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Breaking Down Starvemaxxing As A Trend And A Bane For Men’s Health.

Who is this article for?   Parents of teenagers or adolescent individuals   Curious reader trying to catch up with the latest scoop   Social media user who is seeing too much of this word on their feed  Looksmaxxer or Starvemaxxer trying to escape this labyrinth   Article at a glance:   Men are more likely to undergo extreme transformation that is detrimental for their health   Starvemaxxing is not the best way to achieve a body goal. Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can help you in a better way.   Awareness on healthy body image, importance of healthy lifestyle and eating habits are necessary for combating such fad diets   Note:The following article mentions eating disorder and a trend that glorifies disordered eating. Read carefully.  The internet is filled with wild trends that sometimes make no sense! Amidst all of this is the recent trend of starvemaxxing! This trend is a brother of the looksmaxxing. The disturbing TikTok trend is gaining all the attention for all the wrong reasons. This is due to the significant changes in appearance that one can notice.   Social media is a tricky place to be, especially if you are of an impressionable age. And you probably would have guessed which age group this is specifically targeted towards. Teenagers and young adults are mostly those who can easily fall prey to such trends. This is because of the poor self-esteem and body image issues they develop in their teenage years.   This is a pressing issue that has grabbed the attention of researchers and mental health experts equally. However, there hasn’t been much action to curb the rising number of mental health issues that individuals in this age group develop.   Starvemaxxing is a subset of lookmaxxing trend that has been gripping the internet. The former is causing a lot of health concerns in the medical field due to its borderline eating disorder similarity.   The attention that health experts have given to the trend helps in raising awareness against such health fads that can become hazardous for the individual. Let us learn what the trend is all about and why it is a problem!   What is starvemaxxing? TikTok being banned in certain countries was probably the best thing that happened for the youth of those nations. This deadly trend is a bane for the internet users, especially the young male users who are constantly on the app, trying to find a way to become viral. This is something affecting their overall health, starting from mental to physical health.   As the name suggests, this trend is about starving oneself to the maximum level such that there is a significant weight loss from parts of the body targeting the face and body.   This is one trend that does not really have any positive sides to it, this is quite concerning as the use of social media could result in so many positive changes. I could list a few of them here, but that requires a separate publishing on its own.   I don’t know if you have noticed, but in recent years, all the trends that have been going viral, especially on TikTok have been quite...problematic. Or is it just me who is noticing this? From forcing the inhalation of toxic fumes to skipping shampoo, it's been a great mix of worse trends ever!   There isn’t a stop to these trends, and no one bats an eye before following the trend. This is why there was initial concern around the use of social media and smartphones for young children. Parents were right to restrict the use of electronic devices by children, let alone give them access to social media accounts. Of their own. That's a whole different issue in itself.   Why Is That Bad? Teenage boys have been seen to fall prey to this trend mostly, but there also have been instances of female individuals following this trend. The apparent benefits for trend-followers were seen as:   Hollow cheeks: That help them achieve a leaner facial appearance, giving them a pronounced cheekbone.   Weight loss: This is one reason why this trend is in hot waters, with experts warning about the eating disorder this could cause for them soon.   There are other health risks that can occur for them soon due to extreme starvation. Depriving self of essential nutrients can lead to significant health issues such as deficiencies, and hormonal issues. These can show up as fatigue, constantly low levels of energy.   The overall well-being of the individual practicing the trend can significantly deteriorate.   Several other users who are fighting an eating disorder find it particularly disturbing as the trend is a trigger for them. This makes it difficult for them as they struggle to continue staying on the path of recovery or give in to the trigger.   With this article, I am aiming to address the psychology of people who are following the trend, the repercussions of following the trend.   What I discovered while researching Trust me, it was quite a revelation. The trend started with lookmaxxing, which had its own positive and negative subsets. The majority of it was negative, as seen so far. Some of it was also positive, with the opposite trend of softmaxxing including trends such as mewing (a group of tongue exercises that you do to tone facial muscles.)   Everything about starvemaxxing is problematic. One advice I would give my readers is: do not follow a trend blindly for temporary benefits. Eat healthily, exercise adequately and make sure you are doing things that are good for you in the long run.   Following a trend that can have drastic effects on your overall health can be deadly if not stopped at the right time. This trend also highlights that mental health disorders do not discriminate between genders. The trend can cause eating disorder in men, which is thought to affect only women.   The one and only part of this trend that I loved was the awareness it is unknowingly spreading. The attention this trend has received from the mental health community and medical experts at large. Other users who are seeing it from a distance are aware that it is a negative trend that does not need to be followed.  Why is it negative? The impact of not eating can be significant. We’ve seen how bad it can get for children who do not get adequate nutrition. From bone deformities to frequent episodes of fainting, there is no system that does not get affected by poor nutrition.   We’ll soon look at all the issues starvation can cause. The why of this trend’s negative influence can be explained with the extreme measures a trend follower is encouraged to take. Some of the ways young adults are convinced to change their physical appearance was through surgical procedure. This is a huge cause for concern as young adults are being fed the idea that their natural bodies aren’t good enough.   This isn’t something we plan to inculcate in the youth. Having struggled with body image issues, it takes a significant toll on mental wellbeing. Moreover, the origin of the trend is quite disturbing as well. The forum which gave rise to this trend is known as the manosphere which is a collection of blogs, websites, online forums that promote the opposite of feminism such as misogyny, (toxic) masculinity.   Starvemaxxing is a part of hardmaxxing, the opposite trend of softmaxxing, it is rooted in practices such as getting implants. There were also instances of partakers getting limb-lengthening surgeries. Another popular negative inclusion of this trend was bonesmashing which is being understood as an inside joke gone wrong. There were records of people hitting their face against objects to create a chiseled look. If that does not show how big of a red flag this is, I don’t know what will.   This shows how misinformation can affect people and their consumption of social media. The uninhibited use of social media platforms to express one’s opinions, views and “tips” has taken a dangerous turn. This makes it very difficult for people seeking genuine information for a condition.   There is incel subculture connected to the trend. This is another red flag about the condition as it projects three things:   Young men should focus on sexually attracting someone else  Hostile attitude towards women and men who are sexually active   How looks play a role in meaningful relationships (no, it does not!)   These three are not just where the list ends, it can go on, but the immediate effect of this trend is seen in these three prominent areas.   SWAG and no its not cool SWAG or Skinny, white and affluent girl, which is infamously used to denote the presence of an eating disorder makes it difficult for young girls to continue their normal growth during teenage years.   It is noteworthy that anorexia and other eating disorders is reported in at least 25% of the men. The appearance of symptoms takes a little longer than the permissible window within which an individual can be saved. The condition escalates to severe cases of the disorder, which can make it difficult to revert.   The representation of women, young girls in the data for eating disorders highlights a problem that keeps increasing. Which is the poor representation of male individuals in such statistics.   As per the recent reports, there is a significant rise in the number of male individuals with an eating disorder. The primary focus are online communities that focus on body image, pursuing weight loss or certain physical aesthetics. These online communities are supposed to focus on self-improvement and fitness.   There isn’t a lot of focus on the health risks that this trend poses Out of the various proponents of starvemaxxing I came across, this one was ironic! The claims that caloric restriction in this diet is supposed to help in weight loss, thereby helping achieve a leaner physique. Nowhere was the warning that following this trend will pose a significant threat to the physical as well as mental wellbeing.   Some of the examples of issues that an individual partaking in the trend will experience are muscle wasting, electrolyte imbalance, hormonal disturbance, weak immune system and organ damage in severe cases.   Moreover, the rise in eating disorders (anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa) is a clear indication that such drastic dietary changes can take a toll on the health and wellbeing of the individual. There is an unhealthy preoccupation with weight, food, and body weight that this trend is promoting. Especially for the younger consumers who are constantly on these social media platforms.   Are we noticing starvemaxxing is bad? Like you, I found myself asking the same question, or else how would this become a “trend?”The prioritization of health over the false validation one seeks through a certain body type or beauty, is where society fails us. Unrealistic beauty standards have been the biggest weapon against the self-esteem of young individuals. This is one of the reasons why we are in dire need of a sustainable and balanced approach that prioritizes exercise, nutrition, and overall health.   Moreover, the aspect of self-care has received much attention from the digital generation. You do not even have to consult a professional to know the importance of taking care of yourself. It's all over the internet. From vloggers, celebrities to social media influencers, there is a huge promotion of self-care as a tool for taking care of your overall health. Thankfully, this has led to the acceptance of self-maintenance and prioritization of wellbeing within a wider population.   All of this is to point out the fact that thankfully not everyone is blindly following this deadly trend. There are strong protesters who actively report or comment on the original post which draws the attention of other individuals. Moreover, as we are a populace of impressionable consumers, something quite evident with the following example, we tend to believe something if it comes from someone who has a certain number of followers or a blue tick.   A prominent social media influencer with Brazilian roots took to his Instagram handle to express his concern over this raging trend that has been claiming victims across the internet. The usual stance of influencers, and celebrities alike is to stay mum on such topics. So, what was different for this influencer, I found myself wondering. A little digging around gave me the answer – the followers of this influencer were associating his name to the trend, making it look like he is a participant of this trend.   Anyone with an active brain cell can smell the problem with this trend, so why would a Brazilian supermodel miss it? This is what the influencer's take on the trend cleared. He was idolized by a group of teenagers who were a part of online forums promoting looksmaxxing, calling themselves lookmaxxers.   This is how his name was associated with the trend, with no clear proof of his participation. The experts looking into this trend point out how the pursuit of women, it is invisible to the young men who are following the trend closely how bad of a shape their health will be in a few years down the line.   Consulting with a qualified healthcare professional or registered dietitian can provide personalized guidance and support in developing healthy eating habits and achieving fitness goals without resorting to extreme or harmful practices like starvemaxxing.  Psychological Dissection Of Starvemaxxers It is quite easy to assume that those following this trend are hungry for fame and judge them harshly. However, when you really investigate it, you’ll find that these are just individuals with deep-rooted psychological layers that are complex.   At the eye of this storm is societal standards. Yes, this one has been bringing us shame for decades now. There are several ways you can see its hungry hands looking through the populace, claiming victims with every fistful it takes for examination.   The psychological underpinnings of starvemaxxers and this trend is enough to justify why so many young men are falling in its trap. Let's have a look at all the different factors that push teenagers into the arms of starvemaxxing:   Body Dysmorphia Also known as body dysmorphic disorder, this condition shows signs of influence in early years – pre-teens, in some cases. If you are a parent reading this, look out for these signs:   Overly critical of their body   Too invested in how they look  Keen interest in improving external appearance  Minor flaws causing them significant stress  If you are an individual experiencing these signs, talk to your parents, guardian or someone trusted and seek professional help. Having dealt with body dysmorphia myself, I know how badly one can get into their head about the way we look. But I would also like to reinstate that you will quite easily overcome the triggers that make you overly critical about the way your body looks.   The reason why this disorder connects starvemaxxers to the trend is how severe criticism can drive an individual to take steps that are “showing results” for others. This is more evident in those who are undergoing a transition – it could be changing schools, homes or even cities. Going through a change so drastic can intensify appearance-related thoughts.   Add in this mix their exposure to a trend such as starvemaxxing and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.   Social comparison & perfectionism The attitudes towards our bodies, the way we consume food or even food as a whole, changes when we have an underlying mental health issue plaguing our thoughts. Mental health research has been always curious about the young mind and psyche. One of the most researched topics is perfectionism and social comparison in social media.  Social media platforms have become the center of attention for people around the globe. However, this is prominent for young adults, teenagers and even children. One such incident is   Internalized fatphobia Weight stigma, especially the one that is internalized, affects self-esteem and body image significantly. This is concerning as there are major issues that can stem from internalized fatphobia, these are mainly mental health issues.   There is ample evidence to suggest issues such as disordered eating and difficulty in maintaining weight. One of the reasons why people with internalized fatphobia easily become victims of starvemaxxing is because of the appeal. The appeal here is that they can look a certain way which will satisfy their body image issue.   A recent survey conducted for this writing showed results that people with internalized fatphobia were most likely to experience anxiety and depression. It is highly likely that such individuals will take drastic measures to improve their perception of themselves.   Moreover, the stigma around obesity is significant enough to cause not just distress as well as a chronic case of depression. There are social norms that govern the behavior of people with internalized weight stigma.   A study concluded that even people without a large number on the weighing scale perceive themselves as “too heavy” owing to the stigma. This can cause these individuals to have a close interest in the trend, making them active participants of starvemaxxing.   Influencers And Social Media Seeing that this trend’s origin is TikTok, it is only natural that influencers have a huge role in promoting the trend. Influencers, well, have a lot of influence over their followers. This is what makes it easier for them to garner views.   The other social media platforms other than TikTok, make it easier for the trend to gain the attention of other users. This is particularly true for countries where TikTok is banned. The trend reaches other vulnerable individuals with the help of these social media platforms.   The role of social media platforms and the influencers isn’t just in promoting the trend. There have also been significant accounts spreading awareness about the harms of this trend. Just like other extreme trends, starvemaxxing is more than capable of causing chronic physical and mental conditions in starvemaxxers.   One example which you already came across in one of the above sections mentions a Brazilian model advocating for healthy ways to build muscle and maintain a good health. It is true that the trend would not get his protest unless his face was used as an inspiration. It is also worth noting that with his popularity, he could also easily have taken legal action and stopped at that.   Influencers like him are an example of using the platform for good where they have a positive influence over their followers.   Ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation has entered the chat There have been countless research looking into the link between socioeconomic/sociocultural factors such as race and socioeconomic status with the prevalence of mental health issues. One of the main reasons for such studies was the significant gap between those that belonged to a certain race and those that did not. For example, the numbers for depression were high in African Amercian individuals than those belonging to White populace.   A more concerning revelation was of the gender disparity that exists for mental health issues. Women were more likely to experience symptoms of eating disorders than men. However, the recent evidence suggest otherwise. Thus, the socioeconomic factors easily creep into the conversation surrounding starvemaxxing.   The experience of body image dissatisfaction is in sync with factors such as race, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. These in turn have a link with environmental stressors and their individual experiences. There is a huge possibility that someone from a certain background will have experience issues such as fat or skinny shaming. There is always one aunt or relative who must comment on your body and introduce a body image dissatisfaction.   This can lead to disordered eating behaviors that promote unhealthy actions such as skipping meals and eating the least amount of food. These habits can lead to poor relations with food and a vulnerable person who easily gives in to the trend.   Thanks to social media there is also a rise in the promotion of inclusivity, body diversity and self-acceptance. With discussions on wellness and health gaining attention, the chances of combating such fad diets are looking up.   What can be done? There are several approach that can be taken to fight this at the root. However, the sensitivity of the issue as well as the psychology of starvemaxxers require consideration.   This includes addressing the underlying issues through a rational standpoint. This is also helpful in improving their view of fad diets as well as body image. Through awareness, it is helpful to combat such issues as they rely on information and not popularity.   One such approach is known as HAES or Health at Every Size. This is necessary because the number of people with obesity equals the number of people who are underfed. Several cancer types, diabetes, gallbladder disease and coronary artery disease are related to poor eating habits as well. HAES is helpful in promoting wellbeing and health through practices that focus on self-care and body respect.   The main principles that this paradigm introduces in an individual's life are:   Joyful movement that focusses on feeling good rather than forcing movement that is strenuous.   Intuitive eating   Encouraging body acceptance regardless of the size and shape of the individual.  All of these promote positive relationships with body and food such that starvemaxxing and other harmful trends can end.     It is also important to consider the perspectives of culture and traditions that can govern how we eat food. This is important in the context of people belonging to culturally rooted races. Onlookers of trends have a superficial lens through which they view the entire trend. However, changing their perspective is one of the significant ways to combat this stigma.   Ancient practices involve relying on whole foods to lead healthy lives that are fulfilling as well as sustainable. The recent changes in eating habits are proof of how cultures impact food and eating practices.   The current fast-food culture has been affecting the eating habits across age groups, with most people focusing on the consumption of fast food, it is detrimental to their health. Self-care activities are just coming to light for some of the ethnicities and cultures due to the long-standing stigma. However, this is changing with the active role social media is playing in combating the negative side of such platforms.   Harmful dieting trends such as starvemaxxing are witness to the impact holistic well-being can have on starvemaxxers.     Impact on public health In the digital age, anything slightly different can go viral. No matter the implications of that trend, it is easy to grab the attention of social media users. The broader public impact of trends such as starvemaxxers is a chronic eating disorder that can take months or even years to treat. The impact that influencers have on their followers and social media users in general is undeniable. However, when it comes to trends that can become health concerns, health organizations such as CDC or WHO, should release a statement.   A statement or even a circular from them can be key to protesting such fad diets. Even if they do not take extreme actions such as banning the trend as it takes a lot of time, releasing a health advisory promoting healthy dietary trends can be impactful.   This is when their intervention is necessary for public health, as a larger audience is reached. Wrapping It Up! In conclusion, starvemaxxing as a trend can be potentially damaging to the minds of young men and women who actively take part in it. Awareness was recognized to be one of the most important ways to combat the negative effect of starvemaxxing. There are also underlying factors that play an important role in people indulging in the trend. These are the factors that make them vulnerable to falling victim to the trend. This article looks at the factors that psychologically compel an individual to indulge in extreme dietary restrictions such as starvemaxxing. Inspecting the trend under this light allows differentiating between genuine concern and blindly following a trend. Have any more trends you would like us to decipher? Let us know in the comments below!


Is ADHD A Psychiatric Disorder: Signs, Causes and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders + More on ADHD.  

Is ADHD a psychiatric disorder is one of the most asked questions on our blogs and something that we encounter on almost every mental health blog that we release. Here we are addressing this question for our readers far and wide!   If you were wondering about the condition, worry not, we will provide you with an elaborate definition on both ADHD and psychiatric disorders. This will help diffuse any confusion that you may have developed reading other blogs on the internet.   Let us dive right into the blog, read till the end to know all about the treatment options.   What is ADHD? Is it different from psychiatric disorders? ADHD or Attention deficit/Hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common mental disorders that affect children. This condition can develop in children as young as 5 years old, or it can be masked under misconception and unearth years later.   ADHD can cause a lot of issues in the patient that can show up as physical or developmental symptoms. The condition is also known to cause poor self-worth, self-esteem that decreases and an increase in self-criticism.   There are different ways to diagnose the condition in an individual. The type of ADHD helps in categorizing the symptoms. However, the following signs also help in identifying it:   Impulsivity   Inattentiveness  Impulsivity   Hyperactivity   All of these appear more often in people with ADHD and this is one of the primary marks of this condition. Another way to identify ADHD in an individual is through seeing if the above-listed signs appear more severely or do they subside on their own after a short while?  One of the blaring signs that an individual has a mental health issue is when the symptoms start interrupting their day-to-day life. Similarly, if the symptoms of ADHD (those listed above) become so severe that the individual cannot function at work, school or any social setting, then it is a cause of concern.   Other symptoms to know its ADHD include:   Being easily distracted  Trouble focusing on something   Issue sitting still   Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating on tasks at hand  Interrupting others   Types of ADHD There are mainly three types of ADHD that are usually found within society. These may be:   Inattentive type or predominantly inattentive type   Hyperactive/impulsive type or predominantly this type of presentation   Combination of 1 and 2.   1. Inattentive or predominantly inattentive type   This is one of the most common ADHD types that are found in individuals from different age groups that are under risk. This behavior can make it hard for a person to pay attention to their environment. They also stay unorganized due to this difficulty.   These behavior or characteristics can make it difficult for the individual to focus on one activity. There may also be difficulty in controlling behaviors and impulses. The common traits that they exhibit are:   Staying careless about the mistakes or job tasks they attempt to complete.   Problem staying focused on activities or tasks especially those that require constant focus.   Does not seem to pay attention when they are spoken to.   Difficulty following instruction and completing a task as instructed  Poor time management which leads to difficulty organizing tasks and work as needed.    They may dislike tasks that require constant attention and focus.   Misses daily tasks such as running errands and doing chores. Older adults or teens with Inattentive ADHD can face issues with keeping appointments, returning calls and paying bills.   2. Hyperactive/Impulsive or Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation  In this type of ADHD, the individual is characterized based on behaviors or impulsivity or hyperactivity. The people with this type of ADHD have few or no symptoms of inattention. On other hand, the individual also has a lot of energy that does not allow them to sit still. They are seen to indulge in fidgeting, being talkative. These characteristics describe hyperactivity.   Impulsivity is when a person takes a decision or completes an action without putting much thought into the consequences. The characteristic features of this ADHD type are:   Fidgeting or tapping hands and feet. Squirming in seat  Unable to sit still in class or workplace   Running about or climbing in inappropriate places  Unable to participate in leisure activities quietly   Always staying ‘on the go’ mode   Excessive talking   Finding it difficult to wait for their turn  Interrupting or intruding people’s spaces. Older teens and adults can take over the things others are doing.   All these signs will help you identify the condition.   3. Combined type ADHD  This is when both the criteria for inattentiveness and impulsivity/hyperactivity meet. The diagnosis of ADHD majorly involves the expertise of a mental health expert, or a primary care provider.   Diagnosis of ADHD   Before we find out is ADHD a psychiatric disorder, we must first know how it is diagnosed.   A psychiatric evaluation helps in receiving a proper diagnosis of the condition. There are also other ways to diagnose the condition, i.e., through:   Scales and questionnaires   Psychiatric and medical evaluation of the history   Information about the patient’s environment, education, and upbringing   Medical evaluation to dismiss the presence of other medical conditions.  There are several issues that can mimic ADHD and confuse the individual as well as the parents/guardian. Some of the common medical conditions that mimic the signs of ADHD are:   Substance use  Anxiety   Mood disorders   Learning disorders   Thyroid conditions   Head injuries   Thyroid conditions   Alternatively, ADHD can co-exist with other mental health conditions that makes it difficult to diagnose ADHD. This is because the signs of ADHD can be masked. Some of the conditions that can co-exist with ADHD:   Anxiety disorders   Learning disorders   Conduct disorder  Oppositional defiant disorder   A complete psychiatric evaluation helps in determining if there are underlying mental health issues that are coexisting. Moreover, other psychological testing can also benefit in determining the condition, such as psychoeducational testing and neuropsychological testing.   Unlike medical conditions, ADHD cannot be diagnosed with the help of blood tests or routine imaging tests. This further decreases the chances of prompt diagnosis and treatment.   What Is a Psychiatric Disorder? A psychiatric disorder is the medical term for issues that pertain to the issues that are owing to the change in mental or behavioral pattern. This change can cause a lot of distress for the individual experiencing the symptoms.   A psychiatric disorder is also known as mental disorder or a mental health condition. This can be of various types and can have different presentations in each case. For example, a person with depression, which is a mood disorder, can show signs such as prolonged sadness or feeling of emptiness.   A psychiatric disorder can show up across different age groups. They can experience the condition quite differently than how someone with ADHD will. How does the question arise then? The question is ADHD a psychiatric disorder?   The question arises owing to a stereotype that someone with ADHD is “not in their right sense.” However, with the signs that were described above just now, you’ll see that there are distinct signs for ADHD. Those that do not generalize ADHD with other mental health conditions.   What Now? Thus, answering the question is ADHD a psychiatric disorder, requires diving deeper into the psychiatric disorders that are different than ADHD. Moreover, firstly, it is important to understand that ADHD is a mental disorder where the mental functioning of the individual with the condition becomes severely impaired.   This does not happen with all the psychiatric disorders that exist. Mental disorders or psychiatric disorders show distinct differences with ADHD. This is also scientifically proven with the help of strong evidence that shows brain differences in a person with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders.   The existing evidence suggests a clear difference between ADHD and other psychological disorders as there are distinct psychological disorders that may co-exist with ADHD. But they are not similar. For example, a study found that in children with ADHD, the pre-frontal cortex showed differences than other brain areas.     Is ADHD a psychiatric disorder?This confusion has made ADHD one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions in humans. So much so, that it also becomes undiagnosed in adults. The other areas control activities such as impulses, paying attention, executive functioning such as planning, evaluating ideas and reflecting on our actions. Due to the difference in these areas, a person with ADHD shows the different signs that were discussed in a section above.   The confusion also includes thinking ADHD is a learning disorder such as dyslexia. However, ADHD does not determine how well a child performs at school. Instead, a child with ADHD has trouble paying attention in class, cannot follow commands and other broad areas.   This points to one of the most important aspects – proper diagnostic criteria for mental disorders. Research should focus on the ability of the physician to differentiate between ADHD and other disorders such as mood, and anxiety.    Broad Take On The Question Is ADHD a psychiatric disorder see a divided crowd. I would take the example of a recent study I came across. This study highlights how ADHD is a brain disorder more than a psychiatric disorder.   By going through the different articles on the impact of supplements on mental health, it was found that ADHD is classified into a psychiatric disorder due to the characteristics it shares with mental illness.   In addition, ADHD also qualifies as a brain disorder, due to the changes in brain areas that bring about the symptoms in an individual.  Conclusion Thus, is ADHD a psychiatric disorder has somewhat found its answer between the condition being a mental illness and a brain disorder. There are several studies that explore the treatment for and characteristics of people with ADHD. However, more evidence is needed to know how ADHD is different from a psychiatric disorder.   This article is an attempt to answer this question as justifiably as possible. The evidence has been gathered through independent research, which makes it subject to change.   Have any questions for us? Let us know in the comments below.  


How To Find The Best Pain Care in Austin?

Chronic pain is quite common now. About 60 million people around the world suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain sticks around for a long time, usually more than three months. It can come from injuries, sickness, or health issues. This kind of pain can mess with your day-to-day life as it makes simple things like walking, working, or getting good sleep harder. It can also mess with your feelings, making you tired or grumpy.  Not treating this pain can worsen your situation, so you should look for the best pain management specialist in Austin. We have mentioned the factors below that will make it easy to find a pain specialist.  Tips To Find The Best Austin Pain Management Specialists   There are certain tips that you must follow while finding the best Austin Pain Management Specialists. You should not make your selection on the incorrect end while reaching your goals with complete ease.  1. Location:  You must check the location of the clinic or the doctor you want to visit. Remember that you may have to visit them multiple times for checkups so it will be convenient to choose a clinic that is less distant from your place. Also, check if it has accessible parking so that it is easy to park your car.  2. Good Communication: Chronic pain is not easy, as it takes a toll on you both emotionally and physically. Therefore, your doctor should understand what you are going through and generate optimism in you. Your doctor must be someone who patiently listens to you and involves you actively in every phase of the treatment. Moreover, the pain specialist should be able to make you feel free, comfortable, and confident while talking about the issue.  3. Check Their Expertise Know that different doctors have different levels of expertise. While all medical practitioners receive some training in pain management, those with specialized experience can give you more tailored care. This means you must consult a board-certified pain specialist rather than go to a general physician.  Note that trained doctors go through specialized training and tough exams in this field, which enhances their ability to address and treat chronic pain. Make sure your doctor can quickly figure out the exact cause and mechanism behind your pain and suggest the most suitable pain relief methods. Besides, these doctors should help you avoid the potential side effects and achieve long-lasting comfort.  4. Therapies And Treatments  Everyone should seek the therapies and treatments of the best Austin Pain Management to keep their body in a fit condition. You should be well aware of it while reaching your objectives with complete clarity. Here are different methods and strategies for pain management to understand which is best for you. Medication:  Many clinics offer narcotics to relieve pain, but such medicines are highly addictive, so you must avoid them for a longer period. Note that you don’t want a quick fix but a long-lasting solution. Know the type of drugs they prescribe you and how it is going to help you. Lifestyle:  A doctor should not only focus on the pain but also your lifestyle. The specialist should tell you what you are doing wrong in your daily life and how to maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Personalized Plan:  The doctor must suggest treatments customized to meet your unique needs and adjust them according to your progress. Alternative Methods:  Check if your doctor integrates or supports other pain management treatments like injections, minimally invasive procedures, or even surgery. If required, your pain specialist should suggest different solutions like physical therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, water therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, massage, rheumatology, neurosurgery, and more. 5. Testimonials:  Last but not least, the doctor should not be finalized without checking the testimonials of previous patients. Testimonials will tell you if the specialist can offer proper care and effective treatment for Austin pain management. Don’t forget to check the feedback of the supporting staff because you will interact with them, too, during the treatment.    Why Do You Need Assistance Of Pain Management Specialists?  There are certain factors that you should be well aware of while reaching your goals with complete ease. You should be well aware of the scenarios that can help you to recover from this complex situation with complete ease.  1. Complex Or Chronic Pain  If you experience some of the chronic pain that is caused to you due to some unclear reasons. Specialists can delve deep. You should be aware of the scenarios that can cause some uncomfortable pain in your body.     You should be well aware of the situations that can assist you in meeting your goals with complete clarity. Ensure that you follow the perfect solution that can clear up your pains within a shorter version of time.  2. Pain Refractory To Treatment  If you have tried medical treatments, physical therapy, and other treatments without getting any kind of relief, then you can seek the assistance of a pain refractory treatment with complete ease. You need to be well aware of the facts while reaching your aims with ease.  Multi-disciplinary approaches combines different reports. It can boost the chances of your speedy recovery from pain within a shorter version of time. Ensure that you know the complete process from your counterpart.  3. Multiple Pain Condition  If you have multiple pain sources, a specialist can create some unified treatment plans as it can address your pain points to a considerable extent. You should be well aware of it while reaching your goals with complete ease.  Specialists can reduce the chances of pain to grow in your body. This can create problems for you if you do not take timely action. Thus, you should be well aware of the scenarios that can boost the chances of your speedy recovery within a shorter version of time.  4. Improves The Quality Of Life    Pain management specialists aim not only to reduce pain but also to improve the overall quality of life. You should be well aware of the scenarios that can assist you in meeting your objectives with absolute clarity.   You must not make things too complex from your counterpart while reaching your targets with absolute clarity. However, you have to ensure that you do not make things too complex for your counterpart while reaching your needs.  5. Non-surgical Intervention  Pain specialists often focus on non-surgical interventions that can lead to serious problems while meeting your goals with ease. Try to make things work in perfect order while meeting your goals with complete ease.  Injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapies. Consider managing your therapies with complete ease. Keep the process in perfect order while you want to get over this pain. Ensure that you follow the perfect process from your counterpart. Without knowing the facts you cannot reach to any conclusion.  Summing Up You can easily find a doctor by considering the factors mentioned above. As a patient, you should also be open while discussing your issues. Don’t hesitate to speak about any problem because it will help them come up with the best solution for pain reduction. It’s better to choose a clinic near your location. Check your doctor's expertise, credentials, behavior, and cutting-edge techniques, therapies, and treatments they provide. If you are dealing with pain and want to relieve it permanently, contact Advanced Pain Care. Read Also: Joint Pain – Symptoms, Causes, Effect And Treatment What Is The Causes Of Lower Back And Testicle Pain? Yoga For Back Pain: 15 Yoga Poses And Tutorials For Back Pain


Illness Anxiety Disorder: What Is It, How Is It Different & Treatment

Illness anxiety disorder is not different from mental health issues that one experiences. However, there are key characteristics that make it stand apart. The condition is popularly known as hypochondriasis or health anxiety. Popular movies and novels have mentioned this condition (like many other mental health issues that plague human life.) Just like other mental health issues, illness anxiety disorder also has physical manifestations. This means that it can show up as sensations that you feel in your body. A long-term condition, illness anxiety disorder is a condition that can make the individual uncomfortable. The condition has recently been removed from the DSM-5 as a diagnosis and placed within illness anxiety disorder. This article dives into the disorder and breaks it down to understand it better. Hypochondriasis Or Illness Anxiety Disorder: What Is It, Symptoms and Causes Illness anxiety disorder can show up at an early age or even teenage years which can be one of the most crucial stages to detect the condition. The condition may or may not show physical symptoms. The condition starts mild and can become exceedingly difficult to control. This is one of the reasons why it is important to detect the signs early on.   One of the most important ways to detect the condition at an early stage is noticing the signs. There may be extreme anxiety and body sensations in association with specific illnesses that may also be serious.   This is one of the major reasons why you may want to read the article to know about the symptoms that can show up. The condition may have several fluctuations that can in turn increase the severity.   If you have come across movies or books that mention this condition, you would recognize that individuals with the condition may display an obsession with staying clean. This is related to the unexplained fear of contracting a disease.   This can be explained with the help of possible causes that can lead to a person developing this disorder. There may be childhood trauma related to the condition, witnessing someone else suffer with an infectious disease, trauma related to a disease among several other reasons.   Let us look at the symptoms:   Preoccupation with developing a serious condition or disease.   Being alarmed with any abnormal sensation in the body even if it is temporary  Constant worry about contracting an illness so much so that it interferes with your daily activities   Doctor's appointments and clear reports do not put you at ease  Excessively worrying about developing a condition that is prevalent in your family  Being constantly fixated on signs of illness in your body    Additional Signs of Illness Anxiety Disorder The condition can also look like:   Avoiding medical care in fear of receiving a diagnosis for a condition   Frequent visits to the doctor  Avoiding social gatherings, people or places fearing health risks  All your conversations revolve around your health and health issues  Always being on the hunt for causes of possible illnesses or symptoms.   Severe anxiety can lead to a lot of distress for the individual. This is when you know you will need to intervene and consult or suggest professional help for the person who is experiencing this.   Sometimes, before medications for such intense anxiety, you can also expect significant help from professionals such as mental health experts. They are trained in handling situations where the individual often faces difficulty in controlling their thoughts. This is known as spiraling which may not be the best way to describe a symptom as the individual may feel triggered.  Risk Factors And Causes Of Illness Anxiety Disorder There may be several reasons why an individual develops the condition, some of those are:   Family history of illness anxiety disorder. If an individual witnesses a parent or parents worrying about their health in a chronic fashion, they are more likely to develop the condition.   The condition is more likely to develop in an individual who has had a past illness. The severity of the condition caused them significant distress, such that even the slightest similarity to the symptoms can cause physical sensations.   A noteworthy cause of this condition is that you may have trouble tolerating unusual body sensations. This can lead to your misinterpretation of body sensations. Thus, this leads to you actively seeking evidence to prove you have a serious illness. Other risk factors include:   History of abuse as a child can lead to the development of illness anxiety disorder.   Personality traits that make you prone to develop this condition. For example, you may have a personality trait of being a worrier, naturally putting you at risk of becoming a hypochondriac as an adult.   Excessive exposure to health-related content. It may be through exposure to information on the internet.   A recent motion picture revolves around this condition. The movie called Hypochondriac centers around the experience of a son who has grown up with an abusive mother. This shows how individuals with childhood trauma can develop serious mental health issues such as hypochondria.   This is just one example of motion picture depicting serious mental illness on screen for the audience to experience even a small percentage of what a person with the illness undergoes.   The point of this is to show that childhood trauma plays a crucial role in its development.   How Can I Prevent Illness Anxiety Disorder? Illness anxiety disorder is a type of mental health issue that can develop in an individual without any one reason. There are risk factors and causes as shown above that can increase the chance of someone developing the condition.   It is also well now known that a person who has recently undergone a traumatic experience (specifically those related to a health condition) can develop it. However, there are some ways to prevent the condition:   Seeking professional advice if a person is facing challenges with anxiety or signs of hypochondria as mentioned above.   Recognizing signs of the condition well in time can also help control how the signs affect you.   Preventing relapse is key to controlling the extent of your signs. You can achieve this by sticking to your treatment plan. One of the reasons why you experience worsening of your symptoms is if you do not adhere to your treatment plan.   Diagnosis And Treatment of Illness Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis of mental health issues usually does not completely rely on tools or tests that can give an accurate diagnosis. However, an expert can help in diagnosing mental health conditions.  A primary diagnosis can be made by a general physician who can recommend consulting a mental health professional.   Your mental health professional will:   Conduct a proper evaluation that can give them a psychological summary. It will include your symptoms, any triggers that you may have, past experiences and family history. You can also expect to have an in-depth discussion about your experience of the condition,   Conduct a psychological self-assessment for you.   Get a complete social history, which includes your drinking and smoking habits.   Examine if an underlying mental health issue is causing these symptoms. There is a chance that your illness preoccupation can be due to another mental health condition.   These steps taken by a mental health expert will help in determining what the treatment plan will include. By considering all these factors, your treatment will not just focus on treating illness anxiety disorder but also taking care of any underlying condition.   Treatment The treatment plan will be curated based on the diagnostic findings by your mental health expert. The following is what your treatment plan will include:   Medications   Medications are now being used with other non-pharmacological treatment options. This implies that you can expect treatment alternatives to medications in your treatment plan. This can depend on how you respond to medications. Usually, prescribed medications for mental health issues may show side effects that can be detrimental for the individual.   Thus, as per the doctor’s perspective it is always better to balance medications with alternative treatment options.   Psychotherapy  Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy is one of the most common treatment alternatives for mental health conditions. Especially for anxiety or other mood disorders where the symptoms can be difficult to manage.   Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for all the different therapy types that can support management of these symptoms. For example, Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is one of the most popular therapy options.   This helps in managing the physical sensations of the condition. The emotional distress that health anxiety causes can be overwhelming for the individual. CBT helps in:   identifying the beliefs and fear about serious medical conditions  Learning the different ways, you can view your body sensations by reflecting on unhelpful thoughts.  Identifying how your worries affect your behavior   Changing your response to symptoms and body sensations   Learning skills that are helpful in coping with health anxiety and stress.   Reducing avoidance of situations based on physical sensations. This also helps in reducing the avoidance of activities (something that you would have otherwise enjoyed.)  Lifestyle modifications   Lifestyle modifications help in controlling your exposure to triggers. This is an important step in controlling how you perceive your environment and how well you can respond to external stimuli on your own. This can be done in collaboration with your health care provider. In other words, collaborate with your mental health expert to find the best way you can manage your symptoms.   They will be able to devise a plan that has:   Techniques that help you relax and manage your stress  Suggest physical activities that will be good for your physical functioning while also managing your anxiety and stress.   You are participating in activities such as those related to your work, family and social activities. This will help you get the support that you need.   A healthy habit where you are not abusing substances such as recreational drugs or alcohol.   A healthy way for you to control your urge to search the internet for possible diseases. One of the reasons why you feel your symptoms worsening is because of the various sources that you get information from when you are on the internet.   Wrapping It Up! In conclusion, illness anxiety disorder is a mental health condition where an individual can experience health anxiety. This causes them immense stress that is overwhelming, so much so that they can experience physical symptoms.   Want to know more about the condition? Comment below!  Read Also: How Is Promethazine For Anxiety? What Is Anxiety? How To Get Over It? 7 Daily Hacks That Help Manage High Functioning Anxiety