Why All-Nighters Don't Work: How Sleep, Memory Go Hand-in-Hand
Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.
Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health Recent research has investigated the intriguing link between mental health and the activity of the human gut’s microbiome, or the microorganisms that share our body space. These organisms outnumber our own cells by ten to one.
Nearly Half of U.S. Kids Exposed to Traumatic Social or Family Experiences During Childhood Nearly half of all children in the United States are exposed to at least one social or family experience that can lead to traumatic stress and impact their healthy development – be it having their parents divorce, a parent die or living with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs – increasing the risk of negative long-term health consequences or of falling behind in school, suggests new research.
Psychiatric Drugs—Deadly Time Bombs Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope, but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk.
Tips on Standing Up to Unethical Authority More than 50 years ago, a psychologist performed a now-infamous experiment on how people would obey authority even when asked to perform egregious actions. “Milgram claimed to have found sort of a dark side to human nature that people were not quite as attuned to,” said Matthew Hollander, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Repentance: A Condition Necessary to Salvation from Sin What is the meaning of repentance? How important is it in our salvation from sin? Is it the same as godly sorrow? Must we admit or acknowledge our sins to be forgiven? What other conditions must we meet to be saved? What about faith and baptism? Should Christians ever repent or is it just for alien sinners? What are the fruits of repentance? What is restitution, and how important is it? Have you repented of your sins?
Mushrooms and Onions Contain Immune-Enhancing Polysaccharides and Phytonutrients Plants have had to evolve through various environmental stressors and have developed very sophisticated systems to protect them from predators and the elements. These complex systems offer humans unique survival advantages through reducing oxidative stress and improving immune system coordination. Mushrooms and onions are packed full of immune-enhancing polysaccharides and phytonutrients.
Antidepressants: Widely Used, But Practically Useless? I’ve been writing a series of articles on prescription drugs, because the use of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. is at epidemic proportions, and it’s important for everyone to understand that, and to know that taking medications is not a path towards getting you healthy but instead puts you on the slippery slope to more serious illness.
Explicit Questions in the Military's Sexual-Assault Survey Trigger Complaints Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about the military's new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year's three-page version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including questions on numerous sexual acts.
Prescription Drugs Now Factor in Higher Percentage of Fatal Car Crashes Than Alcohol or Marijuana Drivers today are more likely to test positive for drugs than drivers 20 years ago, and drugged drivers are now likely to be older than 50. Gone are the days when drunk drivers were our only concern, alcohol is but one of MANY drugs that can make you dangerous behind the wheel. And now many people are on multiple drug cocktails, especially prescription drugs, which multiplies their impairment.
A Tribe’s Epidemic of Child Sex Abuse, Minimized for Years While members of the tribe say that sexual violence against children on the reservation is common and barely concealed, the reasons for the abuse here are poorly understood, though poverty and alcohol are thought to be factors. The crimes are rarely prosecuted, few arrests are made, and people say that because of safety fears and law enforcement’s lack of interest, they no longer report even the most sadistic violence against children.
Are You Mentally Ill? NAMI Hopes So One out of four people has a “mental illness.” You hear the statistic all the time. People who were once “nervous” or “high strung” now have “general anxiety disorder.” People who have the “blues” from real life issues like job, relationship and family problems now have “major depressive disorder.”
What Indian Tribes Can Do To Combat Child Sexual Abuse One of the most destructive problems affecting children in “Indian country” today is sexual abuse. Increasing reports of child sexual abuse and the severe impact this type of crime has on Indian youth and their families have prompted tribal leaders to voice great concern about the impact of this crime on Indian communities.
What Does the Bible Say About Suffering? Of all the challenges thrown at Christianity in modern times, perhaps the most difficult is explaining the problem of suffering. How can a loving God allow suffering to continue in the world which He created? For those who have endured massive suffering themselves, this is much more than a philosophical issue, but a deep-seated personal and emotional one. How does the Bible address this issue? Does the Bible give us any examples of suffering and some indicators on how to deal with it?
Dear Spouse/Partner of One with PTSD When I see the spouses/partners struggling, I also see a larger picture. If you are struggling, that is pretty much a guarantee that your PTSD loved one is struggling too! It can and will roll downhill, not that your PTSD loved one ever means for that to happen, sometimes it just does. It tells me that BOTH of you need an extra hand.
20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss If you take a drug that starts with “anti,” such as antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives, it’s likely that it will affect your acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning. Low acetycholine can lead to symptoms that resemble dementia including mental confusion, delirium, blurred vision, memory loss, and hallucinations.
The Problem of Human Suffering One of the great problems and one of the great mysteries of life is the problem of human suffering and death. I suppose there is more pain and suffering today than there ever has been on the face of the earth -- if for no other reason than the fact that there are more people than ever before.
If there is a God and if he is a loving and merciful God, how do you explain the problems of suffering and death and all the tragedies that happen to people?
How the Mental Health Industry Creates Disease, Works with Big Pharma We spend a lot of time at NaturalSociety talking about Big Pharma and their role in the health care industry. These huge pharmaceutical companies make billions every single year by perpetuating a culture of dis-ease and illness. They exaggerate conditions, offer their solutions as the only viable treatments, and essentially market disease to the American people. But they aren’t acting alone.
Fewer Suicides Among Religious Jewish Teens vs. Secular Religious Jewish teens are far less likely to attempt suicide than their secular Jewish peers, according to a new study published in the journal European Psychiatry. The findings back previous research that faith may offer some protection against suicide.
Did God Create Evil? The following is a quote that appears on a number of atheist web sites. It has been in atheist literature for the forty years that this program we call “Does God Exist?” has been in existence:
PTSD, Respiratory Illness: A Signature Long-Term Problem of 9/11 Responders According to the findings from research conducted over the past several years at Stony Brook Medicine's World Trade Center Health Program, as many as 60 percent of 9/11 World Trade Center responders continue to experience clinically significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lower respiratory illness.
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."
If you're struggling with depression, please visit the informative resources page!
is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it
merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is,
first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue
over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose."
-C Wright Mills
If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey (Eerie Warning for a Nation)
This commentary was made in 1965.
A Psychiatrist's Perspective on Antidepressants
Colonel Bart Billings—Stop Labeling & Drugging
Peter Breggin, MD: Do You Have a Biochemical Imbalance?
How to Help Deeply Disturbed Persons
How to Help the Suicidally Depressed Person
“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery quotes (French Pilot, Writer and Author of 'The Little Prince', 1900-1944)
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.
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." –Voltaire
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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