Warrior Wednesday feat. Lizzie Velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez is one of three known people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight and has caused blindness in her right eye.

When Lizzie Velasquez was in high school, she discovered a video of herself on YouTube that was titled “World’s Ugliest Woman.” It had garnered millions of views.

She had to decide in that moment whether or not she would let these cyberbullies define her.

In her Ted Talk, she talks about how she remains positive and overcomes all the negativity and hate that is thrown at her.

To find out more about Lizzie, watch the above video. You can also check out her website!

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“How I Got Over Social Anxiety”

With the simple caption “Get Confidence. Get Girls,” the youtuber “Simple Pickup” talks about how he got over social anxiety. Check it out!


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Internet May Help Depression In Older Adults


While many people have their qualms about the internet, according to some new research by a Michigan State University professor, it may be an easy antidote for senior citizens who suffer from depression. 

Researchers wanted to focus on retirees — those who no longer have jobs that force them to interact in person or online.

With other factors held constant — such as whether the seniors lived with other people — the authors found that roughly 7 in 100 Internet users were estimated to have depression, whereas 10 in 100 non-computer users were estimated to have depression.

In other words, Internet use led to a more than 30% reduction in the probability of depression.

It’s not clear what the participants were doing — checking e-mail, shopping or searching for information. And that doesn’t matter, says Sheila Cotten, lead author and a professor of telecommunication, information studies and the media: “It’s really about being able to connect and communicate and find information you need.”


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“We Need To Talk About Depression”

Darryl Neher is an award-winning Senior Lecturer of Business Communication at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and is the current president of the Bloomington City Council. For more than a decade he hosted talk-radio shows on local radio stations, facilitating community dialogue on issues important to his listeners throughout south-central Indiana. In this powerful talk, Neher describes how important it is to be willing to talk openly about depression.


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Shrooms For Stress

images In another surprising study, a New York University research team is using hallucinogenic experiences to help patients come to terms with their mortality. And according to TheAtlantic.com, it’s showing some positive results.  “Some of the things I’m about to say might not make sense,” began O.M., a 22-year-old cancer survivor. “I was outside of my body, looking at myself. My body was lying on a stretcher in front of a hospital. I felt an incredible anxiety—the same anxiety I had felt every day since my diagnosis. Then, like a switch went on, I went from being anxious to analyzing my anxiety from the outside. I realized that nothing was actually happening to me objectively. It was real because I let it become real. And, right when I had that thought, I saw a cloud of black smoke come out of my body and float away.” Dried_Cubensis The theory is that these hallucinogenics, in the form of mushrooms, or “shrooms,” allows a patient to be “outside” of themselves. And by being on the outside, the patient is able to analyze their situation and break things down rationally, rather than simply wishing it away for awhile. “At the hospital they gave me Xanax for anxiety,” O.M. continues. “Xanax doesn’t get rid of your anxiety. Xanax tells you not to feel it for awhile until it stops working and you take the next pill. The beauty of psilocybin is: it’s not medication. You’re not taking it and it solves your problem. You take it and you solve your problem yourself.” 


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Personal Zen

A new way to relieve stress may be right at your fingertips! According to CBSNews.com, a professor of psychology and neuroscience teamed up with app developers to design a game called Personal Zen. This app in the market incorporates the latest science to clinically reduce anxiety levels while you play. In Personal Zen, happy-faced and angry-faced sprites pop up out of a grassy field. Players earn points by tracing a trail left by the happy-faced sprite as it burrows into the ground. The goal is to be directed away from the negative, threatening stimulus to instead focus on the happy face.   Participants who played Personal Zen scored lower on anxiety measures, and reacted less stressfully to the tasks than people who played the placebo version in the randomized controlled trial. This breakthrough may be an easier approach to living with anxiety on a daily basis!


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As serious as these conditions may be, we all need to take a step back and be able to laugh at ourselves.
That being said, here’s a funny clip from the t.v. show “Monk”, in which a detective faces OCD while trying to fight crime:


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What Causes Panic

In this video by youtuber “How To Control Panic Attacks,” the cause (and possible prevention) of panic attacks are highlighted. Check it out!


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Natural Remedies For Anxiety

I have preached (almost to exhaustion!) about how I do not believe that prescription medication is necessary to overcome anxiety.
But I’m afraid, perhaps, I haven’t offered you, dear readers, a substantial amount of options in order to deal with this anxiety.

So now, with the help of Health.com, I offer you a list of non-prescription, all-natural remedies for anxiety:


1. Chamomile
Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita)bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.

2. Green Tea
Research shows that L-theanine, an amino acid found in Green Tea, helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety. In one study, anxiety-prone subjects were calmer and more focused during a test if they took 200 milligrams of L-theanine beforehand.

3. Hops
Unfortunately, though, you can’t experience its benefits from a brew. The sedative compound in hops is a volatile oil, so you get it in extracts and tinctures—and as aromatherapy in hops pillows.

4. Valerian
Because it contains sedative compounds; the German government has approved it as a treatment for sleep problems.  But Valerian smells kind of nasty, so most people take it as a capsule or tincture, rather than a tea. If you want to try it, take it in the evening—not before you go to work! It is often combined with other sedative herbs such as hops, chamomile, and lemon balm.

5. Exercise
Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.

6. Lavender
The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender may be an “emotional” anti-inflammatory. In one study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. In a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety—although some students said it made their minds “fuzzy” during the test.

7. Hold Your Breath
I’m sure you’ve heard people to tell you to breathe when you feel anxious…One reason it works is that you can’t breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. To do the 4-7-8 breath, exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Now let it out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat at least twice a day.

8. Eat Omega-3s
This was great news for me as a fish lover. Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

9. Get Hot
As one group of researchers put it, “Whether lying on the beach in the midday sun on a Caribbean island, grabbing a few minutes in the sauna or spa after work, or sitting in a hot bath or Jacuzzi in the evening, we often associate feeling warm with a sense of relaxation and well-being.”

10. Give Yourself Credit
Are you having anxious thoughts? Congratulations. You’re aware of your emotional state, and that awareness is the first step in reducing anxiety, says Edenfield. “Remember to give yourself credit for being aware that you are having anxious thoughts, and probably body changes. This is truly a skill of mindfulness that must be learned, and is essential in making the next steps of intervening through strategies such as positive self-talk, cognitive reframing, or the use of mindfulness or relaxation strategies.”


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Difference In Symptoms Between Men and Women

Just as there are different ways to experience anxiety and depression, the symptoms very often differ between men and women. In this video, Dr. Van Fossen discusses these differences. Check it out!


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