“I’m fine” — lifeaftermybreakdowndotcom

If you know someone who deals with depression. Don’t always believe their answer if they say “I’m fine.” If you’re someone with depression, stop saying those words unless you mean them. This is something I needed to start a few months ago. I knew, in order to get better, I had to start telling the truth […]

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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein I struggle to find the words to articulate this thought that has been pressing my mind this week. When applying this question to myself, the reality of the matter really set in. The question being this: As […]

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Can You Treat ADHD Without Drugs?

Make the Best of Your Teen Years


“Your child has ADHD.”

For most families, that means the beginning of a long trek through the world of pharmaceuticals. Medications are the top treatment forADHD, and they’re effective for 80% of kids with the disorder.

But many parents worry about side effects and want to exhaust every other option before they put their child on medicine.

No matter what your decision is, you can help your child live a calmer, more successful life.

Excerpt from Marisa Cohen’s article on WebMD-Read more

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Sleep Apnea : Types, Causes and Prevention

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Sleep apnea has turned to be a more serious problem, in which a person stops breathing while sleeping. People, who have the problem, do not realize that they feel difficulty while taking rest on the bed. They come to know about the problem from their partner. Some major symptoms of sleep apnea involve insomnia, lack of energy, daytime sleepiness, dizziness, insomnia. If goes untreated, it can bring on destructive results to the health. The consequences are not ignorable. Generally, the problem sleep apnea results in these problems-

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Depression and irritation

It happens due to the lacking of oxygen reaches the lungs. There is no denying that sleep apnea has long-term consequences. Therefore, it is important for seeking medical help to treat the root-condition and to avoid the causes generated by it. If you do not have much knowledge about the sleep apnea…

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Intro into Bi-Polar Disorder


Everyone has their ups and downs, living with Bi-Polar disorder though means that those ups and downs are more severe. The symptoms can hurt your job, effect school performance, damage your relationships and disrupt your daily life.

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes major shifts in mood, thinking, energy and behaviour. It’s is more than just a passing good or bad mood, cycles of bipolar disorder can last days, weeks or months. Mood changes are so intense they interfere with your ability to function.

The causes of bipolar disorder aren’t totally understood, but it often seems to be hereditary. The first manic or depressive episode typically happens during the teen or early adult years. Symptoms can be subtle and confusing, many people are over looked or even misdiagnosed. Bipolar disorder can look different in different people. Symptoms vary widely in their pattern, severity and frequency. Some people can…

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Somatic Symptom Disorders

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Somatic Symptom Disorders

Somatic Symptom Disorders: broad grouping of psychological disorders that involve physical symptoms or anxiety over illness including somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, conversion disorder (functional neurological symptom disorder), and factitious disorder

Somatic Symptom Disorder

  • Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD): condition involving pattern of reporting distressing physical symptoms combined with extreme concern about health or fears of undiagnosed medical conditions for at least 6 months
    • Somatic symptoms: distressing physical or bodily symptoms

SSD with Predominately Somatic Complaints:

  • SSD with Predominately Somatic Complaints: a subtype of SSD involving chronic complaints of specific bodily symptoms that have no physical basis
    • 2% of women and 0.2% of men are diagnosed with this form of SSD
    • More prevalent in African Americans and those with less than a high school education or lower socioeconomic status
    • Considered a chronic condition
      • Only about half still meet criteria after one year
    • Complaints may include
      • Gastrointestinal symptoms…

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