HSS students entering the US army

HSS students entering the US army

The idea that soldiers need help from psychologists and psychiatrists was frowned upon by the state for a long time. But the fact that many of them experience PTSD and other traumas on the mental level when they return from the battlefield is a proof that they need some form of help during the service.

One of the biggest headlines of this decade has to be “HSS student to enter the United States Air Force Academy.” This news tells everyone that military top is finally doing something regarding the mental health of their soldiers.

The hell on the battlefield

The army teaches soldiers that they are superior to their enemies. They learn that showing weakness isn’t something an American soldier should do. Those poor souls keep everything bottled in because they don’t want their comrades to think that they are afraid of the war. The result of this is only seen when those people finish their time on the battlefield. Mental issues of active soldiers surface when they return home. This is why phrases like “bring the war home” exist. They can’t resolve their mental problems in the army, and therefore they bring them home.

A sad fact about veterans is that 22 of them commit suicide every single day. That is an alarming fact which the government and the army ignored for a long time. Soldiers come home from the battlefield, but the battlefield never leaves from their heads. They don’t receive the necessary help in the army and thus the problem they have to follow them to their homes. They have to deal with PTSD, depression, flashbacks, anxiety, and insomnia on their own, without any professional help. In the past, and even now, army tends to abandon those that served in it for several years as soon as they retire.

How did it come to this?

HSS studentsThe addition of HHS graduates into the army is a big step toward solving the mental issues of active soldiers. News about this didn’t gather a lot of attention in the mass media even though they should have. Army has been a conservative part of the government up until the last year. The fact that soldiers will have an opportunity to talk with professionals and address mental issues that plague them is a game-changing fact that will have a positive effect on the moral of the army.

All of this started back in 2008 when The Department of Health and Human Services aka HHS began talks with the Department of Defense about the increase of mental health services that the soldiers receive when they return from the battlefield. It took more than five years for results of those talks to bear fruit.

The idea to send professionals with knowledge about mental health to war zones is new, and it probably won’t produce any results in next several years. But, the fact that said professionals are entering military academies is a step forward. If this trend continues then the suicide rate of veterans will go down as they will deal with their issues in the army rather than bringing them home.

Interstitial cystitis – A complicated kidney condition

Interstitial cystitis – A complicated kidney condition

Interstitial cystitis is a kidney condition also known as the painful bladder syndrome. It’s hard to diagnose this condition, and there is no known cure for it. Existing treatment will help with an interstitial skip, and thus you will be able to live with this condition.

Many experts think that the said disease isn’t one condition at all due to the full range of symptoms and variable severity. They believe that IC aka interstitial cystitis refers to several different disorders that affect kidneys. Urinary pain that lasts more than six weeks can be a symptom of the IC if kidney stones or some other infection don’t cause it. This overlap of symptoms makes it hard to determine what kind of a condition you are dealing with. If you fail to treat the IC, then your life may take a turn toward the worse. It will affect many aspects of life from exercise and sleep to the ability to work.

Symptoms of the Interstitial Cystitis

This condition is a chronic bladder issue where the kidneys hold the urine in after it gets filtered. The direct result of this is the pain and pressure below the stomach. In severe cases, patients have to pee more than forty times per day, and every trip to the bathroom is painful.

The complex nature of the condition means that symptoms vary from individual to individual. They can also change which makes detection of the disease even harder than it usually is. The primary sign of this condition is the pressure and pain in the bladder that becomes worse as the need for a bathroom increases. The second symptom encompasses the pain in the lower tummy as well as the whole that general area.

Women tend to experience increased pain in the vulva, vagina and the area around the vagina. Men, on the other hand, experience pain behind the scrotum and in the testicles and penis.

The need to pee, more than ten times per day, is a symptom of the IC as well as several other kidney related diseases. Both sexes will experience pain during the intercourse (in the case of interstitial cystitis), while men will experience it during the orgasm and after the intercourse.

Living with the Interstitial Cystitis

Interstitial cystitisA life with the IC is hard as you can’t cure this condition. You have to use medication to reduce the pain this condition causes. Some of it also helps in prolonging the time between bathroom visits. If you suffer from this disease, then you have to adapt your lifestyle to it. Making changes to live as much as it is possible is a must for every individual that deal with the IC.

Some foods and beverages serve as triggers for the IC, and thus avoiding them can improve your lifestyle. You will have to find which of them trigger your disease. Working on lowering down the stress in any way possible is also good, as stress is one of the triggers that will increase the frequency of bathroom visits.

Losing weight will make a difference in your life

Losing weight will make a difference in your life

Losing weight has made a difference in lives of many people. Not only did it improve their health but social life as well. Its sad thing to say that the weight has a significant impact on social life, but that is how it is. People will judge you depending on how you look. That, along with health benefits should give you a push to lose excess weight.

The sheer number of benefits of losing weight should also give you an idea of why you should do it. Well, not dying from a heart attack, or any other weight-related issues should be reason enough to start losing weight as soon as possible.

What leads to excess weight gain?

The number of factors that lead to weight gain is enormous. Many different things can cause excessive weight gain. However, a combination of several of those is what makes the process fast. Genetics play a significant part in the weight gain process. Children from obese family tend to gain more weight in the same period than children whose family is lean. But blaming genetics for obesity is wrong as they aren’t the most significant element that affects the weight. People tend to do this while forgetting lousy life choice that brought them where they are at the moment.

The lack of exercise and consummation of processed “junk” food are primary factors that lead to obesity. Children of obese people are more susceptible to excess weight gain because their parents don’t teach them what to eat and how and why to exercise. The heavily refined food contains nothing more than refined ingredients and a lot of additives. An excellent example of this is the street food everyone eats. That kind of food is cheap and tasty, and you can eat a lot of it. It doesn’t contain a lot of nourishing elements, and thus you must eat a lot of it to satiate your hunger. The primary issue with these foods is the fact that they contain several times more calories than their healthy counterparts.

Benefits of losing excess weight

The quality of sleep will increase when you grow thin. Losing even a small amount of fat will result in more extended sleeping session. You will also feel more rested after said sleep. Snoring will disappear as well as it is a direct result of excess fat in your body.

Losing weightStamina is determined by the readiness of your body to perform complicated tasks. The only way to build it is to exercise and never stop moving. Losing weight while building muscles will increase your stamina and allow you to enjoy many things you couldn’t do with all that excess weight.

One of the essential elements of life is sexual intercourse, which will also improve after you lose a couple of those pounds. The additional stamina will allow you to satisfy your partner better than you could before. You won’t get tired quickly as the testosterone levels in your body will go up as you grow thin.

Volunteering for the right reasons

Volunteering for the right reasons

Being a volunteer is something you have to experience at least once in your life. It isn’t about getting something in return, and no sane person does it for profit. Volunteering is all about assisting those that don’t need it. It isn’t about money as those people need more than that. People in need of help require individuals who will interact with them because they want to, not because they must.

Dixie Care & Share Provides Assistance asks for volunteers due to the continuous growth of the organization. This organization assists homeless people in several cities in the USA. It also offers its help to victims of significant natural disasters wherever they can. Joining their efforts is an excellent way for you to give back to the community without having to spend money you probably need for other things. Check their website for further info on how you can help and where the said assistance is required.

The expansion of operations in Hurricane

It’s always a good thing to hear that an organization like Dixie Care & Share is expanding their services. This organization, in particular, is known for its ever-expanding work in many cities of the USA where there is a need for their presence.

The operation of Hurricane was successful as they provided clothing and emergency food for people who needed both. The food operation didn’t experience any change as it didn’t require any difference due to the smoothness it works with.

VolunteeringThe problem appeared with the clothing aspect of their work. All donated clothes went to bins from which people could pick whatever they needed. The primary issue came with the fact that it took a lot of time for those people to find clothes that suited them.

The organization chose to change this and expand the number of people they could serve at the same time. The call for additional volunteers went well as a lot of people responded. The next step was to gather more clothes. They organized an event where people could come and donate clothes instead of throwing them away. Several ads around the city spread the word about the event, and thus it turned into a huge success.

Dixie Care & Share invested donation money into shelves and racks for donated clothes. Volunteers separated those clothes according to the size, and they keep on doing that whenever the need arises.

Volunteering is good for you

If you never volunteered, then you should try it. It helps people who didn’t have the same luck in life as you did. You will feel better after doing this as there is nothing better than the satisfaction that comes after you help someone.

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