To understand how art is utilized in mental health you’ll have to think of art as a constitutive subject, an essential element in interpersonal communications. Art doesn’t exist for the sake of its own existence, but for the sake of interpersonal communication. In art, both artist and observer are participants. Although it is the artist that originally imbues their work with meaning, it is the observer who discovers its meaning. It’s the observer who must break the artist’s work down into its disparate parts, decipher its hidden code and piece that code together into a coherent sentence or paragraph which the arts reason for existing is stated.
Consciously and unconsciously, it’s through art that those dealing with mental illness create insight into their existence. It is through their art, that qualified art therapists are able to determine what underlying issues are at the root of an individual’s mental illness. Thus; their art acts as an indicator/confirmation of which mental illness they may be suffering from due to certain mental illnesses’ ability to affect an individual’s perception
Sometimes people ask themselves why they feel tired. In this regard, there are different responses and some of them could be attributed to work fatigue, sickness or boredom just to mention a few. The stated reasons cannot be further from the truth. In light of the surveys done by the “Royal College of Psychiatrists” in every five people one must succumb to unusual tiredness and in every ten, one experiences prolonged fatigue. In addition, women have more inclination to report cases of fatigue compared to men.
In other surveys, it is held that fatigue conditions depend with the mood and if a person has high levels of stress. There are medical reasons that may explain reasons for feeling tired, for instance; a person may feel tired as a result of medical issues such as thyroid and anemia, low appetite or diabetes. In the same vein, a person may feel tired due to weight loss or overweight. This is because the body will end up using more energy than it is normally required thus creating more activity. Tiredness may also be caused by pregnancy mainly during the first three
We all heard research studies about decreasing memory as we age or Alzheimer’s disease. Pretty scary stuff if you ask me. I’m sure some of you knew someone, a friend or a relative, who had to deal with some form of memory loss as they were growing old. There are ways to slow down the aging process of the brain. Of course there is physical activity but there is also mental activity. I’m here today to talk about mental activity. In my opinion, playing memory online games is the best way to keep or improve your memory.
Researchers have found that people who keep their brain active by playing puzzle games or other games that stimulate the brain can delay onset of memory disease like Alzheimer’s. People who spend time exercising their mind with a puzzle game on a consistent basis generally maintain their mental faculties longer than those who do not play such brain games. Doctors are now very aware of those facts and patients can expect to see more and more memory and puzzle games as prevention and maybe even treatment.
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I still remember so clearly as a boy, listening to my parents chatting about “poor old Bloggs. Yes, it was a nervous breakdown. Poor Martha tried to cover it up, but of course we all knew, you know.”
There was a time when I thought that most of the people my parents knew had nervous breakdowns. Now, that’s more years ago than I care to remember, and in those days, conditions like depression were unheard of. In those days, that would have been out of the question. If one was anyone of any standing, one certainly never admitted to having ‘nerves!’ Well, I mean it was frightfully ‘infra dig!’ You look back on those days in England and wonder why the whole country hadn’t tipped over the edge, as it were.
Now, we live in much more enlightened times and of course you should talk to someone. There’s this old saying; “A problem shared is a problem halved,” and there’s a great deal of truth in that. Better, perhaps, to have a chat to someone outside the family; your doctor, therapist, good friend. But
Why do we not remember every little eent in our life? The answer is quite easy. The brain cannot cope with that ammount of information. Sure you might say that autistic individuals have that capability, but that is the case at the expense of other traits of the brain such as recognising facial features that express emotions as the parts of the brain that picks up on these alterations are not activated in autists. In any case, the brain classifies the information it absorbs at any moment and categorizes it into relevant or not. Some of this information is available in the subconscious also so we have to databases (conscious and subconscious) to draw information from. There have been a number of exercises developed in order to help us recall past events or just lists of items.
The Memory Palace
This is one of the preferred techniques used in memory competitions as it is also the most effective when it comes to premeditated memorization. In essence it is easy enough. We associate a number of objects that are of little significance to us or just of mundane
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
(Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher, 6th Century BCE )
Some of us are constantly plagued with negative thoughts. These thoughts can create a vicious cycle, in which we are sucked into a downward spiral of destructive negativity. We begin to feel despondent or anxious, possibly accompanied by other negative emotions.
Depression comes with thoughts of worthlessness and hopelessness about our lives. This in turn, aggravates us to withdraw even further from constructive behaviours, thereby reinforcing our belief in our seemingly hopeless situation.
Anxiety on the other hand finds us constantly on edge and apprehensive about the perceived danger lurking round the corner. Thoughts of not being able to cope and nervousness in many a situation, lead to avoidance behaviours, which can be very limiting on potential opportunities in all areas of our lives. These escape patterns just further support the belief that the perceived danger
Are you really hungry or are you eating for other reasons? Eating because you are having emotional problems or feeling low is definitely not a good thing. I am going to give you some great tips here on how to combat stress eating and change your life for the better.
Do you overeat? Eat in between meals? Crave for unhealthy food?
If so then you are probably suffering from underlying emotional issues that are making you crave for food instead of actually treating the real problem. I would like to share with you today my stress eating solutions and how I managed to combat this emotional addiction (yes, believe it or not this is an addiction).
First of all I came to terms with the fact that yes I do suffer from emotional problems. Nothing out of the ordinary but when I’m feeling insecure or annoyed or maybe a bit depressed then I tend to turn to food as a comfort. Which obviously results in me putting on lots of extra pounds and not feeling any better for it.
As soon as I
Let’s start with couple counseling, couple counseling also known as marriage counseling is a therapy that aims to improve the communication between couples and resolve the issues that they face due to this lack of communication, so if you are suffering from any issues.
Family counseling is also a therapy to improve communication but not just between the life partners or the home makers but the entire family, this kind of family counseling is specifically designed to address particular problems and issues that case a bad affect on the psychological health of the entire family, these may include major life transitions or severe mental health conditions.
Do you think that there is an energy drain with your family? And the things that were normal and routine first have become strenuous now? Are your family members depressed or not happy about a certain situation?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes and if you want a happy family or make your family understand each other better or just want to know your life partners more comprehensively then all you’ve got
Overcoming stress. What comes to mind? What are the primary symptoms? How is stress assessed and diagnosed by clinical psychologists? What are the social causes? What are the neurological causes? What are the medical treatments? Is cognitive behaviour therapy effective in managing stress? What complementary and homeopathy treatments are effective in dealing with stress? What are the best nutrition diets to eliminate stress?
Stress is more of a life problem that everyone is vulnerable to as when high pressure and unrealistic workloads and expectations builds up, our control is lost and our coping abilities break down. Rapid change disturbs the comfort zone and begins to challenge our innate coping mechanism. With such pressures, personality is the factor in how we react to stress. Stress motivates you to achieve success and is the driving force in our lives.
Physical signs and symptoms of stress include severe headaches, skin rash, exhaustion, faintness, twitching, stomach ache, constipation, aches, pains, heart neating faster, palpitations, loss of appetite, frequent heartburn, sweating, nausea, breathlessness, loss of hair. Stress leads to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders such as
The delicate problem of modern civilization
Fifteen or twenty years ago the concept of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was known only to specialists. Today, the number of “too alive,” troubled, not claiming and impulsive children is growing. According to one research analyzes the Prague Psychiatric Centre, carried out in recent years (Z. MatÄjÄek and team) almost two-thirds of the parents of our children believe that their children are significantly more anxious and less concentrated than their peers.
In simple terms it can be said that this increase in the number of children “impossible to control” in terms of educational is more than just an ordinary symptom and pigeonholed another childhood disease in the area of ââchild psychiatry. This is worrying for the growing number of families also in the Czech Republic reflects the general public or even widespread cultural changes. In a dizzying pace general increases environmental pollution, in which the parents of these children live and where then those children are born and grow. The term “pollutant” means for us not only ballast physical influences of the environment (radiation, noise, vibration), ballast chemical and biological
Schizophrenia is a most unpleasant, debilitating condition that affects about 1% of the population of the United States alone. This translates into about 2,000,000 people. It seems to be about one and a half times more common in men than in women, and is a psychotic mental illness.
What does schizophrenia mean? It’s sometimes named, incorrectly, as ‘split personality’. The reason for this is that if you’re talking to a sufferer, he or she may be carrying on a perfectly lucid and intelligent conversation with you one minute, and the next, could be cursing you or talking utter gibberish.
This happened to me once when I was chatting to just such a person. We were talking perfectly normally, and then it was as though someone else entered his body and misdirected his whole manner. This is where the psychosis enters the equation.
For instance, the poor sufferer may hear voices, see apparitions, their speech will become completely disorganized, they may feel insects are crawling all over them. At other times, they’ll suffer catatonia, their bodies going rigid and they’ll
If you are an expert contender, or basically need to accomplish your own particular individual best at your picked game, neurotherapy can help you achieve new levels of execution for a couple of temporary minutes, as well as all the more frequently, and for more periods, than you have ever encountered in the recent past.
The Italian soccer group as of late identified this when they kept tabs on retraining their reasoning by utilizing neurofeedback, as well as guided symbolism and other cognitive rebuilding systems, in a glassed-in room that got reputed to be the “brain room.” Their utilization of these preparation routines drew much media consideration when they won the World Cup in 2006, all in all, it is accepted, because of neurofeedback treatment.
Neurofeedback was instrumental in helping these players to free themselves from the anxiety and uneasiness handled without anyone else present feedback and by replaying past disappointments. Numerous competitors use positive symbolism and visualization to focus their concentrate on the wanted conclusion. Still, it might be a battle to keep the psyche from heading over missteps, essentially strengthening them, and perhaps initiating a redundancy
I’m writing about a personal approach I’ve taken to getting out of the downward spiral of depression and loneliness. After almost two decades of trying to treat my depression and find a cure I decided to get on with the life I had been missing. I decided to accept my depression as a fact of life instead of the soap opera it had become.
It’s important to realize that no two people experience depression and loneliness in exactly the same way and so I don’t believe there are any “blanket” solutions. I’m also cautious when I hear comments that some particular treatment or philosophy has no merit for anyone. As with any illness, depression has varying degrees of severity and different stages. For someone who is in the deepest depths of despair and isolation, there’s often no advice that will help. If we’re at the lowest level, our primary concern is usually just plain survival.
I’m not suggesting simply giving up because that would be very dangerous. I continue to take medications in spite of all their side effects and I continue to see my
When you are in a stressful situation, such as a deadline at work, give yourself a break. Take time out and stretch your legs, drink a glass of water, take a walk around the block or go to the bathroom. Write a gratitude list Is your “to do” list long record? Weigh it up by also write a list of 10 things you are thankful for in life. And remember, if you are very busy at work so it is a sign that things are going well.
Focus on your breathing During stressful times it is easy to breathing becomes more shallow. Breaking this by thinking about breathing deeply into the stomach. Take a break and focus only on your breathing for a few minutes.
Go to the gym When you have a lot to do to workout to feel like an extra stress factor. But try to find a time when it works to train – maybe in the morning or just after work. Touching on the body releases feel-good hormones and makes you sleep better at night.
Eat well-cooked food
We really should all give this concept some thought. Of all our friends and family members, can you think of how many of them tell you that they are truly happy at their jobs? My bet is you could count them all on one hand if that.
Let me refer to a study done in 2009 by Gallop Consulting called “State of the American Workplace”‘. There were many parts to this study of course, but the one of them that we will focus on is “Effects on Employees Physical and Mental Health”. This ties in of course to the state of the economy and this study was done between 2009-2010, we can only imagine that it has gotten worse. According to the study a leading psychiatrist who discussed the effects of the higher anxiety, the recession is causing to every employed American today. Companies and corporations are downsizing and people may be miserable at their jobs but they feel lucky to have them. However, the constant threat of being laid off or terminated when you have a family to feed is being shown in the level of depression in many working people of this couuntry.
Employees are just not fully engaged in their work and
Are You Stressed Out At Work?
Have you always wondered how you can control stress management in the workplace? Maybe for yourself, your employees or even your spouse.
With today’s ailing economy it is absolutely no wonder why people are totally stressed out at work. The underlying question they have in their minds is “Will I have a job tomorrow?”. Or “Will my business make it through this?”. This is a totally frightening and unfortunately realistic situation. Nobody wants to be left without an income.
The ironic thing is that the more stressed out you actually are, the more likely you are to loose your job! This is because if you are stressed out you will not be a nice person to be around and to work with, the quality of your work will deteriorate and your communications skills will suffer. So let’s take a look at how we can stop this snowball effect from ruining our lives.
How Can I Manage Stress In My Workplace?
Let’s look at some factors that will help you implement stress management in the workplace.
Being positive and having a positive frame of mind is something we all strive to achieve. Staying that way is always the challenge of course, and what with all the negativity that we are bombarded with daily through the media and social contact, we need to be able to confront the assault and deal with it in a way so that it doesn’t affect our attitude or cloud our brain with thoughts we don’t really need. Easier said than done, right?
Okay, so I’m not saying that watching or reading the news is bad for you, just don’t saturate yourself. Sure, we need to keep in touch with what’s going on in our world, but, like many of our daily activities, do it in moderation. Either read the newspaper or watch the nightly report on TV. Bad news sells and that’s what the media thrive on. Don’t dwell on it, especially if it is out of your control and may not affect you personally. Once you’re up to date, move on to something else. It’s the same with social contact, whether
Tension is actually some thing everybody offers skilled, however it’s also very subjective and it is referred to in a number of methods. Based on the United states Institutes associated with Tension, tension is understood to be the actual reaction because of your entire body in order to any kind of need with regard to alter. The actual reaction is recognized as nonspecific, which means this might not be compared towards the supply of tension. Persistent tension, actually from reduced or even reasonable amounts, may improve your own danger associated with coronary disease, hypertension as well as heart stroke. Producing modifications for your diet plan as well as dietary consumption, coupled with rest methods, will help you handle tension.
Reduce or even get rid of caffeinated drinks out of your diet plan. Based on Psych Main, lots of people create a dependence upon coffee in order to fight the actual exhaustion brought on by tension. Regrettably, coffee boosts the actual amounts of tension the body’s hormones within your body and may help to make the actual harm carried out through persistent
I recently made a radical change in my life; I moved to another country! Now this was not an overnight decision. It was many years in the planning and not something that I took lightly. A lot of thought went into the move, and of course it was a decision that I made with my partner and family. The best and most important change that has happened though is that in my mental health. From being a person with an average outlook on life to now being able to visualize the future more clearly and see the opportunities that I was missing before. My outlook is more than just average now, it is a full 360 degrees and the horizon is a long way in the distance. All this because I was able to create a positive mental attitude by blocking out the negativity that I was constantly exposed to daily, plus having a vision of where I wanted to be at a certain point in my life.
This is a quote I found on Wikipedia: “The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Many people who are dealing with anxiety or depression issues don’t want to end up taking prescriptions or chemical medications for any length of time. Instead they prefer to look for natural supplements for anxiety instead.
One of the most popular natural supplements for anxiety is St. John’s Wort. It has actually been shown to be extremely effective for people dealing with mild or moderate anxiety issues or depression sufferers.
Another surprising but effective natural supplement for anxiety is taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These are the types of acid which you find in certain fish including salmon, mackerel and tuna. Other foods that contain Omega 3 are flaxseeds and walnuts. The daily recommended dosage for Omega 3 Fatty Acids is between 2 to 3 grams.
Valerian is another well known natural supplement which treats anxiety and depression. Most people know Valerian is great for getting a good night’s sleep. If you decide to use Valerian then it is recommended that you do so for about a four to six week period. There are some known side effects associated with Valerian and they include