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News 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.
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 ...
Veterans Complain PTSD Symptoms Don't Improve After 13 years of war, a new survey of veterans today found many suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome are not satisfied with the care they're receiving from the Veterans Administration.
A Personal Story: From Suicide to How I Found Peace with God I was driving down a rural highway in north central Wisconsin that Autumn night, thoughts running wildly through my mind. "Why wasn't I dead?" I thought unbelieving. I had fully intended to overdose on drugs and end my life just hours before. But after swallowing some one hundred assorted pills that I thought were pretty potent, I woke up surprised not only to find myself alive, but my head clear also. Didn't even catch a buzz!
Medicine: Idolatry in the Twenty First Century Are things any different today in terms of idolatry? It has taken on a different form, but it is in essence the same thing it has always been – trust in idols rather than God to supply our needs and desires. Modern-day culture has changed dramatically since the theory of Darwinian evolution came on the scene and dominated academics in western culture, so that today the physical world is exalted above all other realities. The spiritual world is either denied or ignored.
The most common idol in western culture today, by far, is medicine – the new “magic.” Today, medicine is seen as the solution to almost all of life’s problems. A pill or vaccine exists now for just about every ailment or problem in life, and for those problems that don’t have a medical solution yet, billions of dollars are spent on research to find one. The belief system currently in place is that physical science and medicine can solve all problems in life.
Pharma Scandal: Not Just in China There is no denying that Americans are over-drugged and over-treated. As this week’s article on drugs for toddlers details, pharmaceutical companies are actively peddling lucrative psychiatric drugs to one of our most vulnerable populations—poor children. But Americans from all walks of life are ensnared in Big Pharma’s net.
I Can Do All Things Through Christ: Natural vs. Supernatural There is a lot of debate today over the meaning of the word “natural” in certain circles, particularly in the marketing of food products. What the word “natural” means in communication depends on the understanding of the one using the term.
Christ taught that all things were possible with God, and that through him there were no limitations to the natural order.
(Must See) The Hidden Enemy: Psychiatry
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Report: Defense, VA Fail to Track If PTSD Treatment Works A new report from the independent, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) finds that the federal government is not measuring the effectiveness of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — calling into question the millions of dollars spent on mental health of service members.
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US Suicide Rates Surge says Center for Disease Control More Americans now die of suicide than from car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disturbing statistic that some experts say points to the true depths of the US economic crisis. From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among US citizens between the ages of 35 to 64 soared by about 30 per cent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a jump from 13.7.
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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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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