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Eco-anxiety: What it is and How to Deal with it

Eco-anxiety We all agree that climate change is one of the severe problems affecting humanity today, and the idea of a 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? In simple words, eco-anxiety is nothing but chronic distress over environmental and climate issues. Although it is not a clinical diagnosis like depression, people are suffering. People are worried lately from extreme weather changes, dying coral reefs, burning rainforests (like Amazon), and snowcaps melting at Poles. The influence we have on the environment is finally sinking in, without knowing how to act about it. Why is it affecting millennials and Gen Z?   The environment has been taking a toll on all the greedy deeds carried out by businesses throughout the years. It is not a new

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

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Panic Attack A panic attack is a sudden or intense anxiety or fear. Panic attacks usually come with the following symptoms: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light headedness. Panic attacks are unpredictable and happen in a range of situations.     See also: Anxiety Attack Some people have only one or two in their lifetime, others will have a group of them which center around increasing stress in their life and for others it could be a daily event in which case it is caused a panic disorder. People who suffer on going panic attacks will generally develop a fear of having panic attacks and go on to avoid situations in which escape would be difficult. Some people who have social anxiety disorder often have panic attacks as part of their symptoms. These attacks are also called anxiety attacks and are usually resolved by removing the problem or trigger situation. What does panic attack feel like If you do have panic attacks y

Some Commonly Experienced Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders In this page we will discuss some of the anxiety disorder symptoms which are commonly experienced in generalized anxiety , post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks . It is important to note, however, that anxiety is capable of creating hundreds of different anxiety disorder symptoms, so this is by no means an exclusive list. Shortness of breath / Shallow Breath, and Smothering Sensations : This is one of the most common anxiety disorder symptoms - it may feel as though you aren’t getting enough air into your lungs or as though someone is pressing up against your chest cavity and restricting your air intake. This is just a harmless sensation! Don’t worry about it or be concerned that you aren’t breathing properly because you are! If you weren’t breathing properly you would be unconscious. As with all anxiety disorder symptoms, don’t give these sensations any credit, they will go away. FAQ :