have found out that ginger compounds such as gingerol and shogaols have been linked to fat reduction, weight loss, and improvement in HDL cholesterol. One study found out that 6-paradol contributed to increased metabolisms. It causes more rats to burn more fat to regulate body temperature. These antioxidants trigger the same reaction as cold, signaling the body to burn more calories and fats for warmth. 

Ginger also can suppress hunger. For this reason, ginger can be used to induce weight loss. A majority of scientific literature indicates that ginger works best when it is used with other ingredients. 

Here are some of the best combinations that can help you reduce weight:

 

1. Ginger and Lemon

When you combine these two ingredients, you are not only getting a weight loss boost but also a healthy drink that protects your body and boosts your immunity. A lemon diet has a lot of vitamin C, but just like ginger, it can also work as an appetite suppressant. 

How to Use Lemon and Ginger for Weight Loss

Simply add a squeeze of lemon to your ginger drink. This will trigger your body to take more liquids. The good thing is that taking this combination will help your body stay hydrated while keeping hunger at bay. For maximum benefits, drink this healthy beverage two to three times a day. 

 

Constituents In Ginger
Ginger owns 50–70% carbohydrates.

 

2. Green Tea and Ginger

Just like ginger, green tea comes with lots of weight loss properties. It has been found to speed up metabolisms. In fact, it is one of the most popular ingredients in weight management supplements

How to Make a Ginger and Green Tea Drink

First, prepare your green tea as you normally do, then add ground ginger into the drink. Alternatively, you can put a green tea bag and a ginger tea bag into a cup of hot water. This drink will work wonders when you take it once or twice a day. But keep in mind that green tea contains caffeine

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3. Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar

You have probably read this phrase many times: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is absolutely true, especially with regards to weight issues. The same can be said of other red foods like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. 

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has several weight loss properties. So, combining it with ginger will complement the antioxidant and anti-glycemic properties of both ingredients. One of the silent benefits of apple cider vinegar is that it comes with powerful probiotics, which can boost your gut health as you manage weight issues. 

 

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Ginger has powerful medicinal properties.

 

How to Mix Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar

The simplest way to introduce these ingredients into your diet is to blend them as a drink. To prepare ginger tea, simply add a tea bag to hot water. Let the drink cool down before you can introduce apple cider vinegar. If you add ACV when the water is too hot, it might kill the bacteria in the mix. 

You may want to add a squeeze of lemon or a little honey into the brewed drink. After that, take the mixture once per day, preferably in the morning. 

 

4. Ginger Juice

Another way to take advantage of the weight loss properties of ginger is to drink ginger juice. Ginger juice has several other ingredients to neutralize the spicy taste of pure ginger. So, you can add lemon juice, honey, ginger ground, and water to create a powerful juice with hydrating and antioxidants properties.  

Your dietitian may also recommend several other weight control measures such as the 3-week diet, which is not only effective but also one of the most research diet systems globally. Some might prefer exercises, especially the ones that work on upper body muscles. Also, make sure to watch your calorie intake. Check calorie content on the packets of processed food. But you will probably find that most foods convert cal to kcal in their packaging.

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Crystal healing is a pseudo-medical way of dealing with different ailments. Even though there is no scientific evidence of their technique, but they work. Crystal healing is a practice you should try if you haven’t yet incorporated it into your daily life activities. The level of spiritual awakening and connection of your mind, body, and soul is mind-blowing.

Yes, practicing crystal healing does need experience, but how will you get the experience without giving it a try? Given that humans are spiritual beings, the crystals can and will unlock a level of understanding, gentles, calmness, and peace beyond you. They will improve your connection with yourself, others, nature, and the spiritual realm.

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The crystals work by activating energies they possess and channel them to the different chakras. They also change the negative energy into positive. The rocks get rid of anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, hatred, and pain, among others. They can be worn as forms on jewelry like bracelets, pendants, earrings, or even rings. You can also get yourself the actual rocks, place them in strategic places in your house, or carry them along.

Various celebrities have already discovered the power that lies within these crystals; a good example being Adele, who says, “I was so nervous about my comeback show as I was out of practice and busy being a mum. But it was one of the best shows I’ve ever done, and I had these bloody crystals in my hand”. Victoria Beckham says she is a very spiritual person and travels with them. Kate Perry spoke of how she doesn’t stay single for long as she carries a lot of Rose Quartz to attract the men and uses Amethyst to calm down. Naomi Campbell speaks of how the stones bring a great energy, and she carries them with her when traveling.  

Some of the crystal rocks that can offer healing include;

 

Number One: Amethyst

This crystal is a common rock among crystal collectors and essential among crystal healers. The rock derives its name from its beautiful purple color. The rock is available in different sizes and shapes. There are several different varieties of Amethyst, each with its esoteric attributes and associations.

Amethyst crystal is useful, especially when you are sleepless. This crystal will just calm and smooth your mind to some peaceful sleep. You can place it under your pillow when going to bed or put one out on each bed leg, choose what works for you. You can also wear amethyst crystal to utilize its soothing energy that will heal your anxiety and stress.

 

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Amethyst is popular purple gemstone.

 

The crystal is known for its healing capabilities like improving blood circulation, regulating blood pressure, relieving pain and stress. It also inhibits bacterial colonization, reducing infections.

The Amethyst crystal is Taurus lucky stone, but luck can be shared with other zodiac signs like Pisces, Aries, Sagittarius, Virgo, Aquarius, and Scorpio. Don’t doubt the power of this stone. Robin Thick dropped a whopping $20,000 on it.

Most prominent properties of Amethyst;

  • Useful in making the space feel clean and calm
  • Opens up the brain
  • Cleans up negative thoughts
  • Makes sleeping easy and peaceful
  • Strengthens the endocrine and immune systems
  • Worker wonders for the nervous system
  • Acts as a pain reliever
  • It is an excellent all-around healing crystal.
  • Reduces headaches
  • It helps relieve stress and anxiety in favor of the businesswoman.

 

Number Two: Blue Lace Agate

A discussion on crystal rocks can’t be held without the mention of this rock. The Blue Lace agate is a healing rock of sky-blue color and has lace-like stripes banded within the rock. It is known as the stone of expansion. This type of rock is sparse hence requires effort to find exactly what you need at a reasonable price. Blue lace agate can be put in pendants or different jewelry so you can carry your crystal along with you. The rock can also be strategically placed in your room to give the gentle mood of maximum relaxation.

The stone of expansion opens up your mind just as the sky. Meaning it gives you a calm, restful and clear perception of life, making it useful in moments of absolute uncertainty. It gives you that special connection to your spiritual guide. The blue lace agate improves your communication chakra by making you feel free to express your mind authentically. It enhances affirmation of whatever positive words you are telling yourself by reducing the harsh self-criticism. The stone can be helpful in conflict times as it can diffuse the situation and encourage a positive way of expression.

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This stone is perfect for Gemini and Pisces zodiacs to begin with and will help deal with anxiety, anger, or frustration. This form of agate is only found in Namibia and South Africa.

Most prominent properties of Blue Lace Agate;

  • Promotes connection to your spiritual guide
  • Expands the mind
  • Improves communication
  • Helpful in meditation
  • Encourages harmony between you and others and within yourself
  • Helps with health problems like arthritis, infections, abdominal issues, and asthma.

 

Number Three: Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is a common crystal rock with a touch of pink color. The crystal is inexpensive, so there is no excuse for not having it in your collection. The stone is associated with the heart chakra, making the Rose quartz the symbol of love. The rock speaks volumes on the matters of the heart. It is an amazing gift to give to a loved one as it expresses love and healing. Purchases can be of the actual rock crystal or jewelry containing pieces of the crystal. 

Rose Quartz is useful in enhancing relationships and amplifying the romantic energy in you. It is not necessarily loved for others but self-love too. Loving oneself will translate to loving others, as you can’t give what you don’t have. Its healing potential is exceptional as it warms you up inside and releases gentleness and affection.

 

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Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love.

 

This rock is appropriate for those who have insomnia, and it also prevents nightmares. The gem is used to heal the skin in burns, acne, vertigo, or other chronic skin disorders. It stabilizes the heart rate, palpitations, and relieves tension. The respiratory system helps with chest and lung problems by reducing cough and opening the bronchial pathway. It has also been used by mothers suffering from postpartum depression.

Most prominent properties of Rose Quartz;

  • Relaxes your mind and body
  • Considered a powerful healing stone
  • It is a symbol of love and affection to others and yourself.
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Gives a sense of inner peace
  • Boost immunity and improves circulation

 

Number Four: Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is a great choice of rock to start within your crystal collection for a beginner. Clear quartz is generally common, making it inexpensive to buy. The rocks come in different sizes, but despite the size, they help attain a similar goal. These stones will magnify the energy surrounding you. It amplifies the energy of other rocks when placed close to them. It proves useful for meditation as it clears your mind.

This stone is also known as the tiger’s eye. It is best known for absorbing negative thoughts. It works great for Leo. When using the crystal and it seems faded, you can re-activate it by lending it some of your energy. A simple way is talking to the crystal or submitting your breath. Another way would be exposing the crystal to wave sounds.

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This rock is exactly as it’s called and helps give clarity. It acts as a deep soul cleanser as it clears the negative energy and amplifies the positive. In a clear state of mind, the rock helps you connect with the spirit world easily. The rock taps into all the chakras you have and magnifies the energy in and around you.

Clear quartz is a great piece to decorate around your house with but be careful while using it in the bedroom as it can keep you up at night. 

Most prominent properties of Clear Quartz;

  • It amplifies the energy around you
  • Good for healing purposes
  • Helpful for meditation
  • Opens up all your chakras
  • Absorbs negative energy
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Regulates brain functions

 

Number Five: Black Tourmaline

The Black Tourmaline is a magnificent stone used to clear away all the negative thoughts and channel positive energy. The gem is popular and easy to acquire as it’s available in jewelry shops too. The stone is really powerful, so don’t limit yourself to just one rock and place them around your house. The energy from the rock will make you present by grounding your mind.

The gem is protective as it helps form a powerful shield around you. With this stone, negative energy is kept at bay, and other negative energy can’t be channeled to you; this gives the mind, body, and soul a sense of rest and gentleness.

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The Black Tourmaline protects your aura. It’s known to keep off evil spirits and be used to feel your house is haunted. It guarantees fast and reliable results if you are looking for stability and emotional balance. Black Tourmaline is another best crystal for Leo.

Black tourmaline takes in the negative energy and transmutes it into really cool positivity. It will cleanse any blockage within your aura and chakra, allowing a free flow of energy. This stone will give you a fresh feel.

Most prominent properties of Black Tourmaline;

  • Transmutes negative energy into positive
  • Has protection abilities
  • Allows for the free flow of energy when you are feeling stuck
  • Grounds the mind and allows you to be present

 

Number Six: Sodalite

Sodalite is famously known as the stone for writers. This stone is a perfect gateway and guide when traveling on a shamanic or spiritual journey. It will broaden your knowledge as it merges knowledge and intuition. It impacts new wisdom and clarity to the visions of its users. Rune readers, psychics, empaths, and shamans all know the importance of having Sodalite as part of your crystal rocks.

Sodalite advances communication by working on the throat chakra. The rock opens up your third eye and helps create a balance with your thoughts. It allows energy flow and clears up your clouded mind. Sodalite will awaken the creativity in you that will most definitely promote good interactions with others. When your mind is clear and calm, it is easy to focus and meditate.

 

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Sodalite is usually blue to blue-violet in color.

 

Virgo shows the best compatibility with Sodalite. You can tell the original Sodalite from a fake one by the streak test. It involves making sure you can see a white streak in the stone to confirm originality. Very low prices on the rock should raise your suspicion too.

Most prominent properties of Sodalite;

  • Balances the mind if clouded
  • Has healing properties
  • Merges knowledge and intuition
  • Opens up the mind making it useful to writers
  • Emotional balance
  • Truth

 

Number Seven: Lepidolite

The Lepidolite is a special rock available in lilac and rose-violet colors. Lepidolite is referred to as the stone of transition. This rock is of great assistance when trying to change your old habits and rituals. There is a metamorphosis with a gentle introduction to change. It makes pointing out unhealthy habits easier and gets rid of negativity. Change is difficult, and this stone helps make the process gentle.

Lepidolite is a rock you should incorporate into your daily life activities. It brings about emotional healing while at the same time soothing and relieving stress. It’s the most calming stone available as it keeps the depression at bay. It helps you rest and sleep peacefully. It is great for those with nightmares and suffering from insomnia. The stone can be used in the office or workplace setup, too, as it’s perfect for analytical thinking. It clears your mind off all the work stress; hence decision-making becomes a doable task.

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The stone is suitable for absorbing magnetic energy produced by electronics. Keeping it close when working on your laptop can prove useful. It is strongly associated with the zodiac sign Libra.

 Most prominent properties of Lepidolite;

  • Make changes less stressful
  • Great for analytical thinking
  • Absorbs magnetic energy emitted by electronics
  • Calming the mind for better sleep or in case of insomnia
  • Keeping nightmares at bay
  • Enhances the psychological pattern
  • Does emotional healing
  • Dissipates negatively

 

Number Eight: Shungite

Shungite is a black colored rock composed of complex carbon molecules and fullerenes. The stone is millions of years old, but it’s more common now in the 21st century. This rock is powerful and can be used to create a balance.

For detoxification purposes, Shungite can be put in your drinking water. The carbon molecules play a good role in balancing your body’s energy and giving healing to your system. The rock is also known to protect against radiation frequencies emitted from your electronic devices around your house like microwaves—mobile phones, and laptops. Wearing a piece of Shungite will protect you against these frequencies even when you are walking around. They will have less impact on you.

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The rocks can be placed in your bedroom or anywhere in your house as it helps maintain a balance in energies. The Shungite can be used along with other crystals to stimulate your chakras. It will create calm and balance the mind, body, and soul, enabling meditation and spiritual awakening. This rock is not compatible with any specific zodiac making it applicable to all.

Most prominent properties of Shungite;

  • Protects against radiation frequencies
  • Creates a balance between energies
  • Has healing abilities
  • Used with other crystals, it can stimulate the opening of chakras.
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Release oxidative stress
  • Purifies your food and water
  • Relieves emotional stress

 

Number Nine: Lava Stone

Lava stone, as the name suggests, is formed by volcanic activities by the lava. This crystal is very powerful, considering it is made in mother nature’s deep belly and expelled to the earth’s surface. Using this stone will give you a realization of life and open up your mind and change your perception of things. This gem will clear the fear in you and give you the power to make essential decisions in your life.

The crystal has tremendous healing capabilities. It is composed of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and calcium, to mention, but a few are effective while activating your chakras. It does absorb and expel the negative energy, kind of like cleansing.

 

Lava Stone
Lava stone is also known as lava rock.

 

The rock can be used to provide an emotional and spiritual balance. It can be of use in muscle pain relief and other related rheumatic disorders when heated. It also helps to vasodilate blood vessels, thereby improving blood circulation. It accelerates the process of cell regeneration, which does speed up healing. Gemini and Sagittarius are thought to be the most compatible zodiac with Lava Stone.

Most prominent properties of Lava Stone;

  • Strength in making changes in your life
  • Stability and balance with your emotions
  • Courage to face new change
  • Peace and tranquility
  • Provide guidance and understanding
  • Great for muscle pain relief

 

Number Ten: Hematite

Hematite is the stone of the mind. This gem works on the base or foundation. It strengthens the root chakra, which is the anchor of the rest. Sometimes in life, you may face challenges as life moves on; it keeps changing, and, in the end, you might lose yourself. The hematite stone is useful in situations like that as it grounds you. It reminds you of who you are and brings you back to your normal state.

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The Hematite will ground, how you ask. By simply holding the crystal, you can feel it take you off that dark cloud or situation, and you can see your path more clearly. This stone will get you focused and eliminate all the negativity and everything holding you back from achieving your goals. Hematite is most compatible with Aries and Aquarius.

Most prominent properties of Hematite;

  • Grounds the mind and keeps it focused on the set goals
  • Increase willpower and self-drive
  • Increase in concentration
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Enhance self-trust

 

Number Eleven: Smoky Quartz

The Smoky Quartz is the stone of stability or bravery. Its color can vary from dark to light, but the purpose is similar. This gem is perfect for meditation and cleansing your aura. The rock will ground you by proving a sense of focus and bring you to the here and now. If you feel like your mind is scattered and you need to be attentive, Smoky Quartz is the rock for you.

The rock will form a protective dome around you and keep all the negative energy around. It will offer shielding from others’ negativity and keep your aura safe. It will also transform the negative energy into positive. This is the rock you should have with you if you are continually finding yourself entangled with toxic people or in a toxic environment.

 

Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz crystal is a grounding stone.

 

When stress levels get to chronic symptoms are equivalent to those of anxiety or mental illness. The low-stress level is encouraged and increases hormonal production on the pituitary gland. This helps keep your brain active to fight through stressors and problems, which can be treated with the powerful smoky quartz. Compatible zodiacs are Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn.

It is the rock of choice if you are feeling low, anxious, stressed, or depressed. It takes in all the energy and converts it to positive, allowing better focus and results.

Most prominent properties of Smoky Quartz;

  • Instantly calms fear
  • Lifts depression and stress
  • Generate positive thoughts
  • Develops stability and bravery
  • Intuition

 

Number Twelve: Moon Stone

Moonstone is a popular stone, linked to the moon, as the name suggests. This gem is composed of minerals like sodium, potassium, and aluminum. Moonstone is beautiful and available in a number of colors; grey, white, orange, green, pink, blue, purple, yellow, and brown.

This crystal rock boosts your intuition and guides you out of stress and depression. Moonstone nurtures compassion and empathy in its users. Moonstone reflects the calming energy by strengthening your intuition and bringing harmony. It balances the energy around and allows free flow.

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The rock is linked to the feminine power of creativity and motherly protection and tunes you to your feminine side. It also acts as a mirror whereby we can see our actual image or reflection. The rock can be placed on the abdomen or near the bed to better reproductive, hormonal, and infertility issues.

Moon Stone’s most compatible zodiacs are Scorpio, Libra, and Cancer.

Most prominent properties of Moon Stone;

  • Happiness from relieving stress and negative emotions
  • Brighter and clearer future
  • Spiritual prosperity
  • Soothes brain
  • Improves fertility and hormonal balance

 

Number Thirteen: Kyanite

Kyanite is a beautiful gem available in the sapphire like blue, black, and green colors. It is an excellent choice for meditation and connecting to your spirit world or guide. The rock creates an equilibrium between the yin and the yang energies. It offers a calming effect to the overall body tension. It does this by enhancing brain signaling and communication at all levels. It helps you keep the energy moving throughout the body. By keeping it close, you will instantly get rid of all the frustration, anger, and anxiety within you.

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The rock will drive away negativity, anger, confusion, depression, stress, and anxiety. Kyanite is used to treat problems with the genitals, urinary system, acts as a pain reliever, works on the adrenal and parathyroid glands. It boosts the immune system hence lowering the chances of infections. Zodiac compatible with Kyanite are Aries, Taurus, and Libra.

What are the major powers of Kyanite;

  • Alters state of a depressed mind
  • Boosts immunity
  • Pain reliever
  • Induce healing dreams
  • Clear visualization
  • Honesty
  • Serenity
  • Blue Kyanite opens the throat chakras and improves communication.
  • Black Kyanite grounds the body and blends out all the chakras.
  • Green Kyanite opens the heart chakra.  

 

Number Fourteen: Rhodonite

Rhodonite is a stone for the zodiac Taurus. It is the stone of compassion, care, love, friendship, and an emotional balancer. It clears away all the past pain and scars that affect your emotions. It quickly clears out all the emotional distress and sorrows. This crystal will fill you up with confidence and joy and heal all your inner wounds by stimulating the heart. It works on the heart chakra and attracts positivity.

 

Rhodonite
Rhodonite is a stone of compassion.

 

The crystal is best worn as a pendant or necklace as it will lie close to the heart. Rhodonite will suppress anxiety in times of distress. It will strengthen the heart, boost your confidence, and show just how strong you can be as an individual. It harmonizes well with any other heart stones like Rose Quartz and Emerald.

What are the major powers of Rhodonite?

  • Increase self-confidence
  • Instills inner peace
  • Produce calmness and appreciation of life
  • Self-healing
  • Compassion
  • Anxiety relief
  • Dispelling negative energy

 

Number Fifteen: Aquamarine

This particular gem is very rare and is mostly in a sky-blue color. Aquamarine acts as a connector between the heart and throat chakras. By doing this, it enables one to speak the truth of the heart. It comes in handy when solving arguments, disagreements, and conflicts. Aquamarine shares a great affinity with oversensitive people.

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Aquamarine will support your cooling off in times of anxiety of refreshing your emotions. It acts as the rock for wisdom, knowledge, clarity, and intelligence. It can help some careers like teaching, managing, or therapists where communication plays a major role. It will boost your confidence when public speaking addressing large crowds.

The zodiacs most prominently linked to this stone are Aries, Pisces, Gemini, Aquarius, and Scorpio.

Most major powers of Aquamarine:

  • Protective against negative auras
  • Promotes good communication
  • Peace of mind and heart
  • Cleanse negative thoughts
  • Self-confidence booster
  • Provides wisdom and knowledge
  • Helps find your spiritual path.
  • Improves relationships

 

Number Sixteen: Morganite

Morganite is very similar to its sisters Emerald and Aquamarine, only available in pink and peach colors. It is extremely rare as it is only available in a few countries. When up in the market for sale, it’s competitive to purchase. It is safe to say it is the most interesting gemstone of them all.

It is the stone symbol of unconditional love. It is typically associated with a feeling of joy, attraction, and peace. It activates and works on the heart chakra. It works perfectly with other stones involved with the heart chakra. It eases the pain and suffering of old and unforgotten wounds. Great for a spiritual connection to angels and guardians. 

 

Morganite
Morganite includes emerald and aquamarine.

 

Morganite has proven useful in heart palpitations, neurological disorders, and thyroid problems.

It is excellent for Cancer, Taurus, and Pisces. It has become a great choice when it comes to engagement rings lately. The gents can consider it when planning on proposing to their wives.

Most major powers of Morganite:

  • A sign of unconditional love
  • Washes away anger, anxiety, and fear
  • Heal stress and anxiety
  • It also resolves chronic disease-related anxiety.
  • It eases chest ailments like asthma and emphysema.
  • Works on the heart chakra

 

Number Seventeen: Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is the gem associated with strength, courage, wisdom, knowledge, truth, royalty, and intelligence. It’s the universal symbol of wisdom and truth. It is deep blue and contains a bit of Mica, which gives it a sky full of stars.

To maximize the effect of these stones, you have to wear it correctly on your dominant hand. Right for the right-handed and left for the left-handed. It’s believed the stone is best worn on a Saturday in the evening hours of a waning moon.

Lapis lazuli can be worn on earrings, necklaces, but if it is worn as a ring, then place it on the middle finger of your dominant hand. 

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This crystal is known for its power of protection as it wards off evil and negativity. This makes it just right to guard you against anxiety attacks. According to ancient Egypt, it was worn to improve eyesight. Lapis is very effective in awakening inner peace and harmony so that you can escape from the tortures of long-standing anxiety and worries. It balances the brow chakra, which involves vision and hearing. This reduces headaches, anxiety, and skin disorders.

The stone brings prosperity and good fortune to the Capricorn, Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra zodiacs. Robert Downey Jr. is known to carry this crystal to shooting sets and claims how it was efficienct during his wife’s pregnancy.

Most major powers of Lapis Lazuli:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Assist in the way of truth
  • Give wisdom, courage, and strength
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Helps with insomnia and anxiety
  • Stone of total awareness
  • Evokes inner power and positive magic
  • Maintains an emotional balance
  • It will bring goodness and prosperity to your life
  • Awareness of self and environment
  • Its enchanted energies will develop strong friend bonds

 

How to Select Your Crystals?

This might sound cheesy, but you don’t pick the crystal. It picks you. Yes, that will involve deciding you want the crystals first and getting to where you can purchase them. But when it comes to picking the best, you must listen to your intuition.

Different crystals have different purposes. When you are crystal buying or crystal selecting, keep in mind what the ultimate goal is. Below are examples of intended goals and their choice of crystals;

  • Love – The best crystals for these are the Rose Quartz and the Rhodonite. These stones work on the heart and improve your perception of self-love and love for others. They help in self-actualization and release of the negative past emotions you are harboring. They can also be given as gifts to your loved ones.
  • Power – Crystals of choice would be Lapis Lazuli and Labradorite. Power is a gift many would love to possess, but it is quite difficult to channel. With great power comes great responsibility.
  • Health – Best crystals are Amethyst, Carnelian, Lava Stone, and Poppy Jasper. These crystals will improve your physical health. Physiologically and emotionally. Ill health is not the mere absence of disease.
  • Wisdom – Crystals of choice are Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, and Fluorite. These rocks will stimulate your mind and expound your thinking. They create a great blend of knowledge and intuition, making you more creative and wiser. Writers commonly use them.
  • Friendship – Credit is given to Turquoise, Pink Thulite, as they help you open up to people and activate the chakras of communication. They also enhance trust and kindness.
  • Money – The stones attributed to enhancing financial stability and sustainability are Garnet, Green Aventurine. They attract an abundance of luck and favor in your financial life.
  • Career – Some stones have been linked to career success. They include Blue Lace Agate, Citrine, and Mookaite Jasper. They aid in boosting productivity and intuition. They help deal with analytical problems fiercely.
  • Mental Well Being –  It is essential, as keeping sane in this insane world is quite the task. Stones credited to these are Lepidolite and Aquamarine. They have a soothing and calming effect during stressful circumstances.

 

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How to Take Care of Your Crystals?

It is important to know each crystal’s chemical composition to avoid altering them when cleaning. When carrying your stones, it is advisable to put them in ideal places to prevent falls and scratches. Wrap the crystals in cloth and don’t store them directly on hard surfaces. Have a separation between the different crystals you have to reduce the incidence of damage.

Like everything of value, your crystals need care and cleaning to offer satisfactory results. Infuse your intentions and energy to them to guide and nurture them to health and restore potency. Care should be taken, and caution observed as some rock may disintegrate. Some of the common ways you can care for your stones include;

  • Put alkaline water in a bowl, add sea salt in the bowl, and then stir till the salt dissolves. Place your crystals inside and ensure they are submerged. Let them sit there overnight, then remove, rinse, and dry them off.
  • Softer stone can be dry polished. This is done by taking a piece of cloth and rub it gently on the stones until they give off an awesome shine. Make sure to wipe off all the dirt, dust and don’t leave fingerprints.
  • You can also opt to light a bundle of sage or holy wood and then hold your crystal at hand and repeatedly wave the smoke back and forth over the crystals. Extinguish when done.
  • If you feel the crystals need recharging, you can expose them to the sun all day or the moon overnight. The crystals get to connect with the elements, and their purpose is restored. It’s also important to note that some minerals can fade with exposure to direct sunlight, so you do proper extensive research not to destroy your valuables.
  • Another way to care for your crystals is by placing them in a singing bowl. The process involves striking the bowl with the mallet twice or thrice in slow succession. After then gently glide the mallet around the circumference of the bowl recurrently. 
  • All factors considered, you might still end up breaking your crystals, which is not always necessarily bad. Relax while undertaking this process, and if breakage happens, there are still numerous ways to utilize the stone’s energy.

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Where Can You Find Crystals in the United States?

You can easily find the crystals locally in shops or buy them in the form of jewelry. Online stores also have some of the common crystal rocks. If you feel a little bit adventurous and have time to spare, you can dig the crystals up yourself.  Crystal mining for recreational purposes is a thing. The process involves gear, a positive attitude, and having a reconnaissance of the place before you begin.

Top places you can go mining for healing crystals in American include;

  • Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas
  • Graves Mountain, Georgia
  • Crystal Park Dillon, Montana
  • Himalaya Tourmaline Mine, Santa Ysabel, California
  • Herkimer Diamond Mine, Middleville, New York
  • Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine Virgin Valley, Nevada
  • Morefield Gem Mine Amelia, Virginia
  • Spectrum Sunstone Mine Plush, Oregon
  • Topaz Mountain Juab County, Utah
  • Wegner Quartz Crystal Mine, Arkansas
  • Cherokee Ruby& Sapphire Mine, North Carolina

 

Conclusion

Crystal rock healing is capturing the interest of many who are ready and willing to walk the spiritual walk. Humans being spiritual creatures, it is wise to get in touch with our spiritual side. There is a wide variety of crystal rocks; choose what you want to begin within your awakening. Listen to your intuition as that plays a major role in crystal healing.

To master the ultimate power of crystal healing, you start small and take time with each crystal and feel the kind of change it brings to you. The process is genuinely not easy, but it’s fun as you unlock your full potential. Learning is of great use as you can teach and transfer the knowledge to others. Crystal healing is a gift to all.  

Crystal rocks are a gift to us by mother nature, and the power they possess can be channeled to your various chakras. Choose your stone intuitively and begin your spiritual journey, or instead let the stone choose you.

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Are you looking for a way to shed some weight? If you want to get rid of a few pounds in the fastest way possible, then this article gives you some simple weight loss hacks that you can replicate to achieve your goal.  By following the practices listed below, you can expect to see some positive results in no time.

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Number One: Combating High-Carb and Sugary Drinks

Carbohydrates, other than providing some level of energy for your body, are an unpleasant addition to your body. According to the department of agriculture (USDA), a single gram of carbs gives your body about 4 calories. With potatoes being the staple food in America, then you can only imagine the number of calories you take in a single bite of mashed potatoes, French fries, or even chips.

So, by cutting down on the number of carbohydrates you consume every day, you are inevitably reducing your weight. So, what happens to your body when you reduce carbs in your diet?

The human body processes calories to release energy. Therefore, by cutting down their intake, the body turns to the stored calories, including fats, proteins, and glycogen. And once your body starts using the fat stored in your body, that process contributes to weight loss.

What about Taking Sugary Drinks or Blended Juice in Place of a Fruit?

In your quest to lose some weight, there are a few things that are important to know. One of them is the calorie count in the drinks. Can you believe that there are about 38grams of calories in 10 ounces of club soda? Once this is clear, then you understand that taking sweetened drinks while trying to lose weight could take you back a long way, which inevitably cancels out your hard work.

 

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are main source of energy.

 

How Do You Cut off Carbs in Your Diet?

  • Remove Any Sugary Drinks from Your Diet

Sugar is a pure carbohydrate. By drinking more sugary drinks, you add to the total amount in your body, resulting in a negative outcome than what you intended. Even so, removing any sugary drinks, be it soda, milkshakes, ice cream, or any other sweetened drink from your daily diet is a weight-loss hack that has over time proven relatively sufficient.

Instead of getting the soda during lunch, you can opt for a glass of water or freshly squeezed lemonade.

  • Get Rid of Bread

Bread is among the most readily available foodstuffs around the world. You find it in your nearest outlet and at some of the most affordable prices. Unfortunately, it packs some of the highest calorie content with a few specks of fibers.

Isn’t whole-grain bread better recommended compared to white bread? While this is true, since the white bread contains a lot of highly processed grains, there are always better options to replace your whole grain bread. A vital weight-loss hack is to replace the bread with whole grains, nuts, and herbs.

  • Eat the Fruit, Don’t Blend It

Although it seems like a good idea to blend those fruits and have a glass of juice, it is not a welcome idea for your body. You see, when taking the fruit wholly, you get to take in most of the fibers from the fruit. However, by blending it, you lose most of these fibers when sieving the juice. Also, you could be tempted to add in a spoonful of sugar, which is not a healthy option.

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So, What Do You Take in Place of Your Favorite Juice?

The list is endless. For instance, instead of taking a glass of apple juice, which contains high proportions of sugars, you can go for;

  • Almonds – These are a beneficial option if you’re trying to lose weight. For 6 grams of carbs, half of them contain fibers.
  • Macadamia Nuts – These are also a good substitute because 50% of their total intake contains fibers.
  • Pecan Nuts – Out of 4 grams of carbs contained in pecans nuts, 3 of them are fibers.
  • Hazelnuts – These contain 60% fibers, which makes them an excellent addition to your diet.
  • Cheese – With less than 1 gram of carbs contained in cheese, you can never go wrong with cheese.
  • Walnuts – Walnuts, like pecans, have 50% fiber content, which is a valuable substitution for the high-carb foods in your diet.

Generally, transitioning from a high-carb diet to a low or non-carb diet is a weight-loss hack that is guaranteed to work and impacts your weight almost immediately.

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Number Two: Glucomannan Supplements

Experts often recommend weight-loss tactics that take considerable time to bring forth results. One prominent option is the glucomannan supplement.

So, What Is This Glucomannan Supplement?

This is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber supplement. You can ingest it in a capsule or tablet form. When taking it, you could mix it with your food, drink or swallow with a glass of water.

How Does Your Body Benefit from the Glucomannan Supplement?

The glucomannan supplement improves your satiety and prevents the absorption of many calories. By taking about 1-4 grams of the supplement daily, your body can successfully start shedding some weight almost immediately.

The scientific perspective makes it more straightforward. According to research, a more viscous and gel-like fiber option acts better in your body when it comes to weight loss. Typically, it acts to suppress your appetite, which, in turn, changes your eating patterns. The glucomannan supplement works on three principles:

  • Controlling Appetite Hormones: Therefore, you feel hungry less often, which in turn results in fewer carbs intake.
  • Taking up the Physical Room in the Gut: Since you take the supplements with water, it takes up a significant amount of space in your guts. As a result, you eat less food.
  • Delays the Absorption of Food and Increases Defecation: If your body fails to absorb many carbs, it keeps less to store in the body, which translates to less weight and increased defecation.

The glucomannan supplement contains positively charged indigestible polysaccharides called chitin. These positively charged particles then bond with negatively charged lipid particles in your digestive tract. They then drag them along the gut, preventing their absorption. As a result, your body absorbs less fat and hence less fat to store or break.

 

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Glucomannan is dietary fiber.

 

The glucomannan supplement is a plant-based supplement. It is extracted from ‘konjac’ roots, which contain almost zero calories. So, by taking the supplement, there is no risk of getting any adverse results; therefore, you can agree that it is a weight-loss hack that is not only fast but also effective.

Remember how much gel-like fibers are effective? Well, the glucomannan supplement absorbs water to form a gelatinous form. When taken with lukewarm water, the process speeds up. Once it is in the stomach and small intestines, you start to feel full.

It does so by taking up room in your gut, both stomach, and intestines. The gelatinous form of the supplement mimics food. So, you feel full and take in less food in a day.

Also, due to their low-calorie content, you can take the supplement multiple times a day. For instance, 4-5 capsules of the glucomannan supplement contain only 5 calories.

In terms of delayed defecation, the supplement doubles in size when it changes states, from solid to gelatin. Also, it increases the mass of fecal products.

Additionally, by delaying the time taken by the food to reach the end of the gut system, you remain full for more extended periods. This way, you eliminate the snack cravings, which are often the highest source of calorie intake in your body.

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Number Three:  Low Sleeping Temperatures

The human body is highly adaptable.  It changes body mechanisms to suit your environment. For instance, if you are in a cold environment, your body breaks down relatively more fats to generate energy. If you want to lose some weight, one useful weight-loss hack is to endure the cold. When you sleep in the cold, your body’s metabolism changes to protect itself from adverse temperature fluctuations.

So, How Are Cold Temperatures Good for You?

Data and analysis have proven that a young person’s metabolism increases by up to 98% when temperatures drop to 68°F. When the temperature drops to 58°F, there is a further increase in metabolism up to 350%.

When the same person remains in a warm environment, there is no rise in metabolism.

To fully grasp how cold temperature can be helpful, you need to start from the beginning. First, cold temperature increases metabolism. It achieves this by prompting shivering. When your body is exposed to cold, the muscles start to shiver, an involuntary thermogenesis process.

So, How Is Shivering Related to Weight Loss?

Once your body is exposed to cold, the muscles go into thermogenesis mode. They quiver, and in response, the body generates heat. However, body heat comes as a by-product of metabolism, a process in which stored fats are broken down. So, when you shiver, fats break down; consequently, you lose weight.

So, does that mean that shivering is the only way to boost weight loss? Well, no, there is a scientific concept that explains weight loss in the human body. This is called the brown-fat concept, and it is a non-shivering process.

  • Brown-Fat Concept

Compared to shivering thermogenesis, brown-fat is proven to be a better and faster way to lose weight. It burns more fat and keeps your body warmer compared to shivering. How does it achieve this? It all boils down to the biochemistry composition of the brown fat. Compared to the other type of body fat, brown fat contains countless numbers of mitochondria (The energy-generating cells in the human body).

Actually, having more brown fat in your body is considered healthy because the higher the amount, the more the calorie burn. People with obesity and unhealthy lifestyles have less brown fat content in their bodies and a slower metabolism.

 

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Thermogenesis is the procedure of heat production.

 

The high number of mitochondria in brown fat promote a higher rate of metabolism. As a result, you end up burning more calories, and in turn, you lose more weight.

In the same context, it is essential to understand that fats are not the only source of energy during the non-shivering thermogenesis process. Carbohydrates are also involved and contribute to the energy generation process. Therefore, with a slight drop in temperatures in your environment, your body fat and sugar composition decrease.

 

Number Four: Raisin Trick

On first look, raisins don’t seem to be that much of a weight-loss hack. However, once you understand how they work in your body, you’re likely to welcome the highly undervalued alternative to candy.

Raisins are rich in fiber. That is why they should be incorporated into your weight loss plan.

But They Have Sugars, Won’T that Affect Your Overall Results?

Well, raisins have natural sugars, which have proven to be the best alternative when you are in a weight loss quest. Also, they have high fiber content, which puts them far ahead of any processed product. However, to fully enjoy the benefits packed in the raisins, you should follow up with an adequate amount of workout.

How Are Resins a Weight-Loss Hack?

Resins do not cut down your fat content directly. Instead, they work around other plans to help you lose much weight when taken regularly. So, how do they achieve this?

  • They Speed up Digestion

Poor digestion is very harmful to the human body. That is because the body ends up storing fats, rather than converting the nutrients into energy. The major casualty of slow digestion is the people prone to being obese.

Scientists have proven that slow digestion and low metabolism are what contribute to obesity. With slow digestion, the metabolic rate drops, and the body prompts you to eat more to fulfill its energy requirements. And the more you eat, the faster you store fats in the body, consequently more weight.

Resins, on the other hand, are packed with fibers. These fibers are essential in the body because they speed up the digestion process and clear out your guts. Therefore, the chances of eating more food or fat deposits decrease. As for the waste, the fibers improve bowel movements, which removes the waste and toxins from your guts more efficiently.

 

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Resins are safe food.

 

  • Resins Are an Energy Boost

Whenever you get into a weight loss program that is workout intensive, you need much energy to push through. However, with the wrong source of energy, you could end up nullifying all your efforts. These include the sugary drinks and foods discussed earlier.

Resins, on the other hand, provide the ultimate alternative. Being a natural sugar, mainly fructose and sucrose, and rich in fiber content, the resins supply the required energy without involving extra carbs. Therefore, you can stick to your meal plan without craving that milkshake to keep you going.

Resins are the alternative that has no strings attached. You get to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping a tight check on your calorie intake. So. It is a win-win situation for you.

 

Number Five: The Chicken Cabbage Soup Diet

If you are looking to jump-start your weight loss journey, then the chicken cabbage soup is a weight-loss hack that you must try. Not only does it provide a strict low-calorie intake, but it also is the perfect kick-starter to your goal.

The only requirement is to dedicate a week to the chicken cabbage soup diet every month. When consistently followed, the diet helps you lose up to 10 pounds per week.

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How Does Cabbage-Chicken Soup Work?

When you want to lose weight in a short time, a crash diet is a way to go. This is the type of meal that contains minimal calories, with a bowl having less than 100 calories.

Well, the chicken cabbage soup diet is the best example of a crash diet. When taken consistently for a week, it shifts your body’s metabolic system. Since your body no longer has calories coming in, it results in breaking down the stored fats and carbohydrates to supply your body with energy. Also, the metabolism goes for the body muscles.

So, by the end of the week, you lose weight in water, fat, and muscle content.

What Is the Recipe for the Soup?

A cabbage chicken soup consists of a single cabbage head, chicken, tomatoes, and various herbs and veggies. Just because it has a low-calorie count, it should not taste bad. Also, the vegetables added to the soup supplement for the fibers make it suitable for your digestion and cleaning of your digestive tract.

Shortcomings of the Cabbage Chicken Soup Diet

Although the diet is guaranteed to work when taken consistently, it comes under some heavy criticism because of its extreme calorie deficiency. Health experts advise that you only exercise this diet for one week in a month because you would otherwise be risking malnutrition, which is never a good thing if you want to keep a healthy body.

According to nutritional experts, this diet is not sustainable. Any weight you lose can be quickly gained. Also, it focuses on proteins and vegetables, which means they cut off carbohydrates. This is harmful because you risk a nutrient imbalance in your body.

 

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Benefits of the Chicken Cabbage Soup

If you are looking for the ultimate weight loss hack, then this is it. It guarantees weight loss of up to 10 pounds in a week. If that doesn’t get you excited, then you would be pleased to know that it is a simple recipe, making it easy to maintain and follow. If you are busy or short on cash, then this is the diet for you. It takes a short time to prepare and is economical.

If you want that great start to your weight loss process, you can start with a week of the chicken cabbage soup diet and follow up with exercise and a healthy diet for the rest of the month.

 

Number Six: The Harm of Food Commercials

Believe it or not, the ad you see on TV or your phone has a significant effect on your weight. The idea is also well known to the advertising companies. Their goal is to feed you with the visual representation of the fattening food, which often leads to you indulging. Eventually, all the posts create a trance that inflicts your food choices, and in return, impacts your eating pattern.

That is why you go to your phone and order a pizza shortly after watching the cheese melt in a Domino’s Pizza, or go to your fridge to get a cold Coke when you hear the sizzling sound on the TV.

How Do Food Commercials Affect Your Eating?

Food commercials are often visual images that trick the brain into taking immediate action. Even if it is not the same food as advised, you find yourself eating soon after the food commercial ends. The brain generates a reaction to the food in front of you. And this is not limited to junk foods; even the healthier options, such as fruits and vegetables, fall victim.

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So, What Is the Science behind the Behavioral Shift?

Once your eyes see the savory food shown on the ads, the brain processes it as real food and prompts more release of the hunger hormone. So, you eat, even when you would not normally eat at that hour. The body starts to receive signals from the brain to prepare for an incoming meal. Then, you start salivating, and the stomach produces gastric juices.

As a result, your appetite goes up, and you end up ordering some food because you think you are hungry.

 

Number Seven: How Your Clothes Affect Your Weight Loss

If you sit and think about it, clothes rarely come up as something that affects your weight. However, that is where you go wrong. In addition to the healthy diet, the treadmill, and all the exercises you do, the right choice of clothes ultimately affects your weight.

Clothes affect your eating habits and, in turn, your weight gain and loss.

How Do Clothes Affect Your Weight?

Clothes play an essential role in the day to day life of any individual. Regardless of what you consider to be right or wrong, you always find yourself thinking about your weight when you are choosing the clothes to wear. For instance, when you are going out with your friends, you go for the attire that hides the parts you consider undesirable. So, if you have any hanging fat, you find yourself going for the baggy shirt or dress, rather than the tight-fitting.

Also, when you are eating, you consider how you look. That is why you don’t hesitate to take an extra slice of pizza when you are in a loose t-shirt since it hides the food tummy.

Although they are some of the most comfortable clothes to spend your time in, the baggy clothes are the enemy, and regularly changing to other clothes could greatly influence your weight loss plan.

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Which Clothes Should You Wear?

Choosing the right clothes to wear could be a useful weight loss trick. When you are planning to lose weight, and you need the motivation to get going, a closet update is sure to get you there. With a wardrobe change, you get a clearer perspective of where your body needs to be, and you work towards that.

So, what is this wardrobe change? The first step is to get better fitting clothes for yourself. This way, you see how your body looks, and you can get down to laying out a plan to give you the body type you need to look fabulous. Some of these clothes include:

Corsets

If you have ever looked at Kim Kardashian or Jessica Alba and wanted a similar waist, then a corset is the way to go. Wearing a corset will not magically slim your waist in a few days. You need to follow a strict corset diet plan. The corset acts as a tool to measure your improvement and give you the standard measurements to get to your desired transformation.

The corset diet has the potential to give you the perfect body. So, what can you expect when you follow a scientifically planned corset diet?

  • You Cut Your Meals in Half

One primary approach taken when going into a corset diet is to reduce your meals in half. Now, you no longer have the daunting task of calculating your calories. With a half meal, your body uses up the extra fat and carbohydrates to substitute the energy requirements that would require you to eat more. For overweight people, cutting the meal into half trims the meal into the right proportions, and you start to lose weight very quickly.

  • Prioritize Low-Calorie Foods

As discussed earlier, carbs are the enemy of weight loss. By getting rid of the carbs-intensive foods, drinks, and snacks, you are on the right track to getting the body of your dreams. Alternatively, you add some low-calorie foods to your plate. These substitute foods make you full faster and for longer, which means you eat less.

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  • Go for a Smoothie Instead of Juice

If you feel hungry in the middle of the day, you will most likely go for a snack and chase it down with sugary juice. Well, both of these options are bad for your weight loss goals. Alternatively, you can try a highly recommended weight loss hack, a low carb smoothie.

Despite the juice being a highly-rated product, it only works to add a significant amount of carbs and calories to your meal. Replacing it with a smoothie makes you full faster than the juice, and you take in fewer calories, which is in line with the goal of the corset diet.

  • Use the Stairs

If you plan on getting into a corset diet to shed off the extra fat, then one useful weight-loss hack is always to take the stairs. Although going up fleets of stairs does not cut down your overall weight, you come out of it with toned legs. Now, you can wear that short dress you wanted to try out and feel confident.

  • Take a Bowl of Broth before a Meal

The main aim of getting a corset is to get the waist and body you desire. And to achieve this, you need to keep a stronghold on the number of carbs and calories you consume in every meal. For some meals, the quantity of calories is low, but when taken in huge volumes, the calories shoot up. So, what can you do to ensure you take fewer portions of food?

The best trick is to take a bowl of broth before a meal. Before you sit down for lunch or dinner, a bowl of cabbage, chicken, fish, beef, or vegetable broth could be a nice treat. It curbs your hunger, and you eat less when it comes to the main meal.

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Workout Clothes

If you visit the gym, take some time to consider the clothes you wear for your workout. By choosing fitting clothes, you gain self-awareness about your body, which prompts you to work harder towards your goals.

After some time, you notice some positive changes in your body. For instance, you may notice the t-shirt is not as tight as it used to be around the stomach, which is a positive indication that you are losing belly fat. While noticing your body improvements, you are more likely to visit the gym until you reach your intended goal.

Compression Gears

Most people give up exercise and gym workouts because they experience muscle damage. However, with improvement in technology, you longer have to worry about your muscles wasting or hurting during a workout. Compression gears are specially designed to hold and support your muscles during a workout. Therefore, you can go for longer and burn more calories than ever before.

A necessary disclaimer to note is that the gears do not shed the weight themselves. Instead, they help you push through your sessions to stick to your weight loss plan.

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Number Eight: Benefits of Disrupting Your Meal Patterns

There is nothing as dangerous as a body falling into habits. And these do include not only your eating patterns but also the preferences you make. How strongly do you have to be to choose the bowl of salad instead of reaching for the pizza with extra cheese and toppings? The sad part is that you only realize that you have taken many calories when halfway done with your meal.

If you are looking for a great weight-loss hack, stop ignoring the power of your decision. The choices you make every day impact your overall goal. They could be as small as taking a glass of water instead of soda, to changing the number of snack breaks you have.

Some Tips to Get over Habitual Eating

When trying to break away from a habit, anything small could break or make your streak. So, what are some of these things you can do to help you overcome eating habits?

Use Your less-Dominant Hand

According to Neil and his colleagues, a habit forms when you repetitively perform a task, to a point where you do it subconsciously. According to the study they conducted, a group of people eating popcorn while watching a movie barely noticed that it was stale and watery. However, when asked to use their less-dominant hand, they paid attention to what they were eating.

The same applies to your daily life. When you change your hand to the less-dominant one, you are bound to involve your consciousness when eating. This way, you are aware of the calorie content you eat.

 

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Healthy eating for healthy weight.

 

Look for Constructive Disruptions

If you have stayed idle for a whole day, you are bound to eat more often than when you were busy. When you are working towards weight loss, find a constructive way to spend your time, and you end up making fewer trips to the kitchen or pantry.

Your Will Power Could save You

Having strong willpower goes a long way when it comes to losing weight. You need to will your strength not to stop by the drive-thru on your way from work. When you go to a supermarket, you need to be strong enough to avoid all the sugary pastries and stick to your meal plan. Say no, change the route, and drive home. Soon, you will notice a shift in your cravings, and consequently, your weight.

Be Mindful When Eating

One common phrase among chefs is that you need to appreciate your food to gain its value. So, rather than eating aimlessly, anywhere, you go, take your time and be mindful of your eating habits. For instance, you could take keen notice of your body cues, which alert you when you are full. Also, by observing the effect of your food on your moods and body, you can select the ones that have adverse effects.

Finally, seeking out help from a therapist when experiencing food anxiety is one way to be mindful of your diet. You could also learn to bluff your hunger with smell and textures.

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Number Nine: How You Chew Your Food

When you hear that how you chew your food affects your weight, you are reluctant to agree. However, the majority of the overweight population tend to eat food fast and carelessly. As a result, they end up with slow and poor digestion, which leads to health complications.

If you heard that fast eaters have a 115% higher chance of being obese, you would pause and learn about the benefits of chewing your food slowly.

How Does Slow Chewing Help in Your Weight Loss Plan?

Slow chewing makes you intake fewer calories.

Once you get hungry, your body produces ghrelin, a hunger hormone that spikes rapidly, making you feel even more hungry. As you consume your food, the hormone gets suppressed, and you start to feel full.

Now, imagine you feeling hungry, and gobbling down all your food immediately. The result is that you feel full faster, but you also take more food. On the other hand, a slow eater tricks the hunger hormone to believe that you are full, even before finishing your full plate. As a result, you end up taking fewer calories.

Also, by eating slowly, your mastication muscles tire eventually, and at that point, you stop eating.

 

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Too many calories can lead you to weight gain.

 

Bottom Line

Expensive and intensive weight loss exercises often discourage you, and you find yourself going back to the starting point. However, you do not have to work yourself to the brink, just to shed some weight. With the weight loss hacks listed above, you can achieve your desired body type and weight by making simple adjustments to your daily life.

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Panic disorder (PD) affects close to 3% of the population. Since panic disorder symptoms are very common, most people may have actually experienced them without meeting the criteria for an intense panic attack. Unfortunately, it is a condition that could cause a negative health impact if it is neglected. That is why it is crucial to understand how to manage your thoughts and how to stop the disorder from destroying your life. In the next section, we will look at different ways panic disorder can ruin your life as well as how to stop it. But before that, it is essential to understand how the episodes occur. 

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How Does Panic Attack Occur? 

It usually occurs when you start feeling like something is fluttering around your stomach, breaking out in a cold sweat, trembling and shaking, or sensing impending danger for no apparent reason. In some cases, you may feel like you are going to die the next minute. While many people may experience these occurrences in specific situations, in many cases, they have no idea what triggers these experiences. 

This will lead you to avoid any situation that you fear and can cause an attack. In some cases, you may even feel embarrassed about these attacks. That is why some patients may not open up about the situation or pull away from family and friends to hide the situation. At worst, they may resort to alcohol as a coping mechanism. All these can ruin a person’s life. Seeking professional help will likely get you a lasting solution for calming a panic attack

 

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Severe stress can cause panic attacks.

 

How Panic Disorder Can Ruin Your Life?

Panic disorder can affect so many areas of your life, but the following are the most critical ones: 

1. Relationships

When a person is afraid of having a panic attack, he/she may avoid personal and romantic relationships altogether. This causes them to avoid social situations. In some cases, they push people away because they feel like they will judge them. When this becomes a habit, they will likely date less or be left alone. This will, in turn, make them feel extremely lonely.

2. Family

Panic disorder may make you fearful of going out of your house or enjoying normal activities with your family. You are afraid of their safety as well as yours for unjustified reasons. Imagine not being able to accompany your spouse for dinner for fear of an attack? The sad reality is that you will continue to be a victim of PD until you decide to take control of the situation. 

3. Work

Another area that is likely to suffer as a result of panic disorder is productivity and relationships at work. People who have experienced a panic attack in the past will fear that an episode will occur when they are with their workmates. They fear that their colleagues will judge them as being weak. Ironically, most of the people who suffer from panic attacks are usually high achievers. They always strive for perfection, so they are not necessarily weak. The fear of attack may also make them avoid some phobias like driving in traffic. This means that attending work will be a struggle. 

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How to Stop a Panic Attack?

You could try any of these ways to calm a panic attack: 

  • Cooldown anxious thoughts: Thoughts like ‘this is awful’ will trigger attacks. Try to change what is possible and accept what you can’t change. 
  • Stay Positive: Have a positive mindset about yourself. Keep reminding yourself that you are a fighter. 
  • Exercise: Soothe your system with some yoga stretches or a gentle rub on your back.
  • Get Some Perspective: In most cases, attacks arise because you worry about many things. Filter out unimportant stuff, including small details that will not help you in the long run. 
  • Don’t Ignore PD: Panic attacks are an indicator that something needs attention. Get professional help to get your life back on track. 

 

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Medical conditions can also cause panic attacks.

 

When Should You Seek Help? 

If you have experienced panic attack symptoms such as excess sweating, rapid, pounding heart rate, nausea, hot flashes, fear of loss of control, abdominal cramping, headache, tingling sensation, chills, or detachment, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. While panic episodes are not necessarily dangerous, they are uncomfortable. They are also hard to manage on your own. If you don’t seek medical attention, they may worsen over time.

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Since panic attack symptoms are almost close to those of other mental disorders or critical health issues such as heart attack, the doctor may carry out a number of tests such as a social anxiety test. After that, he/she will recommend different treatment options. The right medical treatment can help you identify the triggers, understand the underlying issues, and provide a big picture on how to stop a panic attack.  

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According to estimates from the National Alliance of Mental Illness, around 2.6% of people have bipolar disorder in the USA. Of these, 86% of the cases are severe. People with bipolar disorder have mood alterations of high {manic} periods and low {depressive} states. During the manic period, the person feels happy, is quite sociable, and has lots of energy. In the depressive period, he/she is socially withdrawn, has low energy levels, and often feels sad.

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The severe mood alterations associated with bipolar disorder can affect someone’s life, including his/her work, relationships, and sleep. Though there is currently no cure for the mood disorder, there are several methods of managing the condition so that a person lives free of its symptoms. Below are some options for managing bipolar disorder.

 

Lifestyle Management

When you carefully consider your lifestyle habits, you can keep your mood change episodes at a minimum. Some of the beneficial lifestyle habits to adopt include getting enough sleep, sticking to a healthy diet, exercising, and minimizing stress. People with bipolar disorder have a higher risk of engaging in addictive behaviors, with about 56% addicted to drugs or alcohol at some point. Practicing moderation will help you avoid addiction and minimize your bipolar disorder symptoms.

 

Education

The optimal management of bipolar disorder requires a thorough understanding of the condition. When you and your loved ones understand what causes it, you can take deliberate steps to minimize its manic or depressive phases. There are a lot of online sites that will help you understand what bipolar disorder entails and the best way to manage it. Moreover, most hospitals now have support groups where you can learn from other people dealing with the same condition about strategies that will help you cope with bipolar disorder.

 

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Psychotherapy

Stress is one of the main things that can trigger a mood change in people with bipolar disorder. Keeping your stress levels under control is, therefore, essential. Psychotherapy techniques that help you cope with stress, regulate your mood, repair your relationships, and communicate your feelings are used by experts to manage bipolar disorder. Some of the techniques that a psychotherapist might use in your case include cognitive behavioral therapy {CBT}, family therapy, and social rhythm therapy.

Family therapy addresses issues that might trigger your mood change in a home environment while social therapy centers on establishing a stable social rhythm that will, in turn, stabilize your mood. CBT helps people with bipolar disorder examine the negative emotions and thoughts that trigger mood changes then change these into positive emotions or coping mechanisms.

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Day Treatment Programs

There are now day treatment programs for groups and individuals dealing with bipolar disorder. The programs include case management, peer support, daily living skills, and psychoeducation that will help you cope with the triggers that cause a mood change. Some day treatment programs also have housing and vocational support for people with additional needs.

 

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Medications

Medications are the cornerstone of the management of bipolar disorder. The drug categories a doctor might prescribe to manage your symptoms include:

  • Antidepressants: These manage depressive episodes. Though they have been used extensively in the past, antidepressants are no longer routinely prescribed for bipolar disorder patients because of increased concern on their efficacy and safety.
  • Mood stabilizers: These will manage both depressive and manic episodes. Lithium is the most commonly used mood stabilizer for those with bipolar disorder. It is highly effective in the management of manic episodes. Even so, it is not the best choice for people who have rapid cycling or mixed episodes type of bipolar disorder. Other mood stabilizers include quetiapine and olanzapine.
  • Antipsychotics: These treat some of the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Some common examples include clozapine, risperidone, and ziprasidone.
  • Anticonvulsants: These reduce mood swings and relieve manic symptoms. They include carbamazepine, lamotrigine, topiramate, and valproic acid.

Other than these drug categories, your doctor might prescribe benzodiazepines to relieve agitation, insomnia, and anxiety in bipolar disorder patients. They are often used for a few weeks before mood stabilizers take effect.

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Complementary Treatments

There are also treatments that you can combine with the above approaches to better manage bipolar disorder symptoms. Some complementary treatments that have shown some promise in this regard include:

  • Light and dark therapy: This regulates a person’s biological rhythms, much like social rhythm therapy.
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness meditation: This uses breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation to manage bipolar disorder symptoms.

 

With the right approaches, you can successfully manage bipolar disorder. The above alternatives might seem easy enough to institute or get from your nearest health center. Even so, they need an expert’s input because they should be customized to fit a patient’s needs. Book an appointment with the expert physicians at Mango Clinic to get a management approach that will work best for you. The professionals here will also consider different aspects to guarantee the management option you use has no or minimal side effects.

Expert physicians are here to help you with bipolar disorder. Contact Us now to book your appointment.

 

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