Megan Buerger, The Washington Post Published 7:09 am PDT, Wednesday, August 28, 2019 The word "anxiety" gets thrown around a lot these days, and I admit, I've been a little dismissive. I'd think to myself, "Don't we all get nervous now and then? What's the big deal?" Then, this year, I experienced a series of panic attacks that knocked me right off my high horse. These were perplexing, sporadic episodes with no obvious trigger: shortness of breath right before bed, sudden dread while boarding the train, claustrophobia that hit when I entered dark movie theaters. It was possible they were random, therapists told me, and aside from the usual remedies - less caffeine, more meditation, medication if it continues and so on - there wasn't much to be done. Or was there? Eager for more immediate ways to de-stress my life, I began looking around the house for environmental irritants: clutter, noise, junk food, late bills - things that weren't exactly dire but couldn't have been … [Read more...] about Anxious? Your living space might not be helping.
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Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jul 2, 2019 Users hail kratom — which is sold at gas stations, smoke shops and online —as a miracle cure for pain, fatigue, anxiety and even opioid addiction. But many doctors say kratom (pronounced KRAY-tum or KRAH-tum) is dangerous because it works like an opioid, can make users high and can also be habit-forming. Plus, experts say, there's no real scientific proof it can cure anything. The federal government agrees. In May, a federal judge sentenced a Royal Oak man to two years in prison for illegally importing kratom — he claimed it was incense — and selling it as a medical treatment. And last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to two kratom distributors who made such claims. “As we work to combat the opioid crisis, we cannot allow unscrupulous vendors to take advantage of consumers by selling products with unsubstantiated … [Read more...] about Kratom: Answers about side effects, drug test and if it’s safe
A MUM was left "completely humiliated" after a cashier refused to sell her energy drinks - because she was with her 14-year-old daughter. Krystal O'Neill was buying a pack of Rockstar in Food Warehouse when the employee asked to see the teen's ID. The worker believed Krystal was purchasing the beverage for her daughter, Ellie, despite her insisting it was for her partner. Sales of high-caffeine canned energy drinks to under 16s have been voluntarily banned by most major UK stores. Krystal, from Torpoint, in Cornwall, said she was buying the drinks as part of her weekly shop - but has now vowed to boycott the store, reports Cornwall Live. 'Panic attack' And she said the stressful shopping episode caused her daughter to suffer a panic attack. She said: “On Thursday evening I went to Food Warehouse and all was fine. I had my 14-year-old with me, she suffers from severe anxiety and doesn’t come with me often but this week she was feeling strong so decided to join. “Every … [Read more...] about Mum ‘completely humiliated’ as shop refuses to sell her Rockstar energy drink as daughter, 14, was with her
In late 2014, a year and half after the sudden and unexpected death of his mother, Mark Mallman started to break down. “Something is wrong,” he writes in “The Happiness Playlist,” his just-published memoir. “I’m shaking. I’m crying. I’m having a panic attack that doesn’t go away. Not in the morning. Not the day later. Not a week later. … The panic attack lasts two months.” A Waukesha, Wis., native who has lived in Minneapolis since 1991, Mallman tried everything he could to heal himself. He quit drinking, sugar, caffeine and multivitamins. Nothing seemed to work until the singer/songwriter gave up on … sad music. He began making a Spotify playlist filled only with happy songs. “I did a trial and error of what songs bothered my body, what songs irked me” said Mallman, a longtime fixture of the local music scene with his own star outside First Avenue. “I started paying attention to what made me … [Read more...] about Using music as medicine: How happy songs helped Mark Mallman after his mother’s death
Jill U. Adams, The Washington Post Published 6:06 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 A lot of people out there don't get enough sleep - more than 1 in 3 American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you're one of them, you probably know there are two main treatments for improving sleep: behavioral methods and medications. When you're desperate for a good night's sleep, medications sure do sound appealing. But there are caveats with them all - the prescription pills, the over-the-counter products and the herbal supplements. Before describing the medications in detail, I'll remind you that the prevailing wisdom is that cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves changing habits and bedtime rituals, is the first-line treatment for insomnia. Sleep experts say CBT is more effective and longer lasting than medication for most people - but maybe you're not most people. "There's clearly a subset of patients who don't improve with CBT," says … [Read more...] about What you need to know about sleep medications