Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
In the US today, eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men. The most common among eating disorders is Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, affecting 1 in 35 adults, making it even more common than anorexia nervosa. Although overeating from time to time is common for most people, there is a distinct difference for those suffering from BED. Symptoms include eating unusually large portions of food in a small amount of time. Those suffering often rapidly eat to the point of feeling uncomfortably full, even if they are not hungry. Due to embarrassment, people often eat in secret by themselves to avoid judgment, however soon after a binge, they feel depressed, guilty, and even disgusted with themselves due to their eating.
Optimal brain function should be a main concern to all aspiring athletes. The better a person's brain functions, the better the person functions overall! Neurofeedback assists in improving brain function, which in turn improves an athletes ability to perform at their best. Many professional athletes utilize neurofeedback to enhance their sports performance, including members of the US Olympic Ski Team, Olympic beach-volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings, and members of the Italian soccer team. In fact, when Italy won the World Cup for soccer in 2006, members of their team described neurofeedback to be their secret weapon in performance ability and success. How exactly does neurofeedback affect a person's ability to play sports?
Holidays can be a beautiful time of year where families come together and create wonderful memories together. However, if a family member or friend has passed away, holidays can be painful reminders of their absence. Good memories and traditions associated with the deceased may now create sadness as they will no longer be present in the celebration. A person suffering from grief may feel low energy and may not want to celebrate the holiday season entirely. Additionally, the anticipation of spending the holidays without a love one can cause a person distress throughout the entire season. Here are some tips to help make the holidays easier for those experiencing grief.
Depression is experienced by over 300 million people worldwide, and nearly half of these people are also diagnosed with a comorbid anxiety disorder. While there are many different types of depression, there are some symptoms that overlap which are recognizable by mental health professionals. These symptoms include fatigue, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and even thoughts of suicide.