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Fear of Heights May be a Physical Condition: BPPV

Ferris wheel

I don't know why or when it happened, but I don't remember a time when I wasn't afraid of heights. Even so, I do remember diving from the "high" board at our municipal swimming pool and I did enjoy riding the Ferris wheel and roller coaster when the carnival came to town. As I grew older, though, the fear became stronger, until finally I had no choice but to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.

The Importance of Second Opinions:
A Lazy Eye Experience

doctor giving advice

For many years, I was intimidated by doctors. I grew up thinking the doctor was always right. I have a crooked little finger that resulted from a doctor telling my mom it wasn't broken. It apparently was. It wasn't until I had children of my own that I learned the value of getting a second opinion when you have any question at all about your doctor's diagnosis or the treatment he or she may recommend.



An Update: Lifting the Nicotine Fog

smoker at graveyard

A nicotine fog is more than just smoke that fills a room, it's a fog that clouds your brain. Nicotine fools you into believing that although you want to quit, you can't. The bad news is that there are a lot of cigarette substitutes on the market today that keep the addiction going.

ADHD

Boy playing jenga
Photo Credit: Michal Parzuchowski

There's a rumor going around that ADHD is madeup by Monsanto and big pharma. It could not be further from the truth. If you have a child who tries to climb the walls, you know that ADHD is a real and horrible condition. Those scoffers, who think they have a cannon in the fight against big pharma and big chemical companies, are in the wrong part of the battlefield.

Can't Fight Those Feelings

out of sync

Photo credit: Geralt

Depression can put your life out of sync with the world. One of the most insidious things about depression is that it can make you feel like you don't deserve to be here. Depression can make you believe that the world would be a better place and that your family and friends would, indeed, be happier if you weren't in it. Fighting those feelings on your own can be near impossible.

Coping With a Loved One's Depression

frustrated man

In the movie, Paint Your Wagon, Ben Rumson calls his depression "Melancholy". He tells "Pardner" to solace him when that happens, but giving solace to someone in the throes of depression can be tricky.
Approach them one way and they are irritable — the other way and they are despondent.

What is Wrong With Depression?

Tough day or tough life

Has anyone told you to stop beating yourself up? Do well-meaning friends and loved ones ask you what's wrong? Why are you sad, crying, irritable? You wish you knew, right?



Weighty Problems

a dogs sharing a pickle

I have often wondered if really heavy people know how much better they would feel both physically and mentally if they would just put in the effort to shed some pounds. I began losing weight to feel better about myself mentally, but the physical benefits far outweigh the mental.



Snake Oil: Slipping Through
Healthcare Cracks

snake oil

All that glistens is not snake oil. Prescription drug problems are rampant. The truth is that Americans are still not smart about healthcare today. Vast numbers of us still succumb to advertising hucksters that peddle everything from snake oils to electronic doodads and contraptions.


When Their Mental Illness Makes You Crazy

Happy Holidays? Pug

Happy holidays? This "season to be jolly" is one of the worst times of the year for many of those who suffer with the disease of depression. One of the best gifts you can give this season is compassion for those who aren't merry.