Anxiety Over Autonomic Dysfunction: An In-Depth Explanation Of The Condition 

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It can be trying for people who are ill when friends and family encourage patients to feel happy or optimistic. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

The best and simplest way to understand the nervous system is its work with reflex actions. It is the junction between the conscious and subconscious mind. Therefore, any activity or task a person’s body has to do during the day that gets controlled by the nervous system is an autonomic function. With that said, the anxiety of knowing more about autonomic dysfunction gets explained in this article. 

The autonomic nervous system is a part of a nerve network that controls the body.  Its basic structure consists of the central control units located in the specific part of the brain and spinal cord responsible in the body’s vital organs automatic function without the need of a person’s subconscious thinking.  Examples of these processes are the narrowing of the blood vessels, monitoring the body’s temperature, and the non-stop beating of the heart. The nerves serve as the controlling unit of the brain and spinal cord to reach out with the other vital organs. 

 

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Autonomic Problems In Parkinson’s Disease

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There have been current advances as well as the experience of doctors, the healthcare team, and family members when taking care of patients with Parkinson’s disease. They have revealed that autonomic problems play a crucial role in the evaluation of patients and that the signs and symptoms that present are sometimes the cause of disability. Symptoms seen in Parkinson’s disease include cardiovascular dysfunction, sweating, and gastrointestinal failure, among others.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health After POTS Diagnosis

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Being positive all of the time when dealing with illness is unrealistic. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

Getting a diagnosis for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) can undeniably be difficult news to accept. The blood that should be circulating all over remains on the lower half of the body. Whenever you stand up, your heart may always beat abnormally fast – 30 times or more – to provide oxygen to the brain. Worse, there is no cure for this condition at the moment.

Due to the setbacks that you might experience while dealing with this illness, it is likely for you to feel a lot of hate. For yourself – because you ended up with an incurable disease. For the doctors – because they cannot offer a long-term solution.

If you’re tired of being bitter, though, you can improve your mental health by doing any of the following:

1. Change Your Lifestyle

Off the bat, keep in mind that what and how you eat can immensely affect the illness. The basic idea is that decreasing your carbohydrate or protein intake while increasing the amount of salt or fluids you consume is great for your body. You should also get more sleep, exercise, and say no to alcohol.

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2. Embrace Technology

Since POTS may prevent you from performing even mundane tasks like cleaning the house or going to a drive-thru place, you don’t have to feel guilty about embracing technology. Say, download an app or get the number of the restaurants you want to receive food from so that they can deliver it at your doorstep. You can look for robotic appliances as well that may be useful in and out of your home, including a mobility scooter.

 Every day patients walk out of our facility with a new lease on life. — Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C

3. Learn About The Illness

It will also do you a lot of good if you start knowing more about POTS than what the specialists can tell you. There are excellent resources on the internet regarding the case studies and history of the illness that you can undoubtedly find after a few clicks. If that does not suffice, you may visit a local library to search for other learning materials.

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4. Take Care Of Yourself 

Considering your hours often get occupied by work, family, or friends, you should realize that that is no longer acceptable after getting diagnosed with POTS. People with this disease are known to be extra sensitive to stress. When problems related to these areas occur at once, they may trigger your condition and keep you from functioning for days. Thus, it matters to make self-pampering your #1 priority all the time.

5. Volunteer

Similarly, you don’t need to be in tiptop shape to help. In case you have some money to spare, you can donate to charities that aid less fortunate patients, as well as to the research facilities that try to find a cure for POTS. On a good day, you may join a support group to offer a shoulder to lean or cry on to new patients or give them counseling.

Even your most wrecked moments become productive when they contribute essential data to your quest for improvement. — Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW

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Final Thoughts

A POTS diagnosis is not enough reason for you to think that life will become dull from that day forward. Millions of people out there have incurable diseases; many of them are even at the terminal stage of their illness. Despite that, they never get tired of believing that there’s something good they can do before passing. These people should serve as your inspiration to improve your mental health and be generally kinder to yourself.

 

 

When Defenders Become Traitors: Understanding Autoimmune Diseases In Mental Health 

Uncertainty about how your body may respond in a given situation–whether, for example, you will experience a pain flare-up or reprieve if you venture out with friends–makes planning risky, even frightening. — Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW

When people think of diseases, they usually imagine an unusual object, such as a foreign germ or an abnormal cancer cell, as being the perpetrator of the disease. People can sometimes find it hard to imagine diseases being caused by a component of the body itself.

 

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Depression and Diabetes A Risk Factor for Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy?

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Constant attention to blood sugar levels, dietary restrictions, and feeling like you can’t enjoy what everyone else is eating are just some of the frustrations that those with diabetes experience every day. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

According to research, people with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as those that do not have the condition. It is not known what the connection is – whether people with diabetes are more likely to develop depression or the other way round. Depression makes it much more difficult to manage the symptoms of diabetes so if you are diabetic and suffer from depression you should reach out. Find a Depression Chat Room or speak to a friend. According to Betterhelp, doing so may be helpful.

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When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Dysautonomia

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 DYSAUTONOMIA IN CHILDREN

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Dysautonomia is thought to afflict more than seventy million people worldwide. The disorder is caused by damage to the nerves that control involuntary body functions. These vital functions of which we remain largely unaware include blood pressure, perspiration, heartbeat, gastrointestinal processes and temperature control. They are all managed by the autonomic neural system, which when damaged, disrupts the messages between the brain and the body. The most common cause of damage to this system is diabetes, but it can be caused by viral infections and even by some medications. Better understand this condition, and learn how to care for your child while not overlooking what you need to take care of yourself, even if you need professional support & help.

I found it very interesting to learn that Autoimmune Disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in underdeveloped countries without our modern amenities like clean running water, washing machines, flushing toilets, and good healthcare don’t really experience these diseases. — Linda Walter LCSW

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Understanding Neurocardiogenic Syncope

There are thousands of diseases and conditions that people can have. Because of this, it’s hard to know of every single one, unless you’re in the medical field. Many of us will remember about conditions such as common flu, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, how many of us know about neurocardiogenic syncope? Read on to find out about this condition that affects millions of individuals around the globe.

There is no arguing the statistics that autoimmune diseases, unresolved gut health issues and mysterious chronic health issues seem to be on the rise and our medical community is trying to keep up. — Danielle Swimm LCPC

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