Bipolar Disorder (Mental Health)

Well Hello Bloggers, 

We are back for another blog post and today’s entails mental health. Today will be about being bipolar, what it means to be diagnosed with bipolar, the types of treatment they recommend, and some other odds and ends. If you know someone who is bipolar, or if you, yourself has been diagnosed with being bipolar, do not be ashamed of it, and do not feel as though every case is the same. I realize this information will be vague, so please fill us in with more information, experiences, stories, etc in the comment section and share this post with others so I can help bring awareness. 

What does being bipolar mean?

Good question! The bipolar disorder is having mood swings that range from depressive lows to maniac highs. In other words, going from a very low state to a very high state in your moods. Each individual has some differences. 

 

Fun Fact:

There are different forms of bipolar: bipolar 1 disorder, bipolar 2 disorder, cyclothymic disorder. Now this is 2017 and things might have changed, but from my knowledge these are the main groups but this doesn’t mean there are not others written somewhere. 

Bipolar 1 disorder:

Maniac episodes that last atleast seven days and/or manic episodes that are severe enough to have a person end up in the hospital.  Some people will experience depressive episodes as well that can last up to two weeks. 

Bipolar 2 disorder:

A pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes but NOT full blown maniac episodes.

 

Cyclothymic Disorder:

Numerous periods of hypomanic episodes and depressive symptoms that are known to last two years (and 1 year for children and adolescents). 

 

Signs and Symptoms:

 
  1. Manic episode (signs/symptoms)
  • Feeling very “high” or elated
  • Usually has a lot of energy
  • Increased activity levels
  • “jumpy” or “wired”
  • sometimes have issues with sleeping
  • Talk really fast
  • could be agitated, irritable or touchy
  • feel as though their thoughts are going really fast
  • Usually believe they can manage a lot of things at once
  • Do risky things that aren’t always wise decisions

     2. Depressive episode (signs/symptoms)

  • Feeling of sadness, empty or loneliness
  • very little energy
  • decreased activity levels
  • may sleep too much or too little
  • don’t feel as though they can enjoy anything
  • feeling much worry
  • tend to forget things a lot
  • Eating too much or too little
  • feeling tired
  • sometimes thinks of death or suicide

Fun Fact:

It possible for some to have symptoms of both, called “mixed features”  (they may feel very sad and hopeless but at the same time have tons of energy). 

 

Many people with bipolar disorder may even have mood swings that are less extreme and can still manage to function, feel good, highly productive (the person may not feel as if anything is wrong) but normally family and friends can see the difference in their moods and actions. If these people don’t seek help they could end up with severe mania or depression. 

 

Some have bipolar along with other mental health conditions and some have symptoms of other illnesses, so it makes it difficult for one to diagnose someone with this disorder. People with bipolar disorder are said to be at higher risk of thyroid disease, migraine headaches, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

 

There are cases where someone with bipolar may have psychotic symptoms as well (hallucinations, and/or delusions). 

 

Anxiety is usually also diagnosed with those with bipolar disorder.

 

A higher chance of possible substance abuse, perform poorly at work/school, relationship problems. 

Possible Risk Factors:

  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • brain structure and functioning

Treatment possibilities:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

Keep in mind that bipolar disorder is a life long illness. Also remember to speak with a specialist and/or doctor who can be of more assistance to yourself and others. Thank you for reading!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

 
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Brown Rice Vs White Rice (Food/Nutrition)

brown rice

I have a feeling.. This is going to be a heated discussion! No, but seriously, I think this will be a great discussion for all of you to engage in. 

For beginners, let me start by saying that I prefer white rice over brown rice and I eat more white than I do brown rice. Weird? probably considering people tell me all the time why I shouldn’t eat white rice and instead should consume brown rice- but I am rebel without a cause and choose to go about my everyday eating white rice. Does this mean , I am bias? no, I just like one more than the other but I will eat either of them to be honest depending on the dish. I don’t want anyone getting any bright ideas and think that I will try to pull you over to the dark side; but I just might do it! LOL muahahahahah (evil laugh) 

 
 
  1. Do you prefer white rice or brown rice? – or is there another kind of rice you prefer more than the two options
  2. name a recipe you enjoy eating/cooking that either has white rice or brown rice (or you may share the URL to your blog page with it)
  3. If you don’t eat rice, what kind of things do you eat in place of it? 

Brown Rice: (Keep in mind that each brand has their own nutritional value for brown rice)

  • Rich in selenium (known to reduce the risk of common diseases)
  • High in magnesium
  • healthy fats
  • Helps with bowel regularity – because of the amount of fiber
  • considered “whole grain” – hasn’t lost its wholeness through the refinement process
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Excellent food choice for those with diabetes – helps stabilize blood sugar levels
  • High in manganese 
  • Fills your stomach faster

White Rice:(Keep in mind that each brand has their own nutritional value for white rice)

  • Truth of the matter is, white rice is fine in moderation. While it might not have as many health benefits as brown rice, it doesn’t mean it is all bad for you. White rice is considered easier to digest because it doesn’t contain as high of phytic acid as brown rice. 
  • White rice still has some decent amount of potassium
  • no cholesterol
  • typically higher calories 
  • high in the glycemic index (not a good thing)

So perhaps I lost the battle to bring you over to the dark side and perhaps I need to watch my moderation (which I do) and make sure to eat more brown than white when necessary BUT this doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some white rice.. I still can and so can you. If you have anything you would like to add to this, feel free. Keep in mind some of the better kinds of rice are the sprouted rice because you get more of the actual minerals that you miss out on when they are sprouted. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment, like, share, and follow.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxoo

Have A Cup Of Tea Instead..

Hello Bloggers,

 

I hope you enjoy tea, because if so, I am going to share with you the different kind of teas that have various benefits to our health – some of which you may not have heard of or did not know could do some wonderful things to our systems.

Green Tea:

The first tea that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “healthy”, want to know why?

 
  • Antioxidants are said to interfere with growth of certain types of cancers
  • Improves cholesterol, and prevents clogging of the arteries
  • Reduces risk of stroke
  • Reduces the risk of neurological disorders
  • Contains fluoride, which is said to prevent tooth decay

Black Tea:

  • Said to possibly reduce the risk of stroke
  • Helps body maintain normal blood pressure/increases blood flow in the capillaries
  • Expands the airways (making it easier for those with asthma)

White Tea:

  • More potent anticancer properties than processed teas
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Can thin the blood, improving artery function
  • Protects the circulatory system
  • Contains fluoride; keeps the teeth strong and healthy & kills teeth bacteria (that causes plaque, tooth decay)
  • Helps to strength the immune system & prevents bacterial infection

Oolong Tea:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Has been used as a weight loss supplement
  • People with diabetes: it can help keep blood sugar levels in line

Chaga Tea:

  • Possibly helps to boost and strength immune system
  • Possibly helps to prevent and lower the risk of some cancers
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Boost energy levels and supports increased stamina
  • Can help aid in digestion and prevent stomach diseases

Pu-erh Tea:

  • Helps to lower cholesterol levels/boost blood flow/improve circulation
  • Aids in digestion of food
  • The antioxidants can help remove toxins from bloodstream 
  • Proven to show improved function of the spleen

Chamomile tea:

  • Antioxidants may help with complications from diabetes
  • known to stunt growth of cancer cells
  • Helps to stop gastrointestinal inflammation: prevents gas & reduces stomach cramps 
  • Has been used as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome
  • Can help people fall asleep

Hibiscus Tea:

  • Some studies have shown it to reduce blood pressure
  • Possibly helps in lowering cholesterol 

Rooibos Tea:

  • Has some cancer fighting properties
  • helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Aids in regeneration of liver tissue
  • Helps to relieve cramps and gastrointestinal distress

I have been drinking tons of this chamomile tea, for different reasons but mostly because it taste so good 😀 What kind of teas do you drink? any favorites, any that you don’t like? leave your answers in the comment section! 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo