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Eco-anxiety (Climate Anxiety): What it is and How to Deal with it

We all agree that climate change is one of the severe problems affecting humanity today, and the idea of climate breakdown is drastically affecting people’s mental health. Environmental and climate issues are causing PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and anxiety-related symptoms on a large scale. Eco-anxiety is affecting millennials more than any other generation. What is Eco-anxiety/ climate anxiety ? The Handbook of Climate Psychology defines climate anxiety as a ‘heightened emotional, mental or somatic distress in response to dangerous changes in the climate system’ [ Ref. Climate Psychology Alliance. The Handbook of Climate Psychology. Climate Psychology Alliance, 2020 ] In simple words, eco-anxiety (or climate anxiety) is when someone feels worried or afraid about the future of the planet and the impacts of climate change. In other words, climate anxiety, also called eco-anxiety and climate distress, refers to the feelings of helplessness, fear, guilt, and frustration that ar

Marijuana for Anxiety: Know the Benefits and Risks

Using Marijuana for Treating Anxiety Marijuana – also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms – is a drug that is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa . While it’s illegal in several states, many other US states have legalized marijuana to some extent, both for medicinal and recreational use. Marijuana can alter your feelings, perceptions and your mood. As of now, there is some anecdotal and scientific reporting of marijuana relieving the symptoms of anxiety by having a calming effect. However, its long-term benefits in this regard are not proven. Benefits of Marijuana in Anxiety The “high” you experience with marijuana is due to the presence in it of the chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the blood, and through the bloodstream it reaches the brain and other organs. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors called c

Sifting Through The Myths About OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), rarely is the same from one person to the next. While it might be on the easier side in terms of a diagnosis, as often the common symptoms are identified quickly from a trained professional with a little bit of expertise in the field. However, with all that modern medicine knows and understands about this disorder, there is just as much misinformation that the general public has. The more bad information that exists out there, the worse people battling the disorder have to suffer without the appropriate treatments or therapy. OCD Myths and Facts There are quite a few myths and fallacies about OCDs that you should be aware of. This article will introduce you to a few of the most common misconceptions or sources of misinformation about the condition. Hopefully you can leave from here better informed about what’s real and what isn’t for those that have to manage an OCD in their life. Myth #1. OCDS JUST FOCUS ON CLEANLINESS There is a serious belief th

Hoarding Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

Hoarding Disorder Even normal persons may collect items, but collection of persons with hoarding disorder is purposeful and organized. They take pride in their collection. They find it difficult to part with possessions. Often these items are of little value. It does not inconvenience them. But, in hoarding disorder, the items clutter the living areas. One cannot use such living areas fully. Items that are most often hoarded are newspapers, magazines, paper, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing. Some may hoard animals. People feel upset or anxious if you attempt to clean it up. Hoarding disorder starts usually in middle-age. It occurs in 2-6% of the population. Hoarding disorder can be comorbid with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) . People who hoard are perfectionists. They dread making wrong decisions. They fear wasting things or losing items that might be “important”. These worries lead to behaviors like indecision, not getting rid of

Paranoid Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Treatment

Paranoid Schizophrenia Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common type of schizophrenia characterized by the presence of persecutory or grandiose delusions, often accompanied by hallucinations. Paranoid schizophrenia is no longer included in DSM-5. Psychiatrists now refer to paranoid schizophrenia as schizophrenia with paranoia . Not everyone with schizophrenia will develop paranoia. The average age of onset is late adolescence to early adulthood, usually between the ages of 18 to 30. Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia Prominent symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia are delusions, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations. Other symptoms, which are less common, can include disorganized speech, disorganized behavior, and negative symptoms. Suicidal thoughts can also occur. Depression and anxiety might accompany the disease. Delusions Delusions are fixed false beliefs about things, which the patient is resistant to correct even if shown opposite evidence. Usually, these beliefs are not in kee

Depression and Sleeping Too Little or Too Much

Depression and Sleep Disturbances It is well-known that people with depression sleep too little or too much. Sleeping too little, a cardinal sign of depression, often is characterized by multiple awakenings, especially in the early morning, rather than by difficulty falling asleep. Almost all people suffering from depression report low energy (or fatigue) and some sleep problems. Although sleeping too little ( insomnia ) is much more common (prevalence rates of 2/3rds to 4/5ths in most clinical samples), sleeping too much (hypersomnia) is not uncommon, particularly earlier in life. Young depressed patients, especially those with bipolar tendencies, often sleep too much and have difficulty getting up in the morning. About 40 percent or more of adults under 30 with depression are estimated to experience hypersomnia. 35 percent of patients seen in sleep disorders centers with sleeping too little as their chief complaint had a mental disorder, and half of these patients had a mood disorde

7 Best Ways to Prevent Depression Naturally

Prevent Depression Naturally Annually, about 21 million adults (8.4% of all U.S. adults) in the United States have at least one major depressive episode. [ Read the NIMH statistics article ] Along with therapy and medication, there is a lot more you can do to not only treat depression but also even prevent it altogether. I detail below 7 best ways to prevent depression naturally. 7 Best Natural Ways to Prevent Depression Follow a Routine by Making a Schedule When you are depressed, it can be hard to motivate yourself to do much of anything. Depression can distort the structure of your life. One day melts into the next. Making a gentle daily schedule and forcing yourself to do “one or two things every day” can get you back on track. This can mean sticking to your daily exercise schedule, following a healthy eating plan and sleeping on a regular schedule. The disease robs you of your motivation and your energy. So sometimes you may have to force yourself into action. So, following a rou

Signs of Clinical Depression: 9 Symptoms to Watch For

Symptoms of Depression The symptoms of depression – technically known as major depressive disorder (also known as  major depression (MDD) or clinical depression ) – are characterized by an overwhelming sense of sadness, isolation, and despair that lasts for two weeks or more. Depression isn't just an occasional feeling of sadness or loneliness like most people experience from time to time. Instead, a person suffering from depression feels as if they have sunk into a deep, dark hole from which there is no way out – and little or no hope that things will ever change (ref. PsychCentral ). What is Depression MDD Major depressive disorder (MDD) is diagnosed when an individual has a persistently low or depressed mood, anhedonia or decreased interest in pleasurable activities, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, lack of energy, poor concentration, appetite changes, psychomotor retardation or agitation, sleep disturbances, or suicidal thoughts. Per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of

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How to Deal With the Depression: Basics and Beyond

How to Deal With the Depression It is common to feel sad or blue when dealing with a specific stress, trauma, or a challenging situation, but depression is a much deeper issue. Even when symptoms are minor, this condition is serious. Unfortunately, many people have committed suicide or even homicide because of not getting the care needed. In this article we tried to provide all the required information so you can learn about the truths of mental depression and discover how to deal with the depression . Of all mental health conditions that people face, depression is among those suffered the most, affecting the lives of millions of people all over the world. In fact, globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. ( ref.: WHO Fact sheets on Depression ). And, since the pandemic, percentage of people experiencing depression (and anxiety) symptoms had a manifold rise. Depression affects not only the mind and behaviors, but also physical health, performance, and

How to Stop Overthinking | How to Stop Thinking Too Much

Overthinking Overthinking is “thinking about something too much or for too long”. In simple words, When you think too much it is called Overthinking. Overthinking is a mental process that revolves around the idea of ruminating, going over something in your head over and over again, replaying it in your mind, and eventually feeling overwhelmed by it. When we are overthinking we are not able to think the right thing at the right time. Overthinking is the act of spending time dwelling on problem instead of the solution. This could cause us to think about it too long and over-analyze a problem. It is a good way to avoid a problem but also a bad way to solve a problem because you will spend way too much time to solve a problem that is not worth solving. How to recognize overthinking ? The person is experiencing difficulty concentrating because they are thinking too much. The person is unable to do anything else but think about the problem because they keep thinking about it. Also, it is a

Relaxation Techniques: Natural Remedies for Anxiety, Stress, Panic

Relaxation Techniques Some amount of stress and anxiety is actually healthy because it can help you focus and sharpen your mind, but when it becomes overwhelming, it then produces debilitating effects on both the mind and the body. There are many simple natural remedies (yes, in addition to medication treatment and psychotherapy) that anyone can follow or practice to reduce anxiety and stress . These include relaxation techniques , which require little effort and can be used at any time. Relaxation techniques induce a natural, physiological response to stress, a reaction when one does not know it is happening. Relaxation is defined as a psychophysical state in which a person feels free from stress and tension. Achieving a state of relaxation means gaining the ability to control the level of physical activation in order to produce a state that is ready for freedom from tension. When stress and anxiety affect the body's normal functioning, relaxation can be a helpful way to regain p