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News What Does the Bible Say About Depression? You won't find the term "depression" in the Bible. Instead, the Bible uses words such as downcast, sad, forlorn, discouraged, downhearted, mourning, troubled, miserable, despairing, and brokenhearted.
You will, however, find many Bible people showing the symptoms of this disease: Hagar, Moses, Naomi, Hannah, Saul, David, Solomon, Elijah, Nehemiah, Job, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Judas Iscariot, and Paul.
Fifty Shades, Twilight, And Other Useful Tools For Helping Young Women Get Sexually Abused... And Like It! The conclusion of the study states: “Problematic depictions of violence against women in popular culture—such as in film, novels, music, or pornography—create a broader social narrative that normalizes these risks and behaviors in women’s lives. Our study showed strong correlations between health risks in women’s lives—including violence victimization—and consumption of Fifty Shades, a fiction series that portrays violence against women.
Five Best Foods for Fighting Depression Judging from the many stories shared on the internet describing actual cases of depression, one thing seems to stand out - a certain lack of hope. This hopelessness is further compounded by the fact that it is accompanied by a helpless feeling and manifested through antisocial behavior that characterizes depressed people.
Researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization were three times more likely than their peers to experience severe sexual victimization the following year.
Vaccine Fraud? What About Psychiatric Fraud? Staggering. In the wake of CDC whistleblower William Thompson’s confession that he buried a vaccine-autism connection, some people reacted with shock—as if this was the first case of rank fraud that had ever taken place within the hallowed halls of medical research.
How about a whole branch of modern medicine that is a fraud from top to bottom? Let us turn the page to Psychiatry.
In its first report on suicide, the UN's World Health Organisation blamed intense media coverage when celebrities kill themselves for fueling the problem.
Nearly Half of Colleges Have Not Investigated Sexual Violence Reports An alarming 41 percent of institutions of higher education have not investigated a single report of sexual violence in the past five years, according to a new national survey of colleges. The survey was undertaken by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a former sex crimes prosecutor.
30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare Has there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States? And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs. As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers last year.
Marlon Wayans: Antidepressants May Have Caused Robin Williams’ Suicide Marlon Wayans spoke with Fusion Live host Yannis Pappas about the passing of Robin Williams. “I think there’s something in these medicines that people are taking for depression that’s making them depressed and making them commit suicide,” Wayans said. “I don’t think it’s depression. I think it’s chemical. … He was such a joyful dude.”
The VA claimed just 790 veterans under department care had taken their own lives that year. Yet, by reviewing available public records since 2005, CBS News uncovered 6,256 suicides.
How Texas Kicked Its Big Foster Care Drug Problem Psychotropic medications — like antipsychotics, stimulants, mood stabilizers, antidepressants and sedatives — were being overprescribed in the state’s foster care system, endangering the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens and costing the state millions.
But this is a success story. In recent years, Texas has dramatically reduced the use of psychotropic drugs in foster care.
Behold The App That Helps Exploit Sex Traffic Victims! The Economist waxes enthusiastic over the ways that “specialist websites and apps are allowing information to flow between buyer and seller, making it easier to strike mutually satisfactory deals.” Now, “prostitutes can warn each other about violent clients, and do background and health checks before taking a booking,” and customers can “proceed with confidence.”
A Natural Approach to Overcoming Depression The last two decades have witnessed a huge increase in depression diagnoses. At present, one in ten Americans takes antidepressant medication and many of these individuals are taking multiple pills to treat more than one psychiatric illness. Few people will even raise an eyebrow anymore upon hearing about a friend or family member being diagnosed with depression.
Since the study was published by the American Diabetes Association, these known risks to cholesterol-lowering drugs can no longer be denied or defended, and the lawsuits are pouring in at a rapid pace.
Passed by voice vote, the measure, S. 1799, would authorize $15 million annually through fiscal 2018 for child abuse prevention programs, including grants to train attorney prosecuting cases and develop investigations. "S. 1799 would reauthorize an important tool in our ongoing fight against child abuse," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).
While there is concern about overmedicating and self-medicating — using alcohol or drugs without a doctor’s approval — there are also some veterans who are trying to do the opposite: They’re kicking the drugs, against doctor’s orders.
More than 70 million prescriptions for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are written each year, and according to 2010 data, there were enough narcotic painkillers being prescribed in the US to medicate every single adult, around the clock, for a month.
Mother Faces Down Swat Team & Tank For Refusing to Drug Daughter (Yes, This Is What's Happening In America Now) Maryanne Godboldo made international press when she faced down a Swat team and a tank after she refused to administer an antipsychotic drug which clearly could endanger her child's life. And hers is not an isolated case. Parents have been charged with medical neglect for refusing to administer dangerous drugs to their child. Signs A Pedophile Is Targeting Your Child Up to 95% of child sexual abusers are male (Bagley, 1995). They can be single, married and have families of their own. Up to 1/3 of reported offences are committed by adolescents (Bagley, 1995). 95% of abusers will be known to the family (Child Protection Council, 1993). They will be a trusted friend and/or family member.
It crucial to note, that child sex offenders 'groom' both the child and the family. It is also important to note, that the sexual abuse of children has no social boundaries.
35 Disney World Park Employees Caught in Sex Stings, Child Porn Arrests Kingsolver, 49, is one of at least 35 Disney employees arrested since 2006 and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography, according to a six-month CNN investigation that examined police and court records, and interviewed law enforcement officials and some of the men who have been arrested.
Dangerous Risks Associated with Antidepressants Investigative reporter Kelly O’Meara, an award-winning career journalist whose career spans decades, with a resume that includes stints with The Washington Times and Insight Magazine, and who has worked 16 years on Capitol Hill as a staffer for four members of Congress, speaks and writes with learned authority. When she writes about the back door dealings of the business side ...
website was developed due to an inspiration by Antonio, my husband. He
felt strongly that we needed to provide people struggling with PTSD and
their loved ones resources we never found during our darkest struggles
with my PTSD. PTSD effects citizens as well, but most of the subject is
aimed towards members of the military.
I am so well pleased and grateful to Antonio for painstakingly researching
and maintaining this website on a weekly basis. His passion is educating
and providing resources to PTSD sufferers and their loved ones so that
their lives may be made a bit easier by understanding they are not
alone. There are numerous sources for alternative treatments on my
resources link. Spending time on this site will be an opportunity to
begin learning how to find help in healing your mind, body & spirit.
My hope is that you find this website resourceful for yourself or loved
ones. This site is for information and support only and NOT a substitute
for professional diagnosis and treatment."
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A Psychiatrists Perspective on Antidepressants
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PTSD I: Describing and Diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Nearly eight million people in the United States are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) annually. For most suffering from PTSD there is a choice: keep the trauma buried and try to function, or attempt to deal with the trauma. Either way, you risk losing everything in the process. But there is help; there is hope.
Symptoms of PTSD
* Startle easily
* Feel emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom you used to be close)
* Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
* Trouble feeling affectionate
* Aggressive impulses/Agitated mood
* Some people may become violent when triggered
* Avoidance of situations that remind you of the original incident
* Symptoms worsened on anniversary of the original incident
* Repeatedly relive the trauma in your thoughts during the day (flashbacks)
* Insomnia or nightmares at night
* Other possible symptoms and related issues may include depression, alcohol or drug abuse or other addictions, personality changes, hopelessness, paranoia, restlessness, fear, inability to focus, dissociation, and severe anxiety.
The Difference Between PTSD and A Normal Response to Trauma
The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful or numb, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events.
For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift. But if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the symptoms don’t decrease. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse.
A Normal Response to Trauma Becomes PTSD When You Become Stuck
After a traumatic experience, the mind and the body are in shock. But as you make sense of what happened and process your emotions, you come out of it. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, you remain in psychological shock. Your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected. In order to move on, it’s important to face and feel your memories and emotions.
My Personal Story: Living With PTSD
It’s amazing how life turns out. I never aspired to be a writer; yet I have written a book—a book that reveals my life during one of my darkest times. I questioned, Do I really want to do this? As you read on, you will find I was once one of the most closed off, emotionless people that ever lived! So who was I to write a book, sharing my deepest, most desperate emotions?
In my twenties, I studied psychology to see if I could figure things out—things that had happened to me in my life. I wanted to figure out why the people involved did what they did. To my dismay, I never completely figured this out.
After working hard to get a college education, I then became a business executive. I excelled in this role until “The Great Darkness” entered my life. All of a sudden, I had no interest in being involved with all the politics of corporate America anymore. My eyes were opened to many truths that I now find unappealing. I finally figured out the game, and I did not like what I saw.
I was thirty years old when the first waves of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—my “Great Darkness”—began to appear. I remember cooking something on the stove, and in the pan, I saw images from my past. I do not recall exactly what I saw anymore … but it horrified me. It was a memory of someone from the past who was no longer supposed to exist in my world. That person was supposed to have been tucked away forever in the recesses of my mind, never to appear again. The memory was something buried, and how dare it appear in a pan while I was quietly cooking and minding my own business? For a few days, the experience shook me to the core. But soon I repressed everything again and moved on. Just work harder, do more, and don’t stop, and these things cannot enter your life because there will be no room.
By this time in my life I coped by trusting no one completely, except animals. I was tough and showed little emotion. Feelings were for sissies and weak people. I had little regard for my emotions or anyone else’s. People would say I was like a faucet. I could turn things on and off. They would ask me if I ever felt anything. Often, I could honestly say no. No one knew why I was this way, not even me. I thought I was strong, independent, and bordering on arrogant, if I had not already crossed that line. I didn’t know myself anymore. Looking back, I don’t think I would have wanted to know someone like me.
Today, my life is one of healing. I can no longer do the type of work I used to do because I can’t play the games. I don’t have the energy, and I honestly cannot get passionate about selling things that others believe are so vital to the community and the world, when they are not. In finding myself, I did not expect to lose my career and the identity of who I was as a professional, but I did.
The reality is, after what I have been through, my focus is now on helping others—helping others through their own Great Darkness and assisting them with resources and encouragement that I did not have. I understand PTSD and how debilitating and life-altering it is once you become symptomatic. The pain is searing and the losses are great. So now, here I am—an author of a book that evolved from my own suffering, written with the intent of assisting others. I am finally finding a passion in a career that was built on personal suffering … not self-glory … not being a top sales person … not producing like a maniac … but by suffering and being led by the glory of God so that maybe I can help others.
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