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OUCH! What is that?

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)/Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (SAD)
OUCH! What is that?


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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)/Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (SAD)

Fall is here! The leaves are falling and the air is colder. But now you are finding yourself unhappy or irritable

Ever wonder why you feel sad around the fall or winter season? Do you feel sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious when the season changes? Do you feel these symptoms every time this season comes around? You lose interest in your usual activities, have social withdrawal, crave and eat more? You gain weight, sleep more, and have sluggish movements during the day? Why do you feel this way every time this season comes along?
Well if you answered yes to the questions above then you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the Fall/Winter but feel much better in the spring and summer, then you may have SAD.

SAD affects many people, but more often
·      People between the ages of 15 and 55
·      Women
·      People who have a close relative with SAD
·      People who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are large changes in the amount of daylight in different seasons

Why does SAD happen?
Researchers believe that it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Lack of light may upset your sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms. And it may cause problems with your serotonin levels, which is a brain chemical that affects our moods.

What can you do?
You may feel better with exercise especially being active during the daytime so that it may help you have more energy and feel less depressed.  If you are struggling to get into your normal rhythm or routine, then you should seek professional help.  You don’t have to do it alone.

Otoño ya está aquí! Las hojas caen y el aire es más frío. Pero ahora usted se encontra triste o irritable.

Alguna vez se preguntó por qué se siente triste todo el otoño o el invierno? ¿Se siente triste, gruñón, malhumorado o ansioso cuando los cambios de estación? ¿Se siente estos síntomas cada vez que esta temporada viene? Pierde interés en sus actividades, tienen aislamiento social, come más? ¿Gana peso, duerme más y tiene movimientos lentos durante el día? ¿Por qué se siente de esta manera cada vez que esta temporada viene?

Bueno, si su respuesta es sí a las preguntas anteriores, entonces usted puede tener Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (que también se llama SAD, por sus siglas en inglés). El trastorno afectivo estacional es un tipo de depresión que afecta a una persona durante la misma temporada cada año. Si se deprime en el otoño/invierno, pero se siente mucho mejor en la primavera y el verano, entonces usted puede tener SAD.

SAD afecta a muchas personas, pero más a menudo
·      Las personas entre las edades de 15 y 55
·      Mujeres
·      Las personas que tienen un pariente cercano con SAD
·      Las personas que viven en áreas donde los días de invierno son muy cortos o hay grandes cambios en la cantidad de luz en diferentes estaciones del año
¿Por qué ocurreSAD?
Los profesionales creen que puede ser causada por la falta de luz solar. La falta de luz puede alterar el ciclo de sueño-vigilia y otros ritmos circadianos. Y puede causar problemas con sus niveles de serotonina, que es una sustancia química del cerebro que afecta a nuestro estado de ánimo.
¿Qué se puedehacer?
Usted puede sentirse mejor con el ejercicio, especialmente la actividad física durante el día para que pueda ayudarle a tener más energía y sentirse menos deprimidos. Si usted está luchando
para entrar en su ritmo normal o su rutina, entonces usted debe buscar ayuda profesional. Usted no tiene que hacerlo solo.


What's your issue?
Is it communication?
                                         Infidelity?                                               Sex?
                                  Or just plain personality?

Communication, money, sex . . . these are common issues for all couples.  If you are struggling in your relationship, you may be tempted to believe you're the only one who feels the way you do.  Be assured, you are not alone; all couples have challenges they need to overcome.

Couple’s counseling will help you identify, understand, and deal with ongoing issues, so you can begin the process of healing.  Once you understand your strengths and your obstacles, you will begin to rebuild your relationship.  Of course, no healing process is quick or easy.  You have to dedicate yourselves to working on your relationship.  Things such as taking responsibility for your own behavior, realizing that you can only change yourself, and building your relationship skills through practicing your new found knowledge.

Go ahead, join others and start the year with a healthy relationship.  Make the call that will change your life and bring your relationship to a new level.


OUCH! What is that?

Do you get stress headaches? Tension on the back on your head? A knot in your stomach? Or maybe you get those kinks on your neck?  No, I got it—you feel like you are carrying bricks on your shoulder.  Well, that was an easy puzzle.  The culprit is “stress”.

Well, who isn’t stressed? Remember, stress is a function of the pressures or demands that we and others place on ourselves, and our ability to meet them.  In general, we often feel that only adults are stressed because of the many responsibilities in their lives.  But beware that children can be stressed as well.  Not only should you pay careful attention to your schedule before saying yes to the next demand, but evaluate the demands on your children as well.  Take time to talk to your family when transitioning from point A to point B.  For example, many children experience the signs of stress when attending Kindergarten for the first time or just transitioning from one grade to the next.

Stress is here to stay, but there are many mechanisms to cope with it.  Some of us need to learn better ways to manage our time; others need to be more assertive without feeling guilty by just saying no.  We can also change physically by exercising, eating properly, and getting sufficient sleep.  But one of the best antibodies we can use to reduce stress is known as “relaxation”.  Relaxation techniques such as breathing (deep breathing, breathing to release tension, breathing to stimulate alertness, and breathing for symptom release), progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and visualization are powerful ways to keep our body grounded.

Beware that some level of stress is normal.  You should seek professional help when your stress is causing serious anxiety or you are unable to manage or perform your everyday tasks. After all, you only have one body, take care of it—you’ll be glad you did. Test the level of stress you can handle by going to this site:

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