A brief with data compiled by the researchers of University of St. Louis – Missouri last April 2015, which was published by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, revealed that depression is the second highest reason as to the suicide of the youth in Missouri. 2015 St Louis Depression Statistics disclosed that in Missouri, 118 kids from ages 10 to 24 years old died by their own hands due to this mental health disorder (2013 data). More on the fact, teenage boys in that suicide statistic are more than girls, and nearly 50% of these suicides were gun-involved.…
Seeing a family member face depression and continue to lose in life because it is undoubtedly difficult for anyone. It is already alarming to notice that they no longer leave the house to hang out with friends or rarely go to work. Their eating and sleeping habits have become extreme too, to the point that they sometimes either starve and stay awake in some days or binge on food and sleep during other days. But you know that things have gone south too far once the family member starts being aggressive to people or self-harms.
If you worry about your loved one who’s still struggling with depression, here are seven ways to help them turn their life around.
1. Realize The Symptoms Of The Disorder
The first thing you should do as soon as you find out that a close family member is dealing with this mental illness is to gain extensive information about its symptoms. Many of them are searchable online, and the explanations they come with are reliable too. In case you want more in-depth details about the relative’s condition, you may talk to a psychiatrist. These are extra steps you can take to understand what your loved one is going through due to depression.
2. Find Out What Caused The Depression
Once you have an idea of what symptoms a depressed person has to live with, you may have a direct chat with them about the root cause of their condition. You can start with easy topics, in the beginning, considering it is common for people with depression to avoid opening up about their issues. As they get comfortable with you, you can then assure your family member that they can tell you whatever’s bothering them. Don’t give up if you manage to receive no real facts on your initial attempt, though. Repeat the same process or try other tactics to get to the bottom of the problem.
3. Coax Them To Get Professional Help
Although the cause of depression is different for every individual who has this disorder, it seems hard to meet a patient who went to a clinic to obtain a diagnosis in their own accord. Some get dragged by parents or siblings who are afraid that they’ll do something drastic. Others, meanwhile, have been rescued by the authorities after a failed suicide attempt. Before things become worse for your troubled loved one, therefore, you should coax them every single day to set an appointment with a psychiatrist.
4. Have A Positive Attitude Often
Pessimistic words have no place in your world, especially if you are around a family member with depression. You can’t be mad, use profanities, or even look crestfallen regardless of how bothered you are by something. The reason is that a depressed person can quickly pick up your bad mood through your anger or frustration is directed to another individual or incident. Instead of helping them feel better, your negative attitude might push them further down the depression lane. Hence, it will be best to have a positive attitude often.
5. Try To Make Them Laugh
Keep in mind that one of the significant things that lack a depressed person is the ability to laugh and be happy. They always seem sad or as if their head is floating elsewhere. There may be times when you are chatting away, but then you realize that your loved one’s not even listening. Your only resolve at this point is to try to bring laughter in their hearts once more by cracking jokes or acting goofy whenever they are around.
6. Go To Therapy With Them
Assuming your family member agrees to meet a psychotherapist, it is ideal to have at least one of you to accompany them during every session. You may merely stay in the waiting room while the therapy goes on or be able to come to the clinic as well, depending on what type of treatment the patient wants to do. However, the fact that they are not doing it alone may encourage your loved one to take the doctor’s advice more seriously.
7. Remain On Their Side No Matter What
Lastly, whether they are ready to fight depression or not, you should remain on their side no matter what. Some people, after all, need a few tries before they find a therapy that works for them. Others spend years not wanting to accept that something’s wrong with them. Despite the frustration that you might feel towards their behavior, you can’t leave your troubled family member behind since they need your understanding the most now.
The healing of a person with depression cannot ever start with a mental health professional or even a concerned family member like you. The depressed individual has to want to overcome the disorder for any coping mechanism or treatment to work. Nevertheless, knowing that you will always be their #1 support system may stir their thoughts and cause them to strive to get better.
No matter what your job is, the signs of stress are the same for everyone. Your once chirpy self goes away, to the point that the people around you shake when you open your mouth. You can’t do your tasks well because anger or frustration often gets the better of you. Worse, your body may not cooperate and merely ache all over.
When someone finds the courage to ask why you feel so stressed, different answers may come out. If it isn’t because of your flat tire, it’s because the barista spelled your name wrong on the cup of coffee. If it isn’t the fact that you need to add more papers to the Xerox machine, it’s due to your food delivery coming two minutes late.
Pray-tell, how are you still alive when you see the fault in everything and stress over it more than once a day?
If you don’t want to be the real-life version of the Grinch who steals happiness off your colleagues and loved ones, check out these stress-reducing tips that are very spot-on but people rarely heed.
1. Plan Ahead
One of the things you can do is envision yourself becoming burnt out because of random occurrences. For instance, someone accidentally spilled a colored beverage on your clothes, or a student driver crushed your taillight. You may feel frustration bubble up inside you, but you need to push that inside and dig deep down to figure out the best way to deal with such matters.
The reason why imagery may work is that any similar incident will no longer catch you by surprise. You already know that irritation is the first emotion that you show; hence, it will be great if you manage to stomp on that and allow your plan to take its place.
2. Feel Less
Individuals who feel exceptionally attached to something or someone tend to experience stress a lot. When a loved one mentions a dark yet harmless joke, for example, you may take that seriously to the heart and become sad about it for days. If you confront that person, he or she might laugh at you for overdramatizing, which can worsen how you feel.
The reality is that you cannot alter how people handle diverse situations. What you can modify is your sense of attachment. It is incredible that you are anchored to folks since that can keep you grounded, but you ought to loosen your hold to your emotions a bit so that you don’t get hurt and stressed all the time.
3. Accept What’s In Front Of You
Problems usually arise as well when you refuse to accept whatever fact is in front of you. Say, you were told beforehand that the meeting would start at eight o’clock; that’s why you were in the conference room 30 minutes before that. Someone informed you there, however, that the folks you are supposed to meet will come by 9:00 AM.
Instead of getting angry and insisting that they should all be there on the previous time agreed upon, you should stay chill and breathe. Your stress at that instant can’t change the fact that you are alone there. All you can do is accept what’s happening, and then firmly ask your colleagues later to at least text you if they want to move the meeting so that you don’t get hassled.
It may be easier to get rid of stress now after knowing some practical tips that can reduce it more than usual. Good luck!…
Within the last few decades, movements dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness have made great strides in helping many people worldwide. The World Health Organization reports an estimate of 1 in 4 people are or will be affected by psychological illness at some point in their lives, but two-thirds of those people do not seek professional help. As far as we’ve come as to getting people the help they need, there is still more work that needs to be done.
One such condition is Bipolar disorder, which affects an estimated 5.7 million people in the US alone. Confusing to many people are the two general classifications of Bipolar disorder, namely, type I and type II. This guide should help you learn the difference between the two kinds of bipolar disorder. If you notice any symptoms that you feel apply to you, consider meeting with a professional for help.
A Tale Of Two Symptoms
Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is generally classified as a mental illness characterized by shifts in mood, activity, and the ability to perform daily tasks. Mood changes can be described as “manic” or having very high energy levels and elation, and “depressive”, or generally feeling “down” and hopeless. There is also “hypomania”, a less intense kind of mania that lasts only for a few days compared to the longer possible manic periods.
The Powerful Emotion Of Bipolar I
Bipolar I is characterized by having at least one major manic episode lasting at least one week. While a major depressive episode is not needed to be diagnosed with bipolar I, it is not impossible for it to occur. A manic episode can consist of strange feelings of elevation or irritability, and high energy levels that can last for most of or for several days. The manic episode is usually preceded by a hypomanic episode or a major depressive episode.
People experiencing a manic episode may experience trouble sleeping, talking at a fast pace about many different topics, fast-paced thoughts, and a higher propensity for risky activities such as substance abuse or reckless relations with other people.
The Subtle Swinging Of Bipolar II
By contrast, bipolar II is characterized by having at least one major depressive episode, as well as incidences of hypomania not lasting more than four days. While hypomania shares elements of a manic episode, it usually does not carry the intensity or longevity to be categorized as mania.
Often harder to diagnose than bipolar I, it can be mistaken for unipolar (or non-bipolar) depression, leading to misdiagnosis. While the less potent hypomania may lead to being more outgoing, industrious, and adventurous, it may still lead to some of the problematic ends of mania, such as failing relationships or poor decision-making.
Major depressive episodes are characterized by a variety of symptoms, including hopelessness, an inability to enjoy things, forgetfulness, or suicidal thoughts among other things. While these are also symptoms shown by unipolar depression, the presence of hypomanic episodes is vital to lead to a correct diagnosis.
Treating Bipolar Disorder And Moving Forward
Bipolar disorders of both types are generally treated via medication, usually combining mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. Sometimes these treatments may be combined with antidepressants as the former medications primarily treat manic episodes. However, it is recommended that the use of antidepressants is not long-term.
Apart from medication, psychotherapy is also vital in helping those with bipolar disorder come to a better understanding of themselves and help prepare for future manic or depressive episodes. Often people with bipolar disorder turn to denial to cope, and thus deny themselves medical treatment and further care, especially during adolescence. It becomes vital then that these people find a therapist who can best help understand their situation, and prescribe treatment that is effective and helpful.
While there is still a prevalent stigma against mental health, there is a concerted effort from people all around the world ready to champion the causes of those most vulnerable in society. The best we can do is to remain vigilant and open to giving help to those who need it the most.
I remember when my mom was in her mid 50s. The family was so devastated because we thought she was going crazy or that she might have a serious illness that was getting into the terminal stage. She was constantly crying over the small and big things. She would sweat profusely and she was always angry. And when you can’t hear her calling, she would shout and say, “Does anybody listen to me anymore?”…
Grief is the word used to describe the natural emotional response to loss. When faced with the loss of any kind, one feels a number of emotions in response to this. The word grief refers to the different emotions, such as what both psychologists and Betterhelp say is a feeling of emptiness when something or someone you love is taken from you.
Grief is commonly used to describe the emotions one feels in association to death.However, death is not the only type of loss that can cause a person to experience grief. There are a number of different emotions you can feel when you are faced with any type of loss including:
- The loss of a loved one through divorce or the end of a relationship
- Loss of your health
- Losing your employment
- Facing the loss of financial stability
- The loss of a friendship
- One can experience grief with the loss of safety after a trauma
- Loss of stability such as losing your home
- The loss of a family pet
The Symptoms of Grief
The symptoms of grief will vary from one person to another as loss affects people in different ways
The Emotional symptoms of grief include:
- Sadness (you may have feelings of emptiness, despair or deep loneliness)
- Crying or feeling emotionally unstable.
- Guilt or regret
- Fear or anxiety
- Withdrawing and lack of interest
The Physical symptoms of grief include:
Grief is not only an emotional experience but can also give rise to a number of physical symptoms that include:
- Weight loss or weight gain
The Downward Spiral of Untreated Grief
The emotional and physical symptoms of grief, if left untreated or ignored can lead to more serious effects on the griever. Therefore it is important to seek out support from friends and family or even a therapist to help you through the grieving process. Grief is a transient emotional period and with support, one can work through the emotions and find ways and learn coping mechanisms to deal with grief.
For example, From Grief to Homelessness:
There are a number of reasons that a person can become homeless. One such reason can be grief. For instance, suffering the loss of a loved one can result in a number of emotions and physical symptoms. These symptoms and emotions such insomnia, fatigue and lack of interest can lead to loss of employment as a result of poor performance or non-performance. This can spiral into the loss of financial stability and can be followed by the loss of their home or car due to the loss of income.
This is a worst case scenario but the point is that the emotions and symptoms of grief can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Finding support or seeking out therapy to deal with the emotions you are feeling can help you process the stages of grief and aid you in finding ways to deal with the loss you have experienced.
Support and Therapy
- Lean on your family or turn to friends.
- Accept the assistance others offer
- Seek out and join a Grief Support Group
- Talk to a therapist or grief
- Seek out an online Grief Support group, there are a number of online support communities as well as on social media
From What’s Your Grief“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” Mitch Albom, For One More Day…
You wake up in the morning feeling the pain in your throat when you swallow. You cough and cough and then, you spit blood. You begin to panic and become very anxious about the type of cough you have. Could this be something serious?
You hurriedly went to your doctor and have yourself checked, and the doctor auscultates your chest and back. She tells you that it’s nothing to be worried about, although your tonsils are red and inflamed and you’ll need to buy some Bactidol for that. She tells you that the blood was just because the coughing irritated your throat, which may be coming but has not yet reached the chest or lungs. You pay the doctor’s fee and go home, still feeling anxious and doubtful if there really is nothing wrong with you.
Knowing the Type of Cough You Have
The initial cause of a cough is usually because you are trying to get rid of an irritation in your throat. However, it would be helpful if you have sufficient information on the basics of cough – the types of cough and its causes. Anxiety from coughing is common, especially if the cough has persisted for weeks and you don’t have the time or resources to go and see a doctor.
Here are some common types of cough and how you can approach them.
A wheezing cough is the hallmark of asthma. You often cough and make a sound when you inhale. People with asthma have inflamed airways, which results in wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Coughing often worsens at night or early morning.
Asthma is chronic and it can happen to people of all ages, but it usually begins in childhood. When your doctor suspects asthma, he might ask you to take a spirometry test, which helps determine the efficiency of your lungs. Exercise, too much hot or cold, and severe anxiety can trigger an asthma attack.
For fast relief, you can take medications such as albuterol, a bronchodilator that can be taken orally or through a nebulizer. It helps dilate the airways and makes it easier for the individual to breathe.
It’s an irritating feeling when some fluid from the nose moves down your throat and you swallow it, or you attempt to spit it out by coughing. That fluid is called postnasal drip. This is usually a result of an allergic reaction to dust or pollen. It can also be released through sneezing. Inhaling steam is a natural way to get rid of postnasal drips.
Taking an antihistamine also calms down the symptoms and helps the individual relax and sleep. If the cough persists, though, you should see a doctor to rule out sinusitis.
Unlike the first two types, pneumonia is a serious type of cough. It initially begins dry then progresses to become wet and may be filled with red, green, or yellow mucus. You should be worried when you start having low-grade fever, chills, and difficulty breathing along with a painful cough.
Children with pneumonia are usually hospitalized, as they need careful monitoring. For adults, they may take antibiotics if the infection is bacterial. Over-the-counter cough medicines, rest and hot soup are some remedies for viral pneumonia.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD is mostly seen in chronic smokers. Coughing in COPD is persistent, lasting for more or less three months. There is plenty of phlegm, which can be green, yellow, or even bloody. Bronchitis and emphysema are two kinds of COPD.
Other types of cough are those which are medicine-related. There’s also a cough that makes a whooping sound called pertussis.
If you are unsure of the type of cough you have, you can always read through this article or find other helpful information online to help you ease your anxiety. If, however, your coughing disturbs your daily activities and the symptoms do not alleviate with simple remedies, then, you must see your doctor immediately.…
Adjustment disorder is a stress-related mental with a group of emotional symptoms such as feeling anxious, sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms that can occur after experiencing a stressful life event. Adjustment Disorder is a transient condition that can occur when an individual has difficulty dealing with or adjusting to, a specific source of stress. Adjustment Disorder is also often referred to as Stress Response Syndrome. It is not uncommon for people suffering from this disorder to reach out and seek support from a therapist.…
20-year old James is a college student who is working in a part-time job to support his education and participating in extracurricular activities to boost his experiences. While he worries about his academics, his part-time job, and his extracurricular activities, he also worries about something else: he is recently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).…
Depression is a mental illness that affects us down to our core. When you are constantly moving from place to place and sometimes experiencing situations that are less than desirable, it can be easy to get depressed. It can also be easy to get stuck in that rut and to think that you will never be able to receive the help that you need. If you find yourself becoming depressed, look at some of the methods below that will help you battle your depression naturally.…