The Man Who Loved The Number 12 (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Documentary) – Real Stories

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A remarkably intimate and moving film that offers an insight into the extreme Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Hugh is trapped in a world of endless order and repetition, where each day is spent with the same ritual placing of objects and counting in 12s. His condition places a huge strain on Hugh and his family. With the help of a leading psychiatric authority on OCD, Hugh is challenged to face the fears and anxieties that fuel his compulsive behaviour.

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The Dangers of Quitting Drinking Cold Turkey: Grand Mal Seizures, Dehydration, and More
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One out of every 12 adults in the United States suffers from alcohol dependence, making alcohol the most regularly used addictive substance in America, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports. Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can cause the brain to get used to the way that alcohol interferes with neurotransmitter transmission, movement, and absorption.
When alcohol enters the brain, it causes levels of dopamine and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) to be increased. Both are chemical messengers that the brain normally uses to tell the rest of the body how to feel. Dopamine affects pleasure sensations, motivation, sleep functions, memory, and learning, while GABA is involved in mitigating and controlling the stress reaction. As levels of GABA increase, the central nervous system is depressed, slowing breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, and lowering body temperature.
Alcohol disrupts regular levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain, and the more the brain becomes accustomed to the artificial interference, the more it will rely on alcohol to keep these levels stable. After a person becomes dependent on alcohol, dopamine and GABA activity is altered, leading to uncomfortable and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. Alcohol is a substance that should never be stopped “cold turkey” without professional intervention, care, and supervision.
Hazards of Alcohol Withdrawal
About half of all people who are dependent on alcohol will suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) warns that 3-5 percent of individuals will struggle with grand mal convulsions, delirium (significant confusion), or both. This severe form of alcohol withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or DTs. In addition to confusion, agitation, hallucinations, and tremors, individuals may also experience dangerously high fevers. Grand mal seizures, hyperthermia, cardiac arrhythmias, and complications related to co-occurring medical or mental health disorders can make DTs fatal if swift medical care and attention aren’t provided.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically begin within about eight hours after the last drink and peak in about 2-3 days, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) publishes.
In the case of DTs, symptoms may not appear for up to three days after stopping drinking, making them even more potentially dangerous since people may believe they are in the clear and not have medical care accessible.
The extent and severity of the side effects from alcohol withdrawal are related to how significantly dependent a person is on it. In general, this means that someone who drinks heavily on a regular basis for a long time will suffer the most. Also, mixing other drugs, particularly central nervous system depressants like benzodiazepines (e.g., sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications), with alcohol can increase levels of dependence and further complicate withdrawal. The presence of any underlying or co-occurring mental health or medical issue can increase the hazards and intensity of withdrawal as well.

Alcohol withdrawal can range from mild to life-threatening. The following are all potential side effects:
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhoea
• Muscle weakness
• Aggression or hostility toward others
• Clammy skin
• Fatigue
• Restlessness
• Irritability
• Appetite loss
• Rapid heart rate
• Cognitive difficulties
• Mood swings
• Sweating
• Tremors
• Agitation
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Short-term memory lapses


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For all my fellow weirdos. Some of this is based on my private experience.
If you have any of these “symptoms” (though this is not the whole spectrum), you might want to take an OCD test online. If it turns out positive and you feel your daily life is negatively affected, try visiting a psychologist. Hopefully this video encourages you to read a bit about the disorder.

Don’t be ashamed – more people suffer from OCD than you might think. We’re just really good at hiding it.

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Weight Loss – Fat Loss Diet Mistakes To Avoid When Looking to Lose Weight

Are you on a fat loss diet? If so, there are a few mistakes you will want to avoid. These errors happen time and time again and take any well-meaning dieter away from their goals. By arming yourself with the following information, you can ensure you stay on track to greater success…

1. Not Tracking Calories Religiously. If there is one thing, everyone should do while dieting it is track calories. If you are serious about seeing the best results possible, you will find a way to make this happen. Yes, it can be a nuisance, but it is the way to guarantee you get the results you are after.

Eventually, you may get to the point of being able to eyeball servings but to start with – count, count, count.

2. Neglecting Your Fiber Intake. Do not forget your fiber intake! It is easy to leave fiber in the dust thinking it is just another carb so to be avoided. However, high fiber diets produce favorable weight loss results. You are better off eating more fiber even if it means eating a few extra carbs some of the time.

Besides, fiber is just plain healthy. It keeps you regular, helps to balance blood sugar, and can aid in the prevention of heart disease.

3. Thinking “Calorie-Free = Weight Loss Friendly.” Another mistake you will want to avoid is thinking “calorie-free means weight loss friendly.” Too many people get caught up in this trap because it would seem to make sense.

If a portion of food does not contain any calories, how could it impact your body weight? However, here is the deal: sometimes calorie-free foods can cause food cravings to set in, and these food cravings can leave you wanting foods you otherwise would not be eating.

If this occurs, you will be taking in calories you need to avoid, and this is what will lead to weight gain.

4. Eating Too Few Calories Each Day. The last weight loss mistake to avoid is eating too few calories each day This one may seem silly – how could a low-calorie intake be a problem? Eating too few calories each day will set you up for…

a slower metabolism,

binge eating, and quite possibly,

lean muscle mass loss.

It is just not something you want to do as a calorie is the amount of energy needed to convert a certain amount of food to fuel

There you have four fat loss mistakes it would be a good idea to avoid. Are you falling for any of these?