Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore, avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. - SocratesEvery single day, Cindy (not her real name) felt utter, total despair that could be compared with the kind desperation that drove the famous grunge band singer Kurt Cobain to commit suicide. According to Cindy, she was only 23 years old when she got married and had a baby early in the marriage. She said that the first time she held her baby, she did not feel the joy and excitement that were usually felt by first-time mothers. In fact, she said that she felt numb... as if she was stuck in a proverbial black hole. She could not explain the sadness that she felt. Even if she was afraid to admit it, deep inside, she did not feel that she wanted to take care of her baby. Her emotional instability strained her relationship with her husband, family, and friends. She tried to hide it from her husband but she felt really miserable about her situation as a new bride and new mother. To make it worse, she felt guilty about having all those melancholic feelings. The medicines she took to alleviate her sadness did not work. She suffered side-effects like nausea, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, and cramps. Upon the prodding of her husband and family, she went to another doctor who gave her a complete examination. Unlike the usual medical check-up, the doctor spent more time speaking with Cindy about how she felt and though about her new situation as a young mother. After some time, the doctor finally identified what was wrong with Cindy. He said that Cindy was suffering from Postpartum Depression.Beyond the BluesPostpartum Depression (PD) is caused by a number of factors that vary from individual to individual. First-time mothers experience some degree of depression during the first weeks after birth. This happens when hormonal changes takes place and affects the emotions. Experiences may vary but some of the most common symptoms of PD are:lanxiety panic attacklpersistent low moodlhelplessnesslexhaustionlinsomnialnot eating or overeatinglinability to cope with routine tasklwithdrawal from the outside worldCoping with Post-Partum DepressionPostpartum Depression (PD) cannot be determined through a simple diagnostic test. It takes a lot of experience to know if a woman is suffering from PD. The key is to convince the woman to undergo a treatment method or therapy such as counseling, group sessions, and psychotherapy. Alternative therapies such as constitutional homeopathy and acupuncture also work for some women. Being a new mother could be very stressful for the few months but it won't last forever. In addition, to the available medications and therapies, here are more useful tips to cope with postpartum depression:lMake your day as simple as possible. Don't do heavy tasks that leave you feeling so exhausted.lAvoid undue pressures.lInvolve your partner in taking care of the baby.lDivide the household chores between you and your partner.lGet some sleep or rest when the baby is sleeping.lSchedule some time out to go to the park. Have a picnic or watch a good movie.lHave a good time with your best friend or group of friends.lHave a good laugh.lGet some exercise.With enough love and support from your husband, family, and close friends --- you can overcome your postpartum blues in no time.
Quitting the habit of smoking is not easy. Among the common forms of vice, smoking is perhaps the hardest habit to withdraw from. When a person decides to quit smoking, he must commit to it seriously, for the said vice can reoccur or trigger again. Millions of people are smoking worldwide, and almost half of these smokers want to quit the habit. To address the increasing need for aids than can help smokers have an easier and faster process of recovering from smoking addiction, numerous quitting programs are developed and established each year. In line with the strengthened anti-smoking programs and treatments to help smokers quit from the said vice, hypnosis is among the types of therapy that can provide significant improvements to smokers' addiction condition. Hypnosis therapy to quit smoking Yes, there are quite plenty of treatments and programs available for those who want to quit smoking. These treatment, however, have certain side-effects, making the process of withdrawal really difficult for smokers. A person undergoing any type of anti-smoking treatment may become moody, restless, and irrational. As such, smokers who do not want to experience the hassles brought by conventional anti-smoking therapies prefer to undergo hypnosis to quit smoking. Hypnosis as a quit smoking therapy involves two process. One is the hypnosis therapy per se and the other is the self hypnosis. In hypnosis, a smoker needs to look for a hypnotist who is well-experienced in handling similar cases before. After setting an appointment with the hypnotist, one will go through several hypnosis sessions. In session, a person is put into a relaxed, altered state of consciousness, and after which the hypnotist talks to the smoker's subconscious. Once the person is awake, his mind works or functions like a non-smoker. Some people are doubtful of hypnosis as a treatment for smoking addiction because of the fear of having their subconscious corrupted by thoughts and things that they do not approved of. But this is not how hypnosis works. This type of psychological treatment works by conditioning the mind and body to work to what one decides or approves to do. Hence, it is important for one to have a firm decision to stay away from the addiction so the hypnosis will produce positive results. On the other hand, self hypnosis is recommended to those who do not want to consult or undergo therapy sessions with hypnotist. Self hypnosis works, but it needs a lot of work on the part of the smoker. As information guide in self hypnosis, one can use books, online resources, videos, and journals that feature self help scripts and relaxation methods that can help in reconditioning or reprogramming the mind to quit the habit of smoking. Although self hypnosis works for most people, it may also not give any improvement to some smokers. This type of self-help really requires a lot of determination and perseverance from smokers to avoid habit rebound. If self hypnosis does not seem to work, a smoker then needs to decide if consulting a hypnotist is better than conducting a self help therapy.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known. Study after study shows that one can get addicted to nicotine as quickly as cocaine and other illegal drugs that we generally associate with crippling addictions. It is for this reason, of course, that is can be so difficult to quit smoking. One top of this physical addiction - that is, the body's craving of nicotine - there is a psychological component: because smoking is both legal and socially acceptable in many situations, it can be difficult to avoid it completely. Any attempt to "quit smoking" , therefore, should involve a comprehensive plan that deals with both the physical and psychological side of the addiction. One way to address the physical addition to nicotine, to leave yourself free to concentrate on the psychological aspects of your addiction, is to use a nicotine patch.The nicotine patch is one of the oldest, and certainly best-known, medical aids to quitting smoking. Patches are placed on the skin, and work by releasing a slow and steady supply of nicotine into the bloodstream. The idea is that the patch helps wean your body off nicotine - instead of nicotine being immediately absent from your system when you quit smoking, it is gradually reduced.The way the patch works is to break your body's desire for nicotine "spikes." When you smoke a cigarette, your body receives an immidiete spike in its nicotine levels. As the level of nicotine slowly dissipates after the spike, it will eventually drop to a point where you desire to have it "topped up" again - the need for another cigarette. If you picture a graph of your body's nicotine levels when you smoke, you would see a steady series of peaks and valleys - the peaks corresponding to the spike in nicotine levels when you smoke a cigarette. A graph of your nicotine levels when wearing the patch, on the other hand, would show a steady line: the line wouldn't be as high as your peaks, but it wouldn't be as low as your valleys either. The idea is that the patch goes for the middle ground, and your body slowly adjusts to not having spikes in its nicotine levels.As you become more and more used to lower levels of nicotine in your system, you can reduce the dosage of the patches you wear, until eventually your body is nicotine free. Another good thing about the patch is that it is an extremely strong deterrent against smoking: if you smoke while you're on the patch, your levels of nicotine will become too high and you could suffer from a nicotine overdose, which can result in sickness and even death.The patch is a very effective stop smoking aid. It does, however, have some disadvantages: it is fairly expensive, and at the early stages of quitting it can often cost more than cigarettes did. The patch can also cause problems with sleeping if you wear it to bed - and at the same time if you don't you will wake up with no nicotine in your system, and feel pretty bad until you put on a morning patch and it starts working. Despite these drawbacks, the patch remains the medical aid of choice for people dealing with serious nicotine addictions.
People begin to learn about dental health from a very young age, when teeth first begin to show up. But in spite of such early awareness, many people fail to maintain good dental health through their adult life. Good dental health comprises brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and regular visits to a dentist or dental hygienist as well. Besides, people supplement their dental care with the use of products like mouthwash or advanced mouth care systems. You should keep it in mind that the lack of adequate dental care practices will result in cavities and gum disease. It is generally advised that you use a toothbrush with softer bristles so as to protect your gums. Some people, however, prefer power brush systems that help break up plaque and bacteria in your mouth. But it takes more than brushing to keep your teeth in good health. Some other steps need to be taken to ensure that people do not lose their teeth as they become old. To begin with, you should understand your own oral health needs, as your oral health depends on your diet, the type and amount of saliva in your mouth, your overall health and your oral hygiene routine. Try to follow a daily routine in consultation with your dentist. As fluoride strengthens developing teeth in kids and prevents decay in adults, toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride should be used. You should brush at least twice a day, if possible three times or after every meal. You should also floss at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque, a complex mass of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. Limit the consumption of snacks and follow a balanced diet plan. Tobacco in any form will enhance the risk of oral cancer and cause stains on your teeth. Visit your dentist regularly and get your mouth examined.
Hello, I'm a Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, sufferer but mostly a caring human being. My name is Peter Vazquez. I hope that's not my not what I'm remember for when I pass away, except the name 8^), the caring part is OK, but I hope it's more like "he beat the odds with a little help from his friends". When I was first diagnosed with MS my general feeling I got was wait until you die and be as comfortable as you can in the mean time. My symptoms have ranged from weakness in m legs to double vision. I wanted to see the world before my timewass up,as soon as I could I got sponsored to go to Kyoto, Japan to see more of what life has too offer before it is over. I got to Tokyo and feel in love, with this place and my wife. My wife and Japan has taught me a proper healthy diet without sacrificing good taste. I then realized thatMS is not permanently damaging to my legs or eyes, I can correct those things with multiple sclerosis therapy, with professionals or myself. I'm still fighting against MS but I feel real progress without drugs. The progress I'm making is due to a natural healthy harmony I've reached with the natural world. The harmony I've found is with diet and acupuncture. These two things give me the ability to do physical therapy which will lead to walking and running and ... I do some walking not but not walking to the corner market, that's takes time.I've set up a blog at Japan Health and MS Vlog so I could communicate with everyone what I've learned thus far with video and be able to hear what you all have to say with text comments and user submitted videos. Find health advice, information about diseases, diet tips and Video message boards. I have so much to learn if you'll join me we can al learn together. This site is free to all. I'd like to hear what you may say and I'd love to share what I've learned thus far.