Suddenly becoming paralyzed requires a strong will to adapt to new limitations. Not only is the body immobilized, but patients must learn how to perform everyday task differently. Wheelchairs, for instance, are meant to provide more mobility, but it’s often still not enough to go back to life as it was before. Ben Huntzinger, 33, of Cairo, Georgia, is a T4 paraplegic who knows all … Continue reading Making the World More Accessible
For many, depression feels like a constant sadness, gnawing away at fleeting moments of happiness in life, an ever-present melancholy always there in the background. Depression, however, doesn’t necessarily present in such a predictable way in every person. For some, depression manifests in cycles. The waves of sadness come and go on repeat, sometimes in noticeable patterns, other times in random bursts. For those with … Continue reading Cyclical Depression and Barriers to Treatment
We all experience stress at one time or another. Whether it’s work deadlines or family disharmony causing your cortisol levels to rise, stress can have a real effect on your mind and body. Stress manifests as a result of everyday annoyances (e.g. being stuck in a traffic jam) but can also be the result of instances of trauma (e.g. divorce or a death in the … Continue reading The Physical Manifestation of Stress
As an outdoor activity, gardening allows you to get some exercise and sweat. Any physical movement is good for your body, and because gardening mostly takes place outside, your body is able to absorb the vitamin D that it needs. Cortisol is the hormone associated with stress, and stress is a huge health risk. Chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune … Continue reading Keep Calm and Plant a Garden
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder often diagnosed in children that can continue into adulthood. Diagnostic criteria for ADHD are outlined by the American Psychiatric Association. Like the name of the disorder says, people with ADHD generally have trouble paying attention for extended periods of time and can become hyperactive. People with ADHD might have trouble listening, following instructions, organizing tasks and items, … Continue reading Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?