Agoraphobia is a little more complex than that – it is the fear of being in any situation where things could go wrong without the chance to escape or get help. A lady contacted me who had been suffering worsening conditions for more than seven years. Initially it started as a little unease when people visited the house and developed into a situation where she could not go into a shop a bank or any public place without full-blown panic attack symptoms. Her heart would pound and she would feel sick and sweat all over, almost fainting at the thought of having to go and buy a loaf of bread. She also became more and more distressed at people visiting her home. Whether her symptoms were those of social phobia and or agoraphobia was never medically diagnosed. What was worse for her, was the youngest of her children was beginning
At some point, as I get to know a child, the idea needs to be raised. Sometimes parents come to therapy and ask, “Do you think my child has autism?” Other parents may have never considered the possibility and find it extremely difficult to begin to talk about this issue.
Parents may have developed their understanding of autism from the media. Very often, movies and books depict people with autism as having ALL the possible autistic symptoms. These symptoms have become a stereotype of autism. This can be very misleading. When parents look at their child, they say, “That doesn’t look like my child!”
As a Speech Pathologist I work with many children with autism or who are “on the autism spectrum” somewhere. They are all different. They have different symptoms and learn differently and at different rates. Many clinicians working with children “on the spectrum” find that they can … Read the rest
Children, even babies consume meals high in sugar. Sugar reacts with the bacteria in the mouth to create a film over the teeth and gums called plaque. This plaque produces an acid that destroys the enamel of teeth. In children with teeth, the teeth can become decayed and get holes in the enamel. These cavities can then get inherited by the incoming permanent teeth growing in underneath them.
Bad breath is common for both adults and children. In children bad breath can be indicative of gum problems, diabetes, chronic sinusitis and digestive problems.
Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding is common amongst children. Most often, this teeth grinding is involuntary. While Bruxism isn’t caused by poor oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist will diagnose the problem early and the damage to the baby teeth as well as any accompanying pain can be minimized.
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Intermittent fasting is really nothing new. In fact, IF goes way back to our original ancestors. It is an eating strategy imprinted in our DNA, because our ancestors practiced a reduced eating schedule. They literally had no choice in the matter. They simply did not have the kind of frequency and ease of access to food we have now.
Our Eating Window – This new strategy towards eating is not just about skipping meals. It’s about spending as much time as possible in the fasted state.
The best way to define any type of fasting is to think of it as simply a change in eating patterns. In the case of IF, in place of three square meals in a day, or eating a handful of smaller meals throughout the day, there is a window of time when we’re allowed to eat. This could take the form of a few … Read the rest
While looking for a qualified audiologist, don’t be afraid to ask them questions regarding their practice. You should seek a medical professional who is aware of the latest research and evaluative methods and who uses the latest technology. The days of clunky, old-fashioned hearing aids are out. There are hearing aids nowadays that fit the shape of your ears discreetly and provide comfort in addition to efficiency.
Hearing aids are not your only solution. You may also consider hearing rehabilitation, where you work with a professional on practicing speech, reading, and listening skills. Make sure that an audiologist can provide you with multiple choices for a long-lasting, effective remedy. You should not be limited to just one solution, and the best medical professionals will be able to cater to your lifestyle and offer you a comfortable plan.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “Hearing and balance disorders are complex with … Read the rest
- Does your practitioner have the confidence to help you quit in one session or like some do they want you to quit over a course of sessions, sometimes as many as six. At some point you have to finally quit so it might as well be in your first session, rather than drag it out. I believe it has to do with the belief system and confidence of the practitioner, or they just want you to pay more.
- Question if the fee is too cheap. Of course we all want a good price, but what we really want is results. Cheap practitioners don’t stay in business very long. Over the years I have been in practice I’ve seen many budget practitioners come and go. Recently a man called me to book a quit session, I told him the price and he said the last time he quit he did it
Obesity and Sugar Intake
Sugar has been referred to as the new tobacco.
Sugar is loaded with empty calories (energy) that your body stores for later days. Only, the later days never come and eventually all that built-up energy is turned into fat.
Blood Pressure and Sugar Intake
More and more American’s are being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and Mayo Clinic suggest that a poor diet is one of the biggest risk factors.
The more sugar you eat, the more your bad cholesterol levels can increase resulting in hardening of the arteries and increases in blood pressure.
Heart Disease and Sugar Intake
It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, consuming more sugar just improves your chances of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.
Figures in the past have shown that people who consume 25% more sugar than everyone else have a stronger chance of dying of a … Read the rest
Insomnia and Its Disadvantages
Waking up throughout night does a lot more than make you exhausted. Our brain isn’t as sharp. We tend to forget things easily. The food doesn’t get digested properly paving way to health problems such as obesity.
Sleep disturbance and disorders are also associated with high rates of mental and physical health problems such as depression, cognitive impairment and heart disease, impaired physical functioning and mortality.
Causes of Sleeplessness
Having learnt about the disadvantages of a lack of sleep, it is necessary to find out the causes of restless nights and work on it to reduce health hazards.
Increasing competition and race for a better living has made people restless. Suffering from some or the other physical or mental problem is one reason of sleeplessness. But if you are sure of being physically fit and mentally relaxed and still a victim of insomnia then the problem … Read the rest
Stress can affect one’s mental and emotional well-being and stability. Prolonged amounts can make this problem drastically worse. Whether suffering from stress due to work, financial, home or other relationships seeking the help of a counsellor can be beneficial to someone struggling to cope with the effects that it can have.
The human body perceives stress as a threat and prolonged exposure to this threat has a way of manifesting itself in physical ways in addition to the mental and emotional implications that many often think of.Stress can lead to sudden weight gain or weight loss. It can cause hormones to spiral out of control causing the body to confuse what danger is real and what is perceived.
The fight or flight hormone, adrenaline, may be in full force during times of distress causing the body to be constantly hyper aware of what is going on around it and unable
Finding the Right Therapist
One of the biggest factors of your success will be your relationship with your physical therapist. While it is important to know they have the proper education, licensing, and qualifications, you should also get a feel for their bedside manner. Will they encourage and motivate you? Do you feel a positive connection with this person? If someone does not seem to be a fit with you, feel free to continue interviewing other physical therapists.
Monitor and Track Your Data
Your first session with a physical therapist will likely include an initial evaluation where they study your condition and take several measurements regarding your strength and mobility with the affected area. Your therapist should explain to you what these measurements detail about your condition, and what your goals should be for each measurement. Ask your therapist to keep you involved with tracking your progress, by giving you … Read the rest