With life, comes challenges and as humans, we all face them in one form or another every day. Life with depression means, those challenges are amplified and basic daily tasks or activities require more effort to achieve. Depression, also commonly referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is one of the most common mental disorders and is the leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide.
AsDeborah Serani, PsyD siad, “Depression is a disorder that develops from environmental and biological issues that are unique to each person.”
According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people worldwide are currently living with depression.
One of the biggest challenges that face PTSD patients is the lack of empathy by communities, family and even friends. What people fail to understand or acknowledge is that not all injuries are physical but show someone that you have a broken bone and they empathize, tell them you have PTSD and they will tell you that you lack will power. One of the most common advice to PTSD patients is to tell them to “get over it and move on”. What most people fail to understand is that PTSD is not about the sufferer not letting go or not moving forward from a traumatic situation, it is that the traumatic event or memory holds onto the sufferer. Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, states that “We need to do a better job educating people about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for PTSD.”
Whether it is you, a loved one or friend being diagnosed with a mental disorder, it can be a scary time, especially if you do not have enough knowledge about the right help and support, It may be impossible for you to achieve your goals and life’s ambitions but it is important to understand that the diagnosis does not mean your life holds no value . It simply means that you need to readjust your lifestyle to accommodate ways in which you can achieve good mental health. It is without a doubt that you will come face to face with many challenges. Althoughyou need to remember that mental illnesses are manageable with time, the readjustments will not be more than a part of your everyday routine that it won’t seem out of the ordinary.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness or experiencing poor mental health is not as uncommon as you would imagine. Annually, every 10th of October, Mental Health Day is recognized with the overall objective of raising awareness on mental health issues around the world. According to a report issued by the World Health Organization, “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.” Based on these statistics, it is safe to say that if you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or are experiencing symptoms related to any such disorder, you are not alone.
Some people can have good physical health their entire lives, while others could be plagued with chronic illness. Those with chronic illness would make changes in order to accommodate the diagnosis but continue to live a happy life. However, they could still have episodes where their disease brings with it challenges. Mental illness is no different. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not mean that your life holds no value, or that you will not live a good, happy life like the next person, it simply means that you need to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate your illness. The first step to dealing and taking charge of mental illness starts with maintaining good mental health.
How can you tell when someone has depression? Surprisingly, there are more people suffering from depression today than ever before and a large portion of the numbers is teens. “The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize.” says psychologistJeanne Segal, Ph.D. You wouldn’t think teenagers would be depressed but there are lots of social factors that cause them to become depressed. However, for many parents, they do not know the signs and struggle to differentiate between a moody teen and depression. So, what are the signs of depression in a teen? Read more here!
Not Wanting To Talk To Anyone
Everyone can be moody from time to time and say they don’t want to talk to people but there are differences and you will notice them. When someone becomes very quiet or withdrawn all of a sudden and not making an effort to join the conversation, that’s an indication of some problems. Some who are depressed don’t want to talk at all and that should become very noticeable within a matter of hours. Now, people can have off-days but if you notice this goes on for a few days there may be something wrong. “If you’re depressed, you need to fight the urge to avoid friends and sit around,” coach and wellness expertSusan Biali Haas M.D. says.Continue reading “Signs Your Teen Is Depressed”
“Anxiety is a reaction to a situation we perceive as stressful or dangerous.” says licensed clinical psychologist Monique Reynolds, Ph.D
Teens and young adults face anxiety more so than ever before. There are now millions of young people dealing with some sort of anxiety on a day-to-day basis and for many of them, they struggle to cope. You cannot blame people as to why they feel very anxious about daily life as the pressures are growing. For some, they deal with their anxieties by locking themselves away in a house all day long and pretending to be lazy and ‘a normal teen or young adult’ but, in truth, that’s not always the reason behind it. Why is there such a surge in anxiety in young people today?
Life As We Know It
Why are so many teens and young adults plagued with anxiety problems? In all honesty, it’s down to modern life. Life is never easy but there are so many pressures on teenagers and indeed young adults. Modern life brings about lots of new challenges and for the most part, they’re hard to cope with. There are pressures on young girls to look good and if a young woman tries her best to become a size zero with the perfect look but she isn’t happy with the results, it can lead to anxiety. Young men are also becoming more perfectionist-like with lots of pressure on them to become almost male models with perfect looks. Those are only two very small examples but there are lots more and it’s really all contributing to anxiety in teens and young adults.
“These days it seems like worry and overwhelm are just normal. You’ve just gotten so accustomed to juggling it all – but inside you’re afraid you’re about to drop everything.” saysElizabeth Cush, LCPC.
Can you really be alone and happy? For most people, they think being alone means being lonely and that scares them more than anything. However, aloneness doesn’t necessarily mean lonely and there are many who are ‘alone’ but are extremely happy with their situation. There has never been a better time to look into the possibility of being happy when alone, especially when you’re in a relationship and very unhappy. So, what does it all mean?
Being Alone Can Be Positive Things
Being alone is a scary prospect because people think it’s an awful thing and that only sadness and being unhappy comes from it. Does it? If you are alone does that mean you are unhappy? Well, not always. You can be alone, without a partner but still be happy and content with your life. Yes, you might like the idea of having someone there to share moments with but until that happens, if ever, you don’t have to be unhappy. Too many people think being alone means loneliness and are afraid of it, however, that isn’t always true. Anyone can feel lonely when they are in a relationship, with a dozen friends around them and it’s not down to being alone. Continue reading “Alone… And Happy”