Diabetes Mellitus by Gaby

I chose the issue diabetes because it directly hits home for me. This disease runs in my family and has affected different relatives of mine. They have diabetes and I have seen the struggle they undergo each day to battle this disease. It’s not always easy to have that smile on your face when you have diabetes because there are times when they have hypoglycemia, which is when they have low blood sugar and they start shaking or they get dizzy. This expands my learning because now I know what actually happens when you have diabetes and how everything in your body has to work together for you to get through everyday and release the energy. It also makes me aware of the issue and how to prevent it, like a healthy lifestyle and diet. This issue is relevant to me because since this disease runs through my family, there is a chance that I could get it. Expanding from my family, teenagers could get affected by this disease as well. Type 2 diabetes can affect teenagers that don’t exercise enough or anyone that is overweight. Recently, there has been a lot of news of child obesity, which can directly relate to any teens and adolescents during this time. Another type of diabetes is Type 1 diabetes, which is genetic and is unavoidable, but can still can hit any adolescent or teen.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that come as a risk with other illnesses such as obesity. Diabetes is very complicated and there are a lot of different types and forms so I will try and break it down. Diabetes Mellitus, is the most common form of diabetes, but doctors normally just refer to it as diabetes. This is when your blood glucose, also known as your blood sugar, is too high. Your blood glucose is actually the main type of sugar in your blood flow and is one of the main sources of energy. As you all probably already know, glucose comes from the everyday food that you eat, as well as from your liver and muscles. To convert those sugars into energy, your pancreas needs to create a hormone called insulin, which will carry it to your body’s cells, where it will be stored for energy. When your body doesn’t create that insulin that it needs for energy, you then have high blood sugars. There are 3 types of diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs more in children, but can also affect adults. This happens because your immune system, the part of your body that protects you from bacteria and viruses, gets attacked by the insulin cells. This type of diabetes is genetic and cannot be prevented. On the other hand, there is a preventable type of diabetes which is Type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes occurs when you’re not physically fit or overweight, and can affect any age, including teens. Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance, which means that your fat, muscle and liver cells don’t use insulin to carry the sugars to your body’s cells for energy. Because of this, there is a high demand of insulin in your body, which comes from your pancreas. Over time, when you need insulin the most, normally after you eat, your body doesn’t make enough of it, which makes you a person with Types 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes can be avoided if you pay attention to your diet, your lifestyle and how much you exercise. This last type of diabetes is called Gestational diabetes and only occurs in pregnant women, which is not really relevant to teens and because of that, I won’t elaborate much on the topic.

From what I learned and wrote above what, I, as well as the reader, can take away from this is that diabetes has more behind it than you think. This disease can all be avoided if you are aware about your diet and your lifestyle, as well as what is happening in your body. In the beginning, I used to think that diabetes was just about high blood sugar and insulin, but now after I’ve researched about what actually is going on in your body and the process of how all this happens, I have expanded my learning about this topic and have been more aware about diabetes. This has influenced my thinking on Wellness because it’s not only about having high self esteem or a fit body, but it is also about becoming aware of what happens in your body and diseases that can change your life forever.

I chose this image because these are certain things that can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

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Schizophrenia by Lucas Batungbacal

Schizophrenia, the breakdown of thought, emotion, and behaviour, is an issue that is, as we know it, unsolvable. The purpose of this essay is not to bear, unnecessarily, news that is not pleasing to hear about, but to warn of the symptoms of this condition. I chose this issue as it is, of course, one of the most menacing disorders of the human race, and can affect anyone at anytime. It is not discerned how one can get this disorder, so the people who develop it are extremely unlucky. Though it may seem a bit strange, I fear this disorder so much to the point that I have already researched it before this assignment. One of my ancestors in the province of Negros Occidental had seemed to hear voices that interrupt his thinking, and although he was fit, he was unable to do anything substantial, as he was always distracted and irresponsive, although he was smart as well. This is relatable to the case of John Nash, a schizophrenic that won the Nobel prize in economics. Now, how does all of this affect teenagers? I shall say it again, it is a disorder that can happen to anyone at anytime, and can destroy the youths of those it affects.
I have learnt that schizophrenia is a disorder that creates hallucinations, delusions, and impaired movement in the victim. The side effects of these symptoms are inability to focus, irresponsibility, irresponsiveness, and impairment of working memory. Quoting John Nash’s doctor, “What kind of hell would that be?”. Interestingly enough, instead of an expansion, a rift was drawn in between my thinking. Just the persistent thought of this disorder split my rational thinking with my emotions and behaviour. Paranoia grew vivid in my mind, and this paranoia drove me to research even more. This led me to find out that exposure to viruses, being malnourished, and having problems during birth can create this disorder.
In my opinion, more attention should be shed on this issue from the medical world, in order to create cures that are less abusive, compared to the drugs they use today. Surprisingly, I learned some schizophrenics are so entwined into their worlds that they don’t bother being treated but instead just live with the voices, as they can’t tell between reality and dream. Do not be mislead by this, even though they seem okay, this is not healthy for them. People neglect them, they do not eat or drink for days, and they rarely ever sleep.
Sadly, no cure exists, only antipsychotic drugs exist that only dampen the severity of hallucinations. On the contrary, the only known way to prevent this disorder is to remain nourished. I won’t sugar-coat it, Schizophrenia is a thief in the night, stealing reality from innocent people. Although, truth hurts, you cannot rely on a beautiful lie.

Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia By: Jenny

Have you ever had a sweat break before a performance or a recitation? Have you ever tried to escape something from somewhere because you were really scared or afraid? Hello! My name is Jenny and today I’m here to talk about my experience of always being nervous and wary of everything.

Anxiety disorder is a chronic condition characterised by an excessive and persistent sense of apprehension, with physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, and feelings of stress. This disorder is characterised by feelings of anxiety and fear, whereas anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events. Basically, it means that in crucial times and when before doing such an activity that makes you nervous, you have a panic attack and suddenly feel like the entire world is against you, and you feel that there is nothing you can do about it.

Social phobia, also known as Social Anxiety Disorder, is a type of an anxiety disorder characterised by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday society. People with social phobia have a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others, and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions in front of a large crowd. Their fear may be so severe that it interferes with work, school, or other activities. While many people with social phobia recognise that their fear of being around people may be excessive or unreasonable, they are unable to overcome it. They often worry for days or weeks in advance of a dreaded situation. In addition, they often experience low self-esteem and depression.

I chose these issues because I’ve always read books with twists and turning points; and one day, I came across one about where the main character had anxiety disorder and also social phobia. I also got attracted to these topics even more because one of my favourite youtubers, Bethany Mota, used to have anxiety disorder and social phobia before the internet (or more specifically youtube) helped her overcome her limitations. My connections are because it sometimes happens to me or probably has happened to everyone in one point of our lives.

Here are some examples that show Anxiety disorder and Social Phobia in everyday life:

– When you are about to go on stage, you suddenly panic and think about how the people in large crowds will think about you or how they might humiliate you if you make any serious mistake;
– When you have to deliver speech like this in front of a class and then you feel the pressure of not getting the words wrong and of engaging properly with body language;
– When you get sent out of class and you come back in, it really is frightening. Everybody is staring at you and you feel this ticklish burn at the back of your throat and you are afraid of your own shadow.

This issue is relevant to me because it gave me reference as I dug deeper into it and also gave me tips/know-hows on what to do when a situation like that occurs. This issue is important because of a fact I read that made me really sad. About 3.7% of the U.S. population or approximately 11.8 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorder and social phobia per year. This is important because if we use the same percentage in the number of people in the world, it means that there are 273.8 million people who are affected by this disorder (sorry for using complicated math). This issue affects teenagers because these days, we get stressed because of various reasons such as:

– Getting high grades,
– Social life,
– Meeting expectations,
– Fitting in with everyone else, and
– Being different or unique.

While researching this idea, I learned that the most important thing to do to overcome your phobia and disorder is to understand and learn about it first. Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. (Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy!) It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels at the moment. A tip from me to you is to never give up. Once you give up, it will just crawl back to you in time and make it worse. Giving up isn’t an answer but having fun when you indulge in an activity can help you feel happy and adjusted.

My thinking about this issue is that worrying about it can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But when you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem. Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralyzing. They can sap your emotional energy, send your anxiety levels soaring, and interfere with your daily life. But chronic worrying is a mental habit that can be broken. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective.

My thinking has changed because when I had those moments, I was unready and very unstable about what I had to do which was worse because it was like another panic attack inside the panic attack that was causing it. Nowadays, I still have those moments sometimes but it has become more helpful throughout because I took time to understand what I was actually feeling. It is the best to prevent the attacks beforehand, however, if that isn’t possible, the most important thing to do is think positive thoughts and say “I know i’m not the only one feeling like this and there will be others that have the same problem; and we will help each other to fight this because we are stronger than this.” This influences my learning in Wellness because it helps me think more deeply about topics that are similar and already gives me insight and background knowledge about similar topics.