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Bipolar Disorder: A Short Walkthrough

Bipolar Disorder

Have you ever had those days where you’re on cloud nine and suddenly a few weeks later you’re at the pits of hell unable to move thanks to extreme depression? If you or a loved one experience this constantly, then you probably have bipolar disorder. 

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October 14th, 2019

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Anxiety Attacks and It’s Complications

What is an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety is defined as the extreme fear or worry of the future. Every living creature has it and has helped us and every other living stay alert and wary of our surroundings. However, sometimes the parts of the brain responsible for regulating anxiety go haywire and end up flaring up more often than needed. This is called an anxiety attack or panic attack and it affects a large portion of the population. 

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October 4th, 2019

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A Short Guide to ADHD in Children

ADHD is a widespread mental illness that can affect children, teenagers and adults alike. More than 10% of Americans typically suffer from it. As a parent, are you sure that you’re ready to help your child overcome this mental illness? We’re here to help you out with this short guide to ADHD.

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September 13th, 2019

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Understanding Your Angsty Teenager

Every parent’s concern is their children’s success in life and it can be hard to tell whether your child is succeeding. Especially if he or she is shut in and angry at you for no reason at all. Many parents become frustrated because of their children’s behavior as soon as they hit their teen years. Parents sometimes forget that this is part of a normal teenager’s development and it is important to understand what your teenager is going through. 

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August 21st, 2019

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Causes and Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID is considered to be a mental disorder which is characterized by having two or more personalities in a single person. Each of these personas are unique in their own way and can react in place of a person with this mental disorder. They can have their own unique voice, appearance, preferences and even skills. (more…)

August 15th, 2019

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The Early Signs of OCD in Children

Over the years, obsessive-compulsive disorder has become common among children. On average, one in every 100 children in the US suffers from OCD. It is ideal if parents and guardians recognize the early signs that their children are suffering from OCD to help in the treatment. (more…)

June 14th, 2018

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The Thin Line Between Worries and Anxiety Disorder

It’s normal to get sweaty palms and nervous flutters in your stomach once in a while, whether you’re nervous for an exam, about to have an interview, or any other high-pressure event that may trigger the normal feelings of worry and stress. However, if these feelings become increasingly frequent that they are getting in the way of your daily routine, you may need to consider that the problem stems from a deeper issue.

Anxiety disorder can be hard to distinguish from the everyday stress of your regular activities, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. Even if you’re fairly certain your stress level is under control, knowing the symptoms may benefit your friends and family, as the inability to control stress can be overwhelming and, often times, crippling.

This type of disorder branches out to many different categories, ranging from panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias, however, the focus will be centered on generalized anxiety disorder.
The symptoms that children experience vary slightly from the symptoms that an adolescent may experience. It may be hard to detect serious anxiety problems in a very young child, given that having tantrums or scaring easily is a normal part of growing up.

There are small signs which could help you determine if their fear is a serious problem. After watching a horror movie, or experiencing a frightening event, a stable child would of course be unnerved. However, he/she can be comforted and assured afterwards. If the assurances provided are still not sufficient and the child is still fearful, it may be an early sign of anxiety disorder.

In an adolescent’s case, there may be physical signs such as tense muscles, or a sore feeling in the limbs. Constant sweating, nausea, and stomach aches over a long period of time are also common, and an extreme sensitivity to criticism. An unreasonable level of self-consciousness and fear of being judged by society are also signs of an underlying anxiety problem.

Note that an anxiety disorder comes on gradually, and the symptoms may not be present for the first few months, or even years. Be sure to constantly assess yourself to ensure your mental health is not inflicting negative harm on your life.

If you’re still uncertain whether you have a normal stress level or a disorder, the best thing to do is to check with a psychiatrist for a more accurate assessment of your mental health.

October 16th, 2017

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Art Therapy and How It Helps in Mental Health Treatment

How exactly does art therapy work, and what methods does it encompass? A therapist specializing in art therapy may choose from a variety of art methods, depending on the case and personality of the patient. These methods include painting or drawing pictures, sculpting a figure or abstract object, composing or listening to music, writing stories, or putting together a collage of different materials. Patients can range from young children to the elderly, and patients who have experienced trauma, violence, abuse, anxiety, depression, and other psychological problem can benefit from expressing themselves creatively.

Art therapy is usually available in most hospitals, private health offices catering to mental health, community organizations, and even in schools.  Hospitals, private mental health offices, schools, and community organizations are all possible settings where art therapy services may be available.

Art therapy differs from average art classes because of the focus.

In art classes, both teacher and student focus on developing their skills and artistic technique. Art therapy on the other hand usually focuses mostly on emotions and expressing energies found within the patient.

Other than creating various forms of art, most art therapists encourage their patients to further dissect the meanings of their works by allowing them time to observe their final output and extracting insights from them. This helps both patient and doctor discover deeper meanings about their emotions.

Another technique which was created by Carl Jung is called ‘active imagination’. In this method, patients rely solely on their imaginations and create an output based on the spontaneity of their minds. The goal is to help enhance their growth and understanding.

Also popular is the gestalt method, which enters on the whole picture of the present moment. A gestalt art therapist may use different materials to initiate a discussion, or jumpstart the process, for example, a client’s image. The patient might be asked to describe their own image, as this draws opinions and generalizations based from the patient’s own perspective regarding themselves. As patients continue to talk about themselves, gradually feeling more and more comfortable adding adjectives and phrases to their own self-image, their higher understanding will reflect in their artwork.

Another approach is called the ‘third-hand’ approach, which is a term originally coined by art therapist Edith Kramer. Often, patients have difficulty in conveying their emotions through their own skills alone, so therapists will, without distorting the original artwork, get involved in the making of the artwork. The reason for this is simply to better convey the artist’s meaning into a more understandable image. For example, a therapist would help a patient apply and glue images for a collage, while still allowing the patient to choose the images themselves.

October 14th, 2017

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Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, has no clear and absolute cause, although studies have been able to determine possible contributing factors that could eventually develop ODD within an individual. These factors include a combination of biological, social and physiological aspects that can affect an individual throughout the course of their life.

The biological factors include genetics, where ODD tends to develop in family lines containing a history of numerous disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), abuse of substance disorders, or depression and bipolar disorder. While it is not directly linked to hereditary traits, and children whose parents possess ODD are not guaranteed to inherit it, ODD poses a greater risk of being passed down if the family history is shown to have constant disorders.

Physiological factors occur in the section of the brain that holds the responsibility of reasoning out, providing sound judgment, and controlling impulses. Because of these, children may grow to be aggressive and have difficulty in distinguishing and discerning a situation accurately, such as misinterpreting a completely neutral situation for an aggressive one.

Social factors occur among relationships, whether it’s a relationship between the individual’s friends, schoolmates, workmates, family, or any part of the community. ODD can stem from an overall lack of structure in parental supervision, which will initiate ODD from a very young age or from the start of adolescence, or from discipline practices that are inconsistent, which may confuse the individual and spark violent reactions. Exposure to mistreatment, abuse, and violence in the community and public or social places are also identified as events that could cause ODD.

ODD that begins at a young age, specifically for very young children can improve given the right amount of time. Studies have shown that in approximately 67% of children who were diagnosed with ODD, the symptoms were able to resolve themselves within 3 years given the proper treatment and guidance. This is compared to 30% of children who were not able to overcome ODD, due to possibly lack of supervision and guidance, and developed conduct disorder instead.

In 10% of cases, children with ODD will develop a more lasting disorder concerning personality, such as anti-social personality disorder, anxiety, or mood swings later on in their lives.

This goes to show that it is vital to receive the proper support and guidance to ensure the causes of ODD are at least reduced to significantly lower the chances of developing ODD.

September 20th, 2017

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How To Avoid Depression Triggers During The Holidays

As much as the holidays are ideally seen as the most relaxing season of the year, some people think otherwise. For them, the holidays is the most stressful season because of the many things to do and events to attend to. Sometimes, it is these very things that serve as triggers for those who are sensitive to certain topics and/or events.

Here are a few notes on what depressive triggers you should look out for and what measure you should take to avoid relapse.

One of the most common triggers are family gatherings. Instead of feeling happy that everyone is together, sometimes the very thought makes you feel depressed. It creates a more negative effect if you have a family member that is toxic or says/does something unfavorable or if family events are daunting. However, you can work around this by not expecting the worst, making a game plan and giving yourself a limit.

Another trigger is the over-commercialization of the holidays. This may seem to be an unusual reason but it does happen especially if you are the type who get easily anxious when you know that there is so much to buy for your loved ones but have so little money and time. Stop right there and breathe! Don’t you think that there’s more to Christmas than getting the perfect gifts? Why not take the time and opportunity to spend time with them or go back to the traditions and beliefs that had made you look forward to the season? It’s high time that we bring back the real spirit.

One trigger that’s hard to get over is commitment – or rather over-commitment. People simply love to say yes, however, when they could not meet it, they start getting depressed. It is important to know that there is nothing wrong to saying NO once in a while. And if you think that it is only valid if you have a good reason, better think again. You don’t need a reason to say no.

Finally, the most triggering factor during the holidays are the financial woes. From gift buying to the bills, there is so much to be done and to spend for. Why not stop for a moment. Yes, the bills need to be paid but is every single utility that important for the holiday season? What about the gifts? Do you think these gifts are that important or do they really come from the heart? You have to remember that you need to put yourself and your survival first before buying that expensive gift for a relative. However, if you really want to meet both ends, budgeting your money and canvassing is the best way to go.

November 13th, 2016

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