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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.

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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.

Constant thoughts of horrific things happening to self or family and taking extreme measures to ensure that you and your family are safe.

Overly fearful of embarrassment causing you to avoid social situations.

Preoccupation with counting or numbers.

Checking and rechecking to insure the lights are out, the doors are locked, the oven is off etc…

A person with OCD may or may not realize they have the disorder. If they realize they have it they may try to stop the thoughts and behaviors with little success.

A-Z Challenge Letter O OCD poster

Diagnosis:

A doctor will first do an exam to rule out any physical cause for your symptoms. Lab tests will check blood count, screening for drugs and alcohol and thyroid function. Once medical and physical causes have been ruled out a mental health professional will talk to you, your family and friends about your thoughts and behaviors and make a determination.

It can be difficult to diagnose OCD because symptoms can be similar to those of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses. Someone with true obsessions and compulsions has OCD, although it’s possible to have both OCD and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

Causes:

The exact cause of OCD remains unknown. It may be genetic. Researchers are working to identify genes that may be involved. There is research that points to environmental causes such as infections that trigger symptoms.

Treatment:

Treatment for OCD most likely will not result in a cure but symptoms can be controlled so that they do not interfere with a normal life and healthy relationships. Treatment involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy.

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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

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 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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Tackling Jealousy

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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 J

A-Z Letter J

 

 

 

 

Jealousy

That green eyed monster, jealousy is an emotion that we have all felt and had to deal with at some point during our lives. The feeling of jealousy is often a combination of several feelings such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness and disgust. Jealousy typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something or someone of great value.

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Ideal Body Image

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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 I

A-Z Letter I

 

 

 

 

Ideal Body Image

Sometime between the1950’s and the1960’s  actual women’s sizes became larger but societal standards of a woman’s body started becoming thinner.

During the 1950’s Marilyn Monroe was the bomb, every man’s dream woman and she wore a size 14. By the time the 1960’s rolled in Twiggy with her tall slender size 0 was considered the ‘perfect’ woman.

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Hoarding Disorder…Oh My

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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 H

A-Z Letter H

 

 

 

 

Hoarding Disorder

Prior to being defined as a mental disorder in 2013, Hoarding was considered a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. (OCPD)

Hoarding is the excessive collection of items or animals with the inability to discard them.

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Factitious 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

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 F

A-Z Letter F

 

 

 

 

 

Factitious Disorder

I chose Factitious Disorder because it sparked my writers mind.  I thought a character with this disorder would be challenging yet fun for a writer to create.

Factitious Disorders are conditions where a person acts as if he/she has a physical or mental illness when they do not have any illness at all.

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Effective Alternate Treatments for Depression

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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

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 E

A-Z Letter E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Alternate Treatments for Depression

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Long Overdue Friday Fragments…

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I have been through some life changing episodes since the beginning of the year. It’s no wonder I am in great need of sharing a few Friday Fragments.

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful) and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post with Linky Tools and link back to   Half-Past Kissin’ Time

Friday Fragmets Celebration

I don’t want to jinx it but it felt a bit like spring here in Philadelphia today. It was sunny and 60 degrees. It is raining now but that is another sign of spring right?

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Down in the Dumps or Depression? The A-Z’s of Mental Health

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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

  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 D

A-Z Letter D

 

 

 

 

 

DEPRESSION

Every single one of us at some time in our life will experience some form of depression. For most of us it isn’t serious. The sad, discouraged or blue feelings will pass after a few days. For some people those feelings linger for weeks, even months.  If you have been feeling sad for longer than two weeks you need to see a doctor.

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Adults has some form of depression
  • 3.4% of those have major depression
  • For people between the ages of 10-24 suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death

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