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Stress is the classic ailment of the 21st century and accepted as part of our working lives. In fact, stress is generally perceived as a barometer of success. Dynamic professionals seem keen to publicise the fact that their lives are blighted by this modern anguish.

In contrast to socially acceptable moaning about minor stresses and strains, The Day I Snapped investigates what happens when the stress of working life causes a major meltdown. Linda, Elinor, Simon, Justin and Linn were pushed to the point where they were ready to ‘snap’. This is a very human account of what happens when anxiety gets too much to cope with. The story of a GP, a teacher, a social worker, a farmer and a businessman whose stress levels rendered them unable to function. How did the situation reach breaking point in the first place? How did they deal with it? How have their lives changed since?

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It is as important to care for your children’s mental health as it is to care about their physical health. Back in past centuries, any discussion related to a persons mental health was automatically assumed to mean that the individual had a problem with his sanity. Today we know that such assumptions are incorrect.

What was termed insanity may well have been a state of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. These are all problems that can be corrected

There are several types of behavioral disorders, and they are also often referred to as disruptive behavioral disorders. They are quite common in children of all ages, and are usually the reason that some children are referred to specialized health care practitioners for evaluations and/or treatment.

Contrary to what many parents might believe, all children’s mental health problems are not the same. Among the different types of behavioral disorders are those that you probably hear of quite often: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); conduct disorder; and oppositional defiant disorder.

ADHD is one of, if not the most, researched subject within the field of children’s mental health. It can be seen in children at a very young age, and the symptoms most often times occur all together. Many parents recognize that their children are inattentive, impulsive, and are highly active.

For most, the signs of ADHD are not blatantly clear until the child reaches elementary age and begins attending school. Regardless of what age a parent realizes that their child may be suffering from this disorder, they surely want to know what caused it to happen and what can be done about it.

What is known is that ADHD is a biological disorder of the brain; although it has yet to be confirmed, studies suggest that the disorder is genetic. Additionally, it has been found that children having ADHD have a lower brain metabolism in the areas that control attention, social judgment, and movement.

Conduct disorder is characterized by antisocial behavior; children suffering from this disorder invariably exhibit actions that violate others’ rights. They often act outside of age-appropriate social standards and rules. Some of the behaviors seen in these children or adolescents often include irresponsibility, delinquency, and physical aggression toward others.

Those affected by conduct disorder resort to truancy or run away frequently, and they even commit crimes of theft, assault, or in extreme cases, rape. With the effects of conduct disorders being so extreme, it’s natural to wonder if you, the parent, is at fault and what you can do to help your child.

Many medical experts have concluded that conduct disorders are multi-factorial, and often are caused by a combination of biological, physiological, and external factors. Over time and with help, this problem can be corrected

Oppositional defiant disorder is another of the common types of behavioral disorders, and it’s characterized by uncooperative and annoying behaviors towards others, especially authority figures. Children and adolescents with ODD cause a lot of stress and trouble for the people around them.

Though there is no definitive cause of ODD, there are a few theoretical explanations for the development of the disorder. One such developmental theory suggests that the problem starts when children are toddlers; they have difficulty learning apart from their primary attachment figure, and thus, their autonomous skills don’t properly or fully develop. Learning theory suggests that the characteristics of ODD are simply learned attitudes that reflect the effects of negative reinforcements that are commonly used by parents and authority figures.

Although the exact causes of these different types of children’s mental health disorders is not always known, it has been identified by various research that disruptive behavior disorders are caused by both biological and environmental factors.

In any such case where a child is suffering from or thought to be developing a behavioral disorder, it is always important and necessary to seek the assistance of a qualified medical professional for advice in dealing with the situation.

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It’s come to my attention, that there seem to be an increasing amount of mental health issues popping-up these days, including, but not limited to, “selective memory loss, paranoia, and delusion”. Otherwise healthy and rational human beings, have been coming up with the most extraordinary statements lately, which lead me to believe they must be effected by a highly virulent strain of some mental blockage/malfunction. We may be experiencing a deadly virus far more sinister than the passing cold (and I doubt we’ll be able to have this one analyzed by the CDC).

In recent weeks I’ve actually heard with my very own ears, lifelong Democrats, and rational fence-sitting Republicans, say they are NOT going to vote for Obama! (What the hell does that mean?!)

For some, that means they are actually considering voting for McCain, & more of the failed Republican agenda, which got us into this mess in the first place (re: “selective memory loss”). They reason that the dysfunctional known, is better than the wide-open unknown, and have retreated to the well worn paths of the past. (I suspect the oft used Republican ploy of “paranoia politics” has taken it’s toll here, and these people have finally succumb to it’s oozing, baseless fear.) They’ve lost so much of their happiness in the last 8 years, that they’re reluctant to put any more of their existence on the line, and will try to hold onto the little sanity they have left, with both hands.

For others, they’ve swung their two-cents into the various Independent Parties, reasoning that they have to vote their conscience, … no matter what! (Now this group, though I applaud their basic fortitude and integrity, I’d have to diagnose in the “delusional” category.) In theory, our voting system is set-up to bend to the will of the majority of the people it governs. Sounds good on paper! However in practice, if you split up the majority into numerous separate issue groups, this enables a carpet-bagging minority to slip in the back door, and push their limited agenda on everyone else, … whether we really agree with it, or not. So, though initially well intended, this approach becomes the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot to avoid future cuticle issues, and their votes will essentially be negated in the ultimate electoral results.

I’ve even heard underlying implications (and a few outright ones), that some just won’t vote for a black man for President. Disregarding that Obama is also 50% white, these people seem to be succumbing to the outdated ethnic opinions and fears of their forefathers’ generation, totally dismissing the fact that if our country were in a world-wide dog show, … we’d definitely be in the ‘Mutt’ category.

I know in normal, everyday life, these people would never treat another human being cruelly, or with unprovoked malice (here’s where we touch briefly on “multiple personality disorder”). But somewhere in the building anxiety over the condition we find our country in, their past rote teachings, of ancient paranoia, start whispering to them. They end up robotically reciting the unwarranted anger, and hatred of someone ‘different’, like a speech you had to memorize in school once, and can’t get out of your head. (*Note: This symptom also borders on “post traumatic stress disorder”, which makes sense, if you consider the last 8+ years our leaders have been holding the population hostage, with their astronomically incompetent decision making.)

Due to the widespread aggravated symptoms I have described above, I find it necessary to issue a nationwide alert at this time! Even if you’re not exhibiting any symptoms of the aforementioned mental health issues, we have all been exposed to this insipid virus, and need to be inoculated. Therefore, we must immediately dispense a massive dose of Sanity and Common Sense to the entire voting populous! (As always, generic doses will be readily available.)

After these people have had a chance to truly ponder their future, without the debilitating constrictions of this mental dis-ease, they too will come to the inevitable conclusion that there is no other choice, if we want to save our beloved country from disaster, and will thank us in the long run.

© 2008

Jill Waldbieser wrote an article for Women’s Health called “The Scary Mental Health Risks of Going Meatless.” It’s really dumb and here’s why.

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*References*

The Scary Mental Health Risks of Going Meatless
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/side-effects-of-vegetarianism

Myths of The Vegetarian Myth
Myths of The Vegetarian Myth

Vegetarian diet and mental disorders: results from a representative community survey
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3466124/

Vegetarian diets are associated with healthy mood states: a cross-sectional study in Seventh Day Adventist adults
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2887769/

It’s Curtains For The Expensive Tissue Hypothesis
http://paleovegan.blogspot.com/2011/11/its-curtains-for-expensive-tissue.html

Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864
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There are a lot of articles and a lot of sales pitches on the internet regarding mental toughness programs. Those I have seen include the following basic ideas.

Think positively.
Fight the negative response at all times. There is always a positive alternative. NO NEGATIVITY.

Avoid negative people and follow the examples of positive people and their successes
Seek them out, even if it is only by reading about them. The stories of successful people are very motivating.

Visualize.
See yourself as a person who has already accomplished what you are setting out to do. Imagine yourself living your dream. If you are nervous about one of the steps in the process, practice it in your mind before you do it. Athletes visualize all the time, shooting the basket, crossing the finish line, catching the ball. Visualize your success.

Meditate.
There’s a reason this is so popular. Being able to calm yourself in a stressful situation is crucial. Meditating is also a great preparation tool for heading into high-stress situations. If you can’t sit still, try walking or doing yoga.

Get out of your comfort zone.
Do something different and out of your regular routine every day. Think of it as stress practice. Stress is often just a result of doing something that you aren’t used to. Get used to it by practicing in small ways. Take a different route somewhere, rearrange your schedule, go to a different store, call a different friend, vacation in a new place, call in sick for once – you get the idea.

Be prepared.
You can’t anticipate everything, but being as prepared as you can possibly be cuts down on the stress of walking into a new situation. Anticipate problems and questions and come armed with solutions and answers.

Don’t dwell on the past.
Become a solution-oriented person. Where-do-I-go-from-here thinking will bring more results than how-did-this-happen thinking. You probably already know how it happened, just move on. Think positively about the future and let go of the past.

Develop and use your mantra.
Figure out why you are doing what you are doing and where your goal originated. Find your core reasoning and your passion and say it to yourself everyday. Say it out loud. It’s a little weird at first, but you feel the results. If you struggle with a lack of confidence, throw in phrases like “I am capable of doing this; I am strong and healthy and smart enough to accomplish whatever I set out to do” etc. The power of saying things out loud and thinking positively is truly amazing.

Developing mental toughness as a sort of mental stress training exercise can help you cope with situations, head off stress and become the person you have wanted to become. It will increase your focus and your determination to succeed.

Go get em’!

There is more information on stress and anger management at http://www.mentalstresstraining.com