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Posted on 02-11-2013

Good morning!

Did you know many people experience traumatic events (such as the death of a loved one, witnessing violence, or physical assault) but only a small amount develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A decade long study of 1,000 random residents in southeastern Michigan was reported in the November 2012 issue of Psychological Medicine which found those who scored higher on a neuroticism scale (chronic anxiety, depression, and/or a tendency to overreact to everyday challenges and disappointments) were more likely to suffer from PTSD following a traumatic event.

Mental wellness is every bit as important as physical wellness.  Often times the 2 are unseperable as anyone going through a divorce can attest.  If you are feeling down or suffer form seasonal affective disorder (SAD) you may want to consider natural alternatives to lift you up.  Seratonin and Dopamine are the 2 neurotrasmitters we look at for mood.  An OTC herbal supplement aldopa as well as St. Johns Wart has been shown in clinical trails to help.  You will also want to consume once again, omega 3 fatty acids to aid in brain function and structure.  SSRI's and other antidepressants may help as a short term solution, however with how little we know about the physiology of the brain its best to keep these chemicals out of there.  Also a consultation with a clinical psychologist to talk through the issues can be hard...but anything worth it in life is usually obtained the hard way.

Have a blessed day and keep smiling!


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