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Will You Keep Holding My Hand

 

Will You Keep Holding My Hand?

When I am inconsolable and caved in,

Will you help me through tomorrow?

When I am gravid with words unsaid and my silence is loud,

Will you still understand?

Will you keep holding my hand?

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When I am delusional, senile, disoriented or emotional,

Will you make the best decision for me or will you choose the convenient one?

When you are mad, unappreciated and worn out,

Will you let the insolent fate take me away from you?

Will you keep holding my hand?

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Pray For Others

 

You have the ability to help someone else reach their destination. There people God has put in your life to lift them up. When you reach out to another you are sowing a seed for God to bless you. “Galatians 6; 2 says, Bear one another’s burdens.” Life can be heavy sometimes!!! We were not created to carry the burden on our own.  When we pray for others we lighten the load.

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Every time you pray, you not only tell someone you are in their corner cheering them on but also great things happen. Ask God to protect them, strengthen them, make their paths straight, bless and guard their dreams and plans. Your prayer may heal a child that is hurting, it may give someone who is tired another chance to life, it may be the reason someone afford a smile today.

When you pray things change, God is working behind the scenes. You don’t have to tell people that you are praying for them, just stand in the gap, be the warrior who covers them when they are down. None of us got where we are on our own; someone out there prayed for us, made positive remarks about us jokingly or in the heat of the moment, prophesied about you or held our hand.

We are blessed to be blessings.

 

Love

I always rolled my eyes so hard whenever I heard silly lyrics like “Too much love will kill you” that at times I would worry that one fateful day they will get stuck in the sockets, until I actually fell in love.

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You see, I am not into long-term relationships but for some reason I wasn’t about to let this one go. I gave it all the love, time and attention. Little did I know that this TLC would be the death of it; the leaves were droopy and the stem looked dry!

I shared my frustration with the co-owner who explained that the roots were rotting. Poor thing needed 1-2 ice cubes a week and here I was drowning it in half a glass of water every morning.

Now I know for sure, too much love can kill plants!

Hang in There

 

The timing of the Lord defies human reason. To those of you whose dreams have been denied thus far in life, hang on. To those whose past is unredeemable, keep standing strong. To those to whom the future looks blank and empty, do not roll over and die.

Whoever you are, whatever your situation, do not give up. Do not stop short of the Lord’s plan for your life. You may be stuck in a rut today but one touch of God in your life can bring unspeakable joy.

Naomi was a bitter woman, Ruth 1-4. In fact she said, “Do not call me Naomi (which means my joy) call me Mara (which means bitterness). I went out full but the Lord has brought me home again empty” Naomi started out a young wife, she had everything. But at the end of the day she had nothing.

She lost her husband and two sons but rediscovered her purpose and recycled her life and look what happened! She nursed her grandson Obed the father of Jesse and Jesse was the father of David.images-11How could Naomi have known that Obed would be an ancestor of the Messiah? How would she have known that her legacy would outlive her by thousands of years? No doubt Naomi knew discouragement well, no doubt there were times she wanted to roll over and die. But if she had given into the temptation to give up, she would have stopped short of God’s restoration. She would have died bitter without having tasted joy.

It’s hard to believe the best is yet to come when you are between a rock and a hard place. But hang in there, the best is yet to come.

cc: Inspired by Woman Thou Art Loosed

Pain

Pain, You just cannot write it off.

You just hope the thing that caused it just goes away , and you heal.

There are no easy answer, you just breath in and out and wait for it to subside.

Pain, You just have to fight through

Because the truth is you cannot out-run it, and life always makes more

GA

Bipolar Disorder

Formerly called manic depression, causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).

When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year or as often as several times a week.
TYPES OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
1) Bipolar I Disorder
Defined by manic or mixed episodes that last at least seven days, or by manic symptoms that are so severe that the person needs immediate hospital care. Usually, depressive episodes occur as well, typically lasting at least 2 weeks.
2) Bipolar II Disorder
Defined by a pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes, but no full-blown manic or mixed episodes.
3) Bipolar Disorder
Not Otherwise Specified (BP-NOS) Diagnosed when symptoms of the illness exist but do not meet diagnostic criteria for either bipolar I or II. However, the symptoms are clearly out of the person’s normal range of behavior.
4) Cyclothymic Disorder, or Cyclothymia
A mild form of bipolar disorder. People with cyclothymia have episodes of hypomania as well as mild depression for at least 2 years. However, the symptoms do not meet the diagnostic requirements for any other type of bipolar disorder.
CAUSES OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but several factors may be involved, such as:
1) Biological differences.
People with bipolar disorder appear to have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes.
2) Neurotransmitters.
An imbalance in naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters seems to play a significant role in bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.
3) Inherited traits.
Bipolar disorder is more common in people who have a first-degree relative, such as a sibling or parent, with the condition. Researchers are trying to find genes that may be involved in causing bipolar disorder.
YOU HAVE A HIGH RISK OF SUFFERING FROM BIPOLAR DISORDER IF;
  • Having a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, with bipolar disorder
  • Periods of high stress
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Major life changes, such as the death of a loved one or other traumatic experiences

 

NOTE
If you have bipolar disorder, you may also have another health condition that’s diagnosed before or after your diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Such conditions need to be diagnosed and treated because they may worsen existing bipolar disorder or make treatment less successful. They include:
1) Anxiety disorders.
Examples include social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
2) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some people with PTSD, a trauma- and stress-related disorder, also have bipolar disorder.
3) Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD). ADHD has symptoms that overlap with bipolar disorder. For this reason, bipolar disorder can be difficult to differentiate from ADHD. Sometimes one is mistaken for the other. In some cases, a person may be diagnosed with both conditions.
4) Addiction or substance abuse.
Many people with bipolar disorder also have alcohol, tobacco or drug problems. Drugs or alcohol may seem to ease symptoms, but they can actually trigger, prolong or worsen depression or mania.
5) Physical health problems.
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder are more likely to have certain other health problems, such as heart disease, thyroid problems or obesity.
SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER
Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings. These can range from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). Episodes of mania and depression can often last for several weeks or months.
Depression
During a period of depression, your symptoms may include:
  • feeling sad and hopeless
  • lacking energy
  • difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • loss of interest in everyday activities
  • feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
  • feelings of guilt and despair
  • feeling pessimistic about everything
  • self-doubt
  • being delusional, having hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking
  • lack of appetite
  • difficulty sleeping
  • waking up early
  • suicidal thoughts
Mania
The manic phase of bipolar disorder may include:
  • feeling very happy, elated or overjoyed
  • talking very quickly
  • feeling full of energy
  • feeling self-important
  • feeling full of great new ideas and having important plans
  • being easily distracted
  • being easily irritated or agitated
  • being delusional, having hallucinations and disturbed or illogical thinking
  • not feeling like sleeping
  • not eating
  • doing things that often have disastrous consequences, such as spending large sums of money on expensive and sometimes unaffordable items
  • making decisions or saying things that are out of character and that others see as being risky or harmful

 

TREATMENT
1) Medication or Hospitalization
2) Psychotherapy
This may include:
I. Cognitive behavioral therapy.
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy is identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with healthy, positive ones. It can help identify what triggers your bipolar episodes. You also learn effective strategies to manage stress and to cope with upsetting situations.
II. Psycho-education.
Counseling to help you learn about bipolar disorder (psycho-education) can help you and your loved ones understand bipolar disorder. Knowing what’s going on can help you get the best support and treatment, and help you and your loved ones recognize warning signs of mood swings.
III. Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT).
IPSRT focuses on the stabilization of daily rhythms, such as sleep, wake and mealtimes. A consistent routine allows for better mood management. People with bipolar disorder may benefit from establishing a daily routine for sleep, diet and exercise.

Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It can also be called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression
It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply “snap out” of. Depression may require long-term treatment
TYPES OF DEPRESSION
Depression affects each person in different ways, so symptoms caused by depression vary from person to person. To clarify the type of depression you have, your doctor may add information to your depression diagnosis called a specifier. Specifiers include having depression with specific features, such as:
1) Anxious distress
Unusual restlessness or worry about possible events or loss of control
2) Mixed features
Simultaneous depression and mania, which includes elevated self-esteem, talking too much, and racing thoughts and ideas
3) Melancholic features
Severe depression with a profound lack of response to something that used to bring pleasure, associated with early morning awakening, worsened mood in the morning, significant changes in appetite, and feelings of guilt, agitation or sluggishness
4) Atypical features
Ability to be cheered by happy events, increased appetite, little need for sleep, sensitivity to rejection, and a heavy feeling in arms or legs
5) Psychotic features
Depression accompanied by delusions or hallucinations, which may involve themes of personal inadequacy or negative themes
6) Catatonia
Includes motor activity that involves either uncontrollable and purposeless movement or fixed and inflexible posture
7) Peripartum onset
Occurs during pregnancy or in the weeks or months after delivery (postpartum)
8) Seasonal pattern
Related to changes in seasons and diminished exposure to sunlight
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, such as sex
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so that even small tasks take extra effort
  • Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness — for example, excessive worrying, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that are not your responsibility
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
  • For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it’s obvious something isn’t right. Other people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or unhappiness

 

YOU ARE AT A HIGHER OF SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION IF;
  • You have history of anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Certain personality traits, such as having low self-esteem and being overly dependent, self-critical or pessimistic
  • Serious or chronic illness, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease
  • Certain medications, such as some high blood pressure medications or sleeping pills (talk to your doctor before stopping any medication)
  • Traumatic or stressful events, such as physical or sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship or financial problems
  • Blood relatives with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism or suicide

 

COMPLICATIONS
  • Excess weight or obesity, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Anxiety, panic disorder or social phobia
  • Family conflicts, relationship difficulties, and work or school problems
  • Social isolation
  • Suicidal feelings, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Self-mutilation, such as cutting
  • Premature death from other medical conditions

 

TREATMENT
1) Psychotherapy
Talking about your condition and other related issues with your mental health provider. These therapies can help you;
  • Identify negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones
  • Explore relationships and experiences, and develop positive interactions with others
  • Find better ways to cope and solve problems
  • Identify issues that contribute to your depression and change behaviors that make it worse
  • Regain a sense of satisfaction and control in your life and help ease depression symptoms, such as hopelessness and anger
  • Learn to set realistic goals for your life
  • Develop the ability to tolerate and accept distress using healthier behaviors
2) Medication
Your doctor will prescribe suitable medication
3) Hospitalization and residential treatment program
In some people, depression is so severe that a hospital stay is needed. Inpatient hospitalization may be necessary if you can’t care for yourself properly or when you’re in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else. Psychiatric treatment at a hospital can help keep you calm and safe until your mood improves.