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Are You Suffering From Confinement Phobia? – Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety!

Answer true or false:

o I get anxious in most situations where I have to stop and wait, for example, stoplights, standing in line at the grocery store.

o I avoid or am afraid of traveling on public transportation, trains, buses, commercial jets.

o It´s uncomfortable for me to be in a closed-in place or in a crowd of people.

o I often feel trapped by something in my life situation, such as my job, marriage, family responsibilities, health, or debt.

o It´s difficult for me to make a long-term commitment to someone or something.

The fear of confinement runs through a number of different phobias including: fear of flying, fear of elevators, fear of crowded public places, fear of small enclosed places (claustrophobia), and fear of being “stuck” anywhere in traffic, bridges, tunnels, or riding on public transportation. Of all of the types of fear, I believe that fear of confinement most frequently disguises an underlying fear of something else, what some psychologists would call a “displaced” fear.

Growing up in a dysfunctional family situation; for example, if your parents were physically or sexually abusive, or perhaps alcoholic, can instill a fear of being “unable to escape or get away.” A child has no choice but to endure such mistreatment: it´s easy to understand how a fear of being trapped might develop under such circumstances.

If the fear of confinement has its origin in childhood trauma, including birth trauma, where you literally were confined or trapped, you may benefit from seeking the assistance of a therapist skilled in treating post-traumatic stress difficulties.

It may be necessary to recall the incident, fully express the feelings you had at the time, and then make a new decision, a reinterpretation, of the meaning of the incident so that you can let it go and be free to go on with your life. Techniques such as hypnotherapy and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, EMDR, may help in this process.

Fears of confinement are more frequently related to present circumstances than past. The fear may serve as a metaphor for some way in which you feel confined or trapped in your present life, whether in your job, your relationship with your partner, your economic constraints, your health limitations, or even your daily schedule.

By addressing and freeing up the problem in your life, you suddenly find you can drive at rush hour or stand in line at the grocery store more easily. This is not to deny the importance of exposure therapy in overcoming situational phobias. Yet it may be necessary both to do exposure and address issues of interpersonal or existential confinement in your current life to ensure long-term recovery.

If you happen to be dealing with a phobia where you have a problem with feeling trapped, you might ask yourself whether there is any broader sense in which you feel trapped by the circumstances of your current life.

Finally, the fear of confinement may arise simply from feeling trapped in your own body without the ability to easily move. When you are anxious, your muscles tighten up and your body naturally prepares for “fight or flight.” However, if you´re in a situation where it really is difficult to move, for example; the window seat on an airplane or next in line at a checkout counter, you may suddenly feel very stuck.

There you are, in a sense “locked” within the tightening muscles of your abdomen, chest, shoulders, and neck with no way to actively channel the sympathetic nervous system arousal or adrenaline surging through your bloodstream. If the sensation grows strong enough, you may perceive it as entrapment, not just being stuck, especially if you tell yourself you´re “trapped.”

At this point you may escalate to a full-blown panic reaction with a strong urgency to run. Had you been able to move more easily in the first place, perhaps the perception and fear of entrapment would have never occurred.

In my experience, the most effective way to handle this situation is to go with your body´s need to move, wherever possible. If you´re standing in line at the checkout counter, put your bag down and leave the store for a minute, walk around, and then return. If you´re stuck in traffic on the expressway, pull over to the shoulder if possible, get out and move about. If you´re seated on an airplane, get up and walk to the bathroom and come back, repeating this several times if necessary.

If you have to keep your seat belt fastened and can´t leave your seat, shake your leg, wring a towel, write in your journal, but do something to channel the excess activation in your body. Keep telling yourself, “This restriction will be over in a while and I can get up and move again,” or “There’s nothing dangerous I’ll be able to move about soon,” or “I may be restricted”, but ‘trapped’ is a false perception.” The better you become at perceiving the situation for what it is, restriction and not entrapment, the less anxiety you are likely to experience.

If fear of confinement is a problem, you need to address the underlying issue. Is your fear left over from a previous trauma? Is it a metaphor for some current restrictive situation in your life? Or is it simply your way of perceiving situations where your mobility is limited? Perhaps two or three of these possibilities are simultaneously true for you. When you understand the source of your fear, you can overcome it.

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Are These Common Habits Increasing Your Stress?

When a person works beyond his or her capacity and the mind of an individual comes under pressure then that condition is stress. This Stress comprises hypertension, depression, anxiety, heart attacks and disruption of immune system etc. We come across this stress by our some common habits. They are explained in the following manner:

• Perfection

Everyone in this world wants to be perfect, but nobody is perfect in this living world. People have habit to improve themselves for being perfect. They are fully concentrated on such a task and if they are not successful, then in that condition they possess the condition of stress. In such a condition a person has to accept what he or she is.

• Anger

Anger is the biggest and most common enemy of health. People have a habit of getting angry on his family members, friends and colleagues to get work done and also to release their frustration and excessive anger leads to the stage of stress which can only be remedied by controlling our anger.

• All- Day Sitting Routine

In our new developing world every task is performed by sitting at one place. We do not require any physical labour to get the task be completed whether it is personal or professional. This lack of exercise and physical labour causes stress. The stress caused by this reason can be suppressed by doing regular exercise.

• Excessive work

Now the man of today’s generation is busy in earning money and for that he or she works beyond his or her working capabilities. Doing excessive work without taking rest leads to the state of stress. The stress caused by such a reason can be suppressed by taking a good amount of sleep.

• Lack of entertainment

When we entertain ourselves by watching movies, hearing songs and other entertaining activity, then our mind gets relaxed but if this entertainment is lacking to us then there comes the condition of stress. The stress caused by such a habit can be remedied by having the proper amount of entertainment.

• Problem

Sometimes a person has gotten tensed by any personal or professional problem in such a condition he or she discuss that problem with his or her family members, friends or co-worker in order to get rid of that problem but as a consequence of it he or she get deeply indulged in that problem and get stressed. To get rid with this type of stress takes a visit of psychiatrist and also takes a good amount of sleep. Bangalore Baptist Hospital is a hospital which is situated in Bangalore and is meant for caring and serving people. Bangalore Baptist Hospital has different medical department and psychiatry is one among them. The best psychiatrist of India is Dr Vimal Kumar, whose clinic lies in Delhi.

Thus stress is that condition which can be a part of any person and its remedy lies within our control. Due care should be done for a person suffering from stress.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What to Eat When You Suffer from IBS

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not really a true disease; it is classified as a functional disorder. Whatever it is classified as, if you have it, you suffer, and feel and are ill.

If you have it, we will outline what you should and should not eat here.

The usual symptoms are:

o Bloating and gas

o Constipation and / or

o Diarrhea

o Feeling like you still need to have a bowel movement after you’ve already had one

o Feeling a strong urge to have a bowel movement

o Pain and cramping

o Occasional mucus in the stools.

What are the examinations the doctor needs to do to confirm the diagnosis?

Physical exam

Blood tests

X ray of the bowel: This x-ray test is called a barium enema or lower GI (gastrointestinal) series. Barium is a thick liquid that makes the bowel show up better on the x ray. Before taking the x ray, the doctor will put barium into your bowel through the anus (a barium enema).

Endoscopy: The doctor inserts a long thin tube into your bowel. The tube has a camera in it, and other mechanical devices, so the doctor can look at the inside of the bowel to check for problems.

What is the treatment? Is there a Cure?

Sadly there is no cure (as its not classed as a disease) but

there are three methods used to alleviate the symptoms. These are: (in order of importance)

diet changes

medicine

stress relief

For diet change, see the rules below.

For medicines, you must speak to your doctor. There are several, but the most important may be for control of acute diarrhea. Stress does not cause IBS, but may trigger it (as does the wrong foods) so you must learn stress management (see our article on stress management.

As to diet, see these important rules below to control your symptoms and avoid the following food if you can, as they are known triggers to the symptoms of IBS:

Fatty foods like French fries , milk products like cheese or ice cream (except yogurt and parmesan cheese), chocolate, alcohol, caffeine (found in coffee and some sodas), carbonated drinks like soda.

Also do the following

Drink no less than 8 glasses of water daily

Eat foods rich in fiber. Fiber can be helpful because it improves how the intestines work, whether you have diarrhea, constipation or both.

Fiber also may reduce bloating, pain and other symptoms of IBS. It does this by bulking the stools and making them softer. Foods rich in fiber are: bran, carrots, apple, whole grain bread, and natural cereals (such as rice).

Eat natural yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, or any other of the cultured milk products that are not fatty.

Eat smaller portions, and more times per day, chewing your food at least 25 chews before swallowing.

Test which spices are OK for you. Ginger in small amounts can be really helpful. Hot chili and other similar spices are person specific. You must test yourself, and if the reaction is negative, avoid them from then on.

Remember that IBS is not going to kill you, but you must do your best to eliminate the symptoms. Proper rest, exercise and good mental attitude also can assure your return to a normal bowel.

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Agoraphobia Help – Here Are the Top Six Methods For Relieving Agoraphobia Quickly!

When the time for decision making arrives, people suffering from agoraphobia will have numerous options for agoraphobia help. This is due to the fact that there are quite a number of cures and remedies out there, so much so that at times finding the right one for you may pose a challenge. Do you go for the self-help therapies or do you opt for the conventional ones? Well, not to worry, this article will look at six of the topmost methods that you can employ if you seek agoraphobia help…

1. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

This technique is very similar in nature to acupuncture which, by the way, is a type of relaxation technique also used to cure this condition. The major difference between EFT and acupuncture is that unlike acupuncture, EFT involves the tapping of certain points of your body using the tip of the finger. What it aims to achieve here by doing this is the alleviation of the stress which causes your phobia.

2. Exposure Therapy

This is a fantastic method for kicking anxiety disorders out of your life. This procedure involves showing you how to perform relaxation routines. Once you have mastered these routines, the therapist will get you to imagine situations and circumstances which normally cause you to panic. As soon as you begin to panic due to that exposure to these situations, you will then apply the relaxation routines to control your panic attack and anxiety.

3. Hypnosis

This has been shown to be a great help with agoraphobia by former sufferers of this condition. To achieve this, you can either employ the services of a professional hypnotherapist, or you could get and listen to aural materials like CDs, DVDs, or MP3s which are actually pre-recorded hypnotherapy sessions.

4. Medication

Examples of these include SSRIs, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants. The drawback with this method for curing your condition is that these medications come with nasty side effects. Also, they basically relieve the symptoms of your condition and not the root cause or the triggers. Plus, they can be addictive with very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

5. Herbal Remedies

These are a great alternative for medication and are very effective remedies for agoraphobia help which have no side effects or potential for addiction. They include, but are not limited to, the following; valerian, kava kava, passion flower, and so on.

6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This is one of the more common techniques for curing agoraphobia. Nevertheless, its efficacy is not lessened by its being common. On the contrary it is one of the most effective ways to combat your condition. It works by aiding the reduction of those negative thoughts and behaviors that help trigger your anxiety disorder.

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Latent Homosexuality: Paranoid Delusions Rage and Anxiety

The discussion on latent homosexuality found its way into the public arena when the July 26 edition of MSNBC hyped Ann Coulter’s interview with host Donny Deutsch, which she said of former President Bill Clinton exhibts “some sort of latent homosexuality.” When Coulter was asked by the host if she was indeed calling Clinton a “latent homosexual,” Coulter replied, “Yeah.” “The level of rampant promiscuity by Clinton does show some level of latent homosexuality.” In support of her assessment, of Clinton, Coulter mentioned “passages” she had memorized from the Starr Report resulting from the investigation into the Monica Lewinsky controversy.

Latent homosexuality is an erotic tendency toward members of the same sex which is not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action. The term was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. According to Freud, “latent” or “unconscious” homosexuality which derived from failure of the defense of repression and and sublimation permit or threaten emergence into consciousness of homosexual impulses, which give rise to conflict manifested in the appearance of symptoms. These symptoms include fear of being homosexual, dreams with manifest and “latent” homosexual content, conscious homosexual fantasies and impulses, homosexual panic, disturbance in heterosexual functioning, and passive-submissive responses to other males.

The Freudian position on latent homosexuality is summarized in this quotation by Karl Abraham: “In normal individuals the homosexual component of the sexual instinct undergoes sublimation. Between men, feelings of unity and friendship become divested of all sexuality. The man of normal feeling is repelled by any physical contact implying tenderness with another of his own sex. …Alcohol suspends these feelings. When they are drinking, men will fall upon one another’s necks and kiss each other … when sober, the same men will term such conduct effeminate. … The homosexual components which have been repressed and sublimated by the influences of education become unmistakably evident under the influence of alcohol.”

In keeping with this train of thoughts, it is not unusual for individuals who exhibit characteristics of latent homosexuality often find themselves drawn to ultra-masculine professions, such as policeman and fireman; to name a few. Many professional sports also serve as a magnet for latent homosexuals, especially the more violent and aggressive sports. The two sports boxing and wresting latent homosexuality is quite evident. And where many of the features involved in the act of intercourse between two lovers are present in the ring. For example, in both boxing and wrestling the participant hug, embrace, stroke the opponent’s sweaty and scantly-covered body like any couple engaged in sexual activities. Many psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists postulate the theory that both the boxer and the wrestler experience profound rage and guilt for their exhibitionist conduct, and for giving in to their homosexual desires. Therefore, each participant is highly-motivated to punish each other, sometime ending in death, for gratifying the unconscious homosexual desire to embrace and make love to another man.

However, the term, latent homosexuality, as commonly used in clinical practice assumes psychological characteristics. It is important to stress that the term is not used in reference to overt homosexual who attempts to suppress his homosexuality and tries to lead a heterosexual life, it applies only to heterosexuals. Many writers and some researchers have questioned the validity of latent homosexuality on both theoretical and clinical grounds. Others have expressed the opinions that latent homosexuality has been a convenient psychopathological “catch-all” category in which many types pathology are assigned, often, with little or no relationship to homosexuality.

Many who questioned the term “latent homosexuality” were indeed skeptical of the “latency” concept. In an effort to put this concern to rest a group of scientific researchers headed by Irving Bieber published their conclusion in 1963 titled; Homosexuality. A Psychoanalytic Study: By Irving Bieber, et al. This study was very broad and extensive. Bieber and his associated proved beyond doubts that the “latency” concept was an appropriate criteria by which latent homosexuality is usually diagnosed.

However, more than four decades after the Bieber’s study was published skeptism about the vilidity of latent homosexuality is generating lively discussions in the public arena. The gladiators at the Freudian gate should know that help is on the way. A modern day version of Bieber and associates in the form of three psychologist: H. E. Adams, L. W. Wright, Jr., and B. A. Lohr, who conducted an experiment to test Freud’s hypothesis. The conclusion was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology 105 (1996), under the title, “Is Homophobia Associates with Homosexual Arousal?” The finding of this study concluded that those who exhabited the most hostile and negative attitudes towards homosexuals demonstrated the hightest level of sexual arousal when exposed to homosexual pornography. In others words, their homophobia was a “reaction formation” designed to protect them from their own internal homosexual desires.

Paranoid Delusions Since the publication of Freud’s analysis of the Schreber case in 1911 psychotherapists and psychoanalysts have accepted the theory that there is a strong connection between latent homosexuality and paranoid delusions. Freud provided a skillful exposition of the theory that paranoid delusions represent various means in which the paranoid individual denies his latent homosexual desires. Freud theory had been confirmed repeatedly in many clinical studies of every researcher who worked with paranoid clients. An intense homosexual conflict is always present in the male paranoiac and is clearly obvious in the individual’s history and clinical material in the early stage of the illness.

Homophobia

Hostility and discrimination against homosexual individuals are well-documented facts. Too often these negative attitudes end in verbal and physical acts of violence against homosexual individuals. In fact, upward of 90% of homosexual men and lesbians report being the subject of verbal abuse and threats, and better than one-third are survivors of violent attacks related to their homosexuality. These attitudes and behaviors toward homosexuals are labeled homophobia. Homophobia is defined as terror of being in close quarters with homosexual men and women, and an irrational fear, hatred, and intolerance by heterosexual individuals of homosexual men and lesbians.

Psychoanalysts use the concept of repressed or latent homosexuality to explain the emotional malaise and irrational attitudes exhibited by individuals who feel guilty about their erotic interests and struggle to deny and repress homosexual impulses. In fact, when these individuals are placed in a situation that threatens to excite their own unwanted homosexual thoughts, they may overreact with panic, anger, or even murderous rage. To better understand this rage I direct the reader to what happened on Jenny Jones show. On March 06, 1995, Scott Amedure (who’s openly gay) appeared with Jonathan Schmitz on Jenny Jones talk show. Amedure revealed that he had a secret affection for Schmitz. Schmitz was not flattered, rather, he felt embarrassed and humiliated; off camera Schmitz expressed anger and rage. Three days after the show Schmitz purchased a shotgun. He drove to Amedure’s trailer and shot him twice through the heart, killing him.

It is commonly agreed among most researchers that anxiety about homosexuality typically does not occur in individuals who are same-sex oriented, but usually involves individuals who are ostensibly heterosexual and have difficulty coming to term with their homosexual feelings and impulses.

Adams, H.E., Wright, L.W., and Lohr, B.A., Is Homophobia Associated with Homosexual Arousal?” Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105 (1996): 440-445.

Bieber, Irving, et al. Homosexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study: Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 32:111-114.

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Penis Rash – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Penis discomfort as a result of inflammation, redness, discoloration and itchy skin and other rash-like symptoms can be caused by a variety of different circumstances. Various sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause rash-like symptoms on the penis and groin area. If a rash appears after recent sexual contact consult with your doctor.

STD’S – Various sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause rash-like symptoms on the penis and groin area. If a rash appears after recent sexual contact consult with your doctor. Chlamydia and herpes zoster may cause rash-like symptoms in some individuals.

Symptoms – Rash along base of penis and/or scrotum. May be accompanied by discharge, blisters, fever, sores or a burning sensation.

Treatment – Your physician can conduct a STD screening test and prescribe medication necessary for treating any particular infection. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

Allergic Reaction – A variety of plants, soaps, detergents, lotions, jewelry, fabric and latex can all elicit an allergic reaction that may result in a penis rash. Some men are allergic to latex condoms and may decide to choose alternative materials such as sheepskin or non-latex based materials.

Symptoms – Penis itching, penis irritation, discoloration or dry penis skin or in the genital region.

Treatment – Cease contact with product or item that may have caused penile skin irritation. If you have recently switched to a new soap or detergent switch back to a more familiar brand. You can also use hypoallergenic products to prevent penis rashes from appearing in the future. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

Infection – Impetigo is an infection caused by bacteria. Bacteria can affect your skin via a small cut or scratch. Scabies is a type of parasite that can infect your skin if you have been outdoors (hiking or camping). If penis skin has been exposed to a poison oak, ivy or sumac you can expect redness and irritation. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

Symptoms – Redness, swelling, honey-colored, crusty blisters or sores.

Treatment – Your physician can conduct a screening test and prescribe medication necessary for treating any particular infection. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

Penis skin Problems – Acne, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea dermatitis may cause a rash to reappear on a regular basis. Weather (either extremely hot or extremely cold) can also cause rashes and other skin problems as a result of drying of the skin. In some individuals skin problems, such as acne outbreaks, may be brought on by stress levels.

Symptoms – Rash like appearance, dry and flakey skin. Reddish discoloration of the skin. Itching, irritation and discomfort.

Treatment РFor recurring rashes and other skin problems consult a general practitioner or dermatologist. You may consider a variety of lotions or penis specific cr̬me, like Man1, that may help minimize rashes and discomfort. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

Health practitioners recommend a penis health creme that helps many men suffering from penis skin issues. It contains penis specific vitamins and minerals plus select moisturizers, anti-bacterial properties and vitamin e to maintain healthy penis skin and treat penis rash. Wash genital area with clean, cool water and dry thoroughly. Treat with penis health creme to keep area moisturized.

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This Busy Brain Won’t Let Me Sleep! Crystals and Aromatherapy to Quiet the Mind’s Chatter

Troubled Days Often Lead to Troubled Nights

Your ability to fall asleep (and stay asleep) is closely related to the amount of anxiety or emotional stress you are experiencing.

Perhaps you unable to go to sleep. You toss and turn in your bed, worrying about something. Your mind repeatedly returns to the troublesome subject, even though there is no solution to be found at this moment. There is no rest to be found now either! Sometimes you fall asleep just fine, but part way through the night you awaken with a disturbing fear or an anxiety. Your mind starts turning the problem over and over (oh, that busy brain). You are now completely awake with an insufficient amount of sleep.

Our bodies are designed to devote a third of our lives to sleeping. But why must we sleep? Why can’t we just sit and rest?  Those are interesting questions, and scientists are still delving deep into the answers. However, most researchers have now agreed that it is it is your brain that requires sleep. Simply resting allows your muscles to relax, but your brain gets no rest.

A consultation with a health care provider is always recommended for questions or concerns about your physical conditions. For an occasional sleepless night, the calming energies of certain crystals and aromatherapy (essential oils) may help quiet the mind to allow you to sleep.

Crystal Energy for Sleeplessness

Did you know the most well-known stone for insomnia is Moonstone? Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep. Ideal for calming emotional distress, Moonstone can also help you settle your thoughts so you can get a good night’s rest.

Some additional crystal suggestions to keep on hand for those occasional sleepless nights:

  • Amethyst is a very healing stone, helping to manage pain and emotional issues
  • Garnet neutralizes nervous energy
  • Hematite is calming
  • Jade relaxes and provides a sense of well-being
  • Lapis lazuli helps resolve unfinished mental business
  • Lepidolite has anti-stress properties, dissolving tension
  • Sodalite promotes peace and stillness, quieting the chattering busy brain

Aromatherapy for Sleeplessness

Lavender essential oil is associated with relaxation and sleeping. It is wonderful when you can’t get your mind to stop going back to a troubling thought when you try to sleep. But did you know that too much lavender is a stimulant? Be sure to place just a single drop on your pillow, a drop in a diffuser, or a half dozen drops in a bath before going to bed.

Here are some additional aromatherapy oils to try for sleeplessness. You may prefer one of these to lavender.

  • Mandarin
  • Myrtle
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lemon Verbena

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Does Asthma Cause Claustrophobia?

I’m asthmatic and have claustrophobia. Does being asthmatic necessarily mean you’re going to suffer, also, from claustrophobia? Maybe. I read about this in Prevention magazine. It seems that recent studies show that there is a striking connection between asthma and psychological problems, i.e. depression and anxiety. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you have not been able to breath, it’s not hard then for the mind to extrapolate, “small place, no air.” In the last year or so I’ve, unfortunately, had some anxiety attacks brought about by asthma. For example, during our trip to Russia I acquired some bug. When we returned, I was sick for a good 6 weeks with coughing, sinus problems etc. So the coughing exacerbates the asthma. I’m going to my allergist, taking all kinds of stuff and still having trouble breathing. One night I wake up in a sweat and am gasping for air.

I tried not to panic. I was able to slow my breathing down and work my way out of it. But it was scary as hell. I can not imagine what it would be like to have a fully blown panic attack. But, back to asthma and claustrophobia. I’ve tried to overcome the phobia. A few years ago while in Rome (oh, another vacation dropper), we decided to go to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Now, if you’ve ever been in these old churches, you can only surmise that the people who built them must have been 5’5″ and 150 pounds because all of the walkways are very narrow and low. I decided to give it a try (my mantra is that if God put it on this earth, I want to see it). It was July and peak tourist season. As we begin to ascend, you’re walking in a spiral. So, you really only see the people’s butts in front of you. There are 100’s of people in front of me and 100’s behind me.

No escape! My dear, dear husband. How I love him so. But what does he say? “This can’t be very good for your claustrophobia”. Screenplay: Wife reaches back and strangles husband. Life: “I love you too dear”. As you get closer to the top of the dome, you are now bending to the right because the staircase mimics the dome. Help!!! Luckily, every so many steps there was a small slit of a window. I would stick my head out of the window, take a deep breath, and continue. I made it to the top! Congratulations! Now to go back down… Over the years I’ve climbed into the Great Pyramid of Giza, gone underground in the Valley of the Kings, gone into caves in Borneo (big ones), and had a Cat Scan. I can fight it but I can’t defeat it.

For the last 5 years I’ve been getting allergy injections. My asthma is almost, ALMOST, under control. And I’ve actually gotten better about being in small places But, any movie or TV show that has a person locked in a room, a room with no window, or, God forbid, watch Kill Bill, forget it. I can’t watch. If a terrorist wanted info from me, just threaten to put me in a small cell with no window and withhold my rescue inhaler… I’ll talk, I’ll talk!!!!! Oh, and no, no scuba diving. Enveloped by water and breathing through a small tube? I don’t think so…

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Are You Getting Panic Attacks Because of Hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used for removing the uterus and is typically performed by a gynecologist. The operation can be “total” or “partial”. Total hysterectomy involves removal of the body and cervix of the uterus while partial hysterectomy involves removal of only a part. There are a number of cases in which oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) is carried out along with hysterectomy. In such cases, the surgery is referred to as TAH-BSO (Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Ooporectomy). The important thing to note here is that hysterectomy is often improperly used to represent any instance of removal of any part of the female reproductive system. Hysterectomy panic attacks are quite common following the surgery.

Hysterectomy panic attacks are often the cause of hot flashes. Menopause is widely known as the primary causative agent behind hot flashes. It is estimated that more than 80% of all American females experience night sweats and hot flashes during this time. Though there are many hormonal fluctuations that take place in the female body during menopause the precise cause of it happening is not known. Hysterectomy panic attacks in the form of hot flashes can last from just a couple of seconds to several long minutes. In rare cases, they have been known to last for as much as a whole hour.

Hysterectomy panic attacks are quite common and this is understandable when you consider two factors. The first is that most surgeries are traumatic and the second is that hysterectomy often causes a slew of symptoms that are not indicative of panic attacks. Combined, the two form solid grounds that serve as invitations to hysterectomy panic attacks. Dizziness is one of the most prominent symptoms after hysterectomy. This causes anxiety in the recovering patient because the sensation of things spinning out of control is too much to take and the resulting anxiety quite frequently explodes into hysterectomy panic attacks. The problem of dizziness is made severe by another side effect of hysterectomy, tinnitus. This condition is related to the ears and it results in many aural sensations that are falsely reported to the human brain. Think of it as hearing things that are made up entirely in your head but have no sound and are not perceptible to other human beings. For example the whooshing of air, a constant high pitched sound, or even chirping in some cases (as that of crickets), are all sounds that when continued over long stretches of time will tend to disorient or annoy the patient.

Hysterectomy panic attacks are actually reported to be fewer among women who had symptoms of depression or anxiety before the operation. Why this happens is not known, but it is quite evident that surgery affects normal women more than women who have already incurred the symptoms. A certain amount of anxiety is only natural when anyone is considering going through even with the most harmless of surgeries. Hysterectomy panic attacks are a compound result of this anxiety, the natural tendency of the patient to worry needlessly, personal attitude towards things in general, as well as the ability to adapt to new and uncertain conditions, especially in circumstances of duress.

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Top 5 Headache Triggers

Hmm… Headaches. A few people I know are famous for giving me some!

But for those of you who suffer from headaches often, today I will provide some pain relief for you, and you WONT have to spend money or ingest pills.

Speaking of spending money… Did you know that North Americans spend $4 billion/year on off-the-shelf pain relievers? And a quarter of that amount goes towards head-ache relief pills. Isn’t that shocking? No wonder so many people have chemical imbalances and serious health problems. First thing you need do is STOP taking so many drugs. Prevention should be your top priority (which is what we’ll discuss here).

If that doesn’t work, seek natural remedies… not band-aid solutions. A naturopathic doctor is a great start. Drugs have their place, in a time of emergency, but regularly you can seek a more healthier solution to your problem.

OK on with the Top 5 list.

1. Stress: This one should be obvious. Is there anything that stress DOESN’T cause? It’s a repeat offender in many health related cases and headaches are NO exception! If you suffer from stress, then do something about it! Oh and believe me, the ONLY person who can cure stress from your life is YOU. Drugs do not cure stress, they merely change your chemistry and nothing else.

First, find your SOURCE of stress… Then create an action plan to nip that problem at the bud. Don’t dilly-dally around! Stress causes your nerves to get all frayed… Which causes tension. This tension leads to headaches and can also trigger migraines.

Ha, well that’s got to suck! You see there is a reason I don’t get many headaches. Here are some of my favorite cures for stress-related headaches:

” Workout. That’s right, get that behind up and moving! I notice that when I workout I am clam, relaxed and free. All that heavy breathing causes oxygen to rush to my brain and I feel at ease. It’s a proven fact that working out is a great stress reliever.

” Meditate. Yup… I meditate. I can even float while doing so. You might not reach the same level of deep mental connection but still… Take 5 minutes and take deep breaths while thinking about NOTHING. Can you do that? (Hint: it’s MUCH harder than it sounds. Try it… Try thinking about NOTHING. Empty your mind)

” Do something you like. Take some time off; Watch a movie, play a game, spend some time with those that like being around you (god forbid). I like to read books, grab a beer with the boys, do some gymnastics, play a video game or two, write… Etc.

2. Your Eating Habits: This one is simple to understand yet is probably the hardest one to fix since most people do NOT have healthy eating habits. Think about it for a second… If you eat junk, you will FEEL like junk. It doesn’t take doctors, scientists or studies to prove this fact… although they have, just in case you weren’t convinced for some odd reason.

Some foods or ingredients that cause headaches: processed meats, caffeine, red wine, chocolate, citrus fruits, processed cheese, snow peas and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

3. Eye Strain: Let’s accept it, we live in the 21st century. Computers aren’t for science geeks and loners anymore. They are an essential tool in our daily part of life and if you cannot use one… Then I don’t know how you are reading this.

So what’s my point? My point is don’t stop using computers all together but TAKE BREAKS. Were not MEANT to look at a bright screen for hours. In fact, the easiest way to do this is have a timer, every 90 minutes it should go off where you get up and take a 15-20 minute break.

Eye strain is not only from computers though, if you have bad vision and don’t have corrective lenses or glasses… This will cause major headaches. Personally I need contacts to see things in the distance, and if I go for too long without them my head starts to feel wonky because I’m trying just too damn hard to make out what’s happening.

Make sure your vision is corrected properly.

4. Sleep: This one will surprise you. Getting too LITTLE sleep or too MUCH sleep can cause headaches. So basically… Don’t be a moron and run on 3 hours of sleep and don’t be a chump and stay in bed for 14 hours. Stick to your body clock and make sure you get 8-10 hours per night… And STICK TO IT. Even on holidays.

5. Sitting: Yeah… Who woulda guessed? Sitting for too long or being lazy can cause headaches! This is specially true when you are seated for too long in an awkward position (such as an uncomfortable chair). This can cause your muscles to tense up and give you tension headaches.

Fixing this is easy… Get up every now and then and stretch, move around, do a light workout, etc.

If you are at an office, go over to that cute girl at the front desk and strike up a conversation and teach her a small dance move. Go on…she won’t mind.

The point is, do something to get that body moving.

So there you have it… I just saved the folks that buy pain-relievers like candy about $1 billion dollars annually. I’ll gladly accept that as a donation within the next 48 hours. In return I’ll fly you down for a personal coaching session. I think that’s pretty fair.

Also, realize that those tips are ACTIVE steps you would need to take if you suffer from headaches, but what if you took PROPER preventative measures… so that you did not have to deal with those problems  in the first place?

That is why you need to incur a lifestyle that is ALREADY active and naturally healthy and therefore your headache problems will disappear.

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