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November 2, 2018 at 11:49 am · · 0 comments

Best Mental Hospital in Mumbai

November 2, 2018

 In today’s world of technology where people give importance to physical health. Very few people pay attention to their mental health. They never take care of their mental health and the mental health of the people around them. Maintaining a sound balance between physical and mental health is extremely important.

People having mental illness will never be accepted by the society and its members. Most of them are admitted in mental hospitals which are also known as mental asylums. Maximum people admitted in the mental hospitals face innumerable problems which lead to death in most of the cases. According to me, mental illness can be treated without being admitted to mental hospitals and without consuming many medicines.

There are various kinds of mental illnesses like a Migraine, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Depression and many other diseases. All these diseases can be treated without medication. Medicine will not only make one senseless but also postpone the disease. Majority of patients in the mental hospital are schizophrenics.

These patients are not accepted in society even after their recovery. The mental patient remains a mental patient forever as social acceptance is extremely rare. People don’t accept them either because of fear or due to social stigma. 

AGE OLD CONCEPTIONS ABOUT MENTAL DISORDER:

For several years human beings are unable to check as well as describe human behaviour. After scrolling through pages of history one will find three main types of conceptions prevailing about mental illness since ages.

Supernatural intervention:

It is human tendency to blame the supernatural when they are unable to find the reason for the irrational behaviour of a person. People feel that an evil spirit has affected the mentally imbalanced person. Some of them consider the mental patient to be under the influence of some devil. They find that the supernatural force has captured the mind and soul of the person and so they are behaving differently.

Biological reasons:

It has been a tradition to consider that psychological disorders are caused because of biological reasons. Biology of an individual has rarely to do anything with psychological problems. But maximum people consider biology as one of the reasons for psychological disorders.

Psychological causes:

This is a base to modern treatment of psychology. It focuses on psychological, social and cultural factors. Many psychologists wrote of the importance of thoughts, dreams, etc and this led to further developments in the study of human behaviour.

MYTHS OR MISCONCEPTION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS

1. Mental wellness is less important:

          This is one of the most common and prevalent myth perceived by maximum people. They think that physical health is the most important thing and give very less importance to mental health. If your body deserves care, doesn’t your mind deserve it?

 Most of the people ignore mental health. This results in grave physical and mental problems. People exercise or eat only to benefit their physical health. Mental health is never taken into consideration.

2. Mental illness is incurable:

          Though most of the mental disorders are curable, people consider mental illness incurable. With this thought in mind, many families just give up on the mental patient in their family. They are also ashamed to take their affected family member to an expert.

It can be cured with guidance from a proper life coach. Medicines have nothing to do with the mental disorder. Accepting this disease and trying to find a solution out of it is more important rather than ignoring and not accepting it.

3. Mentally ill people are violent:

          It is proved from time to time that mentally ill people are not violent but they are the victims of violence. A very small percentage of people with the grave mental condition might become violent. Experts opine that the majority of people who commit suicide were having some or the other mental disorder. These patients will be violent towards themselves rather than others.

          90% of these patients will never talk to others. Hence the question of being violent toward others is meaningless. These patients will not trouble anyone unless someone has harassed them. Research has found that the number of crimes committed on the mental patients is more compared to the crimes committed by them. However, some people might take the fake support of mental disorder to hide their crime.

4. Mental illness is a sign of weakness:

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Mentally ill persons are considered unfit for a responsible tax. These patients are even afraid to undergo treatment due to societal pressure. Mental illness is a real health issue that needs expert advice.

5. Mentally ill persons can’t be employed:

Only untreated mentally unstable people are incapable of doing daily chores or attaining the job. When accurate medical attention is given to the patient, they will be able to lead a normal life and will achieve a good position in their respective jobs. It is important to accept mental illness and take accurate medical treatment. After proper consultation mental patients can be considered for their respective jobs. They can even do better than before in other words, their performance will surely improve.

6. Only medication can heal mental illness:

Medication may or may not be important in the process of curing mental disorders. Curing mental disorder requires proper counselling sessions. Only medicines are not suitable for the treatment. In fact, NIMH has accepted that there is no medicine for mental illness.

7. All mental illnesses are the same:

The term mental illness refers to a wide range of mental disorders. It may include depression, ADHD, etc. Some of the mentally ill patients lead a normal life while others will face problems forever. Many people in India consider that mental illness is the same everywhere.

                 These myths must be overcome and they should not stop any mental patient or his family from getting accurate treatment. Immediate expert attention is needed in order to overcome mental problems and lead a normal life.

MENTAL HOSPITAL:

 The Psychiatric or mental hospital is a place where people with mental disorder are admitted with a hope of improvement. Psychiatric hospitals differ in the kind of therapy provided. Some of them specialize in short-term treatment others in long-term treatment. This hospital is also known as a mental hospital, lunatic asylum or mental asylum.

 The Long time ago, mental asylums used violent means to restrain the patient like tying them to their beds for days or even months. These are replaced by modern hospitals where the therapy is planned by using evidence. At our centre for treatment, the patient has treated completely without any medication but 100% results.

TYPES OF MENTAL HOSPITALS:

 There are different types of mental hospitals depending on the type of patients they house

Crisis Stabilization:

 This is the department of the mental asylum where critical patients are admitted. Most of them deal with violent or suicidal patients.

Open units:

These units are used to keep patients who are not extremely suicidal. These units focus on improving the lives of the patients who are on the verge of discharge. Nevertheless, patients are not permitted to possess their medicines due to fear of overdose. Some open units are unlocked while others are still locked depending on the category of patients who are admitted.

Medium-term:

This is kind of hospital gives treatment that lasts for long period. Several weeks are needed to get the effect of the therapy. Here the patient is monitored and then the therapy is decided. It makes the treatment effective.

Juvenile wards:

These type of hospitals specialize in treatment for children and adolescents with mental problems.

Long-term care facilities:

These type of hospitals provide assistance with a motive to rehabilitate these people into society. These hospitals try to achieve the goal within two or three years.

Halfway houses:

In this category of institution, a mentally ill patient is allowed to stay for a long period of time. These are one of the most important types of hospitals for mental patients. They can be run only after proper help from the authorities.

Political imprisonment:

These institutions generally house mental patients who are political prisoners for some punishment.

Secure Units:

In these type of hospitals, we find patients who are detained by courts for treatment before being sentenced to further punishments.

RECOGNISED MENTAL HOSPITALS IN INDIA

1. NIMHANS:

(NIMHANS) NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND NEUROSCIENCES is the largest and number one mental hospital in India located in Bangalore. This institution promotes technological innovations, to match the standards maintained around the world. Here training is provided to neuroscience students and professionals. This institute also imparts technical knowledge to nursing students and professionals who work for mental patients.

2. PGIMER, Chandigarh:

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh is an educational, medical research and training for students.

3. Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, New Delhi(VIMHANS):

This hospital provides Emergency care for mental patients. It is specialized to offer Psychological services for various mental problems.

4. Central Institute of Psychiatry:

This institute is situated in Kanke, Ranchi in Jharkhand of India. It is the largest psychiatric hospital in Asia with a bed capacity of 643. Wards were built during the British Raj. It is an open hospital where patients are not restricted to rooms. They can roam freely within the area of the hospital. Individualized patient care is one of the main attractions of this hospital.

5. IHBAS, New Delhi:

The Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences was earlier known as Hospital for Mental Diseases, Shahadara. It specializes in research of neurosciences.

6. Antara, Kolkata:

This hospital has a team of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers, etc. This team helps the patients to recover from their psychiatric problems. This hospital deals with patients having Depression, stress, phobia, mental retardation, etc.

7.Yerwada Mental Hospital, Pune:

This is one of the oldest and largest mental hospitals in India. Most of the patients with high mental disorders from Maharashtra are admitted in Yerwada Mental Hospital.

8. Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Karnataka (DIMHANS):

This hospital was started as a Lunatic asylum by the British Government. Presently it deals with teaching psychiatric professionals. It also caters to the need of mental patients.

9.Mon, Kolkata:

This is a non-profit organization started by mental health professionals. This institute not only works for the well being of mental patients but also creates awareness in the area of mental health. It also motivates research in this field.

10. Lumbini Park Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Karnataka:

This hospital specializes in care for mental patients. It ensures rehabilitation, community-oriented services and research activities in the area of Mental health.

TYPES OF MENTAL DISORDERS:

Bipolar disorder

It is a severe mental disorder or illness.  Here the person will experience high and low moods. Sometimes the patient is extremely energetic and rest of the time they will be depressed.

Persistent depressive disorder

This type of mental illness interferes with the regular life of a person.

Generalized Anxiety disorder

This includes being nervous before a presentation.  This patient will be worried about little things in everyday life.

Major depressive disorder

This condition is also known as clinical depression. The Patient feels extremely sad and hopeless. They will experience suicidal instincts.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This type of patient will experience repetitive thoughts or obsessions.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Here the patient experiences mental illness after experiencing a traumatic event like being raped, war, natural calamities, etc.

Schizophrenia

In this category, the patient will live in an imaginary world which is far from reality. Hallucinations, hearing voices, etc are the main features of a schizophrenic patient. It is extremely dangerous if left untreated. This patient can harm himself as well as people around him.

Social anxiety disorder

These patients have a phobia of being around other people. They will never feel comfortable. They will be nervous to attend social gatherings or to meet new people.

MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS

Following are some common features of all types of mental illness:

  • eating less or too much.
  • unable to have a sound sleep.
  • being aloof or away from people and avoiding the activities that they liked
  • feeling tired and energy-less.
  • feeling motionless or no mercy
  • body pains without any reason
  • resorting to smoking, drinking or drugs.
  • memory loss, anxiety, fear, anger, confusion, etc.
  • getting involved in a fight or argument with loved ones
  • mood swings. sometimes very happy other times extremely sad
  • hallucinations or flashbacks that are hard to overcome
  • hearing voices constantly which are unstoppable
  • hurting themselves or others
  • inability to do regular chores
  • stress and tensions of trivial issues

HOW DOES MENTAL DISORDER EFFECT ONE’S LIFE?

Mental illness not only affects one’s life to a great extent. It will have an impact on every area of a person’s life.

1. Mental Illness affects physical health:

While dealing with mental illness, physical health is affected. It becomes difficult to pay attention to the well being of physical health due to mental issues.

2. It affects one’s career:

Most of the employers will refrain from appointing a person with mental illness for a job in their firm or organization. The person who has mental this problem will find it difficult to maintain his work balance in the job. This happens due to the side effects of the medicines or symptoms of mental issues.

3. It can affect education:

A child with mental illness will not be able to cope up with studies in the college or school. Most of the schools are not efficient in providing sufficient help to such students. As a result, such children have to give up their education. The child remains a drop out for his entire life.

4. Difficulty to survive in their own house:

In some cases, a mental patient finds it difficult to survive in his own house. They might need help and support from their family members. Family members are fed of the actions of these people so most of them are not allowed to go out. They are kept restricted to one room.

5.Effect on parenting:

While a woman is taking medicines for mental illness, there is a possibility that it might affect her unborn child. Hence such females should take medical advice if they are planning to conceive.

6. Vacations:

Family members or loved ones of the mental patient never get any relaxation during their holidays. Most of their holidays are spent on look after such patients. They will get hardly any time for relaxation.

7.Effects spirituality:

Spirituality might be affected by mental illness. Such patients will lose their faith in God and will never believe in his presence due to the problems they are going through.

8. Social stigma:

An individual with mental illness will carry the stigma of being a mental patient throughout their life, even after they are cured. These people will never overcome the problems that they will face due to this tag.

9.Decreased quality of Life:

The quality of life of a mental patient will always be very low. They will have to face many difficulties to cope up with regular activities.

10.Poverty:

Lack of employment will leave the mental patient reeling in poverty. Others who are still able to maintain their jobs will find a reduction in their potential to work which might lead to poverty.

11. Abuse:

Mental patients might face abuse from their family or society throughout their lives.

12. Effects on the family:

Immediate family of a mental patient will have to face many challenges while caring for them. They will find the loss in productivity in their respective jobs. The task of looking after their mentally ill family member is extremely tedious. It will consume their energy and money. Sometimes they might land into poverty. They will not be able to cope up with regular work.

13. Effects on Society:

One of the most common effects on any society is the effect on the Gross national product due to money spent on mental illness and loss of productivity due to mental patients. Mental patients rarely portray jeopardous behaviour or violence but sometimes there can be anger outburst.

PSYCHIATRIC “DISORDERS” ARE NOT MEDICAL DISEASES:

 In the medical field, there is a criterion for any situation to be called a disease. For example, fever is a symptom and typhoid is a disease. Mental diseases exist but there is no medical evidence in simple words medical science have not proved the existence of any mental disorder. There are not tests like the x-rays or the brain scan which can prove mental illness.

  According to Dr David Kaiser, psychiatrist, “…modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness…Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.”

 Psychiatry only records the emotions and behaviours and labels them as a disease to market their medicines. It cannot be considered science but a marketing strategy. Dr.Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, said that ” There is no blood or other biological tests to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases.”

PSYCHIATRY HAS NEVER FOUND THE EXACT CAUSE OF MENTAL ILLNESS

Famous psychiatrists around the world have admitted that they are unaware of the causes of mental illness. Even agencies such as The World Psychiatric Association and the US National Institute of Mental Health have accepted and admitted the same. There are only theories and opinions about the cure or symptoms of mental disorders. Most of these theories have no scientific base.

“MENTAL ILLNESS DUE TO CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN BRAIN” HAS NO EVIDENCE:

“[T]here are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s brain.

– Elliot Valenstein, PhD  author of ‘Blaming the Brain’

Mental illness is caused due to the chemical imbalance in the brain is a baseless theory. It has hardly any evidence till date.

PSYCHIATRY HAS NO CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS:

Unites States has spent billions on Mental health programmes but they were a clear failure. There is a huge misunderstanding that the psychiatrist and their medicines can cure the mental disorder. Most of them are not able to cure the mental illness completely.

NO GENETIC PROOF OF MENTAL ILLNESSES

 According to Dr Joseph Glenmullen (Psychiatrist, from Harvard Medical School) and David Kaiser (Psychiatrist), science has not been able to successfully prove that gene or biology is the cause of mental illness.

SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS USED IN MENTAL ILLNESS:

A Psychiatrist also cannot estimate the dangerous ill effects of the medicines they prescribe. The working of these drugs is an unknown process. These medicines have the power to kill. They can double the risk of suicide. It can lead to lifetime physical or mental damage. Even NIMH  does not refer to any medical service for mental health. It also never recommends any drug for the same. Let us understand the Common side effects of the medicines given during mental illness.

  • suicidal instinct
  • heart attack
  • sudden death
  • Panic attacks
  • restlessness
  • Weight gain

LET US ALSO UNDERSTAND THE MEDICINES PRESCRIBED BY THE PSYCHIATRIST AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS:

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

 These medicines are mostly used for patients with depression, anxiety and insomnia. Some patients might respond well but not all. It is not easy to stop these medicines. Stopping them might lead to withdrawal symptoms. FDA has enlisted the common side effects of antidepressants like Nausea and vomiting, gaining weight, feeling sleepy, sexual disorder, diarrhoea, etc.

ANTI-ANXIETY MEDICATIONS

These medicines lower the symptoms of panic attacks, too much fear or worry. They are used to reduce symptoms or anxiety such as trembling, rapid heartbeat and sweating that patients with phobia experience. These symptoms might be prevalent in people have fear of a situation like public speaking.

 People become dependent on these medicines and it becomes like an addiction. Sometimes these patients might develop withdrawal symptoms on stopping these medicines suddenly. Other side effects include drowsiness, unclear vision, headache, fatigue, panic, bad dreams, dizziness, weak memory, joint pain, constant urination, muscle pain, rash, swelling in eye or face, seizures, breathing problems, unclear speech, suicidal instincts, etc.

STIMULANTS

These medicines are used to treat ADHD. These medicines are thought to balance blood pressure, increase attention and energy, etc. These medicines are not prescribed to the old. It is also used for the treatment of narcolepsy and rarely for depression. Side effects of people consuming stimulants are insomnia, reduced appetite, stomach ache, headache, etc. Sometimes they can also make the individual emotionless or repetitive with sounds and motion.

ANTIPSYCHOTICS

Antipsychotic medicines are generally prescribed to patients having schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression also known as psychotic depression, dementia, etc. They relive the patients who live in an imaginary world with hallucinations or false beliefs). These medicines don’t cure the mental illness, it only gives relief from symptoms. If an antidepressant medicine is not relieving the mental patient then these medicines are used for depression also.

Relapse of symptoms or worsening of them is one of the most important side effects of this medicine when it is stopped. According to FDA, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, vomiting, nausea, low blood pressure, restlessness, unusual weight gain, blurred vision, low count of white blood cells, uncontrolled movements, etc. Another important side effect is tardive which causes unusual and uncontrolled muscle movement around the mouth.

MOOD STABILIZERS

Mood stabilizers are used for patients with bipolar disorder, mania and constant mood changes due to other mental diseases. Other diseases that are treated using mood stabilizers are depression, schizoaffective disorder, etc. Itching, rash, excessive thirst, constant urination, shivering of hands, blurred vision, hallucinations, swelling of the face, tongue, hair loss, etc.

EFFECTS OF THESE MEDICINES ON CHILDREN, OLDER ADULTS AND PREGNANT WOMAN:

Everyone who takes mental illness medicines is vulnerable to their side effects. But the above three are more likely to face problems. Let us discuss all three of them.

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:

Some medicines prescribed for children and adolescents can have a long-term effect on the children. They might develop a dependency on these medicines. They might have neurological problems, physical issues, etc.

OLDER ADULTS

People above the age of 65  need to be extremely careful while consuming these medicines. They are more prone to reactions of these medicines. Their body is already a week to process the medicine. It can affect their memory, sharpness, attention span, etc.

WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR WHO MAY BECOME PREGNANT:

There is a huge risk if any woman is on medication during her pregnancy. These women should avoid mood stabilizers as they can lead to side effects on the unborn child. The child might face problems in breathing, vision, etc. Though most of these symptoms go away with age. It will not lead to death. Antidepressants should also be avoided as they may affect the fetus. A pregnant woman should always be happy and mentally stable. Her family plays a huge role in keeping her happy.

How to cure mental illness without medicines:

 Mental health has been one of the most important and discussed issue these days Mental illness does not require professional care. Half of the mentally ill patients show no improvement even after consuming a heavy dose of medicines. Others who feel little relieved might face many side effects.  These medicines lead to weight gain, sexual problems, muscle pulls, increase irritation, suicidal desires. Other risks might include ovarian cancer, lung cancer, heart attack, diabetes, etc.

  Mental health has been a growing concern all across the globe. Many people try out different drugs until they find the one that perfectly helps cure their problems. Such experimentation, not only proves harmful due to the side effects that some drugs come with, but also demoralizing. Although mental illness does require professional care for proper treatment, yet there remain some things that you can include in your own treatment plan to help better.

Following are some of the ways which will help to cure the mental patients without medicines.

1. Change in daily routine and home remedies

 This method is extremely helpful to get rid of mental illness of the methods are to avoid consumption of alcohol and drugs. Resorting to a healthy lifestyle by consuming nutritious food will help the brain to work properly.  Using omega-3 fatty acids which are in fish oil will reduce mental issues.

2. Mental health exercises

There are many exercises that are not only helpful to the body but also help the mind. Swimming is one of the best exercises. Dancing not only gives positive energy but also relaxes the mind. Walking and jogging are helpful for heart health and strength of mind. Regularly following a routine of these exercises will reduce the signs of many mental issues. Following are some of the exercises that help our brain.

Striking a power pose.

This power poses help in reducing mental issues like anxiety.

Listening to music.

Music relaxes your mind and body. Many psychiatric patients who listen to music recover faster than those who don’t listen to music.

Recurring muscle relaxing exercise:

 In this method, the patient is told to tighten his muscles and thereafter relax them. It can be accompanied by light music. Practising progressive muscle relaxation.

3. Yoga for mind and body:

Yoga has been accepted worldwide as a key to good health. Recent studies have found that yoga poses are good for increasing one’s self-esteem and boosting energy. It will also help to boost ones mental health. Yoga soothes the mind and body.

4.Attending or arranging awareness programmes:

 Very few people in India give importance to Mental health in comparison to physical health. They are not aware of the signs and symptoms of mental illness like OCD, depression, etc. Mostly due to lack of awareness about the relationship between mental health and other health issues, people resort to wrong methods of overcoming it. Arranging awareness programmes or attending some of them can be extremely helpful to such patients. Knowing the mental disorder that one is suffering from is extremely crucial.

“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people.”

-Deepika Padukone

5.Mental health in teens

Teenagers might fall prey to mental disorders more often compared to the adults and children. Maximum parents are unaware of the symptoms of mental illness. Hence they will ignore the behavioural changes in their child. Following are some signs and symptoms in teenagers that indicate a mental disorder. They should never be ignored.

  • sleeping for a longer period of time
  • sudden dislike of favourite hobbies or in regular activities
  • poor academic performance
  • reduction of weight or change in eating habits
  • anger or aggressive behaviour.
  • low self-esteem.

6. Eliminate certain causes that might lead to mental illness:

 It is important to recognize and get rid of some of the causes of mental illness like intake, of harmful toxic substances, medicines, certain diseases, imbalance caused due to hormones, allergies due to certain eatables, parasites and yeast infections like candida.

7. Eat healthy food:

 Whatever we eat strengthens our body and mind. It is extremely important to ensure that we are eating healthy food which has nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, etc.  We should also fish oil and fruits which are extremely good for mental health. Food containing low sugar can also increase the energy of mind and body.  Intake of such healthy food will act as fuel for the brain to function properly.

8. Give up bad food and unhealthy living choices:

 Avoiding unhealthy food like fried food items which contains trans fats. It is extremely harmful to your brain and other organs of your body these can be replaced with healthy foods like fish, vegetables, etc. Stop using harmful substances like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc. An unhealthy diet can affect the entire working of your body and reduce its immunity.

9. Sound Sleep:

 Sound sleep is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Getting sufficient sleep is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Reducing even few hours from your daily sleeping routine might disturb your mental health, energy and aura. It can also lead to depression and other mental issues. One must avoid using mobile phones or watching television at night time. These things might act as a hurdle to your sleep. It is always better to resort to natural methods of sleeping rather than depending on sleeping pills. They can lead to mood swings.

10.Quality of Life:

 Poor quality of life is one of the most important causes of Mental illness. Unhappiness, dissatisfaction, neglect, hatred, etc. are some of the reasons for the low quality of life. One must focus on the positive sides of things rather than paying attention to negative things. In order to improve our lives, we must learn new techniques and skills, recognize our aim in life, never compare with others, move ahead in life, etc. Exercising is also one method to improve our situation and overall health.

11. Social Support:

 Overcoming mental illness is not the work of a single person. Society is an important part of everyone’s life. In spite of putting efforts to overcome mental disorders single-handedly, they need help from the loved ones and society. Peer support and support from family members can prove helpful to such patients.

12.  Stay in an open environment:

 Going out in the heart of nature is crucial for maintaining sound mental and physical health. Spending time under trees reduces stress. It also helps to maintain normal blood pressure and heartbeat. Open air and sunlight play a significant role in maintaining the mental health of a person. It will not only boost the level of Vitamin D but also help in improving the mental balance of the person.

13. Exercise:

 A Regular exercise routine is better than medicines. Running, weight lifting, etc can soothe anxiety levels. It also removes stress and depression. Exercise is not only important to the body but also mind. It improves blood circulation, boosts energy, gives confidence, reduces anxiety, etc. Most importantly when the body becomes fit, the mind is sure to become fit as well.

14. Meditation:

 Meditation and breathing exercises help to relieve the stress levels of an individual. They will also soothe the person from his prevailing anxiety. It helps the person to improve his concentration levels. It improves the ability to concentrate on certain things. It brings a positive attitude towards life.

 Whenever people meditate, they are able to forget the pains and worries that are prevailing in their lives. It can also remove the burden of mental illness.

15. Self-care:

 Giving importance to ourselves is extremely significant. People generally give time and care to other family members and avoid themselves and their health. It is totally acceptable to take care of yourself and give some time to yourself. Especially woman is found to dedicate the least time to themselves.

 Everyone should remember that ‘No one can take care of yourself except you’. In fact, by taking care of yourself, you will be a better parent. Most of the parents only take care of their children and avoid their health. Unless we have sound health how can we dedicate time to our family members?

16. Social Support:

 Mental illness cannot be overcome alone. Man is a social animal and he will be affected by the moods and behaviour of the society.  Peers and family can be a great help for a mentally ill patient. Communication is a key to improvement. We should make sure to have ample talks with the affected person. Sometimes stress and anxiety are relieved through a short session of talks.

 It also inculcates a positive attitude towards life. Support from loved ones is a great relief to such patients. It also motivates the person to take up challenging tasks. Most importantly it gives confidence to the person that he can improve his situation.

Reference:

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2.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_psychiatric_hospitals_in_India 3.http://www.nimhans.ac.in

4.http://www.vimhanshospital.org/servics.html

5.https://blog.bulletproof.com/how-to-fight-depression-medication/

6.https://www.cchr.org/cchr-reports/citizen-commission-on-human-rights/introduction.html

7.https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/mental-health-medications/index.shtml 8.https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/mental-health-9.medications/index.shtmlhttps://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/deepika_padukone_770304?src=t_mental_health

October 19, 2018 at 11:55 am · · 0 comments

How to cure Insomania Naturally in 10 days!

October 19, 2018

Insomnia is characterized as a sleeping disorder which is synonymous with, difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. It can be short-term (acute) insomnia or long-term (chronic) insomnia. Insomnia treatment is not something that is common or permanent.

Insomnia in itself is a side effect. There is no medicine for insomnia or drug for insomnia that can cure it permanently. If you suffer from Insomnia or you are just curious, you can refer below for further information on what causes insomnia, how to deal with insomnia, how to avoid insomnia or how to cure insomnia/is insomnia curable?

One way to do that is to keep track of your sleep problems and patterns via a sleep diary. Better yet, seek some medical/psychological advice. Refer to the sample sleep diary that is shown below. Although you will need to personalize your sleep diary to adapt it to your own needs.

Fill in this diary every day if possible; it is better to jot down freshly etched memories before they are forgotten or before they get mixed up with other memories. Try to keep this routine of writing in the diary, going on for at least a couple of weeks. The diary will help you keep things into perspective and act as a useful tool to analyze and understand the impacting factors.

Get to know what stresses you out the most!

Either with the help of your sleep diary or any other method, identify your worst stressors. Then rate the level of stress it causes from a scale on 1 to 10 with 10 being extremely stressful.

            Once you’ve identified the worst stressors, think of ways to minimize them. This will help you in Curing insominia Immensely.  For example if you find traveling in rush hour traffic stressful, then try to manage your travel schedule in order to avoid peak hours and in turn avoid stress.

Living in the present i.e. “in the moment” and having a good presence of mind has shown to significantly reduce stress levels. As it is known we can’t change our past but we can shape our future.

                By living in the present, one is able to perform better as one is not thinking or worrying about the past or the future. This is a mentally richer way of living life, as instead of doing things on autopilot; we can take the matter into our own hands and be more aware of our present feelings.

     Adopting this method towards life will help you to manage your stress levels more efficiently.

List your worries and concerns –

Write a list of to-do things or problems and possible solutions, especially if anxiety prevents you from sleeping. Get it over with before bedtime so that you are free to sleep without any burden.

             Creating a to-do list can assure that you stay more in control of your daily life and better organized as well. Although you don’t need to finish every task on your list in order to relieve your stress or that itself will cause you more stress.

          As quoted by author Richard Carlson, “the purpose of life isn’t to get it all done but to enjoy each step along the way”.

Be more social, reach out to others –

As proven, studies have shown that people with good social networks tend to enjoy comparatively better mental health. This is partly because of being able to share your issues and life problems with someone who either listens to you or offers you a solution/consoles you.

             Social support during periods of stress reduces tension and offers emotional support too. So try to meet your friends often, stay in contact and be involved with your family to maintain good bonding. Also, try to improve and widen your social circle if possible.

Laughter is a cure and it is contagious –

Laughter, humor, smile or comedy, all are one and the same; they incite the same feeling of happiness and excitement. A good laugh relaxes the muscles in the upper body and puts us in a positive state of mind for the time being.

       So be around funny people, find a comedy skit online and spread a little laughter yourself.

Get out, be outgoing –

Increase the number of your outdoor activities, such as hanging out with friends or going for a walk on your own, visiting the countryside or even just doing some chores outside such as gardening or running errands has been shown to boost your mood, lower your heart-rate.

         Research has suggested that people living near greener areas enjoy a longer lifespan and better health compared to their city counterparts. While some experts believe that higher levels on negative ions near areas with running water, mountains, trees and more natural surroundings in general are responsible in part for our well being.

        Also spending time outdoors during the day can help you to sleep better at night. Exposure to sunlight stops your brain from producing the hormone melatonin, making it easier for your body to fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.

Find joy in exercising –

Exercise is an activity that helps to keep our body fit and healthy. It also helps to reduce stress and enables the stress hormones with “flight or fight” response to be put to good use. Exercise comes in various forms and is not just limited to gyms.

      Walking, doing household, even chores are exercises that have been shown to offer stress-relieving benefits. Although exercising at the wrong time can have adverse effects on one’s body. On the other hand, insufficient exercise can lead to restlessness, feeling low on energy and create sleep problems.

Relaxation is key –

Relaxation acts as an antidote for stress and helps in slowing down the breathing and heart rate, in turn calming the mind.

             In today’s world, most of us skip sleep to gain time to be able to do things that we prioritize more, even though we know that it is not good for our health. Such a sacrifice is made regularly because the conditions demand it.

                       Things that help you relax are subjective but yoga and light music are one of the most common therapies for relaxation. So at the end of the day, if possible, one should allow time for relaxation out of the available recreational time. Make it a habit to do so, as it will help in releasing stress altogether.

Transcendental Meditation –

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique of meditation which involves closing your eyes and repeating the same word again and again, to yourself. For example, the age-old practice of saying “Om” and calling God’s name to soothe your own soul and mind.

              TM has been shown to relieve stress if practiced daily. It is expected to reduce insomia and improve your overall sleep quality. It can be achieved through either of the following as well.

Breathing deeply – To help you relax at bedtime, try deep abdominal breathing. Inhale slowly through your nostrils while counting to three and expand your stomach progressively. Then hold till the count of 3 and slowly exhale through your mouth, while counting to 6 and flattening your stomach. Repeat a minimum of 5 times.

Relaxation of muscles – It’s a technique used to release tension from the muscles and it aids sleep. Example – Take a deep breath and create tension in your face, close eyes tightly, clench your fists, tense muscles in your arms, toes and tense feet then relax and breathe out.

Keep your body and brain cool –

During night time, our brain tries to lower the temperature of our body to slow down the metabolism and lower our energy consumption to conserve energy. So as to encourage our body to sleep, keep the sleeping room fairly cool (16-20 Degree Celsius) and airy.

           If you are awoken by sudden hot breezes at night, sleep with a cotton sheet under the duvet, so you can throw the duvet off and still have a light cover for you.

Adhere to the created sleep schedule – 

One of the successful strategies to treat insomania is, adhering to an established daily sleep routine. The quality of your sleep is drastically affected by rapid changes in your sleep patterns as it confuses the body clock whereas going to bed and getting up at a set time keeps the body clock functioning properly, so it is easier to fall asleep.

          Although you can experiment with the amount of time you spend in bed to determine what length of sleeping time leads to the best sleep quality in your case

Affirm and calm yourself –

Affirming yourself before going to bed helps in reshaping our beliefs and changing behavior as long as it is a positive affirmation. It is more effective if you write it in the form of your goals or achievements that you are seeking and getting into bed feeling exhausted. But this can’t be done if you aren’t in a calm state of mind.

         There is no feeling worse than the one you get when you get in bed feeling exhausted and looking forward to sleeping, but being unable to sleep easily because your mind won’t calm down or stop your train of thoughts. To achieve that calm state of mind, try imagining a peaceful setting, watching ASMR or other therapeutic videos.

Do not worry too much –

 A few problems that are negligible during the day can seem highly problematic in the middle of the night when you are unable to sleep well. Your mind goes into overdrive, trying to think of a solution, even when there just doesn’t seem to be any.

    Assuring your own self that there is nothing you can do about such a problem right now and go to sleep and worry about it tomorrow.

Visualization aids in sleeping –

Visualization helps to clear your mind of other thoughts by focusing on one particular thought. It is nothing new as we have been ‘counting sheep’ for centuries. Anything else which is similarly repetitive to it such as imagining climbing steps of a staircase while counting it; with each step leading to a deeper and deeper state of relaxation.

Don’t force yourself to sleep –

 So it may seem that you have been trying to sleep for ages; you’ve tried all the earlier methods but none of them seem to work. What to do now? How to fall asleep now? All these questions keep troubling you.

           So just do the opposite and use your energy

into doing other things and try not to sleep forcefully and let it come naturally. This is a much more stress relieving way of trying to sleep.

Turn your sleeping environment into a sanctuary –

Too much noise can disturb REM sleep, and most people sleep more soundly and find it easier to sleep in a quieter environment.

        A double glazed window can help significantly, to reduce the noise levels inside the room. Earplugs too can help and be used as a temporary solution, especially if your partner or any family member sores.

 Studies have shown that white noise helps most people sleep better compared to those who weren’t exposed to white noise.

               White noise such as the sound of ocean waves or some quiet place, can be used to filter out background noise and encourage slower brain waves for improving your sleep overall. It doesn’t work for everyone though. Some people get disturbed by any kind of noise or the slightest noise during their sleep.

                 Avoid watching television or using computer, smart-phone right before bedtime as it can over-stimulate the brain. The light emitted by those devices can interfere with the production of hormones that regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

Sleep on a good bed – 

Around a third of our lives are spent in our beds, yet most of us pay very little attention to whether they are comfortable, sleep enhancing and supportive or not. If you wake up with aches and pains it is a sign that you are not able to sleep well in your bed.

          Generally, you should replace your bed at least every 8 years. You should change the mattresses too as soon as they start to sag or become uncomfortable and lumpy. Lastly, don’t forget to change or choose a pillow that shall provide support for the neck and head and keep your spine in line with your neck.

Create a bedtime routine –

Even though we spend time preparing for sleep, both physically and mentally, before bedtime and view it as a pleasure-able activity, we hardly unwind or have time to unwind before bedtime. In order to do that, we should try to establish a routine adapted to suit our needs and helps us to unwind. It could include having a sip of your favorite drink, listening to relaxing music, taking a hot shower, reading or anything else that soothes your mind and body.

       Doing recreational activities before bedtime in a restricted manner is ok as long as until it helps you to relieve stress and doesn’t over exercise your brain. Your brain will automatically start to link these events with sleep, making it easier for you to doze off. 

           Reducing light exposure helps your body ease to sleep mode by increasing the production of the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’.

Limit the time you spend in bed –

If you spend a lot of time in your bed lying awake while watching something or just simply lying down, then try to reduce the number of hours you spend in your bed. Only approach your bed if you are sleepy or going to try to sleep.

       This trains your brain to associate your bed with sleep as you will be using your bed to sleep most of the time. You should then approximately work out the amount of time you spend sleeping or consult your sleep diary if you have made one.

    Decide what time you would/should get up. The goal is to establish a regular sleep pattern. Follow your natural sleep instincts.

Don’t keep tracking clock time – 

In case if you wake at night and are trying to sleep again, do not look at the clock and stress yourself about how much time of sleep you have left as this can exercise your brain and delay your sleep. Try instead, to shut your eyes lightly and breathe deeply and slowly to put yourself back to sleep.

 Summarized tips to sleep better – 

Wear earplugs or earmuffs to block out any sort of noises that would disturb your sleep.

Try not to divide your sleep into multiple blocks of time.

Stay away from any devices of entertainment to avoid distraction before sleeping.

Make use of curtains or blinds, eye mask, to encourage your body to sleep by producing the sleep hormone.

Breathe deeply and slowly, do not procrastinate.

Keep your blood sugar balanced –           

 If you eat in a way that helps to keep your blood sugar steady during the daytime, it will help to ensure that your sleep isn’t disrupted by hunger. Do not overeat before bedtime as it is prone to cause discomfort while sleeping. Overeating will probably also cause an increase in your body temperature, making it a bit harder to fall asleep.

               Similarly, do not eat too little either as you won’t have enough nutrients that the body needs to repair itself and hunger pangs can keep you from falling asleep or wake you up in the middle of the night.

          Low glycaemic index (GI) foods take longer to digest and make us feel full for a longer time. GI refers to the rate by which a food raises the blood sugar level in the body. So high GI carbohydrates such as bread, cakes, sweets, etc cause blood sugar to rise rapidly whereas low GI carbohydrates such as porridge, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta and brown rice, multi-grain bread keep the blood sugar steady, which releases the glucose slowly and you are less likely to be woken up by hungry tummy during the night.  

Eat Tryptophan & Vitamin B rich foods – 

Tryptophan is an amino acid used by our body to make serotonin. Bananas are rich in tryptophan and are thus suitable as an evening snack. Low serotonin levels in the body are linked to inducing depression. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of depression. Serotonin not only calms the body, but it also encourages the body to make melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.              

          Tryptophan can also be found in carbohydrate-rich meals. So, a carbohydrate evening meal containing brown rice or pasta or chicken and leafy vegetables shall provide a good night’s sleep. Eating a light carbohydrate snack before bedtime would curb your hunger and thus help in sleep well too.

         Vitamin B is necessary for a healthy nervous system and to obtain relief, sound sleep. Vitamin B is involved in the control of tryptophan in our bodies. If Vitamin B rich foods still don’t help treat your sleep problems, then it is worth tying Vitamin B supplements to curb your body’s need.

Consume foods that contain magnesium– 

Magnesium can act as a natural tranquilizer. Sometimes, waking up early in the morning can be attributed to the lack of magnesium. Insufficient magnesium has been linked to insomnia.

     To ensure that your daily magnesium intake is adequate, eat a lot of leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, oats, peas, tomato puree and yeast extract. Avoid fizzy drinks as they contain phosphates that interfere with magnesium absorption.

Eat calcium and enriched foods – 

The deficiency of calcium in the body often shows up in the form of insomnia or the inability to relax. Calcium has been linked with improved sleep. Dairy foods, low-fat milk, hard cheese and yogurt are great sources of calcium-rich foods. Green leafy vegetables such as watercress, parsnips, figs, dates, dried apricots, oats, lentils, beans, almonds, tofu and soya can also prove to be a rich source of calcium.

       To increase your calcium absorption, sprinkle leafy vegetables with a little ordinary vinegar. It is recommended that your daily calorie intake should not exceed more than 2000-2500 mg. A higher will interfere with the absorption of other minerals.

Increase the intake of iron – 

Iron absorption can be improved by increasing the intake of Vitamin C. Any deficiency of iron in the body is synonymous with restless leg syndrome, which is a type of sleep disruptor. Try to eat more vegetables, fruit or fruit juice with your meals. Tuna, salmon, sardines, eggs, liver meat, poultry, whole-meal bread, nuts and dry fruits are extremely good sources of iron.

Don’t drink too much liquid right before going to bed – 

To avoid making trips to the bathroom, it is better to not drink large quantities of liquid before bedtime. Although a warm milky drink in light quantity can be consumed as it contains both tryptophan as well as calcium to soothe and to help the body relax.

           Semi-skimmed or skimmed milk is best because they contain less fat and places less burden on the digestive system.

Tyramine should be avoided –

Tyramine is an amino acid that promotes the release of a chemical, norepinephrine. Norepinephrine has a stimulant effect on the body and it may interfere with sleep in some individuals. Thus, avoid eating foods that contain tyramine which include potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and spinach.

Refrain from drinking too much coffee  –

Caffeine is a strong stimulant with long-lasting effects that fill you with high energy. Even a single cup of coffee at bedtime can create sleep problems and lower sleep quality, affecting deep sleep, the most. A cup of tea too is not advisable before bedtime.

Try prescribed medication – 

There are various herbal and other supplements that reportedly induce restful sleep and you can try them as a last option. Although, if you don’t notice any improvement within three weeks it is unlikely it will work in the future; In that case it is better to discontinue them. Sleeping pills can be a temporary solution though.

             These remedies are still medicines and just like medicines they are prone to have side effects as well. So it is better to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.    

Find out whether you have a sleep disorder – 

Sleeping disorders are associated with low quality of sleep, and insomnia. It is essential to know about the most common sleep disorders, so that one can determine if it is the root cause of their sleep problems.

                           They include snoring, sleep apnea, sleep-related movement disorders, circadian rhythm disorders, night cramps, nightmares, narcolepsy, etc.

Essential oils can help you sleep better –

Roots, stalks, leaves and flowers of plants are the providers of essential oils. Scents released from essential oils affect the hypothalamus which is a part of the brain that controls glands and hormonal system. It influences the mood and lowers stress levels. This is the theory that aromatherapy is based on.

          When used during baths, massages and compresses, the essential oils are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream and transferred to our organs and glands which benefit from its healing effect. Essential oils have been known to help induce sleep.

     Try sprinkling a few drops of neat oil on your pillow before sleeping to fully benefit from its calming, soothing, sedative properties. During the day, using lavender oil can help reduce stress.      

Acupuncture and acupressure –

Acupuncture and acupressure are both based on the same idea. Acupressure can be understood as ‘acupuncture without needles’. Both are based on the idea that life energy flows through channels in the body as meridians. Disruption of flow along any such point can lead to illness.

        Stimulating specific acupuncture/acupressure points can relieve both pain and nausea as supported by scientific evidence. However evidence suggests acupuncture and related treatments might help insomnia too by relieving stress.

Reflexology can be relaxing –

The idea that our body has a few energy/reflex zones on feet, hands and head that run are linked with every other part of the body is referred to as, reflexology.

              It is believed that these zones will adversely affect the functioning of organs, glands, bones and muscles that lie within it. Stimulating the zones with fingers and thumbs break down the granular deposits; releasing the flow of energy, encouraging self-healing in the affected parts of the body.

                  Massaging is an old technique, yet just as effective, even today for reducing stress. Basic massaging techniques such as stroking, kneading, friction, hacking and playing some relaxing music in the background can enhance your state of relaxation.               

Yoga as a stress release –

 Yoga is a form of exercise that indirectly helps you to relax by taking your mind off your worries.  Yoga is ideally practiced early in the morning/evening to be able to wind down before your bedtime. Yoga helps in strengthening the body and increases flexibility. Yoga for sleeplessness acts as a stress reliever, more physically than mentally.

           The relaxation provided by yoga can promote sound sleep, relieve stress and tension, ease pains and help to calm our mind. Thus, yoga is highly recommended if you have problems falling asleep. You can learn yoga by attending classes run by a qualified instructor.

Note – Dark circles, always feeling sleepy, low energy are all insomnia symptoms. There are a few Indian home remedies for good sleep, but none are permanent cures.

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October 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm · · 0 comments

Are you a casual drinker or an alcoholic?

October 1, 2018

 The line between casual drinking and addiction is a thin one.


 It is found that alcohol is not addictive in itself. The chemical reactions that it causes in our brain is addictive. It becomes a part of the person’s life to feel normal and sane. Alcohol increases an acid known as GABA in the human body which affects the brain. Hence, drunken people have trouble walking, talking, moving, etc. It will be repeated every moment the person consumes alcohol. Having tolerance to alcohol means the person will desire for more with every passing moment. Dopamine is also released when the person feels pleasure. Initial consumption of alcohol give pleasure to a person, the brain assumes the use of alcohol to be rewarding and full of pleasure. The increased levels of GABA and dopamine will be a huge risk when the alcoholic denies drinking. It can lead to withdrawal symptoms like hallucinations, tremors, temperature or seizures.


IS ALCOHOL TESTING IMPORTANT?
There are various methods to test alcohol content in the body of a person. It is extremely important to test the alcohol level in the person’s body. Finding the level of alcohol will help the medical expert to save the person from serious ill effects of alcohol. Hence timely testing will ensure sound health.  Let us discuss a few methods used to test alcohol content in the human body.:

1. Urine Test:


A sample of urine is collected to detect the percentage of alcohol in it. This sample will be tested in the laboratory and the results will be deduced. If the lab test is positive, a further test will be conducted to find out which part of the body is most affected and treatment will be planned accordingly.

2. Oral Drug Test:
A sample of your saliva will be collected and send to the lab for testing. If the lab test is positive you will be referred to a specialist for further treatment. He will ensure that the intake of alcohol should be reduced to lower the risk of further problems.

3. Blood test:
A Blood test also can be done to detect the alcohol content in the body. It is extremely helpful when the alcohol has affected the other parts of the body. This blood test will also be useful to decide the future course of treatment.

4. Alcohol Testing:
This kind of testing method is generally used by the traffic police to check the rash drivers. You are instructed to blow in a tester which is like a disposable tube. When the tester beeps it shows that alcohol is present in the blood of that specific individual. In this case, the police will take the necessary actions to punish the individual for drinking and driving.

Why do people tend towards becoming alcoholics:


 There are various causes of alcoholism. Finding or knowing the cause of person’s overuse of alcohol is very important. If you want to help them overcome alcoholism. People may start this for some small reason and over a period of time become depended on alcohol for every small thing that they are supposed to do. Dependency on alcohol is the worst thing that can happen to anyone.  Long-term alcohol use leads to long-term effects on health and life. This habit not only affects the person who drinks alcohol but also the people around him which includes his family and friends. Alcoholism is a grave issue for any family or person. Though it is difficult, it is not impossible to overcome this habit. Gathering information about this topic is necessary if we want to help someone who is addicted to alcohol. Only then can we help that person in a good way. Let us discuss a few reasons or causes for a person to turn alcoholic.
 
1. Relief from stress:
 In today’s fast going world stress is one very important issue that a person has to deal with. There is competition in the job which may lead to stress. There are complications in family life, this may also lead to stress. A student’s life is also not free from stress. The student has to work hard in order to maintain his level and pace with others. Most of them have to be multitasking From a very young age, parents enroll the child in various activities and pressurize him/her to be the best in them. It is not possible for all the children to excel in everything. Most of the children are not able to live up to their parent’s expectations. They give up and become arrogant. There is a huge chance that such children might turn to alcohol when they grow up. Some of them get addicted at a very young age also may be around 14  to 15 years of age.
 Stress has become a part of our life. Neither of the age group is stress-free. All the age groups are vulnerable to stress at any point in their life. Hence is found that they turn to alcoholism for relieving stress. Depending on alcohol to reduce the regular stress of life is one of the important reason for turning to alcohol use. People feel emancipated from stress and tensions. Drinking produces a feeling of happiness and makes them feel light headed. Alcohol drinking is hypnotic it makes the affected person feel out of the world. It gives the drinker feeling of being liberated. But the person doesn’t even realize when he gets used to this dangerous habit. Since it forces him to have for more.

2. Escape from reality:
Drinking alcohol can give some people an escape from the reality of the world. Everyone does not have the courage to face the harsh realities of life for most of the people. Most of them give up. They are unable to accept failure, loss, disease etc. In most of the cases to escape from these harsh realities of life, the person resorts to drinking alcohol. It provides them with a sense of relief from prevailing real problems of their life which occupy their mind throughout the day. They feel light headed as if they have forgotten all the prevailing realities. They feel drinking alcohol is the best way to escape from the realities of this world. But they don’t realize that continuous use of alcohol will gradually become a serious problem which not only affects them but also their loved ones.

 3.Cope with loss:
The biggest loss in a person’s life is losing a family member or friend. This can affect a person emotionally, physically and mentally. It is not easy to accept that the loved one is no more. People feel lonely and unhappy. They will also blame themselves for the loss. Some can also blame other people for the loss. At such a time most of the people who are not able to cope up with this loss become alcoholic. They feel alcohol can reduce their sorrow and help them to get through difficult times. They might sometimes feel hallucinated that the person they might have lost is talking to them or is accompanying them when they are in under the influence of alcohol.  Continuous Dependence on alcohol, even short term, can turn into a serious drinking problem.

4. Overcome anxiety
Some people have anxiety since childhood. This causes them to worry and be nervous every time. Drinking reduces a person’s shyness and makes him feel full of confidence. It also reduces his or her hesitation to take up a certain task. They feel it gives them the courage to be more comfortable and adaptive to difficult situations. Most of the people take a sip of alcohol when they have to perform some difficult task like a presentation, getting married, having children and to cope up with a huge responsibility. Continuous drinking to do every challenging activity can make them addictive. They will think without drinking alcohol, they won’t be able to handle the anxiety and pressure of their lives. Whenever assigned responsibility the addicts think that they will do well only if they have a sip of alcohol.

5. Break-up in love relationship:
 Most of the people who face a break up in their love relationship turn out to be serious drunkards. They might drink for two reasons either to gain the sympathy of their lover or to overcome the feeling of being dumped. Some of them will resort to drinking also to take revenge on their lover. They will always remember the humiliation of being rejected. These people will never accept the fact of being dumped and will get used to drinking to overcome this problem. Break-up is just a part of life and not its end. It is not difficult to overcome this problem. But people with a very weak willpower will never accept this fact and will surely become alcoholics.
 Those who are in a disturbed relationship might also become drunkards. Some people hold on to a relationship for a long time in order to avoid taunts and jeers of the society. Everyone must be aware of the fact that being in love with himself/herself is the most important thing. Unless a person learns to respect himself he/she will never be respected by others. Such persons usually take help from alcohol to forget the insult.

6. Helplessness:
When a person feels lonely and helpless he/she might tend to turn towards drinking. When no one is there to help and guide a person to deal with the prevailing problems of his or her life, the person takes help from alcohol. He/she thinks that drinking alcohol might give them the power to be independent. In some cases when people achieve the success they like to stay far away from other people. A person who has no family history of alcoholism might also resort to alcoholism if he/she feels helpless and lonely. Drinking doesn’t give any solution but for sure it helps them to escape from the prevailing problem.
7. Feels energetic and free:
People who have lost everything in life or have not achieved success feel energetic and free when they resort to alcohol. They feel the excessive energy to deal with the situation. They also feel courageous. When they are under the influence of alcohol they will feel courageous and can speak whatever they want. They will yell, trouble others, dance, work, etc which otherwise they wouldn’t have done. When they don’t drink alcohol they feel bonded and stressed. Such people feel drinking alcohol is necessary to handle every situation of life. Over a period of time alcoholism becomes their way of life. But the problem here is instead of taking help from the loved ones, the person finds solace in alcoholism.

8. Loneliness:
Feeling of being left out and lonely is the worst feeling that anyone could experience. It is very difficult to handle such a situation for a normal person. A person with weak willpower will definitely adopt drinking alcohol. When a person feels lonely in spite of having people around him he/she will turn towards drinking. Mostly these are the people who are very introverts. Sometimes extroverts who don’t share their problems with anyone but talk a lot can also turn to alcoholism. Some people have to stay lonely when they shift to another place in search of a job, after an argument with the family or n, after being left by the lover, etc. To deal with such a difficult situation, the person must either be very strong willed or courageous.

9. To find  his identity:
When a person is not respected or is always looked down upon by society, they feel as if they have lost their identity. Even people who are unsuccessful in their lives might feel relieved and on the top of the world under the influence of alcohol. In order to search their identity rather make the society realize their identity they will always resort to drinking. When they are drunk other people give lots of attention to the drunkards which makes them feel above the world. They feel they have achieved success even by grabbing the attention of the people. They also feel that they have established their individual identity by yelling and talking under the influence of alcohol. It gives them relief and comfort to have established their identity even if it is the identity of being a drunkard.

10. Neglect or abuse in childhood:
Family plays a very important role in shaping a person’s life. If someone is continuously neglected by the family members, he or she feels left out and may find solace in drinking. When parents and relatives continuously abuse a child or compare him/her to others, it has a long-lasting impact on the life of that child. Such a child will resort to drinking when he/she grows up. It is significant to give time to your child and understand his/her shortcomings. Every child will not grow up to become an engineer or a doctor. The parents need to find the area of interest of the child. They must motivate the child to do the activities he loves to do. These can be anything like singing, dancing, sports, etc. This will reduce the possibility of being neglected, compared or abused.

11. The Habit of alcoholism in family members:
When elders in the family have the habit of drinking alcohol, the children in the family will surely resort to drinking alcohol. Such children don’t find anything wrong in alcoholism. They will adopt alcoholism as the way of their lives. Parents are usually the ideals for their children. When parents don’t find anything wrong with drinking alcohol, children will follow in their footsteps. Hence experts also term alcoholism hereditary. Good habits start at home. Some parents have control over their drinking habits. But it is not necessary that the child will also turn out to be a controlled drinker. He might turn out to be an avid drinker.

12. Continuous abuse:
When a person is abused continuously he/she feels sad and left out. Abusing someone continuously is the worst thing to happen to someone. It reduces the confidence of the person and makes him feel useless and worthless. No one likes to be abused. But some ruthless people who have a good position because of job or money, never shy away from insulting and humiliating others. Some parents are so strict that they never understand the psychology of the child and insult him in front of everyone. This abuse doesn’t stop even when the child grows up. Such a person will feel stress relieved when the drink alcohol. Alcoholism is the best way for them to overcome the words of abuse.

13. Availability
Alcohol is available everywhere. It is the most widely used drink compared to others. Beer is the most consumed alcoholic drink. People can buy and use alcohol whenever and wherever they want. Since it is easily available people will not hesitate to buy it. They feel it is easy to get a bottle of beer rather than a soft drink. Most of them are unaware of the ill effects of alcohol.

14. Enjoyment:
Youth thinks that having alcohol is a must for enjoyment. Whenever there is a party or celebration, People will surely have alcohol. Some of them use alcohol to celebrate their success. Others use it as a style statement. People don’t understand that drinking alcohol is more like a punishment than fun.

15. Fashion:
In modern corporate world drinking alcohol is considered as fashion. Also, western influence on the youth has lead to excessive use of alcohol. Most of the youth don’t even realize when this fashion becomes a habit. This habit, later on, turns into a style of living and need which cannot be overcome. Overuse of alcohol makes the person aloof. No one really likes to gel with such a person. People like to maintain distance from such a person. Such people may find themselves in many risky situations. Sometimes they might give up on life and commit suicide.

16. Influence of Media:
Media is the window of the world. The youth of today is born with the media. They adapt to everything that they see on the television, internet, etc. Most of the movies today portray alcohol as a fashion trend or as a means to celebrate. Hence when children are in their youth years they imitate this kind of celebration. Western films also have a great impact on the youth of India. Most of the English films show the actors and actresses consuming alcohol. Indian youth copy them without understanding that the Westerner has to drink alcohol to keep themselves warm.

October 1, 2018 at 11:59 am · · 0 comments

How to cure Alcohol Addiction Naturally

October 1, 2018

There are varied consequences and types of Alcohol addiction. I have categorized them, groups, Short-term and Long-Term Consequences. Let us discuss both of them.



A. Short term ill effects of alcoholism:
 When a person consumes alcohol for the first time he feels happy and stresses relieved. When the alcohol mixes with the blood it affects the brain and so people feel relaxed. But this may lead to certain problems. Let us discuss a few short-term effects of alcohol.

1. Sleeplessness or fatigue
 Having a sound sleep is very significant in order to maintain the physical and mental health of our body. Loss of sleep is one of the main side effects of alcoholism. An alcoholic will never get a sound sleep and will always feel tired Throughout the day the person will look wimpy and dull. Lack of sound sleep might lead to many health issues. A drunkard will feel sleepless due to the urge of alcohol. He will be fatigued throughout the day due to lack of sleep. Some people also experience stomach ache or throat ache which will hinder sleep.


2. Dehydration
 An alcoholic will always feel dehydrated he will always want to have more drinks to keep himself hydrated. Dehydration will cause due to excessive vomiting or sweating after having alcohol. He will find his throat dry and will want to have more drinks. This might also lead to weakness due to loss of glucose from the body. Immediate medical attention is needed to a person who is dehydrated due to alcoholism. If he doesn’t receive medical attention there is a possibility of grave consequences.

3. Slow response:
 An alcoholic will not understand what others want to communicate with him. Hence he/she will respond slowly to whatever is being communicated. He will always be under the impact of alcohol. Mostly he will not understand what people want to communicate with him. Due to such behavior, most of the alcoholics lose their jobs or do not receive promotions. Their response to the questions of family members will also be very slow. This leads to tensions in family life as well.

4. Imbalanced life
 Such a person will never be able to maintain work and family balance. He/she will never be good in either of the parts. They are so engrossed in drinking that they will never be able to balance their life on any front. These people are also not able to balance their physical and mental health. They will lead a disturbed and dull life with no spark of hope in it. In maximum cases, the person is himself responsible for leading such an imbalanced life. Until this person is an alcohol addict, he will never be able to lead a balanced life.

5. Slurred speech:
 Due to over drinking people lose the ability to speak clearly. They will have a slurred speech. Where they will either speak fast and miss certain words or they will deny whatever they have spoken in their drunkenness. Alcohol makes the tongue feel heavy due to which people under its influence will have a problem in speaking with clarity.

6. Weak perceptive skills:
 A drunkard will always perceive things from his/her viewpoint and will never consider other’s perceptions. Their physical sensations based on perceptions are never clear. They will never perceive things positively. They will rarely understand what someone wants to convey to them. Alcohol interferes with the coordination of the brain with other parts of the body making the perceptive skills weak.

7. Blurred vision:
 Whenever a person consumes too much alcohol his vision becomes blurred. This happens due to loss of muscle control in eyes. It affects the coordination of the eyes and brain leading to poor or blurred vision. The eye muscle of a drunkard becomes very weak. He/she is unable to see clearly what is going on around him. This happens because the alcohol affects the eyes.

8.Imbalanced emotional situation:
 Alcohol will always affect the emotional situation of the person. He/she finds himself/herself in a state of confusion. The behavior of the person will be weird in the social scene. Sometimes he may laugh, cry or sing loudly even in public. He will not be able to control his emotions. He might even abuse others when he is drunk. He will blame others for his problems openly. The worst part of these reactions is that he will not even remember what he has said or behaved.

9. Frequent urination:
 Excessive alcohol consumption will produce an urge to urinate. This happens generally due to increasing pressure on the liver, kidney and hormonal changes. Excessive alcohol obstructs the release of a hormone in your body from the pituitary gland. This hormone moves from the kidney which filters the blood to remove toxins and water. Alcohol blocks the release of this hormone which makes the kidney leaky and stops absorbing water.

10.Lowered body temperature:
 These people have a low body temperature wherein they will always feel tired and fatigued. They will never accept their mistake. Low body temperature is a result of dehydration. The body temperature of an alcoholic will be below the average temperature of a normal person’s body.

B.) Long-term effects of alcoholism:
 There are various long-term effects of alcoholism. I have categorized the long-term effects of alcohol under various subtopics.
 
1.Effects on health:
       Brain:
       A person who consumes alcohol for a long period is sure to face some damage to the brain. Continuous use of alcohol might damage the brain cells and it may lead to serious consequences. It also affects the cerebellum which controls the working of our body. This may result in an inability to perform regular activities. As the brain is unable to coordinate with the other parts of the body. It might also lead to tumors in the brain.

Memory lapses:
 Most of the alcoholics forget what they did or spoke while they were under the influence of alcohol. They will remember all the sad events and will also remember all the defeats and loses of their life when they drink alcohol. But will never remember all this when they come out of the influence of alcohol. Though you are awake the brain will sieve huge information. This will stop the brain to keep long-term memories. It affects the temporal cortex of the brain which makes and keeps new memories.

Heart:
 The Heart is easily affected by excessive alcohol use. Since the brain doesn’t function well the heart may lose its control over the blood pumping process. This might lead to cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure etc. It may also subsequently lead to a heart failure. A person’s heart is affected by emotional pressure on the mind. This emotional pressure will make the heart vulnerable.

Liver:
 Alcohol affects the liver. It may interrupt the working of the liver. This may lead to the liver being damaged for the whole life. It produces tiny blood vessels in the liver. Alcohol can damage our intestine which leads to the release of bacteria into the liver. It is difficult for the liver to break down alcohol resulting in the chemical reaction that can damage the liver forever. Excessive drinking can make the liver swell or fat. This happens when the liver turns glucose into fat.

Cancer
              Alcoholism may lead to various forms of cancers like the cancer of the mouth, liver, throat, esophageal, breast, etc. This is one of the worst effects of alcoholism. Drinking alcohol regularly can increase the risk of cancer around seven times.

Nerve damage:
            Alcoholism damages the nervous system of the human body. This, in turn, might lead to many disorders in one’s health. Prolonged alcoholism injures the nerves of the body and the person is unable to control his movements. Loss of control of your body parts can lead to clumsiness and numbness. Sometimes nerve damage can lead to ulcers and tumors. It can also make one paralyzed forever.

Overweight:
 Excessive drinking makes the person overweight. Alcohol contains heavy calories. But people are mostly unaware of the calories in alcohol. People only think of the calories in food and not in drinks hence they consume alcohol to a great extent. It is found that there are 150 calories in a glass of beer which is the most consumed alcoholic drink. It is almost the same as the calories in added sugars.

Fertility Issues:
 Research has proved that alcohol or alcohol abuse addiction can lower the fertility in both women and men. Excessive alcohol reduces the testosterone level and sperm quality and quantity in men. It can make the men impotent.  On the other hand, alcohol consumption can make the women less fertile. It can affect their ovaries and lead to complications in conceiving.


2.  Social effects:
 Excessive alcohol drinking might cause many social problems. This might, in turn, lead to a huge effect on the life of an individual.

Rash driving:
 People who are under the influence of alcohol will get involved in activities like rash driving and will trouble others also with it. They might commit accidents and kill other people. In this process, they might also get themselves seriously injured. These incidents will leave a long-lasting impact on the physical and mental health of the person. The emotional effect of this incident will also be devastating since the harm caused to other will give the accused a long lasting guilt. This will lead to an impact on brain and heart.

 Domestic violence:
 This problem is prevalent in most of the Indian households where the husband is a drunkard. Most of the times when the wife restricts the husband from consuming alcohol or if she denies to give him money to drink alcohol, the husband becomes so violent that he hits the wife severely. Over a period of time, it has become a norm to hit the wives whenever the husband is drunk or in tension. Domestic violence is the worst thing to disturb the family life of an individual. Such a person will never be respected by his children, wife, and others around him.

Child harassment and ignorance:
 Drunkard father doesn’t have time for his child since he is deeply engrossed in his alcoholism. He will sometimes hit the child for silly reasons or will neglect the child to a great extent. This neglect and harassment have a long-lasting effect on the child. Children of an alcoholic will never have a soft corner or any emotional attachment to their alcoholic parents. They will feel left out and lonely, the other children will face depression. These children might never be successful in their professional or personal lives. An alcoholic person may also kill the child to get rid of him/her.

Sexual harassment:
                 Many alcoholics harass the women sexually. Specifically the women in their office, neighborhood, locality, family, etc. Sometimes they go the extent of sexually assaulting their own children. This leads to a long-lasting effect on the life of one who is sexually harassed. In this case, the culprit will not even realize the seriousness of his action on the life of the victim, since he is under the influence of alcohol. But the victim might face lifelong trauma due to sexual harassment.

Humiliation due to Early pregnancy:
 Youth, under the influence of alcohol, might get involved in unprotected sex. This might result in untimely pregnancy. Most of the families abort such kind of pregnancies to avoid humiliation if found at the right time. If they find this kind of pregnancy very late, they might desert the child born after this kind of pregnancy. In such a situation the life of the newborn child is ruined. This child will never get the expected love of his/her parents and will lead most of his life as an orphan.

Unemployment:
 Most of the people who are alcohol addicts will harm their jobs themselves. Their performance will be worst at their workplaces because of which they are mostly fired from their jobs. Some of them who have a settled family business will ruin the long earned business as a result of alcoholism. Rest of the alcoholics do not get a job anywhere because they have an unstable life and are unable to clear the job interview. Hence they are forced to lead a life in extreme poverty. At times these alcoholics are also found begging on streets in spite of being from a good family background.

Divorce
 Most of the alcoholics will never be stable in their relationships with their wives. They will go for divorce and lead a lonely life. Some of them even marry many times and undergo multiple divorces. Alcoholism affects the married lives of many individuals. They will abuse their spouse or beat them under the impact of alcohol. Nobody wants to lead disturbed married life. Everyone wants peace and love in his or her marriage. Hence people get divorced from their alcoholic spouse.

Family Problems:
 Alcoholics will never have a stable family life. Most of them will have violent families who will always behave rudely to this person. This person will never feel relieved when his family is around. He/she will always consider it a torture to spend time with his/her family. Since he/she is surrounded by tensions in a family. Family members will always taunt and comment on the alcoholics in their family. Most of the elders in the family feel that constant scolding will bring about change in the alcoholic abused person in their family. But they do not understand that this will only worsen the situation.

3. Financial problems:
 These people will always face financial problems in their lives. They will never be happy with their jobs. Hence quitting the old job and joining a new one is not new in their lives. They will never have a stable financial status. These people will always be fond of borrowing money from others to fulfill their alcohol needs. They will take a huge amount of money from relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. This will spoil their relations with their loved ones. The loan will also become a burden on their children. Financial problems might also force them to beg on streets. These problems are a result of their own activities.

4. Criminal activities:
 In order to fulfill their urge of drinking, they will get involved in criminal activities like robbing, housebreaking, murder, violence, rape, etc. Drinking to a great extent will lower their performance in everything. The urge to drink is so strong that it might motivate the person to do criminal activities though he has no criminal history. Some of them can harass the family and friends due to their criminal activities. They bring shame not only to themselves but to their loved ones also. It spoils the reputation of their families. Most of the families will desert such individuals who are addicted to alcohol. Nobody will like to have a criminal in his or her family. It also has a long-lasting effect on the children of the family.

WAYS TO GET RID OF THE PROBLEM OF ALCOHOLISM:
 Alcoholism is not just an addiction, it is also a disease. There is a huge debate going on in the current scenario wherein they consider alcoholism a disease. It is not totally impossible to overcome this problem. ‘So, how to stop alcohol addiction/how to reduce addiction of alcohol?’ or ‘how to control alcohol addiction?’ is the main question that arises. Alcohol addiction information can be found easily through google, but it requires a lot of research and analysis; So let us focus on certain solutions that we know of, to the problem of alcoholism:

1. Family support:
 Family plays a crucial role in everyone’s life and an alcoholic is no exception. Sometimes the continuous taunts and torture that comes from family become the reason for turning towards alcoholism. It is crucial for the family to understand that they are the biggest support system that an alcoholic can have. The family needs to be considerate towards the alcoholic and they need to help the addicted person by being kind and sympathetic towards him. When an alcohol addict knows that he/she is supported by his family, it motivates him to leave alcoholism. At times it is difficult for the family to support the alcoholic person. But it is not impossible. When parents and siblings help the addict to come out of it, they will surely be motivated. Family can find alternatives to alcohol for their beloved person who is addicted to alcohol. Moreover, when the person is in the first stage of alcoholism, it is the duty of family especially the parents to demotivate the person to consume alcohol.

2. Give time:
 An alcoholic needs attention. Let it be wife, parents or children, they should spend some quality time with the alcoholic addict in their family. This will remove the feeling of being neglected and will boost his confidence that he can do anything in his life if he wishes to do so. Take addict in your family on a vacation to some remote place where he is unable to resort to drinking. Time is the most precious gift one can give to anyone. When a family member or friend spends some quality time with the alcohol addict person, they will never feel left out and alone. In today’s busy world where everyone is busy in the rat race, it is quite difficult to spend time with such people. But if the family and friends want to help the person to come out of this problem, they have to make time for such people.

3. Give real-life examples:
 Instead of scolding and abusing the addict in your family take him to meet people whose lives were ruined because of alcoholism. This will make him realize the need to stop drinking and lead a normal life. You can also take him to the hospital where he will find people like him suffering from serious diseases due to alcoholism. It is extremely important for a person to learn from the real-life examples, otherwise, it is not easy to improve him. Seeing these people suffer, an alcoholic will understand the side effects of alcoholism. There are huge chances that after seeing people suffering, an addict might try to stop himself from drinking. Real people, real situations and real sufferings will make a big difference to the life of an alcoholic.

4. Role of friends:
 Friends play a very important role in a person’s life. They influence a person to a great extent. It is necessary that the family of the alcohol addict takes help from the friends of that person. These people can help him his find his way out of the problem. Friends can play the role of a game changer in the lives of an alcoholic addict. They will never give up on trying to help their friend who is caught in the web of alcoholism. In real life when a person becomes too much addicted to alcohol, people distance themselves from such a person. But friends should not leave their alcohol addict friend. They should understand that their friend needs them. In many cases, an alcoholic will listen more to their friends as compared to their family.

5. Motivate them to do things that they like:
 One of the main reason for a person to become an alcohol addict is an unsuccessful career. People do not succeed in their respective careers because most of the times it is not their area of interest. Many alcoholics are great performers, artists, etc. It is the duty of the family members and friends to motivate the alcohol addict to take up the tasks of developing an interest in an alcoholic to work hard on the areas of his interest or his hobbies. When someone is interested in dance, music, acting or social work, he/she pays complete attention to these activities and forgets alcoholism completely. They can even select one of these hobbies as their careers. When they work hard to achieve this, they will be happy and will never resort to drinking. Family and friends have a huge responsibility of convincing such a person to select their area of interest to have their career.

6. Keep them involved:
 When a person resorts to drinking, his mind is bent only towards drinking. The best way to help such a person is by keeping them involved in the things that they enjoy doing or give them some work within their range of capacity. It is also important to monitor the work that they are doing. Since an alcohol addict can cheat you to fulfill his/her urge of drinking. They should be kept involved in household chores, hobbies, official work, etc. When they are busy working, they will forget the very reason for turning to alcohol. This, in turn, will help them to stop drinking alcohol.
7. Don’t give stress:
 Most of the alcohol addicts face insult and humiliation from the society. This makes them feel stressed out always. It is very important to understand the need to keep them unstressed. When an alcohol addict is stressed he/she will surely resort to drinking alcohol. Such a person will not be able to cope with the stress if given to him/her. If they are given little also stress, they might also quit whatever task was assigned to them or they might get involved in anti-social activities. Such a person should be sent to a counselor who might show them the way to handle stress.

8. Keep them Happy:
 It is the duty of the family and friends to keep the drunkard happy by behaving politely with him/her. When we behave politely with such a person. His/her confidence increases and he/she will be motivated to leave the habit of consuming alcohol. We should motivate the alcoholic to take up the tasks that he enjoys doing. If a person gets proper love and care from his family and friends which makes him happy, he will stop drinking alcohol.

9. Appreciate them:
 Words of appreciation are important for everyone and for an alcoholic also. When their efforts are appreciated, they feel good and are motivated to take up the task with more enthusiasm. They will do their work with extra zeal after being appreciated for the task they have performed. Even if the work is not up to the mark. It is our duty to make them aware of their mistake politely. They should never be insulted for being mediocre. These alcoholics feel good to be appreciated and motivated. This can motivate them to leave the bad habit of drinking.

10.Willingness to get rid of alcohol:
 This is the most important part of getting rid of alcoholism. Unless and until a person has the willpower and the commitment to get rid of alcohol habit nobody can help him/ her. For this, the family needs to motivate the person and create the will to get rid of alcohol addiction habit. You need to be willing to find out, how to recover from alcohol addiction. In spite of being physically depended on alcohol, a person can decide for himself or herself to get rid of this habit. It is very difficult for a person to decide this. That person cannot be forced to change. The individual needs to choose to change. It has to be done willingly. This willingness can come only when the person understands the impact of alcoholism on his life.

11. Different treatment for different Individuals:
 Every drunkard has a different reason to resort to drinking. Hence different types of plans need to be adopted by different people in order to get completely rid of this habit of drinking alcohol. We need to find and check the health problem that individual has with proper help from a medical professional. A physical health examination should be made compulsory for the person who is extremely addicted to alcohol. There should be a customized treatment plan for different persons according to their needs. The medical professional will find out which part of the patient’s body is highly affected whether is kidney, liver or heart. Accordingly, the treatment plan has to be adopted. Mental health is equally important. While the person is treated for his physical ailments, we need to get his counseling done by a trained counselor. When the person is mentally cured, it will cure him physically also. The body will respond positively when the mind is positive.

12. Detox:
 Detoxification is one of the most important steps to get rid of alcohol. We need to seek the help of a trained medical professional. This involves ridding the body of harmful substance and bring it back to normal. If we do not seek the help of a medical professional, this process can be extremely dangerous. It can have many side effects like heart attack, seizures, etc. Hence this process needs proper guidance and supervision. It is not easy to detox the body without the help from the doctor. Detox will help the body to overcome other side effects on the physical health of an alcoholic. When the body has shed all the toxins, the parts of the body affected due to alcohol will respond to the medications done. If detoxification is not done the body will not respond positively to medications.

13. Physical cure:
 The body is a framework that needs to be taken care of by everyone. In case of an alcoholic, it is important for us to understand that physical well being is extremely important. Alcohol disturbs the function of many organs of the body. A balanced diet suggested by a professional nutritionist must be implemented in order to take proper care of the body. Along with a balanced diet, the addict should also be motivated to adopt a regular exercise routine which includes yoga, walking, sports, Jim training, etc. This will help the person recover at a faster rate. Exercise is an extremely important part of the physical cure. Nobody can be completely cured without physical fitness.

14. Emotional cure:
 Most of the alcohol addicts have given into alcohol because of some trauma in their lives. It is very significant to conduct some sessions with a counselor. This trained professional will first find the reason behind the addiction and will counsel him/her to overcome this bad habit. Sometimes this therapy can be an individual or a group therapy. They will explain to the person why he/she turned towards alcohol and help them to get rid of this bad habit. They explain how trivial the problem was and how negative was their approach was towards it. This will help the individual to understand and completely leave this addiction. An emotionally strong person can surely get rid of alcoholism.

15. Balance physical and emotional cure:
 There should be a proper balance and coordination between the physical and emotional cure of an alcohol addict. If the alcohol addict is not able to get rid of his/her problems, it is because one of these needs was not paid attention to properly. When the body is treated it might not be successful if the mind is not prepared to receive that treatment. On the other hand when the mind is treated the body will not support the treatment. Hence many persons who are sent to the rehabilitation centers are unable to overcome the bad habit of alcoholism. Hence it is important to seek a balance between both physical and emotional cure. The doctors who are treating the person physically and mentally should always coordinate with each other. When these doctors cooperate with each other they will be able to make a pragmatic plan to treat the patient. Family and friends must also pay attention to these points before starting the medical treatment of the addict.
 
16. Spirituality is very important:
 Spiritual leaders of every community can be a great help for the person affected by alcohol addiction. Most of the people resort to alcoholism due to some physical or emotional problem that had occurred in their lives. Most of the times spirituality can be a great help. They should be brought in the touch with such spiritual leaders who will guide and motivate them from getting rid of alcoholism. Spirituality based on their specific religion is the strongest means of helping a person affected by alcohol addiction. Many spiritual gurus also conduct some sessions or lectures to help the others. We should motivate them to participate in such programs which will be very helpful. 90% people believe in their religion and god. Spiritual leaders are considered to be messengers of God. When they advise someone to stop alcohol abuse. The person is sure to stop using alcohol.

17. Imparting knowledge:
 Most of the people who are addicted to alcohol or their family members are unaware of the methods of getting rid of alcohol or its side effects. In this case before starting the treatment. The physical and mental health care professional should conduct regular sessions and lectures for the patient as well as his family or publish alcohol addiction articles that can help identify the cause and provide a solution. This will help the family and the patient to prepare themselves for the treatment.

18. Legal support:
 Many times the alcohol addicts find themselves in a legal problem which later on leads to mental trauma. It is extremely important for the family and friends to help and guide them through these legal problems. Here help can be taken from the lawyers or any legal advisor. If the person is guilty he/she must be punished for sure. The family or friends of that person must be firm on letting the person be punished according to the law. But only after proper treatment from a medical professional when they have got rid of their alcoholism.

19. Lifelong support:
 After the professional treatment for alcoholism is over a person needs proper care and attention. In this regard, the person should be given lifelong support even after the treatment. This means emotional, financial and physical support should be extended lifelong to an alcohol addict. Sometimes the person may feel left out and lonely even after the treatment. In other cases, he/she might become guilt-stricken. At such a time the family and friends must give mental support to the person in order to come out of that guilt. In other cases, an individual might face financial crisis. Here the family and friends can give some financial support and motivate him to take up a job for a living. Some people might feel weak after the treatment here they must be given proper love and attention by the family.

20.Rehab:
 Sending an alcohol addict to rehab can be one solution but it is not the ultimate one or a very significant one. No doubt the rehab guidance will definitely bring change in the life of an addict but if he/she is not mentally prepared it will be very difficult to for him/her to accept the treatment. Hence it is necessary to prepare the person mentally and emotionally. Since many times the person feels humiliated to go to the rehabilitation center. Here the family and friends must first get the counseling done by a professional counselor and thereafter start with the treatment. If the person is not mentally and physically prepared for the treatment at the Rehab, they will never respond to the treatment.

October 1, 2018 at 11:57 am · · 0 comments

What type of Alcoholic are you?

October 1, 2018

There are a few types of alcoholics. Each type has different symptoms and varied consequences. It needs to be tackled with a lot of love and care.

1. Mild Alcoholic:  
         Here the person drinks alcohol but very rarely. The person will not experience any negative effects, and they believe they have the capacity for drinking alcohol without problems. Physiological changes take place with the increase in tolerating capacity, but this will not be noticeable to the drinker or others. This kind of alcoholic is not at risk of any side effect unless the alcohol is poisonous. But it is the first step to become a severe alcoholic.

2. Moderate Alcoholic
 This is the second level of alcoholism. At this stage, symptoms build up slowly and steadily. Hangover results from excessive drinking and might be confused with withdrawal symptoms. Many addicts will continue their drinking to avoid sickness and will be found drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently. They will try to hide their alcoholism from others and will avoid any suggestion on alcoholism. Here the person has increased his alcoholic intake. This level of alcoholism can have side effects.
 
3. Severe Alcoholic:

By this level, many organs of the human body are damaged due to long-term drinking. Medical treatment or a rehabilitation might be required; otherwise, these changes will cause death. At this level of alcoholism, a person is extremely addicted to alcohol use. He/she will not be able to live without alcohol use. Whatever might be the cause but the person will become severely addicted to alcohol by this level.

4. Young Alcoholics:
This group of alcoholics contains the youth around 20 years of age. This group has gained its youth and independence a few years ago. Hence the attraction towards alcoholism is very high.

5. Antisocial alcoholics:
This type contains alcoholics who are from the age group of 21 to 26 years of age. They have lost the social abilities. They don’t have good social behavior. This category will face lots of problems while dealing with others. Alcohol addicts of this type might get involved in actions that may be considered antisocial. Some of them might turn out to be rapists, murders, thieves, etc.

6. Functional Alcoholics:
These type of alcoholics will have alcohol addiction present, but at a moderate level. They will have stable relationships, good education, good income as compared to another type of alcoholics. These people are not harmful to society. They understand the importance of having stability in life. Most of them are occasional drinkers. They will be responsible citizens and good human beings.

7. Alcoholics due to the family:
These kinds of alcoholics are formed when they face family abuse. In most of the cases, they come from broken families. They have a disturbed family life. They began drinking at a very young age. This category of drunkards are stubborn and will never give up the habit of drinking i.e. drinking addiction They will blame the circumstances for their alcoholism. However hard one tries to help them to get rid of alcohol, they will never listen.

ALCOHOL ADDICTION SYMPTOMS:
1.Uncontrolled  alcohol consumption:
A person who has become addict to alcohol is unable to control the amount of alcohol he drinks or the amount of time spent on consuming alcohol. However hard he tries he is unable to stop his desire to drink alcohol. Drinking more than five glasses a day or fourteen drinks per week is harmful to a man, or more than three drinks per day or seven drinks per week is harmful to a woman. Sometimes a youth in the family is an addict but he will hide this. It is very important for the elders in the family to keep a watch on the youth in the family.

2. Gives utmost importance to alcohol:
This person is incapable to target anything except alcohol. The drive to consume alcohol is so strong that the person is always unable to focus on anything except the next opportunity to drink. Such a person will not be able to control his urge to drink alcohol. This person will not hesitate from robbing money for buying alcohol even at home. Sometimes the urge is so strong that he will always consider alcohol the most important thing. This type of person will not give importance to his spouse, children, parents, friends, etc in comparison to alcohol. The mind of the person is affected to such an extent that alcohol will become a priority.

3. Drinking restrains from fulfilling commitments:
Over drinking leads to the inability of the drunkard to fulfill his personal and professional commitments. Such a person is not able to maintain his reputation as a worker nor a family member. When a drunkard is assigned some responsible task, he will never be able to complete the given work. He will be so much fond of drinking that the task assigned to him will seem negligible. In most cases, the drunkard will not perform his duty and resort to drinking.

4. Bad Relationships
An alcoholic will always face severe issues in his personal and professional relationships. Most of them will become arrogant and stubborn under the influence of a alcohol.  They will insult or beat their wives, children, parents, etc to get alcohol. No one in the family will bother about them because of their attitude. The loved ones of such a person will distance themselves from him. This person will also humiliate the friends who will try to convince him to leave alcohol. Hence friends will also leave this person. They will never have any balance in his life. Alcohol will overtake his mind so much that he will give less importance to relationships than drinking.

5. Neglecting everything:
Such a person will lose interest in the activities and things that he liked to do in the past. He will forget the things he loved to do which can be his hobbies like reading, sports, shopping, etc. It can also be activities like helping his children to complete homework, helping wife in the kitchen, help colleagues to complete their work, etc. He will be so engrossed in drinking that nothing will be given more importance as compared to drinking. This person will also neglect his social responsibilities like bringing up the children, taking care of old parents, looking after the family business, etc. They will neglect their health, well being, job, career, etc.

6. Risky activities:
When a person is an alcohol addict he/she will involve himself/herself in risky activities like drink and drive, murder, etc. In the drunken state, the person does not understand the seriousness and consequences of these risky activities. The risk is always involved when a person becomes an alcohol addict. Such a person will risk his job, family, health and even life only to take a sip of alcohol. He might not only harm others but also himself. In many cases, the person loses his life in accidents caused due to rash driving under the impact of alcohol.  
 
7. Not bothered about the health issues:
A drunkard is so much used to alcohol that he is not bothered about the mental and physical health issues which are a result of drinking. Even when family members or doctors tell them about the bad effects, the alcoholics remain unaffected. Many of them also know that a certain part of their body has been affected by alcohol abuse. It can be heart, lungs, liver, etc that are affected. In spite of this, the people will not stop drinking.

8. Urge to have more alcohol every time:
Every day, every hour and every minute an alcoholic person wants a more alcoholic drink. His desire to drink more alcohol never fades. He always wants to have a little more drink whatever the situation might be. Alcohol takes over the mind of the person so much so that he will think of increasing his alcoholic consumption every time he drinks alcohol. By this time the person is fully addicted to alcohol.

 

September 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm · · 0 comments

You are training your children to ignore you.

September 21, 2018

 “Don’t eat junk food…. go to the gym…. don’t sleep all day…. clean your room….” As an obese teenager my mother nags at me all the time, usually about my weight or sedentary lifestyle. The problem is I am already used to tuning her out whenever she starts talking about gym or food. Why wouldn’t I? With adulthood I do understand that it is for my best, however it only makes me realize more of my faults and shortcomings than providing any real motivation to go to the gym or eating healthy.

Almost every household has a mother nagging at her son or daughter to drink their milk, do the homework or to keep things at their proper place. Fairly common right? What you don’t know is how dangerous this nagging can be over extended periods of time. So I wanted to look deeper into this interaction.

While doing research for this article I came across many articles that tried to explain why women nag, most of them said that women nag because ‘to get their way’ or ‘to hurt someone’. Some even tried to explain that nagging is a woman’s response when she is threatened or when they feel insecure. That however is not true I discovered.

Well you might be wondering why your wife nags so much or why your mother nags so much or maybe you might even be a woman wondering why people say that you nag or why do people tune you out.

The answer is rather simple: Women are more inclined to be concerned and worried for other people. They are more concerned for other people and relate to them easily.

“The message here is that, with female relatives, it can be a two-sided thing, they may be the people you most depend on, but also the people who nag you the most. It’s a testament to their deeper engagement in social ties.” Said Claude Fischer from UC Berkeley and Bar-Ilan University in Israel in a press release.

With all my research the following things became obvious.

Nagging only makes your child feel incompetent

To save your children from getting hurt and learning from your experiences parents coerce, scold, complain and nag. Parenting is a difficult job and sometimes these are the only options left. Many a times parents feel like their teenager is not ready to face the real world and they feel a loss of control when the said teens start taking their own decisions. But the fact is nagging teens, telling them what to do, constantly giving them instructions, or checking back on their jobs makes them feel incompetent and unloved, which is that last thing you wanted them to feel. So it is important to distance yourself and respect your teenager.

Nagging at teens makes them feel like the you’re just trying to get your way

Nobody like to be told what to do over and over again. It is toxic to the relationship between you and your child. According to Dr. Robery Myers, a psychologist who has been treating parent child relationships for 25 years, says that “the more you nag, the less they hear,” which is why when you try to have a meaningful conversation they don’t want to hear it. “Nagging at teens makes them feel manipulated” he says. Teens want to experience independence and backfire when parents try to force decisions on them. Instead we should accept it  as a process of them growing up and give them space.

Nagging makes your child want to ignore you

Nagging teaches your kids to stop listening. When parents point out what the child is not doing instead of noticing what he is doing, which is inherently a negative conversation. Dr Myers warns us that “Nagging is a way of finding fault, and it tends to wear people down instead of build them up.” Children might think that they can’t do anything or even worse stop trying. Nagging conveys our lack of confidence in them to go about their life. It trains them to tune us out because they assume we are going to say the same thing or criticise them.

Teens feel alienated when parents try to control them

Parents nag their teens largely because they are scared of losing control, and to ensure that their children are safe. Many a mothers are worried that their child might be with wrong influence, skipping class, failing exams or doing illegal activities. “When parents nit-pick their teenagers over little things, it just makes the children feel alienated. They may argue, they may ‘yes’ their parents, but whatever the outcome, they feel disrespected, they feel put down and they become antagonistic.” Says Mike Nicole, author of “Stop Arguing with Your Kids”

It is natural for someone to want to defend oneself when someone critics them. It makes them feel like they are by themselves.

Nagging is a short term victory      

Maybe your parents nagged, and you fell into the same habits, after all there is hardly a comprehensive guide on raising children perfectly. It is a learning process. What works for someone else might not work for you. Everyone has a unique child. Well maybe you even get a thrill out of it, be proud admit it. Many moms nag because they are anxious and worried about their own future. They don’t want their children to make the same mistakes they did. Nagging may work in the short term because your child may have no choice but to comply, however, it does not make you child independent and responsible. That takes time, and an commitment to change habits.

Nagging makes your child makes him secretive

 Whenever you berate your child for something they did, they become more secretive and scared of you and reparations of their shortcomings. Constantly picking and pointing out flaws in children makes them loose trust in themselves, experience loss of confidence and low self-esteem. Many children stop sharing their lives, try to hide their mistakes and make sure they are never caught. Such children are more likely to develop anxiety in their later years.

September 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm · · 0 comments

Clutter Anxiety

September 19, 2018

Why Clutter and Anxiety go hand in hand

From an early age we are trained to clean our rooms, our drawers and our dressers. So it is almost instinctual for some people to want to clean up when they see a mess in their homes or offices.

A large volume of clutter can cause sensations of agitation, irritation and anger in many individuals, and even more so in women as suggested by a study conducted by the UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families.

To help you relive such a situation, let me recreate it for you. Imagine you come home after a long workday, tired and beaten down by your work or the poor traveling conditions, but you finally made it, home sweet home.

As soon as you step in you can’t help but be alarmed by the used cups of tea your fiancé left on the table, toys that your child forgot to pack up and all the dust that the maid didn’t clean.

You almost enter a state of panic and alarm.

Well maybe you don’t have that kind of a reaction, maybe you just say “Huh whatever” and roll into bed, or maybe you decide to clean it the next day and move on.

Good for you, but if you feel the desperate need to clean, it is very likely that you’re facing some form of anxiety. It doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you, a lot of women feel rage and sensory over stimulation from all the mess.

Some even feel a sense of dread and depression.

According to Psychologist Sherrie Borg Carter,

Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives. 

  • Clutter overwhelms us because it causes an overload of stimuli to our brain
  • It is distracting to our brain as it makes us think that our work is not done
  • It makes it difficult for us to relax
  • It causes anxiety in anticipation of the cleaning up process
  • It impedes creating and workflow
  • It makes it harder for us to find our tools and resources

Such an issue arises because according to many women, the responsibility of caring for the family and keeping the house clean is solely on women. It is however not true, the responsibility of cleaning your premises can be shared with the family. So whenever you feel the urge to go ballistic after seeing clutter, take a deep breath sit down and relax for a bit.


Here are some quick tips to help you deal with this kind anxiety:

  1. As stated before, it is a team game, work with your family on cleaning the house, create responsibility in your fiancé and children to help split up the work. If it is not possible you can consider hiring a maid, however do keep in mind that cleaning the house is a good exercise and way to wind down.
  2. Organize your racks and storage areas. So when you need it, you can find it in a snap. And a Pro-tip from Sherrie Bourg Carter, ‘Store your stuff in closed racks, keeping them on open racks does not remove the visual stimuli of clutter.’ So storing it in drawers and cases where you cannot see it is a great way to avoid it.
  3. Recycle, Resell, or Donate what you don’t use. Having less things to worry about will help you manage your home better. A good idea is to sell anything that you haven’t used in six months AND don’t foresee yourself needing in the next six.
  4. Cultivate the habit of placing things you use in their designated spot once you’re done using them. Simple right? Takes time to train the habit.
  5. Create a reward system for your family, treat them for keeping the house clean. Heck it can be a great game to be played with the family. Your imagination’s the limit here.

If this help you come to ease with the sensation of panic when you see clutter, maybe you need help, first off its important for you to understand that everyone deserves to be happy, you too. So don’t hesitate to seek help. Anxiety can run much deeper than what is caused by clutter, it could be caused by some bad experiences or bad memories, to get help read more here.

September 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm · · 0 comments

The common drug for Gastro that causes depression, anxiety and brain damage.

September 18, 2018

If you’re someone who faces gastric acid build up, you very well be suffering from the most common chronic disease in the world: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It is a situation where the stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus, one feels a burning sensation as the corrosive acid burns the oesophageal lining.

These Drugs: Omeprazole; work by blocking the production of gastric acid. These drugs designed for short term relief, are used by millions of people on a daily basis. And the consequences are equally dangerous.

Researchers state that bacteria in our gut help the functioning of our brain by producing certain hormones or neurotransmitters. And similarly our emotional responses affect our gut bacteria.

As the title of the post suggests, this study suggests that Proton Pump Inhibitors like Omeprazole can raise the risk of creating depression.

A study conducted by Wei-Sheng Huang, from the Department of Psychiatry at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital concluded that “patients with major depression had a greater prevalence of higher cumulative defined daily dose”, meaning that patients that took omeprazole for longer had greater odds of developing depression and anxiety disorders.

The author suggests that the following is a probable ca

use:

The drugs might raise depression risk by dysregulating the gut-brain axis, they suggest, or by preventing the organism from properly absorbing nutrients after the use of stomach drugs.

Some of the identified side effects of Omeprazole are:

  1. Increased Risk of Bone Fracture
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Calcium Deficiency
  4. Loss of Red Blood Cells
  5. Chronic Fatigue
  6. Intestinal Infections
  7. Anemia
  8. Multiple Nutrient Deficiencies
  9. Heart Arrhythmias

A team of Stanford researchers examined 2.9 million cases to come to the conclusion that: Regular use of Proton Pump Inhibitors like Omeprazole increases the risk of heart attack by a deadly 16% and doubles the probability of death by heart attack, stroke, or, other cardiovascular diseases.

Why does a Drug for Stomach Acid Remedy Cause Heart attacks?

A Proton Pump Inhibitor works by blocking secretion of gastric acid in the stomach. Gastric acid is necessary to digest food, break down proteins, and signal the pancreas to secrete juices. PPI impair the cells that line blood vessels. So, Blood Vessels are more rigid and less able to properly dilate. Stiff and clotted blood vessels are prone to heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases.

Treat your Digestion Naturally!

How to Boost your Stomach Acid?

It is a misconception that too much stomach acid causes stomach burns, on the contrary it’s the low levels of stomach fluids that causes stomach burns.

  • Chew 15-20 times per morsel
  • Drink 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Have some lemon water between meals.

September 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm · · 0 comments

The dangers of anxiety medicines prescribed to you.

September 17, 2018

 “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”

-anxiety meaning

“Mother needs something today to calm her down

 “And though she’s not really ill “There’s a little yellow pill

 “She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper…”

Rolling Stones, 1966

Everybody feels fear at some points of their life, however when the fear does not fade away and persists, or gets worse, you could be suffering from anxiety. You can read more about causes and symptoms of anxiety here.

People face problems and upsets in their lives that cause Anxiety, Depression and other Mental Problems. However the claims that these “Mental Diseases” caused by “Chemical Imbalances” in the brain can be cured by dangerous drugs is foolish, false and fatal.

The drugs prescribed to you simply treat your symptoms, not the real disease. These drugs treat symptoms like feelings of depression, not the real cause of depression or anxiety.

What medications are prescribed to Anxiety Patients?

Many types of medications are prescribed to help treat anxiety. The most common medicines are:

  • Benzodiazepines (typically prescribed for short-term use)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (Long Treatment)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used for treating anxiety. Brain cell communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. These transmitters called neurotransmitter. Benzodiazepines affect neurotransmitters in the brain, and regulate chemicals in our brain that affect mood and emotions. Benzodiazepines slow down neural activity, and so it is used for treating anxiety. As stated earlier Benzodiazepines are used for short term treatment of anxiety.

 Some common side effects of it are

  • Weakness
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Anger
  • Violent Bouts
  • Irritation
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Memory loss

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs are some of the most common anti-depressants. SSRIs work by improving the function of brain cells that regulate emotions. Brain cell communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. These neurotransmitters are dysfunctional or not optimally functioning in cases of depression. In very few cases, people taking SSRIs can develop a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.

 Some Common Side Effects are:

  • Indigestion
  • blurry vision
  • dehydration
  • insomnia
  • drowsiness
  • decreased libido
  • erectile dysfunction
  • Although some of these side effects are temporary, many other side effects like sexual problems may persist even after stopping medication.

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs block the reabsorption of neural transmitters in the brain. SNRIs are dangerous because SNRI Withdrawal is very common. Missing a few doses or stopping the medication all together can cause a host of problems like Anxiety, weakness and dizziness.

SNRIs can cause

  • mild nausea
  • Dryness in oral cavities
  • Dizziness
  • headache and excessive sweating
  • SNRIs can even cause
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • loss of appetite
  • weakness
  • and host of other sexual problems
  • It is also dangerous for people with high blood pressure and liver disease.

What are Anti-Depressants?

Anti-depressants are drugs designed to treat depression, sometimes they are prescribed for conditions like anxiety and insomnia. It is necessary to note that they are only effective in supressing depression, and not treating depression. It is popularly believed that excessive activity of nerves may be the cause of anxiety and other psychological disorders. Anti-Depressants work differently from person to person, so a patient may have to try a multitude of medicines before they find one suitable for them. Even when a person starts taking anti-depressants it is necessary to consult a doctor before stopping medication. And if one does stop taking medications, the symptoms of anxiety return.

Do Anti-Depressants help?

Well according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality all antidepressant medications work about as well as each other to improve symptoms of depression. They also state that once a person starts taking anti-depressants it is hard to get off medications. So is it even worth it?

Ram Verma, an Entrepreneur based in Mumbai has suffered from depression for over 10 years, after being diagnosed with depression and getting prescribed Prozac, Ram took the medication for two years, he had this to say: “Taking the pills made me feel like a dead man, I had no energy and it took 1-2 days for the effects of the pills to wear off”

Kavita, a Media Professional, was also prescribed anti-depressants, said she had no interest in leaving the house after taking the pill. She also mentioned not wanting to socialize with anyone.

Both Kavita and Ram however were lucky enough to get treatment from Kailash Mantry, and were able to safely get off their medicines without any side effects.

Side effects of Anti-Depressants:

Anti-Depressants are extremely dangerous for your heart, as an overdose can lead to rapid or irregular heart beat can negatively affect your cardiovascular system, and even lead to heart attack or death. Anti-Depressants can even cause irregular spikes in your ECG. So it is extremely dangerous for not only heart patients but everyone.

  1. Abrupt withdrawal of medication can cause anxiety, confusion, dizziness, and agitation.
  2. Duloxetine can cause liver damage and should be avoided by alcohol drinkers at all costs, and even people that have liver disease.
  3. Venlafaxine causes increased cholesterol levels, it can also decrease appetite, random weight loss, increased blood pressure, when using venlafaxine.
  4. Medicines like Xanax which are Benzodiazepines lead to many problems like hypertension, decreased sex drive, disinhibition, emotional dysfunction, depression, sudden anger and violence tendencies, memory loss, struggled thinking and lowered mental capacity.
  5. Anti-Depressants can cause sexual dysfunction, strong headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhoea, and Weight fluctuation.
  6. Sometimes drugs can cause paradoxical effects, where in some tests, the person experiences negative impact on symptoms instead of any improvements. It can lead to severe suicide desire and violent thoughts.
  7. This study from BMJ also states that anxiety medicines may double the risk of suicidal thoughts in children and people under the age of 24.

Anti-Depressants and Weight Gain

Anti-Depressants can invariably result in uncontrolled weight gain or weight loss. Studies show that a significant portion of people taking anti-depressants experience this effect.

Weight gain can be a sign of your medication not working for your body. Consult your doctor to switch to another form of medicine.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Consuming anti-depressants during pregnancy is extremely dangerous for the foetus and cause complications during birth.

Consult your doctor if you should continue taking medicine.

Antidepressants and Alcohol

Alcohol is dangerous to people consuming alcohol, it worsens the symptoms of anxiety. It can also cause certain side effects.

Consult your doctor about the potential risks of consuming alcohol while you’re on anti-depressants.

Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Consuming anti-depressants during pregnancy is extremely dangerous for the foetus and cause complications during birth.

Consult your doctor if you should continue taking medicine.

Antidepressants and Alcohol

Alcohol is dangerous to people consuming alcohol, it worsens the symptoms of anxiety. It can also cause certain side effects.

Consult your doctor about the potential risks of consuming alcohol while you’re on anti-depressants.

Long term implications of Anxiety Medication:

Anxiety medication are capable of causing severe side effects, and should be avoided in all but the severest of cases. When one considers all the risks stated above its easy to understand why they are such a dangerous treatment. If you are taking medicine, work on making sure your anxiety is getting cured in the long term.

Why our Treatment is Different:

Neeraj Kumar Singh, a patient of Specific Phobia Disorder, said that he had no interest in doing anything, felt like his head was too heavy, experienced too many negative emotions and had harboured many ill feelings towards the world. He took many medicines to no obvious benefits. After treatments with Life Coach Kailash Mantry he felt confidence and ready to take a target of earning 3 core rupees. To learn more about his experiences and feelings you can watch his video here.

Pritam Das is one of our patient, an engineer based in Pune. After dealing with the death of his mother had to start working long hours to earn money, and lost connection with his family, said it was the cause of his anxiety, Kailash Mantry said that Pritam had issues making decisions quickly. After helping Pritam experience the feeling of family, love, Business success and many more topics he was ready to take on the game of life. He shared his life authentically and surrendered to the training. Lastly he advised all people facing with anxiety to stop dealing with anxiety by themselves, instead asking them to come to a life coach with your life and get cured. To experience his story, click here.

So it is important to understand the depression medication is no cure for depression. It is simply treating the symptoms. Depression medicines regulate chemicals in our brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions.

References

Vgontzas, AlexandrosN, Anthony Kales, and E. O. Bixler.Benzodiazepine side effects: role of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Pharmacology 51.4 (1995): 205-223.

September 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm · · 0 comments

How to help a Slow Learner

September 13, 2018

Teacher’s and Parent’s role is very important in slow learners life.

They need to motivate and guide these children to overcome the problem of slow learning. It’s in their duty to create a healthy and suitable environment for the slow learner to study.

Often teachers find it very difficult to cope up with the syllabus when they have slow learners in the class. Parents are also confused about the method to nurture their slow learner child.

A teacher or parent needs to search for lessons and other resources that make it easier to differentiate the methods of teaching and make learning more significant and interesting. They can take help from the special education sites on the internet. These sites also provide various play way methods to teach various concepts to these students. There will never exist a class without slow learners especially in government schools and colleges.

Methods in which Parents can help their slow learner child

Every child has the right to be loved and to excel in their life but this will happen only when the parents are understanding and supportive. This stands true in case of the slow learners as well. Parents of a slow learner need tosupport their child so much that he/she never feels different from other children. They also need to understand that only academics will not help a child to be successful. Having very high expectations from these children might sometimes make them upset. Every child is unique. Just like a clay which can be given any shape the artist desires.  Like the clay needs to be shaped to convert it into a masterpiece, Slow learners should also be guided and shaped in order to make the outstanding human beings.

Following are some of the simple ways in which  parents can help a slow student:

1. Acceptance

Accepting the fact that their child is a slow learner is the most difficult and stressful task. The parents need to be aware of the weaknesses and the strengths of their child. It is very important to understand the child does not need too much medical attention but love and care from parents. In 90%  of cases, there is no need to enroll the child in a special school. Accepting the child will solve 50% of his problem. The child will also feel comfortable and optimistic to work on his shortcomings. The will never feel burdened with expectations. He/she will grow and develop his/her skills at his/her pace.

2. Give Time to your child

Any parent having a slow learner child should understand that it is very important to spend quality time with their child. As neglect from parents and loved ones is one of the main cause of slow learning. Every child deserves proper love and care from parents. A child will always feel protected and confident in the company of his parents. They need extra time compared to other children to complete the given tasks. When parents dedicate extra time to such children, their rate of improvement is far better. No doubt, it is difficult for the parent to find some extra time from their busy schedule but there is always scope for quality time. Spending time with these children also will help the parents to work on the weakness of the child.

3. Creating a Conducive Environment for learning

It is the duty of the parents to provide their child with an atmosphere that suits and motivates the child to learn. Parents should make the study area peaceful and interesting. It is found that the slow learners are easily distracted and sometimes it is very difficult to hold their attention on one thing. Hence a quiet room for the study is extremely important. Parents can decorate the work area with colourful and attractive pin-ups which contain the summary of their child’s recent study material. They should always keep on changing the pin-up and charts in the child’s study area.

4. Help and guide your child

Parents must accept the fact that their child needs attention and help to study. It does not mean to complete their homework or assignment. It means to guide them to complete their homework and assignments. It also means to help them to understand the concepts that are taught by the teachers. Parents have an extra responsibility to make sure that the child is emotionally and physically sound. This can be done by constantly keeping a watch on the child or by asking them questions about the activities, the child did on that day. They can also motivate the child to maintain a diary in which the child can note his day to day activities. This will help the parents to know their child better.

5. Trust your child

Trust is the most significant factor in any relationship, so is it in the relation of a parent and the slow learner child. If the parents don’t believe in their child, it might have adverse and lifelong effects on the child’s overall performance. Showing faith in the slow learners will help to boost their confidence and will increase their interest in academics. Even if the child commits mistakes in the tasks that he has taken up, make sure to correct him politely. In such a situation, it is also important to trust your child. Constant belief in your child will give him the confidence to work hard and to improve himself.

6. Questioning is must

Parents should question the child continuously about their regular school activities. Questioning is also the best method to help the child in completing his regular homework. Parents can ask questions on the particular topic that was explained in the class and thereby find out if the child has understood the concept. It will also develop the reasoning ability of the child. This is also an effective way to know the activities that your child performed in school. The student needs to work hard to answer the questions based on his syllabus. The child will pay attention in order to answer the questions of his parents.

7. Reading

Parents are the first teachers of a child. The child always learns from the activities that his parents perform. Reading is the best way to gain knowledge. Slow learners generally find difficulty in reading. Hence the habit of reading to your child helps him/her to understand the concept as well as it develops their interest in reading. It will acquaint them with new words and increase their vocabulary. Give as many books as you can to your child. Motivate him/her to read.

8. Appreciate their efforts

Congratulate your child and offer rewards. Even if the achievement is not very noteworthy, appreciate the effort. By prolonging the time limit to complete the given work that a slow learner is unable to complete in the given time limit will make him feel appreciated. At the same time, it is important that the child does not lose his interest and potential to complete the task. This means that the parents must be ready to praise their slow learner child for what they do in school without considering its significance. However small the effort is, parents must always praise them to work hard.

9. Recognize their areas of interests

Children with slow learning skills are easily distracted. Identifying the activities that the child likes and motivating them to participate in such activities at home or at school would greatly improve their performance, confidence and social skills. This will also help them to excel in their lives. Expecting every child to excel in academics is a myth. Only academics will never help students to succeed.

10. Create a  timetable chart

Creating a chart that sets the time for various daily activities the child is expected to perform, would give the child a sense of responsibility and participation, encouraging him to complete the tasks on time. This chart should be more pictorial than verbal. As pictures will attract the attention of the child. Such a chart is very helpful for reminding the daily activities of the child. This chart will motivate the child to his regular activities on time.

11. Plan short activity sessions

Since the attention span of a slow student is comparatively less, letting the child work for multiple short sessions instead of a single long session for any activity would offer better results.  These small activities will increase the retaining power of the child. Working in small sessions will never be a burden to the child. In this situation, the child will learn as well as remember what he has learned. After every short session or before beginning the next session we can also revise whatever the child has learned earlier.

12. Allow Aids    

Allow your child to use aids to learn, such as post-it on the study table, computer desktop, calculators, memo pads, engraved markers and reminder cards. These aids are very important in the teaching-learning process. These will involve the child as an active learner in the learning process.

13. Be Verbal

 Be more oral and verbal with your child. Form easy tasks that are in tune with your child’s competence. Talk as much as you can with your child. Ask him about the activities done in the class, Homework assigned to him, the concepts that were discussed in the class. These will not only develop the speaking skills of the child but also improve your understanding and relationship with your child.

14. Practical expectations

As a parent, you expect your child to excel in everything he does. Practically, it is not possible. There’s nothing wrong with expectations, but they should be realistic enough. Having realistic expectations will not overburden the child at the same time it won’t dishearten the parents. It’s very important that the parents understand the limitations and the shortcomings of the child.

15. Continuous contact with the teacher

Teachers play an important role in educating children with slow thinking. One of the main responsibilities of parents is to interact with teachers to understand if there are other areas where their child needs help. Talk to teachers to effectively synchronize them at school and at home. Continuous contact with the teacher will also ease the teaching-learning process of the child.

16. Patience

Patience and Consistency are the key required qualities in the parents of a slow learner. Allow your child to make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t lose patience when a child is not able to retain a concept immediately like other children of his age. Rude behaviour will only reduce the confidence of the child to do certain activities.

17. Motivate your child

Do not allow a slow learner to give up on their work or themselves. Whenever necessary give break to your child as well as yourself. But make sure that to complete the task on the given day. If you don’t build up this feeling in your child, he will never understand the importance of hard work and will learn to give up easily.

18. Avoid Comparison with other children

It’s very human that the parents compare their children to other children. Do not compare the achievements of the other child with your child. The comparison will only lead to disappointment. Not only will the parent lose hope on his child but the child will also lose hope in himself. This will not help the child to progress in any way.

19.  Avoid being an overprotective parent

Don’t tell your child that he is incapable of doing certain things. The child will follow and believe that for his whole life and will never try to accomplish it. He will carry the burden and the tag of being a slow learner for his whole life. Instead, help the child to find new ways to do the things that he feels are not within his capability. Even if the child makes mistakes in the initial attempts, motivate him to stick to his attempts.

20.  Motivate Sibling affection

Siblings are very important in everyone’s life and the slow learner are no exception. Parents must keep a constant watch on the relationship between their children. They should be very careful while talking to their average child and the slow learner child. In no way, the slow learner should feel offended. If so, there are chances of the rivalry being developed. This will hinder the progress of the slow learner.

21. Provide Best Possible Nutrition

Studies have proved that children who do not get proper nutrition are more likely to become a slow learner. Proper and balanced diet is extremely important for meeting the basic nutrition needs of the child. Proper food and sound sleep are two basic needs of a growing child. Any deficiency in these may lead to enormous physical and mental problems.

There are two methods of incorporating a slow learner in a normal school:

1)Creating a classroom especially for the Slow learners

The Effectiveness of this method lies in the fact that the slow learners feel safe to learn with other children of their caliber. They don’t feel left out or over cared in this kind of classroom. It also becomes easy for the teachers to dedicate extra time to one single class rather than dedicating extra time in every class. However this method has drawbacks also as the student will never get exposure to be in the company of average students, it will be less challenging etc.

2) Creating a mixed classroom where 20% of students are slow learners and others are average

This method is also effective from the student’s point of view. Here he will have to face new challenges every day. Company of average students develops his inter-personal skills. It also gives him the benefit of getting extra attention and care from the teachers. It makes him confident and public. This method also has its own drawbacks. In this method, the teacher faces a lot of difficulties to handle both the category of students at the same time.

Whether you meet slow learners in a regular class or special class, it is extremely challenging to the teacher as well the student. Most important reason for this challenge is the limited attention span of these children compared to others. These students do need of special education and do well outside the classroom and show no evidence of having any problem in understanding. They are only weak in academics and interpersonal skills. Today, a very huge emphasis is given to academic preparation. Thus there is a growing need for remedial teaching to provide these students with excellent opportunities according to the needs of the changing world.

The student must be offered incentives that are appropriate. Depending on the student the best stimuli are those where the family works together on an assignment where the child has to prepare a model or has to attend a game. Through these, the student learns patience and the importance of waiting to be rewarded. A student needs to have a sufficient breakfast period to improve student performance.

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