What Most People Get Wrong About OCD

    OCDOCD is arguably among the least stigmatized anxiety disorders in the U.S., featured on everything from sitcoms to quirky detective shows. But just because it’s fairly prevalent in pop culture doesn’t mean that it’s widely understood. In fact, there’s a lot that the average person (even one with OCD) gets wrong about this condition. Whether you’re struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder yourself or you want to gain a better understanding about what your family member, friend, or significant other is going through, here are a few things most people get wrong about it.

    People with obsessive compulsive disorder are just neat freaks

    One of the most important things to understand about this condition is that it’s heterogeneous, meaning that it manifests itself differently in each person. It’s true that some people with this condition do obsess over cleanliness or have a fear of germs. But many people with this disorder don’t obsess about cleaning at all. Essentially, obsessive compulsive disorder takes advantage of what a person values most by making it their biggest fear. Those who care immensely about their families may struggle with obsessive thoughts about losing a loved one. Others deal with religious, social, or sexual fears. And while people without this condition know these fears aren’t rational, someone who has this condition will often have trouble separating these fears from reality. Just because you like an organized house, that doesn’t mean you have OCD. And conversely, having OCD does not mean you have an obsession with cleanliness.

    The signs of obsessive compulsive disorder are always obvious

    In some people, this is true — particularly if they have yet to receive treatment. While cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD is often quite effective, people with anxiety disorders rarely seek out treatment. And since anxiety disorders affect 18% of the population, that’s a lot of folks who aren’t being helped. That said, the signs of this condition may not always be clear to others regardless of where an individual is in regards to treatment. Many people do exhibit physical rituals, like arranging or touching objects or repeating physical movements, but those undergoing treatment may try to suppress these signs. And those with pure obsessional obsessive compulsive disorder (also referred to as Pure-O or primarily obsessional) experience compulsions that are limited to their own minds, so they may never show any physical signs at all. Unfortunately, people with this type don’t even realize that they’re suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. These individuals often struggle with obsessive and irrational fears about relationships, sex, violence, health, and more.

    It’s something you’ll grow out of or can be solved by “chilling out”

    First of all, OCD cannot be cured. It’s a chronic condition. However, it’s something that can be managed with the help of a therapist and, in some cases, medication. However, that doesn’t mean that treatment is simple. It may seem like it’s easy for someone to just stop having these thoughts or performing these rituals, but it’s truly not a choice for those who suffer from this disorder. It’s important to think of this disorder not as a personality quirk but as a real disease. Unfortunately, the representation that this condition does get in the media often frames it as a joke. Those who deal with it on a constant basis know that it’s anything but. If you have a friend or family member who’s dealing with an anxiety disorder, the best thing you can do for them is to better understand their condition and help them seek treatment to manage it.

    When it comes to mental health, widespread awareness will likely be an uphill battle for some time. But by dispelling popular myths about the disorders that impact those we care about, we can make a lot of progress. To find out more about this and other anxiety disorders or treatment methods that might work for you or someone you love, contact reputable therapists in your area.

    The Extreme Benefits of Proton Therapy

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    Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world, and it is unfortunately the hardest to treat. Everyday, doctors and scientists make advancements in treating all types of cancer. These advancements have made it possible for more people to live through cancer, become healthy, and go into remission. The goal for many health professionals around the world is to find a cure, and at least more comprehensive methods of treatment. Thankfully, today there are various treatments available to help those with cancer that have great success rates.

    Cancer treatment therapy is available for all common types of cancer. Proton cancer treatment is one of the most successful methods of therapy, and one Continue Reading

    Over 600,000 People Die From Heart Disease Annually How You Can Spot Early Warning Signs

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    Cancer takes away family members, friends and co-workers every single day. It’s a deadly disease that takes many forms, can crop up at any age and has one of the highest death rates of any common illness. A medical scan, however, can pinpoint the development of cancer at its earliest stages and increase an individual’s chances for survival exponentially. It’s imperative you and your loved ones regularly visit a diagnostic imaging center every few years to ensure your safety, particularly those with a higher risk of developing deadly diseases.

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    3 Main Types of Non-Invasive Cancer Treatment Options Available

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    Cancer is a well know fatal condition that without early detection and proper treatment can lead to death. There are different types of treatment and can be categorized as either invasive or non-invasive cancer treatment. Your treatment usually depends on factors such as the location of the cancer tumor, its size, how far has it spread and your general health.

    Understanding the type of cancer and the treatment options available can assist you to cope with the condition as well as its side effects. As earlier mentioned, cancer treatment is categorized into two:

    • Non-invasive cancer treatment:This type of cancer treatment does not involves incision or surgical procedures of any kind. Treatments here include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy.
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    Are You Fighting a Losing Battle with Your Body Weight?

    natural weight loss supplementWeight management can be a frustrating part of life for many people. In fact, the typical American dieter now makes as many as four weight loss attempts every single year. Unfortunately, when these attempts fail the resulting weight gain can put someone even more at risk of continuing to gain weight, leading to life threatening conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. In an attempt to get a handle on their weight issues, more and more Americans are turning to natural weight loss supplements.

    Some of the latest research indicates that 15% of U.S. adults have used a weight-loss dietary supplement to make sure that they are staying healthy while they are trying to cut calories and lose weight. In fact, nearly 66% of American adults take at least one dietary supple­ment. In addition, appetite suppressant supplements can help with the greater goal that many Americans are trying to achieve. Consider some of these facts and figures about the natural weight loss supplement and other weight loss products that are increasing in popularity:

    • 20.6% of women have used a dietary supplement to lose weight.
    • 9.7% of women have used a dietary supplement to lose weight.
    • Overweight is usually defined by doctors as a condition in which a person’s weight is 10% to 20% higher than normal. Normal is defined by a standard height compared to weight chart, or as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30.
    • 84% of Americans have confidence in the quality, safety, and overall effectiveness of dietary supplements.
    • 51% of supplement users say their main reason for taking dietary supplements is for overall health and wellness benefits.
    • As many as 80% of Americans agree that dietary supplements are a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle.

    Even losing 5% to 10% of your weight has been proven to lower your chance of developing heart disease, so any progress that you can make is a good thing. Are you ready to get started and make the changes that you need to live a longer and healthier life? The decision to take charge of your weight is the decision to take care of your health and your life.

    What to Do About the Not So Small Problem of Hyperhidrosis

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    Imagine yourself getting ready to present a very important proposal at a very important business meeting. You have been preparing for this meeting with your other team members and you feel very well prepared. Everything has been researched and studied thoroughly, and you are the one member of your team who is the perfect person to deliver the presentation.

    As you are getting ready, you feel very confident in everything you are going to say. It is not what is in your presentation that is giving you pause and making you nervous. What has you on edge is the fact that you have already changed your shirt once today and you might have to do so again at work before you make your presentation.

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    3 Major Benefits of Methadone Treatment

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    The recent rise in opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In 2015 alone, approximately 591,000 people suffered from a heroin addiction, specifically. Besides the size of this number, perhaps a worse characteristic of the trend is its ubiquity among the next generation. Of those 591,000 individuals, 6,000 were teenagers and 155,000 were young adults.

    And beyond their addiction’s effects on family, friends and society, these addicts are succumbing to these substances at alarming rates. Also in 2015, 52,404 lethal drug overdoses were reported. This makes drug overdose the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

    With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that addicts and society as a whole are desperate for treatment options. Thankfully, they do exist. But opioid addiction is incredibly hard to kick. In fact, abstinence-based, non-medical treatments (for opioids specifically) only have a 5% to 10% success rate. These low percentages reflect a constant struggle for addicts to give up their substances, detox and begin treatment only to relapse.

    There are, fortunately, other treatment options. Beginning in the 1970s, methadone treatments have proved to be perhaps the most effective treatment option for those addicted to opioids. Methadone, a long-acting opioid, acts as substitution therapy, meaning it enables the addict to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms via another opiate.

    From a scientific standpoint, methadone fills the same opioid receptors in the brain as heroin and prescription painkillers. Because of this ability, methadone prevents those taking it from experiencing opioid withdrawal. Methadone is typically obtained from methadone centers or methadone clinics daily for some users.

    According to American Addiction Centers’ Pros and Cons of Methadone, there are a number of benefits to medically assisted methadone therapy. The biggest of them are an overall improvement in quality of life, better chance at long-term recovery, and a reduction in criminal activity.

    1. Improvement in Quality of Life
      Most noticeable of methadone benefits is that those participating in medically assisted methadone treatment simply enjoy an improved quality of life. While many opioid addicts spend their days working tirelessly to obtain their substances, those using methadone can focus on other aspects of life, like finding a job and spending time with their families. Parents addicted to opioids can present especially disastrous consequences for their children. By not having the distraction of withdrawal symptoms, addicts can attend to these very neglected areas of their lives.
    2. Better Chance of Long-Term Recovery
      Perhaps most important for the addict themselves is the hope methadone gives for long-term recovery. By reducing or eliminating the need to deal with continuous cravings and withdrawal symptoms, methadone can stabilize the addict emotionally. This, in turn, allows them to begin to unravel their addiction, diving into the root issue of their opioid use. Besides being able to better address their issues, addicts on methadone may also be able to curb other concurrent addictions. A study from the University of New Mexico Hospital, for example, found that people who take methadone are often able to also reduce their use of alcohol and other drugs.
    3. Reduction in Criminal Activity
      Lastly, participating in a methadone treatment program can also markedly reduce criminal activity in addicts. The high cost for opioids can often lead individuals to steal, rob and prostitute themselves in order to get the money they need for the drugs. This type of illegal activity can not only put the addicts in potentially life-threatening situations, but also has significant legal consequences in many cases. Participating in an opioid treatment program may help an addict to receive a reduced sentence if they are facing drug-related charges. Judges are often more lenient when they see proof of participation in a proven program at a methadone center.

    The opioid epidemic has reached the level of a full crisis in the United States today. While some treatment options carry a high risk of relapse and failure, methadone, as obtained from a methadone center, can offer the addict hope at a better quality of life, improved chances of long-term treatment success and reduced criminal activity. As such, methadone treatment at a methadone center, for example, is a great option for addicts looking toward recovery. Good luck to those individuals.

    Could a BiPAP Mask Help You Finally Achieve a Great Night of Sleep?

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    About 18 million American adults are living with sleep apnea, with twice as many men having the condition than women. While this condition can give a person cause to change some of their sleeping habits, it is certainly possible to finally get a great night’s sleep. It just takes a little help to get them there, possibly in the form of a bilevel positive airway pressure or BiPAP mask or CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine.

    What Exactly Is Sleep Apnea? Are There Risks?

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    Common Mental Health Issues and the Importance of Seeking Professional Treatment

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    Many people in the United States suffer with untreated mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and work-related stress. These issues can have an adverse affect on interpersonal relationships, such as friendships and marriages. Furthermore, when left untreated, these issues can become exacerbated and create more hardship.

    Mental Health Issues and Depression

    Currently, it is believed that 16 million adults in the United States experience major depression. Every year, it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults will experience some type of mental illness, which includes depression as well as other mental illnesses.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that many individuals with mental illness have not received any medical health services. Approximately Continue Reading

    Myth Busting Don’t Fall For These Physical Therapy Whoppers

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    After being injured it can be hard to get back on your feet. Loss of mobility, range of motion, and chronic pain can be life long ailments unless they are properly treated and rehabilitated. That is why many doctors prescribe their patients visit a physical therapist.

    Despite the immense popularity and success of physical therapists, some people still are confused about the services provided by physical therapists. This is made worse by a myriad of myths and misconceptions about what physical therapy is and who practices it.

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