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Managing Asthma Stress In The Family

 

 

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When someone in the family is diagnosed with asthma, the condition impacts not only the asthmatic member but the whole family as well. The anxiety and stress of living life with someone diagnosed with a chronic condition like asthma manifest itself in various ways within all members of the family. The asthmatic, for example, might feel devastated with his condition and everything else that comes with it. With this suppressed emotion, he has a greater likelihood of getting into arguments, is less cooperative, secluded, depressed, or stubborn. Consequently, this person with the built-up rage machine within him will certainly affect the dynamics of the home and of the family itself.

If an asthmatic child has sisters or brothers, they will sometimes feel guilty about the thought that they may have contributed to the disease of their sibling. On the contrary, they can also feel jealous or mad because the asthmatic child will probably be receiving more attention. Or perhaps they’re afraid of having asthma themselves.

Additionally, the financial concern is something that must also be considered when thinking about a chronic condition, and this, in turn, might add up to the building stress and anxiety of the family. Although insurance coverage can help, there will, from time to time, be out-of-the-pocket money that will be spent, draining the family’s savings and other financial reserves.

Support Networks

Families that are struggling with chronic asthma might find it beneficial to get into support networks and use them as a channel to share their experiences, unload their burdens, and be inspired to listen to other families’ stories about their own asthma struggles.

 

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Below is a list of some details about asthma that families, including the asthmatic person, should know about to help cope with the condition better and avoid asthma stress.

  • Accept and embrace the fact that asthma is chronic.
  • It is a long-term condition. Once you have it, it will always be there.
  • Asthma is not always severe. It can be controlled through regular medications.
  • If you think your asthma disappeared a few months ago, you might be on remission. Remember that it’s a lifelong disease.
  • If you have a family member with asthma, always offer help as much as you can, especially during severe attacks. Let him know that you want to help him solve his problems associated with asthma.
  • Work as one; it is easier when there are love and support from one another.
  • If necessary, consult a counselor or join a support network.

Financial Struggles

When you have a family member with asthma, expenses can become higher than what is expected. Even if you are considered to be in the upper class, insurance coverage can still be tight and insufficient. There are available programs that are developed to assist families that are struggling with financial problems, some even open to anyone who submits an application. You can start by reaching out to the social services department in your area.

Families who do not have insurance coverage, on the other hand, can apply for government programs like Medicaid. Those who are not qualified can also find private insurers like Blue Cross and other private companies, which can be accessed in almost all states. If the premiums are regularly paid, then there is no reason to be denied coverage.

Time Management For Caregivers

Coping with asthma is not easy for the asthmatic person and for the family as well. Doctor’s appointments, applying for insurance and filling out forms, and buying the medications needed require ample time that caregivers might not have enough time for. Perhaps these simple suggestions can guide you into learning how to manage your time.

  • Accept that you have limits. When you have a family member with asthma, there will time that you will spare to help this member cope with his condition. You will then divide your time for him, for your work, yourself, and other activities. Before taking a step, acknowledge that you cannot do everything even if you want to. There will be things that you can’t tackle, people that you can’t attend to, and issues that you simply must let go.

 

  • Be versatile. You will be happy to realize that sometimes – two or three days a week, for example, you might be able to accomplish everything that you have written on your to-do-list. However, there are times when you’re not able to even half of it. Don’t be frustrated, and remember to be flexible. For things, you haven’t done today, put them on priority for tomorrow. Just do what you can today, particularly the most important.

 

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  • Share the load. Ask help from another family member so that the workload will be easier to achieve. Have someone else buy the medicines or find a substitute for your cleaning schedule today so that you can follow up on your loved one’s insurance. Sharing the workload with the family makes it easier for all of you, plus it brings you closer.

Keep in mind that it may be tough at times to have a family member suffer from asthma, but there have been thousands of families that are witness to how they have successfully dealt with the challenges that come along with this lifelong condition. Yes, you and your family can still have that long and happy life that you have always wanted.

 

 

 



When Boredom Strikes (Home Quarantine Issues)

This Coronavirus outbreak is still freaking me out. It does not stop in giving me all these anxiety and stress that I don’t want to experience in the first place. But because I can’t do anything about it, I choose to follow safety measures instead of getting infected with the virus. Thus, I stay at home and quarantine myself. Unfortunately, even though I know how important that is, I can’t help but feel bored.

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How Am I Feeling?

Boredom for me right now is like a curse. It feels like a privilege of having free time but nothing to do with it. Of course, there are literally a lot of things I can do to spend my time productively. But unfortunately, I think I already managed to work on some of those. There’s reading, listening to music, binge-watching, playing games, singing karaoke, and the list goes on. But most of these activities are nothing special for me. I mean, I tried to be interested in most of them, but I can’t entirely put the passion into spending an effort on a particular thing.

I do understand that it is my problem, not trying to engage more into the possibilities of finding the right hobby to avoid wasting time. But admittedly, I am very picky when it comes to what things I should do in my spare time. Besides, I probably enjoyed some of the activities I mentioned above. That is why I think no one can force me to do things I don’t like, especially in the comfort of my home. And if I wasn’t that picky, I probably end up doing an entirely pointless activity that provides no particular benefit to my well-being. Thus, it will only serve the purpose of wasting and killing time.

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Luckily, as an adult, I have a lot of chores to do. I do the cleaning, laundry, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, and so on. However, those tasks don’t last that long. Once they are done, it’s useless to do them all over again, not until I have to. Meaning, I need to wait for a couple of hours or days before I can work with the chores again. I get bored often because there are fewer and fewer new things to do every day. There is nothing to discover, and being in home quarantine further restricts me from doing the things I like. Which is, by the way, is spending time outside, traveling to different places, and hanging out with friends.

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So that is where boredom strikes. I keep finding myself moping around and trying to look for a purpose because not being able to go out forces my brain to figure out something to do inside. For an extrovert like me, it feels like hell. The thought of having limited access to the things I love the most creates this mental and emotional turmoil. That is why I keep on thinking about how a considerable amount of spare time I have but can’t use or spend productively. And that is what makes me go crazy during this lockdown. Staying home is not and will never become part of the best experiences I can count.

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Perhaps if the situation is different and there is no outbreak to think about, boredom won’t happen too often. That is reasonable since I won’t have to spend my whole life inside the four-cornered wall of our house. But since the situation calls for it, I understand the importance of abiding the rules. Besides, I’d instead choose to feel bored all the time than getting caught up in the danger of getting infected with the disease.



The Pitfalls Of Undiagnosed ADHD

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The UK Adult Network hosted the 2019 ADHD Conference held at the Mermaid Conference Center. It was organized for two reasons – to gather doctors, parents, people with ADHD, and other participants who wanted to know more about the disorder and to celebrate the tenth year of the network. Because of this, organizers made it more special by inviting actors to perform in a theater play depicting the life of someone with ADHD and how he can overcome the challenges that he faced. One of the most pressing issues in the UK that was also covered during the even was the prevalence of undiagnosed adult ADHD.

The Pitfalls

Adults with ADHD but are not aware of it have a higher likelihood of having more serious problems compared to the general population. Severe sadness, anxiety, and mood swings frequently occur when ADHD is undiagnosed. And if they ever get treated but the underlying problem still exists, it will lead to other issues. People with ADHD get terminated from their jobs often, or they just quit their positions without notice. Because of these, they under-achieve, give up, become extremely sad, or lose confidence. They think of themselves as losers without the chance of succeeding like the rest of the world.

If you can imagine every bad consequence in life, you will probably see these consequences in adults with ADHD more often than in everyone else. Because adults with ADHD no little about caring for themselves, they are more at risk of health problems. And because they don’t know much about planning, they are almost always a day late in whatever needs to happen in their lives – whether it be at work or home. We must do our part in educating the general public about ADHD. This goes the same with mental and medical health professionals. There must be more professionals that can deal with adult ADHD, and the stigma circulating that this is just a childhood condition that is seen in over-active boys must be eliminated.

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Coming up with the appropriate diagnosis and the right treatment plan can save a life. It most certainly can turn a failure into success. It is indeed good news to be diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, or that an individual is diagnosed no matter how old. Life will only get better after the diagnosis has been made. As the person eventually accepts that he has the condition, he will cooperate and follow the necessary treatments prescribed for him. Adults who think that they are struggling more compared to the rest and are having more challenges in life should consider looking into the possibility that they might have ADHD.

 

 



Lifestyle Adjustments During A Pandemic Crisis

All of us are freaking out about the pandemic situation brought by this Coronavirus. And perhaps, some of us are obsessively watching the news to get the latest updates and whatnots. Some of us are worrying too much too of leaving their house to the fear of getting infected. Then some are choosing to self-isolate themselves because the situation mentally and emotionally drains them. The pandemic is causing us all these excessive worry, panic, and anxiety.

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Watching the ripple effect of COVID-19 is undeniable. Lots of individuals are getting infected, and some are dying. Yes, we must follow the health precautions. But we also have to stop piling up negativity in heads every time we hear and see unwanted news. Of course, there are things that we can’t control. But in times like this, we need to focus on the things that we can manage.

With all the uncertainty that is pandemic-related is causing us right now, the best thing we can do is consider lifestyle adjustment. Yes, it won’t be that easy for everyone because we have different needs. But let us take a moment to convince ourselves that for us to be able to get through this situation, we need to change something for the better. So how can we manage to do that?

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  • Practice Mindfulness – To ease anxiety, we need to understand that our way of thinking is responsible for our wellbeing’s inability to respond to situations appropriately. Therefore, we must practice controlling our thoughts. We need to focus on the positive side of everything that has been going on. That way, we can become more drawn to serenity and calmness instead of stress and anxiety.
  • Eating Healthy – Most people’s lifestyle damages are from their eating habits. Since we consider ourselves busy people, we do often overthink about the types of food we eat. We are used to take-outs and fast-food because it is convenient. But since the COVID-19 virus affects our immune system, then it requires a boost. Therefore, choosing healthy food is the best adjustment we can make.

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  • Avoid The News – As much as we want to know what’s happening around us, we need to understand the effect of negative news on our emotional and mental strength. We need to avoid adding health damage to the already rampant global health crisis. The numbers of infected and dying people are unfortunately going to get higher. So there is not much we can do with that. There is no point in watching something that can tear down the last thing we need to have – mental health.
  • Read And Learn – Experts say that the only way we can control a situation is by learning about it. Therefore, instead of complaining, we need to consider adjusting. Most of us are anxious and angry because we feel hopeless, tired, and left out. But it shouldn’t be like that. All of us are affected by the situation, and there is no exemption to that.

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  • Exercise – Spending too much time at home, doing nothing can cause more health issues. It is better to avoid getting too sedentary. We need to keep our bodies moving every day. That is why practicing simple exercises is a must. In case some of us don’t like doing too much, yoga is also a great option. It will make you feel balanced and super grounded, as well.
  • Avoid Too Much Time With Technology – To keep ourselves away from anxiety and stress, we need to cut some time in using digital devices. I know it is a necessity nowadays, especially in this pandemic situation. But there are better things we can do in our house than scrolling and playing with our phones.

 



ADHD And The Risk Of Injuries

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Recognition and the sharing of knowledge and expertise were among the goals achieved in the 2017 ADHD Awareness Conference. It was attended by pertinent speakers who were committed to discussing the whys and hows of ADHD with parents of children with ADHD and adults who had ADHD themselves. All of them agreed that their awareness of the condition has widened and improved, and most of their questions answered. One of the most important things that were discussed during the event was the higher likelihood of ADHD teens and adults getting injured.

Teens and adolescents who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD apparently have a higher likelihood of getting injured more times and at more severe levels compared to their friends without the disorder. Studies have proven people with ADHD quickly get hurt when they are walking or biking. They acquire more accidents in the head and other parts of their bodies. They are also more of them that are admitted to the ICU or get themselves injured and consequently become disabled.

More studies and clinical trials are necessary to understand further the reason why children, teens, and adolescents with ADHD are prone to injuries, but it most probably because of the relatively impulsive and inattentive behaviors that place them at greater risk. For instance, a child with ADHD may impulsively ride the bike into a rough terrain without even looking ahead of him, or he may hurriedly cross the street without watching both sides first. Teens and adolescents with ADHD may tend to forget the house rules or develop the habit of drinking, which might increase their recklessness.

Here are some measures that parents can take to keep their children with ADHD safe and less prone to getting injured.

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  • Remind your child always to wear a helmet when he rides his bike, skates, or scooter.
  • Watch over them while they’re in the pool swimming or playing with his other siblings or family members, or have someone supervise them.
  • Remember that they are often reckless and mindless, so do keep all dangerous household tools and medicines away from their reach
  • For teens that are driving, be with them initially while they drive and teach them gently. Slowly wean them off your supervision but write down driving rules as a reminder to them when they’re driving by themselves.

 



Sleep Disorder Problems After A Divorce – How Can You Help Yourself?

 

 

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You probably figured out by now that you will experience having a sleep disorder due to tensions, constant worries, and stresses from a failed marriage. It’s not an easy battle because you know that it can clearly affect your health conditions. So how can you get enough sleep and bring back those energy levels you once lost? Here are the top remedies we have for you. According to Alicia H. Clark, PsyD, “When your marriage which you thought would stand the test of time ends, your heart understandably is broken.”

 

Develop A Relaxing Bedtime Ritual – It’s important to follow a bedtime ritual especially when you already went through a lot of emotional stress from the previous experience of your divorce. You can at least try a cup of decaffeinated coffee or milk to soothe your body and make you feel relaxed. Take a warm shower to let your body reach its required temperature before going to bed. Also, consider cleaning and changing your pillows and sheets because it gives an extra comfortable feeling of relaxation.

 

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Maintain A Regular Sleeping Schedule – Well, sleeping in a well-maintained time doesn’t mean that you have to push yourself to go to bed and wake up at an exact time. You only need to follow a consistent day and night pattern that will allow your body to maneuver quickly. Having different sleeping schedules will create an impact on your body as well as your mental health if you continue to change it more often. You might feel stressed and exhausted throughout the day.

 

Avoid Having Your Gadgets Beside You – One thing that will help you attain that stress relief is by removing your mobile phones away from your bed. Your mobile gadgets inhibit you from producing sleep-inducing hormones (melatonin). Your body gets confused between day and night due to the emitting blue lights that your phone releases. It also disrupts sleep due to constant snoozing. Honestly, you don’t necessarily need to check it every time it snoozes.

 

TIP: “It’s important to be in touch with your own value system and know when your thinking is being driven by emotions.” –  Corrine Leikam, PsyD

 

Turn Off The Lights – Exposure to light can signal the body to stay alert. However, you won’t need it when you are about to sleep. Switching off the light before going to sleep helps in alleviating your stress levels. It also helps your brain to rest and stabilize your emotions as well. It supports in producing a maximum amount of melatonin that can assist in processing a much faster sleep.

 

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Make A Comfortable Bedroom – You probably don’t have time to think about a lot of things because you’re too preoccupied with the worries and emotional dilemma you have gone through the divorce. However, if you want to achieve that relaxing sleep, make sure that you take the time to evaluate your room. Clean it, change sheets regularly, use humidifiers, remove clogging stuff, check the temperature, and do everything that will make it a comfortable place that you would want to look forward to every night.

Following these simple steps might take time, but you’ll soon get used to it in the long run. Besides, it may not look so important at first, but eventually, you’ll realize the benefits it can give you in addressing your sleep disorder. Before you sleep, make sure to talk to your children. Remember that Shendl Tuchman, PsyD. said that “If your children are asking questions about things they have overheard, try to assure them that, as soon as anything is known for certain, they will be the first to know.”



Dysthymia After A Broken Relationship

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A broken relationship is depressing, and it can take a toll on a person’s overall health. According to Randy Withers, LPC, “It’s not like anyone expects terrible shit to happen. It’s not like people anticipate divorce, or miscarriages, or job losses, or trauma.”  Sometimes, when the emotional crisis is too much, people leave their senses and start to live a life that is unmanageable and toxic. Then it ended in a most unnecessary situation that they won’t be able to take back.

 

What Is Dysthymia?

Stephanie Smith, PsyD says that “Depression and sadness are often viewed as the same thing. Part of the confusion is that the most recognizable symptom of depression is sadness.” Dysthymia, or most commonly known as persistent depressive disorder, is a less intensified form of depression that goes on a longer span of time. It often misinterpreted as a profound and sad emotional struggle and most of its diagnosis can take up to a minimum of two years. The complication is noticeable because the case of depression appears frequent in almost two months in a row. It makes a person gloomy and down that, they don’t seem to enjoy life at all. Most times, nothing seems to make them happy, and that severely affects their mental, behavioral, and emotional state.

 

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How It Affects A Person

A person with dysthymia doesn’t feel the excitement and they don’t feel any better. They always sense the need to see things negatively. They have low self-esteem and have difficulty concentrating. In most times, even a mild situation makes them feel hopeless. They instantly get irritated about something, and they don’t value positive reinforcements. They lack the social skills in making friends and consider isolating themselves most of the time. They mostly complain about everything and they lack the ability to have fun. The low-grade depression is somehow much harder to manage due to the misinformation with regards to its origin.

According to Lisa Moses, PsyD,  “People often don’t realize that depression isn’t just one thing. It can have different causes and presentations. Some people look sad, others are more irritable, some withdraw, and others seem restless.”

Symptoms

One common symptom of the disorder is the loss of interest in things that they used to love doing. They find their hobbies not enjoyable anymore. Another sign of this condition is the problem of sleeping where they often feel tired and exhausted all the time even if they are not. Sometimes, they don’t want to do anything and prefer to stay in bed the whole time. Then there’s a bad eating habit where there’s a loss or increase of appetite. It can also be diagnosed with minimal shifts in their behavior. Though it may be unnoticeable, they should pay attention to the details of the changes that affect daily function.

Though the association of this health condition to major depression varies due to its mildness, it will still take a lot of years to be able to assist it. It can even start in early childhood or adolescent years and will eventually remain until adulthood, making it more impossible to get potential treatment. In worst cases, people who suffer from the disorder tend to believe that the symptoms of dysthymia are part of their personality. It may eventually link to family conflicts, substance abuse, and social dilemma.

 

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People with this disorder don’t know they have it. They’ll keep it for a more extended period before they can even acknowledge their condition. It prolongs a mental illness since people don’t prioritize seeking help because they think they don’t need it. This is where they’re very wrong and they should soon realize it – before they end up being depressed for life.

 



When Acne Strikes [Home Remedies]

 

Acne is a skin condition common to adolescents and young adults. It occurs when the skin develops red spots, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin, dark marks, and scars. Acne occurs when the hair follicle, commonly on the face, is clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and dirt.

 

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This skin condition can affect a person emotionally as it diminishes self-esteem. A person suffering from acne may be embarrassed or hesitant to interact with other people because he is afraid that they will be grossed out by his condition.

 

It can appear as early as puberty which is around the age of 12 that’s why teens are encouraged to be more cautious with their hygiene. Adolescence is the stage of life when a person is still undecided of his identity and tend to yearn for attention and acceptance, and having bad skin is a big problem!

 

 

Before your skin worsens, here are some simple remedies you can try at home to reduce and hopefully clear acne completely:

 

 

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  1. Vitamin A and E

 

Increase vitamin A and E intake. You can buy supplements from the pharmacy. Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties which can decrease oil production of the skin. It is also proven to contribute to healthy new skin cells and younger-looking skin. Vitamin E can help acne conditions by promoting fast healing and tissue repair diminishing acne marks.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

 

You can use apple cider vinegar as a toner or as a wash. It has a cleansing property which rids the skin of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells which are the leading causes of this skin condition. You can also drink apple cider vinegar to remove toxins from your system which can also contribute to acne.

 

  1. Green Tea

 

Green tea can help get rid of acne by causing a decrease in oil production. Aside from applying the green tea to the affected area, drinking it is also an excellent way to benefit from its acne busting properties. It strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infections such as acne. It also decreases inflammation levels.

 

  1. Honey

 

You can add honey to your water and juices. You can take one tablespoon every morning and before bedtime. Honey has antioxidant properties which eliminate toxins in the body. It moisturizes the skin naturally and also serves as a facial mask to prevent dryness of the skin.

 

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  1. Lemon

 

Lemon is a rich in vitamin C which is essential in boosting the immune system. You can also use lemon as a skin astringent because it has cleansing properties that rid the skin of oil and dirt. It has a brightening and firming effect, so it can be very beneficial to acne as it clears the skin of acne marks.

 

People always notice our face first when they talk to us and having acne can be troublesome! It messes with our self-confidence and affects how we mingle with other people. Early treatment is imperative to avoid unpleasant outcomes like acne marks or scarring.

 

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There are other several ways to get rid of acne. You can try the remedies mentioned above, or you can also consult a doctor if you think its severity needs a more aggressive approach or medication.

 

 

 

 




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