As 2019 approaches, it’s time to say goodbye to the past year and embrace the new one. A new year means new opportunities and more potential success, but it also means new problems and new stressors as well.
Here are 5 stress management tips that can help you handle what 2019 has to offer.
Remove Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Removing unhealthy stress management coping mechanisms is just as important as developing healthy ones. Many people turn to food, alcohol or even drugs when they feel stressed about their life situations. Unfortunately, these mechanisms often only serve to make... Continue reading →
Loneliness is a common emotion to experience when living alone or when we feel separated or unsupported by others. Many times, this feeling is transient, a fleeting period that lasts only a short time.
However, sometimes loneliness can become persistent. For some, this persistence can last through the winter holiday season, normally one of the more joyful times of the year. Persistent loneliness can lead to increased health risks, which is why it’s imperative to understand the effects of loneliness on mental health.
The Impact of Loneliness
Despite its surprising success rate for treating depression, many people aren’t familiar with the treatment known as transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.
Yes, the name sounds a little frightening. The truth is, however, TMS is nothing like invasive treatments of the past. In fact, it’s surprisingly safe and effective for resistant depression.
If you or a loved one suffer from depression that’s doesn’t show any signs of improvement from medication or talk therapy, it might be worth considering TMS. Here’s what you need to know.
What Hope is There for Patients with Treatment Resistant Depression... Continue reading →
MST might be a term many civilians are unaware of today but one that veterans are all too familiar with. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until recently that the Veterans Affairs (VA) started to recognize MST and how it causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – let alone offer treatment.
Military sexual trauma is serious, and it affects enlisted soldiers as well as those who have retired. Furthermore, it is one that is underreported, under-treated, and can permanently alter a victim’s life.
If you are the victim of MST and suffer from PTSD, you have options for treatment in and outside of the VA.
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Domestic violence is defined as any type of violence or abuse that occurs in a familial relationship. Generally, it occurs when someone in a position of power tries to control another person such as a partner, spouse, or child. It can also occur in a relationship where people are dating or living together.
Domestic Violence is not Solely Physical
When people hear the word “violence,” they immediately think of physical violence such as hitting and punching. However, domestic violence is much more complicated. Just because a person doesn’t have physical bruises doesn’t mean that they aren’t a victim of... Continue reading →
Mental health issues grow less stigmatized every year, yet personality disorders remain confusing to many people. However, because roughly 10 percent of the adult U.S. population is afflicted with a personality disorder, it is wise to educate oneself on some of the most common personality disorders and their symptoms, as well as options for treatment.
What is a Personality Disorder?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), commonly referred to as the "bible of psychiatry," a personality disorder is "a way of thinking, feeling... Continue reading →
It's not easy to identify mental illness in another person.
Even in adults, it's difficult to know where to draw the line between strange behavior and mental illness.
This is even more true in teenagers. Many parents find themselves wondering "do I have an out-of-control teenager or is this a mental health condition?"
First of all, you aren't alone. The fact that you're here reading this now shows that you are ready to do whatever it takes to get your teen the help he or she might need.
In order to do that, it's important to understand the signs of mental illness versus "... Continue reading →
Dealing with negative emotions and traumatic situations isn't easy – especially for teenagers.
Teens are halfway between adults and children. They're still learning to live in their own skin while managing to cope with new situations and experiences.
Why are teens and self-harm so connected?
Accessibility probably has a lot to do with it.
Adults don't always cope with negative emotions in healthy ways either – sometimes they turn to alcohol and drugs, lash out, or resort to self-destructive behaviors.
However, teens don't have the same resources as adults, so they often resort to self-harm as... Continue reading →
The relationship between teens and social media is constantly changing. Since its introduction, social media has transformed the way future generations communicate, socialize, and maintain lifelong friendships. Though there are many benefits to being “plugged in,” there are also risks for teens. Social media can offer a world of cyberbullying, poor time management, decreased self-esteem, and feeling left out.
Over the last decade, anxiety and depression have become common mood disorders among teenagers. A 2017 report concluded that the number of... Continue reading →
On Sunday 5 November, a lone gunman opened fire on worshippers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. The perpetrator was eventually stopped but not before he had gunned down least 26 people, including children.
Five days earlier, on 31 October, innocent people in New York were the target of an attack when a local man drove a rental truck down a crowded bicycle path close to the World Trade Centre. The attack only ended when the man crashed into a school bus. Luckily, none of the children on the bus were killed, but they will undoubtedly be traumatized.