Panic Attacks – Medicine, Medications, and Treatment Options

Posted on December 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Should you be wondering if you have ever suffered a panic attack, chances are you have not. Panic attack sufferers know the excessive sweating, the trembling, the heart pounding and the uncontrollable fear that occurs when held at the mercy of their anxiety disorder. Panic attack sufferers also know that they are not suffering from a mental disorder, but rather a habitual problem that occurs at certain points in time that even they may not understand. What many panic attack sufferers do not know, however, is that there is an array of treatment options available to them so that they no longer need to live in fear.

After having your first panic attack, you should certainly seek professional help (such as your physician or a counselor) as, chances are, you will suffer from another attack at some point in your life. Your doctor is likely to write up a prescription with some sort of medication that is meant to help you. We will list what the most common medications are below:

Beta Blocker: Beta Blocker is very commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. It’s effective in that it controls the physical symptoms of a panic and anxiety attack even before it occurs. How is that possible, you ask? A Beta Blocker medication actually blocks the chemicals that make us feel nervous and anxious (one of them being epinephrine, which is strongly suspected to play a major role in inducing panic attacks). Beta Blockers are often preferred by practitioners as they have fewer side affects than the drugs mentioned below, though do be wary – side effects still do exist. Some of them are:

– Short term memory loss
– Fatigue
– Insomnia
– Nightmares
– Depression

Check the pamphlet that comes with the particular drug you may be prescribed for all of the potential side effects. The more common ones that you will find on the market are Propranolol (Inderal) and Atenolol (Tenormin).

FUN FACT: Beta Blockers have also been used by professional athletes to help alleviate the anxiety athletes are faced with when performing at important events (i.e. the Olympics).

Tricyclic Antidepressants (also known as TCAs): As the name states, this drug is most commonly used to treat depression, which is frequently a side effect to anxiety and panic attacks. Should you be prescribed this drug, you may find that you experience blurred vision, dry mouth, problems when attempting to alleviate yourself, and loss of sex drive (including erectile dysfunction). With recent research, TCAs are more and more often replaced with “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors” (SSRIs). Some TCAs that you will still find on the market are Imipramine (Tofranil), Desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane) and Venlavaxine (Effexor). Do note that some physicians consider TCAs to have a higher rate of being habit forming than other medications.

Benzodiazepines: Have fun trying to say that one out loud! Benzodiazepines are offered in single dose and several-dose forms, which causes one to take it several times a day for months or years, if necessary. These are perhaps the most effective at treating panic attack symptoms and, as such, are the most commonly prescribed. Beware that along with taking this medication often comes the following side effects:

– Decreased mental alertness
– Drowsiness
– Clumsiness
– Sexual side effects
– Irritability
– Increased susceptibility to the effects of alcohol

Without saying, no alcohol should be consumed when taking this drug in particular. Some names you will see if prescribed a Benzodiazepine are Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), Ativan, Diazepam (Valium) and Alprazolam (Xanax).

FACT: Xanax in particular is only FDA-approved in the United States for “short-term treatment”, meaning you may only use it for up to 8 weeks due to dependency problems.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): Previously, MAOIs were prescribed when TCA treatment was not effective and as a last resort option. MAOIs are very powerful anti-depressant drugs, which perhaps have the most dire side effects or complications available out of the four medications mentioned. Some more common side effects are:

– Increased appetite
– Difficulties when sleeping
– Dry mouth
– Sexual side effects
– Low blood pressure

If you are prescribed a MAOI, you may find that you are prescribed Tranylcypromine (Parnate), Phenelzine (Nardil) or Hydrazine.

Should you run a quick internet search of all of the drugs you may be prescribed, you can quite possibly come by hundreds. The drugs mentioned above are only some of the more commonly prescribed drugs by American physicians. As with any medication, take them with caution. Follow the doses on the labels exactly as stated, and keep in mind that these medications are only a temporary solution to a problem. Discuss natural remedies with your doctor or counselor too to continue on the beneficial effects of living anxiety and panic attack free.

Flower Power and the Flower Children

Posted on December 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

A flower is the reproductive structure of a flowering plant; it facilitates reproduction of the plant by fusing the male and female structures of the plant. Hence it plays an important role in studying the role of plants in a scientific manner, which is referred to as Botany. Their role in pollination and cross-pollination have helped us understand how plants flower, bear fruits and seeds and allow future generations of plant life to grow. Some flowers are edible while are not. It’s fairly common to see brews, concoctions, herbal products and juices being made from flowers that are known to be good for human consumption.

All these facts bring on a scientific temper to the role of a flower.
In addition to their prime place in plant life, flowers have forever been the source of admiration and beauty for humans; they are seen as objects of food, love, medicine, romance, religion, rituals and many more.

In the abstract, flowers are taken as contextual references to convey a feeling, emotion or attribute. Many specific flowers like roses, orchids etc. are connected with many attributes; but in general, a flower can mean a garden, the spring season, the birds and so on. Just as words often have multiple meanings depending upon the context of usage, the word ‘flower’ can be taken as an individual object or used to denote something or be seen as a symbol referring to something.

Hence, the denotative meaning of a flower is just the object but in connotative usage as in a poem or stanza, a flower can mean youth, femininity, gentleness, fragility etc.

Flower Power

The term ‘Flower Power’ began as a slogan expressing opposition to the Vietnam War; it gained symbolism by rooting its ideology of non violence and passive resistance as a means to transfer protests and agitations against wars into peaceful movements. The American poet Allen Ginsberg is credited with the coining of this phrase. The poignant photograph of a young man trying to poke daisies into gun barrels held by military policemen at a 1967 march in Washington symbolizes the significance of flower power. ‘Flower Power’ later became a generalized reference to the hippie movement of the 1970s that saw an entire generation dress in clothing with vibrant colors and prints in flower designs and embroidered flowers, wearing their hair long, etc. It also brought in the culture of psychedelic art and music, drugs and social permissiveness.

The connotation of the term ‘flower power’ countered that non violence and love were synonymous with flowers that radiated positivity; the notion ‘make love not war’ soon established itself as a hippie way of life, hippies soon began to be referred as ‘flower children’.

In the best sense, this movement brought left an indelible impression and brought about a radical change in American society. Teens came together to live in communes, led a free life and asserted their views on mainstream society. This power translated into public civil rights’ movements and established the trend of liberation.

On the other hand, the culture of free and uninhibited sex and large scale use of drugs ultimately led to the formation of several drug cartels that became caught up in murky scandals and illegal cash funding etc. But the biggest threat to mankind was to come in the form of the HIV infection that became rampant in the early 1980s as a direct result of the ‘sexual revolution’.

Although the flower children generation slowly died out and flower power became a thing of the past, the effects of the past decades are still being felt in the current millennium.


A Larger Penis Is More Likely to Give Women Powerful Vaginal Orgasms – Research Shows!

Posted on November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The penis is a man`s most prized possession and men are very much aware of how their penis compares to others. It is very easy for people to say that size is not an issue and for some people and in most situations it might not matter. Those who have claimed that size is not an issue at all, have been proven wrong – at least to an extent. The Journal of Sexual Medicine has published a research which shows that the size of the penis does indeed matter when it comes to providing pleasure in the bedroom.

According to the research penis size plays a role for some types of orgasm and some women. The research paper, which was published in September of 2012, found that women who often have vaginal orgasms, say that they climax quicker and more easily with men who have bigger penises when compared to other women.

In this research a psychologist named Stuart Brody from the University of the West Scotland asked 323 women about their sexual encounters. These women were asked questions about their sexual behaviors recently, penile-vaginal intercourse and also about other types of sexual acts. Not only that, but these women also answered questions about whether a larger penis influenced their ability to receive orgasms in the form of vaginal stimulation.

The hypothesis that size does indeed matter, was supported by the fact that the women, who reported to have the highest amounts of vaginal orgasms, were more likely to say that a larger penis is better! The reason why a larger penis might induce more vaginal orgasms could be because a larger penis can stimulate the entire length of the cervix and the vagina.

This shows that penis size matters to women just as much as other traits such as personality, intelligence, height, social status, sense of humor and wealth. The Journal of Sexual Medicine also reported in early 2012 that clitoral and vaginal orgasms activated different areas of the brain and that they were completely separate phenomena.

The popular belief is that the only way to make a woman orgasm, was by stimulating the clitoris. But according to several essays published in April of 2012, there is more that one way to give women sexual satisfaction. Research has shown that women can not only climax through sexual intercourse itself, but the orgasm is very much different from those women who reach orgasm through clitoral stimulation. There are many more important findings which came out in these essays:

  • Women can reach orgasm not only through clitoral and vaginal stimulation, but also through the stimulation of erogenous zones and some women can even “think” themselves to orgasm.
  • The G-spot could actually play a part in the pain relief for women when giving birth.
  • Physical and mental health could also be linked to vaginal orgasms. Healthy women being more likely to reach climax without the need of clitoral stimulation.

The research shows that a larger penis is more likely to give women powerful vaginal orgasms. Although there are lots more factors involved such as the physical and mental health of a woman. A vaginal orgasm can not be pushed and the quest for alternative orgasms should not become a duty!

Some men have this black and white thinking that a small penis means no orgasms and a very large penis means vaginal orgasms every single time like magic. Getting obsessed with the size of your manhood is not very healthy!

But since penis enlargement through penile exercises is possible, then why not make your penis a bit larger if you want? These days penile exercise programs are not only designed to make the penis larger, but they are also designed to enhance every aspect of the penis such as stronger erections, ending premature ejaculations and helping men have multiple orgasms. So if the opportunity is there, it would be a shame not to use it!