To say 2020 has been a roller-coaster year would be an understatement. As humans, we don’t feel built to handle this much information on top of a drastic shift in lifestyle. Suddenly, work has followed us home, while we find ourselves isolated from many simple joys and activities we may have taken for granted. And that takes its toll on our bodies and minds.
Mental fatigue is real, but while we’re learning to cope, there are lots of small adjustments we can make to keep ourselves balanced. Our mental health is important, and making a difference would be difficult if we don’t care for ourselves first. So here are some simple ways to avoid mental fatigue in our “new normal.”
1. Don’t Compromise Your Sleep
When our life circumstances get thrown off course, sleep is one of the first things to suffer. And when your sleep quality gets compromised, so
DEPRESSION and anxiety disorders are psychosomatic conditions, i.e., a combination of psychological and physical factors. While the physical (or somatic) component of the condition is treated with anti-depressants, the psychologcal component is treated through psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy involves talking to a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or a counselor who first identify the reason for an anxiety disorder and how to alleviate the impact of the reason on the patient’s psyche. The particular type of psychotherapy that has been found very useful in treating anxiety disorders is: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As its name suggests, CBT comrpises two elements: the cognitive element, and the behavioral element.
Cognitive element: The cognitive element of CBT helps people amend the thought structure that generates the fears and anxieties that have caused the anxiety disorder.
Behavioral element: The behavioral element of CBT encourages people to change the nature of their reaction … Read More
Sally (name changed) was the apple of her father’s eye. Her father, a Vietnam war veteran, was always away when she was growing up. She missed her father, especially on the occasions like her birthday, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Life was going fine, but tragedy struck on her 13th birthday when suddenly she heard that her father was no more. He had committed suicide by hanging himself in his room. She couldn’t reconcile with the fact that her father had struggled silently with a grave mental health condition for years. She had become a survivor of suicide loss and a trauma victim.
Soon, Sally started experiencing symptoms like emotional numbness and intrusive distressing recollections, the indication of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over a period of time, she had mastered the art of camouflaging the way she felt. But soon, Sally realized she was struggling with depression, which landed her in a … Read More
Childhood depression and anxiety are often overlooked. A widely held belief that children could not be depressed has recently been contradicted by the American Psychiatric Association. Depression and anxiety in childhood is usually focused on a single subject. This can cause much stress and disturbance in their lives.
Childhood depression is an overwhelming sadness that envelops your child every day for weeks or even months. It is a paralyzing lack of joy that prevents her from enjoying her life: her family,. Childhood depression is an urgent mental health issue. There is strong research to suggest that children can be buffered against developing depression by learning how to successfully process and manage adversity such as frustrations and disappointments.
Childhood depression is largely marked by the same diagnostic criteria as adult depression. However, it is only in the last thirty years that mainstream psychiatry has accepted childhood depression as a valid diagnostic … Read More
Menopause. The word is a scourge to many women. It is the shifting of one stage of life to another – from being a creator of life to a point where that is no longer possible. There are many changes which take place on the biological level which can lead to alterations in mood.
In addition to common symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, many women develop rapid mood changes, anger, and depression. These mood swings are the result of hormonal changes brought on by menopause. While there is no ‘cure’ for menopause as it is an entirely natural process, hormone therapy is recommended by some doctors. Even with available treatments to ease this potentially troubling period of time, it is necessary for women to learn to cope with the emotional fluctuations associated with menopause.
When a person is angry or depressed for an extended amount of time, and … Read More
Although depression itself cannot cause gallbladder problems per se, not being able to eat anything can certainly be depressing. Many antidepressant medications are anticholinergic which means they slow down gallbladder contractions, thus contributing to gallbladder troubles. However, beyond that, there is a physiological connection via the thyroid. If you suffer from chronic depression or even bouts of depression now and again, it could possibly be due to a particular condition of low thyroid that is brought on by low serotonin and/or dopamine levels.
Here’s how it works. Low serotonin or dopamine levels affect the functioning of the thyroid gland resulting in low (not high) TSH levels. It is high TSH levels that alert your doctor that your thyroid is working overtime and needs some support. However, these low levels along with other markers, may show that the thyroid is not functioning optimally, even though these markers may be within “normal” … Read More