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Confessions Of A Panicked Mind

 

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A typical Sunday for me in my twenties was to take a shower, hear mass and spend the rest of the day with my family and friends. I always look forward to Sundays when my mom would cook special meals for us and when surprise visits from relatives or friends take place. But there was one Sunday that I can never forget. A surprise visit that I wish never came.

It was the most cruel Sunday visitor.

I woke up one Sunday morning in October with a headache. Not the throbbing kind that I would usually get when I’m at work or when I would have to beat so many deadlines in one day. It was a dull, steady pain that I couldn’t tell where it’s coming from. The day went by and the headache didn’t go away.  When it was time to call it a night, as soon as I laid down the bed, it happened.

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Mental Health In The Workplace

 

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The workplace is one of the most diverse environments you will ever find and is one that encompasses a variety of races, gender, ethnic groups, age, personality and more. Finding balance starts with respect and the appreciation for these differences. But how does management deal with differences that are not physically or obviously visible like in the case of mental illness, one that already has such negative stigma attached to it? Continue reading “Mental Health In The Workplace” »

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Cultural Diversity And Mental Health Disorders

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It is safe to assume that with most medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, regardless of location across the globe or the cultural upbringing of the patient, symptoms of these illnesses are quite similar. In most instances, the treatment would almost be the same as well. This, however, is not the case with mental health disorders. Mental illness is received very differently among cultures, and the manner in which cultural differences impact the person with the mental illness adds to the challenges being faced by the individual. In communities where interactions between a various number of cultures have exponentially grown, addressing mental illness has become extremely difficult due to stigma. In some, these illnesses can’t even be talked about without bias.

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How Mental Health Affects Families

 

 

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Dealing with the changes and unpredictable behavior of a loved with a mental health disorder can be stressful and may leave family members feeling stressed and anxious. Seeing and dealing with the symptoms and effects of the disorder on someone we care for is a frightening and exhausting experience and could leave us at a loss on how to handle the situation.

The lifestyle changes and adjustments needed to ensure good mental health are changes that need to be made not only by the person diagnosed with the disorder, but the need to adjust extends to those around them as well. Family life can become unsettled, unpredictable and challenging but the key to finding balance starts with understanding and acceptance.

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Mental Health Disorders And Discrimination

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Mental health stigmas give rise to discrimination. Discrimination results in the unfair treatment of people with mental health disorders. It can take on many forms and these include:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Discriminating against disability
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment and Victimization

Regardless of the form the discrimination takes, the result and impact are the same. They deny people access to services, employment, housing and mental health treatment due to social and cultural stigmas. In some instances, this discrimination takes on the form of harassment, violence, and victimization. As a result, people are often denied their basic human rights.

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Overcoming The Challenges Of Depression

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Understanding Depression

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.

According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people worldwide are currently living with depression.

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PTSD: Just Because You Cannot See It, Makes It No Less Real

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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.

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Dealing With The Mental Disorder Diagnosis

 

Being Diagnosed With a Mental Disorder

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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 challengesAlthough you 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.

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You Are Not Alone – Introduction To World Mental Health

 

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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.

Mental health issues need immediate attention as it predisposes one to further problems such as all sorts of addiction, among others, and one will end up having more issues to deal with – needing help with addiction and the primary mental health issue, to begin with.
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Mental Health: Acceptance Begins With Understanding

 

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.

 

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What’s The Difference?

There is a difference between mental health and mental illness, although, despite the differences, there are also intricate ways in which the two interact. Continue reading “Mental Health: Acceptance Begins With Understanding” »