Getting Help for Anxiety in Today's World

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Anxiety is a condition that can be crippling for many people, and in today's world there are many causes that contribute to people's symptoms. The current state of world affairs and our attitudes towards anxiety and other mental illness also play a factor in how people perceive anxiety in themselves and others.

There are some encouraging trends occurring in our society concerning anxiety and other mental illnesses. Many people have come forward and explained their feelings and the symptoms to employers, friends, family and others more openly than ever before. People disclosing their conditions and being honest about their feelings are arriving in huge numbers, and anxiety as well as other mental illnesses are becoming less stigmatized and more accepted gradually

Employers have also taken notice of these conditions in a more practical and helpful manner in many places. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are in place in many workplaces that make it possible for workers to get the help that they need. Also on all levels of society, people are becoming more accepting of those with anxiety and other mental illnesses. In past times people looked down on those who had issues, but these days it is becoming acceptable and desirable to disclose your issues if you have them.

Humanity is at a turning point in history, and many are willing to extend themselves to those who have anxiety or other mental issues and make it a point to help those who suffer in many ways where they did not before.  Many people don't really know what to say if they've never experienced any of these issues before themselves, however this is not stopping people from being more accepting of anxiety and other mental illnesses these days.

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Being Aware of the Present to be better in the Future

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Many in the modern world find themselves constantly on the go, always busy in both work and home life without any intention of stopping. Ease of communication brought about by phones and the internet means that we get our information instantly, leaving the busy bodied of us with no time to rest. However, with this, we see common problems like stress and anxiety greatly affecting people. When we don't take a few minutes to breathe and allow our minds to constantly wander we lose track of the present moment, which can at times lead to poor judgment on the present situation. There is a solution to this, mindfulness.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Being mindful would involve taking a brief pause from everything and simply observing the present moment from a spectator's lens. A common way of doing this is through meditation because during meditation you are solely to be in your own head. Through this many are capable of being more introspective and aware of the present moment, this is the basis of what mindfulness is. It could be suggested that mindfulness has five steps: setting aside some time, observing the present moment as it is, letting your judgments roll by, going back to observing the present and not worrying about a wandering mind, but simply observing it. This can be done in long or short amounts of time, but all that matters is that you stop and take a moment before acting.

What Benefits Could Mindfulness Bring?

Insight is one of the best things gained through being mindful, which can also lead to better judgment, a better understanding of the self and a better understanding of any given situation. Mindfulness and meditation can also lead someone to live a more satisfying life due to a greater appreciation of the present moment. There is also some evidence that would suggest that mindfulness betters mental health. As a whole, mindfulness is the process that allows an individual to be more aware of the present in order to see themselves better off in the future, and everyone could benefit from using it.

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Depression: When Your Brain Fights Against You

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Clinical depression is a mental health disorder characterized chiefly by persistent periods of low mood and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. The leading cause of disability in the USA, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects more than 6.1% of adults alone.

Causes of Depression

Depression is a complex disorder that is not merely summed up as just being a "chemical issue". Each individual diagnosed with depression or displaying depressive symptoms has experienced life differently from one another. This difference often stimulates vast change in both the affect and overall inner turmoil brought upon by this disorder.

Development of depression can be heavily influenced by both genetics and environment. The odds of being born with or gradually developing depression increase if an individual has, for example, a close, depressed family member. Experiencing hardship and significant stress can also cause low moods, erratic sleep, and lethargy within people; in other words, cause them to exhibit some symptoms of depression.

Our increasingly competitive, online life can easily affect how people see themselves. For example, a study based on interviews with over 11,000 British 11-year-olds has recently linked higher social media usage in girls with higher depressive symptoms.

Brain composition and dysfunction, neurotransmitter imbalance, underlying comorbid conditions, temperament, stress, early childhood trauma, as well as limited exposure to daylight have been linked closely to depression.

Treatments of Depression

Through years of research and experimentation, several forms of treatment have since become available to alleviate symptoms of depression. It is highly recommended that patients suffering from depression seek out help from a mental health professional near them for support and discussion of methods to improve their quality of life. Patient treatment is a highly individualized endeavor that must be guided by the right professional, for their safety and transition to mental betterment.

Forms of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), have shown great strides in enabling depressed individuals to create new ways to overcome the often disabling struggles brought upon by depression. Through goal-setting, talk, and healthful coping strategy formulation. depressed patients are taught effective methods of challenging negative thinking patterns.

Many patients are given the option to begin medication, guided by either a general practitioner or psychiatrist. Depression medication can take about 2-4 weeks to begin working, and several others to see some level of improvement. Due to the uniqueness of body chemistry, what works for one patient might not work for another; this, unfortunately, can mean patients must try different medications to find their right match. However, according to a recent study performed on the overall efficacy of anti-depressants, this negative outlook can become colored with positivity.

Other possible treatments include psychoeducation, support groups (such as this Depression Subreddit), brain stimulation therapies, along with supplementary exercise and diet management.

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