Close to 1.7% of the adult US population ages 18-54 experience a panic disorder every year. This brings the number to approximately 24 million Americans according to this report. Women are more prone to developing panic attacks which typically develop in young adulthood, with most people developing the disorder before the age of 24. The risk of developing panic disorders appears to be inherited.
It's Friday the 13th everyone! Don't walk under any ladders and if you spill the salt, be sure to throw it over your left shoulder. Where do these superstitions come from?
Many come from Early Christianity
Sleep disorders have become a notable health issue in the United States with an estimated 40 million people suffering from chronic long-term sleep disorders every year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. They also reported that an additional 20 million people experience sleeping problems occasionally.
Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling anxious or stressed your heart rate increases and you start to breathe fast or hyperventilate? For people without lung disease these physiological symptoms of stress are easily dealt with and your body returns to its normal state as soon as you get yourself to calm down.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive lung conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Chief among the symptoms is a persistent productive cough. Ideally it's productive in the sense that, it brings up sputum. This is especially important as it keeps the airways clear. In this case, the patient is advised not to try to suppress the cough but only to practice controlled coughing.
If you have just received your diagnosis from your physician that you have COPD most likely you are struggling with shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, a persistent cough with excess mucus, and fatigue. Lung disease is stressful and the emotions you are feeling are normal. Whether you’re feeling helpless, anxious, or you think the path ahead of you is insurmountable, know that you are not alone.
Although there are a number of causes for the breathing problems that are associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), experts have of late started studying the link between posture and COPD.
A community member at COPD.net asked a very interesting question in relation to this: “I am having issues with bad posture - for example leaning forward and hunching my shoulders without even realizing it. Could this be related with COPD and what can help me?”
Over a decade ago Science Daily reported a research project that found that following a Mediterranean diet basically halves your risk of developing a progressive lung disease with all other risk factors being equal. For those with COPD or other progressive lung conditions, this diet has been among the most beneficial for slowing progression and maintaining good quality of life. The food site Eating Well called it the world’s healthiest diet for:
Two of the main diseases that fall under the umbrella term of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Those battling COPD can be greatly affected by air quality. There are precautions you can take when the air quality outside is bad but many don’t realize that the air inside your home is sometimes more polluted than the outdoors.