Is PTSD Affecting Your Memory?

Do you often find it hard to remember simple, everyday things such as whether or not you brushed your teeth, or why you just walked into a different room? If so, it could be another symptom of your PTSD. Studies show that when you suffer from PTSD, the hippocampus – the region of your brain that is responsible for emotions and memory – is damaged, and can even shrink in volume up to 8%. So what can you do to help with the short term memory loss of day to day life? There are a few options.

 

Take Medication

Studies have shown that SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are good for more than just fighting depression. They can also improve memory skills. So if you’re taking an SSRI for PTSD, it will likely help decrease the short term memory loss that comes with it.

 

Reduce Environmental Stress

You can’t heal from a stress-related disorder if you never get a break from it. Remove yourself from the toxic environment, and it might help you to be able to think straight once again.

 

Practice Organization

If your thoughts are all over the place, write them down so you can make some sense of them. This way, you won’t have to rely on your memory so much, and you can trust what you have written down. Plus, studies show that the action of writing things down helps you to remember it.

 

Stay Away From Distractions

When you go to complete a task, try to do it with as little distractions as possible. If you’re going to get something from a room, be thinking about where it is so you’re prepared when you get there. If you’re cleaning or working, try turning off the electronics.

 

There are a variety of ways to help you with your short term memory loss. And as long as you stay positive through the whole process, things are bound to get better with time.

Is Facebook Safe Anymore?

While most forms of social media only appeal to specific age groups, Facebook is one that is used by nearly all generations around today. It’s a great platform for keeping in touch with family and friends, staying updated with the news, and sharing anything you wish with the world. But you might want to think twice about what you share on the web.

 

Facebook has multiple privacy setting options, but it might still be less private than you think. Facebook has had its share of hackings and scandals in the past, sure. Every business hits a couple of bumps and makes a few accidents every now and then. But as we enter the new year and look back on 2018, we can see that Facebook has endured a bunch of issues – more than in previous years. In 2018, it seemed as though there was a new Facebook scandal each week.

 

All these constant issues arising made a big dent in Mark Zuckerberg’s, the co-founder of Facebook’s, net worth. He started the year out with about $73 billion, rose to a peak of $86 billion, then dropped down to $53 billion by the end of the year. He’s still a billionaire that is richer than ever, but this is still a big drop in numbers.

 

So what kind of issues has Facebook been facing in particular? When we break it down in chunks, we can see just what happened over the course of the year.

 

January – Mark Zuckerberg stated that his New Year Resolution was to fix lots of problems with Facebook, but it looks like things just continued to go downhill from there.

 

February – Facebook got in trouble with both the German and Belgian court for failing to ask for permission before breaking into people’s privacy.

 

March – The Federal Trade Commission opens an investigation on Facebook’s privacy practices.

 

April – Facebook admits that 87 million people’s information may have been “improperly shared” with Cambridge Analytica, and Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress for nearly 5 hours.

 

May – Zuckerberg is once again questioned about Facebook’s privacy policies, this time by E.U. Lawmakers.

 

June – Facebook admits that a software bug may have revealed the posts of 14 million users.

 

July – Facebook admits that they’re under investigation by the FBI, SEC, FTC and the Department of Justice over the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, and Facebook’s stock drops drastically.

 

August – Complaints are filed on Facebook by The Housing and Urban Development department for discriminatory housing ads.

 

September – Almost 50 million Facebook accounts are taken over by an unknown party due to a security flaw that let them get through.

 

October – Facebook is fined about $645,000 by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office for a data breach.

 

November – magazines, media, senators, and lawmakers from 9 different countries all attack Zuckerberg for all of Facebook’s problems.

 

December – Unpublished photos are exposed to app developers due to yet another security flaw, and Facebook apologized for the accident.

 

Knowing that one of the most popular forms of social media has so many flaws that can put your privacy at risk is a scary and stressful thing. But that doesn’t mean you should stop using it. The best thing to do is be careful who you allow in your friend group, and be careful what you post.

Jasmine Headley – A Stressful Situation That Just Kept Getting Worse

Being a mother is hard work, and it can be especially difficult when you’re a single mother doing everything you can to provide for your child and give them everything they need to be healthy and happy. Sometimes working a full time job just isn’t enough to get by, and we have to rely on the city to give us a lift until we can get back on our feet. But we shouldn’t have to take a beating to get a little help. The government is supposed to be there to help the citizens, not cause more problems and give them trauma that will last forever. It is a mother’s right to be able to provide for and protect her child, and no one knows this better than Jazmine Headley.

 

The video of police trying to pry Headley’s son out of her hands has gone viral and has raised many questions. This video is yet another sign of evidence that our police force is failing in protecting its citizens, and actually only making situations worse. So what exactly was going on? How did all of this happen?

 

Recently, Jazmine Headley went to a public benefits office in Brooklyn to figure out why they had suddenly stopped paying for daycare services for her one year old boy. Jazmine needed to be able to put her son in daycare so that she could work and make enough money to feed both of them.

 

That was all she was trying to do. The waiting room was crowded with people, and there was no room to sit down anywhere. So as a last resort, Headley sat on the floor. What was just a simple heated argument over blocking a fire escape soon turned into much more when the police arrived.

 

Instead of de-escalating the situation, the police got physical, first grabbing her arm. There was no attempt from the police to talk her down or ask about the issue at hand. She fell to the ground and instead of allowing her to get up, they tried to pry her son out of her hands in a forceful manner so that they could immediately arrest her.

 

Guards had been trying to handle the situation on their own for about 40 minutes before the police arrived, but with the immense amount of stress that Headley was under already, it’s no wonder that she was so upset in the first place.

 

This event must have been traumatizing for Jazmine Headley, the bystanders, and especially the baby. And as we all scroll on our social media, seeing video footage of things like this happening all the time, we are reminded of how scary the world that we live in is. The police are supposed to be the ones that we call to for help. When fighting to make enough money to provide for our families isn’t stressful enough, we then have to fight with the government, and it makes it especially difficult for those that suffer from PTSD and other mental issues.

 

The Stress of Politics

In our daily lives, we face many stresses, and the kinds that we face are different for each individual. But there is one thing that seems to affect everyone – and that is politics. Even if you’re not a big fan of the news or what goes on between politicians, you can still be affected by major choices and decisions being made by the people that are in power – and that can cause a lot of anxiety.

 

We all know that there has been a lot of shady things happening within the White House. President Trump has been accused of doing all kinds of illegal things, and it has caused a lot of turmoil. Whether you are a fan of President Trump or not, knowing that the possibility of our president being impeached is on the table can take a real toll on our mental health. Losing a president this way could be devastating and cause quick changes that the general population might not be prepared for.

 

At the heart of the drama, we have Mueller leading an investigation on Trump for potentially having allowed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Many believe that Mueller should have an in-person interview with Trump to really get to the bottom of everything. If he were to do this, they could get real and direct answers, and might even be able to differentiate truth from lie, versus looking everywhere else for the possibility of finding a piece of the answer.

 

On the other side of it, Trump disagrees that an in-person conversation is the way to go with all of this, and he says that the Witch Hunt needs to end. President Trump has had a pretty high disapproval rate, and this could be another way for people to attack him. It’ll keep him on his toes and turn even more people against him regardless of the outcome, just for merely causing drama and exposure on the situation. Or maybe Trump claims it’s a witch hunt to get as many people off his back as he can. Could he actually be hiding things and just trying desperately to keep it all covered up for as long as possible?

 

There are so many questions and doubts being raised about our president right now. Impeachment is not something to be taken lightly, and even the simple thought of it can be pretty scary. The rest of America will have to wait to see what happens, as only time will reveal the truth.

 

Meanwhile, relax and know that everything will be sorted out and taken care of eventually. Don’t get too caught up in the politics – stay updated on what’s happening, but don’t let it get the best of you. Besides, there’s no use in getting stressed out over something that is out of our hands. Be sure to take care of yourself, especially if you struggle with PTSD or any other mental illnesses. Maybe chat with a friend, take a bubble bath, or practice meditation – whatever will do the trick in easing all your worries.

The New Jersey Fire Massacre – How Holiday Stress Can Easily Get Out Of Hand

The holidays can be a stressful time of the year – you have finances, gift-buying, traveling, and family relationships to worry about. There’s a lot going on, and it can be difficult to get through. But you don’t expect people to fly off the handle and go on a killing spree.

Unfortunately, that seemed to be the case for the Caneiro Family, in New Jersey. Paul and Keith Caneiro were close brothers. They kept a close relationship, worked together, and even lived close by to each other. Being only 11 miles apart they could rely on each other for anything. But just two days before Thanksgiving, Paul murdered Keith and his entire family, then set the whole house on fire to cover it up. If that weren’t bad enough, he then went and set his own house on fire with his family in it to try to show that someone else had targeted and was out to get the Caneiro family.

This tragic event will leave survivors and bystanders struggling with PTSD, and you might ask yourself why someone would do something like this. But when we step back and look at the bigger picture, it reveals a struggle that’s much deeper than what we can see. The Caneiro brothers worked together, which leads us to believe that the reason behind this horrendous crime could have been related to financial stress and blame towards Keith. It was also right before the holidays, adding even more stress to the situation. Paul was unable to express or control his emotions and struggles, and ultimately, it got the best of him.

While a massacre like this is rare, struggling with day to day life isn’t, and there can be consequences when we don’t face what’s in front of us. As the holidays get closer, know that you’re not the only one having problems. It’s a difficult time of the year, but you’re not alone in it. While most people don’t actually desire to kill their loved ones, they can still get frustrated or irritated, and acting on those feelings can always make matters worse. So before you say something you’re going to regret, take a deep breath, recognize what you’re struggling with, and try to openly communicate it.

If you do lash out and snap at a loved one, don’t try to make up excuses or pretend it didn’t happen. When Paul tried to cover up what he had done, he made things so much worse by catching fire to everything around him, hurting even more people in the process, and earning him life in prison. Don’t let this happen to you. If you do or say something you didn’t mean, apologize and make sure you don’t do it again.

While it may seem like there is no end in sight for stressful situations, how you deal with them can make a huge difference. Don’t let the stress get the best of you during this holiday season. Acknowledge what you think and feel, and practice open communication. It’ll make all the difference.

Do You Qualify for Disability?

Battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious matter.  PTSD is a medical condition that can affect every aspect of your life, making it difficult to function in a normal and productive way.  Sometimes the symptoms become severe enough that you struggle to get out of bed, take care of yourself, or hold a job. When your PTSD is this bad you may become eligible for Social Security disability.  

 

Social Security disability is designed as a safety net for those who, through no fault of their own, are not able to work due to some sort of medical condition.  While it may be easy to see someone with a physical condition and understand why they struggle to find work, there are many people who struggle to make ends meet while they fight against real and severe mental and emotional disorders.  But, while PTSD can cause a real need for disability benefits, it can often be difficult to prove.

 

If you feel you may need the help of Social Security disability, it is important that you file as soon as possible. You can find information on the Social Security Administration website (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/apply.html) as well as an online application. But before you file, you should make sure you have all of your documentation in order.  Make sure you have spoken to your therapist and can document your severe PTSD symptoms. For most people, PTSD will fall under the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders section of the Social Security Administration guidelines.  In order to qualify for disability in this section you will need to document the following:

 

12.06 Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (see 12.00B5), satisfied by A and B, or A and C:

Medical documentation of the requirements of paragraph 1, 2, or 3:
Anxiety disorder, characterized by three or more of the following;
Restlessness;
Easily fatigued;
Difficulty concentrating;
Irritability;
Muscle tension; or
Sleep disturbance.
Panic disorder or agoraphobia, characterized by one or both:
Panic attacks followed by a persistent concern or worry about additional panic attacks or their consequences; or
Disproportionate fear or anxiety about at least two different situations (for example, using public transportation, being in a crowd, being in a line, being outside of your home, being in open spaces).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, characterized by one or both:
Involuntary, time-consuming preoccupation with intrusive, unwanted thoughts; or
Repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety.
AND

Extreme limitation of one, or marked limitation of two, of the following areas of mental functioning (see 12.00F):
Understand, remember, or apply information (see 12.00E1).
Interact with others (see 12.00E2).
Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace (see 12.00E3).
Adapt or manage oneself (see 12.00E4).
OR

Your mental disorder in this listing category is “serious and persistent;” that is, you have a medically documented history of the existence of the disorder over a period of at least 2 years, and there is evidence of both:
Medical treatment, mental health therapy, psychosocial support(s), or a highly structured setting(s) that is ongoing and that diminishes the symptoms and signs of your mental disorder (see 12.00G2b); and
Marginal adjustment, that is, you have minimal capacity to adapt to changes in your environment or to demands that are not already part of your daily life (see 12.00G2c).

 

Once you have your documentation in order, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Disability is there for you as a way to live and survive with this debilitating disorder.