Archive for March, 2012


The face of Anorexia

This video is of a woman by the name of Isabelle Caro.  She weighs 77lbs and did an ad campaign to show the effects of anorexia.


One common type of retrieval failure is the Tip-of-the-tongue phenomena – you know you know the meaning of a word, or the answer to a question, but you can’t retrieve it.

But sometimes, we simply don’t encode well. Even a highly familiar item may not have a detailed representation in memory.

  • when provided with the information in memory,
  • just double check that we’ve seen it before.
  • includes: feeling of familiarity, matching, multiple. choice, True/False on exams, recognizing someone you know…

OCD Causes

The causes of OCD are not fully understood and even not known that much. However, some believe that biological and enviornmental factors may have a factor in the development of OCD.

Biological Factors:

Neurons in our brians communicate and work together in order for our bodies to function normally. Neurons communicate with neurotransmitters to help move electrical signals from neuron to neuron. One neurotransmitter, called serotonin, may have low levels that can in turn cause OCD. Also, serotonin imbalance may also be inherited. If a parent has the low imbalance, they can spread it to their children. Another biolocial factor could be an infection called Streptococcus that can develop into OCD if it is recurrent and untreated.

Enviornmental Factors:

There are several factors that can trigger OCD. Such factors include abuse, death of a loved one , work and school problems, illness and many other forms of stress that an individual may go through.

Sleep your way better to health

Have you ever thought about if sleep could ever be harmful to your health? I always thought sleep was good for you but new studies suggerst that too much or too little sleep can hurt your heart.

CHICAGO — A new study suggests too much or too little sleep can hurt your heart.

People who sleep less than six hours a night are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack and one-and-a-half times more likely to have congestive heart failure, while people who sleep more than eight hours a night are more likely to have chest pain and coronary artery disease – a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

The findings are part of a study presented today at the 61st Annual conference of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago.

“Based on these findings, it seems getting six to eight hours of sleep everyday probably confers the least risk of cardiovascular disease over the long term,” said study author Dr. Rohit Arora, chair of cardiology at Chicago Medical School.

Not sleeping enough activates the part of your nervous system responsible for the”fight-or-flight” response releasing high levels of stress hormones that raise your blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, all of which are inherently bad for your heart.

Teasing out the harmful effects of too much sleep is more complicated. But some studies suggest people who oversleep may be more likely to have depression and less likely to exercise, which could up the risk of heart disease.

Although Arora’s study is not the first study to show that sleep is beneficial, it is one of the largest. The findings support a compilation of studies on sleep between 1980 and 2009 recently published in the European Heart Journal that also concluded sleeping too little or too much raises your risk of dying from coronary artery disease and stroke.

“Sleep has a large impact on health over long periods of time,” said Dr. C. Noel Bairey-Merz, director of women’s health center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Six percent of US adults report sleeping six hours or less, according to National Health Interview Survey between 1984 and 2000.

Experts say the study should serve as a wake-up call for doctors to start asking patients about their sleep habits and for patients to bring up sleep quality with their doctors.

The importance of sleep to patients “is no longer worth ignoring,” said Dr. Robert Eckel, professor of medicine and Charles A Boettcher II Chair of Atherosclerosis at the University of Colorado.

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Easter break is around the corner for Neumann students, so it is a great time to go through clothes and/or unwanted items in your dorms/apts/home and donate to the Salvation Army. It’s spring, and like most people I will be changing my clothes from the winter season to spring. An idea is to examine your clothes/items and place them in 3 piles. A “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” pile. If you need to think about it, just put it in the “maybe” pile for the time being. When all finished, any “no” items could be easily donated to the Salvation Army, where there are many family stores throughout the US gladly accepting donations. I did not know until recent, that they are strong advocates in the fight against Human Trafficking. So there you go, you learn something new everyday, the Salvation Army is more than a second-hand store. Monetary donations are also accepted, just in case you can’t part with your items, but would like to donate. A simple “like” on facebook or follow on twitter, will help circulate the good causes of the Salvation Army, easily sharing news amongst friends and followers. For more information on the Salvation Army:


Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are the most common form of anxiety. Just about everyone may have one in their life time. I have experienced multiple and can tell you that they are no fun! They are easy to control once you can control yourself. From experience, I have gotten them when I am over stressed or over think things. I get sweaty palms, my heart is racing and I literally feel like I am trapped in a bubble and can’t get out. There are many different ways to stop panic attacks, but my favorite is going for a walk. I literally will walk around my block 5 times, breathing through my mouth, taking long and calming exhales. My neighbors probably think I am crazy, but it is the only way that really helps me. I like to talk to my dad when I am having one because he has had them before, where as my mom has never experienced one and doesn’t realize what I am going through. If you ever feel these symptoms come on, just calm yourself as best as you can, get fresh air and talk about it with someone.

Below is a website describing what panic attacks are, their symptoms, what causes them and how they can be treated. If you feel as if you have ever had a panic attack or just want to read about them incase you do ever have one this website is very helpful!



I found this article in the New York Times and it is talking about how alcohol played a part in the death of singer, Whitney Houston. However, because there were numerous drugs involved in her death, the alcohol receded from the focus, which it too often does. I think this is a very valuable article for all to read because although some people may think that alcohol does not do as much harm as other drugs, when used at the right time and place and in-taking the right amount, it can ultimately cause death.

Do you have bulimia? Take the test to find out!

Ask yourself the following list of questions. The more questions that you will answer yes, the more likely it is that you are suffering from bulimia.

This is not an exact science and is in no way meant to replace a real diagnosis.

You will need to visit your doctor in order to receive a formal diagnosis for your eating disorder (if you have one).


Bulimia Nervosa Quiz

1. Do you skip meals, limit calories, cut out certain food groups or restrict your food in any way?

2. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about food?

3. Do you feel you lack control in your life?

4. Do you spend a lot of time trying to avoiding food?

5. Does your relationship with food or your body impact your ability to manage work, school, or relationships?

6. Do you binge eat or eat when you feel upset or emotional?

7. Do you use diuretics, laxatives, diet pills, or vomit?

8. Have other people told you that you are thin when you feel like you are overweight?

9. Do you sacrifice time with friends and family to exercise?

10. Do you obsessively check your appearance in the mirror and weigh yourself often?

More on Lexapro

This website may be easier to comprehend on this drug

I chose to give a link to this medication because my brother who has suffered with depression has taken this drug. I think it is important that people are aware of the medications they are given concerning the warnings for the specific medication. These are serious drugs that should not be taken lightly. Without my mother knowing while my brother was away at school he stopped taking this drug. He told us the first day he didnt take it he felt fine so he decided he didnt need to take it the next day, and so on. He ended up trying to commit suicide a month later after stopping this drug but with the grace of god was not successful. I am constantaly worrying about my brother and I wish there was another alternative or a safer drug to take. Here is a link that talks a little bit about this specific drug but on this website you can view many others.

Depression Medications

This is a website you can go to where you can learn about different antidepressants.


I  thought this  quiz is to  see if a person may have Schizophrenia. Also myself took this quiz  and it allows us to see not everyone has it  to begin with to see that  people  can have the symptoms of it.  This shows that what  really can tell and see the actual questions that the  doctor has  come up with like the psychiatrist or psychology person has come up with. Although; it is a Schizophrenia Screening Test : which include  twelve questions you can  take to find out if you  really have it.

Social Anxiety

Hope everyone is having a good semester! We’re down to the last few weeks.  If you find yourself getting anxious and overwhelmed with school work, projects and exams, take time to breathe and gather yourself. I find it really helpful to write everything down that is due- and write out the days of the week and make it a point to do certian things on certain days.  Then once something is complete and finished cross the assignment off your list. It feels good! Talk to someone, like your family, teachers, frients, etc. if you feel like you can’t get yourself in a calm manor. Everything will be ok.

We don’t even notice when anxiety first appears. Some people are more anxious earlier in life than others. One really common anxiety, that most adolescents and 20 year old have is social anxiety. LIke going to high school, college, new jobs. We feel like we won’t fit in with a certain group or the popular group if you don’t talk or act a certain way. Its so common for everyone to feel this way. We feel so conscious about ourself and our appearance that we forget how to act. Listed below are some common symptoms of social anxiety-take a look at them. And always remember to be yourself and stay calm. Don’t let your mind take over your actions, have control.

“Physical Symptoms(what you feel)

  • Examples: racing heart, upset stomach, shaking, choking sensations, sweating, blushing, trembling, dry mouth, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, urge to urinate, etc.
  • People with social anxiety are often very concerned about visible signs of anxiety, such as blushing or trembling.

Negative Thoughts (what you think)

  • Examples: “I’m going to say something stupid,” “I’ll get anxious and others will notice,”  “They won’t like me,” “Others will think I’m stupid,” “I’ll offend someone,” or “No one will talk to me.”
  • People with social anxiety tend to have negative thoughts about themselves (e.g., “I’ll have nothing to say”), as well as how others will react to them (e.g., “Others will think I’m weird”).
  • People with social anxiety also tend to focus their attention on themselves during social situations.  They focus on their performance and how anxious they feel and look.

Avoidance and Safety Behaviors(what you do)

  • Examples: Avoiding (e.g., not going to the party), escaping a scary social situation (e.g., leaving the party early) or engaging in protective behaviours to try and stay safe (e.g., drinking alcohol, staying quiet, and avoiding eye contact).
  • People with social anxiety will often try to avoid or escape social situations.  If they do go into social situations, they tend to do things to feel less anxious or to protect themselves from embarrassment or negative evaluation (e.g., if I’m worried about saying something stupid, then I’ll try to avoid talking).”