Untreated mental health problems cost us all

That’s why I applaud Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ creation of the Youth Mental Health Commission, which held its first meeting Monday. Jacobs set up the commission for several reasons. She had seen incidents of violence among troubled youth. She heard the pleas of families who didn’t know where else to turn.
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Mental Health Study: Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders Kill More People Than HIV, Diabetes

Australian and American researchers have discovered that disorders relating to depression have the largest percentage of 40 per cent of global death. Even mild mental health problems could have health implications (Reuters) Related Articles Back from the Dead: Australian Woman Escapes Death as Doctors Revive Her After 42 Minutes [VIDEO] Young girls and women over 14 years of age were usually the victims. Data taken from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) showed that mental illness and drug abuse were the ones to blame for non-fatal diseases in the whole world. The study took data from 187 countries and found mental illness and drug abuse to be the fifth biggest cause of death. Taking care of your mental health Mental health is described as a state of well-being in which a person is able to acknowledge his or her own capability in dealing with the normal challenges and stresses that life will bring. A person is said to be in good mental health when despite these stresses, he or she is able to be productive and contribute to betterment of the community. Mental health is disrupted when an individual gives in to stress and becomes incapable of coping. Must Read Miranda Kerr Flashes Naked Breasts for V Magazine [PHOTOS] Sponsorship Link According to health experts, an essential key to coping with stress is through the method of relaxation. Having the time to relax is as important part in having a balanced mind and body. If the current situation cannot be handled, there is a need to change it in order to reduce or remove stress. A change in lifestyle or attitude is in order. People with sound minds and bodies are people who are capable of having a strong resistance to stress. They can also easily adapt and have a positive outlook on things. A person who is unhealthy will only be easily irritated on the daily routine and will only prolong his agony and exposure to objects that will bring stress. Improving one’s general health includes developing a diet program and optimal sleep schedule. There is a need for rest as the body will be the most affected by stress, thereby ensuring good mental health. To contact the editor, e-mail:
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Mental and Substance Disorders Major Cause of Nonfatal Illnesses

Although drug and alcohol dependence was more common among men, the study revealed that females aged 10 and up had a greater burden of death and disease from mental disorders than males. Only China, North Korea, Japan and Nigeria had burdens of death and disease from mental and substance abuse disorders that were significantly lower than the global average. “Mental and substance use disorders are major contributors to the global burden of disease and their contribution is rising, especially in developing countries. Cost-effective interventions are available for most disorders but adequate financial and human resources are needed to deliver these interventions,” study leader Harvey Whiteford, of the Queensland Centre for Medical Health Research at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a journal news release. “Despite the personal and economic costs, treatment rates for people with mental and substance use disorders are low, and even in developed countries, treatment is typically provided many years after the disorder begins,” Whiteford pointed out. “In all countries, stigma about mental and substance use disorders constrain the use of available resources as do inefficiencies in the distribution of funding and interventions. If the burden of mental and substance use disorders is to be reduced, mental health policy and services research will need to identify more effective ways to provide sustainable mental health services, especially in resource-constrained environments,” he concluded.
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Child mental-health commission launches six-month study

And then we pay for it in terms of what our community will become if we don’t address the problem.” The commission will meet over the next six months to create a blueprint for improving the system of care. Jacobs wants its report by January in order to appeal to state lawmakers for legislative changes and funding. The problem is extensive, officials testified. About 9,600 kids in Orange and Osceola counties have a diagnosed mental-health disorder, the Florida Department of Children and Families reports, and 5,000 are being treated for drug or alcohol addiction. Each year, about 20 percent of the nation’s youth will suffer some form of mental illness.
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Your Digestive System

How your dog’s digestive system works

Celiac disease -eliminating gluten is the treatment although regular check ups are crucial as well. Our digestive system has what is called theEnteric nervous system which consists ofmillionsof neurons and neural synapses just like our brain. It produces several neurotransmitters. GI system has been sometimes called the ‘second brain’. Therefore disorders of the GI tract affect us at more than one level and more than we even know. We have recently through many studies been able to understand a little more about the function of this ‘brain’ and a lot of things are coming to light.
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Their stomachs have a much higher level of hydrochloric acid to digest and assimilate meat protein and bones. Dogs require a vast array of amino acids that are only found in meat. Dogs in the wild will eat herbs and plants. One is in the form of partly digested stomach contents of their prey. Occasionally a dog will eat fresh plant material but this is usually for a very specific purpose and in response to an instinctive need to treat an immediate health problem.
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Digestion Foods: The Best And Worst Foods For Your Digestive System

Fats are a rich source of energy for your body. Bile from your liver is needed to digest fat. Bile is stored in your gallbladder and added to digestive juices in the small intestine where fat is dissolved. Bile acids are like detergents that dissolve grease in a frying pan. Fiber .
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What Does Your Digestive System Do?

BEST: Probiotic-Containing Foods Like Yogurt Probiotics are good for the digestive system because they contain good bacteria that crowds out any bad bacteria that you may have in your gut, King says. You want to look specifically for foods that contain live bacteria, such as yogurt and kefir. BEST: Prebiotic-Containing Foods Like Asparagus And Oats Prebiotic foods contain a type of fiber the probiotics feed off of to multiply, “so its good food for your good bacteria,” King says. Prebiotics are found in foods such as asparagus, onions, lentils and whole grains.
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Children’s mental-health commission debuts Monday

Mich. says mental health courts making difference

in Orlando. Eighteen local officials and representatives led by Belvin Perry Jr., chief judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit, which comprises Orange and Osceola counties, and Florida Hospital Regional Vice President Richard Morrison will spend the next six months examining the community’s current resources and pinpointing the gaps. They also will be charged with figuring out how to pay for improvements. “We can’t afford to ignore the problem because we think we can’t afford the solution,” Jacobs said in an interview. “And we can’t ask for state funding if I can’t tell them how much we need and what precisely it’s for.” The commission also will include a student from the University of Central Florida . In March, police discovered 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran was stockpiling weapons in his UCF dorm room and planning a campus killing spree.
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Returning UCF students will see campus changes, tighter security

In the craze to map the brain and prescribe pills for psychological disorders, the field of mental health is not only getting hijacked, it is losing its soul. In Dante’s Divine Comedy the Roman poet Virgil accompanies Dante to the underworld. No one wants to be Virgil anymore — to “go into hell with Dante.” But the willingness to explore with patience and empathy the actual experience of what people undergo, no matter how horrific, is indispensable in healing the emotional afflictions that haunt human beings. And we shouldn’t be surprised that recipients of such understanding will be capable of both remarkable resilience and extraordinary healing. Ideas are not set in stone.
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Time to address mental health

A study of 10 mental health courts around the state finds a lower level of repeat offenders compared to other courts. Participants also had better opportunities for work, education and treatment. State court administrator Chad Schmucker says the survey checked up on 331 graduates of mental health courts. The goal is to get help for people instead of sending them to jail or prison for long periods for certain crimes. They may have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression.
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Why Mental Health Is Losing Its Soul

Mark Rubinstein

Denton County, in turn, receives the lowest per capita funding of all Texas counties, with just $11.11 allocated per person in 2012, the United Way found. State health officials estimate that 13,408 adults in Denton County have severe and persistent mental illness. Denton County MHMR was able to serve 13 percent of them last year. Even fewer children with severe emotional disturbances were served last year. Just 8 percent, or 410 of the estimated 4,976 children who needed help, got it.
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Hormone therapy in the 50s not linked to memory loss

Previous studies had found that women 65 years old and older suffered lasting memory problems when they used hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and trouble sleeping. Imaging tests even found that the brains of those older women assigned to hormone therapy had become smaller, compared to those who took a placebo. Currently, the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that postmenopausal women avoid hormone replacement therapy due to increased risks of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and dementia. Some research, however, has suggested there may be a “window of opportunity” when women first enter menopause that allows the safe use of hormones to possibly decrease their risk of conditions such as heart disease. What the effects would be on younger women’s brains, however, has been unclear. For the new study, Espeland and his colleagues used data on 1,326 women between the ages of 50 and 55 in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study to see whether taking estrogen or estrogen and progesterone led to any problems or benefits in brain health.
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Hormone Therapy Safe in Early Menopause

The research suggests giving the hormones at an earlier age of menopause may be more beneficial than prescribing them later. “Our findings provide reassurance that CEE-based therapies when administered to women earlier in the postmenopausal period do not seem to convey long-term adverse consequences for cognitive function,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Mark A. Espeland, a professor of biostatistics and researcher at the Women’s Health Center of Excellence for Research at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. The researchers did, however, find some minor speech disturbances in some of the women taking CEEs longer-term, but said that finding was not statistically significant and may just be due to chance. The findings were published June 23 in JAMA Internal Medicine . DHEA hormone eases menopausal hot flashes, boosts sex life: Is it safe?
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Hormone replacement therapy not linked to memory woes in postmenopausal women

Both times, they discovered that fewer hormone therapy patients died or had heart disease than the hormone-free patients. Researchers additionally found that fewer hormone therapy patients had breast cancer or other cancers, but because the findings were not statistically significant, they can only officially conclude that there was no difference in cancer risk for the hormone therapy group and the hormone-free group, Schierbeck said. Although the study is much smaller than WHI, doctors in the United States are calling it “important” and “encouraging” because it shows that women can relieve their menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flashes, without worrying that the long-term hormone therapy will eventually kill them. “This is the real response to the WHI results, and is far superior to KEEPS from last week,” said John Hopkins University medical professor Pamela Ouyang. KEEPS is the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, whose authors announced last week that hormone therapy is safe for younger menopausal women and improved their quality of life. But KEEPS followed only 727 women for four years, and its authors have yet to release their data. The time period was too short for researchers look at heart disease or deaths, so authors discussed heart disease risk factors instead.
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Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When they performed sleep studies of 343 people meeting the Fukuda definition of ME/CFS, they found that 104 – nearly a third – had a primary sleep disorder that explained their symptoms, and thus didn’t have ME/CFS at all. A 1/3 misdiagnosis rate is enough of a reason to look more closely for sleep disorders. In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset. Researchers concluded that doctors need to routinely screen for sleep disorders when considering an ME/CFS diagnosis, and that they should use sleep studies to identify sleep problems and tailor treatments to the specific groups. What kind of sleep problems do you have?
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Sleep disorders: Understanding and curing

We identified a repressor protein in the clock and found that by removing this protein, the brain clock function was surprisingly improved, explains Dr. Sonenberg. Because all mammals have similar circadian clocks, the team used mice to conduct their experiments. They studied mice that lacked this specific protein, known as 4E-BP1, which blocks the important function of protein synthesis. They found that the mice that lacked this protein overcame disruptions to their circadian clocks more quickly.
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Putting Sleep Disorders to Bed

Abnormal sleep-related behaviours like walking, talking, eating, sex, violence and so on are not that common, according to El-Ajhouri, but awareness is also important as they may be particularly common for example during childhood. Sleep terrors, bedwetting, and sleepwalking are common genetic problems in children that run in families. Sexual behaviour (sexsomnia) or violent behaviour during sleep is a recent concern in forensic medicine, which in Egypt are mostly recorded in drug addicts undergoing treatment. Simple steps “The power of deep sleep is enormous for countering stress and boosting immunity,” agrees Abdel Hadi Mesbah, professor of immunology and professor of the American Academy of Immunology. “We always advise finding out the reason that is keeping you awake as a first step, and if you find out that the problem is not true insomnia which needs treatment, certain measures can prove useful.” Hadi Mesbah advises sufferers to orient their sleeping position so that their head points to the north and feet to the south, as this comes in harmony with the magnetic field of the earth, providing the body with maximum energy, and helps to achieve a higher level of comfort and relaxation. He also stresses the importance of not going to bed unless you have the urge to sleep, and if you are not asleep after thirty minutes, engaging in some other activity that is soothing and relaxing. Other tips offered include: setting a fixed time for getting into and out of bed and not using the bed for anything except for sleeping, for example reading or watching television.
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Investigative nutrition journalism popular with children debating GMOs on TV (Video)

USA Pro Challenge nutrition expert Allen Lim: Athletes need real food

Campaign is founded on the belief that we have the Right to Know whats in our food, helping to create mass awareness about the risks of GMOs and to push for their mandatory labeling. Funds received will help with the expenses of printing, videos, touring and GMO awareness, for better health and to help save the environment. Also see the October 18, 2013 news release, ” Genetically Modfied Organisms (GMO) need to be assessed through systematic networks .” Investigative food journalism is becoming a popular form of science writing For example, Yale researchers report they may have found a key molecular messenger that links the stomach-to-brain reward circuits and signals the brain it has sufficient calories, according to an August 15, 2013 news release by Bill Hathaway, ” Messenger between gut and brain linked to eating behavior .” Mice placed on a high-fat diet have a deficiency of dopamine, a key neurotransmitter involved in activating reward centers of the brain. This suggests that mice and humans may overeat in an attempt to restore dopamine release to normal levels.
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“Really listen to your body. Find a way to eat if you’re hungry, get yourself something to drink if you’re thirsty, ride within your limits.” Follow your gut, literally, in terms of food preferences. Start with what you like to eat, and go from there. If there are foods you don’t like or ingredients that upset your stomach in a race, avoid them.
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Television Personality Jerry Gialanella Partners with Swole(r) Sports Nutrition on His 200 Pound Weight Loss Journey

Bryan and I had kept in touch and as our friendship grew, the thought of us partnering together became a better idea and an even better reality. Now, we have major plans for the future and I am excited for whats coming next. Jerry Gialanella When looking for the next major area to focus on, we knew that obesity is an issue that affects millions of people worldwide. When we met Jerry, we were immediately impressed by his journey and even more so by his determination and desire to help others. As our relationship grew, we realized that together, we can make a significant impact on a major level by developing awareness campaigns as well as products specifically designed to help others in Jerrys situation. Swole Sports Nutrition Swole Sports Nutrition is a rapidly expanding sports nutrition and supplement company that has quickly become one of the most exciting brands on the market. With multiple product lines supported by both National and International distribution, their strategy has been to develop products that can deliver the high quality results that athletes need, but are formulated for use by a broad spectrum of people, regardless of training level or experience.
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‘Social Nutrition’ Diet may be Best Hangover Cure, Says Expert

Doctors Bring Woman Back from the Dead

Nova Nutrition’s managing director Catherine Sissons said the concept was a result of her experience in nutrition, sports science and hospitality, and seeing drinking culture in full swing, Fairfax News reported. She said the secret was to treat your body like an athlete preparing for an event, by helping out the metabolism and digestive system. Sissons said alcohol and caffeine caused dehydration, so on a day of drinking alcohol it was good to eat foods with a high water content, like fruit and vegetables. For example, tomatoes, broccoli and beetroot have high water content and antioxidants and other vitamins which can help the body prepare for the stresses alcohol places on the system. Sissons said the body could also be helped after drinking.
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