I was getting ready to put my laptop down. When I saw that one of my favorite actresses, Catherine Zeta Jones was in the Headlines: Catherine Zeta Jones Checks in For Bi-Polar Disorder "maintenance." Whoa. It made me think and wonder-are Sistas suffering from this as well??...of course we are suffering from Bi-Polar Disorder.
Black people traditionally do not go see psychiatrist's or "head doctors." I am in close relationship with the Lord, however I do feel like when you are in mental instability the remedy is not Prayer. You need help in the same way that you need insulin or high blood pressure medication. Black people are still feeling like there is a stigma attached to mental illness or something that only white people get treated for.
I hope that if you or anybody that you know may suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder or any other mental issues, that you would read this and do more research. According to BlackHealthZone.com
Bipolar disorder involves periods of excitability (mania) alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very abrupt.
The manic phase may last from days to months and can include the following symptoms:
• Agitation or irritation
• Elevated mood
o Increased energy
o Lack of self-control
o Racing thoughts
• Inflated self-esteem (delusions of grandeur, false beliefs in special abilities)
• Little need for sleep
• Over-involvement in activities
• Poor temper control
• Reckless behavior
o Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use
o Impaired judgment
o Sexual promiscuity
o Spending sprees
• Tendency to be easily distracted
These symptoms of mania are seen with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, hypomanic episodes involve similar symptoms that are less intense.
The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder involves very serious symptoms of major depression:
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
• Eating disturbances
o Loss of appetite and weight loss
o Overeating and weight gain
• Fatigue or listlessness
• Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and/or guilt
• Loss of self-esteem
• Persistent sadness
• Persistent thoughts of death
• Sleep disturbances
• Excessive sleepiness
• Inability to sleep
• Suicidal thoughts
• Withdrawal from activities that were once enjoyed
• Withdrawal from friends
There is a high risk of suicide with bipolar disorder. While in either phase, patients may abuse alcohol or other substances, which can worsen the symptoms.
Sometimes there is an overlap between the two phases. Manic and depressive symptoms may occur simultaneously or in quick succession in what is called a mixed state.
For the manic phase of bipolar disorder, antipsychotic medications, lithium, and mood stabilizers are typically used. For the depressive phase, antidepressants are sometimes used, with or without the manic phase treatment.
There is very little long-term evidence suggesting that any medication has great success in the maintenance phase. However, in studies that followed patients for 2 years, lithium and some antipsychotics were found to be moderately successful.
Antipsychotic drugs can help a person who has lost touch with reality. Anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines, may also help. The patient may need to stay in a hospital until his or her mood has stabilized and symptoms are under control.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used to treat bipolar disorder. ECT is a psychiatric treatment that uses an electrical current to cause a brief seizure of the central nervous system while
So its no secret I love wine, rich food and I don't get excited when its time to put my running shoes on. Okay, my walking shoes on. Yes, my goal in this article is to get Black Girls Walking! But I do know that as a 35 year old Black Woman, I must exercise. Not only is it important to stay marketable and look good, exercise is also important for my heart health and state of mind. The importance of staying in shape is paramount, not something to be thought about on the sidelines of life. But the question is, how does a regular girl do it? If you are no Kenya Moore, and know that you probably wont ever be, how do you stay looking good?
I have pulled together 10 Tips to get Black Girls Walking: 1. Just Do it. I know that sounds harsh and boring and not like a tip at all but it is. We don't think about going to work, though we may not want to do it, we dont think about taking care of of our children or loved ones, we just do it. So put yourself first for just a few minutes a day and Just Do it.
2. Find a Partner who does not live near you and schedule time to walk for 30 minutes twice a day. Make sure that its somebody that you like talking to, so that you look forward to the social time more than you cringe at the though of exercise.
3. Buy a dog, I know, a dog is more responsibility than just walking them. But if you have a creature that you love that depends on you for everything-including a walk to go to the bathroom OR for exercise. You will take that walk around the block! I have two dogs and I walk them separately so that I can spend quality time with both of them AND get twice as much exercise.
4. take a picture of yourself in your bra and panties. Yeah, get in that mirror with your cell phone and take a REAL picture of yourself in your sexies! Does it look good to you? Because if you are not turned on yourself, then your significant other might not be all that excited about seeing it either. You don't have to be skinny minnie at all, but DO be healthy, in proportion and looking good. Review this picture often and have a goal of a more fit picture in a month.
5. Start off with 10 minutes. If you have not exercised in a while, then you may not be used to opening up those lungs or moving those legs. Don't over-do it when you start. The way to be successful with anything is to be consistent. Its better to do something for 10 minutes a day-every day than 2 hours two time a month. Start off slow, build your stamina and endurance and then increase.
6. Realize that walking is enough. While some people go all crazy in the gym, you dont have to. Exercise is as easy as opening your front door and moving. I know that you are driving here and there and walk very littie. That is why that pouch is killing your center.
7. Think about how marketable you want to remain. If you are married you want to stay sexy to your husband. If you are single and want a husband, being fit allows your pickings to be greater. If you do not want a husband, aint nobody ever complained about a whistle or two. Knowing that somebody else is looking kinda makes you feel good and can remind you to get that big butt offa the couch!
8. Remember your heart. You probably like the rich food and wine, just like me. So you are taking care of your mouth, remember to take care of your heart. She needs you to keep her pumping, moving and healthy. Exercising is the BEST thing that you can do.
9. Want to have a better mental state, MOVE. When I exercise I handle stress better. I actually get more done-even though I am taking more time out of my day, because my body and mind are more effective.
Side Note: Exercising helps me make better eating decisions because I am thinking about carrying all the junk in this trunk up the hill. I will have the protein shake not the milk shake, please.
10. The Most Fabulous First Lady of all time, Michelle Obama tells us ALL to move our bodies. And who is badder than Michelle Obama? I'm taking her advice! She is (ag
Tracy McMillan - the 'Supreme Matchmaker' and author of "Why You're Not Married Yet" - explains why some women are b!tches on 'Sway in the Morning.' Her rather simple yet candid answer makes all the sense in the world if you think about it. But Hey... Just sharing some insight with you. She also speaks a bit on her show 'Ready for Love.'
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Reportedly a letter from a Sister2Sister reader has sparked the age old debate if black men prefer white women. And there was no shortage of answers from either side of this debate. But read the letter for yourself below. ::::::::::
Dear Jamie: I'm sorry but I would like to challenge some of your Black male readers. I am a White female who is engaged to a Black male-good-looking, educated and loving. I just don't understand a lot of Black female's attitudes about our relationship. My man decided he wanted me because the pickings amongst Black women were slim to none. As he said they were either too fat, too loud, too mean, too argumentative, too needy, too materialistic or carrying too much excess baggage. Before I became engaged, whenever I went out I was constantly approached by Black men, willing to wine and dine me and give me the world. If Black women are so up in arms about us being with their men, why don't they look at themselves and make some changes. I am tired of the dirty looks I get and snide remarks when we're out in public. I would like to hear from some Black men about why we are so appealing and coveted by them. Bryant Gumbel just left his wife of 26 years for one of us Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, the model Tyson Beckford, Montell Williams, Quincy Jones, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier, Kofi Anan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Don Cornelius, Berry Gordy, Billy Blanks, Larry Fishburne, Wesley Snipes... I could go on and on. But, right now, I'm a little angry and that is why I wrote this so hurriedly. Don't be mad with us White women because so many of your men want us. Get your acts together and learn from us and we may lead you to treat your men better. If I'm wrong, Black men, let me know.
Disgusted White Girl, Somewhere in VA :::::::::: There is nothing more infuriating to most black women than to have to watch the slim picking of brothers go outside of their race. Sure, that is not the politically correct thing to say, but it's true. Why a black man chooses a white woman over a black one is really up for debate, because ultimately it's a very private decision, right? Or is it? Is a brother turning his back on his culture because he decides to date or marry outside of it? That is another subject for another day. What we need to talk about here is whether 'disgusted white girl' has valid points. And to ask ourselves is it really what she said or whether or not we feel
The 6th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon was held on Thursday. This year's event honored Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhane Wallis.
The annual luncheon recognizes and spotlights the accomplishments of African-American female performers and creators in film and television.
Singer/songwriter Crystal Nicole was honored at ASCAP's 4th Annual Women Behind The Music. The Grammy-winning artist was recognized for her numerous contributions to the industry including four #1 records and countless chart-topping records.
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