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21 Signs You May Have Cyclothymic Disorder (And Not Even Know It)




The symptoms can be so subtle, you don’t even know you have a problem.

We all have moods; after all, we’re all human. If you’re the most positive person in the universe and completely OK with life and death, you’re still going to be sad when someone you love passes away. You might be someone who prefers not to have big emotions, but you’re still going to have moments where you feel something.

A mood can be anything: angry, ashamed, relieved, humiliated, stressed, silly, shocked, upset — it’s a temporary state of mind or feeling. But if your moods noticeably fluctuate from your baseline and you feel at the mercy of your emotions, then you might have cyclothymic disorder.

Cyclothymic disorder is a rare mood disorder that causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as those felt by individuals with bipolar 1 or 11 disorder. Some people think of cyclothymic as “bipolar lite” since its symptoms are similar, and is marked by episodes of low-grade depression and hypomania.

Cyclothymia disorder affects up to one percent of the population; however, at a hospital’s psychiatric department, it’s anywhere from three to five percent, according to Dr. Stephen B. Stokl, author of Mentally Speaking.

“Cyclothymia has an insidious onset that starts in late adolescence or early adulthood and has a chronic nature,” he says.

Most people never get treatment for this mental illness because their symptoms don’t seem incapacitating and they don’t realize they have an illness. It’s usually a loved one who notices that there’s a problem, finding it difficult to live with someone with such erratic moods. And the effect of cyclothymic disorder on relationships is dramatic.

“Cyclothymia usually comes with a high morbidity in terms of breakdowns in relationships, both personal and at work,” Dr. Stokl says.

Since the moods of cyclothymic disorder range from depression at the “feeling low” en,d to hypomania at the “feeling on top of the world” end, the signs are divided between the two.

You may have hypomania if:

You’re beyond optimistic and everything is always fantastic.
Your thoughts are going a mile a minute and when they focus on just one, you immediately think of something else.
You talk super-fast.
It seems like every day you need less and less sleep.
You have an extremely high sex drive.
You exhibit a lot of risk-taking behavior.
You’re meeting all your goals and making new ones just as quickly.
Your focus is off and you’re easily distracted.
You’re spending way too much money.
Your decision-making skills have gone to sh*t.
You’ve become quite the jerk and are very inconsiderate of others.
You’re constantly annoyed, agitated, irritated and restless.

And that’s just if you’re in a hypomanic period. Once you’ve finished the hypomanic period, you go right into a depressive period.

You may be in the depression phase of cyclothymic disorder if:

You feel intense sadness, overwhelming hopelessness, regret and guilt, but can’t come up with a reason for feeling as awful as you do.
You’re so anxious it’s like having a panic attack 24/7.
Your sleep patterns are all messed up and you either suffer from insomnia or you sleep too much.
You have problems either overeating or practically starving yourself.
Nothing seems interesting to you and you don’t really want to do anything.
You have no sex drive.
Your mind seems like a sieve and you have trouble concentrating.
You have headaches, stomach aches, or other health issues.
You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

If you recognize these symptoms, please talk to a mental health professional and tell them which symptoms you have and the triggers for the behaviors, and find out your treatment options. Some people advise against medication, since antidepressants are known for worsening cyclothymic disorder in the long run, and some recommend a combination of antidepressants and mood stabilizers.

Psychotherapy is a highly effective treatment for cyclothymia, and can give you valuable coping skills that will help rebuild your relationships and create healthy routines. You aren’t just moody when you have cyclothymia; you’ve been hijacked by your emotions and you need to get help.

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday



An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross



Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example



Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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