New Year’s Resolutions

Instead of making an extensive list of goals that need attainment in 2022, how about selecting one goal that is meaningful to achieve?

With so many external factors running about (i.e., the Pandemic, the latest virus, and everything applicable in that regards), this method can remove unnecessary anxiety far too many people can experience in their pursuits. Because the goal is meaningful, other goals may be achieved throughout the venture.

Wishing all of you the best in achieving your goals in this New Year!

Vikki

The Status Of Mental Health In America, The Reality Of It All

Mental Health America (2021) offers data covering extensive topics about mental health in the United States:

Charts separated by youth and adult demographics;

Illness type;

Whether treatment was sought;

If treatment was sought, was it too costly?;

Did insurance have an illness and treatment specificity that was uncovered?;

Were patients lacking insurance, altogether?;

Rankings for these demographics that were reported by each state, and other informative data worth a comprehensive reading in, “The State Of Mental Health In America. Statistics 2021” View All Data 2021 | Mental Health America (mhanational.org) (Mental Health America, 2021).

Vikki

Reference

Mental Health America. (2021). The State Of Mental Health In America. Statistics 2021. Retrieved From View All Data 2021 | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)

Medications For Treating Anxiety

“An anxiety disorder can make you feel ill and cause other symptoms that interfere with daily life” (Howley, 2021).

The person with anxiety is constantly worrying over a minute issue, or one that is enormous. They might even catastrophize over something that is actually irrelevant.

When anxiety is left untreated, this person can begin to no longer participate in activities they once found enjoyable. In essence, the life that they knew begins to shrink.

Howley (2021) reports on the symptoms associated with anxiety, the different brands of anxiety, the kinds of treatment, medications prescribed for the illness, how beneficial these medications are, the health risks from taking certain medications, and other valuable information in, “Anxiety Medicine: 7 Things To Know | U.S. News.”

As an aside, there is a connection between anxiety disorders and heart conditions. When a person has an anxiety “episode”, if you will, their nervous system is under assault. Each subsequent episode inflicts further damage on the nervous system. Thus, people diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will need to secure appointments for heart health exams.

Vikki

Reference

Howley, E. K. (2021). Anxiety Medicine: 7 Things To Know. What To Know About Anxiety Medications. Retrieved From Anxiety Medicine: 7 Things To Know | U.S. News

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH*

Women, Breast Cancer, Schizophrenia & Psychotropics

The Lancet Psychiatry gives a startling and important summary concerning the link between breast cancer in adult females and their schizophrenia diagnosis in, “Antipsychotic use and risk of breast cancer in women with schizophrenia: a nationwide nested case-control study in Finland – The Lancet Psychiatry” (Taipale, Solmi, Lahteenvuo, Tanskanen, Correll & Tiihonen, 2021).

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Reference

Taipale, H., PhD., Solmi, M., PhD., Lahteenvuo, M., PhD., Tanskanen, A., Ph.D., Correll, C. U., Ph.D., & Tiihonen, J., PhD. (2021). Antipsychotic Use And Risk Of Breast Cancer In Women With Schizophrenia: A Nationwide Nested Case-Control Study In Finland. The Lancet Psychiatry, 8(10), (pp. 883 – 891). Retrieved From Antipsychotic use and risk of breast cancer in women with schizophrenia: a nationwide nested case-control study in Finland – The Lancet Psychiatry

*The adult male population is not immune from a breast cancer diagnosis!

Brain Trauma, Neuroscience & Disabling That Culprit Molecule

Zeldovich (2021) reports about an exciting study which can potentially benefit many who suffer from brain trauma injuries in, “This Molecule Could Be the Key to Understanding Why Concussions Have Such Long-Term Effects | Science | Smithsonian Magazine.”

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Reference

Zeldovich, L. (2021). This Molecule Could Be The Key To Understanding Why Concussions Have Such Long-Term Effects. Retrieved From This Molecule Could Be the Key to Understanding Why Concussions Have Such Long-Term Effects | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Seasonal Allergies, COVID-19, Physical And Cognitive Disturbances

Seasonal Allergies, COVID-19, Physical And Cognitive Disturbances

Gouveia (2021) explains the difference between COVID-19 symptoms and symptoms associated with seasonal allergies in, “COVID-19 or Just Fall Allergies? | UNC Health Talk (unchealthcare.org).

Vikki

Reference

Gouveia, A. (2021). COVID-19 Or Just Fall Allergies? Retrieved From COVID-19 or Just Fall Allergies? | UNC Health Talk (unchealthcare.org)