JR JR’s Josh Epstein’s Mental Health Awareness Month Playlist

I enjoyed the Billboard article written by Patrick Crowley where Detroit duo, JR JR are highlighted, and Josh Epstein discusses why the band chose to take part of their earnings from their tour and donate them to the Jed Foundation to help with mental health and suicide prevention for young adults and youth. 

Epstein created a Mental Health Awareness playlist on Billboard’s Spotify account, and then shares why he selected some of the songs. It’s an eclectic list and in my opinion does show the spectrum of the highs, lows, struggles and victories faced by those who knowingly and unknowingly battle mental health issues. 

Check out the article and the playlist here: 

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/lifestyle/7777031/takeover-tuesday-jr-jr-mental-health-awareness-month-exclusive-interview-playlist-spotify

Anxiety Attacks. Feeling Attacked. My Discovery While Having One.

So I did something rather odd just a few minutes ago while having an anxiety attack aka “panic attack” aka “please-stop-this-feeling-but-not-my-lungs-or-heart attack”, I searched online for detailed information on anxiety attacks.

Yep. I wanted to know more about this bear that has been jumping on and off my back randomly throughout my life. I also needed something to distract me as I tried to control my breathing.

Here’s what I found from that reliable (but don’t use it for academic research) source, Wikipedia:

While the various symptoms of a panic attack may cause the person to feel that their body is failing, it is in fact protecting itself from harm.

The various symptoms of a panic attack can be understood as follows. First, there is frequently (but not always) the sudden onset of fear with little provoking stimulus. This leads to a release of adrenaline (epinephrine) which brings about the so-called fight-or-flight response wherein the person’s body prepares for strenuous physical activity.

This leads to an increased heart rate (tachycardia), rapid breathing (hyperventilation) which may be perceived as shortness of breath (dyspnea), and sweating (which increases grip and aids heat loss). Because strenuous activity rarely ensues, the hyperventilation leads to a drop in carbon dioxide levels in the lungs and then in the blood.

This leads to shifts in blood pH (respiratory alkalosis or hypocapnia), which in turn can lead to many other symptoms, such as tingling or numbness, dizziness, burning and lightheadedness. Moreover, the release of adrenaline during a panic attack causes vasoconstriction resulting in slightly less blood flow to the head which causes dizziness and lightheadedness.

A panic attack can cause blood sugar to be drawn away from the brain and towards the major muscles. It is also possible for the person experiencing such an attack to feel as though they are unable to catch their breath, and they begin to take deeper breaths, which also acts to decrease carbon dioxide levels in the blood.

I also found out that it occurs more in women and those who are fighting hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism, PTSD, OCD, inner ear disturbances, those with strong phobias, as well as other issues.

Jeesh how many people are out there being diagnosed as or chalked up to being crazy, and their only issue is anxiety and an inability to control it?

The information found also said that people who lack assertiveness are often pummeled by anxiety attacks because they hold things in too long and don’t assert themselves enough. That buildup of pressure eventually explodes into an attack. I guess one way to combat that is to learn to speak up and speak out more.

Then there’s the group of people with above average intelligence who break out in attacks because they have been conditioned usually since childhood to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, with an expectation to perform at the highest level all of the time. So the brainiac that you used to think was crazy when they randomly freaked out, was most likely having an anxiety attack.

Quite an interesting read. By the time I got half-way through my attack had pulled back and called a truce.

Want to read more? Want to learn more about the causes, classifications, and treatments for anxiety/panic attacks? Visit here

Oh and remember, when you’re having an attack:

– try to breathe slowly in and out of your nose and mouth (not just your mouth),

– don’t run out of fear (you will only make things worse),

– don’t get in a car and drive (if you lose consciousness that will only make things worse), and

– if you use the paper bag method to combat the hyperventilation—only breathe in the bag for a few breaths and then take a few breaths with the bag away from your face. Continue doing this until your breathing returns to normal.

~Natasha

Source:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life.

AJC Covers the Women 2 Women Conference in Atlanta

By Natasha Foreman Bryant

As a member of the Women 2 Women Conference host committee, it was great to hear about and see the write up by Ernie Suggs of the AJC for this year’s conference. I’m honored to serve as a Session Coordinator this year, and I’m excited to see, meet, reconnect, and hear these amazing women share their thoughts, advice, challenges, stories, and words of encouragement this Saturday.

To register for the conference after reading this article please visit: women2womenconference.com

Below please find excerpts from the original AJC post:

Conference will allow women to share life lessons

by Ernie Suggs

Maya Angelou, whose words have inspired millions, including presidents, kings and Oprah, will be in Atlanta on Saturday to inspire women.

Angelou will be the keynote speaker at the “Women 2 Women 2014 Inaugural Conference: Intergenerational Life Lessons & Legacies,” sponsored by Young Eventions Group, an Atlanta-based nonprofit mentoring organization for women.

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Conference will allow women to share life lessons

Angelou has written more than 20 books, including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” one in a series of autobiographies; “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Die,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and “Letter To My Daughter.” In 1993, President Bill Clinton selected her to compose a poem for his inauguration, which ended up being her most iconic work, “On the Pulse of the Morning.”

The day-long conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. According to founder Sonjia Young, the conference is “designed to bring women together across generations to share life lessons and experiences that will inspire and empower attendees to transform their lives and be a catalyst for change in the home, community and in the workplace.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ernie Suggs chatted with the 85-year-old Angelou about the conference and what the inspirations will be.

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Conference will allow women to share life lessons

Why is this particular conference important to you?

It is quite important to women and to girls, but also to men and boys. The program hopes to encourage young women to believe in their own self-worth. When women don’t feel worth, they can’t insist upon it. Then men treat them the way they like. The conference hopes to develop a desire to be worthy of good treatment. And, with that, the health of the family is increased.

If there is a thinking that women are not feeling worthy of anything, when did that shift happen?

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Conference will allow women to share life lessons

The shift is going on now, but it didn’t just start. There was a time when women could not vote or own property – black, white and all persuasions. We have come a long way. We now have women heading important Ivy League colleges. We are thinking about Hillary Clinton in 2016. But that doesn’t mean we have come all the way. It shows that we need to grow in a sense of self-worth and a fair place.

What is it about your writings and words that continue to inspire and motivate people?

I have lived long enough that I should know something. In a few months I will be celebrating my 86th year on this earth. As soon as you know something, you should give it away. I used to think of myself as a writer who could teach. But really, I am a teacher who can write. As soon as you know something and you have tried it, tell it to someone. Also, never fall in love with a position. Have enough courage to change.

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Angelou’s birthday celebration

Is courage important to you?

For more details about the Women 2 Women Conference, or to register online:
women2womenconference.com

Source: AJC.com

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved.

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Wanna Ride a Porsche Bicycle?

I just read an article that aims to highlight some new Porsche news. Some people love the idea, while others find it humorous that Porsche has plans to crank out premium-line bicycles, supposedly speaking to the environmentalist and the cycling junkie. The cost is going to be high, and has yet to be announced. So I wouldn’t be surprised if this all-or-mostly carbon bike doesn’t start off around $10k for the base model.

Despite what the article headline says, I don’t think that Porsche was primarily concerned with environmental responsibility when they made the decision to branch into bicycle development. I think that it’s an additional revenue stream, and as long as the quality of the bikes are up to par with the beloved Porsche vehicles, then they can check this “box” also. It’s about being competitive and meeting consumer wants and needs. If you can build it and people will buy it, then do it.

I’m a Porsche girl. I have been since I was knee-high. So I understand that some Porsche enthusiasts will buy one of the bikes just-because. Some may see it as a collector’s item, others just to show off, and then a small group will actually put their butts on the saddle and ride. At the end of the day, none of us need a Porsche-anything. But we love the thrill and excitement that comes from having it. It’s instant gratification that you get to feel over and over again. Something you just don’t get from chocolate or ice cream. To say, “I have a Porsche mountain bike” or, “I have a Porsche hybrid bike” may give some folks goosebumps.

What do you think? Would you invest in a Porsche bike? Read the original article and then share your thoughts.

Source:
http://news.yahoo.com/porsche-takes-environmental-responsibility-levels-bicycle-range-151537461.html

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Paradigm Life. Some Rights Reserved. theparadigmlife.com

Most Americans Still Clueless About the Healthcare Law

Gallup just recently released the following update:
 
 Americans are no more familiar with the healthcare law now than they were last August, when Gallup began asking Americans about it. Republicans are more likely than other adults to say they are very or somewhat familiar with the law.
 
 Read more here
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Source:
 http://www.gallup.com/poll/167351/americans-familiarity-healthcare-law-unchanged.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines
 
 
 
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Link Between DDT Exposure and Alzheimer’s

By Natasha Foreman Bryant
 
 A study shows an association between exposure to DDT (the chemical used to kill malaria-carrying mosquitos) and Alzheimer’s, but it has yet to be proven that DDT exposure causes Alzheimer’s since research has shown that patients had two high risk factors: the high levels of DDT “as well as a variation in the APOE gene, which is known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.” (USA Today).
 
 Since scientists have found 20 genes that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, only APOE has a large effect on Alzheimer’s, which increases the risk in people who “inherit two copies of the variations” by 10 to 12 times, Scientist Steven DeKosky says.
 
 Although DDT was banned in the US in 1972 by the Environmental Protection Agency because of the risk to wildlife (jeesh no one also considered human life), it is still used in other countries, and its reintroduction was endorsed by the World Health Organization in 2006.
 
 So can we expect an influx of Alzheimer’s diagnoses in the coming years both pre and postmortem?
 
 “Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the USA, and affects more than 5.2 million Americans. As the country ages, the number of cases is expected to increase 40% by 2025,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
 
 To read more about this story and the research behind it visit
 
 Please join the Alzheimer’s Association in their fight to beat down and rid our world of Alzheimer’s. Visit: http://alz.org
 
 
 Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved.
 
 
 Sources:
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/27/ddt-alzheimers-risk/4915421/
 
 Alzheimer’s Association: https://alz.org

Man Plans Ahead After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

By Natasha Foreman Bryant
 
 A 69-year old man was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, and he made a point of planning out his life needs, medical requests, etc. while he was still capable of making those decisions.
 
 If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or are still in the early stages where decisions can be made personally or elected to another party, then please read this story. Read more about this brave man here
 
 
 
 
 Source: Alzheimer’s Association http://blog.alz.org/making-plans-for-the-future-after-an-alzheimers-diagnosis/?WT.mc_id=enews2014_01_29&utm_source=enews-aff-46&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=enews-2014-01-29