Nicotine is unusual in comparison to most drugs, as its profile changes from stimulant to sedative with increasing dosages, a phenomenon known as "Nesbitt's paradox" after the doctor who first described it in 1969
A relevant passage from The Graysonian Ethic: "In a lot of ways you do not realize, the human race is entirely defined by our biology. Many of your deepest-rooted fears and ambitions are written into your blood, in a library that was passed down by millions of generations of successful creatures going all the way back to the single celled organisms that first spawned within the primordial ooze."
I have experienced these 'blips' in the past and was deeply troubled by them, as I thought that they could indicate something serious going on.
While I don't suggest anyone to disregard any symptom that they consider to be potentially serious (read as: consult your doctor if you suspect something could be wrong), I have noticed throughout my life many different types of 'glitches' such as this one that turn out to be benign and common.
To me, learning about these effects is a form of applied psychology in the sense that understanding that these feelings are normal and usually benign can help prevent health anxiety.
I'll try it out and see if it works for me
When you’re in bed with your eyes closed, roll them back as far as you can (it’s kind of a weird feeling to me). Hold them like that for several seconds, relax, repeat. The reason something so simple works is because your eyes roll back naturally when you’re really asleep in this fashion. Doing it deliberately signals the brain to release melatonin, which is one of our “sleep hormones” (and popular as a supplement to take at bedtime to help sleep). So there you have it. I just saved you 12 bucks. :D
Ptsd is more likely if you don't have as much social contact + can't express grief. Potentially 'cant express grief publicly'. If entire community subject to tragedy less rates of ptsd - even allievates ptsd symptoms in long term ptsd victims.
During war/after 911, suicide/depression/homicide rates drop. Potentially from being involved in a grand cause. Causes people to speak to each other. Our brains enjoy helping each other.
Much higher rates of mental health problems in human history. These increase with urbanization. Countries might focus too much on tearing themselves apart by every possible ethnic line etc.
Soldiers in ancient times got ptsd at lower rates, potentially due to; death/blood being more common, at camp they were usually safe whereas nowadays - never safe (drones, long range missiles, ied) so modern soldiers always always hypervigilant, killing was considered glorious, crying was allowed amongst men
concussions increase the odds of ptsd developing
35 days of uninterrupted combat, 98% have psychiatric disturbances.
Short term hypervigilance is probably advantageous - easily awaken, worried about event.
Research suggests that not just sleep position, but sleep itself, can play a role in musculoskeletal pain, including neck and shoulder pain. In one study, researchers compared musculoskeletal pain in 4,140 healthy men and women with and without sleeping problems. Sleeping problems included difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, waking early in the mornings, and non-restorative sleep. They found that people who reported moderate to severe problems in at least three of these four categories were significantly more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain after one year than those who reported little or no problem with sleep. One possible explanation is that sleep disturbances disrupt the muscle relaxation and healing that normally occur during sleep. Additionally, it is well established that pain can disrupt sleep, contributing to a vicious cycle of pain disrupting sleep, and sleep problems contributing to pain.
"Psychologists now say that this is a dangerous myth. Some people use this theory as a license to hurt others. Research has found that "letting it rip" with anger actually escalates anger and aggression and does nothing to help you (or the person you're angry with) resolve the situation."
Most conventional approaches don't work, like one word answers, turning away, making small motions toward doors, mindlessly agreeing with them.
The best approach is too not respond in any kind of significant way, including head nods
One is to let it play out a bit, because often times there's some useful thought in there that if you completely ignore will actually cause more anxiety.
Once you're ready to stop the rumination simply note it. Some of my go to notes for rumination are "anxiety" "social anxiety" "guilt" "doubt" "fear" "obsession" "not useful". (I use "not useful" the most, as it seems to have a non-judgmental quality to it).
So the strategy is to either sit down or stand and note the rumination as it pops up or continue what you're doing but take note when it pops up. Sometimes I do both. It works very well.
pilot study from 2015 was one of the first to look at the effects of meditation on IBS symptoms. The researchers found that after just nine weeks of meditating, IBS sufferers had drastic reductions in their symptoms—and this continued for three weeks after the meditation program ended.