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How Stress Is Translated Through Physical Fitness

Copyright © 2014 Herona Kim

Physical fitness is seen as a measure of the body’s ability to perform functions efficiently and effectively in work as well as leisure activities. It is characterized by various facets, health-related, namely, body composition, flexibility, strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness; and skill-related, namely, agility, balance, coordination, power and speed. Breathing is directly related to physical activity and hence, fitness. Physical activity leads to a rise in body temperature and heart rate. A control on breathing patterns helps to moderate heart rate which, in turn, regulates the body temperature. An efficient breathing pattern ensures oxygen delivery to the muscles ensuring that more effort can be exerted. Physical activity improves overall fitness, body mass index, and cardiovascular and muscular health. It also relieves stress, depression and improves cognitive function.

Stress is an inevitable part of our daily life. It leads to various physical and emotional symptoms. One cannot eliminate stressful situations or avoid them completely but managing stress is an option. Physical activity directly attacks stress in two ways. Firstly, rise in heart rate reverses the brain damage caused by stressful events. Stress results in brain atrophy (specifically affecting the hippocampus) which leads to forgetting as often occurs with someone under stress. Secondly, exercise reduces body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and promotes the production of neuro-hormones associated with improved cognitive function, good mood and learning. Also, exercise improves communication between various physiological systems of the body. This leads to a more efficient response put forth by the body to deal with stress.

There are numerous indirect ways by which physical activity targets stress. It releases tension and acts as a substitute for the fight or flight mechanism. It is a diversion from day-to-day stress and provides a sedative effect through natural physical movement. Exercise increases energy and fatigue tolerance thus overriding the effects of stress which depletes energy. Regular physical activity lends itself to an increase in one’s control over the body further helping in normalizing heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension further alleviating stress reactions. Exercise improves one’s emotional well-being, boosts self esteem and confidence thus leading to minimal stress-related problems.

Physical activity releases endorphins, also known as happy hormones. This results in a feeling of euphoria, modulation of appetite and enhancement of immune response which put together combats with the negative effects of stress and generates a positive outlook. Exercise is also akin to meditation in motion since it distracts us from stressful situations and brings the focus to body movements. This further leads to calmness and clarity across all situations. Physical activity lowers symptoms associated with depression and anxiety, and improves sleep. It leads to an increased control over one’s mind and body, and improved alertness and concentration.

Stress negatively affects relationships, work and finances by leading to poor decision making, constant conflicts and low self-image. Physical activity helps by elevating mood, improving attention-concentration and increasing self-confidence. This results in better functioning, careful decision making, less interpersonal conflicts and overall physical and emotional well-being.

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What Are The Best Carbohydrates To Eat For Weight Loss

By Jon Allo

If you want to shed excess fat and get fitter you’re going to need a diet plan to lose weight. Many people fail with their weight loss goals because they don’t properly integrate the right changes into their lifestyle. If you are up to speed on the latest diet plans you have probably heard all about carbohydrates. One minute we should be avoiding them and then the next minute we should be eating more of them. So what is the truth about carbohydrates and weight loss?

What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates deliver your body its favorite source of energy. Your body can get energy from dietary fats or protein but carbohydrates are much easier to break down into energy so, if they are available, your body uses them first. Your body needs energy to go about your daily routines and to exercise so natural carbohydrates are an important element in your diet plan to lose weight.

For instance, a banana is made up of natural carbohydrates and is a much more healthy choice than a chocolate bar which also contains carbohydrates. The important difference between the two is that chocolate bars are hugely processed while bananas are totally natural.

What Are The Best Carbohydrates To Eat?

Natural carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables are typically far lower in calories than processed carbs. Plus, they contain lots of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which are often removed from processed carbs. Here are 3 tips on your daily intake of carbs that will help you with your diet plan to lose weight.

1) Have At Least One Piece Of Fruit Or Veg With Every Meal.

As part of yoru diet plan to lose weight, include one piece of fruit or veg in every meal. For example, have some fruit with your breakfast, some salad or steamed vegetables with your lunch and vegetables with your dinner. Doing this will supply your body with a healthy stream of natural carbohydrates right through the day.

2) Each Day Substitute An Unnatural Carbohydrate For A Natural Carbohydrate.

If you eat a bag of crisps and a bar chocolate each day, replace one with an apple or an orange. This will cut some calories out of your day increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

3) Look For Fruits And Vegetables That You Like.

Too many people say that they don’t like any fruits and vegetables. But they most likely just have not tried enough different kinds. There are thousands of different fruits and vegetables available so the chances are that you will find at least one which you like. Once you have found some that you like, follow the two steps above so that you are giving your body a regular supply of natural carbohydrates

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5 Simple Weight Loss Tips For Women

By Jon Allo

Weight loss tips for women are not going to be exactly the same as they are for a man. A woman’s hormones are different because they have a higher level of the hormone leptin, which plays an important role in appetite control, metabolism and weight loss. So, women require more intelligent advice on losing weight.

1. Be Aware Of Your Hormonal Changes.

Any weight loss tips for women should acknowledge your premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS can trigger cravings, water retention and make you feel like your diet is too difficult to stick with. If you have cravings, try and plan for them. For example, if chocolate becomes irresistible, opt for dark chocolate. It can satisfy your craving an because it’s very rich, smaller amounts will give you the fix you need. Also, avoid the scales for a few days if you know that you’re going to have extra water weight at a particular time of the month.

2. Drink More Water.

One simple piece of advice on losing weight is to drink more water. Water flushes your system of any potentially harmful toxins and helps to fill you up so you won’t feel too much of an urge to eat tempting foods. It has no preservatives, no sodium, and no calories. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. The sensation of hunger and thirst are very similar. You may just need to hydrate your body.

3. Avoid Processed Foods.

Foods that come in a box, can, bag or carton are processed and altered from their natural states in order to extend their shelf life. They are often poor quality and have very little nutritional value. Go through your cupboards and get rid of food that will lead you astray and won’t serve you well. Cut up and store vegetables and fruits as soon as as you have bought them, so any time you feel peckish, you’ve got some healthy snacks to hand.

4. Only Do Exercise That You Enjoy.

All advice on losing weight will include some sort of exercise. The important thing is to find one that you like and that you will want to keep doing on a regular basis. If the gym is not for you, there are plenty of exercises that you can do at home. You can take your exercise routine outside with walking, jogging or cycling or opt for inside pursuits like swimming, dancing or zumba classes.

5. Keep A Journal.

You need a notepad to note down the foods you’re eating, and the exercises you’re doing. By keeping track of all foods and drinks you consume throughout the day, and under what circumstances they are selected, it becomes easier to remain accountable for your dietary patterns. Plus, you can track of how you are progressing with your exercise program.

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5 Changes To Make If You Want To Lose Belly Fat

By Jon Allo

In the busy lives we all lead, we like things easy and when we see our favorite foods, we find them difficult to resist, even if we know that they are packed with calories. We are more likely to make poor food choices when we are tired, unhappy or bored. Here are 5 bad habits to break if you want to lose belly fat for good.

1. You Don’t Have A Weight Loss Plan.

When you have lots of high-calorie, sugar packed foods in your cupboards at home its going to be very difficult to resist them. You don’t want to keep away from them completely because the more off limits a food is, the more your body will have a craving for it. If you do have certain foods that are your weakness buy them in single or smaller serving sizes.

2. You Don’t Control Your Portions.

You may be having trouble getting rid of belly fat even though you are eating in a healthy way. But you could be miscalculating the size of the portions on your plate and you may just be eating way too many calories. An simple way to reduce your portion sizes is to eat from a smaller plate. It will also trick your mind into thinking you are having more than you actually are.

3. Are You Really Hungry?

You should ask yourself if you are truly hungry when you eat or is it that you’re having something simply because it’s your fallback system kicking in. Your fallback mechanism is what you depend on when you are feeling down or worried about something or you simply that you want something to eat. Do something else instead. Go for a quick walk, have a drink of water or listen to your favourite music.

4. You Have Not Changed Your Lifestyle.

If you really want to lose belly fat you have to look at your lifestyle habits. The best way to lose belly fat is not to look at your new lifestyle as a prison sentence. Some foods that feel like special treats can help you to feel satisfied and crave fewer of the higher calorie, low nutrient foods.

5. You’re Not Keeping Track Of What And When You Eat.

Keep a food journal for one week and record everything you eat. At the end of the week take a look at your food choices and see if you’re eating too many unhealthy items. Keep healthy snacks on hand and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, not those out of cans. If you can’t get fresh produce, go for frozen over canned. Frozen is the next best thing to fresh. By adding healthy items, you actually will crave less of the non-nutritious foods.

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Celebrities And The Entertainment Industry’s Darkest Aspects

By Paul A Philips

I’ve often wondered why is it that so many in the entertainments industry, showbiz celebrities who have emerged from working class backgrounds, some of them my heroes, like Sir Bob Geldof, U2’s Bono and Sir Paul McCartney… etc., have not spoken out against the ruling elite and their enslavement agenda.

Have the people in high places they’ve rubbed shoulders with got to them? Or have they managed to convince these celebs that their agenda is worth supporting..? Or maybe the celebs have not spoken out through fear of intimidation? Or is there a bigger picture of cause and effect going on here that we don’t understand and cannot see?

For many years I’ve had this nagging suspicion that those people worth 10’s of millions have in some way sold themselves to the dark side to get their fortune. Those who’ve made their fortune in the entertainments industry are no exception.

Selling one’s self to the dark side means receiving a short-term pay off, hence, all the money fame and fortune. However, this comes with a long-term cost. The long-term cost is far greater than the short-term payoff and could lead to dire consequences…

-The Faustian myth that singer/songwriter Robert Johnson sold his soul to the dark side at the crossroads may at least have a metaphorical element of truth for those worth 10’s of millions in the entertainments industry.

The wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing dark side’s influences on celebs have found their way in the manifested forms of esoteric occult symbolism which includes upside down crosses, the all-seeing eye, 666’s, goat of Mendez and pentagrams… The most hardened sceptic couldn’t deny the existence of these frequent in-your-face symbols.

Whether it’s through music and films or any other industry the ruling elite use these recurring symbols to show their influences. As with other industries, it represents their signatory; their way of telling us how they control and influence the world, whether we know it or not… They also believe that these occult symbols have a subliminal unconscious effect on people:

Many people particularly those in the alpha state, blindly unaware of their influences, have accepted these symbols. Some consider them to be cool or even hip, without ever understanding the low vibration effects. -As the saying goes ‘entertainment is entrainment.’

Then there are those successful in the entertainments industry under the influence of MK Ultra mind control. Hollywood has its share. Basically, it has been said that Mk Ultra mind control involves CIA-led psychiatric programming on certain individuals.

This usually starts at childhood subjecting the individual to intense pain and trauma which causes compartmentalization of the events as a way of shutting off and forgetting the awful experiences. It results in having multiple personalities as a way of dealing with each of the different events: One personality knows about the pain and trauma related to a specific event while the other personalities have no knowledge…

One said example of such an individual is actress comedienne Roseanne Barr. She revealed herself as an MK Ultra victim during a TV interview with Larry King. Unlike many Mk Ultra victims she has been quite outspoken on the subject. Many victims do not speak out about this damming issue due to fear of being shunned from the industry and having their career ruined. There’s also the fear that their controllers (handlers) could trigger off one of their multiple personalities to stop them revealing the Mk Ultra mind control culture. -Such is the extent of the evil ruling elite’s agents and hidden control.

Having said that, there have been a number of celebs who have allegedly revealed or attempted to reveal the ruling elite and their dark agenda… It has been said that because of this failure to keep quiet they have been murdered.

Michael Jackson was said to be an example of this. By all accounts just before his O2 concert tour he started speaking out against the ruling elite, in particular expressing dissatisfaction over the music industry. He claimed that they had tried to destroy him. That they conspired to defame him by making out he was a ‘freak’ and ‘child-molester.’ Michael’s sister La Toya claimed that Michael frequently remarked that he had been threatened by the ruling elite’s agents and how they were attempting to kill him.

In the 1970’s, referring to the ruling elite, John Lennon had remarked in so many words that the world was ran by insane people. Constantly under surveillance, the ruling elite regarded Lennon as an enemy because he was funding individuals considered by them to be a threat. In the end he was shot dead by Mark Chapman. The official story was that Chapman was a crazed fan but for a number of reasons the story doesn’t add up. For instance, Chapman had never possessed a Beatle or John Lennon solo record. It was said that Chapman was mind controlled to murder Lennon because the hidden powers that be wanted him out of the way.

Other alleged deaths for speaking out include Frank Zappa and Tupac Shakur, while it was believed that Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Judy Garland were ritual blood sacrifices.

Finally

-If we’re to break the spell of the ruling elite then we must learn to discern that which is friend from foe. Recognise the occult symbols and understand their ulterior motive and who’s behind them as a way of deprogramming ourselves.

Chose love, peace and light as the basis for creating a world based on freedom, not slavery and victimhood. Choose a world that makes a difference for everyone by exposing the ruling elite and their evil machinations. Do your inner work; meditate, focus your intentions, and give out those affirmations for peace.

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No Time To Exercise? Here Are 4 Workout Plans

By Jon Allo

It can be hard trying to get into a regular workout plan when your busy all day. If you’re always busy and you want to shed a few pounds, you’re going to need the best exercise plan to lose weight. These 4 workout plans will help you to find the time to exercise no matter how busy you are so that you can get all the benefits that come with regular exercise.

1. Get The Maximum Benefit From Your Workout.

Popular times to exercise are in the morning before work, in your lunchbreak, or after work. The best exercise plan to lose weight is to do 3 workouts per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session. To get the most from a 30 minute session include some form of interval training into your schedule. Interval training are fundamentally quick workouts to lose weight which comprises of high intensity exercise for a period of time, followed by low intensity exercise.

2. Make Exercise A Habit.

When life or work get in the way your workout plans can get thrown out of the window. If you do something on a daily basis it generally becomes a habit after 20 or so days. So if you make exercise part of your everyday routine you are less likely to skip it. To help you find the time to exercise keep a note of your usual daily activities in half-hour slots. Once they are written down, you’ll see which ones are not really accomplishing anything and you can replace those for exercise time.

3. Set Goals.

Your exercise plan to lose weight needs to have an objective. If you’re exercising because you want to shed a few pounds but you don’t really know how much, you will lose your focus and be more inclined to give up. When you set an exercise target to lose a certain amount of weight over the next few months, you will have a clear reason to exercise. Make your objectives achievable and reward yourself when you reach a milestone but not with something that puts your weight back to square one!

4. Add Exercise Into Your Daily Routine.

There are many opportunities during the day where you can get some exercise. For example, if you drive to work or to the supermarket, park at the far end or top floor of the car park and walk the extra distance. Always take the stairs and not the lift or escalator. If you’re on public transport, get off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way. Playing with your children is a wonderfully easy exercise to lose weight and the children love it too! They love to run around and be active while outside.

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Tips That Will Help You Lessen Your Anxiety

By Wendy Miller

Don’t let anxiety ruin or run your life. You have so many better things to do than worry, fret or fear, living your life. This article will show you how you can take charge over your stress and anxiety levels, avoid situations that cause them and manage those feelings when they are unavoidable.

When you’re feeling down, cheer yourself up with your favorite comedy movies or TV shows. One of the best ways to get you out of a slump is with some laughter. So have a night full of comedy relief, you’ll see that laughing can really make you feel a lot better about yourself.

If you frequently suffer from attacks of anxiety, don’t suffer in silence. See a doctor or therapist who can help you to overcome the anxiety before it turns into other problems, such as panic attacks or generalized anxiety disorder. There are therapies and medications that will help you to overcome anxiety problems.

A useful technique to manage anxiety about an event, or condition is to deliberately exaggerate, the outcome beyond all reason. Relate your concerns out loud to a friend, but describe the outcome you fear with as much emotion, and dramatic detail as you possibly can. When you are done, do it again. While it seems odd, research has shown that deliberately exaggerating the consequences that you fear, will often desensitize you to the trigger, helping you experience the absurdity of it all. This can allow you to place your concerns in a more realistic light.

Before you hit the sheets at night, you should think about all of the great stuff that is occurring in your life right now. Do the same thing the following morning. You may believe that you do not have any good things happening in your life, but every single person can find something good in his or her life, even if it is something very small. Doing so can help to decrease your anxiety.

When you wake up in the morning, take a multivitamin to help reduce your stress level as the day wears on. Multivitamins contain a lot of valuable nutrients that can help to create a balance in your body and transport the necessary minerals to the areas that need it the most.

Eliminate negative vocabulary from your speech. Just using negative words, can bring you down and when you feel down, you are more likely to have an anxiety attack. Replace those negative words with words of encouragement or simple positive words. Use them in your conversations, as well as, your inner chatter.

When people are battling anxiety, depression or panic attacks, they often have problems with their stomach or intestines from the stress. A good way to help your digestive system when you have anxiety is to add some probiotics to your diet or a digestive enzyme supplement. This will help keep your internal plumbing healthy and eliminate problems.

Don’t forget to play. With the hustle and bustle of your busy life, taking the time to play a sport, a game or an instrument might seem frivolous. Taking an hour to let your hair down and have fun can do wonders for your stress and anxiety levels, though.

Learn more about anxiety, and how it may be affecting you personally. Just having terms to describe your condition can really help you feel better and may be all the motivation you need to face and fight the fear. Anxiety is too debilitating a condition to take lying down, so educate you to further action.

Exercise is one of the best things that you can do to help eliminate any anxiety that you feel. When you exercise, your body flushes out all of the toxins from the inside out, which can improve your body functionality. Exercise at least one hour per day to improve the way that you feel.

Work on having good posture. Having bad posture compresses organs, cuts off circulation and shortens breathing. Many times, it is easy, even under a normal amount of anxiety, to sit in positions that cause harm to our body. Try not to do this, as this will better your health and help decrease the amount of anxiety you endure.

You must realize that anxiety is your mind telling you that you need something. Whether it is something simple like a break, or just the need to talk to a friend or family member, you should address the cause. If your anxiety is creeping up because you need to handle something; handle it. You will thank yourself later.

After being diagnosed with anxiety disorder, many people worry about the cost associated with needed medical intervention. Most insurance plans will cover needed medicines and treatments for this disorder. If you currently do not have health insurance, contact your county government’s Health and Human Services division. In many instances, they offer mental health care at a nearby public health facility. Charges at these facilities are pro-rated on a person’s ability to pay.

When anxiety threatens to consume you, surround yourself with distractions. Do something that you enjoy and be around other people. This makes it so you do not think about something that makes anxiety worse; it lets you relax more.

Having a plan for dealing with anxiety can make you feel better, in and of itself. You should know that you are not alone and there are plenty of others who are also reading this article, in order to find out the same information as you are. Keep this information handy and start living a less worrisome life.

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10 Minute Daily Exercises To Lose Weight

By Jon Allo

Studies have found that just 10 minutes of exercise to lose weight has tremendous health benefits together with easy weight loss. In fact, exercising for 10 minutes a few times a day is about as effective as one lengthy exercise session. Some research even shows that this technique of exercising is better for you.

When Can You Do Your Exercises?

Preferably, you’ll do these 10 minute workout routines 3 to 5 times per day. If you are up against time you can do one before work, one on your lunch break and one after work. If you have a more laid back work environment, you could potentially take an extra 10 minutes in the course of your day to do your routine and you might be able to fit in as many as 5 training sessions each day

What Quick Exercises Can You Do?

These quick exercises to lose weight consist of cardiovascular and resistance training which are the best workouts to lose weight.

Let’s start with cardiovascular workouts, which do tend to be more popular. This is exercise where you move your body for 10 minutes at a time. It helps to increase your heart rate, condition your lungs, and burn fat. A 10 minute jogging session in the middle of the day can really boost your concentration for the rest of the day.

There are plenty of resistance or strength training workouts to lose weight and work your muscles. Muscles burn more calories, even while they are at rest. You can spend your 10 minute session without the need for any equipment. Muscle building exercises include push-ups, squats and sit-ups. Push-ups are one of the best exercises to build your abdominal, arm, upper chest and back muscles. You could also use an exercise band for your daily exercises sessions. They are easy to carry and store and can workout many different muscle groups in your body.

Try It For 30 Days

Give these sessions a tryout for 30 days to see how they have an effect on you. Ensure that you commit to doing at least 3 ten-minute exercise sessions on a daily basis. At the minimum, after one or two weeks of doing these workouts you will notice how much more energy you have and how you feel better mentally and emotionally.

Also, keep a check on your weight at the end of the 30-day period to see what this type of exercise routine has done for you. It’s likely that you’ll find that it worked quite well and how they are easy weight loss exercise techniques for busy people.

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Important Tips About Teaching Yoga Sessions

If you have finally passed your exams and have been certified to teach a yoga class, you are about to begin a very rewarding career. Teaching people this amazing method of exercise and meditation is a very important responsibility. While you are undoubtedly excited to get your teaching career started, there are some basic things that you will need to keep in mind. The following tips will help you to be a more effective teacher. They will also allow your students to get the largest possible benefit from your class. Let’s take a look at some important tips about teaching yoga sessions:

1. Communicate outside the classroom

As every teacher knows, yoga is not just a way to stay in shape. It must be treated as a lifestyle if a person is very serious about benefitting from your class. Therefore, it is important to set up a way for your students to be able to communicate with you in the days between classes. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give out your personal phone number. You can provide them with an email address that you set up specifically to receive questions from your students. You could also write a blog that you can update with all of the things you taught in your most recent class. Students can leave questions on the blog that you can answer. A more personal method of communication would be via webcam on a service such as Skype. You can set up a specific time each week where your students can contact you on webcam. This will allow you to demonstrate how to perform poses that your students are having problems with.

2. Social media

If you are just beginning your career as a teacher, you need to let people know you exist. Therefore, it is up to you to promote yourself and get the word out to the public about your class and your teaching abilities. We are living in the age of social media. Facebook and Twitter have proven to be tremendously valuable tools when it comes to promoting a new business to a large audience. You must take social media seriously. If people respond to your posts, make sure you reply back and give these people more information about the types of yoga you teach and what they can expect if they attend your classes.

3. Keep a flexible lesson plan

When it comes to teaching your class, nothing should be set in stone. You need to remember that your students will be different ages. Because of this, they will also have different levels of physical fitness. This will cause some of them to take longer to master various poses. Your top priority as a teacher is to make sure all of the students who are paying for your services receive the highest level of instruction you can provide. If you rush through the lessons just so you can stick to a scheduled lesson plan, you are not helping your students learn in an effective manner. If you see that some of your students are taking longer to get the hang of certain movements or poses, spend more time with them in the following class. Also, do not be afraid to divide your class into two groups. One group can be made up of advanced students and the other can be the slower students who need more time to learn.

Bibliomania: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment.

Have you heard of the term Bibliomania? It is an obsessive compulsive disorder in people where they impulsively collect books on a whim. In fact, the books that these patients buy are not even referred. They are just bought and then hoarded in their cupboards. In fact, sometimes they end up buying multiple copies of the same book too. Added, the quantity of the books that are collected far exceeds their useful purpose. It is a psychiatric problem and can cause issues with social relationships and physical health.

Causes:

This kind of behavior might begin quite early but it usually does not cause problems till the age of 40. According to some people, this issue could arise as a defense mechanism against a history of trauma or abuses. So, instead of dealing with the problem, people escape from it mentally by hoarding books.

Symptoms:

-Overwhelming desire for obtaining and possessing books.

-Hoarding books which have absolutely no value for the person.

-Collecting several copies of the same title.

-This behavior of collecting books starts to interfere with daily life.

-Depression or anxiety because of constantly worrying about collection.

-Depression arising from stress on personal relationships.

This disorder can become a safety hazard. The stacks of books could become so high that they could risk falling on somebody. Added, there could be pests like rats, termites and cockroaches which could start infesting these books. All the empty space in the room or house could be eaten up by the books and the patient could start stacking them even in kitchens and bathrooms. It could also interfere with normal hygiene and could even lead to sleeping and eating disorders. It could also lead to disruption in personal relationships as people could shut themselves in homes for looking after their collections.

Diagnosis:

When a person suffering from Bibliomania visits mental health doctors, they will be able to diagnose the problems based on the signs, symptoms and history. However, most of the patients do not take medical opinions when they have this problem as they are completely preoccupied with book collection and hoarding. These people will find it difficult to let go of their possessions, whatever be the value. They will have strong urges to save the books and will be anxious about discarding them. Also, this will cause major stress on their social and professional relationships. Incidentally, the problem is not because of any medical condition like brain degeneration and thus can be addressed. If any of your family or friend suffers from this condition, it is good to take medical help.

Treatments for Bibliomania:

As of now, there is no specific treatment for this book collecting disorder, bibliomania. For some patients, counseling and group therapy could prove to be useful. But unfortunately, bibliomania is quite difficult to treat. This is mostly owing to the fact that the patients refuse to recognize the problem.. Thus, they have very little motivation for seeking or continuing treatment.

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