Mental and moral evolution is direction of Freedom

FREEDOM
ONE who has recognized the principles upon which the philosophy of self-help is based, to say nothing of the exceedingly practical relation of psychology to living, can hardly fail to have as a result a new conception, if not a new sense, of freedom. It will have occurred to him that the most prevalent form of slavery is a bondage to false beliefs and to the tyranny of the senses, and that this concerns him more nearly than any Social or Political tyranny whatsoever. He will have concluded, therefore, that true freedom lies in the perception of truth and in perfect self-control, and that, as he has been in slavery to his own sensations and opinions, he may now be his own liberator. As ignorance binds, truth makes us free. Every false belief is a link in the chain; but wisdom overcomes ignorance, as love casts out fear and light dispels darkness. Mental
and moral evolution is, therefore, always in the direction of freedom. Defects of character and disposition are obstacles we interpose between ourselves and the light, obstacles to our own progress. As these are surmounted one by one, we see more clearly, and experience greater freedom. Enlightenment and freedom go hand in hand. False belief shackles us, for whatever we believe stands to us in the place of truth, and usurpers are never just rulers.

The Aztecs were vanquished more by their own fear and superstition than by any prowess of the Spaniards, and were thus enslaved because of beliefs which obscured their vision of the facts and paralyzed their activity. In like manner we are all victims to our own fears and to false concepts, which shut out the light of truth and diminish our native energy, if they do not wholly obstruct our activity. Let us not blame either Society or Fate, then, for conditions which are personal to us and for which we have the remedy in our own hands. While there is much discussion in regard to hypnotism, apparently no one has recognized the fact that we are all hypnotized, more or less, by the world-thought.

As this is one of the factors which militates against our freedom, there is something to be said of the necessity for hyperventilation. The import-ant question is not—can we be hypnotized or no; but being already in a state of hypnosis, how are we to be hypnotized and freed from the tyranny of false world-beliefs? Some are in the profound hypnotic sleep and their acts are purely automatic, their opinions wholly reflected.

Others are merely in a drowsy state and are obedient only to the hypnosis of certain ideas from which they have never been free. This hypnosis, begun by their parents, by stupid nurses and silly Sunday-school teachers, has been fostered ever since by the verbose nonsense of the newspapers and by the pressure of the world-thought itself. There is only one remedy for ignorance and that is enlightenment, but if you do not know you are in slavery you will not seek freedom.

The most hopeless class intellectually are the half-educated who think they are wise. And in this day of the general diffusion of cheap knowledge and half-truths, when every one has a smattering of information, and people learn from the newspapers a thousand things which are not true, this class is rapidly growing. Instead of thinking for themselves, as
they fondly suppose, they are merely reflecting opinions and their point of view depends on the paper they take. It is a hopeful sign when any man becomes intellectually self-reliant—a sign of developing character: when he accepts a theory, because on his own reconnaissance he believes it to be essentially good and not simply because others think so; when he essays to examine popular notions concerning ethics, religion, and hygiene and rejects or accepts them at his own discretion. He is in a fair way to free himself from much superstition and false belief which cramps the mind and inhibits its power; he is on the road to intellectual freedom. Self-trust is inseparable from character, and to inspire any one to a greater degree of self-trust is above all to help him to help him-self.

If we do not think for ourselves—if we have the habit of delegating others to do our thinking for us—the fiber of the mind grows flabby like an unused muscle. If we are to run a race we must gradually strength-en the muscles and the lungs to that end.

the real life is in your spirit.

THE INNER LIFE
OUR study of the nature of man and his relation to God has shown us that his real life is in spirit. Our experience with the world, on the other hand, reveals how little he lives this true life and how exclusively his interest is absorbed in a material and wholly objective life. More than this, the experience of most men proves to them, sooner or later, how unprofitable is this objective life if lived to itself alone. Men do not commonly consider, however, how intimately their philosophy of life is related to their prevailing mental states and thus to their health as well.

All the cynical old men say we can gather no figs in this life. They do not take into ac-count that they have sown only thistles. If you sow only to the senses, you shall reap the fruit of the senses, which is Pain; and if you sow to the material you shall reap the fruit of the material, which is Weariness.
Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble, but man born of the Spirit is of eternity. If you worship Mammon you shall receive the reward of Mammon, which is despair, and if you worship God you shall receive the reward of God, which is peace. Choose, then, whom you will serve. Rest assured, not in this world or the next is there any departure from the natural sequence of cause and effect. It is true that since we have bodies we must have a relation to the material world. But we should establish a normal relation.

The body is good, money is good, food is good ; but when we become absorbed in eating and drinking, or in acquiring money, or in the care of the body, to the exclusion of our true and spiritual aims—then, and only then, these things are bad. One and all are means, never an end in life, and when we falsely elevate them in consciousness to a ruling place, they invariably become tyrants. The body has no health or strength in itself. It has no life apart from the informing mind. If that consciousness be in harmony with truth then will the body show forth harmony, and if that consciousness be discordant the body must manifest discord, as a mirror reflects an object. Now the inner life is a consecration to the Spirit, an effort to establish and maintain a consciousness in harmony with God, that is to say, with love and truth. Love caste out fear and the truth makes free, therefore in these should we take refuge.

If we have prepared a place within, we may retire at will and find peace. But if we have cultivated only objective states of mind and placed our whole dependence in material things, where shall we turn? For these things must fail as they have failed a host of deluded men before us. Each one must prepare a sanctuary for himself, and in the measure that he has consecrated himself to the inner life and meditated upon the truth, he has made it his own and it will serve him in time of need. In the journey of life, every travel comes to the branching roads that lead to the Without and the Within. Every step on the mad of the Without takes us further from the recent; the road of the Within leads to God. The true means of self-help, because it is the very purpose of life, is to find our recent, to bring our consciousness into harmony with God; for God is our life and our strength and apart from God we are nothing.
God is to man what the Sun is to the sun-beam, what the dynamo is to the individual light. Only as we live from within can we avail ourselves fully of the divine current of which the personal self is but the means of transmission. The spiritual laws of our being supply the conditions under which we shall best transmit that power. Every departure from these laws is a disturbance of those conditions, and to live from without is to receive and transmit only a fraction of the power which we should normally manifest in a spiritual life. You may think because you attend all the lectures and have read the latest books that you are living from within. Do not deceive – yourself. Silence and meditation are the means of following the way. Not reading about life but living avails. The most any one can do for you is to inspire you to think  for yourself and to thus help yourself.

Neither does attending church mean that you are living from within. Repeating dogmas by rote will help you no more than it helps the parrot who might be taught to do the same. If you believe salvation comes through the sacrifice and death of some one else—your brother, for instance, you are still in the pit of ignorance.

Ideals and Beliefs we hold in mind

We are but grown-up children, and like children we learn by experience that certain ways are profitable and others to be avoided. Experience and philosophy are two roads to the same point. Experience is the long road of the ignorant; philosophy the short cut of the wise. A child does not reason about the fire, but burns himself and thenceforth avoids it. It is not necessary that we should always burn ourselves in order to discover the facts, for if we will but use our reasoning powers, we may often come directly at the truth without the intervening experience.

As a rule, however, we listen too much to the world and give no heed to the inner voice. We are hypnotized by the world-thought, carried away in the tumultuous stream of consciousness and tossed in the rapids of false beliefs. Learn to still the mind, that truth may make itself known through the admonitions of the Soul; for the Soul is not subject to experience: it is God in us, God who is absolute Love and Truth. To hold true ideals in mind is, to that ex-tent, to be one in consciousness with truth—to bridge the gulf which exists in consciousness alone between God and the individual. This is the philosophic atonement which means harmony, and the result of such harmony must be, not only peace of mind but nervous reactions conducive to health. Let us bear in mind always that health is harmony and the efficient means of its retaliation is by the impression of true ideals through auto-suggestion; as the means of solving a problem in mathematics is to bring to mind the principles and apply them. The ideal state, of course, would be habitual right-thinking, the habit of always reacting upon true ideals. Obviously no lifetime is long enough for such perfection.

But no matter how distant the goal, the first and chief consideration is—are we travailing in the right direction? To meditate upon true ideals, to clearly frame them in mind and concentrate the thought upon them to the exclusion of all else, is literally to sow the seed—and God will give the increase. As we sow we shall reap. No one has ever gathered figs from thistles. If you have been sowing thistles in your mind—thoughts of fear or selfishness, of weakness or disease—do not cry out against Fate when your crop matures. Do nothing further to foster the growth of the weeds Let your weed patch die for lack of recognition and
meanwhile do you cultivate new fields and plant this time good seed. If we have been all our lives sowing thistles we cannot expect in a day to reverse this order. But if any one will sow seeds of love and truth, and foster them with the same care and energy he has devoted to thoughts of fear and of error, he shall be repaid and shall reap a hundred-fold. Nature works always for health.

The moral force of the universe is drawing man towards God, that is towards the absolute Good. Pain and disease and much of our trial and tribulation result from the obstruction we offer in consciousness to the flow of the divine current. In our ignorance, in place of going with the current by shaping our lives in accordance with love and truth, we vainly essay to resist and go against the current. The Law is never broken, but we are broken upon it. If a sculptor wishes to model a perfect form, he studies and keeps before him a perfect model, not a distorted one, and by concentrating his attention and his energy upon an ideal, he is able to give it corresponding expression in his work. Were he to hold fixedly in mind the image of a cripple, it would be impossible for him at the same time to model a perfect figure .

Philosophy of Life and Your Character

WE may now inquire as to what philosophy of life is to be deduced from the fore-going facts of psychology and what effect a recognition of these facts and principles may be expected to produce upon character and upon health. Such a recognition must influence at once the nature of our views and lead us to substitute, to the best of our ability, controlled for uncontrolled thinking, true in place of false concepts.

It will, in short, imbue us with the dominant idea of self-control, that is to say, control and direction of the thought-force; for it can hardly fail to reveal more clearly the nature of cause and effect and our own responsibility in the matter. Much that we have heretofore assumed to be altogether independent of ourselves, much that we have bid at the door of “bad luck” or attributed to the inscrutable acts of Providence, will now appear in its true light as merely the objective effect of a subjective cause for which we ourselves are responsible.

If it has been our habit to defend ourselves with the excuse that, as we did not know that two and two made four we were not to blame for our miscalculations. we must now admit that it is our business to know it, and that we cannot too soon acquaint ourselves with the fact, that in future our calculation may be correct. If again we have been inclined to blame others for our troubles, we must now admit that, while this may occasionally be justified, it is not the rule but the exception, and that ignorance and fear are our real enemies; that we have stood in our own light and created most of our own troubles.

A recognition of the simple fact alone that all consciousness is motor cannot fail to have a considerable influence. But the realization of the deeper fact that, as there are principles of mathematics, so there are principles of Truth absolute, which underlay our relation to God and to man, and that failure to comply with these in our attitude to life must manifest itself in both mental and physical in-harmony, inasmuch as health is harmony and harmony is conformity to principle—such a realization is the most practical awakening
which can come to the mind. What is the basic fact of our philosophy? It is this: that the self  as know er the Soul—is one with God, the universal winnower , the subject of knowledge; whereas the self-as-known, the stream of consciousness, is the agent, subject to development and control, and the body merely its gannet or material envelope.

This means that God is immanent in us, that we may appropriate the divine energy in the measure of our capacity to realize it in consciousness and give it expression in our lives. Man is a spiritual being clothed with a body, and a character fashioned upon this basis is necessarily both superior to and more stable than one fashioned after the false postulate that man is a material being and that he may or may not have a “soul.”

Mind is the potter and matter the clay and not only was the potter destined to mold the clay according to his will, but to conform his will to the divine Will which is wisdom. The implication is not alone the ultimate triumph of mind over matter but the victory of the higher over the lower in consciousness, of positive over negative states of mind, of love over fear and selfishness, of wisdom over ignorance.

ALL ABOUT THOUGHT AND THE BRAIN

SO much has been said of late on the subject of thought-control and the relation of the mind to the body, that the idea has u-fortunately become rather hackneyed—unfortunately, for the simple reason that our minds are so readily blunted by the habitual or familiar, that when a truth becomes a truism it no longer makes any impression. While there is not much left to be said on this subject that has not already been said, we may be pardoned for referring to some of its practical aspects.

The stream of consciousness uses the brain as its instrument and has been clearly shown to model that organ more or less according to the nature and extent of its activity. Professor Gates in experimenting with guinea-pigs by training one animal in a certain direction and not the other, has found on examining the brains of the two animals,that the one whose faculties had thus been encouraged showed an enormous development in the corresponding brain area over the one which had not so been treated.

In other words, stimulating the mind had rap-idly promoted cellular growth in the brain. We have every reason to infer that in this manner all areas of the brain may be developed by persistent thought through channels which use these particular areas. Thus an artist, a linguist, a mathematician, each tends by the exercise of his profession to develop certain areas above others.

A thoroughly well cultivated mind must tend to increase all brain-areas more or less; a well balanced mind will cultivate no one at the expense of others; while an unbalanced person has either cultivated one area out of all proportion to the rest. or failed wholly with regard to some which are essential to normal thinking. The fact is, we develop our brains through thinking, very much as we perfect our muscular system through exercise.

Doubtless the most important discovery of psycho-physiology is the fact that, whereas the sense areas of the brain are congenital, the ” thinking ” areas are acquired. Huxley has shown that the brains of an infant and Towards nature, the normal attitude is by all means a friendly one, for, as we shall see when we come to consider the subject of Belief, the attitude towards any object reacts upon us, though the idea in mind be entirely false. Make friends in nature, then; make friends of mankind, a friend of God. Go with the current by assuming the normal attitude toward all things. Make friends of the air and water, of heat and cold, of food and drink, for you do not fear your friend. Every fear in your mind works you harm, but your friends rally to your support; love works for you always.

First and last be your own friend, for if you have not harmony within you are a house divided against itself. Consider well the nature of the personal self—that multitude of ephemeral and shadowy persons whom we galvanize into apparent life by the energy of thought, only to let them fade away into nothingness—and learn to distinguish it from the true self, the wise and unfettered Soul which is God within you, unchanging and unchangeable. Deathless, disease less, age-less, untroubled in a world of sorrow—it is to the Soul you shall turn as to your refuge and your strength, to that you shall cling as to the Rock of Ages. It is merely a habit that we identify ourselves always with the flowing stream of consciousness. Let us now substitute the habit of identifying ourselves with that alone which is not subject to fear—the immortal Soul.

ITCHING

DESCRIPTION Itching is that unpleasant sensation in the skin that leads to a desire to scratch. You may also experience itching as a stinging, crawling. or burning feeling. These sensations arise when the nerve endings in the skin are stimulated. Many people find itching far less tolerable than pain. So why are you itching? There are many possible seasons. Temporary. mild itching may be unrelated to any underlying problem and will just go away by itself. On the other hand, itching an be a symptom of certain infectious diseases such as measles or chicken pox (see Generalized Rashes).

Even fungal infections like athlete’s foot (see Athlete’s Foot) may make you want to scratch. If you are allergic to certain foods, you may notice intense itching associated with a generalized rash that looks like red round wheals on your skin (hives). Poison ivy is another kind of allergy that makes you itch. Insect bites as well as infestation with certain parasites, like lice (see Lice) or itch mites (sables) (see Scabies) are also associated with itching.

Perhaps the most common cause of generalized itching is excessive dryness of the skin. This is particularly true in elderly people. Sensitivity to drugs, soaps. or makeup can cause either generalized or localized itching. Occasionally, itching without a visible cause can be triggered by underlying psychological stress. Often the itching will occur in varied areas such as your neck, forearms, or scalp. Removing the stress or learning to control it effectively usually stops the itching.

WHEN TO BE CONCERNED Sometimes generalized itching is a warning that something more serious is going on. If there is no obvious underlying cause, such as an insect bite, exposure to poison ivy, or dry skin, your doctor will want to check you for certain underlying illnesses such as diabetes. thyroid disease, kidney failure, liver disease, or even cancer. If you are taking medication and you experience itching, check with your doctor immediately to see if that’s the cause. Ordinarily, you should not discontinue a drug without your doctor’s advice unless you are having a severe reaction.

TREATMENT • Treatment of itching is usually aimed at treating or removing the underlying cause. Avoid things you know irritate your skin. such as rough clothing or certain makeup. If you have very dry or irritated skin, don’t use detergents or harsh soaps. Skin lotions or cream may alleviate the dryness. You might want to take baths with a small amount of bath oil. Just remember, excessive bathing and soaking in water can also lead to dry skin. lie avoid infection. keep your nails trimmed and clean and, if possible. don’t scratch.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR WHEN:

• there is no underlying cause of your itching such as an insect bite or exposure to poison ivy.

• the itching persists for more than a week.

• the itching is associated with any other symptoms. such as rash, and you can’t find the cause.

• you notice a general discoloration of your skin (jaundice) (see Jaundice).

• you are taking medication and develop itching (call immediately).

Eating Disorder and Depression

For many people, weight gain is a chronic problem. and large numbers of Americans are significantly overweight. Experts consider any individual who is 10 percent over ideal body weight to be obese. For most people. a few extra pounds represent a cosmetic rather than a health problem. Whenever you eat more calories than you burn. you’ll gain weight

. Your excess intake may result from both physical and emotional (actors. A change to a sedentary lifestyle, a move to a different climate, a sudden illness, or simply a change in your work may be the cause. Even if you’re not eating more, you’ll still notice a gradual weight gain. More often, a recent change in your eating habits will be the cause of a gradual weight gain.

You may have increased your food intake as a result of a recent emotional upset or a change in your social life. Regardless of the cause, remember that you must balance the number of calories you consume with the number of calories you burn in your normal daily activities. Each pound of body (at represents approximately 3.500 calories.

Generally, all calories you eat are the same, regardless of which foods supply them or when you eat them. But anxiously and compulsively counting calories is difficult and usually not very effective. just remember that sudden changes in your diet or exercise will begin to affect your weight very quickly. Although you may have read that exercise burns few calories, regular, vigorous exercise will significantly affect your weight

. Some experts feel that regular exercise not only burns off calories but actually changes the way your body metabolizes fats and carbohydrates. Attain your ideal weight without “crash” or “fad” diets. These diets may lead to rebound compulsive eating or to other eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa (see Eating Disorders). It is now generally believed that a behavior modification program combined with regular exercise is the most effective way to lose weight and to keep it off. First, it is important that you determine your ideal body weight. For anyone, being overweight presents a very clear health risk. If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, you are at an even higher risk for complications. In most of these cases. weight loss will markedly alleviate your symptoms.

Another less common cause of weight gain is fluid retention or a buildup of fluid in your body tissues (edema). You will most often notice this as a swelling around your feet, ankles, or calves. Fluid may also accumulate less obviously in your abdomen or in other tissues of your body. Fluid buildup in the feet and ankles is common in people who are on their feet all day. It also occurs frequently in people who wear tight undergarments such as garters or girdles.

Women may experience sonic fluid retention prior to their menstrual periods. This should disappear when menstruation begins. Another common cause of fluid retention is the intake of excess salt.

WHEN TO BE CONCERNED Edema is not a disease in itself, but it may be a symptom of serious underlying disease such as Kean failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. Repeated episodes of swelling of your feet or ankles that last more than two or three days, unusual puffiness of your face, or swelling of your abdomen should be reported to your physician. If this swelling is also associated with any shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention.

TREATMENT If you have any significant weight gain, particularly if it is sudden, see your doctor. He’ll do a complete evaluation to find the cause and prescribe proper treatment. If your problem is excess calorie intake, he will likely suggest a weight control program combined with behavior modification and exercise. If you are retaining fluid, he may advise you to restrict your salt intake in addition to other treatment.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR WHEN:

• you are more than 10 percent over your normal body weight. • you notice a significant weight gain. especially if it is sudden. • you have repeated episodes of swelling in your legs or ankles that last more than two or three days, unusual puffiness of your lace, or swelling of your abdomen. • swelling is associated with shortness of breath

FEVER WITH OR WITHOUT CHILLS

DESCRIPTION Fever is probably the single most important symptom of illness. It is also one of the main ways in which your body defends itself against disease. Normally, oral body temperature ranges between 96.S and 99.3 degrees Fahrenheit (normal rectal temperature is one degree higher). Like a built-in thermostat, a center in the brain keeps your temperature within this normal range in spite of conditions outside your body, such as hot weather or heavy clothing.

When you become sick, especially with a serious infection, the invading germs cause your body to produce substances that circulate to the brain center and reset this thermostat. As your body works to keep this higher temperature in order to help fight the infection, you feel feverish.

Your fern may begin either with a sensation of flushing and warmth or with chills. Soon your pulse rate will increase, and you may experience aches and pains in your muscles. Although infections are the most common cause of fever, anything that interferes with the thermostat in your brain can produce an elevated temperature, including stroke, cancer, heart attack, and an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).

WHEN TO BE CONCERNED An increased temperature is a clue that you may be ill. However. the number itself does not necessarily tell you how sick you are. In general, children tend to have higher (even than adults, while elderly people may not have very high fevers even when they are quite ill. So how do you know when to be concerned? A low-grade fever (under 102 degrees Fahrenheit orally) associated with symptoms of cold or flu is generally no cause for alarm.

However, if your fever increases beyond a low grade. or if there are other symptoms associated with your fever such as wet cough (see Cough and/or Shortness of Breath), severe shaking chills, unusually severe headache. or neck stiffness. consult your doctor. A prolonged low-grade fever, even without other symptoms, or a fever that comes and goes over a period of several weeks should also receive medical attention. Extremely high fevers. particularly in infants or young children, will occasionally cause convulsions (see Convulsions). This should be considered a medical emergency requiring immediate medical care.

TREATMENT Because fever is simply a symptom and not a disease itself, treatment depends on the cause. II you have a low-grade fever with symptoms of cold or flu, home treatment with aspirin (provided you are not allergic) or acetaminophen taken every six hours may relieve muscle aches as well as lower your temperature. However, any drug treatment should be discussed with your doctor.

Aspirin should not be used if your child has a fever since its use has been linked to a serious complication of certain viral illnesses called Reyes syndrome. As part of the evaluation of any prolonged or unusual fever, your doctor will want to ask you if you have traveled recently. taken any drugs. or been exposed to any infections. Alter a careful physical examination, certain X-rays and laboratory tests may be necessary in order to make a diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR WHEN:

• you have a prolonged low-grade fever (under 102 degrees Fahrenheit). • your fever comes and goes over a period of weeks.

DIZZINESS, VERTIGO, OR LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

DESCRIPTION You probably have experienced the symptom of dizziness (see Dizziness). It can best be described as a sensation of unsteadiness or light-headedness. In some cases, it may be associated with a feeling of faintness. However, with dizziness, you do not actually faint or lose consciousness (see Loss of Consciousness).

You may feel dizzy after having one drink too many or immediately after getting off an amusement park ride. Emotional upset and stress may sometimes produce this symptom. Vertigo is often confused with simple dizziness, but it is generally a more serious medical symptom. Vertigo can best be described as an actual sense of movement. With vertigo, you perceive that either you or your surroundings are actually moving or spinning. When you try to walk. you may veer to one side. Vertigo is usually the result of a disturbance in either the inner portion of your ear or certain areas of the brain responsible for maintaining your balance. Any acute or chronic disorder that affects the nerves leading to these areas can also cause vertigo.

One of the  most common causes is a mild viral illness associated with head and ear stuffiness. Sometimes the symptom of vertigo doesn’t even appear until after the infection has cleared up. Typically, the symptom is worse when you turn your head or change positions (positional vertigo). More serious causes include head injury, drug overdose, and brain tumors. A sudden loss of consciousness is called tainting. Fainting is usually a result of a sudden decrease in the blood supply to the brain. Many mechanisms can affect the blood flow to your brain, and some of these ate part of your body’s natural reaction to anxiety.

particularly stress. The very act of fainting and falling down often increases the blood supply to your brain. Fatigue, hunger, and emotional stress art common causes of fainting.

WHEN TO BE CONCERNED Although dizziness is generally nothing to worry about, it may be a clue to something more serious, such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), anemia, high or low blood pressure. drug overdose, or heart disease. Anytime you experience dizziness that does not go away within a fairly short time, consult your physician.

An occasional episode of vertigo that is short-lived should not be a cause for :dams. However, recurrent, frequent, severe attacks of vertigo require medical attention. Likewise, vertigo associated with head injury or accompanied by fainting requires immediate medical ■ attention. Most often. (aiming is harmless except for the risk of head injury. Recovery from an uncomplicated episode of fainting should occur within minutes. Loss of consciousness may also accompany heart disease. severe anemia, diabetes, hypoglycemia, drug.overdoses. and epilepsy. Any time someone loses consciousness and nun be aroused (coma), consider this a medical emergency and call for an ambulance

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TREATMENT The treatment of dizziness, vertigo, or loss of consciousness depends on the cause of the symptom. If you have become dizzy because of an emotional upset or stress, often a brief period of rest and an attempt to eliminate the underlying cause will solve your problem.

WEAKNESS, FATIGUE, AND EXHAUSTION

DESCRIPTION Most of you probably feel tired when you say you are fatigued or exhausted, but what do you mean when you say you feel weak? It’s important to understand the differences, since each symptom may have a completely separate cause. Fatigue and exhaustion are often the result of emotional upset, unusual stress, or just plain boredom. Since the cause is generally psychological, it often goes away with rest and a change of mood.

Prolonged feelings of fatigue may be an early sign of depression (see Depression). Many other symptoms often accompany this kind of fatigue, including trouble sleeping (insomnia) (see Sleep Dis-orders), headaches (see Headaches), sexual dysfunction, and irritability. On the other hand, chronic fatigue could be an early sign of heart or lung disease.

Disorders such as heart failure and emphysema cause fatigue because they prevent adequate amounts of oxygen from reaching the blood and body tissues.

While fatigue and exhaustion have to do with feeling tired, true weakness means an actual loss of muscle strength (see Localized Weakness). Using special tests, your doctor can determine the location and severity of the weakness. Then he will be able to identify the cause and begin treatment. We usually associate fatigue.

Exhaustion and weakness with each other because they often occur together. Many times these are symptoms associated with such common illnesses as colds and flu (see Colds and Cough). On the other hand, they may accompany more serious diseases such as mononucleosis (see Sore Throat). hepatitis (see Nausea and Vomiting), various disorders of your endocrine glands such as diabetes (see Frequent Urination) or thyroid disease, certain nutritional deficiencies, and some diseases of the nervous system. Sometimes, fatigue of weakness may be associated with actual dizziness or fainting (see Dizziness, Vertigo, or Loss of Consciousness). When you feel “tired all the time,” it is important first to try to distinguish between chronic fatigue and actual muscle weakness.

Fatigue is much more common. Once you determine that fatigue is your problem, carefully analyze your lifestyle. Are you eating properly and getting enough rest and exercise? Have you maintained your weight? If your answer to these questions is yes you must then analyze your psychOlogical lifestyle. Is your family life happy? Are you satisfied with your job? Do you have regular activities that you enjoy? Are you generally relaxed? Remember that one of the most common causes of fatigue is stress.
WHEN TO BE CONCERNED Whenever you experience prolonged fatigue that is unrelieved by normal diet and rest, you should seek medical advice. When your fatigue is accompanied by other symptoms, such as chest discomfort or shortness of breath. you should see your doctor immediately. The same is true if you develop weakness in your muscles.

TREATMENT Treatment of your fatigue or muscle weakness is aimed at treating the underlying cause. If you are feeling tired and know it’s because  you’re just not eating or sleeping properly, try to correct the situation. Follow a regular exercise program. If the fatigue persists with or without other symptoms, your doctor will need to evaluate the problem.

CALL YOUR DOCTOR WHEN:

• your fatigue is not relieved by normal diet and sleep. • your fatigue is chronic and persists over several weeks.

• your fatigue is associated with loss or gain of more than a few pounds of weight.

• your fatigue is associated with other symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, severe head-ache, or fever.

• your fatigue is accompanied by severe depression.

• you experience true muscle weakness.