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60 Frequently Asked Questions about Depression, Answered

Depression: Your Questions Answered Q1. Is depression an illness of the brain or a psychological problem? A. In psychiatric illnesses there are indisputably both biological and psychological causes. However, when evaluating a depression it is not helpful to search for biological or psychological causes exclusively but to consider both. This gives a broader understanding of patients, their psychological life, the onset and development of their disorder. Q2. What is the relationship between life events and depression? A. Any "unpleasant" life event can cause worry, sadness, anxiety or physical malaise in any person. In these cases, within certain limits, depression can be considered a normal and comprehensible reaction. However when the depression lasts much longer than it would be logical to expect, when the capacity to work, study, carry on family and social relations is hindered, we are looking at a depressive disorder that must be treated. Q3.  Can a disorderly lifestyle c

How to Deal With Exam Stress and Anxiety

How to Deal With Exam Stress and Anxiety To manage exams well, we need to stay at the peak of our functioning capacity. Too much stress and anxiety can spoil our performance, but we all need a certain amount of adrenalin in our bodies to take on the challenges ahead. Hence it’s important to know How to Deal with Exam Stress and Anxiety . How to Reduce Stress Before Exams Here are some tips for you, to reduce stress and anxiety before your exams, and for improving your performance: Practice deep breathing and/or other relaxation techniques before the exam. List your achievable targets and tick them off when completed. This is planning your revision in advance. Don’t let your mind indulge in negative thoughts like "I can't understand this chapter", " I'm going to fail this paper" or "I'm not going to pass the exam". Have some fun, but stay away from alcohol or drugs, as they can affect your memory and de-skill you. Avoid going to sleep soon aft

Cutting and Self-Harm: Why Do People Cut Themselves and What to Do

Cutting and Self-Harm Can you identify with this story of cutting and self harm? Nancy likes the feeling she gets from taking a razor blade to her skin. The ruby blood that oozes from the narrow crevasse of the fresh cut isn’t terrifying. Instead, she is comforted because the pain she feels deep inside her is released. It’s as though by cutting her flesh Nancy is exorcising her fears, guilt, self-loathing and other pain too complex to understand. For a brief time Nancy feels totally in control that is until the next cutting session. Do you know someone like Nancy? Millions of people like Nancy choose to cut or injure themselves not from the need for attention, but as a way of coping with emotional hurt, anger, sadness, guilt. Why Do people Cut or Injure Themselves Why do people cut themselves? People who cut or injure themselves don’t want to die. They’re looking for a way to release internal pain. Through these actions the person feels a sense of comfort and control over their lives.

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How to Build Self-Confidence & Improve Self-Esteem : 5 Ways

How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem Self-Confidence Meaning Self Confidence is a belief on ones abilities. In the purest form it expresses how much belief you have in your own abilities, in any field. You can have great self confidence in your soccer abilities but when it comes to relationships, you are lost. So it varies on the field which we are examining.   We all have our strong and weak sides, and that’s okay. The problem begins when we disregard and undervalue ourselves, and lose faith in ourselves. This is what you should focus on, when building self confidence. You should focus on your strong sides and remind yourself of the things you are proud of, of the things that you are very good at. When you focus on the things you are proud of, you start feeling great about yourself and you begin to acknowledge your advantages as well. This leads to strong sense of self-appreciation and confidence. How to Gain Self-Confidence: 5 Essential Ways Do you want to know how to ga

Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation script

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a stress management technique developed by Edmund Jacobson, Physical Therapist in early 1920s. According to Jacobson, since mental stress and anxiety accompanies muscular tension, one can reduce stress and anxiety  by learning to relax muscle tension.  Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation  ( JPMR ) technique (exercise/therapy) is still popular among modern physiotherapists as well as psychotherapists. In this article you will find a detailed discussion on PMR and 2 Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation scripts ... What Is Progressive Muscle Relaxation Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) can be defined as a relaxation response to daily stressors. It is a psychophysical therapy that can be used to reduce tension and physical pain, and to help clients learn to be more conscious of their own bodily sensations and body posture. It comprises a sequence of techniques designed to systematically relax specific

How to Deal with Depression Alone: Overcome Depression on Your Own

How to Deal with Depression Depression leaves devastation in its wake, but fortunately there is something that can be done about it. At this day and age, people are more aware of the harmful impact that untreated depression can lead to. Modern advances have more or less minimized the recurrence of depression once identified and treated. Knowing how to deal with depression will definitely save a life, yours or a loved one’s. Depression occurs more commonly than we think, and has varying impact to a person’s life. Depending on the individual lifestyle, coping mechanism and personality, it could range from manageable to disastrous. Symptoms could also vary, and a depressed person may exhibit frequent emotional down-times manifested through crying. It may also affect sexual desire, alienation from family and friends, as well as difficulty in finding meaning in life. A person with depression is also disinterested in participating in group activities, and may end up neglecting personal an