How To Stop The Runaway Train Of Mental Illness By Betty Byrd

One in six adults and nearly one in ten children in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Yet, there remains a stigma associated with being bipolar and being related to someone who is. Never mind that Edgar Allen Poe was bipolar or that President Theodore Roosevelt was too. Or that people with bipolar disorder can lead extraordinary and meaningful lives. Look at Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolf, and Rosemary Clooney. No matter how talented or famous someone is, if they’re in a situation dictated by mental illness, it can at times feel like a runaway train. Jim Carey and Robert Downey, Jr. know what it’s like, so do Robin Williams, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Ben Stiller.
Dealing with a mentally ill family member is anything but a cakewalk. I should know. My mother, a Christian Science fanatic, refused to take medication to manage her sickness. During my formative years, I lived through extremes; from minute to minute I didn’t know what she might do. My childhood was spent being tossed around like a ping-pong ball. At sixteen, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist reluctantly told me to leave home and never look back because I was living in an incurable situation. Sadly, I hit the road, riddled with pot holes, lacking any parental advice. During those formative years I didn’t have a choice, but now, in 2011, things are beginning to change.

I went on to become an actress and later a novelist. I took it to heart when I read that Ernest Hemingway said, “A writer’s style should be direct and personal” For me, it’s therapeutic to write about the disease that robbed me of my mother and stole any chance I may have had to enjoy a normal childhood. I use larger-than-life characters on a backdrop of big oil and big tracts of land to show life on high octane, which, in my experience, is what it’s like to live with the ups and downs of mental illness.

One of my main characters, Olivia Harrison has a history of undisclosed schizophrenia. My novel, Utopia, Texas, shows the terrifying ramifications on a family whose young daughter’s problem goes untreated. Some call the book, which is a stand-alone sequel to my first novel, Trinity’s Daughter, a riveting tale. The character of Maggie Harrison is fashioned after me. Olivia is my mother. Olivia’s mother, Brya, is actually the novel’s protagonist. I use my books as a tool to educate others about what it’s like to live with mental illness, and if not treated it can be devastating to all involved.

As a member of the International Bipolar Foundation, I’m on a mission to try to help erase the stigma associated with this dreaded disease which often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. What’s missing in the equation is proper education, but through advancement of research, medication and support services life can begin to stay on track. Having been one of those children affected, I’m committed to encouraging family members to openly discuss mental illness so that healing can begin.

Currently, I’m working with organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States. Through public education, I hope the shame associated with mental illness will be erased. For many, the stigma can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. For people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, their life is like trying to navigate an unstoppable train-one that’s prone to skipping tracks and changing depots on a quick whim. There is no stopping this locomotive, but it can be slowed down in hopes of reaching a more positive destination.

Mental Activity Leading To Weight Gain

Too much mental exertion can bring about a boost in appetite. As some may know, actual physical work is as tiring as mental strain. Mental labor, according to studies, “destabilizes” insulin and glucose levels thus driving one to eat more because of boost in hunger. There are a number of factors that point to a jump in appetite, and a lot of those has something to do with the mind of a person.

A foremost mental factor is one that is triggered by mental challenges – stress. Stress is associated to eating extra. I for one tend to eat a lot more when I am stressed out in the past. This reaction of your body to your state of mind will be automatic once you let your guard down.

Rats are no different from humans. Glucocorticoid steroid hormone, or cortisol in humans, is dispensed by rats when they are chronically stressed, as researchers found out. In turn, this spurs the rats to excitedly participate in pleasure-seeking acts. These actions shall eventually help them promote abdominal obesity because of the amount of high-energy foods that they ate.

A person will acquire abdominal obesity by excessive or gratuitous eating. Diabetes, stroke, and increased risk of heart attack are just some illnesses and disease associated to abdominal obesity. Getting rid of stress before it gets out of hand is better than relieving it with a fat burger and a big soda!

Boredom and loneliness are fingered by British researchers too. These also cause an increase in eating in about fifty percent of adults! Potato chips and ice cream is just a couple of comfort foods to stay away from. These foods are generally consumed in large amounts passing along large quantities of fat too!

There’s no alibi to not be conscious of your hunger after a tiring day at work now that you know. But if you are legitimately hungry, then eat by all means. Never forget that what your body needs is proper nutrition, so eat healthy and eat right! A well balanced diet and a healthy regimen of day by day exercise is a positive hit to take your weight-worries away.

Konsep Kesehatan Mental

Lebih mudah untuk mendefinisikan penyakit mental daripada kesehatan mental. Meskipun kita tidak selalu menderita penyakit mental yang dapat didiagnosa dengan jelas tetapi terbukti bahwa kesehatan mental seseorang berbeda dari yang lain. Beberapa dari kita secara mental lebih sehat daripada yang lain. Kesehatan mental adalah kombinasi dari faktor genetik, biologis, psikologis dan lingkungan. Suatu keadaan tidak adanya gangguan mental. Ini mencakup kemampuan individu untuk menikmati hidup dan mencapai keseimbangan antara aktivitas kehidupan dan usaha untuk mencapai kapasitas dalam menghadapi stres dan kemalangan dengan sangat tenang. Ini juga merupakan ungkapan emosi yang menandakan sebuah adaptasi sukses untuk berbagai tuntutan. Orang yang mentalnya sehat bisa bekerja secara produktif dan efektif bagi komunitas di mana ia tinggal.

Tidak ada definisi resmi yang diterima secara universal tentang kesehatan mental. Perbedaan budaya, penilaian subyektif, adat dan konvensi umum, kondisi masyarakat, politik, dan aspek sosial di mana ia tinggal adalah faktor-faktor penentu dalam menentukan hal kewarasan dari pikiran seseorang. Sehatnya mental seseorang dapat ditentukan dari karakteristik tertentu.

Pertama, kemampuan untuk menikmati hidup tanpa khawatir tentang masa depan atau memikirkan masa lalu merupakan suatu tanda pasti tentang kesehatan pikiran. Rahasia hidup adalah melihat berlalunya saat ini. Kadang-kadang orang membuat dirinya sendiri sengsara dengan memberikan perhatian terus-menerus terhadap apa yang tidak bisa disembuhkan atau tentang sesuatu yang tak dapat diprediksi. Hal ini buruk bagi kesehatan pikiran.

Kedua, kemampuan untuk menangani stres atau trauma dan bangkit kembali dari kesulitan menunjukkan kewarasan mental. Karakteristik daya tahan seperti ini dimiliki oleh mereka yang dapat menangani situasi stres dengan mudah.

Ketiga, kesehatan mental yang lebih besar merupakan hasil dari keseimbangan dalam hidup. Dalam kehidupan, kita selalu perlu menyeimbangkan sejumlah hal. Sebagai contoh, kita akan diperlakukan sebagai ‘penyendiri’ jika kita tidak bisa membuat keseimbangan antara waktu yang dihabiskan untuk sosial dan untuk sendiri. Juga kita perlu menyeimbangkan antara beberapa hal seperti bekerja dan bermain. Tidur dan terjaga, istirahat dan bergerak, waktu yang dihabiskan di dalam ruangan dan waktu yang dihabiskan di luar rumah.

Keempat, fleksibilitas emosional dan kognitif adalah tanda kekuatan mental. Beberapa orang memiliki pendapat yang sangat kaku dan tidak ada diskusi yang dapat mengubahnya. Orang-orang ini menderita stres bagi harapan kaku yang mereka pegang. Orang-orangnya yang sehat mental membuka perasaan dan emosi, bukan menutup diri ke dalam ruang gelap alam pikiran.

Kelima, kita semua memiliki bakat alami atau kemampuan batin. Beberapa menggunakan potensinya dan yang lain tampaknya merusaknya. Orang yang sehat mental sedang dalam proses aktualisasi potensi diri mereka.

Keenam, fokus pada topik yang mencemaskan dan mendiskusikannya dengan orang lain adalah tanda kesehatan mental. Dekonstruksi dari kekhawatiran yang mengganggu Anda terus-menerus membuahkan kesehatan yang baik bagi pikiran.

Ini adalah hanya beberapa konsep yang penting untuk mencapai kesehatan mental. Pada kenyataannya untuk mencapai kesehatan pikiran yang menyeluruh orang harus bebas, fleksibel, berpikiran terbuka, positif, energik dan yang terpenting optimistis. Penyakit mental tidak selalu jelas terlihat. Kadang-kadang tidak terdeteksi. Kesehatan mental adalah jumlah total dari faktor yang berbeda secara bersama-sama. Orang yang bermental sehat berkontribusi banyak untuk masyarakat. Tidak ada definisi resmi mengenai kesehatan mental namun dapat diasumsikan. Aspek sosial yang berbeda, adat budaya dll, mempengaruhi kesehatan mental. Masyarakat yang berbeda melahirkan orang-orang yang berbeda. Mereka berbeda dalam mentalitas, suasana hati dan temperamen. Tetapi beberapa karakteristik umum yang ada menjadi pegangan untuk mempertimbangkan kesehatan mental seseorang. Dengan karakteristik tersebut seseorang dapat dinilai memiliki mental yang seimbang.

Massage Therapy Orange County Good For Mental Make-up

When it comes to positive psychology, it’s not just limited to treating ailments using positive psychology, but also going beyond and providing healthy nourishment to the human mind. To explain this in simple words, positive mental makeup is something that makes an individual feel happy and relaxed. And, that’s what therapists associated with massage therapy in Orange County try to do.

Now, what makes us happy? Of course the food we love to eat, the music we listen to, the books we read, and the people we love to talk to bring happiness in our lives. However, the pressures of modern life rob away our healthy eating habits, sound sleep, and disrupt our normal work-life balance. And, all these adversely affect our mental makeup. In such scenarios, psychologists recommend healing of the body and mind through healing. As far as physical therapy in Orange County is concerned, it focuses on healing your over-stressed body and mind using gentle touch of the fingers. It not only relaxes your tired nerves but also affects your psyche.

Massage and its Positive Impact

Therapists worldwide help patients using different forms of massages. The most popular among these include aromatherapy, acupressure, hot stone massage, head massage, Thai massage, and deep tissue massage. These healing treatments might differ very subtly from one therapist to the other. The positive benefits include less stress and release of tension, restoration of body balance, a feeling of well-being, freshening of the mind, and improved blood circulation in your body.

The primary focus of every masseur is to lessen and eliminate the pain from a patient’s body due to stress, long working hours, accidents, or any surgery. With the gentle touch of the masseur, you will not only improve in terms of physical health but also experience emotional well-being.

Now, how does physical therapy bring about complete mental well-being? Scientists opine that the human body has several pressure points. Therapists with their gentle touch of the fingers apply pressure to these such points. This triggers more blood circulation from and to the human heart. Due to better blood circulation, human organs absorb more oxygen. This consequently results in improved combustion of nutrients providing more energy. And, when your body is energized, it lessens the sluggishness of your muscles and brain, thus motivating you to do things better and bringing about a positive attitude towards life. And, this makes you feel happy and jovial in life.

Of late, health centers offering massage therapy in Orange County have been exploring ways to combine natural and induced healing techniques to bring about fast and effective results. This is the reason couples are encouraged to spend some quality time at a therapy center to bring about emotional happiness. The results will definitely be positive because couples get an opportunity to interact in a relaxed environment while a therapist applies pressure at the right points to induce happiness and emotional well-being. Experts in the field believe that this kind of healing treatment in a combined therapy center will reduce stress, depression, and anxiety much faster than traditional treatment.

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Mental Math Games (part 2 Of 3)

In the introductory article, it was argued that learning mental math skills remains an important element of a child’s education, even in the age of the calculator. So what should you do if you feel your son or daughters mental math needs a boost? Rather than rushing headlong at the problem, it’s important to first establish how your student is performing in relation to their peer group, how mental math is taught at school and how engaged they are with the subject.

Start by meeting with the classroom teacher to find out how your child is taught mental math at school. Is it by using traditional methods which mix learning by rote and quiz type questioning? Does the class use eLearning software either for the delivery of mental math lessons on a whiteboard or for individual learning? In most cases, teaching will include a mix of all three elements, in which case it’s important to find out from your child which approach to learning they enjoy and respond to the most. The final question to ask the teacher is how your son or daughter is performing in relation to the class as a whole, when it comes to mental math. If their mental math performance is average or above average for their age, you can take an approach to improving their mental math skills which uses fun math games and activities, allowing the kid to progress at a rate that suits them. However, if your kid lags behind their peer group, a more structured and intensive period of remedial mental math is appropriate, in which you allocate a set amount of time each week to mental math activities and monitor their progress closely. Whichever approach is required, we’ll look at a few interesting ways to introduce mental math into your child’s everyday life in a way that they’ll be unaware that they’re improving their mental math skills.

Sports and Games Involving Mental Math
When I was at school, the best mental math student in our class was a kid who didn’t like math at all, but out of school he spent most of his time playing darts. He went on to study finance and is now a very successful merchant banker, which is a moral tale that will appeal to some parents more than others. However, darts is an excellent game for improving a child’s mental math skills. The game involves players in the full range of math: subtraction, addition, multiplication and division as part of the scoring process. Better still, the complexity of the mental math skills required to score and to calculate ‘finishes’ increases as a player’s darts skills improve, so that your kid’s mental math and darts abilities will improve hand in hand. For parents concerned about the safety implications of allowing kids to play darts, there are a number of junior darts alternatives for younger kids which follow the same format as playing conventional darts, but without any risk of injury.

The other traditional leisure activity that I advocate for improving mental math skills is playing board games. There are numerous board games which involve rolling dice to move around a board, but the one of the best board games for developing the complete range of mental math skills is Monopoly. When playing Monopoly each player moves around a board buying, developing and selling property with the aim of bankrupting all the other players in order to win. What makes Monopoly different from many board games is that one of the players is appointed banker, a role which requires them to manage many of the financial aspects of the game, including arranging mortgages on properties, taking payments and giving change. If you put a child whose mental math needs a boost in the role of banker (and ensure that the other players have the patience of saints) in time, you’ll find his or her mental math skills flourish while everyone is having fun. The great thing is that Monopoly gives everyone more than enough time for practical mental math practice, as the game has a reputation for being interminable. In fact, the longest recorded game of Monopoly lasted for 1,680 hours, which is 70 days or 10 weeks. Just think how good your young bankers mental math would be after such a monumental game and how frayed everyone else’s tempers might be as a result!

In the concluding article of the series, we’ll consider the role that online math games can play in improving a kid’s mental math skills.