Friday, February 23, 2018

How Does Body Image Have an Effect on Us?

How Does Body Image Have an Effect on Us?

How Does Body Image Have an Effect on Us?

When we leave our houses to go meet up with people, we may take one glance at the mirror and look away while others may not look in the mirror at all. Then there are those that can spend hours looking at themselves in the mirror because they do not feel satisfied in the way they look. Body image can impact the way we see ourselves as well as our mental health for the yearning of a “perfect” look.

What is body image?

A mental picture of your appearance and the attitude that you feel about it. This attitude can be influenced by the media, culture, and what your friends and family has said about you.

What is the distinction between positive and negative body image?

Positive body image is when the qualities of your body that you find are imperfections do not affect your self-esteem or bring to you anxiety. You accept and love everything about the way you look without dwelling on your flaws. Having a negative body image is when you are uncomfortable with your body and you find it difficult to accept your appearance.

How does the media influence body image?

Television, ads, pop culture, and other media are constantly showing attractive people with idealized bodies. These people are telling audiences that they can look just like them if they try. It may be easy to change things about the way you do your hair, your clothes, or putting on makeup or hair gel but people can spend thousands of dollars making drastic changes to their face structure, voice, or body shape. Looking like their idol can involve partaking in extreme diets, exercises, or constant cosmetic procedures.

How does body image affect your self-esteem?

Having a low self-esteem will make you more critical of your appearance and will cause you to negatively compare yourself to the way others look. If you do not like how you look, it will change your entire outlook on the way you see life. Then there are those that feel like if their appearance is the only flaw they have, they focus on the number of personality qualities that they have to feel more confident about themselves.

Why would having a negative body image link to eating disorders?

Those with a negative body image will take drastic measures in ensuring they have the “perfect” body. They can do things like overeat, starve themselves, binge eating, or making yourself throw up. This can cause someone to develop anorexia or bulimia or both.

How do you learn to love your body?

Going to therapy will teach you how to look at your body positively and to not focus on your appearance flaws. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help change negative thoughts, opinions, and feelings of your body into positive ones as well as what triggers these thoughts.

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How Yoga Helps Anxiety

 How Yoga Helps Anxiety

How Yoga Helps Anxiety

Yoga is one of the most relax, mindfulness exercises that a person can do to treat their anxiety. According to a study from the University of Adelaide, ten yoga sessions led to lower stress and a better quality of life. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine study says twelve yoga sessions can help with anxiety and put you in a better mood. Yoga can offer someone with anxiety with a lot of benefits that will put them at peace physically and mentally.

When we get nervous, our bodies tend to go stiff and we feel the tension in our necks, shoulders, jaws, and other places when we are stressed. When our muscles are tense, our minds feel the same way. By doing various yoga poses, we are able to lower the physical tension we feel in our body. Also when we are nervous and have a panic attack, we take rapid breaths, take big gulps as we breathe or even feel light-headed. When we take a deep breath and take our time breathing, we are relaxing our nervous system and bring our bodies back into reality. Deep breathing will make us more aware of where we are with our body and can use our slow breath through any challenging yoga pose. We will also be in a better mood doing yoga as we will unleash endorphins which give us a temporary happy feeling.

Yoga can also help us let go of any of our worries and to just focus on how our body is doing and our breathing. Doing yoga for twenty to thirty minutes a day shows that we care about the wellbeing of our body if we are willing to take the time from our busy schedule to give it care. In yoga, we can expect not every yoga pose to feel comfortable and accept that discomfort. Trying these poses despite the difficulty will make you feel more confidence and strong knowing that you can take a challenge and try your best. Yoga can also help people develop a sense of community as a bunch of people are getting together trying to do the same poses. You will no longer feel alone and you can make new friends during a yoga class. Yoga is a technique you can use anytime you are in a stressful situation and what you learn in yoga classes will never leave you.

Cottonwood Tucson is an inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab. At Cottonwood, certified psychiatrists and master’s level counselors help patients to identify and change maladaptive attitudes, behavior, attitudes and beliefs that can undermine their ability to produce a calm, happy mood. For more information, call us today at (800) 877-4520.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What Do We Need to Know About ADHD?

What Do We Need to Know About ADHD?

What Do We Need to Know About ADHD?

Maybe you have noticed your child being fidgety and displaying much more energy than other children. The reason for all of these behaviors is because of a mental disorder called ADHD. To ensure a proper diagnosis will better help your child in school as well as in life.

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a childhood neurological disorder and can continue through adulthood. Some symptoms fade over time or can be expressed differently. According to Mental Help, it is considered the most common childhood disorder with 3-7% of children having it. You can have trouble focusing, trouble keeping still and act without thinking.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms include not being able to pay attention, talkativeness, fidgeting, being distracted, constantly interrupting others, shifting from one activity to another, forgetfulness, and having trouble organizing. This disorder is different than a child simply misbehaving in which it is long-term, severe, can impair everyday functioning, and must occur in more than one environment like challenges in school, family, peers, etc.

Can ADHD be treated with medication?

Yes. There are stimulants such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Focalin XR to increase the brain chemical dopamine which helps with thinking and paying attention. Non-stimulants such as Strattera, Intuniv, and Welbutrin may take longer to work but can help improve focus, attention, and impulsivity if stimulant drugs do not work. Antidepressants can be used for symptoms of ADHD or if you also have anxiety, depression or another kind of mood disorder on top of ADHD.

What causes ADHD?

ADHD can be passed down from our family through their genes. Another link can be when mothers smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol during pregnancy. Children that are surrounded by lead from plumbing or paint in old buildings can develop a high risk of ADHD. Traumatic brain injuries can result in exhibiting ADHD symptoms. A lack of omega 3s as well as diets high in fat, sugar, or sodium can result in ADHD.

What kind of therapy helps with ADHD?

Behavioral therapy can help you learn how to organize tasks, schoolwork, or working through emotional events that are hard to handle. It can also teach you how to monitor behavior and give rewards after displaying good behavior. Behavioral therapy can also help with social skills, facial expressions, your tone of voice, and how to respond appropriately. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you be aware of and accepting of your thoughts and feelings as well as improving focus and concentration. Family and marriage counselling can help you and your spouse or relative handle bad behavior, improve interactions, and encourage changes in behavior.

Located on the Sonoran Desert, Cottonwood Tucson is an inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab. Cottonwood provides a continuum of care that includes medical detox, addiction assessment, co-occurring disorder treatment, family counseling and relapse prevention. For more information, call us today at (800) 877-4520.

Eating Disorders and ADHD

Eating Disorders and ADHD

Eating Disorders and ADHD

Anorexia nervosa is a mental health disorder when you do not eat anything which can lead to an unhealthy weight with a constant fear of gaining even a little weight. Bulimia nervosa is when you eat a large amount of food only to get rid of it all out of shame like purging or taking laxatives. Binge eating is having moments of non-stop eating. Because people with ADHD have poor impulse control and have trouble controlling their emotions, they are more likely to have an eating disorder and both must be treated simultaneously.

According to a Harvard Medical School study done in 2007, girls with ADHD are four times more likely to have an eating disorder than those that do not have ADHD. When those with ADHD feel stressed and inferior, they turn to food as a comfort and an unhealthy outlet to gain control back. People with ADHD and anorexia feel like the information they read on diets and healthy foods can be too much for them to handle. Anorexics and those with ADHD tend to be scared of becoming adults and having adult responsibilities as well as having difficulty finding careers, managing money, and relationships. By starving their body, they are keeping themselves away from maturing.

In order for a dual diagnosis such as having an eating disorder and ADHD to be successful, both of them need to be treated simultaneously instead of one after the other. It requires a team of psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, and nutritionists. It is important to find out how an eating disorder is affected by ADHD and how ADHD affects an eating disorder. These patients feel conflicted about how to feel about treatment as they want to be free from the torment that both of these diagnoses bring but they also do not want to gain weight which is a worry that they need to express to a professional.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help patients talk about the negative thought patterns and unhealthy behaviors that a patient is experiencing in order to make the best plan for them. It can be strategies like eating healthy, carefully structured meals, and new coping skills. Using medications for bulimia and ADHD can promote impulse control to prevent binge eating like Vyvanse. It is important to protect your body by eating healthy as well as taking care of your ADHD that it does not make symptoms worse.

Located on the Arizona desert, Cottonwood’s dual diagnosis program will prevent patients from relapsing after drug and alcohol treatment. The Cottonwood Assessment plan is a four day inpatient assessment program providing a comprehensive evaluation that will focus on the specific needs of the individual. For more information, call us today at (800) 877-4520.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What are the Consequences of Adderall Addiction?

What are the Consequences of Adderall Addiction?

What are the Consequences of Adderall Addiction?

We all know that Adderall is used to treat ADHD. What you may not know is that Adderall medication can be abused just like any other medication. Knowing the risks that come from taking too many doses of Adderall should further convince you to seek treatment.

What is Adderall?

A prescription amphetamine used to treat ADHD that regulates hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall works by changing certain natural substances in the brain. This drug is also used to treat narcolepsy to help stay awake during the day. Because it is known for being habit-forming and has been abused, it is known as a Schedule II drug. This drug should only be used for ADHD or a sleeping disorder.

What are the symptoms of Adderall addiction?

Symptoms include having trouble sleeping, talkativeness, hyperactivity, poor attention span, stomach problems, skin problems, uncontrollable shaking, and weight loss. Ironically, people exhibiting Adderall addiction who do not have ADHD could be exhibiting intense ADHD symptoms as a result of the drug.

What are the long-term effects of Adderall addiction?

Long-term effects include psychosis, dizziness, repetitive motions, stomach ulcers, malnutrition, having trouble breathing, seizures, a fast heartbeat, heart failure, and coma.

Who is at risk for Adderall addiction?

People who have been through child neglect or abuse, diagnosed with anxiety or depression, has a family history of addiction, or purchasing or obtaining Adderall illegally. Teens and adults have a good chance of falling under the influence of this addiction.

Why are young adults more likely to have Adderall addiction?

College students use Adderall to stay more focused and be able to concentrate when they have busy schedules, jobs, exams, and study sessions. While college students may take it to feel more confident and for recreational reasons, it can also be an appetite suppressant for those with an eating disorder.

What are the rehab options for those recovering from Adderall addiction?

Recovering from Adderall addiction may require more than one course of treatment. Residential treatment can provide you with individualized therapy, group therapy, and education classes. You can help out with chores and can go out for fun activities on the weekends with a group of other patients. Luxury rehabs have private rooms, housekeeping, gourmet meals, swimming pools, massages, gyms, and yoga. Executive rehabs give patients access to technology to do their work and attend meetings. You can go to Outpatient therapy two to three times a week and Partial Hospitalization for at least twenty hours which can work well for those that do not want to explain to people the length of time in treatment. They would be able to fulfill their family and work obligations.

Located on the Sonoran Desert, Cottonwood Tucson is an inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab. Cottonwood provides a continuum of care that includes medical detox, addiction assessment, co-occurring disorder treatment, family counseling and relapse prevention. For more information, call us today at (800) 877-4520.
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