Temporal Lobe Damage

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Todays Letter is T

A-Z Letter T

Temporal Lobe Damage

The temporal lobes are the parts of the brain that are involved in the retention of memories, sensory input, understanding language, storing new memories, emotion and understanding. They are located behind the ears.

There are several disorders that can cause damage to this part of the brain. Picks Disease, epilepsy and Lou Gehrig’s Disease can all damage the brains temporal lobes.

The number one cause of damage to temporal lobes is Traumatic Brain Injury.

Strokes, lesions, tumors, dementia and in rare cases Multiple Sclerosis may also cause damage.

A-Z temporal brain photo

 Symptoms:

The major symptoms of Temporal Lobe Damage have to do with memory, language and behavior. Some of the behavior changes could be irritability and possibly aggressive or violent behavior. These behavior changes can sometimes be mistaken for some sort of psychosis. Before any mental health diagnosis is made a thorough physical exam should be conducted and tests performed to rule out any physical causes for the symptoms.

* Problems with vision and perception

*Problems with hearing and processing what is heard

*Organizing thoughts

*Understanding language

*Long term memory problems

*Changes in Behavior and Personality

 Diagnosis:

There is no lab test to determine Temporal Lobe damage. A neuropsychologist, a psychiatrist and a speech therapist will work together to make an accurate diagnosis. An MRI will be able to determine the location and extent of any lobe damage, locate any lesions or tumors and any evidence of a stroke. A social worker will act as the liaison between the doctors, the patient and the family.

Treatment:

Treatment will include medication to control symptoms. A anti seizure medication, an anti psychotic and/or an anti- depressant are possibilities. Physical, occupational and speech therapies will also be prescribed depending on the extent of the damage.

 Recovery depends on the patient and the extent of the damage. Many factors will determine the outcome. Every patient and every injury is different. Age may be a factor in recovery. Children seem to do well using other areas of their brains to compensate for the damage. In most cases great patience is needed by the patient and the patient’s family as the recovery process can be quite long.

The number one cause of temporal lobe damage is brain injury. The leading cause of injury is collisions involving motor vehicles, bicycles and recreational vehicles. Injuries from firearms are the leading cause of brain-injury death. Falls are the leading cause of brain injury in the elderly. Sports also account for a large number of cases.

Most of these injuries could be prevented if we would take a few precautions, take our time and use common sense.

*Always wear a seatbelt and insist your passengers do the same.

*Do not drive or drive with someone is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications that may alter their judgment.

*Use appropriate protective gear when riding bikes, using recreational equipment or participating in sports. My little granddaughter Adriana played her first T’ball game today. Doesn’t she look adorable in her helmet?

A-Z Adriana Helmet photo

*Make sure playgrounds have shock absorbing material under swings and play structures.

*Make sure your elderly loved ones have secure railings and handles and all loose rugs are removed. Make sure they have grab bars in their bathrooms.

*Store your firearms and ammunition in separate areas.

 

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Suicide Prevention

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter S

A-Z Letter S

 

 

 

 

Suicide

Suicide is the act of killing oneself. Violence directed at oneself resulting in death.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP], the most recent suicide stats available are from the year 2010. In the year 2010 there were 38,364 people who died of suicide.

18.6% were aged 45-65

17.6% were aged 85 years-old or older

10.5% were aged 15-24

The methods of suicide were:

#1 – firearm

#2 – hanging

#3- poisoning

 

Warning Signs:

 

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • What you can do if someone you love or care about is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms:
  • Let them know you care about them.
  • Tell them why you are concerned.
  • Ask them if they are considering suicide.
  • Ask if they are seeing a doctor. If they say yes ask them to call and make an appointment. If they say no, offer to help them find a doctor.
  • Do not try to make them feel guilty.

eye-crying

If you cannot convince them to get help call the hotline and ask them what more you can do. If someone mentions suicide to you, they are serious. Do not leave them alone. They are NOT looking for attention. They are more than likely looking for the complete opposite; they are in so much pain they want to disappear. Do not let anyone tell you that you are overreacting.

 

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling

1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

For more information: http://www.afsp.org

 

For my family suicide is personal. I lost my both of my grandfathers to suicide. My husband lost his seventeen-year-old son to suicide.

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Road Rage?

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z AMBASSADOR 2014  

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter R

A-Z Letter R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Rage

If you are a driver or a passenger chances are you have witnessed, been a victim of or committed road rage.

What is Road Rage?

A term first used in 1988 to define a motorists’ uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist irritating act and is expressed in aggressive and or violent behavior.

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There is a lot of controversy over whether road rage is an actual mental health disorder. Some studies suggest it is a result of Intermittent Explosive Disorder. A disorder associated with abnormal activity in parts of the brain that regulate aggressive behavior. Those suffering from this disorder are extremely dangerous if provoked on the road. Those with Intermittent Explosive Disorder can be from any background financially and educationally. They are typically male but the number of females with this disorder is growing.

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Questions to ask your Mental Health Professional

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.  http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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 Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter Q

A-Z Letter Q

 

 

 

 

 

Questions to Ask your Medical Health Provider

Finding a mental health provider can be challenging to say the least, especially if you are experiencing a crisis. If you have a family/primary care doctor that is a good place to start. Most family doctors are able to diagnose mental health conditions and can prescribe medications. Continued care should be done with a provider that specializes in mental health treatment.

Ask your primary doctor, friends, relatives etc… if they can refer you to a mental health professional.

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Fraggin’ Fantastic

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By the time Friday rolls around my mind is so full of ½ thoughts, lists and ideas but lucky for me, the lovely, Mrs. 4444 over at Half Past -Kissin Time came up with the solution for all those Fragments. Friday Fragments is the place to unload all of those great ideas that just are not enough for a full post…yet.

The best part about Friday Fragments is without a doubt, the friends.

To learn more about Friday Fragments, how you can participate and the news on the BIG anniversary coming up:

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Friday Fragmets Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

We are more than half way through this year’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. I have posted on time and have visited at least ten other blogs, each day of the challenge so far. I am still so excited that my ‘theme reveal’ post has eighty + comments.

If you have time I hope you will visit the A-Z’s of mental health awareness. Today’s post is on PTSD.

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My editing on the book has suffered. I am going to try to catch up on that today.

I took a much needed break last Saturday and spent a glorious day with my daughters and grandkids. We had breakfast at Applebee’s with the Easter Bunny, to support my cousin’s little girl’s gymnastics team. The gymnasts actually served the breakfast and cleared the tables. They are a very impressive group.

Bunny Breakfast 2014 cousins

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] It’s Personal

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter P

A-Z Letter P

 

 

 

 

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]

PTSD is a serious disorder that may develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or horrifying event in which physical harm occurred or was threatened.

It is a lasting condition that causes intense fear, helplessness and horror.

Those with the highest risk of developing PTSD are victims of sexual assault or other violent crimes, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, natural disasters and abuse.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD]

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.

http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z AMBASSADOR 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter O

A-Z Letter O

 

 

 

 

Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder [OCD]

OCD is a series of irrational thoughts or fears that cause you to repeat behaviors that you believe will cause the irrational thoughts and fears to stop.

 Examples of some Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive-Behavior:

Intense anxiety and fear will occur with these symptoms.

The irrational fear of dirt and/or germs that cause you to constantly wash your hands and or clean your house.

Putting everything in symmetrical order.

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Narcissistic Disorder

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

 

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd  http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is the letter N

A-Z Letter N

 

 

 

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Although this disorder is rare it seems we all know one.

This disorder is one in which the person will have a greatly inflated sense of their own importance, a need for constant admiration and no regard for other people’s feelings.

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Medical Marijuana

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.

http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s Letter is the letter M and the letter M represents

 our ½ way point in the A-Z Challenge!

A-Z Letter M

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Marijuana

The Cannibis Plant has more than one-thousand -years of history as a medicinal plant.

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Learning Disorders

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is the letter L

A-Z Letter K

 

 

 

 

Learning Disorders

Learning Disorders refer to one  or more psychological processes that help one understand, listen, think, hear, speak, read,  write, spell and to do math. Learning Disorders are relatively common and affects four to six percent of the public school population.

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