Depression Is Treatable

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Defeat Depression Today

Depression can happen for many reasons; some are genetically prone to it while others abuse substances or experience traumatic events. Whatever the reason, with hard work and the right therapy, you can defeat depression!

If you are battling depression, it is important to be honest with yourself about why you may be feeling this way. If, for instance, you are abusing alcohol or any other drug, you may have a bigger problem on your hands; you will have to find the power and will to quit the substance and become sober! Only then will the depression start to wean off.

If you cannot identify what is causing you to feel depressed, it is important that you start seeing a psychiatrist; he or she will be able to provide you with psychotherapy and an antidepressant. Do not try to defeat depression on your own if you have been experiencing it for more than two weeks; you need to seek professional services before it escalates.

The DSM Ready Movement is a platform where we come together to discuss all of our problems, and that includes depression! There is no person in this world who has not experienced depression; we all have! The difference is whether we overcome it and remain functional or fall trap to it and become nonfunctional.

You are not alone! Let us come together and defeat depression!

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The Uncertainty Of Hard Work

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Enjoy The Bones Along The Way

Let me answer the question before you even ask it: it pays off. We have felt it so many times: the uncertainty of whether our hard work is getting us anywhere. The reality is that we often feel like our hard work is for nothing, because we expect immediate results; we are forgetting about the important concept of delaying gratification.

Delaying gratification is a mature way of thinking that can help you remain on the right path in life, if applied consistently. It means: working hard in the present moment while sacrificing pleasure and results, and expecting gratification to occur sometime in the future. When applied consistently, it feels quite amazing when you start to reap the benefits along your path to success.

As soon as you come to acceptance with the fact that hard work comes with uncertainty, sweat and tears, and possibly no results in the near future, you will be at peace to continue grinding and working hard to achieve your dreams! It takes perseverance to achieve success, and 99% of the time, it comes with hard work only.

The beautiful thing about hard work is that it throws you a bone from time to time; these small rewards refuel you to keep you journeying towards the end goal! Do not lose sight of your goals just because you’re swamped with fatigue and misery; these experiences are shaping your character and building you into a stronger and more valuable person.

The DSM Ready Movement is about working hard together to achieve prosperity, peace of mind and most importantly, love!

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Sky View from Grass Level

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A Free Natural Remedy

There are many times when your desire to be outside is through the roof; one more minute in your dungeon will drive you crazier than the obnoxious Subarus driving down your street. So you grab hold of a beach towel, some white Apple headphones and make your way out into nature; step #1 accomplished.

You allow the warm beams of the sun to penetrate your skin from all angles, while you lay on your beach towel making eye contact with the grass at ground level; you’ve officially landed. You slightly rotate your eyes toward the sky and come to the realization of what it feels like to view the world from grass level; step #2 accomplished.

You make a phone call or two; some people might answer, others may be busy studying while some don’t pick up. You hear the little kids playing in the playground nearby, the parents teaching the little leaguers how to properly hit a baseball and the birds chirping in the background; you are taking it all in and are already feeling much better about yourself. Step #3 accomplished.

Nature provides many wonderful experiences that you cannot obtain indoors. It is healing, therapeutic, relieving and natural; it connects you with a feeling of pure happiness. Any time that you are experiencing that grueling feeling of boredom or indoor disgust, do yourself a wonderful favor and head outdoors to spend time with nature; you will come back feeling splendid!

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Phantom Limb Pain

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Invisible Sensations

A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated limb is still attached. Phantom limb occurs after leg amputation in 98% of patients! The experience may last for years and may even be painful. Sometimes the pain is worsened by anxiety or stress. There is no known cause or treatment; it usually stops spontaneously over time.

Phantom sensations may even occur after amputation of breasts, teeth or even eyes! For instance, some patients who undergo a mastectomy (surgical removal of a breast) report experiencing a phantom breast, or the sensation of still having the amputated breast present. For amputated limbs, the sensation may feel as if the missing limb is shorter or in a distorted position. Phantom sensations have also been reported in transexuals who experience phantom genitals after gender reassignment surgery.

Because the cause of phantom limb is not known, there is no treatment that cures the condition. Treatment approaches that have shown to be helpful include: antidepressants, acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback. It can be very debilitating for these patients to lead a depressive-free life while experiencing phantom sensations; imagine having a limb amputated and then feeling as if your limb is still there, but also accompanied by pain!

How would you feel? Imagine the depressing thoughts and suicidal ideations that patients experience while battling phantom limb pain! This is why we must come together and support each other through all our difficulties and struggles!

The DSM Ready Movement is about understanding and caring for each other!

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Antidepressants: The Power Of SSRIs

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Serotonin Rescue

Anxiety and depression are very common mental disorders that can become very debilitating if not properly treated. A common question that many people have is which treatment is best? There is no right or wrong answer; I believe therapy is individualized based on personality and the severity of the illness.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are a class of antidepressants that are very efficacious at relieving anxious and depressive symptoms. The name says it all: they work by inhibiting the reuptake pump on presynaptic neurons, resulting in more serotonin available in the synaptic cleft.

Let’s break the neuroscience down: you have two neurons (brain cells) lined back to back with some space in between them. That space is called the “synaptic cleft.” Your thoughts are created by these neurons releasing neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) into the synaptic cleft; these neurotransmitters migrate to the next neuron to bind to the receptors, and the process repeats itself. There are millions of these connections in our brain!

The first neuron is called the “presynaptic neuron” because it is “pre or before” the synaptic space and the neuron that follows is called the “postsynaptic neuron”, because it is “post or after” the synaptic space.

The presynaptic neuron, in our case, releases serotonin into the synaptic cleft so it can bind to the postsynaptic neuron. In people with anxiety and depression, it is believed that there is not enough serotonin released, resulting in the uncomfortable symptoms experienced.

On the presynaptic neuron there are pumps that recycle serotonin back into the cell when it is no longer needed. SSRIs block these pumps, allowing the serotonin to float around and increase in quantity; this results in the alleviation of anxious and depressive symptoms.

It takes about 4-6 weeks to start feeling the SSRIs having an effect on your anxiety or depression; they start working immediately in your brain, but the effects take 4-6 weeks to become noticeable. That is why it is very important to take the medication everyday, otherwise, their efficacy goes down. Always talk to you doctor about how to properly take an SSRI!

No one deserves to suffer from the horrific symptoms of anxiety and depression! Your life is worth living and with the proper education and treatment, you can once again take back control of your life!

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Theory Of Mind

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Worldwide Network Of Human Relations

Theory of mind is the ability to attribute different mental states to others and to understand that others have different beliefs, perspectives and desires than that of your own. It involves understanding another person’s beliefs, emotions and intentions and using this information to more effectively deal with social situations.

Theory of mind is crucial for everyday social interactions; it’s a process used when analyzing and inferring others’ behaviors. It allows you to arrive at an understanding that different mental states are responsible for the behavior of others.

There are many cognitive disorders that prevent people from utilizing theory of mind. For instance, patients with autism, schizophrenia, ADHD and alcoholism can have deficits related to theory of mind; their developmental and cognitive impairment prevents them from effectively understanding others’ thought processes and behavioral patterns.

Theory of mind is crucial to developing prosperous relationships; the better you can understand others’ way of thinking and behaving, the easier you can adapt to their presence and prevent unnecessary complications. Theory of mind can be utilized to make your life easier, by understanding the role that other individuals hold in your surroundings.

Theory of mind is not meant to be used in a manipulative manner; it is a mental tool that allows you to better understand where others are coming from. It allows you to understand their stories and become empathic towards their struggles; it is a worldwide network of human behavioral understanding. And it is free to use!

The DSM Ready Movement advocates for the peaceful and empathic use of theory of mind to help each other understand our struggles and pain; to bring us together and share the power of love with one another!

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Creamy Yummy Peanut Butter

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Ketogenic Diet: Peanut Butter

If you consider peanut butter to only be for children, you are missing out on many health benefits! Besides being good for you, it is an excellent source of energy prior to working out or playing sports; in particular tennis!

If you do not eat peanut butter, you should start this tasty treat immediately! (considering that you do not have any allergies)

Here are the following health benefits:

  • Protein (helps build muscle, repairs tissues and is a building block of bones, cartilage, skin and blood)
  • Magnesium (important for bone formation, assists with calcium absorption and even relieves anxiety)
  • Phosphorous (helps aid in the building of healthy cells and bones)
  • Zinc (important for the immune system which fights infections, protein synthesis and DNA formation)
  • Niacin (helps with digestion and nerve function and helps produce energy)
  • Vitamin B6 (necessary for the heart and immune system)
  • Weight loss (improves satiety or the feeling of fullness, which helps you avoid unnecessary snacks and oversized meals)
  • Improves hearth health (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as niacin, magnesium and vitamin E are good for your heart)
  • Helps with bodybuilding (provides a good amount of protein and gives you energy before your workouts)
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer (eating peanut butter from a young age reduces the risk of developing benign breast disease, which results in a lowered risk of developing breast cancer)

To add even more flavor to it, spread it on two pieces of bread mixed with strawberry jam; the flavor will get you going for whatever activity you have in mind immediately after.

The DSM Ready Movement is about promoting a healthy lifestyle with the goal of improving mind, body and soul!

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Why Trance Music Rocks

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An Uplifting Altered State Of Energy

Trance music is a type of electronic dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythms and sounds. It is mostly instrumental with some mixed-in vocals heard in some songs. Trance music is based on the concept of being in a trance: a state of hypnotism and elevated consciousness.

Trance is a great genre to listen to if you are the type of person who is motivated to elevate your consciousness and think about life. The music itself does not act like psychedelics, allowing for mind expansion at such a powerful level, but it does help you relax and enter a state of mind that promotes self-reflection.

Trance music also provides an uplifting and high-energy effect; it is great to listen to before going out at night, while exercising or on a long drive across state lines. The steady rhythm of trance is also great for concentration and focus; songs without vocals can be used in the background when working or studying.

Trance is great for promoting creativity and altered states of mind, especially in a calm meditative environment. The repetitive base lines are similar to those used in shamanic ceremonies, allowing your mind to drift off into uncharted territory and explore new ways of thinking and viewing the world; it sometimes helps you connect the dots in your world!

Most importantly, the music is fun to listen too! It’s uplifting, can alter your state of mind, does not contain profanity, is healing and provides a feeling of well-being; the same elements experienced in The DSM Ready Movement!

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Don’t Take It Out On Yourself

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Your Greatest Gift Is Life

It is so easy to get angry with yourself and allow negative thoughts to pile like an old dirty bookshelf, resulting in a repetitive pattern of self-destruction. Most of the time, our environment is so stressful and consuming that we take it personally and redirect the negative energy within ourself; this inches us closer to mental illness.

You should not take it out on others either. Rather, try mirror meditation or mindfulness. Relax, close your eyes and just lose yourself in the present moment; sometimes all we need is some disconnection from the world. Meditation is like a reset point you can always return to; it allows you to unwind and destress.

You should always be loving yourself; if you are not, why should others? Your greatest gift is life! The fact that you get to experience this world, no matter how tough it may be, is extremely precious and you should always be grateful! You have to learn how to get past the rough terrain without doing harm to yourself; when you make it, you will realize that it was all worth it.

If you can relate to this message, educate the people you know not to take it out on themselves. The DSM Ready Movement is about coming together and helping each other, while empowering one another to reach a slightly higher state of mind! 😎

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Keeping Your Drive To Exercise Alive

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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

Exercising on a consistent basis requires motivation and persistence; it is so easy to lose the two and drop your entire routine all together. Somewhere inside of you, you must find a reason to keep yourself determined to maintain your fitness habits.

Whether you want to lose weight, remain healthy or become fit, your goal should be to maintain an exercise routine 2-3 times a week, for about 30-45 minutes per session. If discipline is something that you struggle with, you need to find a way to develop it now before it’s too late. As you get older, it becomes harder to instill new habits and break old ones; as the saying goes, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

The discipline to exercise is based on motivation; you must find something that keeps you pushing. Whatever you find will help you exercise on the days that feel the hardest to get going; when you succeed to exercise on those days, your discipline will be reinforced and you will find it easier to maintain your drive to exercise.

Lastly, do not lose sight of the most important factor in regards to exercising: having fun! In anything that you do, having fun is key to maintaining a momentum and succeeding with your goals.

The DSM Ready Movement is about having fun!

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