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The Blues vs. Depression: Can Depression Be Cured?

Many people view depression as a state of mind controlled by the individual experiencing it instead of a real condition. It has been referred to as whining, complaining or feeling sorry for one self. Negative comments and teasing may have been thrown around by people who are ignorant. Depression Depression is a mental illness. It is not just a state of mind that can be wished away. Chemical changes might occur in the brain altering emotions and moods. That fact alone changes the disorder from a controllable figment of imagination, to a medical condition. Hundreds of billions of people worldwide are diagnosed with this disorder each year. Speculation from professionals on the subject believes there are many more cases not reported. Men are not as prone to telling someone their feelings or lack thereof on a regular basis. People fear they will be viewed as a freak or insane if they come forth and admit they have disturbing abnormal thoughts. Some individuals do not have the money to seek

Panic Disorder With and Without Agoraphobia

The symptoms of a panic attack are very similar to those of a heart attack: the heart pounds, breathing is almost impossible and people believe that death is imminent or that they are going crazy. A panic attack can happen anytime and anywhere without any warning sign: this can be while you are relaxing, sleeping, walking the dog, dining out with good friends, etc. Most people experience this kind of panic attack disorder once in their lifetimes; some others have it sometimes twice and the episode is ‘forgotten’ for them. Panic Disorder With and Without Agoraphobia More unfortunate people who suffer from a recurrent panic attack develop over times a never-ending fear of having another panic attack. They simply cannot forget the terrible intense fear that they have felt during their panic attack, and their self-confidence vanishes with times. This fear of fear is practically always present with them and usually influences negatively the person’s daily activities and quality of life. The

8 Tips for Students to Prevent and Avoid Depression in College

As one wakes up from a teenage sleep to adulthood, one has to travel through a very rough and rocky road. The transition stage usually surfaces as the chapter of college life begins. It is when most young minds are brought to foreign places to sharpen their minds and skills for a brighter future. Also, it is when they experience almost the firsts of everything. Adjustments do not happen overnight. Being a stranger in a crowd, most of the time makes students feel bad and scared. It is normal to feel down at times but if the feeling of anxiety and emptiness doesn’t go away, there is a possibility that they are developing depression in college. Depression in college students “I am depressed!” This is the common expression among college students, may it be after a social event or academic activity. But depression in college has a deeper meaning which most students and even professionals sometimes fail to recognize. It is actually a condition of mental disturbance that causes a feeling of h

Can Dads Get Postnatal Depression? Yes, they need support too

Can dads get postnatal depression (PND)? The first question you may ask about the line above is: is it really true? Do we have any statistic that says this is true or close to true? Well, yes, Postpartum Depression (PPD) or Postnatal Depression (PND) in Men Is Very Real. Can dads get postnatal depression? About 8-10% of men experience depression before or after pregnancy of their partner and child birth. [Ref. Postpartum Depression in Men - PMC - NCBI ] There are many misconceptions especially in this area – many people believe that postnatal depression (PND) in men occurs as an after effect due to the presence of PND in women. But that is far from the truth. There is independent evidence for the presence of PND in men. It is also fair to say here that when PND is present in mothers, there is a greater likelihood that PND will also occur in fathers. Emotional poverty and stress along with depression can be observed in new dads even before the child is born. This onset of a depressive

8 Tips to Break the Anxiety Insomnia Cycle

Anxiety and insomnia often go hand-in-hand, creating a cycle that can be difficult to break out of. If you're struggling with anxiety and insomnia, you're not alone. Find in this article 8 tips to help you break the anxiety-insomnia cycle. The Cycle of Anxiety and Insomnia Anxiety and insomnia frequently go hand in hand. Each problem can be caused by the other, eventually leading to a never ending cycle that seems impossible to break through. Research has shown that chronic insomnia increases your chances of suffering from an anxiety disorder. There are a few different ways that anxiety and insomnia can interact. Anxiety can cause difficulty sleeping, which can in turn lead to more anxiety. When someone is anxious, their mind is often racing, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Additionally, anxiety can lead to restless sleep, which can leave someone feeling tired and anxious the next day. Insomnia can also cause anxiety and stress . When someone isn't getting enou

Understanding Religious OCD (Scrupulosity)

Have you ever had any excessive guilt feelings towards God? Or have you ever had recurrent, unwanted thoughts about your religion? If you do, maybe you’re having religious obsessive-compulsive disorder. Religious OCD (Scrupulosity) It is normal for a lot of professionals such as nurses, doctors, accountants and even religious people to exhibit some obsessive-compulsive traits because they want to avoid making mistakes in doing their task-oriented jobs. On the other hand, people with  obsessive-compulsive disorder  are preoccupied with orderliness and perfectionism, and are overly devoted to their work and productivity. In the aforementioned statement, religious obsessive-compulsive disorder or commonly known as Scrupulosity is a psychiatric disorder in which a person has a religious obsession in pleasing God. Often, individuals with this kind of disorder engage themselves in too much praying or seeking God’s presence far beyond from what normal individuals do, to the extent that they i

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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. 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. Depression : It is very comm

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 Build Self-Confidence Everyone is different, and what works for one perso

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