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Things You Should Never Put In Your Face (Skin Therapy)

I have been struggling with acne ever since I was 14 years old. And to be honest, I always listen to what other people say when it comes to treating the nasty bumps in my face. I engage with these “let’s try it” moments where I do not spend more time validating and figuring out if the product of the procedure is legit. As long as people tell me that it works for them, I immediately dive in.

But since most of these suggestions do not work, I came to seek professional help. I told my skin therapist what I had done so far with my face, and I get that she has tons of reasons to feel upset about those actions. More importantly, I was surprised to know that certain things I thought are effective and assumed good for my face but just are not.

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Bar Soap

The thing with daily skincare is that most people worldwide are used to using bar soap as their facial cleanser. I entirely do not have anything against it because, like others, I also used some of those from cheap to expensive ones. But after reaching out to a skincare expert, I realized that I have been taking care of my facial skin the wrong way this entire time. Bar soap, as convenient as it can be, causes too much damage to the face. That is because it contains a lathering substance called sodium lauryl sulfate that dries out the skin. Admittedly, I love slathering my face because it feels so good. Unfortunately, that lathering causes the facial skin tissue to break apart. It does not provide the same microdermabrasion benefits essential to facial skin needs.

Body Moisturizers Or Lotions

I admit that I have tried putting body moisturizers on my face because I thought there was no difference to the effect whatsoever. And since it is still skin, I thought that body moisturizers or lotion could target my facial needs. But from the word itself, skin moisturizers are good for skin, but not for the face. The skin expert explains that the formula created for the benefit of the skin is not designed for the face. She said that almost all body moisturizers clog pores. That is because these products are usually a lot thicker and, in general, contain fragrances that irritate the more gentle and delicate facial skin. Now, going back to using it, I may have caused my facial acne more damage than I can imagine.

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Rubbing Alcohol

I know how this might affect facial skin, so I entirely believe this to be true. And now that I have consulted with a skin expert, I have learned the in-depth reasons why I shouldn’t consider doing it in any way. Sadly, I like the cooling effect alcohol gives to my face, but the skin expert said that alcohol is harmful as it rubs off the natural oil in the face. And when the facial skin realizes that it does not have oil anymore, it produces more oil in response. That explains why when I put alcohol on my face, my acne tends to multiply. So with that, I guess I have enough reason to listen to my skin therapist to stay away from rubbing alcohol.

Petroleum Jelly

Now this one is slightly interesting. I have been using petroleum jelly on my face, especially because I have known it to moisturize my face. It has been known to improve skin hydration. In some instances, I put it on my lips to smoothens them and sometimes put it in some of the pimples in my face. But my skin therapist suggests that I should stop doing that because petroleum jelly potentially clogs pores. And she said that perhaps that is one of the reasons I still struggle with a lot of acne because I frequently use them. The skin expert told me that it causes skin breakouts, so she does not entirely recommend that. My therapist said I should consider going for natural ones made from beeswax instead of petroleum.

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Semen

Now this one’s a bit controversial. Of course, just imagine how taboo this one could be? I wouldn’t want to dig into people’s acceptable nor unacceptable opinions about this, but I know for sure some few individuals are into this. I know because some people already advised me to get on with it. Fortunately, I don’t see the significance. Good thing my skin therapist shares the same sentiment with me. She said that semen is ineffective in treating acne, contrary to some beliefs that it removes those nasty bumps for less than two to three days. Of course, for the sake of trying almost anything, I would want to know if that’s true. However, I still have that benefit of the doubt that made me forget about doing it.

 



Mindfulness Therapy Towards Emotional Hunger

Sometimes, it is easy for us to know when we are sad and lonely. We know when we want other people’s company. Perhaps that’s because we deal with life’s uncertainness and that we require immediate help. But these are the only things we know. We sometimes forget the truth that we need something more than just a companion’s presence. We want something more that gets into the emotional requirements.

We understand our desire for emotional needs. It is all about happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment from sincere appreciation, safety, and accomplishments. It’s what we get from being part of something that promotes respect and importance. However, there’s an emotional need that seems too complicated to address. It is what most of us do not know. And understand – an emotional hunger.

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What Is Emotional Hunger?

Emotional hunger is a strong need for affection that usually originates in negative childhood experiences. It is a condition where an individual becomes dependent on something or someone to make them feel meaningful. In some instances, emotional hunger is often mistaken as the desire for love. Unfortunately, it holds a negative effect as it drains the person directed towards the other and leaves them empty.

Emotional hunger is always a bad thing because it usually starts with desperation. But of course, it’s not a limited case, and everyone can get caught in a situation where the emotional desires flare up. But with only an intention of getting too much affection, we sometimes believe it to be a valid reason for love. Thus, it is fundamental that we understand the difference between emotional hunger and the latter.

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Signs Of Emotional Hunger

Constantly Seeking Others’ Approval  It is somehow a habit of most of us to jump to conclusions about what people think of us. We always have this sense of eagerness to know how others view us as friends, colleagues, family members, and significant others. We seek approval for every action we make and somehow adapt to what others want us to become. This type of mentality is stressful. Sadly, despite knowing how it negatively impacts us, we still choose to continue with the habit.

Depending On Social Status – Emotional hunger can be too exhausting to handle as it makes us feel that there’s a need to comply with social status. Meaning, we believe that the more friends we have, the more we can keep our mental and emotional state at bay. But that is regardless of people’s value and contribution to our overall well-being. The lower self-esteem caused by emotional hunger can make us dive more into seeking validation and comfort, regardless of not being genuine.

Becoming Overly Clingy – We enjoy love and affection because that’s part of our nature. However, being overly clingy is a different story. It is like giving up ourselves too much that we disregard the negative impact of our desire for too much attention and comfort. We become clingy because we believe that it is the best thing to secure our relationship with others. We think that’s love. We do not care if we get drained up to the extent that we can no longer stand by ourselves.

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Not Having Or Setting Boundaries – Struggling to have boundaries is a sign of emotional hunger. The more we want others to become part of our lives, the lesser we respect our personal space. We believe that when we set up a barrier, people will automatically leave us for not being too open about everything. We worry too much that we might push people away. We do not try and appreciate the importance of alone time with ourselves because there’s the fear that we might end up liking it eventually.

Giving The Hundred Percent Of Everything – Sometimes, it is easy to give up and sacrifice everything because we believe that is the right thing to do to make others want and appreciate us. We risk our own needs to ensure our relationship with others. We give so much of ourselves that we forget to keep a portion to secure our overall health. We always make time and do favors for others despite trying so hard to be there for ourselves. We always give what people want despite the damages it causes us.

Working With Temporary Solutions – It is hard to identify emotional needs. But sometimes, we still feel not okay. That is why we often engage in temporary solutions like taking drugs and binge drinking. But for the most part, we tend to rely on physical intimacy or casual sex. We do it because of our desire to numb the pain we feel inside. We avoid important emotions by engaging in thrilling sensations. We trick ourselves by thinking that physical connections can provide emotional validation.

 



Suicidal Thoughts

How To Cope With Suicidal Thoughts

Ever since I found out that my husband was cheating on me, I already knew something terrible would happen to my overall health. No, it is not like I was already planning to sabotage my well-being so that people could stick around and feel sorry for me. It was not like that. Instead, I knew that I was going to suffer from a devastating emotional and mental health battle. And I was never wrong about it because I eventually endured some of the depressive symptoms sooner than I expected.

When I realized that I was cheated and lied to, the things I valued most went into the trash. These include my relationship with other people, my self-love and awareness, and my appreciation in life. Everything that revolves around me became my source of hate and condemnation. I became so hateful and full of doubts. I even lost interest in how much I love to live life, especially when I am incapable of almost doing anything, even for the benefit of myself.

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What My Struggles Feel Like

I am afraid to talk about my feelings, and I do not want to say them aloud. I do not want people to think that I am after their attention and show signs of weakness because I need to validate my actions. I don’t want that. As much as possible, I don’t want anyone to know that I am mentally and emotionally drifting. Besides, I do not want my husband to think that what he did to me was his winning moment. I do not want him to underestimate me.

But even if I tried my best not to give in, I always find myself constantly feeling alone. I hate that I experienced something like this that is awfully painful and genuinely heartbreaking. Due to this cheating issue, I was never the same. I often have this sentiment that I am a total shit because I am constantly at the end of the rope feeling doubtful of everybody. I feel like I am in a dark hole, where nobody sees me getting trapped into an unknown world where there is no way out. I feel so hopeless that I consider death as an opinion only to stop my anguish.

I know that having suicidal thoughts should be put on the priority list of mental health warning signs. But I didn’t pay too close attention to telling anyone what is in my head because these thoughts just come and go. But sometimes, even if I can shrug off these thoughts, I still fear them. I know it represents a psychological problem that can push me to do it one of these days. How sure am I with that? It is because I attempted to look for several options on how to accomplish a sudden death. With that sort of thought and behavior, I realized that there is a need to talk about it.

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The Need For Counseling

At first, I thought that to get rid of my suicidal thoughts, all I have to do is talk to some of my friends or family members about the things that are bothering me. Once I managed to tell them what’s on my mind, they would automatically understand what I am going through. However, when I decided to discuss my mental and emotional issues with them, I lost them. The moment I opened up my feelings to the people I love, it instantly created a gap. That is because these people were unable to grasp my condition. Some think that I am overreacting, while others believe the problem was not as big a deal as I thought.

With that, I chose a different path and went to vent out my emotions to a stranger. That is where I decided to undergo a counseling service. Counseling provided me with a tiny glimmer of hope to keep me going. The counselor somehow helped me think clearly and realized that all this heartache and mental dilemma should not influence my will of living. Counseling prevented me from doing something that I honestly do not want to do. It made me rethink my goals in life and enabled me to accomplish a fast emotional and mental health recovery.

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Final Thoughts

I desire to feel better because I now realized that life has so much more to offer. Therefore, I will not let these suicidal thoughts control me. I am glad that I decided to seek a professional counseling service because I would not know what will happen if I didn’t. Thankfully, I am better now. I am positive that whenever the negative idea of hurting myself will reach my thoughts again, I know I can count on encouraging and motivating myself for overall wellness.

 



Do You Need Counseling?

Counseling

There are times that even if you think you are emotionally and mentally capable of handling yourself, there are still things that can ruin everything for you. Those struggles can make you question what to do. You might end up wondering whether you would seek counseling or not. But to focus on resolving some of the issues you can hardly resolve, you need to reach out for professional advice or counseling. But when should you go and consider counseling? Here are some of the few things you should take note of.

When To Get Counseling

when should you go and consider counseling?
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Feeling Sad And Lonely For No Particular Reason

Feeling sad or lonely for no particular reason can be an indicator that you need counseling. Usually, this can be something that can often ignore, especially when you are used to feeling emotional every time something tugs on your heartstrings. But when that emotional instability makes you cry without warning and make you feel depressed despite being okay a couple of minutes ago, then you need to pay attention because there might be something wrong. If that sadness and loneliness bring you to the point where you can’t control or stop the tears from coming, you should know that you are emotionally full. It is where you feel overwhelmed about anything, and things don’t process through your mind. That is the point that you need to get counseling.

Overthinking About Negative Things That Don’t Matter

It is okay to think about things in a day-to-day matter. It helps with the development of your skills, comprehension, and emotional intelligence. But when that thinking focuses only on the negative ones and tends to go overboard, it indicates a strong reason for counseling. That is because the sheer amount of negativity that sticks around can make you shut down. You get loaded with unwanted thought cycles that contribute to the challenging overall function. This constant negative thinking habit can make you lose your self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-worth. Overthinking can ruin your disposition and influence you not to improve. It can even damage your problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities. It can cause too much mental and emotional exhaustion as it brings you to the verge of constantly fighting with yourself.

Heed to counseling when you find your unhealthy habits creeping in.

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Slipping To Old Unhealthy Habits

There are instances that even if you try so hard to get rid of stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, you often see yourself weak and vulnerable. The unfortunate thing about that situation is that it makes you return to the negative habits you once thought you already let go of. These are things that you can’t fight back against when you are emotionally and mentally unstable such as isolation, eating disorder, alcohol abuse, gambling, sleep deprivation, toxic lifestyle, etc. When that happens, you need to set your goals straight and be mindful of the consequences of your actions. Heed to counseling as soon as possible when you find these unhealthy habits creeping in. Please do not assume that these slipups are not a big deal because they can still cause inflicting health injuries in the long run.

Experiencing Uncontrollable Emotions

One way to know you need counseling is when your emotions are getting in control, and there’s not much you can do about it. It usually represents an angry outburst that creates complicated situations despite knowing yourself not being like that. Most times, when your emotions are in control, you struggle with communicating with other people as you immediately think of them as a threat or nuisance. You easily get upset for small reasons, and you do not look into some contributing factors that might control your rage. So when you feel that you are helpless to see a different perspective and solely focus on your rage, you need to let it out. Consider the underlying benefits of reaching out for professional advice or counseling to talk about your uncontrollable feelings so you can process them.

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Leaning Towards Isolation And Despair

You know you need counseling when friends and family cannot take your emotional and mental exhaustions all in. It is okay to limit strangers as much as you want. But be mindful that your friends and family are not exempted from the possible emotional and mental impact. If you are uncertain about your emotional and mental health, always remember that you can always seek professional counseling anytime. You should recognize it sooner rather than later. Because despite your optimism and known ability to handle things on your own, there will be a certain moment where seeing someone, talking things out, going to counseling, and having unbiased opinions can provide benefits to process through.

Seeing A Counselor Has A Lot Of Advantages

There is no limit to the advantage you can get from counseling, and seeing a counselor is a totally different thing. Aside from their unbiased opinions, they are trained to offer assistance, tools, and suitable counseling techniques for your needs.

 



Frequently Asked Questions About Being Sad And Healthy

I got diagnosed with lung cancer at the young age of 9. It was caused most likely by second-hand smoke, considering both my parents were chain smokers. I was not allergic to it from the beginning, so they did not feel the need to stay away from me whenever they had cigarettes on. They stopped as soon as we got my cancer diagnosis, but the damage had been done – my cancer cells had already been activated. All I could do was go through radiation and chemotherapy to deal with my illness.

If you have seen adults having a hard time with chemo, you could imagine how much harder it was for a kid like me. It was not about the physical appearance; I could not care less if I lost my hair during the treatment. The most challenging part was swallowing those big spills and having needles stuck in my veins regularly. It was not the type of experience that you could get used to anytime.

The treatment was always painful, especially when your body’s same areas get bruised after being somewhat abused too often. From the third session, when I realized that I still had five months to deal with everything, I would always tell my parents to let me die because I did not want to be in pain all the time. Once I reached the hospital, I would also beg my nurses and doctors to stop treating me and just let me be.

No one listens to me. I am thankful for that now, for sure, but I did not feel that way back then. In reality, there was one thing that everyone said to me that I hated the most. It went along these lines: “Don’t cry, little girl. Everything will be okay soon.”

It was a lie, and even my younger self knew it. I did not believe the adults around me whenever they said that; it made me cry harder because they felt like they did not want me to go through my emotions. If I listened to them, I might have developed depression because I had zero outlets for my emotions.

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Is sadness bad for your health?

Keeping your feelings to yourself – sadness, frustration, grief, or anger – may cause your body to be physically stressed. The impact is the same, though the core emotions vary. It is a known fact that this affects one’s self-esteem, memory, and blood pressure.

What does sadness do to your body?

Being miserable or sad can change the amount of stress-related opioids in your brain and produces a rise of inflammatory proteins in your bloodstream that are connected to a heightened risk of comorbid illnesses, such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, and heart problems.

Is sadness a disease?

Being sad is a natural response to circumstances that may lead to emotional pain or distress. On the other hand, there are differing degrees of sadness.

Do we need sadness to be happy?

Devoid of sadness, happiness is meaningless. Paradoxically, if you are scared of being emotionally sad, you are often unable to feel the heights of happiness. A lot of people live their lives in the middle area. They often don’t experience intense happiness, nor do they feel intense sadness.

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Is it okay to cry?

Yes, it is. It is a human reaction to misery and disappointment. It is also a healthy reaction. It is a natural means of reducing the stress that, if ignored for long periods, could have detrimental effects on your body physically and mentally, including a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses and other stress-linked diseases.

Is it okay to cry for no reason?

First of all, nothing is wrong with crying for no reason. Some people cry more often than others, and it is certainly okay. In fact, experts say that crying is a great natural stress reliever. A person who cries might actually become better than the one who doesn’t.

Is crying too much bad for you?

Crying has several health advantages. However, too much of it might be an indication of depression. Crying as a reaction to one’s feelings like joy, frustration, or sadness is quite normal.

Does crying damage your brain?

Experts say that although animals exposed to extremely high stress levels for long durations could present with changes in their brain configuration, stress due to crying has never been proven to cause brain damage in humans.

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Why do I cry so easily now?

All of us cry sometimes. But if you think you’ve been crying too much and too easily, it might mean that you are too overwhelmed by the stresses in your life or that you have other issues going on in your mind, like depression.

Why do I cry when others cry?

The concept of ‘grasping’ others’ feelings is something that experts have been delving into. Known as ‘emotional contagion,’ it happens when you interact with a person who feels extreme emotions. This, in turn, leads you to grasp that same emotion.

Is crying a sign of weakness?

No, it’s not. Crying is not a sign that you are weak. Conversely, it has been said that if you can cry to get over your problems, you are indeed strong.

Is massage good for depression?

If you have anxiety or depression or are just too stressed about life, getting a massage can be part of the whole treatment plan. It can aid you in achieving relaxation, peace of mind, body-mind connection, and empowerment.

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What type of massage is best for anxiety?

Shiatsu is probably the best massage for individuals who want to achieve relaxation, tension, and stress relief. It is a form of massage that originated from Japan that was developed to promote physical and emotional relaxation.

Final Thoughts

It has been 20 years since my battle with lung cancer ended. I had bittersweet memories during my chemotherapy and radiation therapy sessions. Looking back now, I could hardly recall the pain unless I saw pictures of myself in the past.

Despite others’ opinions, I would say that feeling sad made me healthy at the time. If I did not express my feelings, it would never have a way out.



Frequently Asked Questions About Depression Statistics

Understanding everything about depression is not simple. Often, you will need to consider what is specifically happening to someone with a mental health condition because many things vary. That is because the signs and symptoms of someone experiencing depression are different from everyone else. Not everybody is weak and vulnerable that they often choose isolation. Some depressed individuals are outgoing and often have strong personalities. Honestly, you can never genuinely tell if someone is dealing with an emotional and mental health problem. Not unless they openly expressed and talked about it.

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The thing is, depression is often silent but can still be too loud. You might easily identify it with lonely people, stressed, anxious, and always out of disposition. You can quickly distinguish their mental health condition through their actions. That explains why you can say that depressed people are often agitated, confused, and sensitive. When they get a chance to talk and express themselves, they start with how empty they are.

But the situation is not limited to that since there are depressed individuals who are very happy and confident about what they want. These are individuals that usually discuss things in riddles. Sometimes, they tend to go bold and let people know about their plans and how much they want to leave the people and the world behind them. They openly talk about self-harm and suicide in a joking manner. It is as if they want people to save them, but they do not want everybody to know that they need help.

Signs and symptoms of depression, although some of them are obvious ones, can still be tricky. That is because some people extremely want everything complicated. It is not because they want to lie to others or anything, but because they have this different mentality on how depression should be dealt with.

What age has the highest rate of clinical depression? 

The prevalence of major depressive episodes was higher among 7.1% of all U.S. adults. Usually, those are 8.7% females and 5.3% males. Major severe cases of depression are most likely to affect individuals between the ages of 45 and 65.

 How many individuals in the world suffer from depression? 

Depression is a widespread mental illness, and globally, more than 264 million people suffer from depression. These include adults, middle-aged, teenagers, and even kids. Depression is a leading cause of emotional, mental, and physical disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of health complications and diseases.

 What percentage of students have symptoms of depression? 

Almost 20 percent of all teens experience depression. Usually, some of them suffer from mild to severe symptoms before they reach adulthood. And in an unfortunate situation, only 30 percent of these depressed teens get proper treatment. That is because some of them often ignore their symptoms, and others do not care at all.

 What is the most common mental disorder? 

Anxiety disorders are a well-known mental illness in the U.S. It affects approximately 40 million individuals from age 18 and older. This population also grows every year as many teens and young adults struggle with life pressure and general problems. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are highly manageable. With the right treatment and medication, symptoms can easily go away. However, the problem is that only 36.9% of those suffering receive and seek treatment.

 Which race has the most leading rate of depression? 

The race with the highest rate of major depressive disorders is usually the Hispanics at 10.8%. It then gets followed by African Americans with an 8.9% total population count and whites with 7.8%. In addition to the information, the global depression rates from the WHO’s most recent findings indicate that the following countries, such as Brazil, Bangladesh, India, China, and the U.S, have the highest rates of depression.

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 Who is at greatest risk for depression? 

Usually, individuals in middle age are at the top of the bell curve for depression. That is because of the life stressors that are often unmanageable such as financial strain, work-related disappointments, death of a loved one, and many relationship problems. But that does not mean that the very young and very old do not experience depressive conditions. Some teenagers and adults often struggle with depression for a long time because they usually tend to ignore it, leaving them more susceptible to severe symptoms as the mental problem progresses.

 What are the types of depression? 

The types of depressions are Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Persistent Depressive Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression, and ‘Situational’ Depression.

 What is the mortality rate of depression? 

People with severe anxiety or depression usually die 7.9 years earlier than those with minimal mental health issues. At a population level, anxiety or depression was associated with an elevated risk of mortality. Severe conditions of mental health make people suffer greatly with emotional, physical, and mental aspects. They also function poorly at work, at school, and in the family.

 What country has the worst mental health? 

The recent findings on the highest rates of global depression are countries such as Colombia, the United States, the Netherlands, and Ukraine. On the other hand, countries like Shanghai, Nigeria, and Italy were consistently low. Also, the prevalence was lower in Asian countries in general as well.

 Why is school a waste of time? 

Many people believe that the school system is inconsistent because it doesn’t teach children the necessary skills for continued development. Besides the fact that school days are too long, it becomes entirely hard for children to focus for hours straight. At a very young age, children are obliged to spend long hours in an isolated room with individuals their age and only handled by a single adult that tends to teach them lessons. Many people think that life would be too uninteresting without school and that they cannot learn without the premises’ teachings.

 Is school the main cause of depression? 

For some individuals, yes, it is. Not only does school often add to anxiety or depression, but mental health can also interfere with school at the same time. Moreover, research shows that all mental health conditions usually begin by age 24. Hence, the college years are a critical stage for individuals to experience many stressors that can damage their mental and emotional state.

 Can school stress cause mental illness? 

Long-term stress that school problems bring increases the risk of mental health issues. These include anxiety, substance use problems, sleep problems, pain, bodily muscle tension, and depression. Long-term stress from school can contribute to physical, emotional, and mental illness. It can also affect the immune and metabolic functions, heart, and chemicals acting on the brain.

 What is the rarest mental illness? 

The rarest mental illness is called Apotemnophilia. It is an identity disorder characterized by the overwhelming desire to amputate healthy parts of the body. This disorder is said to be neurological since there is not much known specific information about it.

 At what age does anxiety peak? 

Anxiety usually affects adults ages 30 to 44. These individuals often experience the highest anxiety rate and often can’t handle extreme mental health conditions. Some of the symptoms of severe cases often include disrupted daily functioning, restlessness, irritability, fatigue, agitation, tense muscles, difficulty concentrating, and trouble sleeping.

 What is poor mental health?

There is poor mental health involved when you find it difficult to manage how you think, feel, act concerning daily stresses in your life. Other factors may affect as well, including gambling, smoking, alcohol, and misuse of drug use, which can contribute to poor mental health.

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Insight

You might assume that because you already got answers to some of your questions, you understand depression better. No, it is not like that. You will never entirely understand what depression is not unless you live through it. You will never know the sacrifices that people with depression need to deal with, not unless you recover from the mental illness. But it does not mean that knowing something is not helpful. With a little bit of understanding and compassion, you can become an instrument to help and encourage people to fight their mental health battles.

 



Schizophrenia FAQs

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that alters a person’s thought processes, emotional comprehension, and social interactions. It also affects the capacity to discern between right and wrong.

Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, used the term “Schizophrenia.” It came from Greek roots, referring to a split mind or separate personalities. This definition emphasizes how those who have schizophrenia have fragmented thoughts and reactions to stimuli.

There is no miracle pill or series of medications that can eliminate schizophrenia. Access to appropriate treatment is the best way to manage the symptoms better.

The target of treatment must be the symptoms or manifestations of schizophrenia. Medicine serves a great purpose in managing the symptoms. Therapy further enhances the management of the disorder.

Meanwhile, the therapist shall focus on opening discussions with the patient concerning the concept of schizophrenia and its symptoms.

A great way to help the patient manage the symptoms is to explain why and how it happens. Multiple types of therapy can be helpful.

This article will focus on therapy for schizophrenia and other issues on the topic. It will discuss how therapy helps and what it tries to avoid when assisting patients in managing their symptoms. Additionally, please know more about mental illness and the subsequent consequences for those who suffer from it.

Understanding Schizophrenia better

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Schizophrenia

Which therapy is best for schizophrenia?

Treatment for schizophrenia is a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. Schizophrenic patients receive antipsychotic medications to manage disruptive symptoms.

What are the goals of therapy?

The goal of therapy is to manage symptoms by providing day-to-day support and treatment. It also aims to alleviate the emotional distress of the patient. Therapy assists the patient to have as much independence.

How effective is a therapy for schizophrenia?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is effective at reducing symptoms. Studies show that CBT improves the ability of patients in terms of managing symptoms. Therapy can lead to an improvement in community behavior. It can also improve the overall quality of life.

What is the latest treatment for schizophrenia?

The Asenapine transdermal patch got approval recently. It is the only transdermal medication approved for treating schizophrenia. It helps visually confirm medication adherence and the possibility of improved tolerability for medicine.

Who has schizophrenia?

Zelda Fitzgerald had schizophrenia. She is the wife of the famed writer of The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald. Lionel Aldridge, a Superbowl-winning Football player. Peter Green, the guitarist of Fleetwood Mac.

What schizophrenia should avoid?

It is important to avoid triggers and stressful situations. The ABC Model can be used to help organize confusing experiences by assessing

(A) Activating Experiences,

(B) Patient’s Beliefs, and

(C) Consequences.

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How can schizophrenia be cured permanently?

Currently, there is no cure for schizophrenia. It is a lifelong illness. However, there are many ways to regulate symptoms effectively. The right treatment plan is critical for the best results.

Why do people with schizophrenia get so angry?

Sudden outbursts of anger and aggression are generally a symptom of this illness. These outbursts happen due to abnormalities in the frontal and temporal lobe. Also, various factors can exacerbate the patient’s emotional distress. Stigmatization and ostracization is a common trigger for aggression.

Paranoid schizophrenics are likely to experience anger and a lack of impulse control.  A patient needs to have a good treatment plan from their therapist and psychiatrists. Being empathetic and authentic may help to create a good therapeutic relationship.

Will schizophrenia be cured?

There is currently no known cure for schizophrenia. However, there are many ways to treat it effectively. Also, it is possible to control the manifestation of its symptoms.

Why do schizophrenic people die early?

The life expectancy of schizophrenic people is shorter compared to the general population. Late diagnosis, poor social and physical treatment, and medication side effects present the risk of having a high mortality rate. Unregulated symptoms can lead patients to an unhealthy lifestyle. It can then result in a higher risk of suicide.

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Does schizophrenia ever go away?

Schizophrenia is a lifelong condition. However, living a full life is not impossible when you have this condition. Therapy and treatment can help improve the quality of life of patients. Consistency is vital for the success of the treatment plan.

Can someone with schizophrenia live a normal life?

Yes, a schizophrenic person can live a normal life. A person with this condition needs to get medication and treatment. These things help regulate their behavior, moods, and delusions.

Is Schizophrenia the worst mental illness?

Although the disorder is an illness that is notably difficult to control, framing schizophrenia as the worst mental illness may prove harmful for those with the condition.

Why are schizophrenic voices negative?

Sometimes, schizophrenic voices are just of people patients recognize or even non-descript. Command hallucinations that give direct instructions pose the most risk.

There are different drivers of negative auditory hallucinations such as negative life experiences, unhealthy emotional regulation strategies, physical/social threats, and stigmatization from society.

Does Schizophrenia get worse as you age?

Positive symptoms of schizophrenia mellow down later in life. Meanwhile, negative symptoms manifest more with age. Positive symptoms are delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized and incoherent speech. Negative symptoms include restricted emotions, catatonia, and flat affect.

Without treatment, symptoms are likely to get worse as the patient gets older.

Committing to any form of an effective treatment program for the mental health problem will be incredibly beneficial. Treatment can help both the individuals who have the mental illness and their friends and loved ones.

In several cases, people who suffer from this disorder can live regular lives, while others would have to undergo constant treatment and monitoring.

Once the symptoms are under control, those who suffer from it must continue their therapy program and medication.  Doing so will help maintain momentum in the right direction.

In addition to therapy, psychosocial support from immediate friends and family can also help manage symptoms. With this, patients can learn proper social etiquette, create deep and meaningful bonds with themselves and others. It is also essential to avoid potential triggers that may lead to the relapse of symptoms.

Understanding Schizophrenia

The onset of Schizophrenia often happens during the early phase of adulthood. The patient must obtain rigorous professional support and guidance to develop fundamental life skills. It will be useful for completing education and eventually sustaining a career or business in the future.

Those who have this mental disorder, tend to depend highly on others. However, some programs and movements can help transition people with a mental health condition to a certain degree of self-sufficiency. These skills are helpful concerning daily tasks, financial obligations, and relationship-building.

With the right surrounding individuals and a proper positive mindset, those with the disorder can succeed and thrive in life. Friends and family must pitch in to make the symptoms more manageable and avoidable.

Everyone involved must have a good heart and a firm grasp of optimism to overcome the circumstances of mental health and its symptoms. As long as everyone sticks to the program and stays positive, patients can easily handle this mental disorder.



The Story Of How I Almost Lost My Sister To A Mental Health Disorder

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The first time that Jenny, my younger sister, watched young gymnasts perform at my elementary school, she was only three years old. According to my parents, it was the only time my sister remained seated for an hour ever since she learned how to walk. She could not take her eyes off the kids who were twirling and tumbling and doing splits on the mat while dancing to the upbeat song on the background.

After that performance, we thought that Jenny would forget about it at once and show her curiosity in other things. However, while the entire family watched the gymnastics competition in the Olympics via satellite, she started trying to copy the gymnasts, from their elegant stance to their basic routines. When Jenny was not rolling and tumbling in our living room, she would be sitting in front of the TV, obviously amazed by the athletes from different countries.

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Since my parents noticed Jenny’s interest in gymnastics, they asked the gymnastics teacher at the local center if they would allow her to sit in the class. I remembered picking her up from class with Mom once and seeing that she was the youngest and smallest student there. To everyone’s surprise, though, Jenny was a natural gymnast. She did everything that she saw the older kids doing; there was no sign of shyness from her at all. After the first recital, we heard Jenny say, “I will be a professional gymnast when I grow up.”

A Rising Gymnast 

One year later, Jenny has officially enrolled in the gymnastics class. Mind you; she was four years old at the time. The teacher typically allowed seven-year-olds to register, but she exempted my sister from the rule because of her evident talent.

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Three times a week, Jenny would go to the gym to walk and jump on beams and learn how to do front and backflips properly. It did not seem like those activities were challenging when she was doing them because she was always smiling. But we had seen other kids fall and struggle to improve their gymnastic skills, so it became apparent that my little sister might genuinely be meant to grow up as a gymnast.

This routine of driving Jenny to gymnastics class a few times a week went on for another year. We thought she would get bored with the activity after a year, but she showed no sign of that. If anything, my sister became eager to learn more moves and do competitive gymnastics soon. In truth, she already entered the Junior Olympics program and passed the first and second levels immediately. For Level 3, she had to wait until her sixth birthday to pass because that’s the minimum age requirement.

Jenny’s chance to compete finally came when she turned seven years old. There was a tournament in another city, and her gym wanted to send representatives to it. Since everyone was aware of my sister’s skills, she automatically got selected to compete against other Level 5 gymnasts. It became clearer that it was the right choice when she took home the gold after the competition.

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The Fall Of The Gymnast

My sister did not stop competing since then. She worked hard to pass all the junior levels until a national coach scouted her and asked my parents if they would allow Jenny to train as a competitive gymnast for the Olympics. Of course, that was the goal, so Jenny left her little gym and began training with other professional athletes for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Since one had to qualify for the Olympics, Jenny joined various gymnastics competitions throughout 2015. The training was brutal for an 18-year-old’s body, but she never complained. On top of that, she had to do homeschooling so that she would still graduate high school with the rest of her batch. My sister often said, “I don’t care how much I suffer from perfecting my moves. This is what I was meant to do in my life. I want to continue competing for as long as I can.” So, we continued to support her dreams.

Unfortunately, Jenny got into a freaky car accident with her friends. Their vehicle toppled over, and it was lucky that none of them died, but Jenny had to get metal pins to put her broken legs back together. Since a gymnast had to have strong legs and arms to do everything, her professional career came to an end before the Olympics.

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How I Almost Lost My Sister To A Mental Health

Jenny did not seem like the little sister that I used to have for months. After the accident, she became moody and unhappy; she even yelled at my parents for the first time when they tried to coax her to eat. Then, at night, we would hear her crying, most likely grieving over the loss of her dreams.

Our fears turned into reality when Mom found my sister passed out in bed with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand. We rushed her to the hospital, and the doctors luckily managed to pump the drugs out of her stomach. When Jenny woke up the next day, we were all crying hard, and she was saying sorry for trying to take her life. It turned out that she was so depressed for months, but she wanted to get help and get her life back on track after what happened.

If you suspect that a loved one has a mental health disorder, don’t wait for something grave to occur before you confront them about it.

 



Managing Asthma Stress In The Family

 

 

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When someone in the family is diagnosed with asthma, the condition impacts not only the asthmatic member but the whole family as well. The anxiety and stress of living life with someone diagnosed with a chronic condition like asthma manifest itself in various ways within all members of the family. The asthmatic, for example, might feel devastated with his condition and everything else that comes with it. With this suppressed emotion, he has a greater likelihood of getting into arguments, is less cooperative, secluded, depressed, or stubborn. Consequently, this person with the built-up rage machine within him will certainly affect the dynamics of the home and of the family itself.

If an asthmatic child has sisters or brothers, they will sometimes feel guilty about the thought that they may have contributed to the disease of their sibling. On the contrary, they can also feel jealous or mad because the asthmatic child will probably be receiving more attention. Or perhaps they’re afraid of having asthma themselves.

Additionally, the financial concern is something that must also be considered when thinking about a chronic condition, and this, in turn, might add up to the building stress and anxiety of the family. Although insurance coverage can help, there will, from time to time, be out-of-the-pocket money that will be spent, draining the family’s savings and other financial reserves.

Support Networks

Families that are struggling with chronic asthma might find it beneficial to get into support networks and use them as a channel to share their experiences, unload their burdens, and be inspired to listen to other families’ stories about their own asthma struggles.

 

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Below is a list of some details about asthma that families, including the asthmatic person, should know about to help cope with the condition better and avoid asthma stress.

  • Accept and embrace the fact that asthma is chronic.
  • It is a long-term condition. Once you have it, it will always be there.
  • Asthma is not always severe. It can be controlled through regular medications.
  • If you think your asthma disappeared a few months ago, you might be on remission. Remember that it’s a lifelong disease.
  • If you have a family member with asthma, always offer help as much as you can, especially during severe attacks. Let him know that you want to help him solve his problems associated with asthma.
  • Work as one; it is easier when there are love and support from one another.
  • If necessary, consult a counselor or join a support network.

Financial Struggles

When you have a family member with asthma, expenses can become higher than what is expected. Even if you are considered to be in the upper class, insurance coverage can still be tight and insufficient. There are available programs that are developed to assist families that are struggling with financial problems, some even open to anyone who submits an application. You can start by reaching out to the social services department in your area.

Families who do not have insurance coverage, on the other hand, can apply for government programs like Medicaid. Those who are not qualified can also find private insurers like Blue Cross and other private companies, which can be accessed in almost all states. If the premiums are regularly paid, then there is no reason to be denied coverage.

Time Management For Caregivers

Coping with asthma is not easy for the asthmatic person and for the family as well. Doctor’s appointments, applying for insurance and filling out forms, and buying the medications needed require ample time that caregivers might not have enough time for. Perhaps these simple suggestions can guide you into learning how to manage your time.

  • Accept that you have limits. When you have a family member with asthma, there will time that you will spare to help this member cope with his condition. You will then divide your time for him, for your work, yourself, and other activities. Before taking a step, acknowledge that you cannot do everything even if you want to. There will be things that you can’t tackle, people that you can’t attend to, and issues that you simply must let go.

 

  • Be versatile. You will be happy to realize that sometimes – two or three days a week, for example, you might be able to accomplish everything that you have written on your to-do-list. However, there are times when you’re not able to even half of it. Don’t be frustrated, and remember to be flexible. For things, you haven’t done today, put them on priority for tomorrow. Just do what you can today, particularly the most important.

 

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  • Share the load. Ask help from another family member so that the workload will be easier to achieve. Have someone else buy the medicines or find a substitute for your cleaning schedule today so that you can follow up on your loved one’s insurance. Sharing the workload with the family makes it easier for all of you, plus it brings you closer.

Keep in mind that it may be tough at times to have a family member suffer from asthma, but there have been thousands of families that are witness to how they have successfully dealt with the challenges that come along with this lifelong condition. Yes, you and your family can still have that long and happy life that you have always wanted.

 

 

 



When Boredom Strikes (Home Quarantine Issues)

This Coronavirus outbreak is still freaking me out. It does not stop in giving me all these anxiety and stress that I don’t want to experience in the first place. But because I can’t do anything about it, I choose to follow safety measures instead of getting infected with the virus. Thus, I stay at home and quarantine myself. Unfortunately, even though I know how important that is, I can’t help but feel bored.

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How Am I Feeling?

Boredom for me right now is like a curse. It feels like a privilege of having free time but nothing to do with it. Of course, there are literally a lot of things I can do to spend my time productively. But unfortunately, I think I already managed to work on some of those. There’s reading, listening to music, binge-watching, playing games, singing karaoke, and the list goes on. But most of these activities are nothing special for me. I mean, I tried to be interested in most of them, but I can’t entirely put the passion into spending an effort on a particular thing.

I do understand that it is my problem, not trying to engage more into the possibilities of finding the right hobby to avoid wasting time. But admittedly, I am very picky when it comes to what things I should do in my spare time. Besides, I probably enjoyed some of the activities I mentioned above. That is why I think no one can force me to do things I don’t like, especially in the comfort of my home. And if I wasn’t that picky, I probably end up doing an entirely pointless activity that provides no particular benefit to my well-being. Thus, it will only serve the purpose of wasting and killing time.

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Luckily, as an adult, I have a lot of chores to do. I do the cleaning, laundry, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, and so on. However, those tasks don’t last that long. Once they are done, it’s useless to do them all over again, not until I have to. Meaning, I need to wait for a couple of hours or days before I can work with the chores again. I get bored often because there are fewer and fewer new things to do every day. There is nothing to discover, and being in home quarantine further restricts me from doing the things I like. Which is, by the way, is spending time outside, traveling to different places, and hanging out with friends.

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So that is where boredom strikes. I keep finding myself moping around and trying to look for a purpose because not being able to go out forces my brain to figure out something to do inside. For an extrovert like me, it feels like hell. The thought of having limited access to the things I love the most creates this mental and emotional turmoil. That is why I keep on thinking about how a considerable amount of spare time I have but can’t use or spend productively. And that is what makes me go crazy during this lockdown. Staying home is not and will never become part of the best experiences I can count.

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Perhaps if the situation is different and there is no outbreak to think about, boredom won’t happen too often. That is reasonable since I won’t have to spend my whole life inside the four-cornered wall of our house. But since the situation calls for it, I understand the importance of abiding the rules. Besides, I’d instead choose to feel bored all the time than getting caught up in the danger of getting infected with the disease.




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