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These are the top 5 foods that can affect mental health:

1.Potato Chips & Fries.

2. Burgers.

3. Soda.

4. Hot Dogs.

5. Cookies.

Not only are these foods not good for us, but it puts you at risk for depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity. Fries, burgers, and potato chips all have so much saturated fat, and its hard to digest in the body so it puts you in a food coma also known as the “itis” and makes you feel sluggish. However, in  hot dogs its mainly processed meat, and full of high levels of fat and sodium. It has chemicals that can cause cancer called nitrosamine. Next sugary soft drinks are mainly linked to depression because these drinks have so much influence in the amount of endorphin that our bodies can develop, so it puts you at high risk for depression. Consuming a lot of sugar like cookies, candy, cakes leaves you craving for more, so it becomes one big cycle, so you need to build self control. We really never realize how much the unhealthy foods we eat doesn’t only just affect us physically, it affects you mentally as well. It can lead to other mental illness such as bulimia, which causes people to binge eating. I’m pretty sure, everyone wants to have a healthy lifestyle. So to pursue this lifestyle, we have to cut back on some things that may taste good but aren’t good for out body and mind.

Its All in The Mind!

Eating healthy, to reduce the chances of depression seems a little hard of a task when every block you drive by is a fast food restaurant, because its more convenient. So you feel like its only right to grab something really fast instead of cooking at home. But I’m here to tell you that its all in the mind. If you just have a more positive mind set, eating healthy will not be as hard as it seems to keep depression away. Its been proven that people that have an affirmation and speak in to existence start to reduce depression in their life, and have a more positive lifestyle mentally and physically by the way they eat. Here are a few that you can say to yourself everyday to have a positive mindset and also eat healthier.

1. I choose to love myself.

2. I make wise choices.

3.I choose to eat healthy because I love myself.

4.Today I replace sugary foods with healthy food.

5.I eat healthy food to nourish myself, and keep a healthy mind.

Keep Depression Away!

  Making the right choices about what we eat can really make a difference in our lives, and our health. First, when going grocery shopping start by purchasing more whole grain, fruits, and vegetables. By not purchasing chips, candy, cakes and other unhealthy foods it will not tempt you to eat it. Also eating a healthy breakfast an 1 hour after you wake up can build your memory, give you energy, and keep you feeling positive through the day.

  However, eating small portions through out the day every 2 or 3 hours can balance your mood through the day. Also eat healthy snacks like apples, cheese, protein bars, baby carrots or nuts. Last but not least exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 3 to 4 times a week. Next, planning what your going to eat for the whole day ahead of time, so that you won’t have to think about what to eat and have to settle for something unhealthy.

  Its not as easy as it seems but if you just take it a day at time, eating healthy will become a lifestyle. Once it becomes a lifestyle you will no longer have cravings for unhealthy foods, you will start substituting candy bars for fruits, and sugary cakes for low fat rice cakes. 

Foods & Depression

Did you know that certain foods we eat can affect our mood? Based on, the foods we eat can either raise or lower a chemical in our brain called serotonin. The more serotonin that you consume, the better your mood will be. The less serotonin that you consume, by eating unhealthy foods can make you feel more lazy, tired, and depressed. Certain foods that can help, raise serotonin are, fruits, whole grain, fish, and vegetables. If you want to keep a healthy body, and a healthy brain so you can stay positive and feel good, eat healthy and consume serotonin.

Stress can be perceived as the fight or flight response, because it can trigger adrenaline in a person’s body telling them that their is danger. Stress is a survival technique that humans have to protect us. Stress is not always a good thing it can cause serious health problems that can take over one’s life. Stress can harm a people’s body when a person does not realize it.

Stress can cause mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, obesity heart disease, high blood pressure abnormal heart beats, menstrual problems, and skin problems. Sometimes a person with stress has to make a list of the things that are a stress starter, avoid those things, and feel better about oneself. People with stress just have to let things go and not be angry. They have to organize their time, and they have to know their limits.

Stress and anger

Sometimes when people are stressed they become angry. Some people are angry and become stressed. Sometimes angry and stress goes hand and hand, and people have to control these situations so that things do not get out of hand. Some people can get so angry that their blood pressure will go up, and they start to panic and stress. There are ways to control stress and angry. Their should always be a calming balance in a people’s life.

  Often times people will speak with another individual such as a counselor, or a therapist. People often find comfort in talking to someone to relieve so anger and stress. When these people do seek therapy they often find what makes them stressed or angry. People who are stressed can also join a stress support group, so that they can identify with others and learn great coping techniques.



Writing this blog has really helped me to open my eyes to see what people that suffer from this really have to go through. It must be very hard for a person to deal with this especially when they have no idea how it happened and why it happened. If you think about it, how would you feel if all of a sudden you were not able to go into a classroom you have been going into for months, or into a school that you’ve been at for years, even with people you know? It has to be frightening when all of a sudden this comes upon you for no reason at all. It is probably a lot easier for a person to understand when it was a traumatic event that caused the agoraphobia to come upon them, but for a person that was completely fine it is probably difficult.

These people, when they have it severely, are not able to function and do things that people without it could. If you have to go to a store to buy necessities that you need but aren’t able to go into a store in fear of a panic attack, how are you able to live normally? These people end up depending a lot on others, just like my sister depended on myself, my mom, and dad to do things and go places for her.

If a person doesn’t receive treatment, the person’s life can become very restricted. In some severe cases a person may never leave their house and depend on everyone around them. If someone does not leave their house it usually puts their job on the line, affects their social life, opportunities for education and learning knew things, and they avoid taking part in various daily activities. I would encourage anyone that has this to seek out therapy so that they could live a healthy normal lifestyle.


Agoraphobia- Treatments

Treatments for agoraphobia usually include medication and psychotherapy. In the majority number of cases of this disorder, people are either cured or learn to keep themselves under control.

Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicine is usually prescribed to people with agoraphobia or panic symptoms.

-Antidepressant drugs include: fluoxetine (prozac), paroxetine (paxil), and sertraline (zoloft).

-psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are two types of therapies in which agoraphobia is treated with.

Based on these types of therapies and medications, they are proven to be helpful. My sister suffering from agoraphobia has been able to do many things that she was not able to do before. She is obviously still working on things and going to therapy, but so far it has helped her a great deal. Things that she was not able to do before like go into a food or clothing store she is able to do by herself now. Going to school to take her placement test for college was a huge problem because she was not able to physically bring herself inside somewhere that was unknown to her is slowly starting to be fixed.

So in this case it is proven that therapy is a great way to fix disorders especially like this one.


This video is someone who is actually suffering from Agoraphobia. I think it really helps to see the big picture of it. I also need to agree with him that people do not know what a serious panic attack is until you suffer from a disorder like this. Taking a test and saying “oh I was so nervous I had a panic attack” is not the true meaning of a panic attack it simply just means you were nervous.

Someone with agoraphobia is very hard to take seriously. Not that they are faking it in anyway but it is just very hard to understand especially when they do not know why it is happening or where it is coming from. Just to add in here also, agoraphobia can develop at any time. My sister was always a shy person, not very outgoing but had many friends and was able to talk with many people. Her disorder developed her senior year of high school out of nowhere. She does not know where the disorder came from or exactly when it started. It happened slowly and the first time it came upon her it was in school in a classroom.

Another little side note to add in here is that a traumatic event is able to cause agoraphobia in a person, where they will try to avoid anything that has to do with that event at all costs.

Agoraphobia is diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Usually a person is referred to a psychiarist by a general practitioner (their primary care physician) who notices some signs of the disorder. The psychiatrist asks the patient about his or her feelings, general background and symptoms. According to the DSM-IV Diagnostic criteria for agoraphobia, a patient suffers from agoraphobia if:

-The person is anxious about being in a place or situation where escape or help may be difficult in the event of a panic attack, or panic like symptoms. Examples are being in a crowd or travelling on a bus.

– The person avoids these places

-The person endures these places with extreme anxiety

-The person endures these places only with the help of a friend or companion

-There is no underlying condition that may explain the person’s symptoms.

I, myself have experienced these symptoms and what it is like for a person, secondhand. As I mentioned in my first blog, my sister suffers from agoraphobia. I know that it is very difficult to get through and going manyplaces is not easy for her. It is hard for a person to just “suck it up” or “get over it” as we would like to say to them. I have gotten into any arguments with her because dealing with someone with agoraphobia is very frustrating. For example: we have gone into stores (clothing stores, food stores, etc.) where there used to be no problem with them. When it comes to going into them now she will either avoid going all together, or have a very hard time even getting into the store, or she will start to freak out and leave. Personally, I don’t think her disorder is as bad as many other people’s who suffer from this. Some places she is able to go into without a problem but some are a major issue. I know for one, that school was a big problem for her. She would constantly start panicking in a classroom and have to leave about 6 0r 7 times to go to the bathroom or nurses office where s would then come home. She used to make herself physically sick, which was the first time we realized she had a a problem.

Agoraphobia- what causes it?

Many people are always questioning what exactly causes a person’s agoraphobia, the truth is experts are not completely sure what the exact causes of agoraphobia are. Most of them believe that they are a result of physical and or psychological factors.

Agoraphobia is thought to be a complication of a panic disorder, a disorder characterized by regular episodes of panic attacks which trigger severe physical reactions for no reason at all. Panic attacks can be extremely frightening according to those who have it. It actually causes people to think they are losing control or even dying. Some people may link their panic attacks to one or two situations that they have experienced. By avoiding those places or situations the person believes he or she may be preventing future recurrences of panic attacks. If a situation or place has people, perceived as potential witnesses to a panic attack by the sufferer, they are more likely to avoid it. Agoraphobia very rarely develops without an accompanying panic disorder. When it does, nobody knows what caused it.



1 to 2 % of the population has symptoms and are affected by bipolar disorder. Bipolar is very noticeable  with the sudden mood changes.

They found out  in studies that the serotonin levels in the brain cause bipolar disorder. This levels increases the moods that lead to depression. Doctors and researchers are trying to come up with treatment on how to help patients with bipolar and strategies on how to cope with bipolar disorder.

Most treatments include mood stabilizers and antidepressants which can help many with bipolar. Many have tried psychotherapy but have not seen improvement. Doctors are trying to produce a way where they can help the patient control themselves. Where they can help them keep there symptoms low key to the point of no one knows they have a serious mental disorder.


When children get diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder it is because doctors and parents are able to catch the symptoms early. If they don’t catch the bipolar disorder at a younger age, it could get severe and have greater affects on the child/adult.

Many children may get bipolar disorder because it runs in their genes. Some other family members could possibly have bipolar disorder, but it doesn’t affect them. Another big factor in children with bipolar disorder could be if they have anxiety problems, this could result in bipolar disorder.

In children the symptoms vary and can confuse many because they will act like normal children. Children can have depressive symptoms or manic symptoms. For depressive the symptoms consist of feeling sad, complaining of headaches, little to no sleep, feelings of worthlessness, little to no food, no energy, and thoughts of suicide. For manic the symptoms consist of happiness or silliness in unusual ways, short temper, talking fast, troubles sleeping, thoughts and talking of sex, and taking risky tasks.