How Does PTSD Lead to Addiction?

May 4th, 2016

Wars, disasters of all kinds, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires cause mental anguish for their survivors, including what is becoming a common malady for veterans and natural disaster victims, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

Left untreated, PTSD often results in drug and alcohol addiction, as victims struggle to cope with and self-medicate mental anguish.

For those who have been victims of physical and mental trauma or abuse, as well as those who have witnessed trauma, assault or death, the significant mental anxiety or depression they experience may be transient PTSD if it lasts only for several months after the event(s).

What are the Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

May 2nd, 2016

Many people with a drinking problem are also using pills for an array of reasons. It is a good idea to know the risks involved from mixing alcohol with these drugs.

Antibiotics as we know are used to treat infectious diseases. In combination with acute alcohol consumption, some antibiotics can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and in more extreme cases convulsions.

At the very least, alcohol consumption decreases or nullifies the effects of the antibiotic. In other words, there is no point in taking antibiotics if you are drinking because the antibiotic won t work and you won’t experience any of the benefits of the antibiotic.

What are the Causes of Sleep Apnea

April 29th, 2016

There are mainly five Causes of Sleep Apnea Sleep. Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that causes people to temporarily stop breathing in their sleep.

This condition can cause an increased risk of other health issues like high blood pressure and stroke.

There are two forms of apnea, central and obstructive.

Central apnea occurs when the brain fails to tell the body to breathe.

Obstructive apnea is the most common form of apnea. It occurs when the airway is blocked as the result of a collapse of the tissue in the back of the throat.

How Does PTSD Change Your Personality and Perspective

April 27th, 2016

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can take over every aspect of your life.

It can damage relationships and at times, your career. PTSD can rob you of your happiness, sense of humor and creativity. It can steal your zest for life.

Many people who suffer this disorder report that they no longer recognize themselves. Some people lose their ability to laugh and make jokes.

Other people lose the ability to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes. Complex problem solving and complex tasks can be more difficult for someone who has PTSD.

Should Illegal Drugs Be Legalized

April 25th, 2016

For decades now, drug use and addiction has grown enormously. What was once an epidemic in lower class urban cities, has rapidly spread throughout the country, subtly leaving its lasting effect.

As drug use spreads, there are those who believe that the only way to control this disease is to legalize drugs completely. These activists argue that people should be free to make their own choices, and as with the earlier prohibition of alcohol, a ban of drugs will only cause a greater demand.

What are the Dangers of Sleep Apnea

April 22nd, 2016

Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder which causes abnormal pauses when you breathe. It is basically obstructive breathing when you are asleep. The pauses in between each breath can range from a few seconds to minutes.

The pause in between each breath is called an apnea. These episodes can occur from five to thirty times in an hour while a person is asleep. The way to diagnose apnea is by an overnight test called a polysomnogram, or sleep study.

This process can disrupt the sleep as after the long pause, the breathing can cause the person to wake up with a start. Snoring and choking sounds can be common during a sleep.

How Do You Live with Someone Who Has PTSD

April 20th, 2016

If you live with someone who suffers from PTSD, it can be a full time balancing act or it can be easily managed, depending on the approach you take.

People who have real PTSD symptoms can often experience very negative symptoms.

Their behavior can include: isolating themselves and lashing out at others, even close friends and family members. If you have a spouse or roommate who has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it is not necessary that you walk around on eggshells, in an effort to get along.

With proper planning and direct communication, this can help to make a better living experience.

Is Drug Addiction A Brain Disease

April 18th, 2016

As with many other conditions newly labeled as disease, the science behind drug addiction as a disease is weak.

There are several ongoing efforts to prove that drug addiction is a brain disease. In fact, some are even saying it’s incurable. This theory is following the path of many other conditions that were not illnesses until someone decided there was a good reason to call them that – the usual reason being money.

True to form, some researchers pursuing this field are also looking into preventing and treating this new ‘disease’ with medication.

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