Although we continue to distinguish between various mood states the sad fact is most people diagnosed with a mood disorder problem experience more than one. For example, the most common issues for people with anxiety are depression and substance misuse. If we look at the breakdown of mental health issues we find anxiety disorders top the list, then depression with anxiety and then depression alone. In fact depression is now so prevalent that it affects roughly 5 per cent of the population in the USA at any one time. Look at the stats more broadly and we find that 17 per cent of people will experience a major episode of depressive illness at some point in their lives.
What are we to make of this level of misery? The standard approach to treating mental health hasn't changed much for a long time and involves treatment, of sorts, being offered once symptoms appear. You only have to look at the average forum to see how poorly the current system recognizes and deals with the array o...
When we live with pain on a daily basis, we often wonder if a new pain is something we should be concerned about. It can be particularly difficult to tell if you have a condition like fibromyalgia, where the pain typically moves around from day to day. Right or wrong, most of us wait to see if the pain gets worse before getting it checked out. But when it's chest pain, we naturally wonder if we could be having a heart attack. Heart Attack Symptoms So how do we know when chest pain is something to worry about? Following are signs that can indicate a possible heart attack: • Uncomfortable pain, pressure, squeezing or fullness in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. • Discomfort that spreads to other areas of the upper body including the back, neck, jaw, stomach, shoulders, or one or both arms. • Shortness of breath. • Sweating, anxiety, nausea, or lightheadedness. • A feel...
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped pouch that sits just under the liver. It's main function is to store the bile made by the liver. The gallbladder then releases bile into the intestines as needed to digests fats. The more fat in the meal, the more the gallbladder works. Most "gallbladder diets" aim to reduce the workload on the gallbladder. They remove foods that could cause gallstones and reduce painful symptoms caused by gallbladder disease. As you can imagine, reducing high-fat foods is one of the main tenants of a diet to deal with gallbladder disease. The following foods should be avoided on the gallbladder diet:
Fried or greasy foods
Whole-fat dairy and whole milk
Processed ("junk") foods
Healthy foods for gallbladder issues include:
Whole foods, fruits and vegetables
Lean, low-fat meats
Low-fat dairy and low-fat or skim milk
*Some research also indicates that moderate alcohol, drinking (caffeinated) coffee and eating...
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