Daily Archives: February 28, 2016

Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness

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Have you ever heard of mental illness being a cause of death? Cause of death: schizophrenia or cause of death: bipolar or cause of death: anorexia? No? Me neither. That’s in spite of the fact that for some mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar, suicide attempts are an actual symptom of the illness. In other words, if a person dies by suicide and they’re bipolar, really, the cause of death is bipolar. So why don’t we popularly recognize mental illness as a cause of death? 

Bipolar as A Cause of Death

As I recently remarked on a piece on bipolar depression and exercise, people with bipolar disorder have a higher risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome (and, yes, these are risks that go beyond medication side effects). But if a person with bipolar died of cardiovascular disease, the cause of death would never be bipolar even though it’s bipolar that may have been the causational factor (or not, it’s hard to say).
With suicide it’s even clearer. One symptom of bipolar disorder is suicidal ideation and/or suicide attempt(s) and we know that 25-50% of people with bipolar disorder will, in fact, attempt suicide (depending on the study). What’s more, current data suggests 11% will die of suicide. That’s more than 1-in-10.  And yet, still, bipolar is never listed as a cause of death.

Suicide Listed as A Cause of Death

In fact, in many instances, even suicide is not listed as a cause of death. People actively try to avoid citing suicide as a cause of death. I think this isn’t fair, accurate or right. Yes, it hurts the family when the cause of death is suicide, no doubt, but the person is dead either way so how about we deal with reality instead of a slightly more comfortable lie?

Stigma around Mental Illness, Bipolar as A Cause of Death

Oh, yes, I get it. No one wants to admit that a loved one has died by suicide and no one wants to admit that his or her loved one had a serious mental illness. Hello mental illness stigma.

And people may think this is an acceptable cover-up, after all, why make death any more uncomfortable for people?

I’ll tell you why, because until we deal with the truth underlying bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses we can’t expect to beat them. I tell audiences all the time to learn the factsabout bipolar disorder because you cannot defeat an enemy you do not understand and this falls squarely into that territory. We need to know that mental illness kills people. We need to be able to admit it. We need to be able to say it. Because until we do, mental illness will simply remain in the shadows with more and more stigma building every day.

There is nothing wrong and nothing shameful about admitting that a serious mental illness took the life of someone you love. You wouldn’t hesitate to say that cancer killed a loved one or that heart disease was a cause of death – why is mental illness any different? It isn’t. We can’t let it be. If we say we want mental illness to be treated like any other illness then this is an area we have to change. Bipolar has almost taken my life and I hope that if one day it finally kills me altogether, my family and friends have the courage to say that my cause of death was bipolar disorder. Maybe saying this truth will underscore the importance of dealing with and medically treating serious mental illnesses.

How to Know if He or She is Still Using Heroin

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Unless they came clean to you on their own then there’s always a good chance that he or she may still be using heroin, each and every day. And in this article, I will refer to he or she as a he, as this is the case more often than not. But the same applies to her as well.

And if you caught your daughter, girlfriend, or wife, smoking, snorting or shooting heroin then chances are she wasn’t ready to come clean and quit this drug yet. If you caught your son, boyfriend, or husband, smoking, snorting or shooting heroin then chances are he wasn’t ready to quit this drug quite yet.

That doesn’t mean that they can’t be helped. Chances are they can be helped since many addicts want to quit but simply don’t know how or where to go for help. They fear the pain and agony of the heroin withdrawalsas well. And since you’re the only one there for him then it’s up to you to do your best to help this person while you still can, and of course, if they want your help as well.

You might just be the only hope they have left. So if you haven’t done so already, then go ahead and read the article, “How to Help Your Man Quit Heroin”. And if you’re a parent trying to help your child then please read my article, “How to Help Your Son or Daughter Quit Heroin”. Once you’ve read it, do what the article tells you to do and then just hope for the best.

He or she may seem cooperative at first and may agree with everything you say. And if he’s sincere then great! Wonderful! He’ll do it. He’ll do his best to quit this thing and turn his life around. Yet he or she may also be acting in order to keep the peace, regain your confidence and yet continue to use heroin in secret.

If you’ve done all you can, then all you can do now is wait and see what happens next. It’s all up to them. It’s up to him or her to stay clean and turn their life around. And in the mean time, continue to encourage them to stay clean and move forward.

The best results I keep seeing come from scenarios where the wives, girlfriends or parents of the addict some how manage to get their partners or children to read the articles on my website, yet without forcing them to do so.

If you’re living with your partner or child then one of the best things that you can do for them is to print out the articles on this website, bind them together nice and neat, and place them somewhere where you know they’ll see them for sure. Then before you leave, tell him, “I printed out these articles for you. I’ll leave them right here just in case you’d like to read them”. That’s it. Then smile and leave it at that. Hopefully he or she will read them on their own.

If he decided to quit heroin warm turkey, with Suboxone or Methadone, then he might stay home. But if you decided that he was going to quit heroin cold turkey then chances are he’s just waiting for you to leave so he can get dressed, go out and get his fix. Unless of course, he chose to quit heroin cold turkey on his own. Then there would be much more hope for him to succeed than if he were doing this just for you.

If he can come to read my articles ‘on his own’ then it’s quite possible that the articles can begin to motivate and inspire him as well, not only to quit heroin but to also turn his life around. It happens. And it happens quite often as well.

I receive emails from guys and girls who felt hopeless at first. They were completely lost. But then after reading the articles on my website, something clicked. It woke them up and gave them strength. It gave them hope for a second chance at life. It motivated them to put their foot down, quit heroin and turn their lives around. And till this day, I still find it amazing how words can move people to take action in their lives and change.

If you can somehow, get them to read the articles on this website without forcing them to do so then there’s a good chance that the same can happen to your partner, your son or daughter.

Nevertheless, I still feel sorry for those who try their best to help their children, their partners and loved ones to quit heroin and end up being deceived and lied to, day after day after day.

Don’t give up hope yet. But at the same time, you can’t allow this to continue or else all of your efforts will become a waste of time and energy. And the end result will be heartbreak and total disappointment. If they truly want to quit, then he or she will do their best to quit this heroin habit once and for all. Even if he fails on his 1st, 2nd or 3rd attempt, an honest man will come clean and ask for forgiveness, and for help. And as long as he or she continues to be honest with you then you can continue to help them in any way that you can.

There’s still much hope for the dishonest person who becomes honest, comes clean and reaches out for help. But there is no hope for the dishonest person who remains dishonest without change or remorse. And if they keep using and lying repeatedly, then you may have to step back and begin to pull away; otherwise, nothing may change.

How do you know if he’s still using or quitting heroin?

How do you know if a Hollywood actor is acting or telling the truth?

You don’t – unless of course you know the script. It’s difficult to tell when a heroin addict is acting, lying or being sincere. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to tell the difference. Yet, there are indicators which can help you to know if he’s still using heroin or not. There are signs to watch for and symptoms to observe to see if he’s actually trying to quit heroin or trying to deceive you and continue to use.

The chances of someone faking any of these symptoms are slim. But again, heroin turns addicts into Hollywood actors. And if they’re not ready to quit then they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the peace within the home and keep on using through the means of deception.

Yet, if observing signs of withdrawal becomes a bit too much for you to handle then you can always watch and observe his daily behavior patterns as well. Because if he’s truly quitting heroin then his lifestyle is going to change, in one form or another.

If he’s trying to quit heroin then his daily routine is going to change. He won’t be going out as often as he used to. He won’t be hanging around his old friends. If he’s not at work, then he’ll be home, for the most part, all of the time. He won’t be telling you detailed stories like he may have been doing before. He won’t be asking for money any more as well. His old habits and behavior will disappear, (if he’s truly quitting heroin).

If he’s truly quitting heroin, then eventually, ‘he will come to life’ and his appearance and personality will begin to shine – slowly but surely.

If he’s truly quitting heroin cold turkey, warm turkey or even with subs, then everything should be changing. And everything will continue to change, slowly but surely. So don’t worry. Everything will come to light sooner or later.

Lies, lies and more lies

Unfortunately, deception and manipulation becomes first nature for most heroin addicts. And one characteristic which many heroin addicts have in common is lying. If he doesn’t have a job, or spends his pay check on dope, then there’s a good chance that he’ll be living a life of lies, telling you different stories day after day in order to get more money for dope (heroin).

Some common lies and stories used by heroin addicts are as follows:

“I need money to pay off my dealer or else he’s gonna to kill me.”

Many heroin addicts use this lie quite often, especially after their parents became aware of the fact that their child had a problem with drugs.

They’ll come right up and tell you, “I need money, now”. And when you ask them what for, they’ll say; “I have to pay the dope man (dealer) (or someone), or else he’s gonna kill me.”

And unfortunately, parents will give into this lie more often than not. That’s why this lie is used over and over again. And if the parents don’t give in on the first or second try then the addict may have one of his or her friends call them on their cell phone right when they’re in front of their parents and have that friend pretend to be the dope man calling and demanding his money or else. The timing will always be perfect.

Many heroin addicts/Hollywood actors will play the role very well and may even shed some tears. He might not even use a friend. He might just make his cell phone ring on its own, pick it up and play the role. The end result is the parent is out anywhere from $20 to $100 or more, and the child has gone out to buy some dope.

Another common lie used by many heroin addicts will be:

“I have to pay a court fine or else they’re gonna put me in jail.”

Many heroin addicts have use this lie if they have a source for money and/or have no money of their own. They’ll add details with various costs, taxes and even produce a convincing invoice printed out on paper. They’ll even have you drop them off right in front of the court house to pay the fine. But once you leave, their off to the dope spot.

“I have to pay for this ticket or else they’ll suspend my license and put me in jail.” This is another lie which is used and detailed in the same manner as above.

Court fines, probation fees and traffic tickets all fall under the same category of lies: “I need to pay this, or else they’re going to put me in jail”. Don’t fall for it. It’s a lie. And even if it was true, it’s not your problem anyway. It’s not your responsibility to pay for his or her mistakes, whether it’s true or false. But most likely, it’s a lie.

If they leave the impression that they do want to quit but are just having a hard time doing so, then they may also use any of the following lies repeatedly.

“I have to go visit the doctor to see if he can help me. I need $60 cash for the consultation (and he has to go alone)”. If he has medical insurance then he may explain to you that he can’t put that type of doctors’ visit on his insurance card because his insurance won’t cover it.

They’ll try to leave the impression that they do want to quit and are doing their part to get professional help, yet at your expense. They’ll return home with a ‘detailed story’ from the doctors’ visit and assure you that everything will be ok.

But what they really did was buy drugs instead. And as long as you keep giving in and giving them money, then he’ll keep using this lie over and over again.

Then, he’ll use the next lie: “I need $40. I have to buy $40 worth of methadone (or suboxone)”. He’ll appear sick as if he was dying and then after you’ve given him the $40, he’ll go out and buy his dope bags. And on the way home, he’ll make his own juice with a weird taste and tell you that it’s methadone. You won’t know the difference.

Then he’ll use the same lie again, but this time for suboxone instead of methadone. “I need money. I’m sick. I’m trying to quit heroin so I have to buy suboxone tablets”. Then he’ll come home with some type of tablets that you’ve never seen before and swallow them right in front of you in order to have you believe that the money you gave him was spent on suboxone tablets.

He may even have you take him to the dope spot to buy the tablets, (although he’ll already had them in his pocket). But what he’ll actually buy will be a bag of dope instead. He’ll take the tablets out of his pocket and swallow them right in front of you to complete his act of deception. Then once he gets home, he’ll do his bag and fade away. He may even buy real suboxone tablets along with the heroin as well. Anything is possible when it comes to heroin. And the lies can go on and on and on.

He’ll add many details to his stories and even produce computer printed documents for proof. He’ll do anything to add to his credibility. And if it works well, then he’ll use it over and over again with a bit of variation each time.

He may even go as far as to sabotage your car by pulling cords, or loosening a spark plug and then tell you not to worry, he’s going to fix your car for you. Then he’ll ask you for the money to buy the parts to get it fixed. And he may go out an actually buy the part and then return it later to get the money back in order to buy his dope bag.

He may even have one of his dope friends come over, pretend to be a mechanic and fix the car Hollywood style. Then you’ll have to pay him and they’ll both end up getting high on your hard earned money.

This may all sound crazy and far fetched, but it happens all the time. And it happens more often than not with those who are still living within the home.

And if your son or daughter is living in another city or another state then he or she may ask you for money for rent, or else they’re going to be evicted. Children living away from home use this lie all the time. They’ll call you, crying, telling you that if they don’t have the rest of the rent money by tomorrow then they’re going to be evicted and thrown out in the street. Don’t fall for it. It’s a lie! And if it is true then great!

The sooner they hit rock bottom then the sooner they can wake up, quit heroin, and turn their lives around. And hitting rock bottom may be their only hope left.

Heroin’s Destructive Effects on Vital Organs: Brain, Kidneys and Intestines

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It’s not well-known that heroin abuse damages the brains of users. A 2007 study noted that “brain disintegration becomes apparent very soon after an onset of chronic heroin abuse.” Brain damage also results from non-fatal overdoses and head injuries that are more likely to occur in an impaired person (especially polydrug abusers). Remnants of injuries that trace back to a lack of oxygen to the brain, either from these overdoses or injuries, are commonly found in long-term heroin addicts.

Brain

A study from the University of Edinburgh autopsied the brains of 34 opiate abusers (they were using heroin or methadone). None of them had a history of head injuries. But the brains showed brain damage similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The average age of the drug users was 26.

There are many other studies that show brain damage and deterioration from injected or smoked heroin abuse, including the deterioration of the brain into a spongy state, resulting in overall weakness, spastic attacks and permanent hand tremor.

Short oxygen deprivation from opiate overdoses that are survived can still cause cognitive decline. Research shows that even when a person injects heroin in quantities too low to cause overdose, they tend to cause a brief (five to thirty minute) drop in blood oxygen levels that are sufficient to cause brain and organ damage after repetitive occurrences.

The sleep apnea (breathing that repeatedly starts and stops during sleep) that is suffered by some heroin addicts can further contribute to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.

Kidneys

Kidneys

This is another type of injury that is not well known. Heroin abuse has been associated with high levels of protein in the urine, a condition that can lead to kidney failure. Causes are thought to be bacteria or viral contaminants in heroin, or toxins in the substances used to dilute the drug. The presence of hepatitis C or HIV in some drug-abusing patients was also considered to be a possible factor.

When a person becomes comatose after a non-fatal overdose of heroin, the muscles that experienced the unmoving weight of the body may begin to break down. This is called rhabdomyolysis. The chemicals released by this breakdown are destructive to the kidneys. Recovery usually requires dialysis and may require a kidney transplant.

Intestines

Heroin and other opiates reduce the action of muscles in the intestines, making constipation a constant problem. This can result in hemorrhoids, anal fissures or damage to the rectum that may require surgery to repair.

Heroin addicts are intimately familiar with this problem and the rupturing that can occur when bowel movements stop. Some of them let themselves go into the early stages of withdrawal every few days, just so their bodies will trigger the diarrhea that is typical during withdrawal. In that way, they avoid the impactions that build up over the ten days to two weeks between bowel movements.

Heroin also threatens one’s life by spreading deadly diseases, by setting up the right conditions for gangrene, through triggering an impulse toward suicide, and other effects. Those effects will be covered in the last section of this report.

Are You Suffering from Post-Accident Depression? You Should Know

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Can a car accident cause depression? Yes.

Can you pursue compensation for depression after a car accident caused by another’s negligence? Yes.

The car accident lawyers at Gordon & Doner are prepared to fight aggressively for the victims of the mental trauma brought on by a car accident. We know that people who suffer from depression struggle in ways different than those who experience physical wounds, though auto accidents can certainly cause both.

Contact Gordon & Doner for a free case review by calling 1 (855) 722-2552 and help with your claim today. Alternatively, contact us online by filling out the form on the right—there is no obligation or cost, and we only get paid if you win your case.

Signs of Depression After a Car Accident

Being aware of some of the most common signs of depression is very important. Far too many accident victims ignore the warning signs of depression until it has gotten to a breaking point. Only when depression symptoms are recognized early-on can the issue be treated effectively.

The following are some of the most common signs of depression following an accident:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of interest in things that were once enjoyed
  • Lack of interest in people
  • Fatigue, tired feeling
  • Guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts or thinking about death
  • A constant feeling of sadness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty eating
  • Feeling hopeless and/or worthless
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Issues with concentration and thinking

Dealing with the post-accident trauma that comes with any traffic collision is difficult. Some people have trouble dealing with the aftermath of a crash. For instance, if a driver involved in the collision was suddenly struck from the side while traveling along Florida’s Turnpike or any other major highway, they may have a newfound fear of driving on Florida highways following the accident.

Statistics: Post-Accident Depression

  • Traffic accidents have become the leading cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since the Vietnam War. [Norris FH. Epidemiology of trauma: frequency and impact of different potentially traumatic events on different demographic groups. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1992; 60:409–18.]
  • Accident severity, fatalities, and severe injuries contribute to the likelihood a person will develop depression or PTSD-like symptoms after a crash.
  • Estimates find 9% of car accident survivors develop significant PTSD symptoms and that many survivors have PTSD-like symptoms without actually developing the condition.
  • Chronic physical impairment and financial strain following an accident can also contribute to depression

File a Claim of Post-Accident Depression

If you are feeling depressed after being involved in an accident that was not your fault, contact our personal injury attorneys today to seek justice and compensation for the mental and emotional trauma you endured after your accident.

The law offices of Gordon & Doner have more than 30 years of experiencing fighting for the rights of our clients, and we are ready to fight for you.

We always seek the maximum amount of compensation eligible to the victims of post-accident depression and work quickly to successfully to obtain a successful resolution to your case.

Umbilical Cord Blood May One Day Treat Eczema, RA

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Their original research was focused on how to treat a condition called skin graft versus host disease (GvHD). It affects some people who get a stem cell transplant, through which you basically get a new immune system. GvHD is a side effect of the transplant process in which the person’s new immune system attacks their body, often leading to severe skin reactions.

So what do that condition, eczema, and RA have in common? They’re all linked to inflammation and a haywire immune response.

Ingredients in umbilical cord blood have properties that lower inflammation and suppress the immune system. But for a long time experts didn’t know what these ingredients were. The scientists who made the new discovery were looking at whether certain proteins found in cord blood might have these properties.

The proteins are called soluble NKG2D ligands. They disable natural “killer cells” the immune system uses to fight off things it sees as foreign to the body. So, they may prevent the mother and baby from rejecting each other. The scientists have also found that these proteins can be used to disable natural killer cells in other parts of the body.

They think the discovery could eventually lead to the development of a cream containing cord blood proteins, which could ease the symptoms of eczema and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as of GvHD.

A Big Breakthrough?
“Currently, conditions such as eczema and rheumatoid arthritis are hard to manage, so this accidental discovery could potentially offer a major breakthrough,” says Aurore Saudemont, PhD, senior research scientist at Anthony Nolan, a U.K.-based blood cancer charity.

“As well as helping to treat blood cancer patients suffering with the effects of GvHD, these new findings could eventually lead to treatments that could eradicate symptoms of eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and even alopecia areata without causing any major side effects.

“This could be life-changing for patients, as their symptoms, such as inflammation, itching, and redness, can be a serious problem.”

The study is published in the European Journal of Immunology.

Further research, and the involvement of a pharmaceutical company, is needed before a cream can be developed, but the scientists say they hope it could be tested on the first patients within 5 years.

Head Injury: Types, Causes & Symptoms

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What Is a Head Injury?

A head injury is any sort of injury to your brain, skull, or scalp. This can range from a mild bump or bruise to a traumatic brain injury. Common head injuries include concussions, skull fractures, and scalp wounds. The consequences and treatments vary greatly, depending on what caused your head injury and how severe it is.

Head injuries may be either closed or open. A closed head injury is any injury that doesn’t break your skull. An open, or penetrating, head injury is one in which something breaks your skull and enters your brain.

It can be hard to assess how serious a head injury is just by looking. Some minor head injuries bleed a lot, while some major injuries don’t bleed at all. It’s important to treat all head injuries seriously and get them assessed by a doctor.

What Causes a Head Injury?
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In general, head injuries can be divided into two categories based on what causes them. They can either be head injuries due to blows to the head or head injuries due to shaking.

Head injuries caused by shaking are most common in infants and small children, but they can occur any time you experience violent shaking.

Head injuries caused by a blow to the head are usually associated with:

motor vehicle accidents
falls
physical assaults
sports-related accidents
In most cases, your skull will protect your brain from serious harm.

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Part 3 of 8: Types
What Are the Major Types of Head Injuries?
Type 1
Hematoma
A hematoma is a collection, or clotting, of blood outside the blood vessels. It can be very serious if a hematoma occurs in the brain. The clotting can cause pressure to build inside your skull, which can cause you to lose consciousness.

Hemorrhage
A hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding. There can be bleeding in the space around your brain, which is a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding within your brain tissue, which is an intracerebral hemorrhage.

Subarachnoid bleeds often cause headaches and vomiting. The severity of intracerebral hemorrhages depends on how much bleeding there is, but over time any amount of blood can cause pressure to build.

Concussion
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when your brain bounces against the hard walls of your skull. Generally speaking, the loss of function associated with concussions is temporary. However, repeated concussions can eventually lead to permanent damage.

Edema
Any brain injury can lead to edema, or swelling. Many injuries cause swelling of the surrounding tissues, but it’s more serious when it occurs in your brain. Your skull can’t stretch to accommodate the swelling, which leads to a buildup of pressure in your brain. This can cause your brain to press against your skull.

Skull Fracture
Unlike most bones in your body, your skull doesn’t have bone marrow. This makes the skull very strong and difficult to break. A broken skull is unable to absorb the impact, making it more likely that there will also be damage to your brain.

Diffuse Axonal Injury
A diffuse axonal injury, or sheer injury, is an injury to the brain that doesn’t cause bleeding but does damage your brain cells. Though it isn’t as outwardly visible as other forms of brain injury, diffuse axonal injury is one of the most dangerous types of head injuries and can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.

Part 4 of 8: Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of a Head Injury?
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Your head has more blood vessels than any other part of your body, so bleeding on the surface of your brain or within your brain is a serious concern in head injuries. However, not all head injuries cause bleeding. It’s important to be aware of other symptoms to watch out for. Many symptoms of serious brain injury won’t appear right away. You should always continue to monitor your symptoms for several days after you injure your head.

Common symptoms of a minor head injury include:

a headache
lightheadedness
a spinning sensation
mild confusion
nausea
temporary ringing in the ears
The symptoms of a severe head injury include many of the symptoms of minor head injuries. They can also include:

a loss of consciousness
seizures
vomiting
balance or coordination problems
serious disorientation
an inability to focus the eyes
abnormal eye movements
a loss of muscle control
a persistent or worsening headache
memory loss
changes in mood
Part 5 of 8: Getting Help
When Does a Head Injury Require Medical Attention?
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Head injuries shouldn’t be taken lightly. See your doctor right away if you think you have the symptoms of a serious head injury.

In particular, you should always call 911 or go to an emergency room if you experience loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation. Even if you don’t go to the ER immediately after the accident, you should seek help if you still have symptoms after a day or two.

In the case of a potentially serious head injury, you should always call 911. Motion can sometimes make a head injury worse, and emergency medical personnel are trained to move patients carefully without causing more damage.

Part 6 of 8: Diagnosis
Diagnosing a Head Injury
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One of the first ways your doctor will assess your head injury is with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). The GCS is a 15-point test that assesses your mental status. A high GCS score indicates a less severe injury.

Your doctor will need to know the circumstances of your injury. Often, if you have suffered a head injury, you won’t remember the details of the accident. If it’s possible, you should bring someone with you who witnessed the accident. It will be important for your doctor to determine if you lost consciousness and for how long if you did.

Your doctor will also examine you to look for signs of trauma, including bruising and swelling. You’re also likely to get a neurological examination, in which your doctor will evaluate your nerve function by assessing your muscle control and strength, eye movement, and sensation, among other things.

Imaging tests are commonly used to diagnose head injuries. A CT scan will help your doctor look for fractures, evidence of bleeding and clotting, brain swelling, and any other structural damage. CT scans are fast and accurate, so they’re typically the first type of imaging you will receive. You may also receive an MRI scan, which can offer a more detailed view of the brain. An MRI scan will usually only be ordered once you’re in stable condition.

Part 7 of 8: Treatments
Treating a Head Injury
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The treatment for head injuries depends on both the type and the severity of the injury.

With minor head injuries, there are often no symptoms other than pain at the site of the injury. In these cases, you may be told to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for the pain. You shouldn’t take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, because they can make any bleeding worse. If you have an open cut, your doctor may use sutures or staples to close it. They’ll then cover it with a bandage.

Even if your injury seems minor, you should still watch your condition to make sure it doesn’t get worse. It isn’t true that you shouldn’t go to sleep after you have injured your head, but you should be woken up every two hours or so to check for any new symptoms. You should go back to the doctor if you develop any new or worsening symptoms.

You may need to be hospitalized if you have a serious head injury. The treatment you receive at the hospital will depend on your diagnosis.

The treatment for severe head injuries can include:

Medication
If you have suffered a severe brain injury, you may be given anti-seizure medication. You’re at risk for seizures in the week following your accident.

You may be given diuretics if your injury has caused a buildup of pressure in your brain. Diuretics cause you to excrete more fluids. This can help to relieve some of the pressure.

If your injury is very serious, you may be given medication to put you in an induced coma. This may be an appropriate treatment if your blood vessels are damaged. When you’re in a coma, your brain doesn’t need as much oxygen and nutrients as it normally does.

Surgery
It may be necessary to do emergency surgery to prevent further damage to your brain. For example, your doctors may need to operate to remove a hematoma, repair your skull, or release some of the pressure in your skull.

Rehabilitation
If you’ve suffered a serious brain injury, you’ll most likely need rehabilitation to regain full brain function. The type of rehabilitation you get will depend on what functionality you have lost as a result of your injury. People who have suffered a brain injury will often need help regaining mobility and speech.

Part 8 of 8: Outlook
What Is to Be Expected in the Long Term?
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The outlook depends on the severity of your injury. Most people who suffer minor head injuries have no lasting consequences. People who have suffered serious head injuries may face permanent changes in their personality or physical and cognitive abilities. Your healthcare team will work with you to ensure that you have as full of a recovery as possible.

How to Help Someone with Mental Health Problems

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How to Find Help Treating a Mental Health Problem

Mental health is a serious issue in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate as much as 25 percent of the American population has some form of mental illness. If you or a loved one is dealing with the effects of a mental illness, it can be difficult to find the right information or know what to do next. Understanding mental illness in its various forms is the best way to start.

Understanding Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems take a toll not only on those directly affected, but on friends and family members as well. Thy symptoms of mental illness are often misunderstood, and a significant amount of false information and stereotypes are perpetuated about people with mental illnesses. Education is the most important step to understanding mental health problems, and the best thing loved ones of a mentally ill person can do is to learn about the nature, symptoms and treatment options of the mental illness in question.

How to Diagnose a Mental Health Problem

Diagnosing a mental health problem is a complex process and should only be attempted by a licensed professional. While it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of mental illness and encourage your loved one to seek help, making the wrong armchair diagnosis can lead to serious problems. A variety of tests are recognized by the medical community as legitimate assessments of a mental health problem.

How to Recognize a Disorder

Recognizing a mental disorder can often be difficult as many of the common symptoms of a disorder are viewed as simply being extreme personality traits. For example, the symptoms of severe obsessive-compulsive disorder might be brushed off by family members as mere vigilance and cleanliness. The emotional highs and lows experienced by people with bipolar I disorder are often confused with mood swings, particularly during adolescence. Some common mental illness symptoms include:

Steps You Can Take to Help Someone with Mental Health Problems

When it comes to helping a loved one with mental health problems, providing them with quality information on their disorder is essential. Many mental disorders go undiagnosed because the sufferer is simply unaware their symptoms aren’t normal. They might feel the need to internalize the problems they’re having for fear others won’t understand, or they might not see the pattern of dysfunction their behavior is causing in their everyday life. It’s vital for friends and family members to speak up when they see a problem because that’s often the only way a person will realize the need for help.

While it’s important to encourage your loved one to get help, also understand healing is a process that takes time. Even when your loved one receives an official diagnosis of a mental health disorder, chances are recovery won’t happen right away. Many disorders, particularly those that have been undiagnosed for a long period of time, respond better to long-term treatment than short-term methods. Some medications take weeks to become effective, and lifestyle changes might take even longer. It’s important to understand long-term healing requires commitment and patience, and to continue giving your support even if your loved one is frustrated due to not seeing positive changes soon enough. On the other hand, if a treatment option appears not to be effective, the best thing you can do is suggest your loved one speak with his or her mental health provider.

Talking to Someone With a Disorder

When talking to a friend or loved one you believe might have a mental disorder, it’s important to reserve judgment. Let him or her know you’re there to listen and help in whatever ways you can. While it’s good to encourage your loved one to seek help for a disorder, avoid being pushy or making accusations. Many sufferers go through a stage of denial in which they refuse to admit they have a problem. This can be frustrating for the loved ones who are dealing with the effects of the illness on a daily basis, but patience and steady encouragement go a long way.

If you’d like help learning more about how to talk to your mentally ill loved one or to find out more about treatment options, call our toll-free hotline at 1-888-997-3147. Our caring representatives understand the delicate nature of what you’re going through and are here to connect you to the resources you need.

Adolescents and Teens

It’s estimated at least 20 percent of teens and adolescents meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder. Teens who are struggling with the symptoms of a mental illness are often afraid to speak out for fear of being judged by their peers or parents. If you’re the parent of a teenager you believe is affected by a mental illness, the most important thing you can do is encourage your child to talk to you about the problem.

Many teens attempt suicide as a means of escape from the symptoms of mental illness, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for adolescents in the United States. Everyone needs to feel as if someone is there to talk to, and keeping the issues bottled up inside will only make the symptoms of the mental illness worse.

Learning to Cope With Mental Health Issues

Learning to cope with mental health issues is difficult, but it can be done. Through a combination of medical attention and lifestyle changes, you can improve the quality of your life. While most mental illness can’t be cured permanently, the symptoms can be managed to the point where the affected individual is able to lead a normal and productive life. If your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, but you don’t know where to start, call our hotline at 1-888-997-3147. Our specialists will be happy to help you take the next step towards mental health, and we’re available 24/7 to take your call.

How to Treat Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems vary from disorder to disorder, and so do treatment options. An approach that works for one person might not work for the next, even if the two share the same disorder. It’s important to work with a doctor who knows your medical history and is experienced with your particular disorder before embarking on any treatment plan. Medication is an effective way of managing the symptoms of many common mental disorders, such as anxiety anddepression, but you should never attempt to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

Deciding Between Possible Solutions

The best solution for the treatment of mental illness varies according to the individual’s needs and lifestyle. Treatment centers are a great option for those who are just beginning with treatment because they provide the chance to start healing in an environment free of distraction and stress. It’s important to work with a medical professional regardless of the type of solution you choose. Some prefer a holistic approach, while others take the traditional approach of medication and therapy. Still others combine a variety of treatments and lifestyle changes to create a treatment plan that’s right for them.

Mandatory vaccinations are coming … So how do you fake your child’s record?

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I think we can all agree that mandatory vaccinations are coming soon. Of course, you should homeschool and keep your kids away from forced vaccinations and state indoctrination for as long as possible, but eventually, a little piece of innocuous legislation will require the same “medical requirements” for homeschools as public schools. We may have only 1-2 years, if that.

Being a fairly law abiding person, I’m a little clueless here, how do you go about faking these vaccination records? I am certainly not going to allow the big pharma/government cartels to poison my children – and I would prefer not having my children kidnapped, being locked up in prison, or being gunned down. So what is the alternative?

Do you just show up with a $100 bill and politely ask the nurse to miss your kids arm? I imagine that will work maybe 30% of the time. Would you also then face possible felony bribing charges?

Do you find a physician that will be willing to falsify your records and face potential sanctions? I’m guessing that’s a very hard find. How would you share that doctor’s name with others? I’m guessing Facebook wouldn’t be a very good idea.

Do you forge a signature on paperwork found on the internet of a physician who just passed away? That may work, but everything is becoming more digital and linked with the federal government (see my thread and it will be easy to prove you engaged in forgery.

Which Country has Highest Drug Use in the World

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because of high addiction of drugs which lead to sever health issue and Innumerable people die every year. Drugs abuse relates with use, overuse and misuse of drugs. These substances are injurious for human health specially for mental level medical. Drug addicts are caused by analgesic addictive materials that purvey a noisome to the victims. The regular use and failure attempts to stop using such elements may induce a person to be resorted permanently. Sometimes, people turn to drugs to get rid of responsibilities of their life. Individuals who are enthusiastic devotee of narcotics should be delivered to rehabilitation centers for their proper treatment. None of the nations support substance dependence but their inhabitants spread such activities. Some countries strictly forbid the usage of these substances, if someone is secretly caught while he is inflicted by drugs then inappropriate measures are taken for him in form of arrest and legal cases. Some people resort to suicide because of the substance dependence overuse. More young adults use prescription drugs non medically than any other age group.

Top Ten Countries with Most Drug Abusers

Ethanol is an intoxicating fluid can be found in hard drinks i.e. beer, wine and liquor is widely used in Americas which causes a smooth flow of addiction. Cocaine is another drug made from the leaves of coca plants found in South America. Heroin is also a highly addictive substance created from psychoactive chemical formed through morphine, an element taken out from Asian opium poppy plant. These are the excessively reactive substances that can take over an individual to lasting sickness and oftentimes death.it is one of the most famous and dangerous part of drug addictiveness.

Rehabilitation centers and hospitals that can made attempts for counseling are essential for the victims to be cured. Some abusers feel ashamed when anyone talk about their great dependence to his friends and relatives. After clearance of the causer from reliance in harmful substances, they should be remained for rest until they begin their normal and independent life, otherwise they can be reverted back to this act. This maintenance can be helpful for their mental and physical health factors.

LIST OF TOP TEN COUNTRIES WITH MOST DRUG USE IN THE WORLD

Below is a list generated by the whichcountry.co after a deep research from different verified sources  of the top ten countries caused giving birth to the most drug addicts according to estimation of different authentic means. A relevant research has shown that there are almost 22 million drug victims in the North American continent alone. Marijuana, Alcoholism, psychotherapeutic and Cocaine are the most common outcomes which arise a drug addiction. The rate of Marijuana users is rapidly increasing as of 2007 statistics have shown. mostly he drug users age starts from teenage to the peak of maturity. However, use of tobaccos by the teens is declining rapidly according to a survey bysamhsa.gov in 2011 which was prepared by Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

The red blood cell/plasma lithium ratio: marker of biological heterogeneity within bipolar affective illness?

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The red blood cell/plasma concentration ratio (LR) was studied in 45 female patients with bipolar affective illness who responded to prophylactic lithium treatment. Patients were subdivided according to bipolar I vs. bipolar II diagnosis and presence vs. absence of a family history of affective illness. Mean LRs were significantly higher in bipolar II patients and in those with a positive family history of affective illness, but there was no relationship between diagnosis and family history. Results indicate that LR is genetically controlled and may be a biological marker distinguishing bipolar I and bipolar II patients, and also patients with positive or negative family history of affective illness.