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No Picnic In Sight

No Picnic In Sight

Upon being diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, I saw the reality behind the greatest myth of mental illness, the myth that The Victim Is Unaware of His or Her Own Condition. A childhood flooded with media depictions of the mentally ill had lead me to believe that the afflicted had somehow been robbed of their objectivity, thrown into a dark hall-of-mirrors beyond the realm of rational perspective.
Nonsense. My rational mind remained intact, albeit uncomfortably so. From the lighter corner of my mind, I watched darkness flow in. Obsessive images of violence and amorality. Urges, or rather, “pseudo-urges” to do things I didn’t want to. Yin (the rational mind) duking it out with yang (the imbalanced, irrational mind) on a daily basis. The word “Hell” was used often when describing this state.
I’m certain that the suffering of many leads to punctured objectivity and the loss of rational self-awareness. Fortunately, I remained aware. No matter how awful I felt, I could at least articulate what was going on. The power of descriptive articulation should not be underestimated. It keeps the disorder in context as a disorder, preserving a firm boundary between the right mind and the ill mind. For me, imagining such a boundary was a vital survival tool. I focused on finding a day when Yin overran Yang, so to speak.
The afflicted mind has difficulty inspiring itself to seek assistance. What a complex entity the mind is; even in sickness, it has only itself to rely upon. Unlike somebody with a broken leg, a person with an anxiety disorder cannot lean on his or her other mind. Overcoming mental duress is like trying to kiss your own lips. Quite tricky, but possible with enough imagination.
Imagination and resourcefulness, that’s what it comes down to. These strange ailments go just as they came. I knew that elements of my mind were strong; the challenge was getting these elements to positively influence the weaker ones. This required many analysts, many appointments, many schools of healing. Psychology, psychiatry, homeopathy, reflexology, reiki, energy healing– these were all thrown in the pot to little avail. Finally and unexpectedly, acupuncture provided balance. I’ve improved significantly. I thank acupuncture and I thank my supportive family, but, most importantly, I thank counter-mythology: even when afflicted, the human mind sees itself. And in itself, it sees solutions.

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Teen Online Dating Tips

Teen Online Dating Tips

Teen dating whether online or off is very popular these days not limiting to adults only, but younger generation and teenagers are also involved into it. Teen dating is considered as important part in the life. Teen dating is a time of social experimentation for teenagers. It can be a wonderful and fun time where self confidence is built up, and dating techniques are learned. Teens also learn how to be both assertive and compromising, how to be giving to another and how to expect the same in return. All of this is a sort of practice session in order to find “Mr.” or “Miss Right.” It’s a time for them to test out which type of partners appeal to them, and how they can negotiate a romantic relationship. But since it is a delicate teenage, it can also be a confusing time not only for teenagers but also for parents.

Since it is such a delicate age with incomplete maturity, while dating, teenagers and their parents should be aware of lots of things to make teen online dating as fun and not a nuisance. Whether you are a teenager ready for dating or a parent who has teens at home, it is good to have some idea about what is going on and what to expect and what to be careful about in teen online dating.

Teen online dating can be fun if you are aware of its pros and cons and are also aware of the ways to prevent that. But it should be done with caution. Teen online dating should be a memorable experience not a horrifying one.

Teen online dating is very famous these days because of its convenience and advantages. The first and foremost advantage from teen online dating is that you can contact matches without revealing your real identity avoiding the embarrassment if doesn’t work out. You may meet the people you would otherwise never get the chance to encounter. Teen online dating is a time to learn about person’s qualities and attributes through the conversation. Since you are not seeing each other, it gives the chance to both of you to reveal the thoughts and feelings without feeling awkward or embarrassed.

Whereas an inability to predict chemistry is perhaps one of the most limiting aspects of teen online dating, the advantages to this medium as a way of finding, introducing, and developing a relationship are significant and numerous. The increasing popularity of teen online dating is evidence to the multiple advantages. If you look around, there are lots of teen online dating services which give you all the facilities and security while you are dating.

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Traditional Dating Versus Online Dating

Traditional Dating Versus Online Dating

When you are single and you wish to place yourself on the dating market, you should first consider what kind of dating you prefer. With today’s technology, there are two kinds of dating available – traditional and online.

What does online and traditional dating has to offer?

1) Traditional means. If you are a kind of person that is lucky in finding prospective dates on a regular basis using traditional dating methods, you may not need online dating. However, if you have a hard time finding a date in real time, you will benefit from online dating services.

2) The importance of time. For most single people, time is a valuable thing. When a busy and stressful daily life captures you, you will not have time to go out to party and meet new people. Online dating saves your time because it acts as a filter before you even meet someone.

3) Common location. In traditional dating, location will never be a problem because most of the time, you are acquainted at parties, social events, and other happenings just around the city. Although online dating offers you the opportunity to meet new people in all parts of the world, it would be a problem when you are located three continents farther from your date.

4) The dreaded blind date. Have you ever experienced being set up by your friends with no clue on whom your date would be? Well, if you hate this scenario of traditional dating, you would enjoy online dating. Through the internet, you have the opportunity to get to know someone before you meet face to face. By becoming acquainted with your date beforehand, you could easily see the probability of a smooth conversation when you meet in real time.

5) The dream partner. When you meet a person in a bar, party or social gatherings, the first thing that attracts you to someone includes the physical attributes. You may not know where the person was born, goals in life or personality. In dating online, you have the choice to search for possible dates that have the same interest, religion, location, personality, and situation as yourself. There is a larger possibility that you would find the person who would complement you the most.

6) Cost effective. Unlike meeting your date for dinner or coffee, online dating is more cost effective than traditional dating.

Whatever kind of dating you decide is suitable for you, always be cautious in giving out personal information to a person you just met. Be sure that your date is genuinely safe. He could either be the person of your dreams or your worst nightmare.

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Chlamydia – How Not To Get Chlamydia, A STD?

Chlamydia – How Not To Get Chlamydia, A STD?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a silent disease because the symptoms appear very late in some people. They may not be aware that they have Chlamydia. A bacterium causes this infection. A partner sexually passes this bacterium to another partner. The question is- how to enjoy relationships without contacting Chlamydia which is dangerous if allowed to progress? Let me tell you how.

Chlamydia- how it is passed?

Look inside your mouth and observe the skin inside. It looks different from your body skin, is it not so? This skin inside the mouth is called mucous membrane. The same kind of membrane covers your inner genitals and anal cavity. When this mucous membrane comes in contact with any secretion of a Chlamydia patient, he/she will get infected. The clue lies in preventing the mucous membrane coming in contact with any secretions of the affected person.

Chlamydia- what will you do to prevent it?

Let us take a real life example. Suppose you have a new partner and are not sure about the health. What would you do to prevent getting Chlamydia if your partner is a carrier? Don’t allow any contact between the mucous membranes. Therefore avoid all kinds of oral sex. Kissing will also spread Chlamydia. Avoid it in the beginning. Involve only in sex protected by condom. Nothing else. After sometime, you may ask your partner if he/she has been tested for Chlamydia and know about the status. If you have not got yourself screened, it is time to meet a doctor and get the test done. It is a very simple test and will also tell you about other STDs.

Chlamydia can cause many complications if it is not treated in the early stages. Please look for these symptoms if you have had unprotected sex or sex with a partner whose status you do not know. The common symptoms of Chlamydia are- difficult and painful urination, discharge from penis or vagina, pain in the lower abdomen, pain in intercourse in women, pain or swelling in men. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your doctor without any delay. A course of antibiotics normally clears the infection in two weeks. Ask your partner to get treated as well. Otherwise you will get infected once more. Use condoms. Avoid having multiple sexual partners. Women should not douche. Douching increases the possibility of getting Chlamydia.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

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All-Natural Antidepressants

All-Natural Antidepressants

Though no records of such cases exist (this could be due to any number of reasons), it is possible that mankind has suffered

from the problem that is depression for as long as there has been civilization to depress people. There have been herbal

treatments for almost every condition known to man, with some of them actually being found to have a decent scientific basis

for the lore. While recognizing depression as a problem and not merely sadness is a relatively modern phenomenon, that does

not mean that the herbal lore of the ancients should be disregarded. As amazing as it might sound, it is possible to find a

natural antidepressant in today’s market.

The most commonly suggested natural antidepressant would be St. John’s Wort, which has also been suggested as an herbal

remedy for everything from constipation to muscle pain. According to medical science, the leaves contain a number of natural

antidepressants or chemicals that often appear as base ingredients in a wide range of common depression medication.

Typically, using this can have noticeable positive effects on mild depression in about two weeks. However, for more severe

cases, the usual time frame is closer to around six months of regular use. St. John’s Wort should be taken with food, but

taking it with alcohol should be avoided to minimize the chances of developing side effects. Note that this has been known to

interact with other medications, so a pharmacist might also be consulted for more information.

Gingko-biloba has also been cited as a potential natural antidepressant, though there hasn’t been too much testing on this

possibility. This particular substance has a number of components that boost the blood circulation to the brain. Since

depression can be caused by a lack of proper blood flow to the brain, the use of gingko-biloba can be helpful in this regard.

However, it should be noted that not all cases of depression are caused by a lack of proper blood circulation to the brain.

In other words, this may not be the best treatment for every depressed individual, depending solely on what caused the

depression in the first place. Gingko-biloba, according to some recent findings, can be successful in treating depression in

cases where standard medication fails.

Valerian, which has long been known as an herb that can combat anxiety attacks, has also been linked to depression. Since

anxiety and depression tend to be encountered in the same patients, Valerian has sometimes been used as a means of treating

both conditions with just one herb. Valerian has also been used to treat insomnia, which is similar to anxiety in that both

are medical conditions that are often closely linked to depression. Valerian works by releasing a number of compounds into

the body that boost production of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is an inhibitory chemical used by the central nervous

system.

Gotu kola, an ayurvedic herb, has also been used as a natural antidepressant. Among practitioners of ayurvedic medicine, in

is known as brahmi. The dried stems, flowers, and leaves of this particular plant contain a host of components that can be

useful for treating depression and anxiety, including asiatic acid and madecassic acid. It has also been known to help people

improve their moods, as well as having benefits for memory and concentration.

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Quit Smoking Tip — How To Manage Cravings With Herbs

Quit Smoking Tip — How To Manage Cravings With Herbs

One of the difficulties in trying to quit smoking is that smokers become physically dependant on nicotine. Smoking affects the parts of the brain that relate to reward and pleasure. It increases the amount of the neurotransmitter, dopamine, and the nature of nicotine is that it creates a cycle of positive reinforcement within your brain that makes you want more.

Scientists have found that when you withdraw from chronic nicotine use, it results in changes in these neural pleasure pathways. And the effect on the brain is similar to what someone addicted to cocaine, opiates and other drugs experiences. Hence, depression and anxiety are common.

Fortunately, some resourceful modern herbalists began applying traditional knowledge to a modern problem. In Ayurvedic medicine, common garden variety oats (but not oat straw), is used to treat opium withdrawal. The herbalist Anand, using a tincture (an alcoholic extract of the herb), applied this same reasoning to nicotine withdrawal, with significant results.

In a group of 26 heavy smokers, he gave an oat tincture, and in another group of 26, he gave a placebo. The group who took the oat tincture smoked less cigarettes, and this effect remained for two months after they stopped treatment. The herbalist Weiss theorizes that it is the sedative effect of oats. Oats contain as active constituents the indole alkaloid, gramine, and the alkaloids avenine and trigonelline. Oats are described in herbal medicine texts as helping create a feeling of well-being whilst simultaneously acting as a tonic to the nervous system. But unlike narcotics, these are mild, non-habit forming effects.

My herbal teacher, Ses Salmond, suggested the following formula for those trying to stop smoking. In a 50ml bottle, mix the following herbal tinctures:

  • 15ml green oats
  • 10ml white horehound
  • 10ml mullein
  • 5ml golden seal
  • 10ml peppermint

Take 6 drops on the tongue whenever the craving to have a cigarette is felt.

Acupuncture is also an excellent support option. HerbMed offers the following herbal option, to be used on appropriate acupuncture points. Mix oil of cloves, oil of wintergreen, an extract of evodia fruit, an extract of sichuan lovage rhizome, and msg, and apply to specific acupuncture points. Unfortunately, they don’t say which acupuncture points, but this may be determined by what each person presents with.

Resources: 1. www.herbmed.org/herbs/herb36.htm
2. Class notes by Ses Salmond
3. C Fisher & G Painter, Materia Medica Of Western Herbs For The Southern Hemisphere
4. R Weiss, Herbal Medicine (Beaconsfield Arcanum, 1988)
5. www.drugabuse.gov/Infofacts/Tobacco.html

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Little Known Dating Tips, Secrets and Dating Mistakes…

Little Known Dating Tips, Secrets and Dating Mistakes…

I hear it over and over—“It was going so great, and then she disappeared on me… why? What happened—we were having such a great time together. I’m tired of this happening—I want to date sexy women, but I want them to stick around. Do you have any dating tips for me?”
Yes, I do. Every time I talk to a guy who tells me this, I discover he’s making the exact same mistakes most guys do, dating mistakes that kill his chances of successfully dating sexy women. So, I give him some dating tips to skyrocket his success with sexy women. Here are the most common ones:
Dating tip #1: Don’t date. Yes, that’s right—don’t date. Think about a traditional “date”—it’s full of pressure, awkwardness, evaluation and it just plain sucks. What do you do on a “traditional date?” Dinner, movie, kiss goodnight, she doesn’t return your calls. Or you have drinks, and try to “make your move,” and we all know where that ends up. Much better (and cheaper) to meet for coffee—it’s fun and relaxed with none of the normal dating expectations.
Dating tip #2: The less you do and say, the more she’s attracted to you. Most guys try to impress sexy women, or “lay a rap” on them. Sexy women have heard it all before. But, if you ask her about herself, shut up and listen, and display a SMALL degree of interest, she’ll begin to wonder why you’re not slobbering all over her. She’ll want to discover more… now you’re a challenge, and sexy women love challenging guys. Why? Because they rarely meet one. This is a HUGE dating tip.
Dating tip #3 Be a “naughty little boy.” Another big dating tip. Remember the “class clown” in elementary school—the guy who was “cool and funny” all at the same time? When you’re talking to sexy women, make unexpected and mischievous comments, the kind that leave them thinking, “I can’t believe he just said that… but I like it.” This shows sexy women you’re NOT impressed by their looks, that you need to see more. This is so different from what they’re used to they can’t help but be attracted. I cannot emphasize the importance of this dating tip.
Dating tip #4 Avoid all canned pick up lines, “laying a rap,” or any type of “acting.” Sexy women have heard it all before, and as soon as you spout one, you’re instantly a JAG (just another guy). And JAG’s don’t get sexy women—remember this dating tip!
Dating tip #5 Sexy women are approached and hit on 20 to 30 times a day. This is their world—to get into it, you have to be different from the 20 guys who’ve already talked to her. (see Dating tip #3 for how to be different to sexy women).
Dating tip #6 Look out for her tests. Sexy women (indeed, all women) will test you to see if you’ll stand up to them. If you can’t stand up to her, you can’t stand up for her. If she asks you to buy her things, that’s a test—and a perfect opportunity to be a “naughty little boy” (see Dating tip #3). Say something like, “What do I look like an ATM machine? You should buy ME something, just for the privilege of spending time with me. I like sexy women who buy me things!” This is said in a playful—yet firm—manner that lets her know you’re onto her. When you pass their tests, it drives sexy women wild with desire. Very important dating tip.
Dating tip #7 Date multiple sexy women at once, and make sure the others know about it. Sexy women love a man who is attractive to other sexy women, and will compete to “win you.” (Here’s another dating tip: for proof of this, read any good romance novel). If you want to settle down, you can choose one, but she will always know you’re desired by other sexy women—and in a strange way, this creates even more attraction for you. This dating tip really is a secret, but it works very well with sexy women.
OK, guys, that’s it for this article. Obviously there are lots of other dating tips, tricks and secrets to put to use, but if you pay attention to these dating tips, you’ll be a heckuva lot more successful with sexy women. Now, go re-read all the dating tips!
On with the fun…
-John Alanis, Dating Tips Master
“The King of Let ‘em Come to You”
Want more dating tips? To discover how to be successful with sexy women, and for more great dating tips, see www.womenapproachyou.com.

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Lessen The Effects Of Stressful Situations

Stress in younger people is something that is becoming a serious problem in the world. It can affect self-esteem levels and how kids perform in school. But obviously, kids aren’t the only ones dealing with increased stress. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re feeling the strain, the tips in this article can help.

Laughter is a very effective, healthy and natural way to reduce stress. Laughing naturally resolves tension and the activities that cause you to laugh can also help take your mind off your issues. A couple of ways you can get yourself to laugh and have a good time are to go out with a friend to a comedy club or rent a comedy to watch.

In order to keep your stress level under control, it would be wise to make sure that you get a regular amount of exercise. This is important because exercise releases chemicals that work as natural tension release agents. As little as a half hour a day, a few times a week is enough.

Stress is a natural part of our lives. How stress affects our ability to interact with the world, however, can be anything but positive. One way to reduce your body’s negative reactions to stress is to make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep. When we are tired, stress has a greater potential to impact us in negative ways. Minimize the impacts of a potentially stressful day by getting an adequate night’s sleep the night before.

Try a tonic or other form of homeopathic medicine in order to reduce stress! Research shows that these natural substances go a long way in helping your stress level. Kava Kava and other herbal extracts also can help your stress level, immensely. Try homeopathic medicine, and see what you think!

A nice hot bath is a great way to alleviate stress. Maybe light some aromatherapy candles on the side, or perhaps make it a lovely scented bubble bath. Whatever you do, make your bath comfortable according to your guidelines, and be prepared to sincerely rest and get rid of unwanted stress.

Having to wade through excess clutter when you are already stressed can add even more tension. Take the time to clean up clutter around your house so you have a spacious, relaxing environment where you can unwind after a stressful day. Consider getting rid of unnecessary knick-knacks that are just taking up room in your house so your have plenty of uncluttered space.

Take a bath. Hot water can be immensely soothing if you are feeling stressed. Get into a warm bath and soak your troubles away. If you cannot take a bath during a stressed time, excuse yourself to the washroom and put warm water on your face and hands to get a similar calming effect.

Whether you’re trying to make it through school or attempting to muscle your way through life, stress can seriously put a damper on your best-laid plans. When stress shows up and takes hold of you, this is when you need great tips like the ones provided in this article, in order to get rid of it forever.

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Alternative Medicines That Work For Me

Alternative Medicines That Work For Me

There is a lot of hype about alternative medicines, and some of them are certainly without much value. Of course there is a lot of hype about regular medicines, many of which do as much harm as good. The fact that natural remedies and treatments rarely hurt people as much as prescription drugs is one reason to at least try them. Here are a few that I can vouch for from experience.

Tea Tree Oil

I had a lump on the side of my nose, growing slowly, bleeding at times. I had it for years, and the one time I asked a doctor about it, he wasn’t sure if it was actually cancerous. I read somewhere that tee tree oil might work. I bought a bottle at a health-food store for $6. I applied a drop to the lump each day, and in less than six weeks, the lump was gone completely.

Coincidence? After having the growth for years? I don’t think so. In fact I had another growth years later on my neck, and for several years, I couldn’t remember what I had used the first time. When I found a clue in some old notes, I used tea tree oil on that growth, which was even larger than the first one. It was gone in about six weeks.

St. John’s Wort

When hiking in Canada, I cut my foot. The gash was deep. I found St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perfolatum), which has been proven to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. I mashed up a few leaves and bandaged them to the cut, replacing them occasionally. I have honestly never seen a cut heal faster.

St. John’s Wort is one of the better known alternative medicines now. It is used as an anti-depressant, with numerous studies showing it’s effectiveness. It is also used by some as a temporary mood-elevator. This effect isn’t proven yet, but whenever I’ve had tea made from the plant, it tasted awful and left me happy for two hours. Anecdotal and subjective evidence (I’m not even entirely convinced), but interesting.

Valerian Root

When my wife has cramps and pain, nothing works better than a cup of tea made from valerian root. You can get the tea in many stores now. I wouldn’t try driving after having valerian root. This is a powerful relaxant.

In fact, valerian root is too strong for some people. A gentler herb that will relax you is chamomile. You can find this as tea too. It makes a great drink with honey, just before you are ready to go to bed.

There are so many alternatives out there. I have stopped a headache just by chewing on willow twigs. I have stopped diarrhea with oak bark (careful – this can hard on the liver in large doses). I have watched a friend’s poison ivy rash disappear overnight with the application of jewelweed juice.

I am sure that I have tried just as many alternatives that didn’t work, too, but you know what? Put all the ineffective ones together and the cost probably doesn’t add up to the cost of one visit to a doctor. As for the effective ones, well, no doctor yet has introduced me to one of them. You have to do your own research on alternative medicines.

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Are Singles Dating Web Sites Appropriate for You?

Are Singles Dating Web Sites Appropriate for You?

In a world constrained by so many boundaries, where time never seems to be enough, the Internet can get you anywhere within a blink of an eye! There are so many things the Internet has to offer: knowledge, entertainment, music, sport…everything suddenly becomes accessible. Since you can find virtually anything on the Internet, can you also find your soul mate? Yes, you can! There are thousands of online dating web sites that offer people everywhere the chance to meet interesting, attractive and intelligent singles in a fun, exciting and safe environment. Millions of people worldwide are already members of singles dating web sites and thousands more are signing up each day! If you are bored of looking for your dates in bars, at work or with the help of your friends, or you just don’t have the time to meet other interesting people, online dating web sites can offer you just what you need!

Singles dating web sites are various and they offer people a wide range of services. Good singles dating web sites also add features such as dating personals, a detailed background of members which includes personal information, hobbies, interests, photos and many more. Singles dating web sites offer you the opportunity to find your soul mate from the comfort of your home. Online dating is easy, safe and helps you find out many things about your persons of interest before deciding to meet them in person.

There are so many singles dating web sites and all you have to do is pick the most suitable one for you. However, it is very important to decide what you are looking for in the first place and then have a look at what singles dating web sites have to offer. This is a trick that will save you a lot of time and frustration! For instance, if you are looking for single dating, speed dating or simply fun, you shouldn’t bother joining web sites that promote long term relationships and vice versa.

It is important to understand that singles dating web sites really work and many people find their match through the means of online dating industry. After you subscribe to the appropriate singles dating web site and post your dating personals online, you will soon receive feedback from singles that are just waiting to meet you! Take your time in finding the right person for you and make sure you find out everything you need to know before going on a first date. If online dating has proved to be efficient for others, why shouldn’t be efficient for you? Millions of people are turning to the Internet to find their match and singles dating web sites have become very popular. Find the web site that suits you best and you won’t be disappointed!

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