Anxiety is a normal emotion that most people experience at some time or another as a response to stress or fear. However, excessive and disproportionate anxiety is not normal. An anxiety disorder is a mood disorder characterized by prolonged and unwarranted anxiousness that significantly hinders functioning, happiness, and/or sociality. It is sometimes accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, fatigue, and muscle tension. If your anxiety is affecting your ability to function on a daily basis, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Common Types of Anxiety Disorders
There are many types of anxiety disorders. One of the most common types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), in which the sufferer has a pervasive sense of worry, even when there is little or no real cause for concern. Other types of anxiety disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Experts tend to agree that anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of biological, physical, social, and environmental factors.
Managing and Recovering from Anxiety
Recovering from anxiety begins with acknowledging the problem and seeking help. You can be formally diagnosed by a doctor, who will also be able to guide you to the most effective treatment plans. Some people will require anti-anxiety medication, and others will not. In either case, however, clinical experts agree that persons suffering from anxiety disorders should seek the help of a qualified counselor. In counseling, you can discern the particular sources of your anxiety and learn strategies to manage and break the cycle of anxious thoughts.
Maintaining healthy relationships while suffering from anxiety can be difficult, and the particular challenges will depend on the type and severity of your anxiety. Relational anxiety can often be expressed as jealousy, clinginess, or impulsivity. Persons suffering from social anxiety disorder often find it difficult to build relationships at all. But for all anxiety sufferers, relationships are a crucial part of healing and growing.
By Dr Gary Bell,
Posted January 18th, 2019
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Depression is one of the most solvable diagnoses in Mental Health. Primarily, it is driven by the thought disorder of having expectations that are far too high and unreasonable for yourself or others. However, it has genetic components that can be overwhelming also.
Symptoms of Depression
Depression can show itself as:
having a lack of contact with self
feelings of apathy
a constant nagging feeling
seeking comfort (through something like food or shopping)
being frequently moody
experiencing chronic sleepiness
having a lack of concentration
. . . and so many other symptoms. In young children, depression is usually manifested in the form of regular irritability.
Preferences Versus Expectations
To get a handle on what drives depression, we need to make our expectations conscious by writing them down and challenging them. Expectations come with a lot of weighted emotions that get in our way. (For example, if I expect a kiss goodbye when my wife is preoccupied, then I will probably dwell on the hurt and question her love.) If a prefer a kiss, then no harm done.
Preferences let loose of our need to control outcomes. They accept the basic concept of life that we are not perfect and cannot control others. We influence through preferences, which is all we are entitled. We no longer have to make decisions by how we feel.
The other key is to be a good listener and validate others. “I understand,”
Where are All These Nervous Breakdowns Coming From and What Can Help?
By Spencer Fox,
Posted November 7th, 2018
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Being in my line of work, I often get friends and family approaching me about mental health questions. Sometimes specific, but sometimes very general as well and I notice some commonalities between them. Almost everyone wants to know about anxiety, and further, why it seems to be so prevalent in society today.
Are people getting “softer”? Is the world turning towards more and more depravity? Or are we just talking about something that’s always been there?
It used to be that a nervous breakdown was a sort of “snap” that the incredibly overworked person experienced. Shouting “I just can’t take it anymore!” they quit their job and stormed out of the office.
Maybe in the days that follow they began to lose sight of cleanliness and things fell apart. Whispers began back at the office, “did you hear what happened to Steve?” “He just couldn’t take the pressure I guess…” and then life went on.
This is the idea of the nervous breakdown we got from film and media. However, more and more I hear about individuals experiencing what they call a nervous breakdown and we begin to wonder why they occur. Where are all these nervous breakdowns coming from and is there anything we can do to help?
What is a Nervous Breakdown?
First of all, what are we calling a nervous breakdown? A “nervous breakdown” isn’t really a technical term, so I think we can look at this with a pretty broad stroke. I’m going