Depression is a common illness that affects more than 350 million people worldwide. It is characterized by feelings of sadness, feeling blue, lack of energy and negative thoughts about themselves and others. Depression is very treatable. There are many different causes of depression.
Depression can be caused by factors such as nutrition, hormones, medications, lifestyle, gender, low self-esteem unforeseen life events etc.. The earlier this illness is treated the better the outcome. It can affect people at any age, including children. There are many forms of treatment such as cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and play therapy, to mention a few. At the Mind Wellness Center each treatment plan is fitted to meet the clients needs and abilities and is changed when needed.
Experiencing some anxiety is a normal part of life. Some people may experience this while taking a test or making an important decision. But for those that suffer from anxiety, it can become so powerful, that it affects their whole life. It can turn into persistent thoughts that interfere with every day living. There are many different symptoms of anxiety.
People who experience anxiety often have sleep problems; they have trouble falling asleep worrying about specific problems and during the day they catch their mind racing with a million thoughts. Some may change their life completely due to irrational thoughts, they didn’t have before, for example a fear of flying, fear of how others view them, or how they view themselves. People who are anxious often have physical symptoms such as muscle tension and some may suffer from digestive concerns such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Anxiety comes in many different forms such as generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, (PTSD) post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. Anxiety is not something people are born with, although some studies show that anxiety may be in part something that parents transfer onto their children, either way it is something that can be treated. Cognitive Behavioral therapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) have been proven to be effective when it comes to treating this type of disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
PTSD is a disorder that is developed after a person has witnessed or experienced an event that was scary, shocking or may have endangered the person’s life. Not everyone will experience PTSD if they have been through a traumatic event but if they do, it can effect them in many different ways.
Some symptoms of PTSD include but are not limited to flashbacks, nightmares, frightening thoughts, avoiding places, objects, people that remind them of the event, avoiding thinking about the event all together, feeling easily startled, having angry outbursts, loss of interest in daily activities and negative thoughts about themselves or others. These feelings may subside or they may take control of the person’s life entirely, this is where medical attention is necessary. This disorder can affect children just as much as adults. It just may appear in a different way for example acting out, avoiding or forgetting to talk, bed wetting and aggressive play. Therapy can be very effective for people who suffer from this type of disorder.
Stop living in fear- There is always a solution.