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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Pop (aka Soda) why it isn’t any good

Coca Cola, Cold Drink, Soft Drink, Coke

I will assume we have all come to terms with the fact that drinking pop (soda) is no good for you. Whether it be ‘dark’ or ‘light’ pop, diet or non diet, caffeine or no caffeine, pop just isn’t any good for you – but we still like it. For many people, it is their downfall in their health, it is something that might drink on a daily basis, or something they have with every meal & for others, they might think by drinking a diet pop or sprite instead of coke, they are much better off, but that starts to not matter if you don’t know how to control your intake of it (moderation). Everyone’s “moderation” will be different, because some people can cut it out as a whole and others will have to learn to cut down the amount consumed. For example if you are someone who drinks it daily and consumes about 5-10 on a daily basis, maybe your “moderation” is drink 2 daily instead of 5-10 or drink 5 per week.. who knows, but still it means cutting down. 

 

Another thing people need to understand is that cutting down pop for someone who loves it, and drinks it often is just as hard as taking a cigarette from a smoker or coffee from an avid coffee drinker, it takes time and discipline and a willingness. So before we go around telling people who drink this to “stop drinking it” or “you shouldn’t be drinking”, we need to remember this isn’t going to be an easy task for them. Typically when i have had past clients be honest and mention they drink pop often, I didn’t mention that it was “bad for them” or “they shouldn’t be drinking it”, because this is something they already knew and I didn’t tell them to “quit drinking pop” or to “give pop up and work on drinking more water”, because again they might not want to stop drinking it (people don’t like being told what to do), instead I changed my perspective and found a way that worked in order for them to see the health benefits from drinking less of it, or shared ideas to help them try different liquids in their diet – this didn’t mean they didn’t continue to drink it, this only meant I gave them options and helped them to see benefits that come from drinking less or none.. but if they chose to keep drinking it, then.. they knew the consequences of their results. 

 

The above information was just a disclosure, so that no one thought of this blog post as “JUST SAY NO” Act against pop, this is not what this is, this is an informative post to bring light on the negatives pop can have on the body and the mind honestly. Also, to add to this, I used to drink pop often, Sprite was my choice of pop ( I don’t really like dark pop) but I can tolerate it, I prefer lighter pop, now I don’t drink pop at all (rarely) .. it wasn’t too difficult for me, but it got harder every so often when I was craving it – but I found something better for me that I like just as well & don’t give thought to pop much at all these days. Now to the good stuff.. 

 

Pop – Why it isn’t any good for you

 
  1. It dehydrates the body, which means you end up more thirsty even after drinking it – which is some of the reason why people will drink more after they have had a glass because it doesn’t quench your thirst.. it just continues to make you more thirsty
  2. High sugar content – this is explanatory, this can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance, and extra weight gain from the sugar becoming fat
  3. Contains caffeine – studies have shown too much caffeine consumption can lead to other health issues
  4. Lack of nutrients
  5. Bad for the teeth – dentist say it can lead to plaque build up and gum disease
  6. Contains high frutose cough syrup- studies have said that it is has been associated with increased risk of heart disease and other health concerns
  7. Obesity- Drinking pop does not mean you will be obese but if you don’t have self control over the amount you drink and live a sedentary lifestyle, it can lead to obesity 
  8. Contains phosphoric Acid- This interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis, cavities, and bone softening
  9. The artificial sweeteners in diet pop are no better than the real sugars in non diet pop – Many of the artificial sweeteners have proven to do more harm than help – some of them being linked to different health problems. 
  10. Mentally- I have noticed the energy you may get from the pop last about maybe a hour.. and then you are back to being “gloomy”, lazy and probably have little momentum (feel sluggish). For those that drink it for energy or to wake up, the sugar will wear off and when it does, consuming more will do the same and it will become a cycle – someone told me they had to switch pop because Mountain Dew no longer gave them the kick they needed since their body was getting used to it. (This wasn’t during a study, this is just a reference to tell how this sugar works) 

Please feel to share, comment, like and follow. If you or anyone else you know loves pop, feel free to share what kind you drink, why you drink it and if you have noticed any negative signs from drinking too much of it. Thank you for reading. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx

My Gym Workout Nov. 2nd

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Hey FitFam!

So first of all I want to say “DAMN” I got a lot of feedback on my “Child Obesity” Reblog post and it is all wonderful because I am learning from all of you how you feel about the matter. I wrote that original post toward the beginning of my writing days back in 2015 so my writing is very “childish” compared to now, and so it might come off like I am being a “biased bitch”, but honestly, the meme wasn’t the purpose of me reblogging the post, the only purpose the meme served was explaining how I felt in that particular situation. So if you were one of those people who got upset by the meme, sorry, but it is what it is, there are meme’s like that posted all over social media and I don’t hear or see people advocating against them, so in my opinion I had a right to judge the meme by thinking that it was sad to see a child who was overweight and not know why or how she felt about it; while others thought it was funny and cute, and another person getting offended because they work with the welfare office and think they know about everyone’s situation when really they only know what they are told, not everyone who is on welfare is the same situation and how dare she judge me for judging the meme, when she is judging by saying people sometimes can’t afford eating healthier because I work at the welfare office and know this; well guess what? NOT everyone on welfare is broke ass , no job, some of them just need extra help and shame on you for assuming family’s on welfare can’t afford to eat healthier. Now putting that all aside, I have learned more since writing that post, and I have been introduced to different reasons why children become obese, was it right for me to say the child on the meme was being abused? Personally, yes. because I was asked if I thought so and personally no matter what stand point I look at it from, I see a child who MIGHT be getting made fun of, who MIGHT be dealing with self esteem issues, who MIGHT have parents who don’t give a fuck and who MIGHT be struggling just enough to consider suicide. So no matter if the parents are good natured and she just has a health conditions or if the parents are fuck ups and don’t give a shit, all that matters is I see someone who COULD be broken.. and that is enough for me to say, it saddens me that children are being  bullied and tormented because of something their parents can or cannot control. It is in fact the child who endures the most pain from beginning to end because it is their body and their life they are living. That is my opinion. CHILD OBESITY IS REAL! SO REAL THAT INSTEAD OF PUTTING CHILDREN DOWN AND MAKING LIGHT OF THEIR WEIGHT, WE SHOULD MAKE PEOPLE AWARE AND ADVOCATE AGAINST BULLYING. 

Now to my workout.. -sorry for the minor rant.

Warmup:

  • I did not to a proper warm up again today, lol shh
Workout Session:
  • Low Row: 100lb, 5 sets, 10 reps
  • Tricep pushdowns: 50lb, 5 sets, 10 reps
  • Cable curls- 30lb, 5 sets, 10 reps
  • incline pushups- 2 sets, 10 reps
  • External Rotation with Cable: 10lb, 5 sets, 12 reps each arm
Compound exercise:
  • Squat to shoulder press: 10lb dumbbells, 5 sets, 10 reps
Isolation exercise:
  • Standing upright row (cable): 30lb, 5 sets, 10 reps
I went back and forth between the compound and Isolation exercise.
  • Bentover barbell row: 85lb, 3 sets, 8-10 reps
  • Bench press: 55lb, 3 sets, 10 reps
My workout wasn’t all that much from looking at it, but I felt it afterwards and during. Right now my bench press is only 70lb at the highest, but I am working on it day by day. I can Low row at 120lb comfortably, My tricep pushdowns are normally around 60-70 lb right now, cable curls, I can do 30 fine, 35 gets to be a bit harder for me. External rotation, not sure, because I haven’t tried going much higher than 10lb. Overall good workout for a Wednesday! Feel free to share your workouts in the comment section!
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo