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Mad or Sad – Anxiety

At some stage in our lives we all will have suffered a bout of being anxious due to a bad moment. Missing a bus or late for an appointment is enough to trigger uneasiness, which is quite a normal reaction.

Prolonged anxiety which meddles with a person’s everyday life tells us that we are now dealing with a condition called (anxiety disorder).
Coping with excessive anxiety can be a struggle but with the right medical advice and help then this ailment which is associated with other psychiatric conditions such as depression can be tamed.
In the UK 1 in 10 people battle to lead a normal life, the severity of anxiety powers is no doubt a mighty force to contend with where the effects can turn a persons life upside down.

Anxiety that flares up with no identifying reason behind the cause has to be questioned. Strong/severe anxiety that tampers or interferes with daily routines- activities is considered abnormal.

Symptoms to look out for with (Physical Anxiety) is dry mouth/diarrhoea/abdominal discomfort/breathlessness/fast heartbeat/problem swallowing/dizzy spells/ tightening of the chest. These are a result of when the brain sends out signals to other parts of the body while at the same time releasing stress hormones/adrenalin. Organs affected are lungs heart etc that are now geared up to work faster.

The fear of going mad and lack of concentration are two serious symptoms endured as well as insomnia and uncontrollable outbursts of rage- anger if suffering from psychological anxiety.

Medication and treatments like psychotherapy/ counselling and more are available.

Anxiety is treatable so please if you or someone close is having a bad time trying to cope with any of the symptons mentioned earlier then make an appointment to speak with your doctor.

Mad or sad

Some people who suffer from anxiety may appear to look and do things a little differently to which an outsider may find funny, depending on the outsider of course. Because of their lack of understanding on this condition they find it hilarious to poke fun and make nasty remarks towards the person suffering from this condition causing more misery for the sufferer.

Yes I would say sufferers are mad, mad with the ignoramuses who continue to add to their torment.
And saddened furthermore at how their tomentors proudly show their ignorance behind the meaning of the word compassion.

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    There is a risk of premature death in Proteus syndrome affected individuals due to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism caused by the vessel malformations that are associated with “Proteus syndrome” disorder.

    Since Dr. Michael Cohen identified it in 1979, only a few more than 200 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with estimates that about 120 people are currently alive with the condition. As attenuated forms of the disease may exist, there could be many people with Proteus Syndrome who remain undiagnosed. Those with obvious manifestations who are most readily diagnosed are also, unfortunately, the most severely disfigured.

    Many sources classify Proteus syndrome to be a type of nervus syndrome. Due to the mosaic distribution of lesions, it is hypothesized (but not confirmed) that the disorder is an example of genetic mosaicism.

    While doctors cannot treat Proteus Syndrome, research into the causes of the condition is ongoing in the UK, supported by the Medical Board of the Proteus Family Network UK.

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  • Smoking is often seen as a cool thing amongst teenagers. In spite of knowing that smoking causes severe ill-effects, most people jump on the bandwagon to smoke cigarettes. In the UK alone, about 106,000 people die every year due to smoking-related diseases. Cigarette smoke contains about 60 cancer-causing substances.

    Smoking addiction

    Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances. It alters the function and chemical structure of the brain. Nicotine affects certain brain receptors to produce mood-altering and physical effects. It also causes release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which gives a pleasant feeling. This leads to the brain’s addiction for the same stimulus to gain the same pleasure. Since receptors in the brain are unable to block these pleasure signals, it becomes difficult to control the nicotine craving.

    Nicotine replacement therapy

    This therapy helps you quit smoking without going through nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It comes in the forms of patch, gum, inhaler, and nasal spray. Small amounts of nicotine are released in the bloodstream. In this way, without smoking cigarettes you can get small dose of nicotine in your body to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Gradually, the amount of nicotine is reduced to control the addiction. Nicotine replacement therapy also causes some common side effects such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Nicotine patches can cause rashes and skin irritation . Also, nicotine nasal spray can cause sneezing, runny nose, and sore throat. Quit smoking pills are also regarded as an effective option to help in smoking cessation.

    Champix is a nicotine-free way to quit smoking

    Champix is the prescription medication designed to help smokers quit smoking. Varenicline tartrate, the active ingredient in Champix, works by attaching itself to nicotine receptors in the brain. It blocks the responses of these receptors to nicotine. As a result, there is no release of dopamine and no pleasant feeling. In this way, you do not get any enjoyable effect out of smoking and it becomes displeasing. Thus, Champix can help reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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