Mental Health and Wellness
This board is about your mental health and is packed full of information on how to manage it better. Education is the key to wellness and the more information…
Anyone who has ever gotten cut off in traffic or stubbed their toe on a coffee table knows how quickly anger can go from zero to 100. Most of the time, getting mad is just a part of being human. But in some cases, constant rage could be a sign of a deeper issue: depression.
People who experience chronic trauma often report additional symptoms alongside formal PTSD symptoms, such as changes in their self-concept and the way they adapt to stressful events. Dr. Judith Herman of Harvard University suggests that a new diagnosis, Complex PTSD, is needed to describe the symptoms of long-term trauma (1). Another name sometimes used to describe the cluster of symptoms referred to as Complex PTSD is Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS)(2).
The relationship between stress and memory is complex. A little bit of stress can enhance your ability to encode, store, and retrieve factual information. Too much stress, however, can shut the system down. You may have had this experience studying for a test. A moderate amount of anxiety is motivating and will help you perform better. Too much on the other hand, especially while taking the actual test, can prevent you from recalling what you know.
While the conversation surrounding mental illness is definitely improving in both its frequency and its sentiment, unfortunately, many still feel stigmatized. Despite how commonplace mental illness may be, those who experience it often face shame and discrimination from those around them based on these conditions. It’s a societal problem that many, including organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and celebrities like Halsey, are working to change for the better.
The mental health of our society is far from ideal according to Guest Blogger Gregg Henriques Phd. Rates of stress, depression, and anxiety are increasing.The data on college students is especially troubling. There are likely many reasons for this increase, including fast-paced, rapidly changing society, increasing levels of social loneliness and isolation, misguided attempts to medicate negative feelings, and existential confusion about the truths of the human condition
Learning about emotions after loss can help us heal. When we lose a loved one, the pain we experience can feel unbearable. Understandably, grief is complicated and we sometimes wonder if the pain will ever end. We go through a variety of emotional experiences such as anger, confusion, and sadness.
When I recommend the need for self-care to trauma survivors, they say it can feel like a chore writes Robyn Brickel of Brickel and Associates. Some of them even roll their eyes and tell me, “You mean you want me to take care of myself? Ugh. Who has time for that?!” It’s tempting for any person to undervalue self-care. But for trauma survivors, resistance to self-care has much deeper roots. Healing takes a focused, gentle approach.
Whether you think you are a “good” writer or not, writing can be extremely beneficial for your mental health. It’s not about crafting the next great novel, it’s about honouring your thoughts and feelings. Here are 5 reasons why you should be writing for your mental health
According to the National Institute of Health, depression is a common but serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms. These symptoms — feelings of hopelessness, sadness, irritability, and decreased energy, among others — affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. For those who are not familiar with what depression, chances are they have a lot of questions.
The essence of anxiety is worrying about some potential threat. It is trying to cope with a future event that you think will be negative. You do this by paying more attention to possible signs of potential threat, and looking internally to see whether you will be able to cop with that threat. When you notice your anxious symptoms, you think that you can’t cope with the situation and therefore become more anxious. The is the start of the vicious cycle of anxiety.
Betrayal trauma occurs when the people or institutions on which a person depends for survival significantly violate that person’ s trust or well-being: Childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse perpetrated by a caregiver are examples of betrayal trauma.
The symptoms of PTSD apply well to people who have experienced a discrete or short-lived traumatic event, like a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, or rape. But, they do not always apply well to people who have experienced chronic, repeated, or long-lasting traumatic events, such as childhood sexual and/or physical abuse, domestic violence, or captivity (for example, being in a prisoner of war camp or a concentration camp).
Alternate personalities, known as alters in dissociative identity disorder (DID), are a fundamental part of the disorder. And while most people can’t imagine more than one identity living within the same person, that’s exactly what alters in DID are. People with alters often refer to themselves as “we,” due to the multiple alters within the single person.
Bipolar disorder is a clinically challenging condition. In addition to the multiple mood states that patients can experience, the illness is frequently associated with multiple comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. Bipolar disorder can best be unde
Betrayal trauma occurs when the people or institutions on which a person depends for survival significantly violate that person’ s trust or well-being: Childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse perpetrated by a caregiver are examples of betrayal trau
We all long to feel loved and accepted for who we are. To be seen and comforted in our distress feels soothing and deeply affirming. Emotional support like this is a good sign of secure attachment. When you know your well-being matters to someone, that’s another mark of secure attachment