Tag: depression

The Everyday Battle With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is significant concern about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CFS. In fact, there are criteria patients must meet in order to be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Receiving the diagnosis may be difficult for some patients because the guidelines for diagnosing are very specific. The fatigue must have been present at least six consecutive months and the corresponding symptoms must have developed after the fatigue.  A clear definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, its symptoms, and treatment options will help sufferers get a clearer understanding of the syndrome.  What is Chronic Fatigue? The basic definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome does not make sufferers feel much better.  The syndrome is unexplained and is marked by weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, lethargy,…

Your Chronic Condition Doesn’t Have to Be Your Life Story

You’re Not Alone, Really! Your health challenges are your own. I really get that, as I too have had my own scary health challenges to overcome. Though it was a large mountain to overcome, I eventually got through to the other side.  But I’m not going to tell you that it was easy, or that I have no more health problems. It takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to resolve chronic conditions! While I have certainly improved my overall health and well-being, I would say that the improvement is at about 98% of optimal.  I’ve worked very hard to get to that place, and, if you’re like me, you’re also striving for that clean bill of health,…

Mental Health On Depression: The First Step is to Acknowledge it

Depression is an illness and needs to be acknowledged as such. It is not a reason to be ashamed. The reason so many people fail to seek help for their depression is that they are ashamed.  Unfortunately, this is one of the feelings associated with depression anyway and makes the illness difficult to acknowledge.  If you are constantly feeling particularly low, well-meaning friends might tell you to “snap out of it” or even start to get irritated by your mood. Your depression will feed off this negativity and you start to wonder why you can’t just “snap out of it”.  You then start to feel that there’s something wrong with you because it should be so easy and it’s just…

Getting Our Minds Around Mental Health & Essential Facts of Bipolar Disorder

Mental Illness: Getting Our Minds Around The Facts A recent survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) found that many people know little or almost nothing about the warning signs, causes and effective treatments for mental illnesses-even though in any given year, one in five Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Each year, more people suffer from a mental illness than from cancer and diabetes combined. Research shows that mental illnesses are caused by genetic and environmental factors, traumatic events and other physical illnesses and injuries. Yet one-third of Americans mistakenly believe emotional or personal weakness is a major cause of common mental illnesses and almost as many think old age is a major cause. As a result, many…

Top 4 Secrets to Resolving your Thyroid Conditions with Clean Eating

If you’re struggling with a thyroid condition, you might already be aware of the importance of having the right diet. Though diet alone can’t help to treat the problem, but it can significantly improve your thyroid function and relieve the symptoms. In addition to taking your replacement hormone medication to restore thyroid level, here’s how clean eating can help to counteract the problem: 1. Eat a variety of Top Foods for Your ThyroidLet’s face it, living with a thyroid condition isn’t easy, and the type of food you eat can further add up to the frustration. Certain nutrients in your diet can influence the performance of your thyroid gland and interfere with your thyroid treatment by inhibiting the absorption of…