Sing Whatever You Like, But Keep Singing

No matter what type of music you like – pop, blues, oldies, Broadway musicals or a wide range of other musical styles, forget humming or tapping your fingers. Learn the lyrics to your favorite melodies, and then sing out loud – there may be health benefits waiting.

Research is now finding that when you sing to whatever tune is on your mind, the act of singing out loud can be good for your health and as a bonus, help improve the aging process.

Have you noticed some professional organizations and senior groups include an opening song or two at their meetings? Don’t let the fun of the moment kid you – these groups not only see singing as an upbeat start to a meeting, they may know that singing has hidden health benefits.

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Depression and Alcoholism: How to Get Screened

Depression and alcoholism affects millions of individuals around the globe. These two conditions often occur together and may be psychologically and physically detrimental to sufferers. Fortunately, treatment and recovery are possible.

Depression & Alcoholism

Depression and alcoholism are often diagnosed together. When a substance addiction is diagnosed along with one or more mental disorders, it is referred to as a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis is common due to the relationship between depression and alcoholism. Depressed individuals may decide to seek solace in alcohol as a way to feel better, relax, lighten things up, get into a better mood or have enough motivation to face social situations.

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Symptoms Of Panic Attacks And Panic Disorder

The manifestation of anxiety can cause many to experience debilitating symptoms of panic attacks which can lead to an avoidance of situations, places and even people. There are two types of people though, there are people that experience a panic attack and label it as an uncomfortable and unsettling experience that is no real threat to the individuals health, thus the fear of recurring symptoms isn’t present (or go unnoticed). Then there are the other types of people that store the memory deep in their subconscious mind, in this case the connection has been made between the fear of recurring attacks and the possibility of a real threat to the individuals physical and mental health. This is when things start to become chronic, and the label that goes with this fear of recurring attacks is commonly known as having panic disorder, which can be characterized by the following:

– Repeated attacks for at least 6 months
– Constantly ‘checking in’ and being overly concerned that another panic attack is near
– Feeling like things are mentally and possibility physically going out of control
– Experiencing a big increase in stress and anxiety on a daily, or possibly hourly basis

So What Are The Symptoms Of Anxiety That Cause These Attacks?

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Dual Diagnosis: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

A dual diagnosis is when an alcohol or drug addiction is coupled with at least one mental illness such as depression or anxiety. For effective treatment of alcoholism or drug addiction, the mental health disorder must be treated as well. There is no need for shame. There are millions in your shoes if you suffer from a dual diagnosis and treatment for both the mental illness and addiction can make a big difference in your recovery.

The Dual Diagnosis

It may be a little frightening or confusing to receive a dual diagnosis. First things first, dual diagnoses are quite common and they’re in fact much more common among women than they are with men. Just as therapy is meant to discover all of the factors contributing to addiction in a client’s life, an assessment to discover if any other mental health issues exist is a big part of the healing process. Often the symptoms of a mental illness can contribute to relapses if not addressed. A dual diagnosis can be treated, and the symptoms can be reduced and managed with proper care.

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Good Friends Make Great Medicine

Is it possible that having close connections to good friends, old and new, is good for your health? Research suggests that if you cultivate a strong inner circle of friends-people you can count on through thick and thin-you may indeed gain an abundance of health benefits.

Not only do strong friendships make you feel happy and close to other people, these connections have several built-in health pluses. Beyond the emotional connections and good vibes that quality friendships offer, strong social connections can reduce stress, boost our immunity, and ward off memory loss and depression.

Buddy System Benefits

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