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    Saturday, 20 October 2018






    Most of us at one time or the other, have suffered mood swings. Although so many factors influence our minds and body everyday, it's still possible for you to control and take charge of your mood.

    Ever woken up in a bad mood and you don't know why? It has happened ATLEAST 10 times to almost everyone! And any day you wake up in a bad mood, you end up over-stressing yourself and at the end going back home weak and angry.

    I have researched and got you some, out of the many factors that influence our moods on a daily basis. Some of these factors are made up of our actions and engagements everyday of our lives. So, this means that we are partly responsible for how we feel and react to stimuli outside our environment. Now our reactions produce a response from the outside which again affect our emotions and mood either negatively or positively. It's like cyclic in nature!

    1. Spending Time With Negative People
    Did you know that negative moods are very contagious? It attaches to you anytime you spend so much time with another negative person. Spending time with someone who is depressed, angry and even disgruntled might get you slipping to a negative mood.

    The best option is to avoid negative people altogether. But in reality, you might find it difficult or even impossible especially when you work in the same office, study in the same class or even live together under same roof.
    When you can't avoid people laden with negativity, the best thing to do is to infuse positivity into any situation you find yourselves. This deliberate act will prevent you from slipping into negativity yourself!

    2. Keeping Late Nights

    In our contemporary society, it is no longer a surprise that after a hard day's work, some people still go partying and clubbing till very late in the night and expect to perform optimally at work the next day.

    According to an article on Psychiatry and Neuroscience, those who consistently stay up late into the night are three times more likely top develop depression, fatigue and lack of focus than those who get to bed at a decent hour.
    Therefore, for you to fix this, it is advised that you create a new habit that helps you get to bed at a decent hour every night. That extra energy will help give you a boost of energy throughout the next day.

    3. Food And Diet

    Some of the foods we eat are responsible for a wide range of physical conditions such as abdominal pains, nausea, etc. Some of them give rise to irritability, lack of focus, moods wings, aggression or even hyperactivity. So if you suffer from regular mood swings, try keeping a record of the type of food you eat and the accompanying changes in your body. If you identify a link, work on them.

    >> And Again, the Junk Foods You Eat

    It has become really worrisome, the extent of junk and unhealthy foods consumed by people everyday. With the high concentration of unhealthy fried and most times Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)/foods, the brain is being negatively affected including the general health of the individual. Remember that most of these junk foods and GMOs are the major causes of Cancer and other terminal diseases. I'm making reference to those foods you eat at eateries like the burgers, snacks and other junks just because you don't want to cook in your house.

    4. Drug Use, Abuse And Addiction

    Psychoactive Drugs

    These are drugs that when used, exert major action on the brain by producing such effects as sedation, stimulation and change in mood or behavior

    The term mental health means different things to different people. You may think of control, happiness, contentment, order – but good mental health is usually a sign of a positive way of life. Mental ill health is the opposite of this – it causes problems and creates barriers to being happy.


    Your frame of mind may vary between the two as mental health can change. It can be affected by external influences, and one of these psychoactive drugs.

    Drugs that are psychoactive, such as cannabis, alcohol, ecstasy and heroin, have the ability to affect your mood either positively or otherwise. They can arouse certain emotions or dampen down others. This may be why you use them. The changes in your mood or behaviour caused by drugs are the result of changes to your brain. This is also the part of you that controls your mental health.

    The use of drugs has severe consequences on our daily mood. It Is worrisome the rate at which people pop pills in order to sustain their mood either at work, school or at social gatherings. Mood boosting drugs and analgesics might temporarily do the expected, but its side-effects can be very dangerous to your health.

    One very popular analgesic, Tramadol which is supposed to be prescribed by Doctors as pain killers, is one of the most abused drugs by youths, and even more worrisome, the minors. Tramadol in the system of an individual releases a burst of energy through the body system and there is also this feeling of euphoria. Most times, its use as a result of the extra energy it gives, leads to hyperactivity. As a result, many people live their lives depending on such drugs. 

    People who use this and other types of drugs, especially when they are not clinically prescribed, may suffer from some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with the drugs. In the case of Tramadol, the withdrawal symptoms include, irritability, depression, dizziness, difficulty breathing and at the long run, impotency and even DEATH!

    Individuals who are addicted to Tramadol are aware of these side effects, and they fear to experience it, and also to sustain the mood in which they are, they continue the use of the drugs. Eventually, this leads to what Psychologists call Opponent-Process Theory.

    Opponent Process Theory (OPT) is a model of drug addiction. The drug initially produces pleasurable feelings but then a negative emotional experience occurs when the effects of the drug subsides. Therefore, for fear of the withdrawal symptoms as I mentioned above, the user takes YET another or more of the drugs to sustain the pleasurable feelings. This however leads to ADDICTION.

    All psychoactive drugs such as:

     cocaine

     crack cocaine

     cannabis

     Salvia divinorum

     methylphenidate (Ritalin)

     ephedrine

     MDMA (Ecstasy)

     mescaline (cactus)

     LSD blotter

     psilocybin mushroom (Psilocybecubensis)

     diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

     Amanita muscaria mushroom

     Tylenol 3 (contains codeine)

     codeine with muscle relaxant

     pipe tobacco

     bupropion (Zyban)

     Hashish; may cause mental health problems while you are taking them and as you clear the drug from your body (withdrawal).


    Side Effects Of Psychoactive Drugs


    There are a number of side-effects associated with psychotherapeutic agents/drugs. 

    These can include, and are not limited to...DOWNLOAD THE SHORT PDF FILE HERE TO READ ALL

    Culled from Michael Doo's 'TAKING CHARGE Of Your Daily Mood'

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