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OCD Therapy leads to Job

The News
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

PROVIDENCE  —  How Pawtucket resident Jeffrey Sparr became a successful artist, one who has sold dozens of acrylic paintings at prices ranging into thousands of dollars, stuns even himself.

What’s more intriguing is that an affliction called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder helped him find that hobby-turned-part-time professional job.
During the day, Sparr — a 45-year-old husband to Jennifer and father of three — acts as president/CEO to Textiles2, Inc., a solid sales, marketing and management corporation on the verge of its ninth birthday. However, when he feels his OCD getting the better of him, he retreats to the basement/art studio located under his 1 Charles St. business, for a bit of “brush-stroke” therapy.

 

OCD and Hoarding

The News
Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Hoarding is the repetitive compilation of excessive amounts of impractical items which are of little or no value. The hoarder never discards any items. The exact cause of hoarding remains a puzzle but has been linked to disturbances in emotional and obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).

While most people collect inanimate objects, there are some hoarders who also collect animals like dogs and pets; and simply let the filth pile up.

Even though hoarding has been observed for centuries, detailed research on the topic was not done until the 90s. Hoarding is also seen in a variety of mental health disorders like schizophrenia, dementia and some eating disorders.

The vast majority of normal people who hoard items have obsessive compulsive disorder. Of course, not all patients with OCD exhibit hoarding but research indicates that at least 25% of these adults with OCD exhibit some degree of hoarding practices. Hoarding is twice as more common in males than in females.

 

Caregivers brace fro Economy's impact on Health

The News
Monday, 29 December 2008

December 23, 2008) - It’s the waiting that can kill you—the wondering, worrying about whether the next pink slip will have your name on it or whether an eviction notice will greet you at your door.

Levels of anxiety in communities across the United States have increased due to the faltering economy, medical experts say.

“This is a very stressful time,” said Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein. “Everyone’s waiting for the next shoe to drop.”

It started with a rash of foreclosures, then the crippling of Wall Street, companies began to close their doors and in November alone, more than 500,000 people were laid off. Most economists predict that things will get worse, and medical, mental and social health professionals say the state of the economy likely will be reflected in people’s health.

“We are anticipating over the next few months not so much suicidality but depression will increase,” said Dr. Gabe Kelen, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “[And] when cupboards become truly bare, we’ll see a true level of despair.”

Kelen said so far, that increased anxiety has not translated into more emergency room visits but then, “People with mental health issues may come complaining of a backache—it may not be immediately obvious.”

Carlos Silva, a clinical psychologist and the Behavioral Health Integration coordinator at Baltimore Medical Systems, said traffic in their clinics has increased, and he believes there is a correlation between the economic depression and some of the psychosomatic displays he is seeing in patients.

“The fear of losing your job, of not being able to make ends meet—all those ideas get channeled into the body,” Silva said, “and they manifest those thoughts through symptoms like tension headaches, smoking, drinking, the increased use of [drug] substances, anxiety, depression, insomnia; people are eating more carbohydrates and junk food…people come in complaining of relationship issues….”

 

Anxiety Disorders on the rise?

The News
Monday, 29 December 2008
“You are not alone,” says Lauren Solotar, Ph.D., a May Counseling Center psychologist who specializes in anxiety and eating disorders. “In my practice, I have noticed a marked increase in anxiety disorders among young adults over the past few years.

“There are plenty of things for young people to be anxious about — from the economy and national security, to personal relationships and career choices. Everyone worries from time to time,” Solotar said. “However, if anxiety is so serious that it disrupts your life and your work, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.”

Symptoms of anxiety disorders may include:
· Racing heart
· Sweating
· Insomnia
· Muscle tension
· Concentration problems
· Brief periods of intense fear
· Compulsive, repetitive behavior
· Being uncomfortable in social situations
· Fear about being unable to leave a place or situation
 

Study: Panic Disorder linked to Heart Disease

The News
Monday, 29 December 2008

Adults who have panic disorder or panic attacks have an increased risk of heart attacks and heart disease, but not heart-related deaths, a new study shows.

British researchers analysed the medical records of almost 58,000 adults diagnosed with panic disorder/attacks and more than 347,000 adults without the condition.

People who were younger than 50 when first diagnosed with panic disorder/attacks were 38 per cent more likely to have a heart attack and 44 per cent more likely to develop heart disease than those in the general population. People who were over age 50 when diagnosed with panic disorder/attacks had an 11 per cent increased risk of heart disease.

The study appears in the Dec. 11 issue of the European Heart Journal.

 

Organically Happy?

The News
Monday, 29 December 2008

This is a press release that I recently found...  Panic Survivor doesn't endorse this product., simply providing this as an informational resource. Please use the discussion board to discuss this product..

Organically Happy introduces its New Mood Enhancement Formula, a natural treatment for depression and anxiety. Unlike traditional depression medication, this supplement is based on the uses of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. The result is an alternative treatment for depression that is safe and effective.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 29, 2008 -- New Treatment Alternative for Depression and Anxiety Promises to Free Millions of Americans from the Harmful Side Effects of Traditional Anti-Depressant Medications

 

 
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