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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

Bipolar


The following video clip link I am going to paste is about a guy who made a Bipolar Disorder test. He is going to talk about how to do it, and just give the overview of what Bipolar Disorder is.

 

MSQ


On the link I pasted below is a MSQ questionnaire. The MSQ is about mood swings, to determine whether or not someone might have bipolar disorder.

http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/bipolardisorder/self-test.cfm?research=nothanks

Bipolar Treatment?


The unfortunate part about Bipolar disorder is that there is really no cure. The only cure is going through counseling in order to get the persons mood swings under control. Many patients usually take medication and go through psychotherapy to reduce relapsing. The most common medication that most with bipolar disorder have is a mood stabilizing medication. This medication will calm the mood down and stabilize it so there are no outbreaks or mood shifts.

 

Bipolar Disorder?


Bipolar Disorder in other words is known as a manic-depressive illness. Which is a brain disorder that shifts in mood, energy and fails to carry out day-to-day activities. Bipolar victims have many ups and down days, just like many of us. Some of the symptoms can be severe, and most can damage relationships, poor job or school performance and sometimes can be fatal, like suicide.

Bipolar develops in the late teen years or early adult years. Most cases will start before the age of 25.

 

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/what-is-bipolar-disorder.shtml

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/


Enjoy the show “Criminal Minds”? One very interesting part of forensic psychology is criminal profiling. Profiling is a major part of law enforcement and criminal investigation. I have attached a link to an article that compares to types of criminal profiling and how they are used in criminal investigation.

http://www.corpus-delicti.com/Profiling_law.html

Please let me know if you guys have any questions or topics you would like me to discuss. just let me know thanks.

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


Here is a website that I found to be very informative to give you an idea of the effects of childhood abuse, with a focus on PTSD in adult survivors.

http://adultsurvivors.blogspot.com/

intro to forensic psychology


Are you interested in psychology? Are you interested in law? If you answered yes to both questions, then what happens when both of these different fields are combined? The result is forensic psychology, where the practices and theories of psychology are used in a legal situation. In my blog, I am going to be posting differetn theories, ideas, research and even some videos that will help you learn more about the practice of forensic psychology and which areas of law enforcement and the legal system in which forensic psychology is used.  This article will give you more of a background on forensic psychology.

http://psychology.about.com/od/branchesofpsycholog1/f/forensicpsychology.htm

Living with Bipolar Disorder


Here is a youtube video I found telling us how certain people live with Bipolar Disorder.