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Timeline For The Benefits Of Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

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Most people want to quit smoking, but unfortunately it’s not easy. One way to help you to focus on your goal is to read about the short-term and long-term benefits from the moment you smoke your last cigarette.

The First 20 Minutes- Within the first twenty minutes of quitting, your pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature will reach normal levels.

8 Hours- At this mark, 93.75% of the nicotine in your bloodstream from your last cigarette has been reduced.

12 Hours- Your carbon monoxide and blood oxygen levels will be normal.

24 Hours- Anxiety has increased, but within two weeks of abstaining from cigarettes, the levels should return to normal.

48 Hours- An increase in irritability will occur, but the sense of smell and taste should start returning to normal levels.

72 Hours- Your body should be 100 percent nicotine free at the 72 hour mark. Nicotine withdrawal will cause restlessness and irritability, but your lungs will be on the way to recovery, allowing you to breathe easier.

5 to 8 Days- It’s common for ex-smokers to experience three crave episodes a day, but each episode should only last a few minutes.

10 Days- The amount of crave episodes should be down to two per day.

10 to 14 Days- Addiction has decreased significantly. Many areas of your body have returned to what they were before you picked up the habit of smoking.

14 days to 4 Weeks- Irritability, restlessness, and anxiety due to withdrawal should be gone.

1 Year from Quitting- The risk of a heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease has now dropped to half of that of a non-smoker.

5 Years- For a female, the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes is now the same as a non-smoker.

5 to 15 Years- The risk of a stroke in no the same as a non-smoker.

10 Years- The risk of lung cancer is now between 30 to 50% of that of a smoker.

15 Years- Coronary heart disease and pancreatic cancer risks are now the same as a non-smoker.

20 Years- Diseases and conditions related to smoking are now that of a non-smoker.

As you can see, from the moment you extinguish that last cigarette your body will be repairing itself. Do your best, and read stop smoking tips to help you reach your goal.

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9 Common Substance-Induced Disorders

Substance abuse triggers symptoms similar to mental illnesses and are known as substance induced disorders. The disorders vary depending on the type and toxins found in the substance. Here are 9 substance induced disorders explained:

Delirium

This is feelings of confusion, restlessness or hallucination. Alcohol is one substance that when abused will cause delirium symptoms. People who overdose on cocaine or amphetamines may also experience temporal delirium.

Persisting Dementia

One suffers impaired reasoning and in several cases personality changes. Alcohol is one of the known substances that changes people’s behavior and personality, especially when feeling ‘high’. Persisting dementia may also be a present symptom in people abusing cocaine or amphetamines.

Amnestic Disorder

This disorder is manifested as memory loss, loss of the ability to create new memories or learn new information. An individual may suffer temporary amnestic disorder after over indulgence in alcohol. The individual suffers memory loss until dysphoria clears away. It is the same symptom that manifest in individuals doping with amphetamines, cocaine or sedatives.

Psychotic Disorder

People suffering from psychotic disorder lose touch with reality and cannot reason normally. Cocaine abuse is one drug with psychotic disorder symptoms and the victim may go overboard and turn violent. Psychosis may manifest much later in life when an individual becomes heavily hooked on sedatives or alcoholic substances.

Anxiety

Anxiety comes out as too much fear or worrying over something. Anxiety disorders are present in individual hooked on alcohol, caffeine, opioids and sedatives. Anxiety may manifest as an early symptom, especially in caffeine abuse, or may show up later during withdrawal as the case with alcohol, opioids and sedatives.

Moodiness

Moodiness sometimes comes out as depression in other people. Alcohol, nicotine, sedatives and opioids are some of the substances that create this order. The person may lose their mood before taking the drug, after taking the drug, or when suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Hallucinogen Persisting Perceptual Disorder

This disorder affects someone’s visual ability in that they start seeing things that are not real. One may hallucinate when experiencing euphoria or being ‘high’, a symptom common when abusing alcohol, sedatives and opioids.

Sexual Dysfunction

Poor sexual performance may appear in persons heavily abusing alcohol, sedatives or other intoxicating substances.

Sleep Disorder

Abuse of opioids, sedatives and alcohol will trigger sleep disorder and restlessness when the problem is not controlled in time.

These are some of the common substance-induced disorders often confused as mental illness. Note that symptoms of the substance-induced disorders ranges from mild anxiety and depression to full-blown psychotic reactions.


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Get The Facts About Panic Attacks

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Panic attacks are emotionally debilitating incidents that can happen anywhere and at any time. Some are aware of the triggers but many never learn what causes them to experience this dreadful condition. They simply cope with it when it happens. The unpleasant feeling typically lasts for minutes at a time and then it subsides on its own. However, it can recur just as quickly, waves of panic in succession leaving a person exhausted and utterly distraught. The lack of any discernible cause compounds the problem. Patients are physically okay yet psychologically devastated and they don’t know how to get well.

The Effects of Panic Attacks

Individuals experiencing panic attacks can be so traumatized that they start developing fears that exacerbate the situation. Since the incidents can happen without warning, they are in constant state of dread about the next time it might appear. They worry that it might come up while they are out in public, possibly leading into some embarrassing situations. This thought may cause them to retreat inwardly. They will prefer to stay in places where they feel comfortable like their home and refuse to go out unless it was absolutely necessary. They may begin to withdraw from friends thinking that nobody understands them, not even themselves.

Treatment Options

Those who suffer from panic attacks are likely to feel like they are all alone in a fight against an invisible shadow. Yet the truth is that there are more than 4 million Americans suffering from different forms of panic attack. This represents a significant portion of the adult population. The numbers may even be a lot higher as this condition tends to be grossly under-reported.

The good news is that people don’t have to live this way all their life. There are a number of treatment options available and most of them can produce tangible results within a short time span. Cognitive/behavioral therapy is a particularly effective treatment for panic attacks and agoraphobia. It is often described as a how-to therapy as it focuses on the present moment and the ways to get rid of the anxiety.

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