Browse Category: Mental Health and Stress
With everything our troops face overseas, you would think that being back in the states would give a sense of peace and calm, while providing safety from the horrors of war. But what if the battle doesn’t end when your tour does? And what exactly is
being done about the shocking rates of suicide in the veteran community? Many that are asking the tough questions are facing the tough answers . . . we may just be losing the battle at home.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
is not just for veterans and victims of rape, based on a groundbreaking new research. According to the study, which was published in the journal PLoS One
, approximately 1 in 8 patients who suffer from a heart attack also develop PTSD. That means that out of the 1.4 million people in the United States that suffer from cardiac arrest each year, around 168,000 of them will develop significant PTSD symptoms.
After a swift trial and a unanimous verdict, Jerry Sandusky faces a lifetime in prison for 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The conviction would come as no surprise to those who watched his accusers deliver powerful and painful testimonies against the former Penn State Football assistant coach regarding inappropriate relations he had with them years prior. Try as they might, Sankdusky’s wily defense team could not shake the inevitable stigma of such monstrous crimes.
Moving your loved ones into a nursing home can be difficult at first, and so many questions can come up. Will they provide great care? How much will it cost? Which home do I choose? Do any of them seem to have happier residents – and more importantly, maybe, residents that live longer
? Another question, perhaps not so common today, is whether to choose a state-run nursing home or a privately owned one. Each type has its pros and cons; but you may find it harder to find state-run nursing homes now, and we will explain why in just a few moments.
Let’s face it – death is inevitable
. And as the saying goes, so are taxes! But while you can’t always control the amount of taxes you’ll pay, you can
be prepared financially when it comes to your end of life “celebration.”
The recent tension surrounding the Trayvon Martin case is certainly one indication that our country, as much as we’d like to deny, is still very much divided when it comes to race. This disparity is not limited to neighborhood crimes; it seeps through our school systems, professional workplaces, and healthcare. And, more and more, the disparity in the latter – healthcare – is coming to the forefront.
Recent evidence suggests Trayvon Martin had THC in his system. But does this recent evidence mean anything? Of course not, and I will explain why.
**UPDATE** 6/1/12 12:34 PM
In an update on the Florida “zombie” mystery, there’s a new twist on the possible matchstick that ignited this nationwide story. According to the Miami New Times and Huffington Post, friends and family of Rudy Eugene believe that he wouldn’t take any sort of recreational drug, and was hesitant to even use Tylenol.
His girlfriend, who has asked to remain nameless, believes that he was either drugged unknowingly or was put under a Haitian Voodoo curse. While no one investigating believes that a Haitian spell is to blame for what happened to Ronald Poppo that day, the possibility of a drugging is now being explored.
Zombies, voodoo curses, and intrigue… sounds like a new HBO series. Stick around for more information as it becomes available.
One thing we know all too well these days is that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is all around us. As we honor and remember our fallen military personnel this Memorial Day, one can’t help but think about the state of a service man or service woman’s state of mind in this age of war and loss.
“Storms make oaks take root.”
It is inevitable. At some point we have all faced, or will face, a life-altering event . . . whether it be the death of a loved one, a serious illness or some experience that reminds us of what really matters in life. In the blink of an eye, everything can change. Often, these life experiences can teach us valuable lessons, help us discover inner strength, and help us realize what is truly important.
Many new mothers experience the “post-baby blues.” And when you think about it, it’s hard to imagine why they wouldn’t. Crying babies, middle-of-the-night feedings, a post-baby body that’s not quite “sexy,” . . . and the list goes on and on.
Well, today’s the day! Did you get your taxes filed in time?
Believe me; I know that tax time isn’t easy. Between gathering receipts, worrying about having to dish out money, and dreading the mere possibility of being audited, it’s no wonder we feel stressed at tax time. So stressed, in fact, that a recent study found an increase in fatal traffic accidents on tax day. Yikes!
Over a decade later, we likely are still seeing the psychological reverberations from the September 11th terrorist attacks.
I would be lying if I told you that I didn't get a lottery ticket last week in hopes of winning the Mega Millions jackpot of a staggering $640 million. In fact, I bought several even though I knew I would lose; as the rest of you probably did.
Well, lose is a relative term . . . because I did end up winning $2! Guess my lucky number 23 comes in handy once in a while.
People are murdering other human beings because of Facebook. Seriously, the same online network that boasts millions of people from babies that have no idea it even exists to elderly folks that still sign every wall post as if it’s a letter, is also the beginning of a homicide.
If you think that “special” time you or your partner spends on Facebook is just a little harmless fun, then you may want to, well, WAKE UP. Studies have found that Facebook can actually be serious trouble for a relationship and is responsible for one-third of divorces. One-third!
If you know anyone in the military, whether they have gone overseas into combat or not, you may have noticed that they have undergone certain changes in their personality. If you have had a child, husband, wife, or other close relative or friend go off to serve our country, you may have witnessed upon return a “changed” man or woman. One, perhaps, who is more serious, dedicated, and responsible; or on the other hand, one who is more aggressive, erratic, and depressed.
In the past few years we have witnessed just how powerful social media has become – in more ways than just a few. From the newest fashion trends to political views, social media outlets have influenced our decisions to a point where we may not have even recognized their power . . . just that something was happening, and it felt like change.
If you keep up with celebrity news and gossip at all, you have probably heard a rumor or two that singers Chris Brown and his ex-girlfriend Rihanna are getting back together again. This came as a complete shocker to fans of both singers . . . especially considering that nearly three years ago, Chris Brown and Rihanna brought domestic violence to the mass media spotlight when Brown angrily beat and abused his then-girlfriend after an incident involving a simple text message.
Some people cannot control their Internet use, which in turn leads to feelings of distress and functional impairment of their daily activities. But is social networking the cause of depression?