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How to Manage PTSD and Enjoy the Holidays

Post-traumatic stress disorder is something that should not be taken lightly especially when the holiday season approaches. Although most would look at the holidays as a season to unwind and relax, sometimes the stress required to cope and prepare for these days tend to put a strain, that and a lot of factors such as socialization and noises may affect people especially those with PTSD. Unfortunately, as much as everyone expects you to stay the same and be normal, your PTSD may not allow you to do that. In fact, it changes you to the point that the change is undesirable to these people who are firm with their agendas or simply does not understand what PTSD is at all.

However, there are still ways on how you can avoid PTSD stress over the holidays.

One of the best ways to do so is to set limits on how you plan ahead. That means you should not let yourself lose control of your balance in life. Furthermore, you should also not allow others to corner you especially during this season where you are supposed to be resting and relaxing. That’s why it is important for you to be able to plan on things especially when it involves going to family gatherings and social events. Choose on what events you should attend and not attend. Give yourself acceptable boundaries. It is for your own good after all.

If ever you have to attend but the situation is starting to make you feel uncomfortable to the point of an attack, make sure that you have an exit strategy. At least, this way you still have some sense of control over your situation. But as much as possible, learn to say no. No to things that are triggers for your PTSD. No to people who refuse to acknowledge that you are dealing with something. No to people that are toxic in your life. Sometimes you just need to accept that there will be moments that will have to leave the party early.

Finally, be yourself and don’t go about trying to please others. As much as we all want to give our best food forward, it is still difficult for those with PTSD to deal with their condition especially over the holidays simply because they want to please a certain number of people. This is something that should be corrected. You don’t have to be the center of attention, just be your laid-back self. This will give you less stress and more opportunity to enable you to relax and enjoy the party.

November 19th, 2017

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Holiday Stress: How to Avoid or Reduce Your Stress During the Holidays

It is easy to allow yourself to believe that the holiday season will bring a moment of rest and relaxation. It is also easy to forget that the holidays are equally as stressful. Think about it. You have to do a long list of Christmas shopping. You also have to look into the holiday to do-list. Decorate the house. Make a holiday menu. Arrange the activities.

And the list goes on.

You also have to consider the time pressure to go out and buy all of these and face the wrath of long cashier lines. There’s also the holiday temper tantrums by the kids and relatives. Finally, the soaring prices of the bills is also to consider.

Just by looking at those, the list of concerns to face during the holidays is more than enough to make one extremely stressed out. This can be difficult to handle and worse, if you have a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

But don’t worry! There are ways to get around this problem.

One thing you can do to help minimize your holiday stress is to block out all the aggressive holiday promotions and advertisements. This would include radio, television and the internet. Yes, social media included. This is because this is one of the holidays in the year that companies would use to be extra convincing and manipulative when it comes to consumers. From sales to promotions, they will do everything just to get a buyer. Sometimes, you end up regretting buying these things and it adds up to your stress; most especially if you are hunting down that perfect gift. However, if you cannot do so right away, you can always filter these out.

Another thing you can do is to avoid the mall or any shopping-related place. These places are filled with temptations to purchase whether you need it or not, whether it is in your list or not. Plus, malls will be jam-packed with people and it can be overwhelming for those suffering with agoraphobia, panic or anxiety disorders. However, also take note that once the holidays come nearer, the more people will be there so it is also important that if you need to do your shopping, do it fast. But if you can, shop online. Do take in mind that you have to allow longer time for delivery or your items won’t arrive in time.

Finally, create a budget for shopping, to-do list and expenses. The number one reason why people are stressed during the Christmas holidays is because of money. The more the holidays get closer, the more people get anxious because they still can’t find the perfect gift or that the perfect gift is long gone. Here’s a tip: don’t buy it all. Why? As much as giving the perfect gift is awesome, always remember that it is the thought counts. Instead of giving them what they want, give them what they need like a certificate for a major pamper session or a planner. If your budget is not enough, you can always make homemade gifts.

November 16th, 2017

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The Indications of Teenage Schizophrenia: What You Need To Know


In general, individuals of any ages with the problem will experience misconceptions, hallucinations, topsy-turvy speech (incongruity, swiftly changing between subjects that have no link, and even a loss of speech entirely), and also uncommon motor behavior, such as repetitive motions or a catatonic state. Schizophrenics could additionally provide several other adverse signs, including reduced (or no) eye get in touch with, lack of self-care, less psychological expression as well as a drawback from social communication.

As discussed, schizophrenia can go undiagnosed in its early stages, particularly throughout the teenager years, as its symptoms are usually puzzled with normal, age-appropriate habits. Check in teens will gradually appear over a period of numerous months (often six to nine), and also might at first resemble anxiousness or anxiety signs and symptoms.

• Usual behavior connected with schizophrenia in teenagers could consist of:.

• An absence of personal hygiene, as well as little thought to cleaning or self-care.

• Becoming progressively separated and also taken out from culture.

• Inappropriate feedbacks, for example, giggling when an individual is unfortunate.

• Hectic speech, or speaking with themselves, often utilizing strange words or tones.

• State of mind swings, irritability, rage and aggressiveness.

• Revealing anxiousness, concern or fear.

• Hallucinating (either auditory or aesthetically).

• A trouble in separating their dreams or media (television and internet) from fact.

• Talking about topics that make very little sense, as an example, thinking they are an unusual, the reincarnation of a renowned number, or had.

• Substance abuse.

• Misconceptions, especially feelings of being persecuted or controlled by an individual.

• Failure to concentrate.

November 4th, 2017

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