Happiness is the highest from of health

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Thankfully, the horses and staff at a therapeutic riding center are only interested in providing support, compassion, a helping hand (or hoof) and education. The horses have no stigma about a person with mental health issues. The horses only want to know if you can learn their language. The horses know the right answer, a veteran just has to learn to ask the right question. Fortunately this is a language that a talented program director can teach brilliantly, with love and compassion for both the veteran and the horse.

Veterans participating in the program learn communication, patience, trust, mindfulness, respect and boundaries. These are all common themes at mental health programs. At a therapeutic riding center veterans are able to put them into practice in a more relaxed atmosphere where they are never made to feel wrong. The program staff and their horses teach veterans about mutual respect in the form of building a caring leader and partner relationship. These are things that many veterans in mental health programs have not experienced in a positive manner in years.

The caring staff allow the veteran to learn in a safe environment, with powerful majestic animals that give honest feedback because a horse has no ulterior motives. They will communicate in powerful and subtle ways, asking questions, giving answers, but never judging whether the veteran is wrong or right. Each action is not positive or negative, but merely a response to the input the horse is receiving. Veterans learn the importance of establishing boundaries, as a horse will test their leadership. Horses seek a leader, someone to respect, someone to protect the herd. It always seems the right horse finds the right veteran to provide that leadership. As veterans learn to earn the horses respect it gives the veteran a feeling of accomplishment, achievement and pride. Maybe a feeling that they haven’t felt in years. It helps restore a sense of dignity. They leave their session with a smile on their face, standing a little taller and a little straighter.

At a therapeutic riding center veterans find compassion, support, guidance, and gentle direction. They find a place where they can heal. They find a place without the stressors of an inpatient mental health system. A place where they can express their emotions with the beautiful creatures that provide honest and supportive feedback. There is a sense of calm and peace about the center, its staff, and the horses who are so beautifully trained to provide therapeutic support.

Manage Depression And Anxiety

A person that is pushed over the top of his emotional stability can result in post traumatic stress disorder or in desensitization. The person suffering becomes an emotional time bomb that can explode at the slightest pinch. There are people who experience serious depression and that can have serious consequences.

Methylation is a process where some chemicals called “methyl groups” are added to DNA, other molecules and various constituents of proteins to keep them working in an ideal condition.

There is a chemical in our brain called Serotonin that works like a natural antidepressant. If Serotonin is not methylated, it becomes inactive and these leads into depression.

SAMe is an alternative natural solution and is more effective than many herbal antidepressants because it targets methylation. Pharmaceutical and Synthetic antidepressants do not target methylation, can cause harm in overtime and side effects.

So you are better trying a healthy and natural option that can address emotional distress with the optimal amount of SAMe and other active ingredients such as valerian, vinpocetine and hops, which have been proven to help with anxiety, mood disorders, irritability, nervousness and psychological stress.

There are some natural supplements that can help you, don’t wait for your depression to go, you can do something about it without taking risky pharmaceutical medications.

Your anxiety may be the cause of nutritional deficiency, your body is out of balance and feels out of balance. The fact is that most people who experience low mood, stress and sleepless nights can be caused by an imbalance that you can reverse naturally.

Don’t forget that having a healthy lifestyle will also help you in the process of managing your depression and reducing it. You should do some exercise, go out walk, eat healthy, talk with friends, practice a hobby and let any negativity go away.

Live With A Challenging Illness

To give you a simple explanation, my conscious mind and my unconscious mind blended into one mind. The critical faculty of my conscious mind stopped functioning and the logical part of the mind was suppressed also. My reality didn’t correspond with the reality of my surroundings. It was like not being awakened from a deep scary dream. There was nobody around who could actually help me with my situation. My partner was frantically driving us around, hoping to find the right healer that would know how to get me back to earth. After many varied attempts of renowned spiritual healers, there was no other option but to admit me to the intensive care unit of a hospital.

After spending several days in hospital and being medicated to the brim I reemerged back into what could be called the ‘former self’. Yet I was forever changed. There was no going back. What firstly seemed like a one of event soon became a regular nightmare. In the space of several months, I was readmitted back to hospital. The doctors told me that I had a mental illness and gave me somewhat shaky diagnosis and medication to take.

I knew better. This could not be any illness. Well, in my eyes I was undergoing spiritual transformation that unfortunately didn’t go as well as planned. However, my understanding of the situation was of no help to me. After several hospitalizations and change of diagnosis I learned to appreciate the medical viewpoint. I saw that what I had been experiencing was indeed called mental illness. That nevermind the way it started, the symptoms that I now had were typical and well documented for a mental illness.

Living a fairly long time in denial and rebellion against the prescribed medication I obviously was not able to deal with it by myself. I learned that I did need the medical help. It was a reality that I had to accept. I had an ongoing problem that needed to be worked on.

While I later accepted the fact that this was not a temporary issue, I still resisted the fact that I needed to be on medication to function and stay away from the hospital. It took me very long time to realize the medication might really have been helping me to stay well and that I would be taking it even after I was discharged from hospital. It now became part of my new life reality.

Life has a funny way of dealing with our dreams. I (and nobody that ever knew me) had never before imagined that I would be once diagnosed as mentally ill. However, as this is now a part of my life experience, I embrace it. The diagnosis is not WHO I AM. Although it’s now part of my reality. This situation taught me to see a new meaning to my life.

To embrace and accept the verdict and to learn from it and its many hospitalizations to be able to help others understand.

The one learning that I have from it is that we are all living life with a conditioned programming of our reality. Most of us can’t see life for what it really is. Many times we are not living our true purpose, but only surviving until the paycheck.

My life showed me a different perspective. One of my many life purposes is to shine a light on the so-called mental illness and what it represents for the individual and it’s surroundings. How we are all the same, yet have a different internal worlds. How we see ourselves and how we believe others are seeing us.

Having studied several mind focusing modalities, such as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Psychosomatic Therapy, Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching, I have a broader understanding and unique perspective to guide me in my life.

My life is different from yours in many ways. Your story is unique to you. However, I hope my story and viewpoint might encourage you to look on the bright side of life. Everything that happens in our life can be seen as an opportunity for growth. Once we distill the meaning and purpose of the situation we become empowered by it.

The reason why I shared this very personal story was to show you we all have individual challenges that we need to learn to deal with. There is greater meaning in this life journey and you have only to discover it.

Enjoy the journey and stay strong through challenges.

ADHD in Adults

Perhaps you remember it back when it was termed as ADD – a label that had been presented to kids who found it challenging to adhere to the rules or be aware in class. Even though the condition is far more common in teenagers and youngsters, the indications of ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) can continue through into adulthood and continue for a good life.

From reputed authorities, it is stated that some people with ADHD exhibit fewer symptoms as they age, though others will continue to experience major symptoms that will affect their daily functioning. It was published that many adults with ADHD aren’t even aware they have it. On the other hand, they merely recognize that their day to day activities can be a challenge.

Until quite recently, scientists believed children would outgrow ADHD during adolescence, due to a number of developmental changes that happen in their brain chemistry. However, they now think that 7 out of 10 children with ADHD can become adults with ADHD.

Based on a few studies, the symptoms of ADHD in adults include difficulty in paying attention, restlessness, and impulsiveness. Adults with ADHD might fight to priorities and concentrate. This could lead to frequent cases of forgotten meetings, missed deadlines, or social plans. The lack of ability to control impulses ranges from impatience driving in traffic or waiting in line to outbursts of anger and mood swings. The internet site lists the following as the common signs of adult ADHD:

  • Poor time management skills
  • Problems prioritizing and general disorganization
  • Problems multitasking or concentrating on an activity
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Excessive restlessness or activity
  • Hot temper
  • Poor planning
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Trouble handling stress
  • Problems completing tasks or following through

At some time or the other, just about everyone has struggled with ADHD like symptoms. In the event, you’re finding it difficult being an adult, while we all do sometimes. How would you tell whether it’s normal or a sign of a fundamental mental illness like ADHD?

To know for sure, qualified professionals must diagnose such types of health disorders, which can take a lot of time. It would generally involve a vacation to the GP at the earliest, and a comprehensive evaluation from a psychiatrist or a psychologist.

You ought to be diagnosed if the symptoms are severe enough to possess a continued impact on one or more areas of your life (dating life and work) and in case some disruptive or persistent symptoms may be traced straight back to the early childhood.

It can be very difficult in order to identify ADHD in adults because there are certain symptoms that are like those brought about by other difficulties like mood disorders and anxiety. That’s where all this gets more complicated – more of a “what came first, the egg or even the chicken” sort of situation.

Nonetheless, those with ADHD, are more likely to have personality disorders and other psychological conditions, including mood disorders or anxiety. They are generally prone to unknowingly have a problem with the condition for long periods.

ADHD Affects the calibre of life of the individual

Those with ADHD might find it hard to have a job or maintain good relationships, given that they have trouble staying on the ‘9 to 5’ lifestyle or possibly a routine. If ADHD was not dealt with during childhood, they could have probably done poorly in school too.

Because the person has got to grapple using this behavioural disorder for a lifetime, it often means that they’ll have low self-esteem. Some individuals with ADHD turn to alcohol or drugs, thus making an attempt to manage their feelings of failure or frustration.