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“Success Is Counted Sweetest”

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Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne’er succeed.

To comprehend a nectar

Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host

Who took the Flag today

Can tell the definition

So clear of Victory

As he defeated–dying–

On whose forbidden ear

The distant strains of triumph

Burst agonized and clear

– Emily Dickinson

Description: This poem describes how the one soldier who has been defeated understands success better than the whole army that was victorious.

Beauty and Insecurities

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Insecurity is something many people struggle with, often in both outer and inner beauty. However, these insecurities are just in our head. Be confident and shine your true self. You are beautiful both inside and out!

Our host for this week discusses insecurity and beauty and shares some stories of her own. We hope you enjoy! ❤

Listen to the podcast below:

The World Will Value You, Only as Much as You Value Yourself.

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There is a kindness in your eyes,

Always hidden by dark lenses.

It blackens your world by only a shade,

But hides the beauty

Waiting inside

A tenderness in the wonder,

Behind those eyes

You have so much to give the world

Yet Held back only by your own worries of self worth

Do not think that you aren’t good enough,

Because acceptance starts with yourself.

The world will value you,

Only as much as you value yourself.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Definition: a mental health condition caused by experiencing a frightening or traumatic event that causes stress and anxiety symptoms after the event.

 

Symptoms:

  • Flashbacks and nightmares related to the traumatic event
  • Avoidance of places or situations that are reminders of the event, or feeling anxious or panicky in such places or situations
  • Symptoms of anxiety and depression such as feeling jumpy and “on the edge”, loss of interest in hobbies and others (see link to clinical depression and generalized anxiety articles for more symptoms)
  • Trouble remembering key components of the event

 

Statistics:

  • 7 or 8 out of every one hundred people in the world will experience PTSD sometime in their lifetime.
  • There are more than three million US cases of PTSD a year. Very common – you’re not alone!
  • Not everyone with PTSD had been in a war, shooting or other life-threatening situation. The disorder can result from seeing a loved one die or be injured too.

 

How to feel better:

  • Talk and exposure therapy
  • Have a support network – this can include friends, family, or an organized group of people who also have PTSD.
  • Exercise

 

Personal thoughts:

  • Some people put others down for having PTSD by saying things like “well, you didn’t even see combat so how can you have PTSD?” – not cool – you don’t have to directly experience a traumatic event to have the disorder
  • Don’t blame the person for not trying to get back to normal life after the event – it’s not their fault

 

Sources:

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OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Definition: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a common and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable thoughts that often recur and behaviors that he or she feels the need to constantly repeat.

 

Symptoms

  • Fear of dirt or contamination from shaking hands or touching things
  • Compulsion to keep things neat and orderly
  • Doubts about locking the door, turning off the stove, etc goes back and checks obsessively
  • Distress when objects are not in place or neat
  • Thoughts of hurting self or acting inappropriately

 

Statistics:

  • Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18-54 has OCD
  • Less than 10% of those with OCD receive treatment
  • 1 out of 200 adults have OCD, and twice as many have experienced OCD symptoms in their life

 

How to Feel Better

  • Consult a qualified therapist
    • Make sure to confirm your diagnosis
    • The patient will probably be prescribed some medications to help
  • Try to be as informed as possible about OCD
  • Accept these OCD thoughts to have a successful recovery
  • Postpone any rituals/actions that are done to fix the little things. Resist the urge
  • Have some scheduled exposure to the OCD thoughts so that you can have more experience in resistance

 

Sources

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com/ocd_facts_statistics.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/symptoms/con-20027827

http://www.anxietycoach.com/overcome-ocd.html

Social Anxiety

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Definition: a chronic condition in which the individual finds social interactions so difficult that he or she avoids them completely.

Symptoms:

  • Emotional/behavioral
    • Fear of being judged
    • Worrying about embarrassment
    • Concern in offending someone
    • Avoiding doing thing/speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment  
  • Physical
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Trouble catching your breath
    • Muscle tension
    • Confusion or feeling out of body
  • Avoiding normal social situations (hard to endure)
    • Using a public restroom
    • Making eye contact
    • Attending parties or social gatherings
    • Initiating conversation


Statistics:

  • Social anxiety is fairly common: there are more than 200,000 new cases in the US every year.
  • The most common age group for social anxiety is wide, ranging from elementary school children to senior citizens. Very young children are rarely affected.

How to feel Better:

  • Don’t be afraid to get help! 36% of people with social anxiety symptoms don’t seek help until 10 or more years later. Social Anxiety can be treated, and many people find professional help beneficial.
  • Relaxation Exercises: Take deep breaths or meditate
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT has been very successful. It guides a person’s thoughts more in a more rational direction, and helps them stop avoiding situations that cause anxiety.
  • Join a group: Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling, but no one has to go through it alone. Join a support group to meet new people and get through it together with them.
  • Medication: Medication can be used to treat social anxiety and minimize the physical symptoms like shaking or a rapid heartbeat.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-social-anxiety-disorder?page=3

http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder

http://socialphobia.org/social-anxiety-symptoms-and-treatment

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/social-anxiety-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20032524