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How to Help a Loved One With Depression

Helping Someone With Depression

How to Help a Loved One With Depression

Depression offers no prejudice, touching people from all walks of life, young and old alike. It affects everyday life causing pain, anger, and sadness, and not just to those suffering, but for those who love them.

When a friend or family member is sick, it’s usually our first instinct to want to help them or try to fix them.

This can be challenging when it comes to a mental illness such as depression because while it is treatable, it often takes time and some lifestyle adjustments before there is a noticeable change.

Helping someone with depression doesn’t have to be difficult; there are some things that you can do to help and show your support in the meantime.

Know the Symptoms

Family and friends are in the best position for helping someone with depression. That is why it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression.

Loved ones usually notice there is a problem long before the depressed person does, and your concern and encouragement can persuade someone to seek help.

You can help your loved ones by recognizing what they can’t and expressing what’s hard to define.

Here are some of the primary symptoms to watch for:

  • Sleep problems. If your love is struggling to sleep at night or waking up during the evening or very early in the morning, this might be a depression warning sign. Sleeping too much is also a possible sign.
  • Changes to eating habits. If your loved one is eating too much or too little, they could be depressed. Weight loss and weight gain are also telltale signs if you are not aware of your loved one’s new eating habits.
  • A bleak outlook. Your loved one might frequently express sadness, irritability, or moodiness. They may talk about feeling hopeless or helpless.
  • Complaints of aches and pains. Frequent headaches, stomachaches, back pain or all over body pain are physical symptoms of depression, as is feeling exhausted and drained all the time.
  • Feelings of anger and irritability. It is a struggle just getting through the day when you are depressed. The simplest tasks can become difficult and cause anger and frustration.
  • A loss of interest in most everything. If your loved one has lost interest in work, spending time with loved ones, hobbies, sex, etc. and has resorted to activities that require little willpower and energy, such as sitting in front of the TV all the time, there is a reason to be concerned.

The symptom that stood out for me was a general feeling of mental and emotional exhaustion that I tried to express to loved ones but couldn’t. I felt mentally and emotionally tired, and relief seemed out of my reach.

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When Life Handed Me Chronic Illness

When you are a kid, no one tells you how hard adulthood will be. They don’t point out the perfect life and tell you how to go out there and get it. No one tells you about the hurdles and curves, or the sadness and adversity. They sure don’t tell you that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia can strike when you are a young parent in your early thirties. They don’t tell you how tough being a single parent with illness is, or that you have to worry about your family’s income if you get seriously sick, and there is no one around to help you.

No one ever warned me about the obstacles life and chronic illness would throw, and maybe, that was a good thing. After all, despite all the challenges and stresses of life and chronic illness, I do know I am happy most of the time.

To be honest, I don’t have an articulate way to explain what it was like going from being an active young mother to being someone with two debilitating and crippling diseases. It was just downright awful and to make matters worse, my illnesses, in some part, contributed to the dissolution of my marriage and me becoming a single parent.

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My Story at newlifeoutlook Rheumatoid Arthritis

What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I started experiencing unexplained, on and off the joint pain that would stick around for a few days and then dissipate when I was in my early twenties.

The pain always came back.

Back in those days, I was in great shape and worked out several days a week.

My doctor insisted I was overdoing things and recommended rest and pain relief for my symptoms. At one point, my doctor started treating my pain and fatigue as psychosomatic rather than real.

That began a journey of nearly ten years looking for answers and finding a lot of disbelief along the way. In 2008, when I was 32 years old with a newborn and a nine-year-old, I awoke to all over body pain and the inability to walk or use my hands.

That was the day my life changed, and shortly after, I was formally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

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What Is the Relationship Between Fibromyalgia and Functional Movement Disorder?

A functional movement disorder (FMD) causes abnormal body movements due to the nervous system not working properly.

People with functional movement disorder struggle with a range of debilitating symptoms. However, these symptoms do not cause damage or disease in the nervous system. Because FMD causes no damage to the body, it can get better, and symptoms could go away entirely.

The exact prevalence numbers for FMD is unknown, but estimates of FMD among children and adults in the United States varies from 2 to 4 percent. It appears that women are more affected by this condition than are men.

Connection to Fibromyalgia

There is a conflict in nervous system processing in people with fibromyalgia. Moreover, that leaves them with symptoms of FMD in addition to sensory disturbances.

While the research on a fibromyalgia-FMD connection is limited, patients with FMD are more likely to have a medical history of fibromyalgia.

In fact, patients with fibromyalgia often experience symptoms of FMD because episodes of acute pain trigger the condition.

One 2017 report published in the Journal of Movement Disorders, found that out of 16 patients with FMD, three had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and/or irritable bowel syndrome. Another 2017 study reported in PLoS One found 19 percent of the 21 FMD study participants had fibromyalgia.

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How Chronic Pain Changes Family Dynamics

Chronic pain can have a strong impact on the relationships we have with our families. Most of us are glad and appreciative when we have families that help us get through some really tough days and make life more enjoyable. Unfortunately, for many pain sufferers the support of family is lacking.

Chronic pain can make you angry, moody and intolerant.  As a result, we sometimes take our frustrations out on those closest to us.  Sometimes we just want to be left alone and our loved ones, even though they have good intentions, won’t leave us alone.  Further, we can feel guilty for what we put our family through and try to make up for it, often feeling like we fall short.

As a single mother who lives with chronic pain, I feel like I fall short sometimes when it comes to being there for my boys.  I hurt on most days, but on the days where the pain is tolerable, I do everything I can to be there for them. On days when the pain is bad, I just want to be left alone.  I feel guilty my boys don’t have the mother I “think” they need and deserve.

Some days, I tell them I am hurting and pray they forgive me for being irritable, tired and wanting to be left alone. Other days, I feel like a version of myself I can’t be proud of.

It might be something different that gives you guilt and makes you feel like you fall short.  Perhaps you don’t speak up about your pain because you are afraid to be a “complainer.” Maybe you have spoken out, and felt your family wasn’t supportive. Or maybe your family reached out and you just prefer not to be a burden them.

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Is ADHD a Learning Disability?

Many people consider ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) a learning disability, but it is not one. It does, however, affect learning.

Why the Confusion?

Up to 50 percent of children with ADHD also have a learning disability, this according to the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Both conditions combined make learning harder.

The typical symptoms of ADHD – inattention and behavioral problems – are also signs of a possible learning disability.

While ADHD is not a learning disability, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), considers it as such, so children with ADHD are eligible for special education services. IDEA is a United States law that ensures students with disabilities are provided free educational services tailored to their needs, so they have the same opportunities as children without disabilities.

An ADHD diagnosis may not be made until a child has been in school for a few years, leaving gaps in basic math and reading skills. Moreover, even if a child with ADHD does not have a learning disability, he or she will still need educational intervention to get caught up.

How Does the ADHD Brain Work?

Interestingly, studies have shown that people with ADHD have higher than average intelligence. Further, researchers have long tried to figure how exactly the ADHD brain works.

Most of us prioritize tasks based on what is most important, and we work and motivate ourselves based on our schedules and what we must get done in a certain amount of time.

People with ADHD have a harder time determining priority, and that makes it difficult for them to start and complete tasks. However, it does not mean they lack intelligence or are incapable of completing projects; it simply means their brains process things differently.

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What Is Kidney Cancer Metastasis?

Kidney cancer can spread from one mass of cancerous cells to other parts of the body. The process is called metastasis.

How Does the Cancer Spread?

When kidney tumors are left untreated, they will spread to the tissues around the tumor in your kidney. After that, it may move from your kidney into the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that help the body rid itself of toxins, waste and other undesirable materials.

The other way kidney cancer cells metastasize is by entering the bloodstream. Once cancer cells enter the bloodstream, they are carried away and deposited into distant organs and tissues.

Stage IV Metastatic Kidney Cancer

Metastatic kidney cancer is also referred to as stage IV – the most advanced stage of cancer. At this point, cancer has invaded the lymphatic system and/or other organs, such as the brain, bones, or liver.

Unfortunately, most types of kidney cancer are not recognized during the early stages when the tumor is small and confined to the kidney. Symptoms are mild and nonspecific until the cancer is far advanced.

Up to 25 percent of people who are diagnosed with kidney cancer have cancer that has already metastasized, this according to one report from the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology. According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate for Stage IV kidney cancer is 8 percent.

People who survive stage IV kidney cancer more than five years do so because their metastases are isolated to one area and can be surgically removed. In general, metastatic cancer cannot be cured, but survival chances improve if the cancer is removable from the kidney and other organs.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Tips

Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Rules to Follow

There is no medication and no alternative remedy that can cure rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, taking medications as prescribed and following the advice of your doctor can decrease inflammation. Likewise, eating right foods can help you to manage symptoms.

The best diet for people with RA – or anyone who wants to eat healthy – is a one that is well-balanced.

What is a Healthy and Well-Balanced Diet?

A healthy and balanced diet gives your body all the vital nutrients it needs to function well.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy and balanced diet consists of:

  • A variety of vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole Grains
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy
  • A variety of proteins, including seafood, lean meats, soy products, nuts, and seeds.

Two-thirds of your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The other one-third should come from low-fat dairy and lean proteins.

People with RA should always try to eat real food and avoid processed foods that contain huge amounts of preservatives, extra sugars, and saturated fats. The more you work on controlling eating habits, the less RA pain and symptoms you will experience.

Connection Between RA and a Healthy Diet

There aren’t enough studies to confirm a definitive link between RA and diet, but studies have shown inflammation is connected to certain foods. And foods considered anti-inflammatory, including fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, may improve RA symptoms and possibly reduce the number of disease flare-ups.

Two studies, presented at the 2015 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting suggest a connection between the development of RA and diet.

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10 Simple Ways to Raise Ovarian Cancer Awareness With Swag

According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer this year and at least 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The good news is rates of women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer over the past 20 years have been decreasing, and a lot of this is attributable to awareness.

The five-year ovarian cancer survival rate is more than 90 percent if diagnosed early. Awareness campaigns emphasize early knowledge of signs and symptoms and having early conversations with your doctor.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and promotes opportunities to advance the fight against ovarian cancer. Teal is the color assigned to ovarian cancer and associated with many awareness promotional items.

Ovarian Cancer Swag

“No One Fights Alone” and “Choose Hope” are two famous universal cancer slogans. There are also a variety of others for different non-profit profit organizations working to bring about awareness, education and monetary donations for ovarian cancer research.

You can support a friend or loved the one with ovarian cancer and educate others with trademark slogans on teal wristbands and bracelets, necklaces, t-shirts, ribbons, magnets and more.

Wristbands

The “No One Fight Alone” wrist brands in teal is a great way to offer support to a loved one going through the cancer journey or if you are a cancer patient yourself.

These are available in different colors to help bring out awareness for other cancers as well. They are even available for sale in bulk for awareness events or fundraisers.

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What You Need to Know About Liver Cancer Surgery

The best possibility of a cure for liver cancer is with surgery, but surgery is only possible if the cancer is caught early enough.

Surgery Considerations

The goal of surgery is to remove the part of the liver containing the cancerous tumor. Surgery is best suited for tumors which have not grown into the blood vessels.

In cases where the liver cancer has not metastasized, surgery is an option if the liver is functioning well. If liver cancer has metastasized, it means it has spread from the liver to other parts of the body.

People with liver cirrhosis are not candidates for surgery because there may not be enough viable liver tissue.

Localized tumors are resectable and can be removed by surgery. Unfortunately, only a small number of people with liver cancer have resectable tumors.

Some localized tumors are unresectable even though cancer has not spread to lymph nodes or distant organs and tissues. They are considered unrespectable because:

  • The liver may not be healthy
  • Has spread all through the liver
  • The tumor is too close to vital arteries, veins and bile ducts.

Advanced stage liver cancer that has spread through to organs, tissues and lymph nodes cannot be treated with surgery.

Surgical Options

If liver cirrhosis and cancer do not damage your liver or has not spread beyond your liver, your doctor will recommend surgical treatment.

Partial Hepatectomy

Because you need your liver, it is impossible to remove it completely. Your doctor will, therefore, removal of part of your liver, with a surgical procedure called a partial hepatectomy.

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