DEFINITION White noise is a mix of many sonic frequencies of equal intensity. What is White Noise? Whirring fans, rustling wind, and babbling waterfalls are all examples of ambient noise: Soothing, appealing sounds that help mask unwanted noise, creating a calming atmosphere. Some say this type of “white noise” aids focus and helps sleep. What …
Alcohol causes drowsiness. This has led to the popular misconception that it can aid sleep. Up to 20 percent of Americans report using alcohol as a sleep aid. However, alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep, as well as how long you can expect to sleep. Alcohol consumption before bed causes interrupted sleep, due …
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In Nashville Season 5, one of the main characters learned that his teenage stepdaughter was suffering from teenage depression. It’s a story line that is very rarely covered in TV shows, but an important one. Teenage depression is a very real mental condition and can cause many problems with development and in adulthood. Teenagers face …
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Mental health studies conclude that people with poor mental health are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide. Every year in the United States, more than 36,000 individuals die by suicide. To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it’s difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. More often than not, these occurrences are due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Here are four tips for dealing with suicidal thoughts:
1) Know that there is always help. Seek the help of a counselor or call a suicide help-line. Death is not the answer and will not solve your problems. There is hope for you.
2) Always take your medication. Individuals who are prescribed anti-psychotic or antidepressant medications should under no circumstances stop their medication unless otherwise directed by a physician.
3)Speak up if you’re worried. A common misconception is that talking about suicide will lead someone to follow through with the thought or people who talk about suicide won’t really do it. Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore even indirect references to death or suicide. Statements like “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out,” — no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings.
4)Take all threats seriously and respond quickly. If a friend or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about death or suicide, it’s important to evaluate the immediate danger the person is in. Those at the highest risk for suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and an INTENTION to do it. If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call a local crisis center, dial 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone.
If you or someone you know are thinking of self harm please call 911 or call the national suicide prevention line tel:1-800-273-8255
As with any medications, anti-psychotic drugs have side effects. Here are four tips on taking anti psychotics:
1) Know the risks. Conduct thorough research to understand the risks of your medication. Consult more than one source to gain the complete information. If you have questions or concerns about possible side effects of your medication, speak to your provider immediately.
2) Don’t be afraid. Everyone responds differently; no two people are the same in their response to medications. If your friend has had a reaction
to their medication that doesn’t mean that you will also have the same reaction.
3) Explore the alternatives. In some cases, a combination of counseling and medications can be more effective than medications. Also, speak with your doctor about any natural remedies that you are taking.
4) Not just for psychosis. Some anti psychotics can be used to help treat mood disorders such as bipolar. Do not be alarmed if your doctor prescribes an anti psychotic and you are not diagnosed with a form of psychosis. As always speak up ask questions, it is your body and health and you have every right to know why you are taking a medication.
Depression Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within, by Gayathri Ramprasad The memoir of Gayathri who grew up in Bangalore and her courageous battle with her undiagnosed depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her …