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February 2018

Family

A Letter to the Family and Friends- Mental Health Awareness

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“Wow! They are being a complete A-Hole”

Something that I have heard all too often when it comes to family and friends. From both the standpoint that there is a known Mental Health issue or an undiagnosed Mental health issue.

The problem is when there is a mental Health concern, the person struggling often doesn’t have control and or the ability to regulate their emotions. This Often leads to comments and people think they are coming across as snarky, rude, or ignorant. When the other person thinks that they said the comment normally.

One in four Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime

I know from a personal standpoint that I struggled most of my childhood from my mental health illness, and it went undiagnosed. I heard I was out of control, anger issues, mouthy, ignorant, rude, basically anything you can think of. But in reality, I suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder and struggled to regulate my emotions.

One of the things I want to walk about is when these things happen, and the rage is out of control, sometimes the person is unable to control their anger, their thoughts, and their words. If you become offended, please know that often times that it isn’t their intention. Often times they don’t know they offend anyone and feel that they have been hurt. They can’t see both sides of the coin.

One in five chances of having a mental illness in your lifetime in Canada.

People with Mental Health issues, often times have a hard time keeping up with relationships. Please know that it is not necessarily your wrongdoings that have sent them into a tailspin.

I strongly encourage you to help encourage them in getting help if your loved one has not yet been diagnosed. As gently as possible. If you have a friend or family member who already has been diagnosed, I encourage you to stay patient, don’t take things to heart. Yes, things can hurt and doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have repercussions. Please know that most of us are trying.

Nutrition has been a life-changing aspect of my life and can be for you as well. If you or a loved one is struggling with Mental Health Please Reach out. I am always here. Check out my Freedom Ready Programs.

BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder. Signs and Symptoms.

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Am I right in being upset over this, or am I just overreacting?

 

What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

It is a complex mental health issue. People who struggle with BPD have a hard time regulating their emotions and even controlling their impulses. They can often be very sensitive to their environment and the people they are around and can react with very intense emotions to small changes.  When struggling with BPD, you don’t know when you are overreacting or being genuinely upset.

Found in approximately 6% people the population with 70-80% being women.

 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of BPD¹?

  • Intense but short-lived bouts of anger, depression or anxiety
  • Emptiness associated with loneliness and neediness
  • Dissociative states- Feeling Zoned out, feeling like you are out of body.
  • Self-image that can change depending on whom the person is with; this can make it difficult for the affected person to pursue his or her own long-term goals
  • Impulsive and harmful behaviours such as substance abuse, overeating, gambling or high-risk sexual behaviours
  • Intense fear of being alone or of being abandoned, agitation with even brief separation from family, friends or therapist
  • Impulsive and emotionally volatile behaviours that may lead to the very abandonment and alienation that the person fears
  • Non-suicidal self-injury such as cutting, burning with a cigarette or overdose that can bring relief from intense emotional pain (onset usually in early adolescence); up to 75% of people with BPD self-injure one or more times
  • Suicide (about 10% of people with BPD take their own lives)

How did I get this?

They haven’t been able to fully understand BPD, there may be a genetic component, as well as a series of events that can trigger it. Please know that you are not alone. And if you feel that you or a family member struggle with this, please reach out to a professional.

“She didn’t know who would leave or stay, so she pushed them all away”

 

How to get help?

Please if you feel that you are struggling with your own mental health, go and see a professional Psychiatrist. I have gone 5 years back and forth to doctors, hospitals, counselors, all of them have missed this diagnoses and have attempted to diagnose me with anxiety, depression, Migraines, PTSD and now finally BPD.

A Psychiatrist will be able to better help you with giving you the proper medication to help you and your needs, as well as help you find a counselor who will again be best suited for your needs. There are many different types of therapies that can help, but it all based on individuals.

Diet is a huge component when it comes to any mental health diagnoses. With Mental Health being so close to my heart with my personal struggles, I ensure each and every program is 100% customized to your needs. If you are wanting to learn more, Please reach out for a Free Consultation.

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Toxic

What is Toxic Load and How to Reduce it

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How Big is your Toxic Load?

Toxins- Environmental- Topical- Internal

Environmental: The air we breathe outside (factories, car exhaust, etc.) inside( fragrance, air fresheners etc.), things we can inhale that have had some sort of synthetic chemical used.  Another one is plastics, it can leach into our food and water.

Topical: Our soaps, lotions, make-up, skincare products, toothpaste, Swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub.

Internal: Non- Organic food (been exposed to chemicals), poor choice in food (junk food, sugar, pop, etc), poor supplements or medications, rancid oils.

No matter where we go or what we do, we will be exposed to some sort of toxins in our lives. Therefore The goal is focusing on lowering our exposer to all of these toxins. Although our bodies are designed with an amazing organ to help us with filtering out those toxins and excreting them, the liver. We still need to take care of it.

When our poor livers have been overloaded, we start to see an imbalance with our hormones, our thyroid functions, and our mental health starts to decline. As a result, these toxins start causing a build up in our bodies as they are not properly getting filtered out.

Signs of an overloaded liver:¹

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Brain Fog/Lethargy/Feeling Drained
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Joint or Muscle Pain
  • Acne or Skin Conditions
  • Gas, Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Chemical Sensitivities (fragrance)
  • Chronic Stinky Breath
  • Unexplained Weight Gain

When our liver is overloaded with all these unnecessary toxins in our lives, our liver isn’t able to do what it has been designed for.

How can You reduce your toxic Load?

This is a process and will take time to get to an ideal area. I would look for small changes such as:

  • Purchase Organic, wild, grass-fed, and local food as much as possible
  • Look at buying a more natural skin care products, and soaps.
  • Making your own cleaners with vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.
  • Make your own or purchase a natural laundry detergent.
  • Try using essential oil rather than over the counter medication if applicable.
  • Look for natural makeup.
  • Diffusing essential oils rather than using air fresheners.
  • Start using glass containers rather than plastic.
  • Reheating food on the stove rather than the microwave.

Furthermore reducing your toxic load is apart of every program that I design. If you are looking to increase your health and reduce your toxic load contact me for a Free consultation. 

 

 

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Children

Supporting Anxiety in Our Children.

By | Busy Moms, Mental Health | No Comments

“You’re Braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”

-Christopher Robin

There is nothing more frustrating, and painful watching your children deal with anxiety. This can lead to parents feeling so helpless and not really sure where you should go next. That is why I totally understand where you are coming from as my oldest struggles with anxiety on a daily basis and is often very hard on himself.

Have you noticed your child withdrawn from activities, lack of energy or motivation? What about having unrealistic fears, irritable or have frequent mood changes? How about restlessness at night, but tired throughout the day?

Statistics:

  • 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance
  • Preschool age children being the fastest growing age group to be prescribed anti-depressants.
  • Only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.
  • 1 out of 7 U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder

How to Help

More and more research and studies show how strong of connection there is between the gut and the brain. Unfortunately, if there is an imbalance with gut health, it can lead to improper functioning neurotransmitters (a chemical messenger that transmits an impulse from a nerve cell to another nerve, muscle, organ, or other tissue.) For neurotransmitter to work properly you need a proper balance of good healthy fats, complete proteins, carbohydrates and most important all of your vitamins and minerals.

Are you ready for…

  • More Energy, motivation, and ability to concentrate?
  • More socialization and participation?
  • Stable moods, and improved Health?

You are not Alone

With myself having courses in Psychology, Sociology, working with Victim Services, and Big Brothers Big sisters, running a daycare, being a mom, and becoming a Registered Holistic Nutrition. Nothing could be closer to my heart.

My Freedom ready Programs are 100% customized to your child’s needs and concerns. We would work directly together to come up with the best steps to help you and your child. Are you ready for the Freedom?