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Addiction is a Genuine Medical Illness

Addiction is a Genuine Medical Illness

Addiction has somewhat of a taboo attached to it, but in reality, it is relatively common. Many substances that the majority of people engage with on a daily basis have addictive qualities – the key to whether someone becomes addicted or not generally lies in whether they engage with the substance in moderation, or whether they overindulge. Of course, substances such as drugs, alcohol, or nicotine are addictive. But there are other things that you can easily become addicted to or dependent on out there – prescribed medication, social media, procrastination. Addiction is simply anything that you actively engage with despite it being harmful to your physical or mental wellbeing. If you are addicted to something, you will generally have little to no power and control over you addiction and you will seek it out in spite of negative consequences that stem from it.  Thankfully, as a society, we are beginning to understand that addiction is a genuine medical illness and something that people need help with, rather than shunning them for their addiction. So, let’s take a moment to look a little further into the basics of this problem!

 

Addiction is Common

Research suggests that around ten percent of the population are addicted to something. So, if you or someone you love are experiencing addiction, it’s extremely important to remember that you are not alone. There are others out there going through a similar experience and non-judgemental help does exist.

 

Identifying Addiction

The line between engaging with something in an acceptable manner and being addicted to something can often be thin or blurred. So, it can be difficult to work out whether you are technically an addict or not. Generally speaking, addiction entails dependence. If you feel you really cannot go without something and you will go out of your way to actively seek it out, chances are that you are addicted. You can always consult your doctor in order to discuss your concerns and receive an official diagnosis.

 

Battling Addiction

If you have been diagnosed as an addict, you can receive professional treatment. The type of treatment that you undertake will depend entirely on what you are addicted to. Individuals who are addicted to hard drugs such as heroin may receive methadone (an alternative that can wean you off of the substance). If your addiction has more deep set roots, you may have to undertake therapy. Some will receive treatment as an outpatient. Others will receive treatment as an inpatient in a rehabilitation center. A medical professional will help you to determine what is best for your personal situation.

 

Other Forms of Support

Though addiction is a medical problem, there are more forms of support besides medical support out there. You can reach out to loved ones. You can reach out to helplines. You can even reach out to support groups and engage with others who are in a similar situation to you.

Hopefully, the above information has helped to exemplify that addiction is a genuine medical illness and something that medical professionals can genuinely help you to overcome!

 

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The Mental Aspects of Recovering from a Trauma

The Mental Aspects of Recovering from a Trauma

The prevalence of trauma today is higher than ever. We experience painful events we simply can’t deal with due to stress, our busy life, or the lack of resources. Mental health issues often develop from a painful and traumatic event, and there is a need for facing our fears to move on. Below you will find a few tips on how to seek help and avoid developing anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias.

Understand that It’s Not Your Fault

No matter what you went through; you will need to stop blaming yourself. You might have been through trauma as a child, or just developed a phobia, you will need to understand that your mind is coping with the events in not necessarily the most helpful way. You should, however, also try to avoid blaming others and learn to look at the past as an outsider.

Get Closure

One of the ways you can deal with your trauma better is getting closure. Investigate, do your research, and deal with the problem. Creating a personal mission to stop the same thing from happening again can be useful. If you have developed a fear or trauma after being attacked by someone’s pet, it is recommended that you contact a dog bite attorney as soon as possible, to get closure.  

Develop Coping Mechanisms

Once you have managed to understand what is behind your mental health issues, fear, and anxiety, you will need to contact a professional and find more helpful coping mechanisms. From hypnosis to improving your wellbeing and meditation, there are plenty of ways you can move on and fight your anxiety and depression that follows a trauma.

Improve Your Resilience

One of the things we all need more of is resilience. You have to move on, even if you feel like you are failing at being the best version of yourself. For example, let’s say that you developed a fear of driving after an accident. You feel like your mental health issues are limiting what you can do, and you blame yourself for not being able to get out and find a better job. In fact, you will need to find a way to live with the condition, until you can find a way to beat it.

Face Your Fears

One of the things you must do before you can overcome your mental health limitations is facing your fears. If you are a logical person, you will need to convince yourself that the chance of the same thing happening to you again is low. You have to study the statistics, and prepare for the worst case scenario. On the other hand, it is always a good idea to try hypnosis and meditation first, and never confront the situation again, as this can cause panic attacks or worse.

 

Overcoming a trauma is a journey. Chances are that you will need a professional to guide you through the process. Find what works for you, and be patient with yourself, while trying to look at the situation realistically.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Depressing Reality Of Diabetes

Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Depressing Reality Of Diabetes

Diabetes is perhaps one of the most misunderstood diseases in the world. Not only is there very little understanding of what is actually happening when people have the disease, but there’s also a lack of comprehension of what causes it. The problem is that few people with the disease know what is going on inside their bodies and, therefore, have few tools to deal with the problem. They become anxious and depressed, not knowing what to do.

Let’s start by talking about what diabetes is not. It’s not a disease caused by high blood sugar. High blood sugar is merely the effect of poor insulin action. Reducing the amount of sugar in the diet may help reduce spikes in blood glucose, but it will do little to improve the condition because it doesn’t address the root cause.

The fundamental problem in diabetes is the ability of the pancreas to secrete enough insulin to force sugar into the cells, keep the level of sugar in the blood at a healthy level. There are many reasons why cells won’t respond to insulin and take up sugar, but the most common cause is that their internal cellular mechanisms are gummed up with fat. Muscle cells engorged with fat, for instance, can’t take up sugar as well, forcing the pancreas to work harder to secrete more insulin.

Type 2 diabetes isn’t a disease which develops overnight. Instead, it results from pancreatic insufficiency – the inability of the pancreas’ beta cells to produce enough insulin – over the course of a decade or more. You can track the blood sugar levels of people with “prediabetes” in the run-up to full-blown diabetes, and see their fasting blood glucose slowly rise as the action of insulin become less effective.

Full-blown diabetes occurs when either the beta cells of the pancreas give up, or simply can’t keep up insulin production to offset the difficulty the body’s cells have taking up blood glucose. And at that point, problems start.

High blood sugar is extremely dangerous for the body. It can damage sensitive tissues in the body, leading to problems with the eyes, kidneys and lower extremities. Sufferers can use a diabetic sock to relieve some of the symptoms or take extra insulin, but high blood sugar levels must be brought down. It can ruin people’s mental health, as well as their physical well being, which is why the disease is so dangerous.

 

What Causes Diabetes?

There’s a debate in the literature about precisely what causes diabetes, although over the course of the last few decades the blame has shifted firmly from sugar to fat. In the early days, scientists at the Joslin Clinic believed that people with diabetes had to consume a high-fat diet to avoid excess sugar in the blood. But over time they realised that it was fatty foods themselves that were gumming up the works inside cells, preventing them from responding to insulin and taking up glucose from the blood.

Now the state of the art advice is to avoid processed, fatty and sugary foods, and focus on a diet centred around beans, whole grains and vegetables. The jury is still out on how to prevent diabetes, but many doctors report success with diets similar to the Mediterranean, high in unprocessed whole foods, and low in refined, oils, sugars and meat. People on these diets see both an improvement in their mental and physical health.

Here at Dr Julian we can support you through the psychological distress that can be caused by diabetes and have a number of diabetes expert counsellors and psychologists. Do check them out through app.dr-julian.com

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Facing Your Fears After an Accident or Injury

Facing Your Fears After an Accident or Injury

Being in an accident and suffering an injury can leave you feeling scared. You might be frightened about returning to the scene of the accident or doing what you were doing at the time, whether it was driving or riding your bike. Shaking that fear can be tough, and you might be worried that you might never be able to get back to living your life like you did before. But it’s important not to let the fear overwhelm you and stop you from doing the things that you want to do. There are several steps that you can take to get over the fear you have.

 

Avoid Avoidance

When you have a problem, ignoring and avoiding it generally tends to make it worse. If you’re scared of something, avoidance will often only grow your fear, instead of helping you. The more you avoid confronting what scares you, the more you can build up the fear in your head. What you’re scared of in your mind and the reality of what might happen end up completely different. Confronting your fears can be difficult, but it’s an important way to address them. You need to replace your negative experiences with more positive ones.

 

Gradually Face Your Fears

Facing your fears is important, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it all at once. You can take a slow and steady approach to getting back to what you want to do. Doing things in stages and exposing yourself to your fear bit by bit can help you to build up to facing it for real. For example, if you’re scared to drive after an accident, you might start by simply sitting in your car. Then you might go for a very short drive around your block or somewhere you’re very familiar with.

 

Speak to a Therapist

Many people find that talking to someone about their fears can be very helpful. As well as sharing their worries with friends and family, they might discover that speaking to a professional works for them. If you’re unsure about how to afford it, an injury lawyer can help you in some circumstances. They could help you to get compensation if you had an accident that was due to someone else’s negligence. This could include car accidents, bike accidents or even something that happened while you were walking. The other party might be responsible for covering the costs your injury results in, including seeing a therapist. At Dr Julian we can provide therapy support quickly and conveniently through video link for more information take a look at www.dr-julian.com 

 

Develop Coping Mechanisms

Even when you decide to confront your fear, it won’t necessarily go away quickly. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to have coping mechanisms that help you to get through it. When you feel scared, you can do things like take deep breaths, visualizing a happy place or taking a break when you need to. The right coping mechanisms help you to deal with the fear while you’re experiencing it.

If an accident leaves you feeling scared, it’s important to address the fear as soon as you can. Don’t let it fester or it will just get worse.

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Let's Look At What Could Be Impacting Your Mental Health

Let's Look At What Could Be Impacting Your Mental Health

It is believed that 1 in 4 people around the world have some form of mental health issue. Mental health is a challenging thing and often something that is overlooked when it comes to treatment. You might have noticed that recently your mental health has been declining and you can’t figure out why. Well, we’ve come up with a few reasons about why you may be experiencing issues with your mental health and why they would be impacting your life.

Stress

Stress is very common among people. It is now thought that the average school student has the same levels of anxiety as a 1950’s hospital patient. Obviously, this is not the kind of figure that we want. A lot of this is down to people placing too much pressure on themselves and too much pressure being placed on them from others. You might not notice how much stress you are under until you sit back and think of all the things that you have to do. It might not be big things, it can be small things that add up and become a whirlwind of responsibility.

If you are too stressed, this will negatively impact your mental health. You might even start to withdraw yourself from your everyday social interactions. One of the things that you can do to combat this is to try out yoga a couple of times per week and see if this improves how you are feeling.

 

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be hard to live with. You might be one of the unlucky people who was born with some kind of pain. Long-term health conditions such as this can lead to a lot of unhappiness in people. Feeling like you cannot partake in certain activities due to your pain can cause a lot of problems for some people. It might lead to isolation and depression.

Or, your chronic pain might have been due to an injury that you sustained at work or somewhere while you were out. If this is the case, even though you cannot do anything to fix the pain, you might be entitled to a favorable settlement depending on where your injury happened. If you are interested in learning more about this, you should speak to a lawyer to see if you have a case.

 

Problems With Your Family

For a lot of people, your family is going to be your rock. The people that you lean on when things go south and the people that love and care for you no matter what. If this is the type of relationship that you have with your family and then something happens to make this relationship strained, you might start experiencing some issues with your mental health. It is very common for people who are estranged from or in far less contact with their family than they used to be to experience feelings of hurt, betrayal and like they are unloved.

If this is the case, one of the things you can do to try and help your mental health is to attempt to sort things out with your family. It might not be possible, but if it is, you might find that it really helps.

We hope that you have found this article helpful and have some more insight into things that might be impacting your mental health. 

We are here to help with our expert counsellors who can help support you with any issues you have, find out more on www.dr-julian.com

 

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Avoiding Mental Health Problems After an Injury

Avoiding Mental Health Problems After an Injury

Here’s the thing about mental health; it can take a downward turn pretty quickly. You could be on top of the world, but then one small incident takes place, and then you’re on your way down – that is, if you’re not careful. Take an injury. If you’ve built your life around being an active, energetic person, then it could come as a rude surprise to find yourself holed up at home, nursing an injury. Make no mistake: you need to take steps to make sure your mental health stays strong. Below, we take a look at how you can do this.

Accepting What Happened

Accidents happen. Sometimes, there’s no accounting for them, they’re just one of those things that transpire throughout your life. Of course, that’s easy to think when you’re fit and healthy. But when you’re stuck at home, bored, it’s easy to replay the event over and over again, even if it wasn’t your fault. You can’t undo the past, you really can’t, all you can do is accept and try to move forward. So don’t lose yourself in your memory of the incident, which probably isn’t all that reliable anyway.

 

Getting Justice

Of course, you can accept what happened to you, but it’ll be difficult to move on if you feel like justice hasn’t been served. If the accident wasn’t your fault, then you could be sitting around, silently angry that the person who caused you this distress is out living their life as normal, while you’re in pain. That’ll lead to resentment and bitterness. Instead, look at how to hire help after injury, fight your case, and get the compensation you deserve. You’re not alone in your fight to defend your rights. If you’ve been wrong, the law will prevail.

 

Avoiding Bad Habits

When you’ve been active all the time, doing things, then it can be a bit disconcerting to find yourself stuck inside for weeks on end. However, it’s important to remember that this time will pass, and when it does, you don’t want to be burdened with a bunch of bad habits that are hard to shift. For example, if you’ve spent your time sitting around, eating unhealthily, or otherwise just getting drawn into something that isn’t good for you in the long-term, then you might emerge on the other side of your injury as a different person.

 

Talk It Out

You might have always been a strong person, but now you’re in a weak spot, and there’s no harm in admitting such. In fact, everything will be much more straightforward for you if you don’t try to conceal your vulnerability, and instead talk it out. If you’re struggling with the mental side of your injury, then reach out to a friend or family member. No-one’s going to think less of you!

Positive Attitude

Finally, remember there’s much power in having a positive attitude. If you believe things will get better, then they usually do – keep an optimistic mindset about your situation, it’ll help massively.

 

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Understanding the Basics of Med Malpractice

We all use medical facilities and come into contact with medical professionals at some point or another in our lives. Whether this is a general practitioner, a local nurse, a pharmacist when collecting prescriptions, a member of the A&E department, a radiologist, a surgeon… the list goes on and on. These individuals are endowed with the responsibility of consulting us when we are unwell or injured, diagnosing problems, and rectifying situations. Most of the time, our experience with them will be positive. Sure, we may not meet with them in the most fortunate of circumstances. But they will do their utmost to improve our individual condition. Every now and then, however, our experiences with medical staff will not be all that they are supposed to be. It is important that you understand these situations and know how to deal with these situations, so that you can take the right course of action should you find yourself in them. Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!

Potential Problems

When we talk about issues with how medical professionals have treated us, we can generally file complaints into one of two different categories – medical malpractice and medical negligence. Here’s how to distinguish between them!

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a situation that occurs when a medical professional fails to provide you with the care that they are well aware that you need. There is always an element of intent in medical malpractice cases. If a doctor knows that you need certain care, treatment, or medication, and consciously does not provide you with this, you need to take action, as the consequences of such behaviour could be dangerous or even fatal. If you believe that you have suffered from medical malpractice, you may need to file a malpractice suit.

 

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is no less serious than medical malpractice. You could still suffer negative consequences should it occur to you. However, there is no intent in medical negligence. It is moreso a situation where a medical professional makes a mistake or does not pursue the right course of action for a patient.

 

What Action Should You Take?

As we have briefly mentioned, individuals who have suffered from med malpractice or medical negligence should seek legal help. This will help to cover any costs that develop as a result of a doctor’s bad decisions or mistakes. It could also provide you with sufficient funds to take time off work to recover properly. What’s more? Seeking legal action will help to assure that similar wrongdoing or mistakes don’t occur to anyone else in the future!

We really don’t talk about medical malpractice all too much, so hopefully the above information will help to guide you in the right direction should you ever find yourself in receipt of inadequate healthcare. Keep it in the back of your mind at all times!

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Understanding the Two Sides of Brain Health

Understanding the Two Sides of Brain Health

The human brain is an incredibly complicated piece of biological machinery. Keeping this part of your body healthy isn’t a simple thing either, though, with this part of the medical field being one of the largest. To make this a little bit easier, this post will be exploring the two sides of brain health, showing you how to handle an issue like this in the right way.

 

The Physical

Physical issues are often much easier to spot than mental ones, making this a good place to start. You will usually have to sustain some sort of head injury to experience this sort of damage, with the skull being fairly strong, and impacts having to be very hard. Of course, though, this isn’t something you want to play with.

Be Aware: One of the most important parts of this is simple awareness. Your brain is very sensitive, but won’t often let you know when something is wrong until damage has already been done. In a car accident, for example, adrenalin will be coursing through your veins, making it difficult to notice a serious injury unless it has very obvious signs.

Take Action: Whether you’re on the scene of an accident or some time has passed, you should always seek medical attention as soon as you are concerned about a head injury. Getting through the long-term impact of something like this can be hard, too. There are loads of companies out there with the skills to support you with this, making it a good idea to call them today if you need some help.

 

The Mental

This field gets a little more complex when you’re dealing with a mental issue. It can be much harder to spot something like this until it starts to bubble over, and a lot of people will reject the idea that something is wrong in this area, even with strong evidence against them. Understanding your brain is key in catching something like this early.

Be Mindful: Mindfulness is one of the best ways to assess and survey your mind without having to see a special doctor. Studying your emotions and thoughts to understand their origins can give you a good insight into whether or not they are rational. By comparing your emotions over time, you will gain the opportunity to delve into the issues which could be hidden away, making it much easier to get help when you need it.

Take Action: There are loads of ways to get support when it comes to mental health. Medical care is the best way to treat something like this, giving you the confidence to enjoy life. Along with this, though, blogs, support websites, and loads of other platforms exist around the web which can provide additional help to make this part of life easier.

 

With the brain being such an important part of your body, it makes sense to work hard to keep it safe. A lot of people find this very challenging. In reality, though, simple observation and learning is often enough to get you on the right track.

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