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Do you want to Stop Smoking?

Feel within yourself if these two questions make any sense:


Why did you ever start smoking? 

Why do you keep burning your lungs? 

If you started when you were at school, it was probably because you were peer pressured into it, or you gave in to the advertising lies, 

which make you think you are mature, independent and “cool”. If it’s the “in thing” then why not do it?

Or family members or friends who smoke might have influenced you.

Perhaps you thought you’d just try one cigarette. That’s how it starts generally.

 

Whatever your reason, do you still want to burn your lungs?

What happens when you smoke? The inner lining of the lung is charred or burnt that is necessary for supplying blood with oxygen from the air that you breathe in.

So, auto-cleansing processes of the lungs are severely impaired when you smoke.

 

So, why do you keep burning your lungs?

Maybe you feel that you “need” cigarettes to deal with stress in your life. But there are other ways to manage stress; so why do you keep coming back to cigarettes?

Open your mental eyes and look at a cigarette burning on an ashtray.

What do you see? It is merely a rolled-up printed paper stuffed in with powdered tobacco leaves, be it mentholated or filter tipped, local or imported, strong, mild or extra-mild. Each tobacco contains over 4000 chemicals of which more than 40 are cancer producing hydrocarbons and co-carcinogens. You light up the cigarette and suck the hot burnt ash into your lungs. Filters may reduce the ash content reaching the lungs but just the rest can still burn your lungs every time you inhale. If you realize that smoking is so bad, dirty, and unhealthy habit, then why do you still keep burning your lungs?

 

Within a few seconds of smoking a cigarette, the nicotine concentrates in your brain. It lifts your mood, your tension decreases temporarily and you feel less depressed. You enjoy it because it relaxes you. It makes you feel good but not for long. You may already be aware that repeated smoking decreases your mental response, alertness and impulse; raises heart rate and blood pressure; increases blood clotting which can lead to strokes and heart attacks; suppresses appetite; impotence in men and pre-mature aging of skin in women.

Nicotine is a drug. You get addicted to a drug that is 10 times more powerful than addiction to heroin. As you have developed tolerance to it you don’t get as high as before and so you keep going for more and more, and so charring your lungs further and further.

 

Smoking damages more than your lungs!

Smoking causes cancer form lips to lungs, from lips down to stomach, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and cervix. One in five deaths due to aneurysms, heart disease, heart attack and other vascular diseases are because of smoking. You may already have chronic cough especially waking up, repeated throat infections and premature ageing of the lungs, heading towards emphysema that leads to early death. Wonder you want to live to see your children or grandchildren get married?

 

If you are serious about get this filth out of you permanently now is the chance to change – take action: Click Here.



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O.C.D. *** Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Do you have thoughts entering your mind that you'd rather not have?  Are these thoughts distressing?

Do you find it difficult to get rid of these thoughts from your mind? Do you have to check your door-locks and gas taps repeatedly?

Do you have mental rituals that you repeat?  When once is not enough, it may be OCD.   


What is OCD?

OCD is a neurobiological condition causing changes in the brain. You are unable to resist persistent, irrational and unshakeable thoughts and urges (obsessions) which you recognizes as irrational and uncontrollable (compulsions). The anxiety is either reduced after performing the act, or builds up on resisting the urge. Do you remember Jack Nicholson in the movie "As good as it gets"? 


History:

OCD usually starts in adolescence and rare after 50. It affects 2% of the population. It occurs in both sexes equally, although symptoms appear in males at an earlier age. There is a family history of OCD in 20% of sufferers and the predominant age is 20. Before symptoms start, there may be minor episodes occurring in early childhood that may initially be controllable. The symptoms may change over years. This condition tends to wax and wane, as it becomes chronic, with one in six deteriorating with this disorder. Stresses in the environment, such as a change of school, marital breakdown and pregnancy, or traumatic events such as illness or death in the family, sexual trauma and loss of a job may increase the symptoms. The highest risk is observed in monozygotic twins. It is usually associated with other mental disorders like panic disorder, phobias, Tourett's, eating disorders, and depression (comorbidity) and sometimes with alcohol or drug abuse. 


Symptoms: Over and over again!

1.    Obsessive symptoms are

Repetitive thoughts of disease and death through contamination

Obsession with cleanliness: washing hands repeatedly

Intense need for exactness, orderliness and symmetry

Repeated perverse sexual thoughts and images

Distress by religious thoughts and images;

repetitive religious obsessions

Repetitive doubts with a need to know or remember facts all the time

    Impulse to be aggressive or violent and fears of inability to control those impulses

    2.      Compulsive symptoms may be in their thoughts (covert) or in their behaviour (overt):

(i) Thoughts:

Repeating of words, phrases and numbers

Mentally repeating certain rituals

     Mentally reciting prayer in a set order            

     (ii) Behavior:

     Excessive hand-washing, tooth-brushing, bathing or showering, and grooming

     Compulsion to repeat routine activities at home or at work

     Compulsion to check the locks, gas and electrical appliances repeatedly

     Seeking reassurance with a need to confess, ask or tell 

 

The Way it Repeats itself: 1-2-3-4-5-Do it again 1-2-3-4-5-Do it again!

 When these compulsions persist and are strong, you develop anxiety and extreme discomfort. To relieve anxiety the compelling task is carried out. However, this relief is short lived and so the action needs to be repeated. Let us consider the thought of contamination. You may feel that your hands are dirty and so you have to wash your hands. The feeling builds up in your mind, urging you to wash. Then you feel less anxious for a while. Soon the thought of contamination returns and the ritual begins again. Situations like hopping and touching objects or saying prayers in your mind need to be differentiated from OCD. 15% of schizophrenics have obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Delusions of schizophrenics are different from OCD, as with the latter the person is aware of what he is thinking or doing and realizes his inability to control the act. You may try to avoid the situations and hence hide your disorder. Other mental conditions may also be associated with OCD. Hence, a physician should always be consulted to diagnose this condition properly. 


Assessment:

Medical doctors use different obsessive-compulsive scales to evaluate the severity of the disorder. That's why you need a doctor to diagnose correctly. 


Management:

The aim of therapy is to help you gain control over your obsessive and compulsive behavior. Behavioural and cognitive therapy are main line of management. We will guide you providing techniques and suggestions to unlearn some behavior and replace them with new behavior. It is necessary to learn how you can take control of those management. It is a self-directed behavioural therapy. Graded exposures to the triggers are combined with encouragement not to respond to obsessive-compulsive thoughts. For best results both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are combined. Family support and cooperation are mandatory. For help Click Here.


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How Can I Stop Procrastination ? 


It's time to stop putting things off till the last minute! If you find that others have to remind you to get things done or if you tend to resent others for trying to keep you "on track," then you need to figure out who's driving your bus!

Stop your procrastinating by first recognizing that procrastination is a behavior acted out by your rebellious self. Don't be hard on yourself, which can cause more internal conflicts and more procrastinating behaviours and don't get into power struggles with those who are trying to keep you on track. Instead, call on your Adult ego to help you get back on track. Your Adult ego is responsible, logical, and unemotional; and it's your Adult ego that will help you get to work so that your Child ego can come out later to play. For help Click Here.


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