Did You Know There are Different Kinds of Depression?

Feeling blue at times is normal. It fades away with time and you’re back to your old cheerful self. But with depression, that feeling of sadness doesn’t seem to go away, so much so that it begins to impact your daily life and impairs your ability to function. This is why it is important to treat depression early. Leaving it unaddressed could make the feeling worsen to an extent that you might give in to risky behaviors, such as self-harm, or drug or alcohol abuse. Appetite changes, lack of energy and social withdrawal are some of the other key symptoms of depression, apart from the overall feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. These can impact your relationships, health and career, making the whole situation spiral into a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, it is vital to learn about different kinds of depression to ensure quick intervention by professionals. Depression treatment can include medication and therapy and can work wonders to change your quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, meditation training and mindfulness have been found to offer rapid relief. But before that, take a look at the types of depression to make an accurate identification of what you are experiencing. Major Depressive Disorder… Read more »

How to Treat and Manage Your Child’s Anxiety?

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues faced by children? Different kinds of anxiety affect younger people at different stages. It could be phobia or separation anxiety at younger ages, social anxiety at a later stage when peer relationships are important. Nearly one in three adolescents witness some kind of anxiety disorder by the age of 18. This includes specific phobia of a thing or an event, social phobia, separation anxiety, panic disorder, and a general anxiety disorder. Dealing with Anxiety Many times, parents in their desire to help their anxious child exacerbate the problem.  What is important is to identify the factor causing the anxiety and then dealing with it accordingly. The goal should be to help the children to face their fears or phobia and manage the anxiety level by offering the right treatments by using the latest psychotherapy techniques, mentions IPG Counseling. Assurance that It Can be Dealt With – Instead of telling a child that his/her fears are unrealistic it is better to deal with them and assure him that they can be managed or dealt with. Rather than telling a child that he won’t fail in an exam, convince… Read more »

Tips and Tricks for Mindful Relaxation

Relaxing isn’t just about resting the body; it also means calming the mind. It lowers blood pressure, reduces the production of stress hormones and heals muscle pain. Adopting mindful techniques is crucial, especially amid a raging pandemic. Work deadlines, which need to be juggled with household responsibilities, children and even pets can get the best of us down. Anxiety can exhaust you and a have real impact, including panic attacks, a sense of doom and loss of libido, according to an article by Healthline. Basically, the inability to relax can influence the quality of your life. So, you need to activate the body’s relaxation response from time to time. Take a look at how to create an aura of calm and profound rest and ensure bursts of mindfulness. Anxiety Therapy Get in touch with the best counsellor in your city. Highly skilled and experienced therapists can target the symptoms and help you understand where the anxiety stems from and help you learn techniques to overcome the anxiety, according to experts at the Institute For Personal Growth. You will be able to disengage your mind from distracting emotions. Muscle Relaxation This is the systematic relaxation of different muscle groups of the… Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Seek a Counselor for Your Marriage Troubles

A healthy marriage plays an important role in a person’s overall well-being. You tend to be more confident, have better focus, sleep better, and keep stress levels under control when you share a fulfilling relationship with your partner. It is a life-long commitment of forgiveness, respect and happiness. However, every relationship runs into speed bumps along the way. This does not mean your “happily ever after” dream has completely shattered. What one must understand is that some disagreements will happen when you’re sharing your life together. But if there is poor communication, lack of intimacy and/or distrust, it is time to seek a little help from a professional. Going for marriage therapy has shown some great results. The best session is usually designed to offer methods and techniques to de-escalate conflict in a healthy manner. Marriage therapy needs a good counselor, who can help improve communication and understanding between couples, along with uncovering the often hidden issues that manifest as anger or frustration, say experts at the Institute for Personal Growth. While no one can claim to save your relationship and there is no magic formula, the best therapists can ensure you are heard in a protected environment. Here are… Read more »

Common Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Eating disorder is quite common. It is known to affect 9% of the global population and 28.8 million Americans are likely to suffer from this in their lifetime. The condition itself is quite baffling at times, which makes it difficult to tell fact from fiction. Further, low levels of mental health literacy have added on to the misconceptions. This makes it quite difficult to identify and diagnose and go for early intervention. The most common disorders are destructive eating behaviors like Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, which show symptoms such restriction of food intake, feelings of depression and compulsive exercising, according to experts at Institute For Personal Growth. The good news is that professionals like dieticians, psychotherapists and primary care physicians can coordinate to offer appropriate care. However, it is crucial to understand the myths to be able to seek timely help. Myth: It is a Matter of Choice People tend to believe that an individual chooses to eat excessively more or less. However, studies have found that genetics have 80% role in this condition developing. Further, personality traits like neuroticism, perfectionism and impulsivity are often linked to a higher risk of eating disorder, according to an… Read more »

6 Tips to Stay Positive During Difficult Times

Challenges are a part and parcel of life. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cope during tough times. One effective way is positive thinking. Studies have found that it reduces the risk of several serious diseases, including stroke, respiratory complications and heart issues, while ensuring better psychological health and lower rates of depression, according to an article by Healthline. So, the key is to try to remain optimistic, enter a “survival mode,” if required, and be realistic about the whole situation. Further, take a look at a few other therapeutic but simple ways to stay positive through hard times. 1.    Stress Therapy Stress and anxiety can be too much to handle at times. In case you are unable to deal with it, set up an appointment with a professional therapist, trained to help people understand and manage their stress for positive outcomes, according to experts at the Institute for Personal Growth. This way, you are less likely to face a crisis situation. 2.    Small Goals One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set short term goals. These are usually ones you can accomplish quickly, without too much effort. For example, finishing a school assignment or achieving… Read more »

How to Help A Child that is Lacking Social Stimulation

Good social skills mean a lifetime of healthy interactions. It helps a child develop better social skills, interpret feelings of others and learn to cooperate. In fact, the development of the brain depends on environmental stimulation, which further enhances cognitive, language and emotional skills, according to an article by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Self-regulation, play-skills, attention, executive functioning and sequencing also improve. However, not every child is as social. They might stand away from the crowd, bury themselves in books or prefer solitary play. This could be a personality trait, but it is important to examine whether the child is having trouble connecting with others or communicating through speech, gestures and facial expressions. Further, children also need to learn how to behave in different social situations. So, for children with lower social interaction, here’s how to help navigate challenges. Seek Professional Help Experienced child counselors have a unique ability to establish rapport and relate the causes of social skill deficits to their effects and provide effective counseling, according to an article by the Institute for Personal Growth. Choose a therapist who keeps parents in the loop too, while working on body image and insecurities to alleviate social fear…. Read more »

What Stresses COVID has on Couple and How to Seek Help?

The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to wreak havoc across the world. On January 8, 2021 alone, America reported 4,000 deaths. Plus, the new UK coronavirus strain is highly infectious and is likely to lead to increased transmission of the infection. This medical emergency has not only impacted the global economy, it has had ripple effects on relationships too. Spending a majority of our time in closed surroundings can make it difficult for couples. It increases stress levels in a relationship and emotional and psychological issues tend to rise. However, it might not be too late yet. Couples counseling can help improve communication, uncover hidden concerns and develop a better understanding of each other, according to experts at the Institute for Personal Growth. But it is important to identify the sources of the stress first. This is the first step towards managing and seeking the required help. Couple Conflicts During COVID-19 Lack of privacy, health concerns and financial hardships can lead to extreme anxiety. These problems are further exacerbated with reduced empathy and support from each other. It can lead to appetite changes, frequent sickness, severe insomnia and decreased energy, according to an article by Healthline. Due to all this, you might… Read more »

6 Reasons to Visit a Gay Friendly Psychologist

Sadly, discrimination and mistreatment have been a way of life for the LGBTQ community, although organizations like the Society for Human Rights strive to promote social acceptance. Federal agencies have also laid down laws to protect gays and transgenders. But millions of Americans still fear embarrassment due to their sexual orientation. If you or someone you love has been a victim of such njdiscrimination, it is a good idea to seek professional help from a gay-friendly psychologist. If you are questioning your identity or finding it difficult to talk to your friends and family about your sexual orientation, you can opt for therapists who themselves are a part of the community, as they can completely understand your experiences, according to experts at Institute For Personal Growth. If you are hesitant, here’s how they can help you cope better in a world that is less than welcoming. 1.    Relationship Advisor Same-sex relationships can be overwhelming. They may lead to chronic mental health problems due the inability to fit into social conventions. A gay-friendly therapist can offer the right advice to help sustain the relationship. 2.    Child Counselor Parental conflict in a homosexual marriage affects the child’s emotional health, can persist through… Read more »

How to Tell if My Child is Depressed

Beyond the regular “blues,” children often suffer from clinical depression. They tend to become unusually irritable, angry, or quiet, which disrupts their lives. Worldwide, 10%-20% of the children experience psychological disorders and depression is often called the “common cold” of mental illnesses. In fact, 3 in 4 children aged 3-17 with depression also suffer from anxiety and 1 in 2 has behavioral issues, according to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, such conditions can severely influence the potential to live a fulfilling life. Fortunately, depression is treatable and can help the child get life back on track. Professionals offer Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), meditation, mindfulness training and interpersonal therapy techniques to relieve depression among children, according to experts at the Institute For Personal Growth. But how do you know whether your child is suffering? Take a look at the various ways in which they might act out under the shadow of depression. Low Self Esteem The child might constantly feel that they are ugly and worthless. This triggers emotions like guilt, hopelessness, shame, failure, and lack of confidence in almost every aspect of life. They might also become indecisive or reckless and refuse… Read more »