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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Postpartum Depression for My Mom...

I was sitting here thinking...I have a pic. of my Mom when she was probably in her 20's, happy, smiling, dancing with some hot Latino, and it made me question...did she go through postpartum anxiety and depression with my sister and I?  And why haven't I thought about that until now?

I know that I have been selfish in thinking that I so-wish-to-God that she could have been with me through the birth of my two children, as well as the Postpartum anxiety that followed...and almost put me in a mental hospital, and a grave.  But I never really thought about what she went through.

I am 44 so in my Mom's day they didn't have anti-depressants to take.  If she did have PPD or PPA did she know it?  Or did she just think she was crazy?  Did she tell my Dad? Her Friends?  Did she have a Circle of Moms that she could go to to get advice and commiserate?

Speaking of Dad reminded me that back in my Mom's day they really did lock women up in mental hospitals which I am sure was a result of Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety...

And to think I was going to check myself into a mental hospital just like back in the day.  I am on meds. I had a little bit of support, I called my doc. when it was really bad.  You want to know what he said???

Since it was the weekend he told me if I seriously thought about harming myself, I needed to go to the ER...Huh!  Like I was at a point where I could make any logical decision at all.  I would have rather harmed myself then think I could make it to the ER.

A neighbor actually saved the day.  Read my post about "Southern Neighbors" to see what happened.

And it all comes back full circle doesn't it.  Women with PPD for the first time think they are crazy.  Women like myself who have experienced depression and anxiety at some point in their lives still think they are crazy when the PPD/PPA fog shrouds them in darkness.  Women think other women are weak who are experiencing PPD.

I would not wish this malady on my worst enemy.  So much more needs to be done on this issue.

We need more resources.  We need more awareness.  We need more understanding.  We need something more...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia

Why a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center?  Well, if friends and family members have suggested you need drug or alcohol rehabilitation it’s likely that you have a serious problem; very serious. 

And if you have questioned that maybe your drug or alcohol usage may be a bit much, combined with your friends and family advising you to go to a treatment center, well then, it’s time to go.

It is a scary proposition, because you don’t believe or think that you can go totally sober. Especially, if you’ve been using for many years, it may seem like you can’t survive or go it alone without your drug of choice.

Here is why you need to check into an Atlanta alcohol rehab program right away.  There is no hard and fast data about success rates for rehab programs but the figure seems to be somewhere in the 70% range.  If you go it alone the chances of success are highly unlikely, especially for those who have a serious dependency and will go through withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms will cause you to use almost immediately and an Atlanta Drug Rehab can alleviate those symptoms for you.  You have to have the motivation and desire to go, but once you make that decision it will be the best one you have made for your future.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for Prostate Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2007 approximately 227,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States and approximately 29,000 died. 

These statistics show that since 1998 the incidence of this disease has either remained level or decreased significantly.  Also, the mortality rate has decreased significantly since 1998.  The reason for the reduction in diagnosis and mortality is due to the improvements in treatment.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men.  The good news about prostate cancer, if there ever is any good news with a diagnosis of any kind of cancer, is that it is one of the slowest spreading cancers that you can be diagnosed with.

Because of this, many men can live with the disease for years without having to risk the side-effects that are inevitable with certain treatment plans.

There are many treatments for prostate cancer with varying success rates.  One of these treatments is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).  HIFU is a precise medical procedure that uses localized intense sonic energy that heats and essentially vaporizes damaged tissue.

The good news about using HIFU to eradicate prostate cancer is that it has a high success rate, and a low rate of risks or side effects.  After one year, 95% of men who received HIFU treatment for prostate cancer, remained cancer-free.

This is great news for men with this disease because the other options, like surgery and radiotherapy, have a higher risk of causing incontinence or impotence than HIFU.

HIFU uses a highly-focused laser that can target an area as small as millimeters in size which makes it a highly desirable alternative to traditional surgery which removes a portion of the prostate.  Traditional surgery can also cause sexual dysfunction and more frequent trips to the bathroom for men.

HIFU is an excellent and successful new alternative treatment plan for prostate cancer that will allow men to significantly improve their quality of life.                                                                                         

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

sitting with the crazies...

okay...that sooo wasn't nice i know. i was referring to sitting in the waiting room of my therapist's office.  mind you this is coming from someone who identifies with crazy.  i'm not used to sitting in a waiting room of a shrink's office, sorry for all the stereotypes, because my last 3 therapists (yes, I am now on 4), didn't have a waiting room.  more like either a small alcove with a chair, a house, or lobby.  never a waiting room.

so on days it's packed guess what?  it's awkward...i don't know why, it just is. i always advocate that this isn't about taboos...thus this blog.

but it's just funny when you're sitting in a waiting room, desperately wanting to be by your own crazy self, when suddenly there are 8 others in close proximity.  and one of them has a crazy 2 year old who's alll over the place. oh wait...that's me...cause yes as a mom not only do you not get to pee by yourself you also don't get to therapy by yourself either.

so there we were...and i try to smile at others, and make eye contact.  which is pretty stupid because i know when i was at my crazy worst, or crazy  best depending on how you look at it, i was in such panick mode i would be on the verge of screaming hysterically if someone so much as glimpsed my way...but i want to be friendly and give that knowing glance that it's all good.  it's all going to be okay.  we're not crazy, or we're all crazy because the whole world is crazy when you get right down to it so who cares right?

anyway, just making a craazyyyy observation...because i can....because i'm one of them...he... he... he...