Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly known by its acronym PTSD, is a serious psychological reaction that can occur in someone who has suffered an overwhelmingly terrifying event or ordeal in which they faced a threat of, or actually underwent, grave physical harm. Many such cases are associated with war or some event that seriously threatened the affected person’s life or safety.

Most people who experience a traumatic event – for example a serious accident, assault, war, torture, abuse or some severe natural disaster that placed their life or safety at risk – will naturally suffer psychological and emotional reactions. Usually these reactions – involving fear, anger, shame, guilt or excessive sadness – resolve with the passage of time . A few people, however, develop the long lasting condition we now term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The symptoms and signs of PTSD may appear soon after the traumatic event – or they may only develop months or even years later.

Clinical Features of PTSD

The main symptoms features are

  • Being constantly on edge. This results in irritability, poor concentration, difficulty in falling asleep or waking up in the early hours of the morning. People thus affected are easily startled and appear to be constantly on the lookout for danger
  • Reliving the traumatic event through nightmares or recurring flashbacks. These flashbacks of memory can be triggered by particular events or stimuli such as sights or sounds associated with the original event. They are often accompanied by intense emotional or physical reactions such as palpitations, sweating, tremors or panic.
  • Avoiding reminders of the event. Those suffering from PTSD tend to avoid people, places and activities that are associated with the traumatic event – for example, affected former soldiers may keep away from reunions and parades, losing interest in daily life and become detached from friends and family.

PTSD can progress to depression and abuse of alcohol or addictive drugs.

Treatment for PTSD

People affected by PTSD can be helped by support, counselling and medications. Obtaining relief of their symptoms and improving their relationships, especially with their families and loved ones, is possible. Helping them to obtain and maintain stable employment is an important goal.

Several strategies are involved in the management of someone with PTSD. These include

  • providing them with a proper understanding of the condition
  • counselling, usually by a trained psychologist, with the goal of learning to recall the traumatic event without the associated distress
  • joining support groups where they can network with others suffering from PTSD
  • undertaking treatment programmes such as anger management
  • learning relaxation techniques
  • medications (these include antidepressants and anxiolytics)
  • reducing dependence on alcohol and addictive drugs

Effect of PTSD on families

PTSD has an impact not only on those actually suffering from the condition, but also on their near and dear ones. Families of sufferers may have to cope with unstable emotional behaviour and job instability. Today, there are support organisations for the families of those with PTSD.

Panic Disorder Treatment and Stress Management: The Role of Relaxation in Therapy for Panic Attacks

Panic Disorder

Using stress-management techniques can help alleviate some symptoms of Panic Disorder. Once Panic Disorder is diagnosed, stress management alone won’t cure it, but it is a necessary part of treatment.

One stress-management technique used in Panic Disorder treatment is deep breathing. Shallow breathing occurs when people are tense or panicked. In turn, shallow breathing causes physical symptoms that create more stress and can lead to a panic attack. Stopping this cycle by taking control of breathing can help stop a panic attack.

Prevent Panic Attacks with Progressive Muscle Relaxation

When a panic attack occurs the muscles are tense. The stress-management technique known as progressive muscle relaxation can help people relax their muscles at will. It is impossible to have a panic attack if the muscles are relaxed, so mastering this stress-management technique can help people with Panic Disorder prevent panic attacks.

Part of utilizing this skill involves letting go of the fear of panic attacks. If it is understood that the panic attack is not deadly or dangerous, the person with Panic Disorder will stop bracing against panic and will be able to release the muscles rather than flexing them. As a result, panic can be thwarted.

Massage Therapy, Meditation and Panic Attacks

Studies show that things like massage therapy, meditation, and other stress management techniques can help people with Panic Disorder or other Anxiety Disorders feel better. However, these techniques cannot cure the Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety and Panic Disorders involve more symptoms than stress and tension, and therefore a more well-rounded therapy to address those other symptoms is needed.

Cognitive Therapy as a Stress Management Technique

Stress-inducing patterns of thinking can be a cause of a build up of stress that contributes to the development of Panic Disorder in those who are predisposed to it. It can also cause the disorder to continue and worsen. Identifying and changing erroneous patterns of anxiety-producing thoughts are a significant part of the treatment for Panic Disorder.

Cognitive therapy is widely accepted as effective in helping people overcome many anxiety disorders. It is considered the first-line treatment of choice for Panic Disorder. It is used in combination with education, stress management, and behavior therapy, making up a comprehensive treatment program.

A comprehensive treatment program for Panic Disorder is laid out in the book by Edmund J. Bourne, The Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Workbook, published by New Harbinger Publications. Patients should seek out a therapist who specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment of Panic Disorder. If there is no specialist in the area, patients can utilize this workbook with their therapist. No one element of the treatment in the book will cure the disorder. But applying the treatment in whole in a systematic way should yield results.

Stress management techniques can help people with Panic Disorder relax their minds and bodies to lessen stress, stop the cycle of panic attacks. However, treatment for this Anxiety Disorder should also involve cognitive-behavioral therapy, to address all of the other problems and causes of Panic Disorder.

Overview of Anxiety Disorder in Teens: Treat High-Level Stress Effectively in Kids

Overview of Anxiety Disorder

One of the most common problems affecting teenagers today is anxiety disorders. These conditions are hindering enjoyment of daily activities, and most parents are simply unable to understand what is going on. There are treatments available for these anxiety disorders, but first one must understand what it is, and how it affects teens differently.

Overview of Anxiety Disorders in Teens

Anxiety disorders among teenagers are on the rise. According to Dr. Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, it’s definitely one of the common concerns of parents nowadays. Teenagers are as susceptible to the pressures of school, cultures, and home lives as anyone is. The more common anxiety disorders are classified as:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Separation anxiety
  • Various phobias

The problem comes in how a teenager deals with the pressures that cause anxiety disorders. Often teen anxiety disorder will couple with drug abuse, phobias, and even mental health issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is presenting a very real, serious danger to youth.

Common Symptoms Related to Anxiety Disorders

There are signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders that a parent needs to be aware of. Whatever adults might think is “difficult” to deal with may be completely overwhelming to a teen, especially to one who continually has to deal with stressful situations. Some of the most common physical symptoms include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Strange eating habits

Parents can begin helping a struggling teen by being aware of what is going on in his life. Try to keep an open line of communication with him, so he doesn’t need to keep things bottled up inside.

Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders

There are many treatment options available today. The first step is to speak with a family physician before starting any treatment program. Drugs can have awkward side effects, and different teens can adversely react to some of the pharmaceutical options available. Here are a few of the possible treatment programs that are frequently used today.

Teen Anxiety Disorder Medication

Cortisol is a powerful stress hormone, and when coupled with psychiatric and physical symptoms, has caused many teenagers and parents to try some of the mood altering drugs that are available today. Xanax, Librium, and Valium all fall into this class of psychiatric drugs. There are many side effects to these medications and other risks as well. While there are many teenagers that can benefit from this type of medication, others might benefit from therapy, counseling, and even homeopathic remedies.

If a teen is started on a mood altering drug therapy, a parent should watch out for common side effects, including:

  • Confusion
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle cramping

Contact a physician immediately, if any of the above situations occur. A parent should also be sure the medication is not abused by personally overseeing dosages.

Therapy and Counseling for Anxiety Disorders

While some teenagers may not want to participate in counseling, it can often help the anxiety disorder. While it’s not guaranteed to “cure” anyone, it will at least provide some coping techniques. Sometimes, this can be all a teenager needs to start living a life with less anxiety. However, it’s imperative that a parent seek further help for the teen, if there are no noticeable improvements.

Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety Disorders

There are a lot of different herbal supplements that can help with the symptoms of an anxiety disorder. St. John’s Wort is often helpful in treating depression like symptoms, while rosemary and ginseng have also had positive results.

The good thing about these supplements, according to Robin Pendelton, is that there are often far less side effects than those incurred from psychiatric medications . It should be noted, however, that there is some controversy over the safety and efficacy of using homeopathic remedies for anxiety disorders, so get the okay by the family physician before proceeding to give them to a teenager.

Teenagers must not be treated as adults when it comes to an anxiety disorder. While the teen may think of himself as an adult, he has not completely developed the tools needed to cope with what this condition may throw his way. Only through a complete treatment program can a teenager start to experience relief. It’s essential that a parent speak with a physician about the treatment options before deciding which is best for a teen.

Note: This article is not intended to be explicit medical advice, but only an informational piece. If you suspect your teen is suffering from anxiety disorder, contact your family physician immediately for direct medical advice.

Steps Four and Five of AA: Moral Inventory Necessary for Addiction Recovery

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The first three steps of the AA twelve steps are focused upon surrendering to the power of addiction and reaching out for help. One of the reasons addiction is so powerful is due to a growing, rigid denial system. As the term denial system suggests, reality is “denied” or blocked out, or veiled – the intensity of which corresponds to the strength of the addiction.

Steps Four and Five

Steps four and five, force the person in recovery (if the addict is willing to live in a sober state), to take an honest look at the addiction and assess the damages, internally and externally. This is crucial, because, the addiction, never wants to leave. That is one of the long-term damages of addiction. The denial system will look for any reason to relapse. It is the nature of addiction, whether the addiction be to alcohol or other substances.

Like it is the nature of a female sea turtle to return to the ocean after laying her eggs, it is the nature of addiction to want to continue using and return to the old ways. There is no cure for this. That is why a person is never fully recovered, but in a state of recovery.

Strength of Addiction

Whenever someone drinks an alcoholic beverage or ingests some kind of a drug, the purpose is to self-medicate. Self-medication may be on the unconscious level, since in many countries, social drinking, for instance, is acceptable and negative consequences are minimal or nonexistent.

However, even on the social plane, once the chemical is in the system it has its impact. When the chemical has run its course, a person returns to normal, internally, no negative repercussions.

The addiction begins, when, after the chemical has had its impact, the person does not return to normal – there remains emotional and mental pain. As the addiction strengthens, so does this internal pain. The user, to relieve the pain, takes the drug again, whether it be alcohol or some other substance. A punishing, circular pattern is set in motion.

To emphasize, the user does not return to normal. Instead, the internal pain increases. Relief is fleeting. Over time the internal pain increases to a level where the user is drinking or using just to carry on with life, but not really living. All through this process the denial system is strengthening and becoming rigid as well, not to mention the physical ramifications of the growing addiction.

Process of Addiction

For some substances like alcohol, in adults, this process can continue slowly for years. When the process happens slowly, the person will probably not be consciously aware that something is wrong, relative with the drinking or drugging. The denial system and addiction grows slowly and insidiously.

With the use of other substances, like cocaine, the process happens very quickly. Though denial is there, and strong, because the negative consequences are generally so immediate, the user is usually able to see the resulting dysfunction.

Of course, there are a wide range of scenarios, but these are examples.

Facing Truth

Though the situation is different for every alcoholic/addict, there is an underlying truth, which is, someone has been hurt in this addiction process. Certainly, the identified addict has been hurt, but if the addict were to draw a circle and add to that circle all of the people associated with his/her life, they, too, have been hurt.

Working steps four and five may be exceedingly painful, but necessary. Truth must be realized, if the addict is to have a chance at achieving meaningful sobriety.

Steps One, Two and Three of AA: Admitting The Addiction is Stronger and Tougher Than the Alcoholic

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For the duration of this article, “addict”, will be used to identify both the alcoholic and drug addict. “He”, will also be used to denote male and female.

Excessive use of alcohol as well as other substances causes the person to enter a sphere of disconnectedness with oneself and the surrounding world. This happens due to an ever growing rigid denial system. The first three steps of AA address this – surrender to the inability of controlled use.

Definition of a Denial System

Denial is not peculiar to addiction. Basically, denial is the inability, if not stubborn refusal to see reality. All humans use denial depending upon the circumstances from time to time.

Denial with a growing addiction becomes rigid over time. If allowed to develop long enough it can lead to an extreme disconnectedness with self and the surrounding world.

Denial is further marked by thinking disorders or delusional thinking. Therefore, a person’s ability to reason normally becomes impaired to severely impaired.

Examples of Denial

The addict may say, “I don’t have a problem. I drink because, you don’t know how difficult it is to live with my spouse,” (blaming someone else instead of taking responsibility for the drinking).

Another example may be, “I wasn’t intoxicated. I only had a couple of beers when I left the bar. I never drive drunk,” yet, this is the person’s third or more, OUI (Operating Under the Influence).

Reality is, the person trapped within the growing addiction, knows deep inside that something is wrong, but just does not possess or is losing the internal strength to face reality. That internal muscle becomes flanked with intense shame and guilt. Picture someone trying to shoulder the Rock of Gibraltar.

Acceptance

As long as an addict thinks use is controllable, relapse is inevitable.

Acceptance of this concept allows the recovering person room to grow in recovery. Acceptance of the inability to control substance use produces humility, which, in turn, allows someone to be teachable.

Humility and Recovery

Taking responsibility and accepting that the addiction is more powerful than the individual frees that individual in recovery to accept help from others. Someone may need to relapse a number of times before coming to this conclusion.

A doctor, before becoming a doctor, attends medical school to learn about medicine and everything that subject encompasses before practicing on his own. If the individual refuses to be taught, refuses to learn, how qualified would that individual be to practice medicine?

The same holds true for recovery. The newly sober addict must attain attitudes of surrender, humility and willingness in order to be instructed about the nature of addiction as well as what is necessary to maintain sobriety. The humility will not come without the surrender to the power of addiction.

After Surrender, Trust

When one needs surgery the services of a qualified surgeon are sought after. The patient trusts that the doctor knows what needs to be done. The patient trusts his life to the care of the doctor.

As in addiction recovery, to grow a sober lifestyle, the newly recovering addict must trust those who have a solid recovery foundation. These individuals can become the Higher Power, and/or, if the recovering client has a belief in God, God as He is understood, becomes the foundation supplemented with the knowledge and experiences shared by the members in recovery.

As in any teacher/student relationship, the newly recovering, even the more seasoned recovering individual, if he truly wants to remain sober, has the best chances of maintaining sobriety by allowing himself to be taught and supported by others.

Too Young to Get Sober: and Other Common Myths and Misconceptions

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Sometimes it’s the things we grew up believing and tell ourselves, sometimes it’s the things we hear from others – but almost everyone has heard at least one of these common misconceptions. Many use them as excuses to remain in denial, to continue using and abusing substances despite the knowledge that something is wrong. Some are discouraged and give up before giving themselves a chance. The more fortunate have taken control of their own recovery having discovered that no-one else can dictate the course of their addiction nor their sobriety.

Myth: You’re Too Young to Get Sober

Reality: Sobriety, recovery, and reversal of addictive behavior can begin at any time in a person’s life. It is true that many people realize their alcoholism and addictions later in life after a long, slow progression or many years of denial, yet there are plenty of younger people who want and need recovery. Especially with the popularity and wide availability of highly addictive drugs such as crack/cocaine, <href=”#heroin_facts”>heroin, and <href=”#crystal_methamphetamine_facts”>methamphetamines which cause a rapid progression of addictive behavior and social, physical, and economic consequnces, younger populations are now frequently seeking help from both treatment centers and 12-step programs – and finding a great deal of success.

Myth: An Alcoholic is a bum on “Skid Row”

Reality: An alcoholic can live in an apartment, own their own home, be CEO of a major corporation, a stay-at-home mom, a professional or a student. Alcoholism, or any type of chemical dependency, knows no social or economic boundaries. Although the stereotype of the wine-o with his bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag is slowly fading, many still keep this image tucked away as reassurance that they or their loved ones surely can’t be an alcoholic since they are not destitute on the streets begging for change to get the next drink.

Myth: Hitting Bottom Means Losing Everything

Reality: “Hitting Bottom”, a term often used to describe the definitive turning point when an addicted person realizes defeat and is then able to make changes, is different for everyone. It is true that in some people’s experiences, they first had to lose homes, have children taken by the state, lose marriages & friends, or go to jail before they could accept that their alcohol or drug use was causing so much damage. But many, many others have experienced varying degrees of what they describe as their “bottom”. For one man, it may be the look in his daughter’s eyes as she watches him reach for another beer; for his neighbor it may be the cold, empty feeling she cannot drink away no matter how hard she tries.

Myth: If You’re Court-Ordered to AA, You Won’t Stay Sober & Won’t be Welcomed

Reality: Throngs of alcoholics and addicts have been referred to Alcoholics Anonymous & other 12-step meetings as part of release conditions for DWI/DUI’s and other drug and alcohol related convictions. Just as with anyone who walks in of their own will off the street, there is no guarantee that a first attempt at sobriety and recovery will be 100% successful for court appointed attendees. Yet there are plenty of sober, happy, successfully recovering alcoholics and addicts whose first meeting was at the firm request of a judge or probation officer. Were they welcomed to AA? It is rare to find an AA or NA member who would not extend open arms to any newcomer, no matter what brings him or her to the rooms. A great deal of them once had to have attendance slips signed themselves! The most important thing to remember, and often the reasoning behind court ordered attendance, is that by simply being at a meeting a person is getting exposure to a path of recovery and ideas that promote sobriety instead of substance abuse.

How Do You Know When You’re Over-Drinking? Signs That Alcohol Consumption Might be Out of Control

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Alcohol is a social drug. Accepted as it is in regular doses, it can be difficult to discern when drinking has become a negative habit and a problematic pattern.

Alcohol is a social drug, nearly as acceptable as coffee, especially when consumed later on in the day. Drinking alcohol is not stigmatized like much other drug use and is often encouraged. People are nearly required to drink with co-workers, friends and other social contacts in order to maintain community cohesion and connections. The dark side of accepted alcohol consumption is that it becomes very difficult to judge when one is drinking too much, even if this consumption doesn’t lead to regular hangovers, blackouts or negative behaviors.

How Much Alcohol Consumption is Okay?

Everyone processes alcohol differently. Fat doesn’t absorb alcohol thus women need to drink less than men to get drunk or to have alcohol problems. Young people who aren’t fully grown need to drink less than older individuals to become inebriated or see health issues occur. How alcohol affects one depends on height, weight, age, race, gender and personal disposition or genetic history.

As a general rule, women shouldn’t drink more than two units (equivalent to two glasses of wine, beer or spirits daily) and men shouldn’t drink more than three to four. Ideally, several days a week should remain alcohol-free for maximum health benefits.

What are the Signs that Alcohol Consumption Might be Out of Control?

When people think about alcoholism, they often picture a raging individual with temper problems, sexual issues or other social disorders, someone unable to manage his own existence. In fact, the great majority of people with a drinking problem are functional and capable of concealing their own tendencies.

Drinking alcohol can quickly become a pattern and a habit. This is the first sign. If an individual is dependent or reliant on having regular drinks, with dinner, after work or in social situations, then alcohol is beginning to rule his or her life. Routine drinking habits easily lead to excessive drinking patterns, sometimes involving secretive or day-long consumption.

Over time, drinking on a daily basis, even if not in excessive amounts, establishes a bodily dependency, leading one to be less capable of determining when one has drunk too much. Feeling one needs a drink before public events, intimate experiences or other challenging situations will inevitably lead to long term overconsumption.

What are the Consequences of Regular Alcohol Consumption?

Even if one doesn’t excessively binge drink, drink all day or drink in secret, regular alcohol consumption still has consequences. Alcohol is very hard on the liver, as well as the brain and other body parts. It takes a long time for the body to process. Side effects can include sleep disruption or deprivation, depression, weight gain, anxiety, poor memory and other negative results.

Keep a drinking diary if concerned about the effects of daily consumption or of alcohol becoming a habit in one’s life. Seeing the pattern and knowing its consequences can be the primary step in changing one’s harmful consumption of alcohol.

Top Day Spa Slim & Detox Treatment London UK: Review Ionithermie Slimming Cellulite Therapy Amida Spa Harbour Club

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At the Amida Spa in the Notting Hill Harbour Club the Ionethermie treatment’s claim to slim, tone, detox, rid the body of water retention and reduce the appearance of cellulite whilst the supine slimmer engages in what is comfortingly called passive exercise – sounds like finding water in the desert!

Ionethermie was invented by the French Biochemist Olivier Foche in1979. According to the Head Office in France over two hundred thousand slimming treatments are performed annually in beauty salons worldwide and on cruise ships, where it is especially popular with its wealthy and captive audience.

Parts of the Body You Can Slim and Trim

Losing belly fat, which is elegantly called the tummy trim in the Ionitherme brochure and quoted as “a firm favourite amongst the celebs” is the slimming treatment chosen for this review. Other parts of the body which can also targeted for toning, slimming and lifting are hip and thigh, butt; coyly called a cheek lift, breasts and arms.

The initial consultation involves finding out the slimmers suitability for their chosen treatment. Women who are pregnant or are breast-feeding and males and females who have metal pins or plates in the areas to be treated are some of the contra-indications that preclude them from having the therapy.

How Ionithermie Slimming Therapy Works

The slimming therapy involves covering the area to be treated with a thermal clay containing algae, Four electrical toning pads are then placed on the specific muscles and with a click of a switch the machine sends two electrical stimuli to firm and tone the skin and muscle tissue whilst improving circulation. The therapy lasts thirty minutes and to quote the Ionithermie brochure “results are visible after just one session– your skin is smoother; firmer; tighter and the appearance of cellulite is reduced.”

First Slimming Session at the Amida Spa

After being measured it’s time to don the thong.Then the skin is prepped with toner, the body brushed to improve circulation, the clay applied and the four pads put in place. Magdalena, the delightful and pretty young therapist, reaches for the control and it’s takeoff! Like a young Nintendo enthusiast she presses buttons on the consul to increase the currents causing the stomach muscles to jerk and the fat judder like a Mexican Bean. It seems that “passive exercise” is a contradiction in terms!

Post session measurements are taken and though there is a an inch reduction mostly due to water loss, looking in the mirror at “Quatermass”, it is definitely still quite a mess! No matter, there are five more treatments to go. As a parting shot the therapist points out the don’ts for the next 24 hours, which include no hot baths and vigorous exercise. Having never indulged in the latter this will not be difficult.

Dos are to drink plenty of water, exfolliate and exercise in between sessions and be sure to keep to a heathy diet avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Ionithermie, Diet and Exercise Gives Best Results

The next couple of weeks are spent living, breathing and boring thin fat-freef friends with blow-by-blow accounts of each stage of the therapy. However despite the fact that dinner invitations and telephone calls have dwindled, each treatment yields a pleasing improvement helped along by disciplined exercise and nutritious eating. The therapists are realists and make no bones about the fact that to get best results Ionetherme and the slimmer have to work together.

The last session over, the moment of truth has arrived. Final measurements show that in only two weeks and six sessions there is an overall loss of nearly five inches and the stomach is firmer and smoother. From personal experience Ionitherme combined with a healthy diet and exercise is a success! In this case “The proof of the pudding is in the not eating!”

Clinical Proof That Ionithermie Works

A clinical study to evaluate the effects of Ionithermie on patients was performed on ten female by Gustavo Leibaschoff MD and Juliana Melamed MD. Each subject had ten sessions twice a week. An average weight loss of six pounds in each subject was recorded after the series of treatments and the average inch loss per person was 4.6 inches in treated areas.

Results showed that 100 percent of participants were pleased with the body contour changes and that their clothes were not as tight in areas that had been treated as compared to before the treatment. They also noted a smoother skin surface.

How to Detox Your Handbag: The Handbag Diet — A Practical New Year Resolution for Your Purse

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Having survived the festive season, it’s that time again when good intentions manifest themselves in the form of New Year resolutions. For many women this involves some kind of diet regime, vowing to give up something that makes them feel fat or unhealthy.

Enter the handbag diet, which will not only make life easier but improve your health. For the woman who is tired of fighting to find things in her purse or suffers from back and shoulder pain, there has never been a better time to detox her handbag.

Big Bags – Big Problems?

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the average British woman carries around a handbag weighing the equivalent of 5 bags of sugar – around 2.5 kilos. Continued use can be damaging both to the back and shoulders, causing posture problems and long-term skeletal and muscular damage. Doctors consider the ideal maximum “healthy” weight of a woman’s purse to be no more than 1 kilo, or 2.2lb.

Our increasing reliance on gadgets is driving up not only the load but the size of our bags. The bigger the bag, the more weighty it is likely to be, not to mention the time spent rifling through clutter in search of car keys, lipstick, cell phone, Ipod and the like.

How to Detox Your Handbag

Detoxing your handbag involves clearing out all the useless, outdated and unnecessarily overweight clutter, which has been aquired during the course of the weeks and months.

This includes blitzing your purse/wallet and make-up bag, organizing your address book and sorting out your key chain to a manageable and less weighty proportion.

Clearing Out Your Handbag

Whether you use one handbag for all occasions or a number of bags to match outfits, empty the contents out to reveal all the unwanted junk and clutter of past days and weeks.

Decide which should be essential and non essential items and cull those that are unnecessary and add extra bulk and weight. Once you have done this it is much easier to declutter your bag on a daily/weekly basis.

In addition to the high tech gadgetry, essential items are likely to include a wallet, make-up bag, keys and address or notebook.

Organizing Your Purse/Wallet

Choose a purse/wallet that does the job and no more. Compact enough to store notes, drivers license, credit cards etc, free from unwanted receipts and to the paper. The change compartment that can be emptied out every couple of days to remove excess loose change, which is adding weight and bulk.

Clearing Out Your Cosmetic Bag

Keep cosmetics in your make-up bag to the bare essentials for the day. This usually means carrying what is required to retouch your lipstick, foundation, blusher when needed, rather than mountains of extras.

Addressing Your Address Book

Whilst it is likely that contact details will be stored in a mobile phone, there is also an argument for keeping a written record, as those who have lost their phone or had it stolen will attest. However, a heavyweight book adds unnecessary bulk, a mini organizer is preferable, to transfer essential phone numbers etc.

Kick Out Unnecessary Keys

Hefty keychains and unnecessary keys have to go – all add to the weight of the bag. Slimlining a keychain so that is carries only keys that are used on a regular basis will reduce weight. Store other keys, used only occasionally, in a container.

Maintaing the Handbag Diet

Once you have invested time and energy in a handbag detox it is important to keep it on a healthy diet. Don’t allow your bag to become cluttered again. Make a point of tidying your purse on a regular basis and removing unnecessary items.

Just because a bag is big does not mean it has to be filled. Whilst oversized bags are highly fashionable, bulky ones can ruin the look of an outfit and spoil your silhouette. Keep bag weight to a minimum and your body will love you for it. By carrying out a regular handbag detox, not only are you less likely to damage your posture but also your style.

FDA Deems Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages too Dangerous for Sale

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The United States Food and Drug Administration declared that caffeinated alcohol products do not belong in stores for sale. The addition of caffeine and other stimulants is said to be an “unsafe food additive” (that’s an understatement) and all alcoholic products of this nature have been ordered to be taken off the market.

Why are Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Dangerous

These types of alcoholic beverages come in a variety of brands and tastes, many in fruity flavors. All drinks of this kind are carbonated, tasting almost like a fizzy soda and don’t seem as harmful as they really are. Some of the more well-known brands include Joose, Moonshot, and Four Loko. All of them promptly nicknamed by some as “blackout in a can” and “liquid cocaine.”

What makes the drinks truly dangerous is that they are marketed towards young adults, mainly college students. They are commonly found among campuses and have been the cause of many alcohol abuse related incidents, even various deaths. Several colleges have taken steps to try and ban the drinks from school grounds.

They come prepackaged with tons of stimulants and when combined with alcohol – a depressant – it creates a devastating combo, more so than creating a similar drink from scratch. “It’s one thing if you make it on your own, it’s another thing when it’s packaged in this formulation,” says Dr.Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA.

A beer is only about five percent alcohol. These caffeinated, alcoholic drinks have been measured at around 15 percent alcohol … yikes. Essentially having one can is the equivalent of ingesting several beers and then downing the taste with coffee.

Thoughts and Aftermath

Regardless of whether or not these things can be bought pre-canned, alcoholic caffeinated beverage consumption isn’t going to stop overnight. Alcohol and caffeine have been a loved party combo for years, ever since the energy drinks came along.

Such caffeinated cocktail combos are extremely popular and in some parts of the world, have actually sparked up enough controversy to get government regulation involved. Jagerbombs specifically, are banned in Australia from being served at all pubs and nightclubs due to the risk involved.

These kinds of drinks have existed way before people could conveniently purchase them off shelves and freezers. Making these things aren’t exactly rocket science and as long as people have access to both alcohol and energy drinks, they will remain popular.

However, the main issue the FDA is addressing is the banning of these brand name beverages being sold in stores. In that regard, the Food and Drug Administration has certainly taken a huge step forward. While the a number of brands have already been banned from being sold in the United States, it’ll be awhile until we stop seeing them altogether in liquor stores.