3 Red Flags Found in Gaslighting

The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone using psychological methods into questioning their own sanity or powers of reasoning. When there is a gaslighter in a relationship, there is also a victim. In this case being a victim means that you are receiving emotional damage from the actions or words of another person. If you are being gaslighted by a friend, significant other, or family member you might be feeling as though you are going crazy. This blog will help you identify 3 red flags you can identiy in a person who is gaslighting you.

Red Flag #1: They question your reality

A gaslighter will make you think that what you recall about a situation or conversation never happened. They will do this by persistently fighting against what you know is true until you somehow feel that you have recalled the situation wrong. There are many different ways someone can do this, but two examples come to mind.

One is triangulation. Triangulation is when a gaslighter tells you something to tell someone else. When you relay the message to them the gaslighter then denies ever saying that.

The second is by denial. They will deny any bad or offensive acts that they have done. For example, say you are dating someone and when they were in the bathroom you saw a notification from a dating app pop up on their phone. A gaslighter will deny and manipulate you into thinking that what you saw was wrong or was never there.

Red Flag #2: Hurting your reputation in front of others

Another common behavior that gaslighters will use is the act of reputation dragging. They will do this by calling you out or telling embarrassing stories in front of other people. There are a couple reasons that a gaslighter might do this to you, but the main one is so that they can isolate you from other people. By doing this they gain more power and control over you.

Red Flag #3: They minimize your feelings

A common tactic used by gaslighters is the act of dismissing your feelings. They will try to make your emotions feel unacceptable, insignificant, or inaccurate. By doing this you will start to feel that you are in the wrong and put the blame on yourself.

If your feelings are being minimized, you might start to catch yourself:

  • Apologizing repeatedly
  • Avoiding friends and loved ones
  • Wondering if you are too sensitive
  • Unable to be yourself
  • Constantly overthinking and confused
  • Walking on eggshells

Next Step

If after reading this blog you have realized you are a victim of gaslighting, we can help you. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we have trained therapists who can walk with you as you navigate the painful consequences of gaslighting. You CAN escape the abuse and start to feel more like yourself again. However, most people need help setting boundaries, making sense of reality and breaking free of their control. If this is something you are looking for and are ready to be valued and accepted, the best next step is to contact us at (405) 921-7776 to learn more about how we help you.

Grief – Biblical Help for Those who are Struggling

What does the Bible say about grief?

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

God is no stranger to grief. He sent His only son to die on the cross for our sins. He knew that Jesus was going to suffer, but He made His death mean something. His life and death both had a purpose. Though it may be close to impossible to see right now, your loved one’s life and death have a purpose in God’s design. That doesn’t mean you see it, agree with it, or even believe that losing your loved one could have a purpose other then heartache.

The great thing about winter is that there is always spring to bring new life. There is a season for everything and the Bible provides knowledge on how to face all the storms of life; including death. You may be staring at an empty chair, or sitting in a quiet house that was once filled with laughter and joy, wondering to yourself; “How do I go on without them?” It’s okay to be mad, devastated, or resentful, even toward God. He often reminds us that the world we live in has fallen and now bad things happen to Godly people on this side of heaven. In this life pain and loss are inevitable, but long term suffering doesn’t have to be. God wants us to cast our cares on the Lord and invite him into the pain. You don’t have to go through this alone.

Temporary pain

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The world we live in is temporary. It can be easy to become short-sighted and forget that we have everlasting life in eternity. When we lose someone close to us, the last thing we want to think about is waiting to see them again in the future when we too join our heavenly home. If you’re like me, you have probably wished that you could bring someone back, or that the pain of missing them would go away. The pain surrounding death can seem like an ocean. As you look around, there seems to be no end in sight and you may feel like you can’t catch your breath. I am here to tell you that one day, you will catch your breath again.

Process your feelings

“The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).

Sometimes when we are hurting or grieving, we stay busy to avoid letting the pain in. The busy fills the empty spaces and helps distract you, if only for a moment, that you are missing your loved one. It can feel impossible to remain still in these moments. You want to avoid reality at all costs, but there is no way around grief. Grief demands to be given time to mourn and then process how to live life in the next season. This journey will look different for everyone, and the way you deal with your grief is a personal choice. Let the hurt in, feel their absence, honor their life. Invite God into your heart and let him help you heal.

Grieve with others

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept (John 11:33-35).

As Mary grieved the loss of her brother Lazarus, others grieved with her. Jesus also grieved his death and felt her pain. It can be helpful to reach out to others who know our struggle. Joining a local bereavement group can help you heal with others who are battling the same storm. You can tell your story, and the story of the one who you lost. This will keep their memory alive and provide you with a safety net of confidants who can support you on your toughest days.

Know that there is still a life worth living

“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again, and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22).

It may not seem possible in the current moment, but you will find joy again. Worshiping God through life’s pain can be difficult, but he will restore what was lost. He says he will make all things new. I choose to believe that you will get to be with your loved one again without pain or suffering. But that is in heaven and you are still here. So what do you do? Start by working on accepting the reality that life will be different and adjustments will need to be made. Seek God and He will help you pick up the pieces. Death can shatter lives and devastate beyond belief, but God always comes through. Cast your worries and anxieties on Him. Look for people, activities, time with God and other ways you can reduce the pain and eventually start bringing joy back into your life. Each day will seem impossible, but you will look back and realize that He gave you the strength you needed to make it through. If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, we have the resources and help you need.

Next Steps

At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we have a team of compassionate and faithful therapists who will guide you through your loss. Many of us have experienced grief and we want to provide you with the comfort you need. Some struggle to cope with loss and this is understandable. Everyone processes grief in their own way. We want to help you find your way as you honor your loved one. Grief is not simple and it can get messy, but we are here to help you make sense of the mess. As faith-based counselors, we will sit with you in your pain. We will create a non-judgemental space for you to grieve. We will be by your side to listen, encourage and guide you into God’s healing in a way that is right for you. We can help you experience hope and love again. The natural next step is to contact us at (405) 921-7776.

Trauma – Helping Friends and Family

Knowing how to support someone you love and care for after they have had a traumatic or terrifying experience can be challenging.

Although it’s normal to want to help someone you care about feel better, it’s crucial to accept the painful reality of what happened. Nothing you say or do in the moment can take away their suffering. However, with enough processing, grieving, and healing over time things can get better. Show compassion, sit with them in their pain without giving unsolicited advice. Your loving presence can comfort them in ways words never could.


Offering Support

Asking a family member or friend who has gone through a traumatic event in what specific ways you can support them. There are countless ways to give support. Here are a few ideas.

  • Spend time with your loved ones experiencing trauma. Let them know you are there for them and sit with them as they grieve.
  • Refuse the urge to give unsolicited advice.
  • Don’t take any negative responses to the trauma personally. Their mood can be inconsistent and even aggressive at times. A helpful way to be supportive in these moments is through empathy and trying to understand how stressful such a traumatic experience must be for them.
  • Offer assistance in practical ways that are useful to them such as household tasks, helping with any children such as supervision or school pick-ups/drop-offs and providing meals.
  • Don’t be afraid to prioritize self-care, such as reminding them to drink water, eat or shower. In the same breath, it’s just as important to assist them in avoiding self-destruction, such as engaging in excessive substance use or abuse.
  • One way to provide support is by giving your loved one(s) some space to be alone. This can be challenging but helpful depending on what they need.

How to Talk about Trauma

  • Allow your loved one to talk about what happened, even if they become upset. Focus on listening and validating them. Refuse the urge to jump in and give your opinion.
  • Refuse the urge to pressure them to open up and talk about it. Reassure them that you are there to listen whenever they are ready to open up.
  • If they are not willing to open up to you then ask if there is someone else they may like to talk to. Refuse the urge to take this personally. Remember, you are there to help so try to keep giving them what they need the goal.
  • If time sensitive decisions must be made following a traumatic event, offer help to your loved one. If they accept your help; do your best to guide them to make decisions that reflect their best interest. And make those decisions in a way you feel they would if they were in a different mental state.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • It is highly valuable to do your own research on trauma, distress, and depression. It Is important to understand not only what to expect from your loved one during this time, but also to understand what they may be expecting from you.
  • Allow them to talk when they are ready without added pressure or judgment. Make sure to empathize and allow them to see your tears, your anger in ways that let them know you care and are in this with them. Do not allow yourself to get to the point where they feel the need to care for you. If this happens then it would be good for you to seek help so you can process how the trauma is impacting you.
  • You know your person. Don’t be afraid to offer them support in ways that you know how; in ways that you think they need it. You can do all this remaining respectful to their stated desires and their healing process.

If you have found this to be helpful and would like more help, then there is hope. New Vision Counseling and Consulting is here to help you. We are a team of highly trained therapists who care and will meet you where you are and help you heal and move forward. We start by making your therapy sessions safe and non-judgmental. We walk with you and give you the encouragement and resources to heal and start living again. The natural next step is to reach out by calling (405) 921-7776. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to meet you soon.

Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and What to Expect

What is Exposure Therapy?

A type of behavioral therapy called exposure therapy is frequently used to help people with phobias and anxiety disorders. It incorporates a person confronting their fears, whether they are real or imagined, in the safe space while being guided by a trained professional therapist. It has been proven to be successful and may be performed on individuals of all ages.

Knowing more about exposure therapy can help you decide on a course of treatment and can also help you be prepared for what to anticipate.

How does it Work?

The main goal for exposure therapy is to actually expose you to the very situation, event or object that triggers anxiety, fear or panic. Exposure therapy is provided to you in small controlled doses until eventually each controlled exposure slowly starts to decrease the amount of anxiety and panic you experience to that trigger. You discuss how this will happen with your therapist before you begin to ensure you are ready and the exposure intensity is right for you.

Within the exposure therapy method, there are various techniques that can be used to accomplish your goal:

  • In vivo exposure- This technique uses direct exposure to the trigger by a.
  • Imaginal exposure- This technique uses imaginative exposure to the trigger by envisioning the trigger in vivid detail by using your own imagination.
  • Virtual reality exposure- This technique uses virtual reality to exposure you to your trigger in a real way without actually facing reality.
  • Interoceptive exposure- This technique utilizes purposefully inducing the symptoms of your anxiety without exposing you to the actual object, situation, or event that triggers you.

What Type of Anxiety can it Help?

Generalized Anxiety
Both imaginal exposure and in-person exposure can be used as treatments for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), however in-person exposure is less frequently used. Both imaginal exposure and cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) were more effective at improving overall functioning in GAD patients than relaxation techniques and nondirective therapy.

Social Anxiety
Individuals with social anxiety are frequently treated with in-person exposure. This can include engaging in social interactions and not avoiding particular activities. Exposure therapy combined with or without cognitive therapy may help to lessen social anxiety symptoms.

Driving Anxiety
People who have a phobia of driving have benefited from virtual reality exposure therapy. It has been proven beneficial in lowering driving anxiety, although further investigation is still needed on this particular phobia. Exposure therapy might need to be combined with other treatments.

Public Speaking
Adults and teenagers who are anxious about public speaking have been found to benefit from virtual reality exposure treatment. Some people have even claimed that after a 3-hour session, their anxiety had significantly decreased.

Separation Anxiety
One of the most common anxiety disorders in children is separation anxiety disorder. The best treatment for it is thought to be exposure therapy. This involves exposing the child to feared circumstances while simultaneously promoting adaptable thoughts and behaviors. The anxiety seems to fade over time, through this exposure.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is frequently treated with exposure and response prevention (ERP), which makes use of both in person and imaginal exposure. Both during therapy sessions and as homework, you would be exposed to in person situations (part of reaction avoidance is refraining from obsessive behavior). Instead of engaging in actions that would reduce anxiety, a person waits for it to go away naturally. Imaginal exposure is utilized when in person exposure is too difficult or impractical.

Panic Disorder

The treatment for panic disorder frequently involves interoceptive exposure therapy. Interoceptive exposure and face-to-face settings, i.e., working with a trained professional, were associated with higher rates of success and people were more receptive to the treatment.

Exposure therapy is for you! Now what?

Working with a therapist who has received training in the safe and effective use of exposure therapy is crucial when using certain types of exposure therapy to prevent unnecessary distress or harm to your mental health.

If you are ready to begin the journey of overcoming your anxiety with exposure therapy then we are here for you. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting we have a team of caring therapists who are highly trained in helping you work through anxiety and create a life you want to be a part of. The natural next step is to call us at (405) 921-7776. We hope to meet you soon!

Does Grief Ever Get Better?

Grief is inevitable in life, but knowing this does not take our pain away. Loss comes in all shapes and sizes and each of us processes death differently. When an immeasurable loss is experienced, it can feel like the pain will never go away. This may be true for some, and for others, time lessens the hurt. Some describe grief as coming in waves; one day the pain is distant and the next day the tide is rising uncontrollably. There is no one right way to deal with grief. Your grief is as unique as you are. I can tell you from personal experience that there can be a life worth living after the loss of a loved one; even if you don’t see it and it seems impossible right now.

How does the brain deal with grief?

It takes time to accept the reality that one of your loved ones is gone. The time spent together and the memories built may be constantly flashing through your mind. What once seemed like routine is now cherished deeply because it is the only thing you have left. You may spend your days trying to barter with God so he will bring your loved one back. This is one of the ways you may be dealing with the shock of what has happened.

The brain is often in shock and deals with grief as a learning experience. You may have asked yourself: How do I go on without you? How do I live in a world that doesn’t have you in it? As described by grief and bereavement specialist Mary-Frances O’Connor, grief is the overwhelming feeling you experience in the short term that takes over your whole being, and grieving is the learning experience that you go through as you make sense of what remains (American Psychological Association, 2022).

How do I cope with grief?

Everyone copes with grief in different ways. The first thing that others desire to do is provide advice to help us. However, what worked for them may not work for you and that is 100% okay. Coping in your own way that helps you heal is the most important thing to keep in mind. Below are a few coping strategies that may assist you in your healing:

  • Finding a support group
  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Seeking help from God
  • Going to church
  • Lighting a memory candle
  • Practicing acceptance
  • Writing a letter to the loved one you lost

What if I am not ready to heal?

It is okay to feel like you are not ready to let go or heal. It is also okay to be angry. I have been there, and it is an indescribable feeling that affects everyone in their own way. Despite how impossible it may seem now, acknowledging your feelings is the first step toward healing. We cannot accept what we do not acknowledge. Many people feel guilty when they try to move on with their lives, and this is a normal reaction as well.

Next Steps

If you feel lost, stuck, or devastated, you are not alone. Processing grief can be difficult and we understand this. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do now?” We are here to help you find answers to this question. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting, we have a team of compassionate and experienced therapists that will meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be. Your therapist will sit with you in your pain as you grieve. They will help you discover how you need to grieve in a way that is unique and right for you. When you are ready, they will help you heal and build a life with the people that are here while honoring and holding the love in your heart for the person who is not. If you or someone you know is struggling with their grief, we are here for you. The next natural step is to invite us into your story by contacting us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

How Our Thoughts Can Make Us Depressed, Anxious, Angry…

Consider the Word Distort

Have you ever started a day feeling amazing and then something happens that makes you feel depressed, anxious, angry and you just want to ________________(fill in the blank)? I know I have and many times when I look back or talk with friends it seems like it wasn’t nearly that big of a deal. I may have misunderstood something a friend said, felt like I didn’t do a great job on a project, or did something to embarrass myself in front of others. When I looked back on these events I discovered a common theme … Distortion. My perspective of myself, others and their intentions were Distorted.

When I imagine the word Distorted I think of going through a circus fun house and seeing those mirrors that completely distort your body. It’s as if your body is twisted and construed in weird and unusual ways. Some mirrors cause you to appear short and wide and maybe even wavy, while others stretch you long. It’s easy to recognize that those mirrors don’t accurately represent your body or features.

Now shift your focus to your thought life and how your thoughts may become distorted like the images in the mirrors. The difference is that you perceive them as true or accurate because you are thinking about them and can’t visibly see the distortion. The thought came from you, so of course you believe it to be true. This can often cause issues in how we relate or respond to others. Our perceptions are built on previous experiences, which become our reality. So if someone reacted negatively toward you in your past, you may have a preconceived idea that others will do the same in the future. And thus, a cognitive distortion is born.

What are Cognitive Distortions?

According to the website Therapistaid.com, a cognitive distortion is an irrational thought that can influence your emotion. When you have a distorted thought you will act on that thought as though it were real. You do this because it feels and looks real and true to you based on the distortion. your behavior or reaction to stimulation. We all experience cognitive distortions, but they can become problematic when we allow them to go unchecked.

Examples of Cognitive Distortions?

Magnification and Minimization: The idea that something holds greater weight than it actually does is a magnification, for example, “I’m the worst!” A minimization is making something seem like “It’s no big deal” ,or “They stole my purse but it’s fine, they must have needed it more than me.” I’ve noticed that hospitals or doctors offices utilize minimization often to help the patients feel more comfortable about a scary procedure. This can be helpful in those settings, but when it comes to your personal feelings, be mindful of ways you may minimize your experiences. The opposite can happen as well when we magnify them and “blow things out of proportion.”

Catastrophizing: The thought that the absolute worst-case-scenario will come true. We will talk more about how to challenge these distorted thoughts.

Overgeneralization: Common phrases used when overgeneralizing are “always”, “never”, “every”, etc.

Magical Thinking: This is the idea that because you follow the rules or are a “good person” bad things won’t happen to you. Its not based in reality. I find this to be something I’ve struggled with before, especially as a Christian. I’ve thought, “I’m a Believer, I trust God, and do what’s right, why are bad things happening to me? Why isn’t life easier?”

Personalization: This happens when you take responsibility for or ownership of another person’s feelings. For example, your spouse responds negatively to you and you think “if I do everything right and perfect, they will be happier.” This thought process does not serve you, or them, well and we will talk about how to challenge it.

Jumping to Conclusions, Mind Reading, Fortune Telling: These distortions are filled with assumptions and can rob you of opportunity for good and pleasurable things. For example, “I’m not going to apply for that job because I already know that someone else better will get it.” Another example is “They didn’t say hi, they must be mad at me.”

Emotional Reasoning: This cognitive distortion gives to much power to your feelings. For example, “I feel like I am a bad wife, therefore, I AM a bad wife.” Feelings come and go, although we need to pay attention to them, they are not facts. Feelings make great informants but terrible masters.

Disqualifying the Positive: This is actively ignoring or disqualifying positive things someone says about you. It tends to come from insecurities or the inability to believe that someone sees good in you.

“Should” Statements: These can get us in trouble, because they are riddled with unrealistic expectations that no one is capable of meeting. For example, “I should always be happy.”

All-or-Nothing Thinking: This type of thinking keeps you stuck in absolutes, when often life is full of gray in-betweens. All or nothing thinking sees the world in terms of black and white; yes and no.

How Do Cognitive Distortions Affect Our Mood?

The CBT Triangle helps bring awareness to exactly how our thoughts impact our mood and behaviors.

A situation occurs, you have a thought about it, which follows with a feeling attached to that thought. Then you have a response or behavior to the feeling/thought and it is generally confirmed in some way which perpetuates the process.

This cycle happens repeatedly throughout your day, which, depending on a negative or positive thought, can improve or impair your daily functioning. The good news is that each point in that cycle, you have a choice.

Ready To Get Help?

This is where you can absolutely get the help you need to make positive changes. You can read books on changing your thoughts to change your life, process your thoughts with friends for accountability, or go big and reach out to a therapist. If you are ready to make a change and want someone trained to help you with these issues then reach out. You can go to NewVisionCounseling.org or call (405) 921-7776 to start your journey towards what better looks like for you today. We are here to help you and hope to hear from you soon.

Authored by Shae Gilbert, LPC and edited Shawn Maguire, LPC at New Vision Counseling and Consulting

How do you release stress and depression?

How Do You Release Stress and Depression?

The first thing you should do to relieve your stress is to realize that you can’t control everything. While high levels of stress are natural, they can also lead to depression and other symptoms. Once you recognize these signs, you should find ways to relieve them. One way is to write in a journal. When you feel stressed, write down the events that caused you to become depressed. Once you identify patterns, you can work to avoid experiencing them again.

If you’re constantly under stress, you may feel like you’re not worth living. This makes dealing with stressful situations very difficult. Instead, you should find ways to cope with them. This can include talking to someone or seeking counseling. Meditation can help you learn to accept stress. It will help you practice self-love and boost your self-esteem. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress, you may benefit from counseling to learn how to recognize and release it.

Talking about your problems with others

Talking about your problems with others is another good way to release stress. If you have a supportive network of friends or family, you can confide in them. This helps to improve your relationships and give you social support. It can also help you get rid of stressors that are creating more tension in your life. You can also start a new hobby, take up a new hobby, or learn new skills. All of these activities will help you relieve your stress and make you happier.

Stress and depression often go hand in hand

The stress hormone cortisol is released during times of stress. This hormone is essential to the survival of our species, but it is not beneficial in daily life. While stress does protect us, it can also cause health problems. It can increase our blood pressure and make us more vulnerable to certain diseases. By reducing stress, we can strengthen our resilience and overcome depression. This will help us deal with life’s challenges in a more positive way.

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Aside from meditation, other forms of exercise are also effective ways to relieve stress. People who shut down should try running or jumping in place. It is also helpful to listen to nature sounds or listen to calming music. By taking action to reduce the amount of stress you experience, you will feel better. However, if you’re unable to find the time to do these activities, you may want to see a mental health professional. These professionals will be able to help you recognize the types of activities that make you feel better and release stress and depression.

A major life change can lead to an increase in stress and the production of these hormones. When this happens, it’s natural for the body to overreact, and this can lead to depression. The best way to cope with this type of stress is to learn to accept it. Having a healthy self-esteem is important, and this can help you deal with life’s daily demands. Aside from exercising, people should also practice meditating regularly.

The second step to release stress is to identify the sensory experiences that make you feel relaxed. You should note down your stress levels as soon as you are able to enjoy the sensory experience. A good music choice is a good example of a relaxation activity. If you love music, you should seek out a variety of musical genres and artists to find a song that relaxes you. This will help you find your preferred songs for relaxation.

You should also find ways to handle the stressors you experience

If you are unable to deal with your stressors, try meditating. This will help you cope with the stressors and relieve your depression. It will also help you feel happier and more confident in your life. You should also make an effort to take care of your health. Keeping yourself healthy is important. It will be easier to fight off depression when you are healthier.

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What can I replace antidepressants with?

What can I replace antidepressants with?

If you don’t want to take antidepressants, there are a variety of other options to consider. In fact, if you’ve been diagnosed with mild depression, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that doctors try other treatments first before prescribing medication.

If you’re taking antidepressants, you might want to consider other therapy and support options in addition to your medication.

Therapy that involves talking

Doctors should provide you some sort of talking therapy or counselling, according to the NICE recommendations for managing depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy is frequently used in this situation (CBT). Therapy may be used instead of or in addition to antidepressants.

For more information on the numerous types of therapy that are available, visit our pages on talking therapy and counselling.


Mindfulness is a means of focusing entirely on the present moment. According to several research, practicing mindfulness can aid in the treatment of depression.

To treat mental health issues more officially, some structured mindfulness-based therapies have been established. For example, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) supports mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the treatment of depression.

Therapies involving the arts and creativity

Painting, clay work, music, and theatre therapy are examples of arts and creative treatments that can help you express your feelings. They can assist you in dealing with your symptoms, especially if talking about how you’re feeling is tough for you.


Ecotherapy is a sort of therapeutic treatment that entails participating in outdoor activities in the natural environment. Working on a conservation project or gardening are examples of this. You can also go for a walk or ride your bike through the woods or other natural regions.

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Alternative and complementary therapies

Complementary and alternative therapy can help some people manage their symptoms. Aromatherapy, reflexology, or acupuncture are examples of such treatments. If you decide to keep taking your prescription, complementary therapies may help you manage some of the adverse effects.

Antidepressants and other types of drugs can interact with some natural therapies. So, if you’re considering about taking a herbal treatment with a prescription, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if it’s okay.

St John’s wort is a herbal remedy that can be used to treat depression and anxiety symptoms. It is accessible for purchase without a prescription.

The effects of St John’s Wort, as well as the proper dosage and how it interacts with other medications, are all unknown. It’s best to consult with your doctor before taking it, especially if you’re already on any medications.

Take care of your physical health

Consider the foods and beverages you consume. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help you manage some of your symptoms. Drinking plenty of water is also beneficial to your mental health. For further information, see our sections on food and mood. Our pages on eating disorders may be of assistance if you have a tough connection with food and eating.

Make an effort to be more active. Many people feel that engaging in regular physical activity improves their mood, increases their energy, and keeps them grounded in reality. For further information, see our sections on physical activity and mental health.

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Is depression curable or just treatable?

Is Depression Curable Or Just Treatable?

The question: “Is depression curable or just treatable?” may be a daunting one. Recovery from depression is difficult, and relapse rates are high. In fact, experts suggest there is a 60 percent chance of experiencing another episode after completing treatment. The chances increase to 70 percent for the third depressive episode and 90 percent for the fourth. What is known is that treatment can help people overcome their symptoms.

A doctor can diagnose depression by evaluating a patient’s symptoms and examining the person’s physical health. Lab tests may be ordered to rule out other conditions. If depression is diagnosed, the doctor will refer the patient to a psychiatric specialist for further assessment. The therapist will ask questions about the patient’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns. They may also administer a questionnaire to gather information about the patient’s symptoms. The DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association, describes depression as a “chronic disorder”.

If you’re suffering from depression, the best thing you can do is consult a doctor. Your doctor will likely ask you a screening questionnaire, and may perform various tests to rule out other conditions. If there are no obvious physical problems, your doctor may refer you to a psychologist, social worker, counsellor, or other mental health professional. Many mental health professionals are covered by Medicare, so it’s important to look for an approved GP Mental Health Plan.

If you have a diagnosis of depression, the next step is treatment. A doctor will likely prescribe psychotherapy. This therapy can help you deal with the negative thoughts and behaviors associated with depression. It can also help you improve relationships, resolve early childhood trauma, and heal from grief. Yoga and meditation can also be helpful in treating depression. In addition to medications, you can try other forms of treatment, such as self-reflection or spiritual exploration. It’s important to remember that depression is a lifelong condition, and you should never view it as a failure.

Fortunately, depression is treatable. If you’ve tried other treatments and still haven’t seen any improvements, consider electroconvulsive therapy. It involves a brief electrical shock to the brain while the patient is under anesthesia. A clinical trial will be conducted on your behalf. This treatment is often only for people with severe depression or those who haven’t responded to other forms. It’s an effective way to relieve symptoms of the disorder.

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In addition to the physical exam, a medical evaluation will help determine whether you suffer from depression. A doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, and may perform tests to rule out other conditions. A psychiatrist will be able to diagnose depression, although you’ll have to make the decision. A psychiatrist will be able to determine if the drug you’re taking is effective and safe. Your doctor will also prescribe medication for you if it’s not the right treatment for you.

Fortunately, there are many treatments for depression. The first step is to talk to your doctor. A doctor can assess your symptoms and determine whether you need a medication or other medical treatment. The right medication will be the best choice for you. In addition to medication, your doctor may recommend psychotherapy. While antidepressants can help you recover from depression, they can cause a relapse. However, they should only be used when necessary to treat the disorder.

Treatment for depression is based on a number of factors. A physician will ask about your symptoms and conduct tests to rule out other illnesses. The doctor will also ask about your feelings and behavior patterns. A psychiatrist may refer you to a psychologist. The cost of a psychiatric evaluation may be covered by Medicare. The treatment depends on the individual. The doctors will give you a recommendation.

There are many ways to treat depression. Some people choose not to get treatment because they don’t feel they need it. Some people end up burying the triggers and allowing the depression to take control of their lives. Others fail to recognize that they have a genetic predisposition to reoccurring depression. If you’re one of those people who is resistant to treatment for depression, the best approach may be to avoid it.

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How can I stop negative thoughts?

How can I stop negative thoughts?

It occurs to the most well-intentioned of us. You’re blissfully going about your daily routine when suddenly, out of nowhere, the negative thought occurs to you: “What if I’m making a terrible mistake?” Then there’s the reverberation: “I have no idea what I’m doing.” What did I mean when I said that? Why did I consent to it in the first place? “I’m afraid I won’t be able to do it.” And so it goes, with you reliving talks to see how stupid you must have sounded or to figure out what the other person was really saying.

What follows is a devastating chain reaction that, with each subsequent bad thought, sends your mind into a further downward spiral toward virtual conflagration, paralyzing you in the process. It’s as if you’ve single-handedly blown up your entire world in an instant—all from the safety of your own thoughts.

Natural Negative Bias in the Brain

Those mental patterns can be attributed to survival instincts and a biological awareness that we won’t live very long (depressing, we know). According to psychiatrist Grant H. Brenner M.D., FAPA, co-founder of Neighborhood Psychiatry in Manhattan, our brain has evolved to survive and has a bias toward threat detection.

We are programmed to use negative information significantly more than positive information to inform our world, in addition to this constant scanning for risks. It makes sense when you consider it in the context of evolution. More than enjoying the warmth of a great cave fire, survival depends on identifying danger.

It’s not only that we’re more likely to use unfavorable information; it also carries more weight. Negative ideas have a greater impact on our brain than happy ones. According to studies, we need more positive signals (at least five) for every negative one to keep things moving in the right direction.

Our Operating System Has a Bug

“As we’ve become more technologically sophisticated and advanced, it’s become a more maladaptive role.” We can’t deal with things improving, so our fight-or-flight systems cause us to react adversely to one another,” he says. It’s as if there’s a fault in our collective consciousness. “We lack compassion, and strangers are viewed as enemies rather than family.” “We believe the world is bigger and more powerful than it really is—an illusion that will crumble if we aren’t careful and intelligent,” Dr. Brenner says.

It’s also a vicious loop. Essentially, the brain is trained to look for and perceive threats early—both internally and externally—which leads to more attention being paid to negative ideas, reinforcing them, and increasing their frequency. “Like a car engine in neutral,” Dr. Brenner explains, “the default mode network of the brain runs an operating system that cycles in more negative ideas and memories, which go around and round, reducing the functions of the brain that could prevent that looping.”

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Negative Thoughts and Their Consequences

The consequences of this negative mind cloud can be disastrous. “Obsessing over a negative idea can become so consuming that it’s impossible to interact with what’s going on in life,” says clinical psychologist Kristin Naragon-Gainey, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at The University of Buffalo. “People may withdraw from who they’re with and what they’re doing as a result of this.” Not to mention the fact that you’re pushing other folks away. “It can be more difficult to appreciate things because you’re more aware of what could go wrong; it can generate conflict with others and add to your stress.” According to Dr. Naragon-Gainey.

Why Do Some People Suffer From Negative Thoughts More Than Others?

Dr. Brenner says that traumatic experiences in infancy and adulthood can “strengthen, confirm, and/or develop sticky assumptions” that the world is a bad place. “Such expectations might manifest as negative beliefs that serve as shields against disappointment and other reactions, as well as just conforming to the way the world appears to be,” explains Dr. Brenner.

Someone who has a negative thinking parent, for example, may internalize such ways of seeing the world and oneself. Another person in the same situation, on the other hand, might behave adaptively by adopting a more cheerful outlook on things. Less resilient people are more inclined to worry and become mired in negative thinking, according to Dr. Brenner.

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How do I stop living in my head?

How Do I Stop Living in My Head?

If you spend too much time in your head, you might wonder, “How do I stop living in my mind?” There are a number of methods you can use to retrain your mind to not dwell on these thoughts. The first method involves simply recognizing that you’re thinking these thoughts and not responding to them. You might find that this technique takes some practice, but it is worth it in the long run.

The next technique is to talk to yourself about your feelings. This is an effective way to process the internal stuff and move on. Most of us learned to keep our feelings to ourselves. However, it can be helpful to express our feelings to others. By talking about how you’re feeling, you’ll be able to find ways to get out of your head and live a more fulfilling life. You might even benefit from a professional therapist.

The last method is to notice the sensations in your body. It’s not enough to just focus on the sensations in your legs and feet. You need to notice the sensation of your heartbeat and breathe. By doing this, you’ll be able to move on and stop living in your head. It may take some time, but in the end, it will pay off. You’ll find that you’re not as stressed as you think you are.

The next step is to talk to people. By doing so, you’ll be able to process the internal stuff you’re experiencing and begin to move forward. This might be difficult, but you’ll have to do some short-term discomfort before you’ll be able to enjoy freedom. You can seek help from a specialist, such as a therapist. The psychology Today website has a directory of therapists in the area.

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You should be able to talk about your feelings. This will allow you to process the inner stuff you’re experiencing and move on. It’s also a good idea to discuss your thoughts with friends. They can help you feel better about yourself and help you develop a deeper connection with others. And they can help you feel good about yourself too. But they’ll need to be aware of you in order to do this.

The first step is to learn to talk about your feelings. It’s important to talk about your feelings so that you can process them and move on. This will help you become more present in your life. It can be a relief to talk about the things that make you happy. If you have been struggling with negative emotions for a while, this is a great way to start to understand how to stop living in your head.

One of the most important ways to get out of your head is to share your feelings with others. This is an excellent way to communicate your inner thoughts and let others know that you’re in a good place. Try to share your feelings with other people, and it will make you feel more connected to them. This way, you can share your experiences with other people without feeling the need to hide your emotions. By doing so, you can create a space where you can feel your feelings and be free from these negative thoughts.

Another way to get out of your head is by sharing your feelings with others. This can be helpful if you want to be more present in your life. It can help you process your internal thoughts and move on. It will also help you find other ways to communicate with others. By being more present with other people, you will be able to connect with them and enjoy the moment more. This is the best way to prevent living in your head.

The first way to get out of your head is by talking to people. You can share your feelings with other people and it will help you move on from them. Taking the time to talk to other people will help you process your internal stuff and move on. It will help you feel more present and happier. It will also help you feel more comfortable. You will have an easier time getting out of your head if you can open up to other people.

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How can I relax my mind?

How can I relax my mind?

You may be wondering how to relax your mind if your thoughts seem to be swimming. It’s also worth spending a few minutes learning how to calm your thoughts because it can help your health and wellbeing.


Meditation teaches you how to quiet your mind in a variety of ways. One meditation session can calm your physiology and relax your thoughts, but repeated sessions over time can help you feel less anxious when you are confronted with stress in the future—meditation can help you become more stress resilient.

Meditation can help you rid your mind of stressful ideas, and regular meditation can help you become less reactive to stress and more robust in the face of your stressors over time.

Because mantra meditation is one of many helpful meditation techniques, it’s a fantastic place to start.

Restructuring of the Mind

Cognitive restructuring is a technique that teaches you how to calm your mind by altering your habitual thought patterns that cause stress.

Because we react to stressors that we perceive to be a threat to our well-being, we can learn to relax the mind and experience less stress if we can change our perceptions to be more positive (and more correct). Techniques for cognitive restructuring can assist you in overcoming common cognitive biases.

Journaling of Gratitude

One of the “how to relax your mind” ideas that works effectively is to shift your emphasis from what concerns you to everything you have to be grateful for.

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Gratitude research demonstrates that establishing a grateful mindset has numerous benefits, and keeping a gratitude notebook is a simple approach to achieve this shift in emphasis. After a few weeks, you should notice yourself focusing on the aspects of life that make you feel glad rather than agitated, and your mind will become more relaxed as a result.

Consult a Good Friend

Getting social support from trusted friends can help you process your emotions and provide you with fresh and helpful suggestions for dealing with your stressors, which can help you relax your mind by making you feel less burdened by your stressors. That is why it is critical to retain a supporting community of friends.

Talking things out with a trustworthy confidante might help you feel more calm and provide the insight you need to take action.

Find Out More About Stress Management

Learning more about stress and stress management, as well as having a toolbox of stress-relieving behaviors and tactics, can help you feel more prepared to tackle whatever comes your way.

Relax and unwind with some chocolate

Break off a square of dark chocolate when you need a little break to improve your brain function and reduce stress. Source you can trust. Dark chocolate is also lower in sugar than milk chocolate, yet it still satisfies the sweet taste.

Take a spoonful of honey and enjoy it

Our buzzy pals’ amber elixir may reduce anxiety, battle depression, and even protect the brain Trusted Source.

Honey can be drizzled in tea, coffee, yogurt, or eaten directly from the jar with a spoon. The sweet stuff might also give you a fast surge of energy.

Go for a tropical theme

Take a five-minute break to peel, slice, and chew on a sweet mango. Mangos contain the chemical linalool, which is the major element of lavender essential oil.

Take a bite of chewing gum

Maybe you’re caught in traffic, cleaning the house feverishly before your in-laws arrive, or doing that final term report. Gum chewing is a simple technique to keep stress at bay while also potentially improving your mood and productivity. Source you can trust.

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How can I improve my mental health without medication?

How Can I Improve My Mental Health Without Medication?

Many people believe that antidepressants can cure depression. But these drugs aren’t effective, and they don’t help you get better. The most effective treatments for depression are psychotherapy and lifestyle changes. In some cases, though, medicines may be necessary. You should always consult with your primary care provider before attempting any of these measures. There are many options available, and it is important to understand the options available.

First, manage your symptoms. By reducing your obligations and setting realistic goals, you will be able to lessen the effects of your mental illness. When you feel more ill, give yourself permission to do less. Make a schedule of tasks for the day, and keep a planner handy. Remember to adopt a positive attitude and remember that there’s no such thing as a bad day, but even the worst day can help you improve your mental health. Use the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike to share your experience with others.

It’s possible to treat mental illness without medication. Studies have shown that natural treatments are effective for promoting mental health, and are free of side effects. By addressing symptoms that aren’t merely caused by diet, exercise, and sleep, natural treatments can have a profound effect on the body. If you haven’t tried any of these remedies, consider starting a new one today!

While there isn’t a magical solution for every person with a mental illness, there are some very effective ways to improve your mental health. Emmie Pombo, a Florida college student, is advocating for the people who have been silent about their struggles. By sharing your stories, you can also help to diminish the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, which are increasing in prevalence throughout the world. So, what are you waiting for? Start now. You’ll be glad you did.

There are many ways to improve your mental health. Try eating more dark chocolate. It has flavonoids, which improve alertness. Another way to improve your mental health is to talk to friends and family. Discuss your experiences with the hashtag #mentalillnessfeels like to spread the message that it’s not a psychiatric condition. It’s also good for your physical and emotional health.

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The first step in improving your mental health is to get an accurate diagnosis. This is the first step in choosing the right treatment. It’s important to understand exactly what you’re suffering from, because it will determine what steps you need to take. You should be able to communicate with your doctor and other healthcare providers, and they should have enough information to help you. You may also want to share your story on social media, especially on a hashtag like #mentalillnessfeels.

There are a few things you can do to improve your mental health naturally. One is to try dark chocolate. It has flavanoids that improve alertness, while theobromine boosts alertness. Finally, a person should share their story. It may help other people with similar situations. It can be a good way to help other people understand that they are not alone. This is the most effective way to combat a mental illness.

It’s essential to be aware of your symptoms and your feelings. Your body will feel the strain if you’re not aware of it. Your physical symptoms may be a result of stress or other mental illness. You can fight back against the pain and help yourself feel better by adopting practical methods that can improve your mental health. There are no limitations to your story. You can share it with others via a hashtag, and it will go viral.

While medications are helpful for a short period of time, these drugs can also be harmful to your body. By using a medication, you could suffer for years without ever feeling better. However, these medications have negative side effects. By reducing your intake of medications, you can increase your overall mental health. It is important to make sure you are doing the right things for your body. If you have a chronic mental illness, it’s important to be aware of the side effects of the drugs.

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How do I stop overthinking and depressed?

How do I stop overthinking and depressed?

Overthinkers are troubled by disturbing thoughts—whether they’re beating themselves up over a mistake they made yesterday or worrying about how they’ll succeed tomorrow—and their inability to get out of their own heads leaves them in a condition of perpetual anguish.

While everyone overthinks things now and again, some people just can’t seem to stop themselves from thinking. Ruminating and worrying are two damaging thought processes in their inner monologue.

Rehashing the past is what ruminating entails:

I shouldn’t have raised my hand in today’s meeting. Everyone looked at me as if I were a moron.

I could have stayed at my previous work. I would have been happier if I had simply stayed there.

My parents always told me that I wouldn’t amount to anything. They were correct.

Worrying entails making pessimistic, often disastrous, predictions about the future:

When I deliver that presentation tomorrow, I’m going to disgrace myself. My hands will tremble, my face will flush, and everyone will notice that I am inept.

I’m never going to be promoted. It makes no difference what I do. It will not take place.

My spouse will find someone who is better than me. I’m going to be divorced and alone in the end.

Overthinkers don’t only think about their life with words. They also bring up images from time to time. They may imagine driving off the road or watching a terrible occurrence play out in their heads like a movie. In any case, their proclivity for overthinking everything prevents them from achieving something useful.

Overthinking Is Dangerous

Thinking too much about things isn’t simply inconvenient; it can also be harmful to your health. According to research, concentrating on your flaws, mistakes, and difficulties raises your chance of mental illness. And as your mental health deteriorates, your proclivity to ruminate rises, creating a difficult-to-break vicious cycle.

Overthinking has also been linked to substantial emotional suffering in studies. To cope with their anxiety, many overthinkers turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol or food.

If you’re an overthinker, you’re probably already aware that your mind won’t shut down and you can’t sleep. Rumination and concern are linked to fewer hours of sleep and poorer sleep quality, according to studies.

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How to Refrain From Overthinking

It’s easier said than done to put an end to rehashing, second-guessing, and terrible forecasts. You may, however, minimize your negative thought habits with consistent practice:

Recognize when you’re overthinking things

The first step in putting an end to overthinking is to become aware of the problem. Begin to pay attention to how you think. Recognize that your thoughts aren’t useful if you find yourself rehashing events in your mind or fretting about things you can’t control.

Your Thoughts Should Be Challenged

It’s all too easy to get caught up in negative thinking. Accept that your ideas may be exaggeratedly negative before you determine that calling in sick will get you fired or that forgetting one deadline will cause you to become homeless. Learn to spot and correct thinking flaws before they send you into a tailspin.

Maintain an active problem-solving mindset

It is not beneficial to dwell on your issues, but it is beneficial to seek solutions. Consider what actions you can take to learn from a mistake or avoid an issue in the future. Rather than wondering why something happened, consider what you can do about it.

Set aside time for introspection

Long durations of meditation on problems are ineffective, yet brief reflection can be beneficial. For example, considering how you could do things differently or identifying potential problems in a plan can help you do better in the future. Make 20 minutes of “thinking time” a part of your everyday routine. Allow yourself to worry, ruminate, or mull about whatever you like during this time. When the timer goes off, switch to something more useful. Remind yourself that you’ll think about it later if you find yourself overthinking things outside of your allotted time.

Mindfulness is a good thing to do

When you’re living in the moment, it’s impossible to dwell on the past or to be concerned about the future. Make a commitment to becoming more aware of the present moment. Mindfulness, like any other skill, requires practice, but it can help to reduce overthinking over time.

Switch to another channel

It’s possible that telling yourself to quit thinking about something will have the opposite effect. The more you try to keep the thought from entering your mind, the more likely it will return. The best technique to change the channel is to engage in an activity. Exercise, participate in a conversation about something completely different, or start working on a project to keep your mind from racing with unpleasant thoughts.

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What is the most effective way to treat depression?

What is the Most Effective Way to Treat Depression?

The most effective way to treat depression is to make lifestyle changes that will make your life more enjoyable and active. You can do this by getting up at a specific time each day and making a commitment to participating in activities every day. Another helpful tip is to schedule time with a supportive person. Even one phone call a day can help you to feel better about yourself. By taking action, you will be able to feel better more quickly and get on with your life.

Although you may think that depression is permanent, it’s not. Though it can seem that way in the moment, it’s actually treatable. The right strategy will help you get on track to feeling better. In the meantime, try to remain as active as possible. For example, try to keep a regular sleep schedule to prevent depression. Excessive sleep can feed the symptoms of depression. Also, avoid tackling problems during the night.

There are several treatments for depression that work in different ways. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps patients identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT is a very common approach for people with depression, as it helps patients learn how to better interact with others. Similarly, Interpersonal Therapy focuses on improving the patient’s relationships with other people. It aims to improve the patient’s social skills, resolve troubling events in their lives, and improve their mood.

Various forms of therapy aim to alleviate the symptoms of depression. CBT focuses on changing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns that contribute to the disease. Psychosocial therapy helps patients improve their relationships with other people. In addition, CBT can help them improve relationships and resolve troubling events in their lives. During this process, the patient will learn new techniques for building and maintaining relationships. The best way to treat depression is to work with your doctors and find out what works best for you.

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Using therapy for depression is an effective way to overcome the condition. It helps to identify the causes of the depression and reshape these behaviors. The most important thing is to talk to people who can lift you up and give you support. In addition to talking to friends, you should try to engage in activities that will make you feel more positive. You should also maintain a regular sleep pattern. Too much sleep can increase the chances of developing a depression.

There are many different methods to treat depression. Some are more effective than others. A psychologist can help you choose the right treatment for your individual situation. It may take a long time to recover from depression, but it is worth the effort. If you follow these tips, you will be able to live a happier life and fight your depression. You can find the most effective way to treat your specific case.

Besides psychotherapy, alternative therapies such as meditation and yoga can also be effective. These therapies involve reducing stress and helping you to express emotions in healthy ways. These methods may help you overcome the symptoms of depression and improve your mood. They may also be a good addition to psychotherapy. A psychologist can also recommend self-help books and websites. You should seek help from a mental health professional to find the right treatment for you.

First of all, you need to make lifestyle changes. You should avoid napping and other activities that distract you from your normal routine. If you are depressed, it is important to avoid being alone at night. Furthermore, it is important to maintain a regular sleep schedule. Moreover, a lack of sleep can exacerbate your depression. The best way to deal with your depression is to talk to people who can help you.

Changing your lifestyle is a good way to treat depression. You should avoid napping. Instead, make sure you have plenty of company. It can help you sleep better. You should also keep a regular sleeping schedule. Insomnia and too little sleep can lead to depression, so make sure to have a reasonable amount of rest. You should also avoid solving problems at night. If you can, try to engage in activities that stimulate your mind.

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What is a simple definition of depression?

What is a simple definition of depression?

Depression is a type of mood illness characterized by a continuous sense of melancholy and a loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to a number of mental and physical difficulties. It’s also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression. You may find it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks, and you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

Depression is more than just a case of the blues, and it isn’t something you can “snap out of.” Depression may necessitate long-term therapy. Don’t be discouraged, though. Medication, counseling, or both help most people with depression.


Although depression might strike only once in a lifetime, most people have several episodes. Symptoms may occur most of the day, virtually every day, during these periods, and may include:

Sadness, weeping, emptiness, or a sense of hopelessness
Even over little issues, angry outbursts, impatience, or frustration might occur.
Loss of pleasure or interest in most or all usual activities, such as sex, hobbies, or sports
Insomnia or sleeping too much are examples of sleep problems.
Due to exhaustion and a lack of energy, even simple tasks require extra effort.
Reduced food cravings and weight reduction, or increased food cravings and weight gain
Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness are all symptoms of anxiety.
Slowing down one’s thoughts, speech, or body motions
Feelings of inadequacy or remorse, ruminating on past failures or blaming oneself
Problems in thinking, concentrating, making judgments, and recalling information
Suicidal thoughts, attempts, or attempts at suicide are common or recurrent among those who have had frequent or persistent thoughts of death.
Physical issues that aren’t explained, such as back pain or migraines
Many persons with depression have significant symptoms that interfere with their day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities, or interpersonal relationships. Some people may be dissatisfied or wretched in general without knowing why.

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Symptoms of depression in adolescents and teenagers

Although the indications and symptoms of depression in children and teenagers are similar to those in adults, there are important distinctions to be made.

Sadness, irritability, clinginess, concern, aches and pains, refusal to go to school, or being underweight are all indications of depression in young children.
Sadness, irritability, feelings of worthlessness, anger, poor performance or attendance at school, feeling misunderstood and extremely sensitive, using recreational drugs or alcohol, overeating or sleeping, self-harm, loss of interest in normal activities, and avoidance of social interaction are all symptoms that teens may experience.

Symptoms of depression in older people

Depression is not a normal aspect of aging, and it should never be dismissed. Unfortunately, depression in older individuals is frequently undiagnosed and untreated, and they may be hesitant to seek help. In older persons, depression symptoms may be different or less noticeable, such as:

Memory problems or personality shifts
Aches and pains in the body
Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep issues, or a lack of desire in sex – none of these symptoms are caused by a medical illness or medicine.
Rather than going out to interact or try new things, they prefer to stay at home.
Suicidal thoughts or impulses, particularly among elderly males

When should you see a doctor?

Make an appointment to see your doctor or a mental health expert as soon as possible if you are depressed. Talk to a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a religion leader, or someone else you trust if you’re hesitant to seek therapy.

When should you seek emergency assistance?

Call 911 or your local emergency number right away if you think you’re going to injure yourself or attempt suicide.

If you’re having suicide thoughts, you should also consider the following options:

Make an appointment with your doctor or a mental health expert

Call a suicide hotline, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK in the United States (1-800-273-8255). To access the Veterans Crisis Line, dial the same number and press “1.”
Make contact with a close friend or family member.
Make contact with a minister, spiritual leader, or another member of your religion group.
If you have a loved one who is suicidal or has attempted suicide, make sure someone is with them at all times. Immediately dial 911 or your local emergency number. Alternatively, if you believe it is safe to do so, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency department.

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What are the signs of stress?

What Are the Signs of Stress?

If you are experiencing stress, take a step back and assess your circumstances. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you combat the effects of stress. A morning cup of coffee will enhance your performance, but avoid drinking large amounts of caffeine or at the wrong times. It is important to know the signs of stress, so that you can address them in a timely manner. This article will highlight the main symptoms of stressed-out individuals and offer some tips for coping with them.

The first and most important sign of stress is physical pain. People often experience muscle aches and a stiff neck or shoulder. They may also lose their temper easily, exhibit intolerant behavior and have difficulty sleeping. Other physical symptoms include feeling tired all the time, worrying about small things, and having a fearful mind. It is essential to consult your doctor if you’re experiencing these symptoms, as many are actually signs of other health problems.

Symptoms of stress are physical. You may notice these symptoms, which range from mild to severe. Most are uncomfortable and cause pain, but they do not occur in every individual. When you experience these symptoms, your stress levels are too high and your health is suffering. You may even suffer from other illnesses. It is crucial to seek medical advice to identify the cause of your condition. A healthcare professional can help you overcome your stress and get back to good health.

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Some physical symptoms of stress are painful, affecting the digestive system, the immune system, the muscular system, and the reproductive system. Although not everyone experiences the same physical symptoms, if you notice them, then your stress level is too high. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying health conditions. If your stress is chronic, you may want to consider seeking counseling or therapy.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s essential to see a doctor. Because the symptoms of stress are so varied, it is important to rule out other underlying conditions. Your doctor will be able to assess your physical symptoms and recommend the appropriate course of action. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a medical professional. If you have any of these signs, it’s important to consult with a health care professional. They can help you manage your stress and get back to good health.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Some of these symptoms are physical symptoms of stress, while others are mental. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away to discuss the situation and get the proper treatment. If you’re not sure if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to seek professional medical attention.

The signs of stress are physical. They usually affect the body, but not all of them are caused by stress. In some cases, stress is self-generated. For example, a person may experience a physical ache or discomfort after a stressful event. Other symptoms of the condition are mental. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider. When you’re in a state of anxiety, it’s vital to address them in a timely manner.

Physical stress is a major problem that can affect your health. If you experience the symptoms of stress, it’s important to talk to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Most people experience symptoms of stress, including stiff necks, tight shoulders, and sore muscles. Symptoms of stress differ from person to person, but they’re often indicative of an unhealthy level of stress. It’s important to speak to a medical professional to find the right treatment for your particular situation.

If you’re suffering from severe stress, talk to a doctor. There are numerous symptoms of stress, which can be warning signs of other health problems. Seeing a doctor can help you diagnose the most serious symptoms and prescribe a suitable treatment. They can also recommend a counselor or therapist if necessary. However, they may not work for everyone. A medical professional will be able to diagnose if a person is suffering from an overactive mind.

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Is there any treatment for depression?

Is there any treatment for depression?

Self-help, therapy, or medication? If you’re perplexed by all the numerous depression therapy options, here’s how to pick the right one for you.

Locating the most effective depression treatment for you

When you’re depressed, it can feel as if you’ll never be free of the darkness. Even the most severe depression, however, can be treated. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance if your depression is preventing you from enjoying the life you want. There are numerous treatment options available, ranging from therapy to medicine to healthy lifestyle modifications.

Of all, just as no two people are affected by depression in the same manner, no “one size fits all” treatment for depression exists. What is effective for one individual may not be effective for another. However, by getting as informed as possible, you can discover treatments that can help you overcome depression, reclaim your life, and feel happy and hopeful again.

Find out everything you can about your depression

It’s critical to figure out whether your depressive symptoms are caused by a medical problem. If that’s the case, you’ll need to address it first. Your depression’s severity is also a factor. The more serious your depression is, the more intensive your treatment will be.

Finding the appropriate treatment takes time

Finding the treatment and support that works best for you may take some trial and error. If you decide to go to therapy, for example, it may take a few tries to locate a therapist with whom you connect. You might try an antidepressant only to discover that you don’t need it if you go for a half-hour stroll every day. Be flexible and willing to try new things.

Don’t rely solely on drugs

Although medicine can help with depression symptoms, it is not normally recommended for long-term use. Other treatments, including as exercise and therapy, can be as as helpful as or even more so than medicine, but without the negative side effects. If you do decide to attempt medication, keep in mind that it works best when combined with healthy lifestyle modifications.

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Obtain social assistance

The more social ties you have, the less likely you are to become depressed. If you’re stuck, reach out to trustworthy family members or friends, or look for new connections at a depression support group, for example. Requesting assistance is not a show of weakness, and it does not imply that you are a burden to others. The simple act of talking to someone face to face can often be really beneficial.

Time and commitment are required for treatment

All of these depression therapies require time, and they can feel overwhelming or painfully sluggish at times. That’s quite typical. Recovery is prone to ups and downs.

An important component of depression treatment

In the treatment of depression, lifestyle adjustments are basic yet effective measures. They may be all you require at times. Even if you require additional treatment, making the correct lifestyle adjustments might help you get out of depression faster—and keep it from returning.


Exercise can be just as effective as medication in treating depression. Exercise, like antidepressants, increases serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals while also stimulating the creation of new brain cells and connections. The best part is that you don’t need to train for a marathon to gain the benefits. Even a half-hour stroll every day can make a significant effect. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity on most days for best effects.

Social assistance

Isolation, a major risk factor for depression, is reduced by strong social networks. Keep in touch with friends and family on a regular basis, or consider joining a class or group. Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and help others while also benefiting yourself.

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Can a person be born with depression?

Is a Person Born With Depression?

Some people are born with a genetic disposition for depression. In some cases, a person may be more likely to develop the disorder if their parents suffer from the condition. But that doesn’t mean they will be destined to have the illness. Some people may be more prone to the disorder due to environmental or situational factors. Fortunately, there are several ways to determine if a person is born with depression.

There are many factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing depression. Some people are more likely to experience severe childhood abuse or neglect. Other people are more likely to develop depression if they’ve experienced a traumatic event early on in life, such as losing a parent when they were young. In addition, having a family history of depression may make a person more susceptible to the condition.

Although depression can run in families, it is rare. It’s not a disease that is genetically predisposed. Each person inherits a unique combination of genes from both their parents. Moreover, there’s no single factor that makes a person more likely to develop the disease. Some people also have a higher risk of developing depression than others. And finally, drug and alcohol use can contribute to depression. Indeed, many people who suffer from the condition have issues with alcohol and drugs.

While depression is a genetic trait, it is rare to be born with the disorder. However, a person’s genetics do play a role. The gene combinations that the person inherits from their parents may be a factor in their likelihood of developing the condition. Even if there’s a family history of depression, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll have it. If your family has a history of depression, you’re more likely to develop depression as well.

There are several different types of depression. The most common type is recurrent depression. While it’s rare, the most common type is the first-time form. Recurrent depression occurs later in life and starts in childhood. Recurrent depression occurs at an early age and is rare. It’s also more prevalent than a typical depression. It’s rare to have a family member with this condition, but it’s a genetically inherited disorder.

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Unlike the disorder, recurrent depression is not hereditary. A person’s depression can develop from a number of other factors, such as the use of alcohol or drugs. For example, a parent suffering from the disorder can pass it on to their children. Despite the fact that it’s difficult to identify a specific cause, there are several common genetic causes. And it is possible for a person to be born with recurrent depression.

While genetics can play a role in determining a person’s risk for depression, it’s not true that a person can be born with the disorder. Several factors, including environmental factors, can contribute to the onset of recurrent depression. Among these are family history of mental illness, severe childhood abuse, and extreme life stress, and genetics. Lastly, the condition may be passed on to siblings of the person who has recurrent depression.

There are several other factors that may increase the risk of developing depression. Those with genetically-matched twins are at greater risk than non-identical twins. For example, if one parent experiences severe childhood neglect, the child will develop depression in 76 percent of cases. If the affected person was raised in a home environment, the sister or brother will also develop the condition at a higher rate than their sibling.

The answer to the question of whether a person is born with depression depends on the nature of the disorder. The first depression is more common in people with genetic traits than in those with other traits. A person can be born with depression, but they may not realize it. The symptoms of this disorder will be different from a depressed person. Those who have a genetic predisposition to the disorder may be more likely to be diagnosed than someone who doesn’t have a genetic predisposition to depression.

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Is anxiety a mental illness?

Is anxiety a mental illness?

Anxiety is something that everyone experiences from time to time. When confronted with an issue at work, before taking a test, or before making a major decision, you may experience anxiety. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are more than just transitory anxiety or terror. Anxiety does not go away in those who have anxiety disorders, and it can get worse with time. Symptoms might make it difficult to do things like work, schoolwork, and maintain relationships.

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and numerous phobia-related disorders, among others.

Symptoms and Signs

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety disorder that affect
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience excessive anxiety or worry about a variety of topics for at least 6 months, including personal health, employment, social interactions, and ordinary life situations. Fear and anxiety can lead to serious problems in social interactions, education, and job.

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include:

Feeling antsy, agitated, or tense?
Being quickly exhausted
I’m having trouble concentrating; my mind is blank.
Getting irritated
Tension in the muscles
Controlling worry feelings is difficult.
Having sleep issues, such as inability to fall or remain asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfactory sleep
Panic Disorder is a mental illness that affects people.
Panic disorder is characterized by frequent, unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are brief bursts of acute terror that begin suddenly and peak within minutes. Attacks can happen out of nowhere or as a result of a trigger, such as a dreaded object or circumstance.

People may feel the following symptoms during a panic attack:

Heart palpitations, a hammering heartbeat, or a fast heartbeat are all symptoms of an accelerated heart rate.
Shaking or trembling
Shortness of breath, suffocation, or choking sensations
Feelings of despair and gloom
Feelings of being uncontrollable
People with panic disorder are frequently concerned about when their next attack will occur, and they actively strive to avoid them by avoiding places, events, or behaviors that they associate with panic attacks. The fear of panic episodes, as well as the effort expended to avoid them, can cause considerable problems in a person’s life, including the development of agoraphobia (see below).

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Disorders associated with phobias

A phobia is a strong dislike or fear of a specific thing or situation. While it is understandable to feel uncomfortable in some situations, the dread experienced by persons with phobias is out of proportion to the actual risk posed by the situation or object.

People who suffer from phobias include

Have an illogical or excessive fear of coming into contact with the feared object or situation.
Avoid the feared thing or scenario by taking active steps to avoid it.
When confronted with the feared thing or scenario, experience acute anxiety right away.
Experiencing intense fear when confronted with inescapable objects and situations
Phobias and phobia-related diseases come in a variety of forms:

Specific Phobias (also known as simple phobias): As the name implies, people with specific phobias have a strong aversion to, or concern about, specific things or circumstances. Fears of the following things are examples of specific phobias:

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Spiders, dogs, and snakes are examples of specific creatures.
Injecting yourself
Social anxiety disorder (formerly known as social phobia) is a mental illness that affects people in social situations. People who suffer from social anxiety disorder have a generalized worry or anxiety about social or performance situations. They are concerned that their anxiety-related activities or behaviors will be unfavorably judged by others, causing them embarrassment. People with social anxiety frequently avoid social situations as a result of this anxiety. Social anxiety disorder can express itself in a variety of settings, including the workplace and school.

Agoraphobia is a condition in which a person has a strong fear of two or more of the following situations:

Taking use of public transit
Experiencing open spaces
Being in confined areas
Being in a throng or standing in line
Being alone outside of the house
People with agoraphobia sometimes avoid these circumstances because they believe it will be difficult or impossible for them to escape if they have panic attacks or other unpleasant symptoms. A person with the most severe form of agoraphobia may become housebound.

Separation anxiety disorder is commonly assumed to be a problem that only children face; nevertheless, adults can be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder as well. People with separation anxiety disorder are afraid of being apart from the people they care about. They are frequently concerned that something bad may happen to their attachment figures when they are apart. They resist being separated from their attachment figures and being alone as a result of this dread. When separation occurs or is expected, people with separation anxiety may have nightmares about being separated from attachment figures or feel physical symptoms.

Selective mutism is a relatively uncommon disease related with anxiety. Selective mutism occurs when someone, while having normal language skills, refuse to communicate in certain social contexts. Selective mutism is most common in children under the age of five and is linked to excessive shyness, social anxiety, obsessive behaviors, withdrawal, clinging behavior, and temper tantrums. People who have selective mutism are frequently diagnosed with additional anxiety disorders as well.

Factors at Risk

Both genetic and environmental factors appear to have a role in the development of anxiety disorders, according to research. Although the risk factors for each form of anxiety disorder differ, there are certain common risk factors that apply to all anxiety disorders:

Shyness or behavioral inhibition as a temperamental feature in childhood
Early childhood or adulthood exposure to stressful and unfavorable life or environmental events Biological relations with a history of anxiety or other mental diseases Some physical health concerns, such as thyroid issues or cardiac arrhythmias, as well as coffee and other substances/medications, can cause or exacerbate anxiety symptoms; a physical health assessment can aid in the diagnosis of an anxiety disorder.

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