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Anxiety and Depersonalization and Stimulant Abuse (ADHD Medications)

There are many individuals who require medications after being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). These legitimately prescribed medications help them maintain full attention and focus in their lives. This enables them to concentrate in the classroom, in the workplace and other lifestyle situations which require full focus, which may have been lacking in the past. By using these prescribed medications, they are able to improve schoolwork, effectively take exams and hold jobs without difficulties. These medications enable them to retain what they learn and improve their school or workplace experience. It’s abuse of these stimulants, by those who do not require them, that could quite rapidly turn their use into a dangerous situation.

There are a great number of individuals who do not require these medications in order to correct an attention deficit disorder but often choose to use them sporadically when studying, taking tests or taking meetings in the workplace. They do not classify these stimulants as medications which could create dangerous side effects and are often completely unaware of the possible dangers of abusing them.

A closer look at these medications allows greater insight to the risks taken when used sporadically without full knowledge of the implications.

Properties of ADHD Medications:

Psychostimulants are the primary medications used to treat ADHD. Although these medications stimulate the central nervous system, they have a calming effect on people who are genuinely struggling with ADHD.

These medications include:

Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Daytrana)

Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)

Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall)

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Dextrostat)

Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)

Adderall and Ritalin are among the most commonly used among these medications and work well for those with true deficit difficulties. Adderall, in particular, is one of the most abused of these meds, among college students, as they do not consider it a medication in the proper sense of the word. Many believe it is merely a stimulating substance, clearly stronger than coffee or any other type of caffeine but with little risk or consequence. Little do they realize the risks associated with these stimulants.

Common Side Affects of ADHD Medications:

Elevated heart rate

Elevated blood pressure



Dry Mouth

Heart Palpitations

Withdrawal Symptoms



Stomach Upset


Impair Creativity


Shortness of Breath




In rare cases, Heart Attack and sudden death.

Mental Illness and Psychosis in rare cases.

When sporadically using these medications, minus a prescription, the individual places him or herself at greater risk for some or many of the above negative reactions.

Reasons why ADHD medications create difficulties and must not be taken sporadically:

The individual MUST be examined and evaluated by a physician, determining that this medication is appropriate for them.

Many believe the “euphoric” reaction experienced after taking the medication is an indication they have ADHD and do require it, when actually the opposite is true. These medications are only “lifesavers” for those who have true ADHD.

One becomes both physically and emotionally dependent on the stimulants and loses self confidence and self esteem concerning their true ability to study, take exams and feel comfortable navigating through life.

They blindly join those taking these medications before learning the facts, risks and dangers of these stimulants.

They ignore the fact that methylphenidate or amphetamine stimulants are speed and create genuine risks.

Emergency room visits due to these stimulants have noticeably increased in recent years.

They overlook the fact that alcohol combined with these stimulants can increase heart difficulties, even on normal dosages of the ADHD medications.

Higher incidence of Anxiety and Depersonalization is frequently due to increased heart rate and stimulating result of these medications.

Bottom line, many find increased memory and concentration skills while using these stimulants is not worth the risk of these difficult and often dangerous side effects. They also lose self esteem and confidence believing they require this extra “boost” every time they study for a test or take a meeting at work. It creates a false sense of security along with increased risks of very difficult adverse reactions.

Recovery from the Abusive Use of ADHD Medications:

A willingness to see these meds for what they are rather than a presumed lightweight memory enhancer.

Realizing the dependence that has developed while on these meds is both physical and emotional.

Using a natural anxiety and depersonalization treatment program to permanently eradicate symptoms.

Learning self acceptance concerning school and work performance, relinquishing the risks involved with stimulant drugs.

Accepting that one is dependent on these stimulants and learning to interrupt this dependence effectively.

Weighing the risks versus the benefits of using stimulants and coming to the conclusion that feeling “normal” and healthy outweighs the often devastating side effects connected with these medications.

Learning how to counter the withdrawal symptoms which often occur with discontinued use of these meds.

Surrendering the urge to take a medication that may place you at both physical and mental risk when it has not been determined that you require a “boost” or stimulating aid to navigate through life.

Lastly, it helps to recognize your abilities and difficulties in life. There are alternatives to taking medications to increase your grades, schoolwork and position in the workplace. There are tutors and natural health suggestions that create increased ability to succeed.

Take time to lead a healthier life, through better sleep habits and creating a restful mind through meditation.

Learn to use foods as medicines and the results can be astounding. You’ll be able to create an alert mind and body without the complications of side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

Use exercise in moderation to wake up a fatigued mind and body. Focus increases and spirits lift as well.

Realize, if given the time and effort, your natural mind and body have the ability to focus, memorize and retain information. Through good sleep habits, nutrition, vitamins and exercise, you will be able to take full control of your life and achieve the same results under your own power.

Tinnitus Triggered By Anxiety

Tinnitus is characterized by ringing, hissing, whooshing or other intrusive sounds in the ear or ears. It may be constant or intermittent. The noises may range from faint to loud. They are generally not dangerous but can be quite annoying and upsetting if one is unfamiliar with what is occurring.

Tinnitus is often linked to increased periods of anxiety and stress. The explanation is simple and makes a great deal of sense for those who are unaware of what is going on. Knowing the truth behind the symptom allows one to not only understand but to cope with the sensation and ultimately eliminate it.

When one is stressed or upset, the body releases adrenaline, which provides the system with energy to escape or run when faced with a frightening situation. If, on the other hand, one has faced a constant stress or worry, the body is releasing adrenaline in smaller increments, sometimes all day long. This leaves the mind and body in a state of sensitization. It’s not quite as strong as a panic attack or “fight or flight” episode, but just enough to trigger the constant release of adrenaline and other stress chemicals to keep you on your toes. Every part of the mind and body is on high alert at this time, as if someone turned up the volume on all your senses.

One experiences an increase in sensitivity as their senses become more acute and sharper. The body is on high alert as it becomes more aware of changes in one’s surroundings and environment. Senses increase in all areas:

– Eye sight becomes sharper, in order to detect any change in one’s situation.
– Sense of smell is heightened, to detect any changes in the environment.
– Hearing is enhanced as even the faintest of sounds is heard, where in the past they would be lost in the background.

Due to this noticeable change in hearing, one may become upset over the loud ringing or hissing that seems to fill the head, replacing what was formerly a quiet, peaceful silence. Naturally, the more upset one becomes over these noises. the worse they become because fear only ramps up one’s acuity in all the senses. When the body is in constant fight or flight mode, it naturally goes into alert status and therefore enhanced hearing is actually normal in the circumstance and will settle down when one relaxes and calms down.

In essence, when highly stressed or when the build up of stress occurs, the ears are doing their job by tuning up to detect any danger surrounding you. Once you settle down, the volume goes right back down to normal intensity.

You might wonder why it often occurs all day long without a break in this sensation. This is because your mind and body have become temporarily sensitized or temporarily locked in the fight or flight state. This means that your hearing is temporarily more sensitive, sharper and more acute.

Do not be fooled into believing you must protect your ears during this time. Creating a quiet environment or covering the ears only intensifies this reaction. The ears open up to hear more when sound is blocked. The brain is compensating for lack of normal sounds. This is why when you put your hands over your ears, the hissing or ringing sound increases as the internal volume is increased to ensure hearing. When you stop pampering your ears you might notice an increase in sound intensity as the ear readjusts to normal sounds.


– Understanding is essential. Knowing that stress/anxiety and fear are the culprits allows you to learn coping skills to eliminate these symptoms and sensations.
– Don’t treat yourself as if you are ill. Don’t cover your ears or believe you must protect them, unless you are in a concert environment with temporary loud, intrusive sounds. Remember, the more you cover your ears, the more you could be causing your ears to compensate. Your ears need to be stimulated by normal sounds, which helps the volume remain at normal levels.
– Don’t feel you have to check in and measure the intensity of sound. Lose yourself in your work or activities and know that less worry, less fear promotes a peaceful mind and body, with less intrusive symptoms such as this.
– Learn the best ways to approach anxiety, stress and fears, which in turn will bring down the intensity of these inner sounds, eventually eliminating them completely.
– Consider taking a good B Complex vitamin daily, which will calm your nerves and help create a relaxed mind and body.
– Exercise daily. Moderation in everything. Your goal is stress-free activity to achieve peace and calm.
– Meditation is also helpful. Try our one minute meditation. Inhale slowly through your nose to the count of 4, hold this to the count of 4 and when you exhale through your mouth, let all the stresses of the day (the ones you’ve been carrying on your shoulders) release with this very slow exhalation. You will feel lighter, relaxed and at peace with the world. Your shoulders will have relaxed as well.
– Know this is an all natural process, medication being unnecessary. In fact, check with your physician if you are taking any medication that might trigger tinnitus or if you have a wax build-up in your ear that can be easily alleviated.
– Notice your emotions at the time when the tinnitus is the strongest. Face your emotions and the brain will not use the symptoms as a distraction. This holds true for many intrusive body symptoms. The brain often distracts you from painful emotions by presenting body symptoms.

Most of all, understand that tinnitus, although annoying and upsetting is not a dangerous situation. Always make sure that you eliminate any physical cause first, before assuming it is anxiety related. If you are told it is related to your high anxiety levels, be relieved to know that you can easily handle this and alleviate these sounds through a simple and effective solution.


– You will experience a noticeable change in the noises you’ve experienced in your ear or ears.
– Sounds such as ringing, hissing and whooshing will diminish and eventually dissolve.
– You will become a calmer, more focused individual, without the fear and worry over this symptom.
– Do not be concerned if another symptom pops up to take its place as this is how the anxiety cycle often works. If so, you would use the same approach to achieve the same result. Eventually, you recognize how the brain uses symptoms to distract you from emotions. Face your emotions and the symptoms melt away. Fear the symptoms and you are fueling them.

Most of all, understand that identifying and coping with anxiety and stress will settle down a sensitized body and result in a strong reduction in tinnitus. When the fear is completely gone, so will the noises that are currently plaguing you. Life returns to normal as the sounds fade off into the distance, where they belong, and eventually disappear altogether.

Health Anxiety and Solutions

It’s always important to take care of oneself using all the principles of good health. Regular check-ups, proper nutrition and healthful living all enable one to keep on top of their health in a careful yet reasonable way. Often one becomes overly concerned with health issues and caught up in a cycle of health worries. One health issue is reconciled when another immediately pops up to take its place. These worries become all encompassing and exhausting after a while.

Eventually, the individual realizes that this cycle of health anxieties has intruded upon the quality of their life. A dark cloud, always hovering over daily living, this intrusive form of anxiety has to be addressed. One begins by determining why this is occurring, what purpose does it serve and how to interrupt this behavior.

Reason for Health Anxiety

Health worries actually serve a purpose and this purpose is not difficult to detect if one looks deep enough into this pattern of behavior. Often this pattern involves the brain distracting from specific emotions which the individual finds difficult to address.

Many emotions are so overwhelming, such as anger, grief or fear, that the brain looks for ways to distract. Health worries fit the bill because when one worries intensely about their health, there is little room to address an upsetting emotion.

Health worries blanket every other thought and this WORKS. This is the perfect distraction from unsettling emotions. When one worry is reconciled, another takes it place to veil the unaddressed emotion. Each health worry has a strong purpose, as it masks the true upsetting emotion, which is much more difficult to face in the long run.


– Recognition and acknowledgment of the Health Anxiety habit, one worry quickly following another in a noticeable loop that never ends. Awareness of this cycle is always the first step to reconciliation of the issue.

– Determining if this health worry is a true physical problem by visiting one’s primary physician and ruling out a definite physical cause for the difficulty. Always rule out a physical cause before assuming it is merely health anxiety.

– Noticing that these health worries settle down when you become intensely interested in another topic or swept into a new relationship, job or cause.

– Identify your patterns. Do you experience twinges of symptoms that often jump from one area of the body to another? Do you find yourself overestimating physical intrusions and instantly jump to the conclusion that they signify danger or warrant the attention of an alert?

– Find interests that involve your entire being. Lose yourself in things that allow you little time for inward thinking. True illness does not surface through boredom as do these behaviors. True health problems do not generally follow the same time table as health anxieties do. Health worries are stronger during times of boredom and when one lacks interests. An intelligent mind requires challenges and goals.

– Activity is an important therapeutic tool against health worries. Exercise and movement invigorate and stimulate the mind and body in a positive way. Endorphins are released and Serotonin levels are boosted naturally when activity is a part of a daily routine. Moderate walking, jogging, tennis, swimming and dancing are all helpful activities that bring forth positive results.

– Nutrition is also essential to good health which in itself helps eliminate the strong habit of negative thinking, often concerning health worries. When eating properly, Serotonin levels are naturally boosted and blood sugar levels remain stable. This helps settle down an over-reactive mind, leading to a lessening in health anxieties.

– Talk back to the brain by firmly telling it to stop when health worries enter the mind. Shift into a more positive mode of thinking because you always have a choice in what you think about.

The mind will respond by quieting down as negative thoughts subside. The brain, caught red handed in this behavior is instantly embarrassed causing it to suspend this cycle of negative thought. This is comparative to a child being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Embarrassment at being caught, stops this intrusive behavior.

– Be aware of “what if” thinking. If the majority of sentences you think begin with “what if” then this is proof of a strong health anxiety habit. Change “what if” thinking to “so what” and watch the cycle break.

Most of all, understand that worry solves nothing. Health worries, in particular will only serve to exhaust and deplete both mind and body. Consciously make a concerted effort to change the way you think and you will succeed in changing your life. You will go from self victimization to freedom from the intrusive habit of fearful worry.

You always have a choice. Life can be wonderful and fulfilling when you learn to alter your perspective and chose a more positive point of view. You always have a choice. Never define yourself by your habit of worried thinking. Do not be victimized by health anxiety and fear. With a few simple corrections, especially in thinking, you will find your life changes from being difficult and upsetting to becoming easier and much more fulfilling on a daily basis.

Signs of Emotional and Mental Fatigue of Depersonalization

Stress will always be are a part of life regardless of its direction. There are good stresses as well as bad stresses but bottom line, stress is invasive, intrusive and needs to be addressed.

The happiest individuals still have to cope with stress. The goal is not to eliminate stress as this is an impossible task. Instead, the true goal is to deal with it effectively by learning to cope with stress as a challenge rather than something to avoid. Resistance to stress ensures further stress. Coping effectively with stress releases both mental anguish and physical contractions. Therefore, learn to recognize stress, acknowledge its presence and find an immediate solution. No longer be the victim of life by navigating it effectively.

Signals of Excessive Stress in Your Life

– Wired and Tired at the same time. You feel depleted and drained, yet find it difficult to settle down. Sleep eludes you and your energy levels are at a low.

– Lack of Appetite often resulting in weight loss.

– Insomnia leading to restlessness during the day anticipating another sleepless night.

– Severe Anxiety Symptoms interfering with the quality of your life.

– Irritability due to dropping Serotonin levels.

– Numbness, detachment, brain fog, and depersonalization/derealization surfacing from the habit of prolonged worry and fearful thought.

– Nauseated and Lightheaded (dizziness) is a frequent visitor to anyone under constant stress.

– Low Emotions stemming from frustration rather than true depression.


– Time to slow down and make choices that benefit your physical and emotional health. Stop rushing and enjoy the present moment. Slowing down brings great relief and turns an overactive mind and body into a more peaceful system, able to enjoy life rather than stress through it.

– Signs of depletion or slight adrenal fatigue often respond well to a gradual program of moderate exercise (always in moderation). Begin slowly and gradually increase intensity. A good walking or swimming program is highly recommended.

– Lack of Appetite is remedied by outdoor activity. Fresh air and sunlight lift spirits and increase a true sense of well being. Serotonin levels naturally rise as the joy of living returns.

– Nutrition and a Specific Food Plan will easily lend itself to balanced blood sugar levels, leading to a calmer, less irritable personality. This will also boost Serotonin levels in the brain naturally.

– Learning how to effectively interrupt anxiety and panic allows one the freedom to relax and regain control over how they feel in all situations. Remember, it’s not about eliminating stress but coping with it effectively.

– Self Soothing Exercises ensures a calmer digestive tract. Learning how to settle oneself is essential to a calmer mind and body.

– Use of Correct Breathing interrupts the lightheaded sensations and dizziness. When upset, one either becomes an over-breather or breath holder. Learning the fine art of relaxed breathing through simple techniques allows the body to properly oxygenate itself as peace of mind and body return.

– Depersonalization/Derealization is merely a mind that has become fatigued by the constant habit of fearful worry. This self-study is a learned behavior that is easily unlearned. With a simple and effective approach, depersonalization and derealization are rapidly interrupted as the mind refreshes and clarity returns.

Bottom line, the symptoms of intrusive stress reactions, leading to anxiety and depersonalization conditions, are easily managed when approached correctly. You are not the victim of life when you grab back control. With a few simple steps, as listed above, you will learn how to gain control by making a few corrections to every day thinking and living. You always have a choice. Choose to make life choices that bring forth peace and ease rather than disruption of the mind and body. It’s always a choice, and you have the capacity to effectively navigate through stress in the most productive way possible, leading to fulfillment and quality living.

Tips to Combat Menopausal Anxiety

Menopause usually occurs in a woman in her mid or late 40s. The hormonal rebalancing during this phase can give rise to a range of psychological symptoms, apart from physical symptoms like hot flushes, irregular periods, sleeping problems, etc. However, the psychological effects of menopause are not talked about much, but they can be profound and limiting, affecting a woman’s overall quality of life.

Feeling anxious or nervous is one of the most common side effects of menopausal stage, which is exacerbated by insomnia and fatigue. It is important to ensure self-care to alleviate anxiety and irritability that most women experience during this phase. Some of the self-help tips are:

  • Talking to friends and loved ones – Oftentimes, when a person feels anxious, he/she tends to withdraw into a shell and fears opening up to others. This is damaging to one’s health. It is important to connect with loved ones and friends during such times who can empathize and provide comfort. Talking about the problem can bring a sense of relief and alleviate stress levels.
  • Adding some exercise to routine – Physical exercise leads to release of endorphins that trigger a positive effect on the mind. A woman nearing menopausal stage or living in that phase should include some form of exercise in her routine like brisk walk, cycling, yoga, running, strength training, or aerobics to calm her mind and feel invigorated. Exercise also helps a woman to stay in shape and thereby, fight body image issues, another aftereffect of menopause.
  • Focusing on deep breathing – Deep breathing can be immensely beneficial in keeping the anxiety level under check. One can inhale to the count of seven and then exhale on a count of 10 and repeat. Deep breathing provides a sense of tranquility and facilitates clearer thinking.
  • Focusing on “me” time – Women shoulder a lot of responsibilities that keep them busy and leave no room for private space. As a result, they tend to neglect themselves. Lack of attention to one’s needs and desires and being constantly burdened with expectations can make a woman highly anxious. It is important to have some “me” time to renew one’s spirit. Indulging in a favorite sport or activity can be a great time to relax and reflect.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques – Mind-calming activities like meditation and mindfulness are essential for overall well-being. They bring peace and help a person focus on the present rather than grieving about the past or being worried about the future. They also have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Addressing emotional issues – A woman should take time to reflect, think, forgive and heal. Life is too short to hold on to grudges. One should try to sort out the emotional turbulence, take things in stride and move on. It’s important for mental and physical health, both.
  • Taking wholesome diet – One should limit the intake of caffeine and focus on eating healthy. It’s a good idea to incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and healthy fats into daily diet. Diet does have a potential to induce or ameliorate anxiety levels.

Seeking professional help for anxiety disorders

Few other strategies like maintaining a journal and recording one’s feelings and thoughts, limiting alcohol intake, and trying some herbal concoctions or aromatic oils can lower the anxiety levels. However, if the self-help tips do not provide relief, one must seek professional help immediately.

Tips for Handling Anxiety – How to Calm Yourself on the Spot

There are many situations that we may find anxiety-provoking. Some situations may be personal ones (e.g., where we may worry about loved ones). Other situations may be professional ones (e.g., where we may get anxious about speaking in public or at job interviews).

We may even find ourselves worrying about worry itself. This article provides three tips to help you calm yourself on the spot. Each tip can be used separately or in conjunction with the remaining tips, depending on what feels right to you.

Tip 1: Breathe Deeply

When we get anxious and worry, we tend to breathe more shallowly than when we are relaxed, centered and feeling in control.

It can therefore be useful to breathe deeply for a while. In so doing, we can calm our minds down and start to think clearly about whatever is making us anxious.

Tip 2: Stop and Examine the Facts

When you worry, perhaps about loved ones, perhaps about yourself, it is natural to awfulize what might happen. You might even see events playing out in an unwelcome way.

It can be helpful to just say stop. You can question those unwelcome imaginings and add what is more likely to be the case, e.g.”It is just a common cold” or “It is wet weather, they may be taking things a bit slower on the roads.” In so doing, you are replacing what is commonly referred to as “negative self-talk” with “positive self-talk”. You can even take it one step further and visualise events playing out in a way that you would like them to.

Tip 3: Step Outside Yourself

When the anxiety is most pronounced, you will be aware of physiological sensations such as butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms or shaky knees.

It can therefore be helpful to step outside of yourself. And, in so doing, you will find that you can quickly and easily calm yourself down. When you step outside of yourself, your attention is no longer on yourself. Instead, you can focus on the message you want to convey and how best to convey it. This tip is particularly useful in professional settings, such as job interviews and speaking in public. It is also useful when you find yourself getting anxious over asking someone out on a date.

At the end of the day, you can calm yourself down on the spot. Just remember to breathe deeply, question when your mind conjures up an image of something awful, and step outside of yourself.

Anxiety – Types, Causes, And Treatment

We have all felt anxious at some time, whether we call it feeling uneasy, on edge or uptight. It is perfectly natural to feel anxious and, in fact, to some degree it can have good effects such as toning us up for a big match or sharpening awareness for interview or exam.

But some forms of anxiety are not as healthy as others. If you get mildly worked up before an exam, that can be beneficial. However, if you cannot sleep well the night before, or begin to sweat profusely and feel nauseated as you enter the examination hall, this sis a more serious anxiety attack and if you find that this is part of a continuing pattern, you should seek help.


Our reaction to stress is an inbuilt survival mechanism that originally enabled us to act instantly when our lives were threatened. To prepare for action, the heartbeat strengthens to pump blood to all the muscles, and blood pressure rises.

When action has been taken and the danger is over or the problem resolved, the body relaxes and returns to normal once more. But when the threat is low-level and continuous as is common in the emotionally stressful situations of modern living, often no direct action can be taken to deal with it and the body will suffer the effects of long-term tension. Secondary symptoms can develop; these can include skin rashes, spots, weight problems (under or overweight). Strangely enough, those suffering from anxiety can also experience either increased aggression or the reverse effect, becoming completely inhibited, withdrawn and even extremely depressed.


Anxiety takes many forms. Some have obvious causes, as a fear of dogs in someone who was bitten or frightened by one as a child. Other forms are not so clear and may include anxiety about a relationship which can make you sexually impotent or frigid. Occasionally the anxiety takes an unspecific form, such as sudden, unexplained panic on the way to the office or a sense of general hopelessness, about the state of the world (called ‘angst’).


There are two main theories about the causes of anxiety. The first holds that it is due to a personality disorder that makes our psychological defences unable to work in the way they should. In other words, instead of recognizing the anxiety symptoms and dealing with them, the sufferer turns the symptoms into a pattern – one that is often self-destructive.

The second theory claims that there is a failure in some physical function, especially in the nervous system. This may be due to an imbalance of chemicals in the body. Supporters of this theory believe that these ‘malfunctions’ can be cured by effective and painless drug therapy.

Thirdly, some theorists suggest that the causes of the problem are much simpler than either of these facts, is merely a result of modern life: the widespread loss of social and ethical values and a response to conditions over which we no longer feel we have any control.


It is possible to try and cope with anxiety on your own. The first thing to do is to recognize and accept the symptoms and try to discover and face the causes.

But, if this self-help process is not enough – and not even with the aid of family and friends – it is best for you to consult the doctor. The doctor may refer you to psychotherapist who will help you discover and cope with the causes. This treatment may be carried out either in individual sessions or in the company of other anxiety sufferers in group psychotherapy.

Many doctors are suggesting alternative therapies, the purpose of most of them being to help you relax and gain a greater self-awareness. These may include yoga, breathing exercises, biofeedback or even meditation.