Anxiety Neurosis Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Anxiety neurosis is a very common form of psychoneurosis. There are a wide variety of different symptoms experienced by patients which can be quite debilitating for the sufferer.

Causes of Anxiety Neurosis:

This form of anxiety can be caused by a variety of different factors. Researchers and scientists are still trying to find the exact cause of this anxiety disorder but the following are believed to be direct causes:

Genetics – It is quite apparent that anxiety neurosis tends to run in families. If a family member such as a parent or grandparent suffers from an anxiety disorder, you have higher chances of developing the disorder is well.

Chemical Imbalances – Chemical imbalances in the brain are believed to play a large role in the onset of anxiety neurosis. There can be imbalances of chemicals such as serotonin or dopamine which are known to make people feel anxious and depressed.

Drugs and Others Substances – Anxiety related symptoms can be felt if the person takes certain drugs such as amphetamines, ephedra, steroids, etc.

Varying Personality Types – There are certain people that are more prone to anxiety neurosis. People that have low self-esteem and have trouble interacting with other people are more likely to develop an anxiety related disorder.

Symptoms of Anxiety Neurosis:

There are a wide variety of symptoms of this form of anxiety. Here are some of the more common:

– Fear

– Panic

– Sweating

– Nausea

– Low self-esteem

– Racing Heart

– Tension

– Mental unrest

– Fear of future anxiety episodes

There are MANY other symptoms of anxiety which will vary from person-to-person. Some people may have very slight symptoms while other people may have debilitating symptoms to the point of not being able to leave their home.

 

Treatment of Anxiety Neurosis:

There are a variety of different treatments for people who suffer with anxiety. Some common treatments of this form of this anxiety disorder include:

CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common way to treat anxiety. This form of therapy is a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy. Cognitive therapy works on replacing the negative maladapted thoughts with more positive ways of dealing with the anxiety. The behavioral aspect works to change the way people behave in these anxiety induced situations.

Exposure Therapy: This form of therapy works to gradually expose the anxiety suffer to their fears and feelings of anxiousness while in a safe and controlled environment.

Medication: Medication such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants are often given to help with anxiety neurosis.

Homeopathic Treatments: There are a wide variety of different homeopathic treatments to help people with anxiety such as: herbal teas, herbal supplements, meditation, hypnosis, etc.

High Blood Sugar Symptoms

High blood sugar levels, known as hyperglycemia, typically occur when the body stops making insulin or the insulin does not work properly. For those with diabetes this means that the blood sugar does not enter the cells properly and instead stays in the blood, thereby causing high blood sugar levels (B/S Levels). Ideal B/S levels range from 90-130 mg/dl prior to meals.

When B/S levels remain high over several hours dehydration and other more serious problems can occur. When B/S levels remain high over an extended period of time, say several years, damage to many of the bodies organs can occur. It is not uncommon for B/S level fluctuations to occur daily in people with diabetes, spiking from lows to highs and those who have diabetes understand the importance of controlling levels through diet, exercise, and medication (if prescribed). It is important for everyone to know the symptoms of high blood sugar and know when to seek medical treatment.

High blood sugar symptoms can be very mild or develop at an extremely slow pace. You may even have high blood sugar but experience no symptoms at all. However, the most common symptoms include:

• Always being hungry

• Always being thirsty

• Dry mouth

• Constantly having to urinate

• Dry and itchy skin

• Fatigue or extreme tiredness

• Blurry vision

• Recurrent infections

• Impotence

• Slow healing of wounds

• Unexplained weight loss

If left untreated over several hours high B/S Levels can lead to the following symptoms:

• Dehydration

• Difficulty breathing

• Rapid weight loss

• Dizziness upon standing

• Drowsiness and confusion

• Unconsciousness

There are a variety of reasons why you may have high blood sugar symptoms, including:

• Diet

• Emotional stress

• Certain health conditions

• Lack of focused exercise

• Certain medications

• Some health supplements

If you find that you are having any of the symptoms of high blood sugar that I have mentioned you should contact your physician immediately to have your B/S levels checked and be properly treated. Since there are a variety of serious long-term health risks associated with the symptoms of hyperglycemia it is strongly advised that you contact your doctor for a proper diagnosis of any high blood sugar symptoms you may be experiencing.

Some of the recommendations your doctor may make to relieve any symptoms of hyperglycemia include:

• Adjusting or even changing your medication or dosage amounts

• Initiating a proper diet and or other nutritional practices

• Incorporating a consistent exercise program

• Using blood glucose testing analyzers on a more frequent basis

Bipolar Disorder – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Bipolar disorder, also known as Manic-Depression or Manic-Depressive-Illness, is a mental illness characterized by an alternating pattern of emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). This condition is divided into two main sub-types: Bipolar I disorder, with the presence of at least one manic episode; and Bipolar II disorder, with at least one episode of depression and at least one hypomanic episode. In addition, some people have rapid cycling bipolar disorder, with four or more mood swings within twelve months; and mixed state bipolar disorder, in which symptoms of both mania and depression occur simultaneously. The cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but a variety of biochemical, genetic and environmental factors are known to trigger this condition.

Bipolar disorder is a long term condition that requires life-long treatment, even during periods of remission. The Ayurvedic treatment of this condition is aimed at treating the presenting symptoms and preventing recurrence of the condition. In order to treat the manic phase of this condition, medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jyotishmati (Celastrus panniculatus) and Kushmand (Benincasa hispida) are used. A special procedure called ‘Shirodhara’ is also quite useful in reducing agitation, aggression and sleeplessness.

To treat the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, medicines like Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Shrung-Bhasma, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Vacha, Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Shilajit (Purified bitumen), Tankan (Purified borax) and Makardhwaj are used. In order to prevent recurrence of this condition, medicines like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki, Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Vacha, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Suvarna-Bhasma, Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma and Suvarna -Parpati are used in small doses for prolonged periods.

It is important to adapt a healthy life style; and avoid self medication and known conditions which can precipitate symptoms of bipolar disorder. Family therapy, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can help in considerably reducing symptoms of this condition. Left untreated, bipolar disorder can result in severe emotional, legal and financial problems and can even result in suicide. Regular treatment and supervision by a Psychiatrist is therefore very important in this condition.

Anxiety With Pulsatile Tinnitus – How to Finally Get the Relief You Are Craving

If you have never suffered from Tinnitus it is a difficult disorder to understand.

The condition causes a distortion of the hearing and people who suffer from it often complain of a constant noise – often a ringing sound — that can cause severe headaches. One sufferer described his Tinnitus as a “high pitched sound in my ears that pulsates in a rhythm.” This condition is known as Pulsatile Tinnitus.

If you have Tinnitus, you know how debilitating it can be. Often it leads to severe panic attacks and extreme anxiety. It is not uncommon for the sufferer to become deeply depressed.

One man, who had learned to live with his Tinnitus for over 10 years, suffered a leg injury that was extremely painful. The nagging pain in his leg caused him to became agitated, which, in turn, resulted in his Tinnitus to reappear “with a vengeance!” This condition became so dire that he actually considered having surgery to cause deafness in one ear in an effort to end the constant noise.

Another man said he suffered from Pulsatile Tinnitus as a child but it eventually went away. Recently, however, he whacked his head in a fall at work and immediately the condition recurred and the sounds came back with more ferocity than ever before.

These sounds appear to be caused by a change in the blood flow in the neck and head. As the sounds increase, (often at night while trying to sleep) it is common to feel a rush of adrenaline.

Since a mild case of Tinnitus is very annoying, an extreme case can drive a person to desperate measures – sometimes even becoming suicidal.

Some sufferers have tried to use alcohol to deaden their feelings, but, as one man said: “Alcohol makes it a billion times worse.”

Many report that even taking an aspirin to dull their pain increases their symptoms dramatically.

Pulsatile Tinnitus can affect all aspects of your life, especially if you develop anxiety related issues. Over time the noises may cause an overwhelming fear or dread — the feeling that something “bad” is going to happen. This can lead to serious mental disorders that actually prevent the sufferer from performing normal daily routines.

One victim of the disorder cried: “The worst part is the more that you think about it the worse it becomes.”

It is no wonder doctors often prescribe antidepressants or antipsychotic drugs for their patients suffering from Tinnitus. While antidepressants may help the Tinnitus sufferer cope, they will not cure his or her problem.

What causes Tinnitus? Obviously it is a malfunction in the body. Some have been told they suffer from an inner ear disorder. Others have been told they have sinus infections. Some patients have been told the hairs in their cochlea are damaged or missing.

I have placed a link which will give you a detailed list of the various causes of Tinnitus at the bottom of this article.

One person I spoke to, a musician, said he lost some of his hearing due to his years playing in clubs next to extremely loud speakers. “My E.N.T. (ear, nose and throat doctor) gave me a hearing test and told me my hearing loss caused my brain to ‘turn up the volume’ to fill in the range I lost. But because of the damage in my ear all I hear is a high pitch ringing. He told me there is no cure for T (Tinnitus).”

He went on to say: “I can’t stand the idea of living the rest of my life like this – I am at my wits end!”

Others have been told the problem originates with stress. Hypertension is often mentioned as a possible cause.

One sufferer was told his problem might have to do with his sinuses, but, as he said: “Trying to find out what causes my problem, or what can cure my Tinnitus, is draining my wallet!”

Using a Diabetic Blood Sugar Level Chart – How to Know If You’re in a Normal Range

If you have diabetes, knowing what your blood sugar/glucose level is at is extremely important to your health. Monitoring your levels several times a day using a diabetes blood sugar level chart and meter is crucial.

For most people, the body normally adjusts glucose levels in the body. When you’re diabetic, however, depending on whether you’re a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, the body has difficulty or cannot adjust glucose normally. In addition, the food you eat, your activity level, amount of exercise, and whether you’re sick or have an illness directly affects your numbers.

The chart below will help you know the difference between a normal, low, or high glucose level. Monitoring your levels using a meter and discussing your levels with your doctor is important to optimum health.

Normal Range Blood Sugar

In general, blood sugar levels should be between 80-170.

Upon waking in the morning and before eating, your optimum blood sugar level should be in the 80 to 120 range. After eating your number will spike, but within two hours after eating it should drop below 170.

Maintaining a low glycemic diet will help you stay within the normal range and avoid low or high spikes that lead to diabetic complications and adverse symptoms.

Low Blood Sugar Level

Your levels are low when they are below 80 and you may start to feel out of sorts, weak, light-headed, and shaky. Eating smaller more frequent meals may help you avoid a dip in your numbers.

High Blood Sugar Level

Immediately after eating your level will naturally spike, but if you’re monitoring it and taking your medications as directed, within two hours of eating it should drop to a normal range. However, if it doesn’t drop to a normal level and stays high and possibly goes higher, you should be taking extra steps to lower your level as directed by your doctor.

Ongoing high glucose levels may lead to hyperglycemia with symptoms including frequent urinating, excessive thirst, unexpected weight loss, and ongoing lethargy and tiredness. In addition to these symptoms, high numbers can cause serious health problems if untreated. Hyperglycemia can cause damage to blood vessels that provide blood to vital organs, and additional risks of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems.

Although the above numbers the standard ranges, as mentioned, factors such as the food you eat, your activities, and your physical health all affect your numbers. It’s important to work with your doctor to understand what a normal range for you is and to take all steps to maintain a normal range blood sugar.

Postpartum Complications – They Aren’t All About Depression

As a first time mom-to-be, the biggest question in your head is which crib will look prettier in the nursery? The wooden one or the white one? I’m sure you’re also having trouble picking out only seven of the ten baby outfits to buy!

But, if you’re a single mom, your situation probably goes a little more like this: “Will I have the money to buy a stroller and car seat before the baby is born?”

All the information online for pregnant women seems to be about taking care of yourself during pregnancy. Eating healthy, exercising, writing a birth plan, hiring a doula; but does anyone ever prepare you for the physical complications you may face after? A good gynecologist may do this, but don’t even depend on that. Family members and friends are so proud of you because you made it through the delivery; they leave you on your own and say everything is back to normal now. But, pay special attention to the small signs telling you it isn’t.

If you are a single mom, the best thing you can do for you and your baby is set up a support team before the baby arrives. Not every woman’s body naturally falls back into its pre-pregnancy state. Postpartum thyroid problems and hormone imbalances are way too common. Unfortunately, your gynecologist may never make you aware of these possibilities. If you develop one of these postpartum complications, you may not even recognize it; a strong support person will notice the things you miss.

Postpartum complications aren’t all about depression; but sleep deprivation, a hormone imbalance, or thyroid problem can actually cause it! All of those physical complications can cause a brain fog; add the challenge of being a first time mother to the list and your thinking is going to get as foggy as an early morning drive on the highway! This is why it is extremely important to have a supportive person who you regularly communicate with; be open with them about anything happening physically or emotional difficulties you are experiencing. Once you experience severe sleep deprivation, it quickly hinders your ability to make decisions and think clearly; your support person will need to be knowledgeable.

Choosing a support person is like a game of “Red Rover”: deciding who you want on your team. The person you pick will ultimately make you stronger or weaker. The only difference is your choice in “Red Rover” results in merely a win or loss; your choice in a support person effects much more.

For instance, it may not be wise to choose the person who sits through an entire television show and the next day cannot remember anything they watched! Also, someone who is stubborn and makes quick assumptions based on their own knowledge or lack thereof will only want to fight during a crisis. Please do not choose a support person who does not take what you say seriously.

Characteristics of a strong support person are someone who is smart, insightful, researches things, assertive, wants you to succeed, listens, encourages you to face your fears, and takes charge. A strong support person also seeks to understand and will hear what you are saying without making assumptions. A great support person would be someone who thinks for them self and tends to question those in authority rather than blindly accepting something at face value.

You have wanted to be a mother all your life; you had that beautiful baby for a reason. So you could raise her, of course! I want to insure you can do just that! Here are some of the symptoms both you and your support person should watch for which may indicate a postpartum hormone imbalance or thyroid problem:

o INSOMNIA (Waking up many times during the night for no reason, trouble falling asleep initially, trouble getting back to sleep, or waking early, suddenly inability to sleep during the day anymore. Before you were pregnant, it was normal to sleep the whole night through without waking. As long as your baby is sleeping through the night, that is still considered normal! Something else besides your baby is causing you to wake up- and that means something isn’t right.)

o Frequent urination (don’t write this off thinking it is a bladder infection)

o Night sweating (Waking up drenched in sweat)

o Inability to tolerate the cold (Inability to get warm with many blankets, need more winter jackets than those around you in cold weather and still cold, freezing feet at night, always seem to be colder than those around you. Pay extra attention to this if it used to be normal for you to go without a jacket in 50 degree weather)

o Allergies (morning sneezing, runny nose, etc.)

o Pressure in neck (may feel like swollen glands)

o Neck is tender when someone touches it

o Tight feeling around neck (You feel the desperate need to pull on your shirt in search of relief though you aren’t wearing a turtle neck)

o Lose postpartum weight extremely fast or just rapid weight loss without dieting

o Extremely dry hair (you wonder if you need a new Chi since it isn’t making your hair smooth anymore. Here is a clue: It might not be the Chi!)

o Skin suddenly becomes very dry and starts peeling

o Hair loss (Women generally lose hair postpartum. If you are aware of that fact and have a gut feeling you are losing way too much, don’t ignore it.) Especially if you are losing so much you’re getting bald spots!

o Diarrhea

o FATIGUE

o Bruises

o Memory loss and word finding difficulty (Continually talking about your baby while calling her another family member’s name throughout the course of a day could be a clue! This is a sign of low estrogen or a thyroid problem.)

o Frequent sore throats

o Anxiety

o Depression

o Unusually long or short menstrual cycles

o Pain behind the eyes

o Swollen cheeks/face

o Gaining weight while exercising and eating healthy

o Trouble swallowing

o Brain fog

o Rapid/High Heart Rate

o Trouble making decisions

o Hoarse voice

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms and have a gut feeling something isn’t quite right what do you do? Make an immediate appointment with a gynecologist you trust. Also ask each of your family members if they ever had any difficulties with their thyroid. If so, this is vital information to give your doctor. What else should you do during your visit? Ask if they are skilled in treating thyroid disorders; even slight ones. Insist on full thyroid blood tests and hormone testing.

What is the next step? If your gynecologist tells you everything is normal, find a natural doctor. Your blood tests can show your thyroid is within normal levels but the standard levels may not be your norm. A good doctor who understands the thyroid will acknowledge your symptoms along with your test results.

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you just wait to see a doctor until you have insurance coverage; would you wait to take your baby to the doctor if she was sick? Postpartum hormone imbalances and thyroid problems are not to be taken lightly; the symptoms they cause are many and can quickly escalate. Get together with your support person and find a way for you to see the doctor now; the more sleep deprived you become, the less clearer your thinking will be.

Sleep loss should not be brushed off; sometimes the remedy isn’t as easy as counting sheep! A postpartum hormone imbalance or thyroid problem can make it impossible for you to sleep nights at a time; leave the support people behind who don’t believe something is possible just because they have never heard of it happening before. Especially if they don’t take the time or make the effort to do the research to find out if it is possible! Ignorance can easily hinder your health and future.

Husky Separation Anxiety Solutions

Dealing With Husky Separation Anxiety

Husky Separation Anxiety is the cause of most husky behavior problems. In turn behavior problems are the main reason why huskies end up at rescue shelters. This is very sad because in nearly all cases separation anxiety can be prevented or cured.

Husky Separation Anxiety can be both frustrating and heart breaking if your husky is howling out of sadness whenever you are not home. What can follow is very destructive behavior such as barking, aggression, biting, jumping, chewing and escaping. If your husky is proving to be a major nuisance with obedience problems there is a good chance that they are suffering from separation anxiety.

Huskies are by nature very pack orientated. Your husky sees you and your family members as his pack. If your husky is left alone they may feel lost, scared, abandoned and isolated from the pack. Husky Separation Anxiety often shows itself as howling and destructive behavior. Your husky is in a bad state of mind and this is how these feelings come out. The good news is that by the time you finish reading this article you will be armed with the knowledge to help your husky on the path to wellness.

What Causes Husky Separation Anxiety

The root cause of Separation Anxiety is the difference in nature of humans and pack dogs such as the husky. Huskies are very social and have a strong inner desire to live in a pack and interact in a pack. A dog in the wild would do absolutely everything in a pack. This includes eating, hunting, sleeping and travelling.

Humans on the other hand due to our modern lifestyle operate as individuals in society a lot of the time. While you are at work your dog is at home pining for its pack leader. It goes against every fiber of a huskies being to be away from the pack.

Five Husky Separation Anxiety Symptoms

  1. When you are preparing to leave your home, your husky begins howling, whining and demanding extra attention.

  2. Catching your husky in the act of bad behavior when you are departing or arriving at your home is another indicator that your husky may have separation anxiety.

  3. If your husky refuses to be physically apart from you when you are home this can indicate fear that you will leave.

  4. Physical symptoms include but are not restricted to whining, howling, crying and trembling.

  5. A fully house trained husky starts going to the toilet in the house.

Basic Husky Separation Anxiety Solutions

Relationship Building – There is a fine line between creating trust and creating over reliance from your husky. You need to develop a relationship where your husky is dependent on you without being so dependent that they can’t function when you are not around. Be firm but fair with your husky and do not smother your husky.

Basic Dog Obedience – By teaching your husky basic dog obedience training you will be able to overcome many of the negative behaviors associated with separation anxiety. Basic commands as well as social interaction for your husky will help your husky to overcome separation anxiety.

Separation Training – Your husky needs to know you will return when you go somewhere. The best way to do this is to go through a planned process of leaving for a few minutes and then returning. Place your husky in a room where they feel safe for this. Incrementally increase the amount of time that you are away. You will notice that if you do this over time your husky will be a lot calmer. Make sure you praise your dog for waiting patiently. Medication is an absolute last resort if separation anxiety training is not successful.

Crate Training – Crate Training is a good way to prevent separation anxiety in a husky especially when they are a puppy. Slowly introduce your husky to a room where they feel secure. Place a favorite play toy and an item that carries your scent to help with making your husky feel at ease. This is a precursor to crate training.

Be A Good Owner – Give your husky all the essentials that they need prior to leaving. This includes water, food, shelter, territory and favorite play toys.

Regular Exercise – Your husky will be a lot more relaxed and content with regular exercise. Much the same as humans, huskies who exercise regularly have reduced stress levels.

Patience – You need to give your husky time to get used to you not being at home. This is even more relevant if your husky is a rescue dog. Your pet husky needs feel safe within a pack and they can’t help feeling anxiety. There is absolutely no reason to put down a pet because they miss you so much. Stay patient with your husky and you will both benefit from a great relationship.

Complex Ovarian Mass – Does a Complex Ovarian Mass Mean I Have Cancer?

If you have been told that you have a complex ovarian mass, does that mean that you also have cancer? Not necessarily, but it doesn’t rule it out either.

What Is A Complex Ovarian Mass?

A complex ovarian mass is a cyst that is filled with both fluid and solid mass. This is different than a simple cyst which is filled with fluid and rarely cancerous. A cyst which has solidified has a greater chance of being malignant, or cancerous.

How Do I Know If It Is Malignant (cancerous) or Benign (non-cancerous)?

The only way any doctor can tell if a cyst on your ovaries is cancerous or not is to do a biopsy – go in and take out a small sample of tissue and examine it – or use a CA-125 test which takes a sample of blood and tests it for any elevated levels of the cancer antigen-125 protein.

The problem with the CA-125 test is that it is not 100% reliable when used on it’s own. Other conditions can cause a false positive including pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, other ovarian cysts and pregnancy. If the levels are not high enough, a false negative would be presumed and the cancer would go undetected.

What Are The Causes and Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer?

If you have a complex ovarian mass and are worried about cancer, you should know that new studies show that women who are postmenopausal and taking hormone therapy are at a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Both estrogen/progestin combination therapy and estrogen only therapy pose an equal risk according to the National Cancer Institute.

Women who are postmenopausal have a greater risk of developing cancer to begin with. Regular screenings and exams should be given. Ovarian cancer is usually not found until it is in it’s later stages because the symptoms can mimic other diseases. The exact cases of ovarian cancer are still basically unknown.

Symptoms can include:

  • Bloating, fullness or pressure in the abdomen
  • Urgent urination
  • Pain and discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Gas, nausea or indigestion
  • Changes in bowel and bladder habits
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Lack of energy and depression
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Menstrual changes

**If any of these symptoms are persistent or get worse, you should seek the advice and care of a doctor immediately.

Any woman who is worried that she could develop cancer because of a complex ovarian mass should know that the percentages are still relatively low and that the situation should be monitored very closely.

Eating well and staying active throughout your lifetime can stave off diseases and keep you feeling and looking your best. Many of us go through life thinking that the worst will never happen and we all pray that it never does, but sometimes life can throw us a few curves and we need to be prepared for whatever that may be.

10 Warning Signs of Diabetes Mellitus

There are some warning signs and symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus which the sufferer must be familiar with, or as an individual you must be aware of these signs so you should know what to do in case you have them. So many people end up with the complications of diabetes either because they neglected the warning signs and symptoms or because they never knew the implication of such negligence.

Knowing some of these warning signs and symptoms would enable you act promptly to find out if what you have is diabetes, or to prevent complications from setting in. These warning signs and symptoms include:

1. Excess urine: A high amount of water is needed to eliminate free-flowing glucose from the blood stream or the kidneys as a result of the high molecular weight of glucose. The individual has the frequent urge to pass urine and in most cases the quantity passed is high. This condition is termed ‘polyuria’.

2. Glucose in urine: The renal tubular re-absorption of glucose is impaired as a result of excess glucose in the blood. This leads to the excretion of some quantities of glucose in the urine. This condition is referred to as glucosuria. The patient may suspect that he has glucose in his urine if he sees ants gathering round his urine each time he urinates.

3. Dehydration: As the patient continues to excrete high amount of water he becomes dehydrated. Dehydration presents with sunken eyes, dry lips, loss of skin turgidity, etc.

4. Excess thirst: Patient feels thirsty most of the time as a result of the quantity of water he loses through frequent urination. The body tries to create a balance; there is therefore the urge by the patient to drink more water to compensate the one the body is losing. This in medical terms is referred to as polydipsia.

5. Hunger: The body is deprived of the glucose needed for its normal metabolic activities. Since glucose is not made available the body is deprived of energy. The body,s energy demand has to be met. Therefore, the patient feels hungry frequently and tries to eat in order to meet this energy demand.

6. Blurred vision: Excess sugar in the blood impairs capillary blood supply to the eyes. This in turn leads to visual impairment. Excessive sugar in the blood stream can also be deposited on the retina which obscures the patient’s vision.

7. Itching in the vulva: Itching of the vulva (pruritus vulvae) is very common in female diabetics. In most cases, it is due to the heavy growth of fungi such as candida albicans around the vulva which now thrive on the excess glucose deposit on the vulva. The itching can be troublesome leading to minor injuries resulting from scratching and these minor injuries could become infected if not properly cared for.

8. Loss of weight: The breaks down its fat and protein stores in order to meet the body’s energy requirement which can no longer be met by the body’s glucose. This makes the patient become weak and lose weight. Continual breakdown of fats and proteins lead to a rise in the level of ketone bodies in the blood which in turn leads to keto acidosis, resulting in hyperventilation, loss of water, sodium and potassium from the body.

9. Weakness: Weakness usually comes as a result of starvation of the body, breakdown of fats and proteins, as well as loss of fluids and electrolytes.

10. Numbness of the extremities: The individual experiences numbness and tingling sensation of the limbs as a result of peripheral neuritis (inflammation of a nerve of the extremities with pain, tenderness, and loss of function).

My Journey Out of Abuse, Depression and Homosexuality

I guess I grew up like any other kid in the suburbs, looking for ways to enjoy life. Bike rides, building forts, swinging on the backyard swing set, playing ball and swimming, anything to make me feel ‘alive.’ I was passionate, active and fully alive. As a youngster, though, my passion for life was suppressed. Very early I became acquainted with walls or boundaries that limited my ability to embrace life and experience it fully. An overly legalistic church and very restrictive parents kept me from venturing too far into life outside of our little world and instilled in me a timidity in my approach to life. Their motivation was good and loving; the world was changing rapidly in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and there were many unfamiliar and sinful behaviors being promoted as legitimate. The fences that were built for me – far from the actual lines of right and wrong – did keep me from wandering into many areas of sin, but the timidity that grew out of my fear of breaking the rules kept me from embracing life fully and contributed to the secrecy that nearly destroyed me.

At an early age, I responded to an invitation at church to receive Christ as my Savior for the forgiveness of my sin. My decision was fairly utilitarian. I needed my sin forgiven in order to get to heaven and I was afraid of going to hell. In spite of this, I did enjoy some times of spiritual life and growth as a child. I considered myself a Christian but really had no idea about a relationship with God. We went to church every Sunday and Wednesday night and something about the system of that small world felt safe. I knew I was a sinner, we were reminded of it every time we went to church, but I had no idea what to do with the tremendous amount of guilt and shame that this sin brought. When I was forced by others to cross lines into what I considered “horrible” sins, I did not know how to handle the feelings.

I was about ten years old when the name calling began. I was slight of build, intelligent, uncoordinated and musically inclined. The labels of “sissy,” “mamma’s boy,” and “fag” were quickly attached to me by the set of older boys in the neighborhood. It has always been natural for bigger, stronger boys to bully those they see as weaker. This derisive verbal ridicule quickly escalated into physical abuse. Causing me physical pain, watching me cry and reveling in my reactions to their torment became a favorite pastime of these boys. On one occasion they knocked the wind out of me and then stood around and laughed when I couldn’t catch my breath. On another, they led me to a bumble bee nest in the ground, threw a rock and then ran while I stood there, ignorantly, and was stung multiple times. I can still hear their laughter. It wasn’t long before some of the physical activity, fueled by their adolescent curiosity about sex, deteriorated into sexual abuse. I was held down and forced to perform sexual acts with them. I was younger and smaller than they were and the taunting about the size of my genitals and my smooth skin went deep into my mind. This was the final step in shutting me down spiritually and emotionally and the beginnings of my obsession with sex. I knew that these acts, outside of marriage and with the same sex, were wrong, perverted. Any mention of this kind of activity at church came with words like “Sodom and Gomorrah” and “abomination.” It would certainly not be safe to mention any of this at church! To add to my shame for participating in these acts was the shame of knowing that there was some pleasure involved. The pain of abuse would inevitably lead to the exhilaration of sexual release, something I had never experienced before. The combination of adrenalin from fear and hormones from sexual climax made an indelible mark on my young psyche. The enemy began to articulate a lie that ran through my mind; I MUST be at fault if I enjoyed any part of this! The fear instilled in me about these kinds of sin and what happened to “those” people who indulged in them kept me from sharing anything with anyone at home or at church. I suffered in silence, letting the message of the wound sink deep into my soul. I was a pervert! I could not see myself as a reflection of the Father who created me and redeemed me but saw myself as a reflection of my sin and wounds. The label was pervert and the lies built up a stronghold in me that would take years to tear down!

From that point on, I “knew” that there was something wrong with me. The deep sense of shame made me hate myself. Because of my timidity, I didn’t have the courage to face my abusers or my own sin and turn to God in repentance. Instead my shame became contempt, self-contempt in the form of self-hatred. I took every opportunity to put myself down, laugh at myself and I refused to engage in any activity in which I could not be the best. I shied away from anything athletic because my lack of coordination would be a clue to others revealing who I “really was.” The part of me that I hated the most was my masculinity. I hated the “macho” in others but at the same time was drawn to the strength that it represented. I equated the perception of strength with a false definition of masculinity that I knew I didn’t have. Gender confusion had set in. I was so weak, I had given in, I had been dominated, I was not a real man.

The gender confusion only increased my sense of shame. The shame of who I perceived myself to be is what motivated me to look for a way to hide. I was terrified that someone would figure out who I thought I was. Part of me, the true masculine part, simply withdrew. The other part decided that I would disguise my identity of “pervert” by being “perfect.” No one would be able to see past my perfect mask to the pervert within.

This mask of perfection evolved as I discovered ways that my flesh could compensate for the broken parts of my positive identity (virtue, community, power, gender). Having lost all sense of value (virtue) in the depths of my shame, I tried to perform in perfect ways that would generate affirmation. I had to have straight “A’s” in school, I had to be the best son, the first chair in orchestra, the teacher’s pet. When I performed well in these roles, I felt good about myself for awhile and was able to temporarily block out the shame. The problem with this mask, as with any mask, is that it had to be maintained. I could never rest. I must always become better and better in order to keep the affirmations coming. I graduated from high school at 16 with nearly a 4.0. Graduated from college at 20, married at 19, was ordained to the ministry at 20 and became a youth pastor at 21. I must be perfect… in school…at home… at church. I presented myself as self-assured, self-confident and superior but nothing could have been further from the truth.

My sense of my power to choose had been completely destroyed by the acts of abuse. Repeatedly, I was overpowered by the strength of others who were bigger and stronger than I. Regaining that sense of power required that I be in control of every situation in which I found myself. I manipulated the teacher into making me the teacher’s pet, became the president of my youth group, planned family events and bossed my friends around. Closely associated with this need to control was the need to belong to a community. Because of who I thought I was, I never felt like I fit in. My ticket into community was my ability to be in charge. Any group that I controlled became my community. They had to include me because I was in charge. That control was my way of showing strength, it was my masculinity. I had community but it was forced and shallow. Deep inside I believed that if they knew who I really was, they would not include me at all. My career choice was motivated by this desire to be in control. Besides my family, the only other community that I had been involved in was church. The Pastor was in charge at the church, so I was going to become a Pastor.

The greatest part of my wounding was the damage done to my sexuality. I believed the lies and labels that others had placed on me and secretly harbored those thoughts as my identity for years. My secret fear was that I was gay. I hid my true masculinity and used my control to ‘feel’ masculine and ‘look’ masculine to others. As far as leadership was concerned, I was the man. Inside, though, I was confused about my sexuality. This confusion continued to fuel my shame in spite of the mask. This cycle of shame and performance was an emotional roller coaster that was both exhausting and painful.

So, now shame had moved me into bondage. I was now living in bondage to my mask of religious performance and control. I worked hard to prove that I was okay and to distance myself from the labels and lies that plagued my thinking. While it appeared to others that I really was that “masked” person, the thought of who I believed I really was never left me. I was a pervert, trying to come off as perfect.

In my pain, I sought relief. Self-medication is a natural coping mechanism for anyone in pain. What do we do when we have a headache? We look for the pain reliever! Emotionally and spiritually we are no different. We look for something that will bring us pleasure, something that is available and that works to reduce the pain. My medication was closely associated with my journey. Pornography, masturbation and sexual fantasy provided an escape from the pain and pressure of the constant performance required in my role as Pastor but increased the sense of shame. Religious performance eased the pain of feeling like a pervert but led to exhaustion and further acting out. I entered a period of my life where I lived in the destructive cycle of striving and indulging. I worked hard to be the best and most caring Pastor I could be, but then when exhausted or criticized, I indulged my flesh in pornography, masturbation and sexual fantasy. The repetition of this cycle led to a deep depression.

The enemy used depression to create a fog that would lead me down a path of despair. The truth became even harder to discern through the fog and the lies increased in strength. The stronghold of lies and labels was so strong that the truth couldn’t even penetrate it. I began to feel more and more that the wounded identity was the true me and that I would never overcome it. I begged God to take it away but I never addressed what was driving it. I went forward at church invitations and retreat campfires and promised God over and over that I would never act out again, that I would be faithful. The repeated unanswered prayers and the repeated broken promises worked together to create a great disillusionment about God. Maybe it was all made up. Maybe God wasn’t real. Maybe I was meant to be this way. Maybe He just didn’t care. Maybe …

The suicidal thoughts started very subtly, and in the fog, I didn’t even recognize them for what they were. I was tired, exhausted from the endless cycle of striving and indulging. I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up. As this thought grew in my mind, I began to formulate a plan to make it happen. My double life had already taken its toll on me physically. I was experiencing high blood pressure, passing out spells and migraine headaches. No real medical cause was ever found for my symptoms but the doctors were more than happy to medicate them. I started taking more and more of my medication to help me sleep and help me to forget my struggles.

Finally, the day came when I didn’t care if I woke up or not. The thought that I kept repeating in my mind was that I wanted to go to sleep and never wake up. I had preached morning and evening messages at church the day before and felt emptier than I could ever remember. I went into my bedroom and began swallowing pills.

I don’t even remember how far I had gotten in the process when my wife came in and I fell apart in front of her. By the end of that day, just 24 hours after another religious performance, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and labeled suicidal. It was a humiliating experience. I was stripped of my belt, razor, shoe strings and anything else that I might use to harm myself. I was put in a room where I could be watched so that I would not attempt suicide. I was heavily medicated. I lost my church, nearly lost my family, lost my perfect mask and lost my capacity to maintain the facade of my past.

The psychiatric hospital was not the answer to all of my problems, but the Lord did use it to provide me with a safe place to let down my guard and share with my wife and others what was really going on inside of me (wouldn’t it have been awesome if the church had been that safe place!). HONESTY. This was my first choice toward life. Maybe it will help you make this choice as well!

When my journey was held inside in secrecy, it had great power over me. I felt like I was the only one who experienced these things or felt this way. Since sharing my journey with others, I have come to understand that we all have a story. Some involve much more pain than mine and some less but we all have a story and we all need to choose life.

Hypertension: Lower Your High Blood Pressure by Changing Your Thinking

Hypertension is commonly caused by dietary and lifestyle factors. These are the first to be reviewed when our BP readings are consistently elevated. First line defence techniques such as improving our diet and becoming more active are beneficial. They are, however, only part of the picture. What is often overlooked is the effect of our thought patterns on our blood pressure.

As a Man Thinketh, So He Becomes:

James Allen’s famous aphorism – as a man thinketh so he becomes – says that our dominant thoughts affect our well being, for good or for bad. Our subconscious mind hears our “chatter” and tries to make those thoughts our reality. If we are worried, for example, about out our job security or keeping up the mortgage repayments, then our subconscious mind interprets our anxiety by releasing chemicals into our blood that elevate out blood pressure. This is anxiety or stress related hypertension, which we sometimes try to alleviate through increased smoking unhealthy and drinking. We are, of course, only making our hypertension worse.

A study of psychology and hypertension carried out by the University of Padua, Italy confirmed that:

  • anger
  • hostility
  • anxiety
  • depression and
  • defensiveness

have been often associated with the development of hypertension (Semplicini and Realdi, University of Padua Medical School, 2009).

We can apply this knowledge to turn the problem around by:

  • changing what we think about, and
  • using relaxation techniques.

Recognizing the problem

Our anxiety is caused, at least in part, by the fear of the unknown. We do not know what is going to happen and we think we have no control over circumstances. If work fears are a cause of our hypertension, we can work to reduce or eliminate them. It might help to make an assessment of the likely impact of losing a job and try to plan for such circumstances.

Changing what we think about

Human nature is for our self-defense mechanism to engage. In the case of anxiety related hypertension, it is not uncommon for us to try to ignore the problem and hope it will go away. This is self-deception and can add further stress burdens, making our condition worse.

Just as with a dietary factor in our high blood pressure, it would be wise to recognize the problem and do something about it. Planning is a form of action. Taking positive action to reduce or eliminate the problem can be cathartic. So if anxiety is fuelling our high blood pressure, we can counter it by altering the predominant subject of our thoughts away from worrying to actively dealing with the cause of our concerns.

Relaxation

There are two types of relaxation – active relaxation and passive relaxation. Engaging in an activity or sport that you enjoy which is a break from your normal routine can be relaxing to both body and mind. Passive relaxation can be as simple as finding a peaceful place and quieting your mind for 20 minutes. This will immediately lower your blood pressure.

If you have anxiety related hypertension, recognize that defensive behaviour is more likely to harm you than help you. You should also do something about the psychological factors. It starts with acknowledgement and gets easier by taking positive action. There is a dynamic relationship between the nature of our predominant thoughts and our bodies especially our blood pressure.

How Bitters Can Boost Fertility and Combat Unexplained Infertility

The first time I hear someone say that bitters can boost fertility and cure infertility, I thought it was unscientific. I dismissed the folk-remedy philosophy that bitters can make a woman conceive. Not until I started researching the causes of unexplained infertility. Bitters work so well because they boost fertility and combat infertility through different mechanisms. This range from boosting your overall health and toning reproductive organs specifically. Yes, bitters balance the hormones, tones the ovary and makes the ovary release healthy eggs.

The problem with many infertile patients is that they do not associate infertility with ‘fertile nutrition.’ Good nutrition is the foundation a healthy body. Remember a healthy ovary is to be found in a healthy body. When the ovary is healthy, it produces healthy egg (ovum) and healthy egg produces healthy pregnancy leading to the birth of a healthy baby.

How does bitters boost fertility? Well, bitters tone and tune-up the five pillars of health: mind and mood, ingestion, digestion, circulation, immune system.

Bitters stimulate the bitter receptors at the back of the tongue to shut down the craving for refined sugar. This in turn stimulates the vagus nerve (the 10th cranial nerve) responsible for release of digestive enzymes. Any time your digestion improves, your overall health improves. Note also that sugar is the cause of 250 diseases including causing auto immunity and free radical damage which can retard the reproductive organs including the ovary.

Bitters also helps the detoxification work of the liver and the kidneys. Estrogen is eliminated in the liver which is also responsible for balancing all reproductive hormones. The liver pushes to the kidneys the wastes that are water soluble to be eliminated through the urine. The force of the kidneys rules the reproductive organs according to Chinese medicine. Detoxification also help the body to remove pollution of the antibodies that fight disease and initiate tissue repair and degeneration. This can boost the fertility of the ovaries and eliminate ovarian cysts and premature ovarian failure. Bitters have been known to correct irregular menstruation which is a sign of anovulation and hormonal imbalance.

Once infertility is diagnosed, stress tend to kick in. The body is not designed to handle excessive stress. Mental stress releases stress hormones which cause oxidation, immune depletion, inflammation and fibrosis. Bitters are adaptogens that helps the body cope with stress. Adaptogens tend to tone the the internal organs and bring them back to normal physiological function.

Bitters also eliminate estrogen dominance by eliminating excess estradiol (the bad estrogen) while boosting the level of progesterone and testesterone secretion. Without hormonal balance, the ovary, the immune system and ovulation is thrown off balance, too. In fact hormonal imbalance causes majority of the women fibrosis diseases that has been blamed for unexplained infertility. These include uterine fibroids, anovulation, polycystic ovary disease, endometriosis, endometrial hyperplasia, adenomyosis, irregular periods, and luteal phase defect. Bitters helps eliminate growths or tumors including falopian tube blockade due to adhesions.

Specifically not only does bitters help mature eggs, they also help ovulation and propelling the released eggs to the falopian tube to be fertilized by the advancing spermatozoa. Note that once pregnancy test is positive, bitters are no longer needed.

The bitters that are effective (used in combination of other herbs) are gentian (called bitter root), bitter leaf (common in African-folk medicine), golden seal, dandelion greens and watercress. The Chinese bitters are a form of gentian or bitter root found in Europe.

You take bitters consistently for one month to regularize the menstrual periods and stop if period starts again. Then take for the second month and stop if pregnancy occurs. By then it is no longer necessary. If there is no pregnancy, take after your period is over for six days and stop just before ovulation starts. Continue the cycle if there is no pregnancy. It takes an average of two months to get pregnant with bitters.

What Are the Foods That Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Control Signs of Diabetes?

You are here to read this article shows that either you have been diagnosed with diabetes or you or any of your family members is at an increased risk of developing diabetes. Whatever the case is it is good that you have a concern for your heath; as it is the only thing that pays at the end of the day.

Are you wandering hat foods you must incorporate in your diet plan to keep the level of blood glucose in the required range? This is a rational thinking as most cases of diabetes type 2 can be easily cured or at least managed only with the help of diet plan adjustment. Nutritionists are in a better position of informing the most important part of diabetes treatment is to eat a health and balanced meal. The next is the importance of diet. These instructions are specifically true in case of diabetics however they holds equally true for all other healthier people around us.

In case of diabetes the food choice does not end with selecting the healthier foods. Diabetics must strive their best to choose the foods that are helpful in lowering down the blood sugar level. They have o keep into account the portion size of the meal and the timings of the meal. All these steps are important for controlling the blood sugar level rise and fall.

The scientific studies have revealed there are few food items that help in controlling the level of blood glucose, so it is better to incorporate then in the diet.

Following is given the list of those foods that helps in lowering down the level of blood glucose. The incorporation of these food items may help you to lessen or even quit the requirement of diabetic medications. These are

Cinnamon: It is an Indian spice. It has been scientifically proved that it help to lower the glucose level in blood. It lowers down the absorption speed of the meal thus reducing the danger of blood sugar spike.

Broccoli: Broccoli is strongly advertised as a miracle food for blood sugar. Scientific studies are still being carried out to prove its effect in reversing the nerve damage brought about by elevated blood sugar levels.

Vinegar: Addition of vinegar in diet also helps the speed of absorption of the glucose in the blood stream. It is recommended that diabetic should take a tablespoon of vinegar with big meals.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are full of antioxidant content thus they help in lowering down the level of blood glucose

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is strongly recommended as the super food for diabetics. It is full of dietary fiber and keeps the person away from binge eating.

The Underlying Dangers Of Subliminal Hypnosis

Subliminal hypnosis is a method of inducing someone to respond to questions and suggestions through the use of a subliminal image. The hypnotist can use the process to prompt the individual involved to do things he or she was unable to do before in real life.

In the field of hypnotherapy, the idea of using subliminal images to hypnotize is very rare. It’s usually different from the common hypnosis being performed by experts. In normal traditional hypnosis, the hypnotist doesn’t normally see what is actually going on with the person being hypnotized. In most cases, the person still has some privacy to keep. On the other hand, in subliminal hypnosis, the hypnotist can engage the person involved in so many other activities. They can have a dinner, move around, jog and do other things together.

Meanwhile, it is very necessary to state that subliminal hypnosis comes with some underlying dangers which you need to know. In the first place, the method can cause great dangers if the person is being hypnotized has medical cases or if the person is suffering from certain ailments. The process can make the ailment worse if care is not taken.

Another danger inherent in the method is the fact that the privacy of the person being hypnotized can be assessed. In most cases, the process makes lots of impressions in the subconscious mind of the individual involved. This can easily influence the conscious thoughts, feelings and actions of the person to a great deal.

Again, there are side effects that can accompany the process just like in any other kind of hypnosis. The individual involved may become very weary and weak while the process goes on. There’s also the possibility of encountering identity crisis in the process.

While the course continues, the person involved may encounter series of panic attacks, fears, irritability, and distorted sense of self, unexpected trance, confusion and a lot more. The sexual life of the individual may also become distorted in the process. Oftentimes, the individual may develop insomnia, nausea, histrionic reactions, impaired vision, depression, and total change in his or her personality.

On a general plane, the underlying dangers of subliminal hypnosis can also be as a result of issues arising from unintended suggestion and other issues concerning the health status of the individual being hypnotized.

In any case, there’s every reason for you to hypnotize yourself the normal way instead of allowing someone else to that for you. You can make use of good subliminal images and messages to enhance the perception of your subconscious mind. If the images and messages you use are positive in nature, you are sure to attain a sound mind in the process. The impression in your subconscious mind can go a long way to influencing your conscious mind including your feeling, actions and the way you think.

Having seen all these, there’s need to guard against unnecessary involvement in all forms of subliminal hypnosis since they can pose great dangers to your overall mental system. You need to avoid them at all costs.

Loneliness and Depression – A Simple Anecdote

Loneliness, like depression, is simply a problem of life that everyone experiences at one time or another. It is one that millions of people face every day.

Changes in life circumstances can spell out a period of loneliness for anyone. The death of a loved one, relocating to a strange place, the loss of a job or a long illness can leave us feeling the despair of loneliness.

When we are lonely, time seems to slowly grind by and we may doubt whether anyone would find us interesting enough to offer their friendship. Loneliness may turn into depression, a more serious condition. And depression may make us feel even lonelier.

A Simple And Often Overlooked Anecdote

I frequently suggest this strategy to clients who are dealing with chronic loneliness, and their reaction is almost always the same . . .

What? Are you kidding?

Actually, this works, even though it may seem quite preposterous at first . . . as long as you’ll give it the old college try.

If you want to stop being lonely, forget about being lonely.

That’s right. Forget about it!

The idea is to stop dwelling on your lonely thoughts and feelings, so you can free your mind to find opportunities for friendship and association with others.

Here’s how it works . . . once you stop thinking about your pain, and the predicament you are in, you can begin to search for solutions. And you’ll be more likely to find a solution if you think you will. If you have a positive attitude, your mind will be able to attract several opportunities for you to make new friends or find suitable companionship.

Yes, you could go to a bar and find some drinking buddies . . . but that isn’t necessary.

Just try this powerful solution to your loneliness problem: find creative ways to give. Throw yourself into acts of giving. You can actually give your way to happiness.

Know someone who has a problem? Know someone who is down on their luck? Someone who could use a helping hand? Go and help him/her. Offer your assistance. Commit a premeditated act of kindness.

It’s a funny thing . . . as soon as we immerse ourselves in helping others, and forget about our own angst, our own misery decreases and we begin to feel better.

Try giving and loving more. You can always find people who could use a break.

Additional Ideas

1. Look within for answers, using prayer and insight meditation. If you are patient enough, these methods can work.

2. Consult your dreams. Dreams have a way of trying to solve our problems for us, so let them do their magic.

3. Engage in brainstorming activities. Think outside the box. Be willing to go where you haven’t gone before, to consider new ideas and new activities that may take you in the right direction.

4. Talk to a trusted friend and seek his/her advice.

5. Be flexible. Avoid rigid expectations. Be willing to try new ideas and to change.

6. Get started right away. As soon as you start working on the problem, you will feel at least somewhat better!

The worst thing you can do is nothing, or to sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Of course, we’ve all done that at times, and it’s a tempting trap into which to fall!

Once you’ve stopped concentrating on your lonely thoughts and feelings (and feeling as though there is no way out of your situation) you can begin to open your mind to wonderful possibilities of which you may not be aware.

Then get busy doing some form of personal missionary work in your community, or being of service to those in need in some way.

Expand your horizons.

Join new organizations.

If you give it a little time, forget about being lonely and just do something for others, your simple anecdote for loneliness and depression will work like a charm.