As someone living with a partner who suffers from constant low level anxiety this is a subject close to me heart.
Unfortunately the world of medicine as usual is locked in it’s own little world of “the body” and the current result of this is that after a few consultations they really have nothing more than drug treatment.
And of course I use the word “treatment” rather loosely because it’s not really treatment at all.
It’s just kind of knocking the person out sufficiently so that whatever is triggering the anxiety can no longer be perceived by that person.
Although that almost sounds like a good thing the problem is that cutting a person’s perceptions of life around him cannot be done on a selective basis.
With a drug it is all or nothing so the person is reduced to wandering through life to a greater or lesser degree in a kind of fog… not really living is it?
Whilst I can certainly agree with the sentiment of calling for greater research I can’t help but think it should be done outside the medical field because all they are ever going to do is arrive at the brain and want to start intervening at that point.
Personally I think that anxiety and similar related conditions are simple in their cause but difficult to deal with because the variation within the cause can be almost infinite.
I look at it like this.
Anxiety is an emotional response (sometimes extremely strong and sometimes only mild) to a perceived danger in the present environment.
The difficulty is that the present environment for the sufferer rarely has an actual danger present.
In fact if the potential danger was present and identifiable then most likely anxiety would not appear.
Anxiety is the body reacting to the possibility of danger and preparing the “fight or flight” system for launching.
Perceptions get heightened, adrenaline begins to flow and everything enters a state of preparedness for the danger.
In real life the perception of the potential danger occurs, the preparation occurs the target is identified and then once that thing has been seen as either a danger or not the whole system closes down.
Unfortunately for the person suffering from panic attacks or anxiety the potential danger is never identified so the state of preparedness just goes on and on with debilitating results.
I think that’s where the research needs to go, to identify ways to stop that process or interven naturally when it occurs.
How Is Your Phone Changing You?
This week I have two videos I found on a subject that is beginning to get on a lot of people’s nerves and make some of us wonder where it will all lead.
That subject is smartphones, not just the existence of them but the way they have become so intertwined with our lives and how many people have reached a point of believing they cannot live without them.
The tragedy here is that on one hand smarphones can be used as a tool to greatly improve how connected we are and as a result our lives.
However in the marketing world that’s not really seen as a huge selling point because it fails on one aspect… upgrading.
You see the model on which all of this is running is the idea that we need to constantly upgrade the device.
In order to achieve this we have been subjected to marketing for years now such that the average person actually fears not upgrading.
It is a fear that something is going to happen or there is going to be some kind of incredible benefit achieved and that by not upgrading he will miss out and be left behind.
6 Reasons to Take a Smartphone Vacation!
The second video on the subject of smartphones this week goes a little into why it’s a good idea to take a break.
FDA Psychiatric Craziness
Sometimes you read a headline on someone’s blog post and just find you need to breathe slowly for a while.
Apparently the FDA has just approved a new form of ADHD drug which of course is just another way of saying a new form of amphetamine.
The joy of this new one is that it is faster dissolving and faster acting so you can get those kids zonked out in no time at all… woohoo!
I mean really, what kind of society do we live in where we get to the point that we consider drugging our own children to be the solution to a problem.
The only problem that is solved by drugging so-called ADHD and ADD kids is the problem of us all feeling just that little bit guilty about the situation.
Teachers don’t have to look at their own methods because it’s the kid’s fault he has “a disorder.”
For the education system it’s “don’t look at me, he has a disorder.”
For legislators it’s the same and for parents the years of angst from finding no real help or answers are washed away in an instant because, “he has a disorder.”
It is just all round “no responsibility” and blame the kid.
If you went into a bread shop and saw a malformed loaf and then pointed it out to the baker what would you expect the result to be?
I would think that the expected result would be that the baker acknowledged to some degree that he must have screwed up with that one.
However if the baker then started blaming the loaf of bread for its condition, or started yelling at it to “be better” or “stop being so willful and unruly” then you would think he was nuts.
So do we just stand by and accept this behaviour when it comes to our own children?
Weight Loss Secrets and it’s not what you think!
I don’t normally post a great deal on this site on the subjects of diets or dieting.
I am certainly open to topics like general health, nutrition, fitness and clean food but I find that when we approach the subject of diets things get a little crazy.
Possibly because the words themselves have become so entrenched in emotional reaction or are in danger of sinking into a sea of “musts” and “must nots” that it gets that way.
Of course when it comes to specific diets aimed at weight loss things don’t just get a little crazy, they go off the charts crazy!
My take on the current state of general health is that the stats don’t lie.
That we are all in the developed nations suffering from greater and greater ill health because of our food choices and increasing incidence of obesity is a sizable part of the problem (no pun intended!).
So often you see people who are grossly overweight claiming this or that “disorder” as being the cause or that they have some genetic problem or whatever.
Follow those same people home from the supermarket and check their food supply and it becomes abundantly clear what the problem really is.
They will be stocked to the rafter with “food” that absolutely assures them of being overweight.
However the food itself is only a small part of the problem.
In fact most people know that the food is causing the weight issues and as much as they try to search for “other reasons” deep down they still know it.
The question arises as to why, if they know it, don’t they just stop it?
And this leads us to the second and possibly even more crucial point of the scene.
You see really it comes down to their emotional state and this is where it gets complicated.
People have become trained into seeing food as a source of happiness or as a way out of the things that they are not satisfied with.
They don’t necessarily crave the food, they crave the emotional reward or relief when they eat that food and unless this connection can be broken there is little to no chance of them ever getting the weight off.
Take a look at just about any weight loss success story kicking around and you will find certainly a dramatic change in eating habits and an increase in activity but underlying that you will always find a major and basic change in outlook.
What all of these add up to is that the person was able to make that break, to separate themselves out of the food as a source of comfort to just food as food.
It seems that everyone these days is looking to both adopt more natural ways to care for themselves as well as save a little money along the way.
It’s no secret that the majority of products created by manufacturers are full of ingredients that could at best be described a suspect.
However there are many, many alternatives to these products, most of which are surprisingly simple and inexpensive to make.
Here’s a list of the few to get you started.