Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season Dream Team!


Regular Edition- Cora Waddell: Ang Dazzling Daughter ng Bulacan

Regular Edition- Aura Azarcon: Ang Med of Honor ng Las Pinas

Celebrity Edition- Nonong Ballinan: Ang Kanto Komikero ng Novaliches

Celebrity Edition- Elisse Joson: Ang Hugot Babe ng Mandalyuong

Regular Edition- Jerome Alacre: Ang Overseas Filipino Worker ng Tondo

Regular Edition- Tanner Mata: Ang Incredible Hunk ng Nueva Ecija

Celebrity Edition- Jinri Park: Ang K-Hot Cover Girl ng South Korea

Celebrity Edition- Nikko Natividad: Ang Hashtag Boy Sipag ng Bulacan

Celebrity Edition- Mccoy de Leon: Ang Hashtag Boy Tatag ng Tondo

Teen Edition- Edward Barber: Ang Cheerful Charmer ng Germany

Teen Edition- Yong Mujahil: Ang Pag-a-son ng Angkan ng Zamboanga

Teen Edition- Kisses Delavin: Ang Miracle Daughter ng Masbate

Teen Edition- Maymay Entrata: Ang Ms. Wacky Go Lucky ng Cagayan de Oro

Monday, October 17, 2016

SINO ANG PSYCHOPAT SA DALAWA- SI BATMAN O SI JOKER?

SINO ANG PSYCHOPAT SA DALAWA- SI BATMAN O SI JOKER?
by Randy Dellosa (psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, life coach)

The word "psychopath" is apparently this month's psychological buzzword.  

Out of the blue, psychology students will approach me and ask:
(1) Ano ba ang psychopath?
(2) Ano ba ang pinagkaiba ng psychopath sa sociopath?

And this is the gist of what I tell my students:


* Psychopaths and sociopaths are people with CRIMINAL MINDS. They differ however in two significant aspects: their personality traits and the manner by which they commit crime.

* The PSYCHOPATH has a charming personality and is therefore easily liked and even admired by many. His style of breaking the law is organized, meticulous, deceptive, and discreet such that he won’t easily get caught. Pinagpaplanuhan niya ng mabuti ang paglabag sa batas.

* The SOCIOPATH has a moody and unstable personality, prone to bouts of anger and rage. His style of breaking the law is impulsive and poorly-planned such that he can get more easily caught. Padalos-dalos ang paggawa niya ng krimen.

* Some criminals have MIXED psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies.

* Rather than classifying criminals as psychopaths or sociopaths, psychologists diagnose criminals as having “ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER (APD).” The word “antisocial” here means that they violate socially and legally acceptable norms of society.


As for the Joker, he is moody, unstable, and impulsive. Hence, he is unmistakably a sociopath. In fact, he actually enjoys being a criminal. While the Batman?

Poor Batman! This dark knight is “emo” to the max. He suffers from (1) post-traumatic stress disorder, (2) major depression, and (3) obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

So, while the Joker needs to be incarcerated for life in a maximum security prison, the Batman is trapped in an inner prison which he shares with emotional demons that haunt him. What the Batman needs is intensive psychotherapy to liberate him from the anguish he has been harbouring through the years.

Well, that’s all for now, folks. I hope you learned a thing or two from this article. Take care now and have a good evening!

Yours truly, Mahatma Randhi 

P.S. Mag-ingat kayo ha sa mga psychopat at sociopat sa tabi-tabi! 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

MAY LAMIG KA BA SA KATAWAN? You May Need Clinical Massage.

MAY LAMIG KA BA SA KATAWAN? 

“Lamig” is a Filipino word for muscular spasms, knots, and nodules. “Lamig” may also mean pain, numbness, or limited range of movement. “Lamig” is called “lamig” because the affected area is most probably cold to touch. This implies that the tight muscles are preventing the smooth flow of blood, oxygen, nerve impulses, and nutrition to that area. 


One way I get the “lamig” out of my patient’s bodies is through acupuncture and ventosa (Chinese cupping). The other therapy which I’ve been using since the early 2000s is clinical (medical) massage. When I was starting out as a clinical massage therapist, my clientele used to comprise runners, bikers, and tennis players. Now, I seem to be getting more MMA athletes, ordinary gym buffs, and health enthusiasts. Although I am primarily a psychiatrist, 1/3 of all my patients actually ask me for medical massage and acupuncture.

DIfference between spa massage and clinical massage

Spa massage is for merely for relaxation purposes. On the other hand, clinical massage is for treating musculo-skeletal and postural problems. Clinical massage therapy always begins with an assessment of the problematic area, and then an assessment of the whole body in general. 



Clinical massage uses a combination of
  • Deep tissue massage,
  • Postural release therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Muscle energy technique, and many others.
Wow, that's a lot of techniques, isn't it? 

Beware of some masahistas!

For those of you folks who are spa enthusiasts, here’s my tip for you: Massage should never be painful. Your “masahista” should never make “durog” a nodule or she may be causing more harm than good. In fact, your masahista may actually be the source of your “lamig.” Gentle and scientific massage techniques are always better and safer.


Have a good day everyone, and take good care! Perhaps one day, you’ll be the one lying on my table as I give you a medical massage treatment. – Mahatma Randhi :D

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A PRIMER ON THE DEATH PENALTY: How to Approach the Controversy

A PRIMER ON THE DEATH PENALTY: How to Approach the Controversy
by Randy Dellosa, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, life coach


If I were asked to name some people who were sentenced to death by public execution, 5 people would automatically come to mind. Three of them comprise the priests known collectively as “Gomburza.” The fourth one would be Dr. Jose Rizal. And the last one would be Jesus Christ. As for the manner by which they were publicly executed, Gomburza died by garrote, Rizal by firing squad, and Christ by crucifixion.

 

In Philippine History class, I learned that PNoy’s father, Senator Benigno Aquino himself, was one of those sentenced to die by firing squad. He may have escaped the firing squad, but paradoxically, it was still a bullet that took his life. It is understandable then why Corazon Aquino abolished the death penalty during her term.




THE GREAT DEBATE

Throughout history, the issue of death penalty has always been a controversial topic mainly because there are strong arguments for and against its imposition.

Main arguments FOR the death penalty:


1. A life for a life. Those who commit heinous crimes such as plunder, treason, kidnapping, arson, murder, and rape should be killed.

2. Criminals who fear the death penalty will think twice before committing crime.

3. We can be sure that those who were executed will never ever commit crime again.

4. Revenge (retribution) is necessary so that family members of the victim can have emotional closure. 

5. Killing the criminal is more humane than imposing a life sentence behind bars.

Main arguments AGAINST the death penalty:

 

1. It is a proven fact that the death penalty does not prevent crime. Some research studies even indicate that the crime rates increase after a public execution. 

2. Because the justice system is strongly-flawed, innocent people have been intentionally or mistakenly executed.

3. The death penalty is discriminatorily applied to poor people, racially-prejudiced people, and people with mental illness. Rich and influential people are rarely meted the death penalty.

4. Supporters of the death penalty are as morally guilty as the executioner that kills the criminal.

5. Those who are executed are deprived of the chance to rehabilitate their lives.


WHAT TYPE OF JUSTICE DO YOU BELIEVE IN?


If you are FOR the death penalty, the type of justice that you espouse is called “retributive justice.” “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” is how the Old Testament puts it. The primary emphasis of retributive justice is retaliation or vengeance for the crime committed.

If you are AGAINST the death penalty, the type of justice that might appeal to you is called “restorative justice.” It is focused on making the criminal offender suffer a life sentence in prison but with the aim of rehabilitating the offender, meeting the needs of the victim(s) and the community, and promoting healing for all involved.

IN THIS DEBATE, DON’T BE A TROLL!


In the upcoming debate on the death penalty, you can expect that social media trolls are going to resurrect in full force as they did during the elections.


Trolls are easily recognized because they are closed-minded, potty-mouthed, arrogant, hateful, illogical, and sarcastic cyberbullies. Their reasoning is flawed by their emotional prejudices and political loyalties. And the most annoying thing about them is that they actually enjoy provoking anger among netizens.

BE CRITICAL THINKERS INSTEAD!

Here are my tips on how you can be a reflective thinker/analyst on the controversial topic of the death penalty:



* Don’t rush in making a decision on the death penalty. Postpone making a final decision until you have thoroughly studied and reflected on the details of the issue.

* Listen open-mindedly to points of view that oppose yours. 


* Welcome sound criticisms about your beliefs and assumptions. Be open to the possibility that you are wrong. 


* Base your beliefs on facts and evidence rather than on political loyalty or emotional biases.


* Study and appreciate the arguments on both sides.


* Be respectful to those who don’t share your views. Agree to disagree.


* Learn from discussion groups, debates, and experts from both sides. 


* Place yourself in the shoes of the family members of the victims of heinous crimes.


* Place yourself in the shoes of prisoners awaiting their execution.

* And lastly, think independently. Be your own person. Don’t be a blind follower or group-thinker.



Have a good day, fellow Flips, and MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT! (Except of course the prisoners on death row). Sincerely yours, Mahatma Randhi :D

ANXIETY DISORDERS: IS YOUR NERBYOS KILLING YOU?

ANXIETY DISORDERS: IS YOUR NERBYOS KILLING YOU?
by Randy Dellosa, psychiatrist-clinical psychologist-life coach




“Nerbyos” is a tagalog word which apparently comes from the English word “nervous.” When pinoys say that a person has “nerbyos,” it usually means that that person is suffering from a mental or emotional condition. For psychologists and psychiatrists however, the term “nerbyos” specifically refers to the psychiatric condition known as anxiety disorder.


Pinoys believe that “nerbyos” is caused by a “bara sa ugat (i.e., blockage in the nerves or nerve conduction).” To some degree, that belief is true because research has found out that there is a disturbance in the flow of brain chemicals (e.g., adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, etc.) through the nerve cells.


NORMAL VERSUS ABNORMAL ANXIETY


Anxiety is a normal experience in life. Anxiety tells us that we have to prepare for an impending problem, stressful situation, or crisis.

Anxiety however becomes abnormal when it is:
* too intense
* too prolonged
* recurrent
* experienced for no apparent reason
* triggered by minimal or insignificant stimulus
* a disturbance to our daily life.



CAUSES OF ANXIETY DISORDER

Caffeine, uppers (like shabu, cocaine, heroin, ecstacy, etc.), bad trips from marijuana, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, and some medical illnesses may cause anxiety.

Emotional baggage and stress are psychological reasons to feel anxious.


Research also indicates that anxiety disorders may be transmitted through the genes.

WHAT DOES AN ANXIETY ATTACK FEEL LIKE?

Imagine downing 3-4 cups of brewed coffee all at one take. How would you feel?

Imagine standing at the ledge of a 50-foor building. How would you feel?




 Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:

* restlessness or uneasiness (pagkabalisa, di mapakali)

* palpitations or pounding heartbeat (kabog ng dibdib)

* hyperventilation or shortness of breath (kapos sa paghinga)

* fainting, dizziness, light-headedness (parang mahihimatay, pagkahilo, pagkalutang)

* cold spells (panlalamig ng katawan)

*digestive problems (acid reflux, GERD, LBM)

* tremors and numbness (pangiginig, pagmamanhid)

* body weakening (parang nauupos na kandila)

* feelings of going crazy, of having a serious illness, of dying, or of losing self-control


Can you imagine the agony of having to intensely experience all these symptoms all at one time, or all the time?

WHICH TYPE OF ANXIETY DISORDER DO YOU HAVE?


Anxiety disorders come in different forms:


1. Panic Disorder: Intense anxiety attacks that recur frequently.

2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Anxiety and worrying throughout the day, every day.

3. Simple Phobia: Intense anxiety when expose to feared objects or situations.

4. Social Phobia: Intense anxiety when around people or when interacting with people.


5. Agoraphobia: Intense anxiety in situations wherein the person feels trapped or unable to get help.

6. Separation Anxiety Disorder: Intense anxiety when separated from a person who is a source of safety and security.

7. Selective mutism: Failure to talk in selected anxiety-provoking situations.

SO HOW ARE ANXIETY DISORDERS TREATED?

Anxiety disorders are best treated by medication, talk therapy, wellness therapies, and stress management techniques.




Regarding medications, I avoid giving tranquilizers like Valium, Rivotril, or Xanor because they are habit-forming and may cause depression. The better option is taking an anti-depressant because they are relatively safe and non-habit forming.The important thing though is for the patient to find the “right” medication, one that is “hiyang” to him or her. The right medication is one that

(1) has no side effects and

(2) which significantly reduces or obliterates the anxiety symptoms within 2-3 weeks.

If the medication produces side effects, it obviously has to be changed.



HELP AND HOPE FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY ATTACKS

From my clinical experience, 99% of all my patients experience significant improvement or total recovery within 2-3 weeks of finding the right medication. Hope is real if you just reach out for professional help! And the faster you get help, the more quickly you’ll recover!

Visit randydellosa.com or randydellosa.net for the compassionate and competent help you need!


DO YOU HAVE MAJOR DEPRESSION?


DEPRESSED KA BA, O "EMO" LANG?
by Randy Dellosa, psychiatrist-clinical psychologist-life coach


Everyday of my working life, I meet people who are clinically depressed. I've found out that many depressed people don't actually know that they're depressed. They just know that they're not their usual selves and they feel that something is wrong with them.



Well, here's the checklist I use to assess whether a person has depression or not. To consider yourself as clinically depressed, you must have at least 5 of the following symptoms:


* Feelings of sadness, irritability, or anger
* Loss of motivation, initiative, interest, or enjoyment
* Changes in your sleep pattern
* Changes in your appetite
* Changes in your energy level
* Poor self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-image
* Overthinking, especially of negative thoughts, worries, concerns
* Poor focus or concentration
* Wishing that God would take you, or having thoughts of hurting/killing yourself


Simplistically speaking, if you are clinically depressed, it means that there is a serotonin imbalance in your brain that is causing your depression. Thus, you need a serotonin balancer (a.k.a. antidepressant) to balance your serotonin.


The good news is that with the right antidepressant at the right dosage, depressed people recover quickly within 2-3 weeks. The "right" antidepressant is one that is should make you happy, energetic, and productive within 2-3 weeks and should not give you any unwanted side effects. Otherwise, the antidepressant should be changed.


Aside from antidepressant medication, you will also benefit from talk therapy, wellness therapies (acupuncture, hypnotherapy, EFT, supplements, massage, etc.), and stress management techniques.

So. if you are clinically depressed, don't dilly dally. Seek professional help NOW! Remember that with the right treatment, you'll feel much better within just 2-3 weeks.


Oh, and by the way, kahit "emo" ka lang ay clinically depressed ka rin!


Good vibes, fellow Flips, and be happy! :D Sincerely yours, Mahatma Randhi :D

Saturday, June 25, 2016

UNDERSTANDING ADHD


UNDERSTANDING ADHD
by Randy Dellosa, psychiatrist-psychologist-life coach


Some months ago, a Pinoy actor named Albie Casino announced in a press conference that he had ADHD. He explained that due to his ADHD, it became difficult and stressful for him to interact with others.



What is this ADHD anyway, which Albie Casino claimed he has?

ADHD DEFINED


ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. "Attention deficit" here doesn't mean "kulang sila sa pansin." "Attention Deficit" in ADHD means "short attention span."


It is a brain disorder caused by problems with the brain chemicals, nerve pathways, brain structure, and brain functioning.

It is strongly genetic in origin.

TYPES OF ADHD AND THEIR SYMPTOMS

When a person has ADHD, it will commonly manifest in 3 ways:

(1) Inattentive Type - characterized by the following symptoms:
* lumilipad ang isip
* kalat ang isip
* hindi makapag-concentrate
* madaling ma-distract
* pagiging makakalimutin
* burara sa gamit
* madalas ma-misplace ang kagamitan

(2a) Hyperactive Type - characterized by the following symptoms:
* di mapakali
* makulit, maharot, malikot
* pasaway, palaaway
* sobrang bibo at aktibo
* "hyper" rin ang bibig- madaldal at maingay
* computer/gaming addiction (since the games give them the illusion of being physically active
* pagamit ng alcohol, weed, or "uppers" para mabawasan ang kanilang excess energy (Surprisingly. uppers like shabu may cause a paradoxical effect and cause relaxation for them.)


(2b) Impulsive Type - characterized by the following symptoms:
* padalos-dalos ang ginagawa o sinasabi
* di makapaghintay, demanding
* madaling mairita o magalit

(3) Combined Type - "all of the abo
ve."

These symptoms of ADHD continue throughout adulthood.


TREATMENT FOR ADHD

The good news about ADHD is that it can be managed by:
* Anti-ADHD medicine and natural supplements
* Behavioral management therapy
* Dietary changes, sports, and an active lifestyle
* Individual and family counseling
* Wellness therapies (such as acupuncture, yoga, and massage)


ALL IS NOT LOST FOR THOSE WITH ADHD

Remember that Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, John F. Kennedy, Justin Timberlake, Walt Disney, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, and even Albert Einstein all became successful people despite their struggles with ADHD.


If you are interested in ADHD support groups, seminars, or workshops, the AD/HD Society of the Philippines is always ready to assist you. You can visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/adhdsociety/.