I know you all have been waiting on this post…. and guess what?! It’s coming up in just a few minutes. Hang tight.
I did a few changes to the title, but that’s it. I changed it to “A Guide To Understanding Mental Illnesses” instead. I think that’s much better for the title.
So… your (the) wait is just about over. I’m just finishing up, and adding a few more very IMPORTANT and the more INFORMATIVE things about mental illnesses to my post. Than…. I’ll proofread it and click publish after I’m finished.
Mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that affect thinking, emotions, and behaviors. We all have brains— so since we all have brains, having some kind of mental health issue during your life is very common.
Us, who have a mental illness, we can’t help that our brains has changed in a way which makes it hard to think, feel, or act in ways that we want to. Experiencing extreme and unexpected changes in mood- like feeling more sad or worried than normal. Some mental illnesses makes it hard to communicate with someone who’s talking to them, or not being able to think clearly, or having bizarre thoughts to help explain weird feelings we’re having.
Clinical depression. The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that’s characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, self-esteem, or daily behavior. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
Anxiety disorder. A mental health disorder characterized feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with daily life. Examples of anxiety is panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Bipolar disorder. A disorder linked with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
Schizophrenia. A disorder that effects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly.
Autism. A serious developmental disorder that impacts the ability to communicate and interact.
Post traumatic stress disorder. A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactive, and impulsiveness. It often starts in childhood and can persist in adulthood. Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity.
Hello hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great Tuesday.
Up next…. when major depression makes you lose hope, remember don’t give up. So to all my beautiful followers stay tuned. This post is next up.
Sorry it’s been a few days since posting… but I had therapy and some other appointments I had to make it to, but I’m still here fighting. And I want/expect others to continue to fight with me. We in this together, and believe me when I say… it can and will get better!! We got this fight. We not giving up. There’s that beautiful light at the end of the tunnel for all of us.
Everyday won’t be a good day but pray, stay focused, and keep pushing yourself. Things can and will get better.
Also…. if you or someone you know struggling with your mental health… get the help that you need. It’s a must. Your mental health is another priority just like a physical illness, you get treated for diabetes, you can be treated for your mental illness. Muah!! Don’t give up you’re not no where near alone. Keep pushing. Keep fighting.
Depression is a very hard thing to deal with. It’s very painful. It can make you feel helpless. But you’re not. Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed.
With therapy and some medications, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior: your physical activities, lifestyle and even your way of thinking— all are natural depression treatments.
These tips can help you feel better— starting right now.
1.) Get in a routine. Being depressed can strip away the structure of your life. Each day dissolves away. Setting a daily routine can really help. If you’re depressed a routine can help.
2.) Set some goals. When you’re depressed you feel like you can’t and won’t accomplish anything. It actually makes you feel worse about yourself. Start small. Make a goal you can succeed at, as simple as just doing the dishes. To push back, set everyday goals for yourself.
As you start to feel better, you can add more daily, challenging goals.
3.) Exercise. Exercising can have long-term benefits for people with depression. It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Regular exercise seems to inspire the brain to rewire itself in many positive ways. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons or nothing to get benefits. Just walking 3 or 4 times a week a do the trick. It really works, it really help.
4.) Get enough sleep. Depression can make it very hard to get some shut-eye, and less sleep can make depression worse. What can you do? Try switching up your lifestyle. Try going to bed every night at the same time and get up everyday at the same time. Try not taking naps. By taking all distractions out your bedroom— no tv and no laptop. Than in time, you’ll find your sleep patterns start to improve.
5.) Take responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may pull back, or want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at work and at home. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can actually help you maintain a lifestyle that can help challenge depression. They ground you and give you a sensation of accomplishment. If you’re not feeling up to full time work or school, that’s fine. Think about maybe part time. If that seems as to much consider volunteer work.
6.) Challenge negative thoughts. Fighting against depression a lot of the work is mental— change how you think. When you’re depressed you leap to the worst possible conclusions. Believe me, I know. Next time you’re feeling horrible about yourself, use logic as a natural depression treatment. You might feel like no one likes you, or no one loves you, but is real actual evidence for that? You might feel like you’re the worst person on earth, but is that really likely? Is that really true? Practice makes perfect. It takes practice, but in due time you can beat those negative thoughts before they get a bit out of control.
7.) Do something new. When depressed, you’re in a pothole. Do something different, do something new. Something you never do. Push yourself, maybe to a museum, or to the park. Get a book to read on the parks bench. Take a different language class. No matter what it is… do something different, do something new, even if it’s going to the zoo.
When we challenge ourselves to do something new, something different, there’s chemical changes in the brain. Trying something new alters the levels of the brain dopamine which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, as well as learning.
8.) Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has many applications from increasing self-awareness and strengthening listening skills to improving concentration. Mindfulness meditation may rival antidepressants in easing the symptoms of depression. It decreases emotional reactivity, helping people disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures and better focus on cognitive tasks. It helps to reduce stress. Mindfulness is also a key component in building resiliency when facing life’s stressors.
9.) Eat healthy. Now there is no magic healthy diet that’ll fix depression and anxiety, but it is good to eat healthy though. Sometimes depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of how and what you eat can make you feel a lot better. Although there’s nothing definitive there’s actually evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as, salmon and tuna, and folic acid such as, spinach as avocado, could help ease depression.
10.) Ease up on caffeine and alcohol. Both caffeine, which is a “upper,” and alcohol is a “downer,” which can make anxiety kick in overdrive. Cut back on them or avoid them if you can. Remember sodas and coffee aren’t the only things with caffeine. It can pop up in chocolate, tea, diet pills, and some headache medications.
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