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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.

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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. 

 

http://www.self-esteem-experts.com

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 http://www.self-esteem-experts.com, 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.

 

Agoraphobia


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.

 


Eating healthy can have a great impact on your mood. When your eating healthy, exercising, and living a healthy life style with proper nutrients, the more you begin to fell good. So therefore, here are some tips that are really good in healthy dieting and keeping depression away.

1. Getting essential antioxidants in sources such as Vitamin C, E and also in beta-carotene. You can find these antioxidants in your fruits, vegetable, and whole grain like, carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, strawberries, nuts and seeds.

2. There is a connection between carbohydrates and mood, by a brain chemical that is called serotonin. So its good to stay away from sugary foods, and consume good carbs like whole grains which has a lot of fiber.

3.Eat foods that are rich in protein like turkey, tuna, and chicken because it has a lot of amino acids, that can boost levels of brain chemicals that can help you stay alert and concentrate.

4. Also consume vitamin D, studies show that people that suffered from depression, when they consumed more vitamin D they started to improve.

5.Exercise and try to keep a healthy weight, because obesity and depression are linked. Which means that people that are obese are at higher risk of being depressed, also a person that is depressed has a higher chance of being obese due to body changes and start to consume more unhealthy foods.

This is the link were I gathered some important information about eating healthy and depression to share.

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/diet-recovery?page=3

Stress Questionare


  1. Do you get upset often when things happen unexpectedly
  2. Do you feel that you are unable to control important things in your life?
  3. Do you feel nervous often?
  4. Do you feel overwhelmed often?
  5. Do you get headaches often?
  6. Are you able to deal with your personal problems without feeling overwhelmed?
  7. Do you feel that things never go your way?
  8. Are you irritable?
  9. Have you had any life changing events happen to you recently?
  10. 10. Do certain situations make you feel anxious, faint, or sick?

If you answered at least 7 of these questions with yes you should see your doctor about dealing with the stress in your life. You can try to exercise, breathing, eating healthy, learn stress exercises, or talking out your personal issues with someone. 

 

 


Signs of stress

There are many signs of a person having stress such as breathlessness, upset stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, and sweating. A person can also have neurological and physical illness symptoms such as  fatigue, headaches hyperventilating, increased flu, increased heart rate, sense of heart pounding, shallow breathing, sleeping problems tension headaches tingling in hands or legs tremor in hands or legs, weight loss or gain.

Many people are going through stress and do not know it, and it is important to know the signs. People can think that they are just getting a cold, or worked to hard. People do not realize that stress is a real health issue and people should know how to reduce their stress. If stress is not handled properly, it can be hazardous to ones own life.

Their are many ways to control stress and I have read a article about reducing stress on Doctoroz.com, and here is the link.


Reducing stress with meditation

Stress is draining and it makes a person sad, depressed, and tired. There is no reason why people should feel this way about stress. Stress can make a person sick physically and mentally. I have researched ways to control and reduce stress.

I found that meditating everyday for at least 10 minutes helps reduce stress. If you have never meditated before all you have to do is sit up straight, breathe slowly, and clear your mind. I have tried mediating myself and I feel like I am relieving the stress, by just being silent, breathing, and relaxing. I mediate before doing stressful things, such as taking test, and driving in my old car.   

My advice to people who are overwhelmed with stress is to click to the link to the American Institute of Stress

Do comfort foods, really make you feel better?


I’m pretty sure we all have depended on junk food, also known as comfort food to ease our worries at one point in time. Sadly, did you know eating junk food can increase depression? Yes! Depression! Based off this article “Unhappy Meals:Are Fast Food Depression Linked” by Dr. Alethea Turner. Researchers believe that people who consume more comfort foods or fast foods are 51% more likely to suffer from depression, and the more fatty foods you eat the more depressed you’ll be.

I don’t believe that what you eat is what makes you depressed, its the results you get from eating junk food which makes people depressed. For instance, if you’re eating unhealthy foods all the time, you have a poor exercise habits, its going to lead to gaining weight or even put you in a higher risk for health problem such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol or even obesity. Those aspects can cause someone to become depressed and that depression can cause them to eat more unhealthy foods, which just becomes one big cycle until they can reach out for help.

So therefore, I don’t believe food is the cause of depression. I believe people depend on comfort foods, when they face challenges or obstacles in life they find comfort in eating unhealthy foods. As a college, I live off of junk food on campus, but I’m not depressed. When I am having a bad day, of course I’m going to stuff my face, but what I eat doesn’t make me depressed. My situation does! People just use food as an excuse, but hey that’s my opinion.

Above is the link to the article “Unhappy Meals: Are Fast Food, Depression Linked”.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/30/unhappy-meals-are-fast-food-depression-linked/

Agoraphobia


As we all know it seems that having anxiety is very common for a lot of people today. There are many different types of anxiety and disorders but the one I chose to focus on is Agoraphobia. I decided to blog about this one because
my sister has this type of anxiety so I do know a good amount about it from having experience with it. I don’t want to put her entire life story out there and everything she has gone through but I can give a good generalization of what it includes and some examples. When a person has Agoraphobia they feel as though they are not able to escape from certain situations or places. It is linked with panic disorders because there is always a fear of having a panic attack when they are put into a situation where they do not want to be.

To start off this is a website I just easily came across that explains what the anxiety, symptoms, treatments, etc.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001921/

PTSD


Here is an article that breaks down PTSD in children and adolescents. It talks about the difficulty in diagnosing PTSD in children and adolescents, the symptoms they present with and how it varies among the children and adolescents and how it also depends on the actual traumatic event they experienced. There are diagnostic issues in regards to children vs. adults and the problem with using the DSM-IVTR in diagnosing children with PTSD.

http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci/publications/workingpaperseries/pdfs/anderson%2005-04.pdf