Put Your Anger Aside

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Anger Issues

Life will always deliver you negative news; it’s a strong feature of the circle of life that cannot be avoided. There is no way to go throughout life without experiencing negativity and the pain that comes along with it. But the anger that it makes you feel is not necessary; actually, it can become very self-destructive if not handled properly.

Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility. It is natural to feel it but very counterproductive; it can prevent you from moving forward in life, affect your relationships and promote stress, anxiety and depression. The more you experience anger, the more you will attract this feeling into your life, making you very bitter and unpleasant to be around.

Some people have anger issues because they have made it a pattern to react to certain situations or words with anger; it has become an automatic emotion for them. And the more anger that they experience, the more situations have the potential to turn into anger-triggers, fueling the pattern of their emotional turmoil.

Learn to place your anger issues aside by finding an activity which allows you to transfer your anger, such as weight lifting; the strong effort required to lift heavy weights can be fueled by your anger. Believe it or not, dissolving your anger into a physical activity gives you more energy and makes you feel better!

Please do not be angry! Life is too short and sweet to waste your beautiful time and energy on such a negative emotion. Let us come together and be happy; this is the meaning behind The DSM Ready Movement!

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Alcohol-Induced Psychosis

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Alcoholic Rabbit Holes

Alcohol-induced psychotic disorder (AIPD) is not a primary organic psychotic disorder like schizophreniform or schizophrenia; it is due to the substance itself, in this case, alcohol. Psychosis is a disorder that involves hallucinations, delusions or disorganized thinking; it classically is known as having a “break with reality.” AIPD can occur during an acute intoxication, withdrawal or chronic long-term use.

AIPD is more common in individuals struggling with alcohol dependence or addiction. Once a person develops AIPD, the psychosis may last anywhere from 1-6 months. If it is secondary to alcohol withdrawal, it usually clears up within one week.

AIPD Secondary to Acute Intoxication

When a person consumes a very large amount of alcohol in one sitting, they may develop AIPD. Some of the symptoms include: aggression, hallucinations, delusions, amnesia and impaired consciousness. The condition usually ends during hospitalization when the alcohol is cleared from the body, but the person is still at risk for alcohol poisoning, which must be monitored for to prevent death.

AIPD Secondary to Withdrawal

Also known as alcohol withdrawal delirium, this occurs when a person drinks a large quantity for a long period of time and abruptly stops drinking all together. Because the body becomes physically dependent on the substance, it starts to experience side effects when alcohol is no longer present in it.

Some of the symptoms include: agitation, anxiety, chest pain, irregular heart rate, headaches, mood changes, nightmares, hallucinations, delusions, delirium, fever, seizures and involuntary muscle contractions. The symptoms progress in severity from time to last drink, starting as early as 6 hours since the last drink and even continuing 48 hours later; hallucinations and seizures are the last symptoms to appear.

AIPD Secondary to Chronic Use

After long-term heavy alcohol use, a person may develop alcohol hallucinosis, paranoia or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Alcohol hallucinosis manifests as: auditory or tactile hallucinations, delusions and rapid mood swings. It can appear in a person who has a clear thought process but has been drinking heavily for many years. Alcoholic paranoia manifests as: extreme anxiety and the fear that others are after you.

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by a lack of vitamin B1 in the body secondary to poor nutrition in heavy alcoholics. It manifests as: the inability to form new memories, confabulation, confusion and hallucinations. There is no recovery from Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, as the mammillary bodies of the hippocampus have been severely damaged.

It is important to moderate your alcohol intake and never cross the invisible line leading into addiction territory. Alcohol was responsible for over 85,000 deaths per year from 2006-2010 in the United States; why lose your life over a substance? Always drink responsibly and remember that there is no substance that can ever replace natural happiness obtained from healthy relationships!

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Never Give Up On Someone With A Mental Illness

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Mental Illness Awareness: Together We Can

We all experience it: sadness, misery, loneliness, anxiety, rage, etc. We all know how devastating and troublesome emotions can become; they can instantly change our life in a matter of seconds. And we can all relate, to some extent, to someone who has given up on us; the pain is too memorable to forget.

Imagine people who are suffering from a mental illness, whether acute or chronic; their pain is sometimes unbearable! They may feel like taking their own life because the illness has literally blinded them; they cannot see past the black hole they are in!

Our role needs to be supportive and loving. We need to stand together and defeat the mental health stigma that continues to linger in all parts of the world; together we can succeed! But we need all the help and support we can get. We need to stand up for all the people suffering from a mental illness and show them more love and care; we need to be by their side at all times!

Someone who is suffering from a mental illness is relying upon us; the moment we leave is the moment they may give up on their life. We provide them with hope and sometimes that is all they need to get better and smile again! Let us come together and fight mental illness; let us reach the day when we will all stand on a large platform and celebrate the victory over mental health stigma!

Are you ready to join The DSM Ready Movement? Are you ready to fight for everyone who is suffering from a mental illness?

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An Epidemic Of Loneliness

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Defeating Loneliness

More and more people are admitting to feeling lonely; a society that strives on competition and above average results does not promote enough care and attention for each other. As a result, we become disconnected in the process and wonder why we feel sad that we are without company.

We are also very engaged with repetition; work, school and technology dominate our lives. After a long day, we have entrained our mind to become technologically connected and socially disconnected. Children and adolescents are on the verge of developing a gaming disorder while adults are glued to television news channels.

The way our society can defeat loneliness is by putting aside technology and coming up with activities that we can do together: swimming, playing basketball or tennis, enjoying the sun at the beach, being in nature a few hours a week, relaxing in the park, working out at the gym, jogging, etc.

Once we find that passion to connect with others again, our loneliness will start to dissipate and we will once again feel a sense of happiness and love. But we cannot defeat loneliness if we continue to jump from work to technology and back to work; this pattern will keep us imprisoned in a never-ending loop of lonely misery.

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Flexibility With New Relationships

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The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence

Meeting new people is part of life; whether you like it or not, it will happen. New people will repeatedly be introduced into your life and you will have to learn to become flexible in your interactions with them. Flexibility is the ability to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.

Flexibility does not come very easily for many people; old patterns and ways of thinking are sometimes difficult to break. Some people will push your buttons and you will have to know how to adjust; maintaining old patterns can be counterproductive and even destructive.

Being flexible is a form of emotional intelligence; it demonstrates that you are able to adopt a leadership role and serve others in time of need. Emotional intelligence and excellent communication are vital for you to improve your status, relationships and to form new connections!

Do not view flexibility as a negative requirement; take it as an opportunity for self-growth and adjustment. The more opportunities you have at becoming flexible, the more pattern recognition you will experience, and this will help you manage difficult situations with more ease. But most importantly, always stay true to yourself no matter how flexible you become!

The DSM Ready Movement is about helping us improve our relationships, adopting flexibility and working together to elevate each other to higher states of mind!

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Dealing With Annoying Individuals

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Annoying People At Work

The last thing you want to do is to react towards annoying individuals; this will give them power and reassurance that their behavior is getting to you. Annoying people are insecure by default; they strive on irritating others by projecting their insecurities away from themselves.

If there is no way that you can cut an annoying person out of your life (i.e., you have to work with them) then the best way to deal with this relationship is to tolerate their behavior without reacting in a negative manner; show them through your body language that you disapprove their behavior.

When you consistently do not react to their behavior, annoying people will grow inpatient because they will quickly realize that you are resistant to their provocations and pesky behavior. Instead, remain cool, calm and collected and let their behavior brush against your skin like a slight breeze in the background.

Learning to effectively deal with annoying people will teach you discipline, maturity and professionalism; composure is key to eliminating weak individuals from your life and attracting positive successful ones. Your goal is to remain happy and not allow others to pester you into anger and self-destruction.

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Living With Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar Depression Symptoms

There are two types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I requires a symptom called mania to be present; depression does not have to be present for the diagnosis to be made. Bipolar II requires a symptom named hypomania to be present.

Mania is manifested as:

  • Distractibility (poorly focused)
  • Insomnia (decreased need for sleep)
  • Grandiosity (inflated self-esteem)
  • Flight of ideas (jumping from one thought to another, racing thoughts)
  • Increased goal-directed activities
  • Pressured speech (or more talkative)
  • Risk-taking behaviors (sexual, financial)

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania and patients are usually able to maintain their jobs, as opposed to patients who are manic.

Depression is manifested as:

  • Insomnia (2-4 am awakening)
  • Decreased interest in activities
  • Guilt (feelings of worthlessness)
  • Fatigue (loss of energy)
  • Concentration (indecisiveness)
  • Weight loss (decreased appetite)
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation (restlessness or slowing down)
  • Suicidal thoughts (intent with/without a plan)

With medications called mood stabilizers (i.e., Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol, etc.) and psychotherapy widely available, patients can lead a happy and productive life in society!

If you or anyone you know is suffering from Bipolar Disorder, please seek immediate medical attention!

The DSM Ready Community is a safe and nonjudgmental place where we can share our experiences with mental illness!

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Making Connections Is Vital

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Keep It Authentic

Whether you are young, old, rich or poor, do not isolate yourself and think that you have the world at your fingertips; it’s a fantasy. No matter how talented or successful you are, isolation will eat you alive; first will come the insecurity and anxiety, followed by the inevitable depression. A lone wolf mentality does not last.

Emotional intelligence involves having self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, assertiveness, empathy and social skills; the ability to make connections. Strong friendships, family relationships and other connections are key to developing excellent mental health.

Whether you are a student, lawyer or NBA baller, the benefits from making prosperous connections are enormous:

  • New friendships that will bring you happiness and love
  • A boost in confidence (being able to handle multiple connections will increase your sense of value)
  • Improved social skills (the more you interact with different types of people, the more diversity you expose yourself too)
  • Gaining new knowledge and insight (people come from many different walks of life; there is always something new you can learn)
  • Helps keep depression away (depression strives best when we are lonely and vulnerable; keep the depression door shut and open the social doors that will bring you happiness and prosperity)

Lastly, do not take advantage of your connections; your selfishness will not go unnoticed forever. Be authentic and strive to learn and build with your connections; sharing is caring!

The DSM Ready Movement is about building an international community focused on bringing people together to achieve a happier and healthier state of mind! 😎

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Be Assertive in Your Actions

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Vocally Assertive People

If you do not learn to speak up, others will take the lead and you will become disappointed. Being assertive does not mean being arrogant; it means that you are confident, positive, assured, strong-willed and determined to accomplish your intentions.

Excellent communication is key to obtaining the successful results you desire and building the relationships you want; without being vocally assertive, your position of power diminishes. If you are struggling to be assertive, try implementing daily positive affirmations such as “I am strong and get my way”, “I am confident and assertive”, “I am determined to accomplish my goals.”

Being confident in your interactions portrays strength and leadership; it shows others that you are in it to win it! Vocally assertive people are not cocky or try to hard; they just know how to ask for what they want in a humble and self-assured way.

Vocally assertive people effectively communicate their wants, needs and boundaries while respecting the thoughts and wishes of others. They carry themselves with confidence, which attracts people and puts them in a position of power; they become the center of attention without actually intending to.

Do you have what it takes to start taking control of your life?

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Sleepy Stretches

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Benefits Of Stretching Before Bed

Stretching is a wonderful habit to develop, especially after intensive workouts. It helps you feel mentally and emotionally relaxed, relieves stiffness and feels great. A good time to unwind and stretch your body is before bed!

Because stretching is a very personal act, the activity helps you focus on your bodily sensations and gets your mind off your daily stressors; this relaxes you for a good night’s sleep.

The awareness of your body during stretching helps you develop mindfulness; the act of being nonjudgmental towards yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to promote better sleep. And with a little bit of stretching before bed, you can avoid getting into the habit of sleep deprivation and the increased risk of mental illness that comes along with it.

Stretching helps relieve muscle tension and loosens you up prior to sleep. Imagine going to bed feeling stiff after a 3 hour tennis match? It’s not a good feeling. Stretching is for your muscles what showering is for your skin and hair; they help you rejuvenate.

Stretching improves your flexibility, increases your range of motion, reduces musculoskeletal pain, relieves stress, calms your mind and helps decrease tension headaches! All of these benefits can help promote a better night’s sleep because they help your body recover from the wear and tear of daily activities, promoting peace of mind before you doze off.

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