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Delusions of Grandeur

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Delusions of Grandeur

There are many different mental health conditions that can cause an individual to experience delusions of grandeur. Someone who has a false belief that they possess superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence or wealth can be said to have delusions of grandeur and it may cause them to behave abnormally. A person with delusions of grandeur will firmly believe that they have some great, unrecognized talent or insight in spite of no evidence that this is the case.

Delusions of grandeur can often occur in illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia and narcissistic personality disorder. These illnesses can cause the individual to have a rigid and fixed belief in their abilities and importance, even sometimes believing that they have a special relationship with a prominent person such as the president. These delusions can also include religious tones such as believing that they have received a special message from God.

In many cases delusions of grandeur can be exacerbated by alcohol or drug use when the individual has a particular mental illness. Their substance abuse can intensify delusions or even cause them to develop in some cases. Certain drugs such as PCP or amphetamines can put people at even greater risk of developing delusions of grandeur or worsening them.

People with delusions of grandeur can have serious issues in their personal and professional lives if their beliefs begin to interfere with reality. Their belief in their own superiority can lead to conflict and cause problems at work and in relationships. It can even put their lives in danger at times if they believe that they possess special powers or abilities such as being able to fly.

For someone with delusions of grandeur it is important to get a proper diagnosis for their mental illness and treatment that addresses their delusional thinking and other symptoms.

Is Hip Hop Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues?

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Is Hip Hop Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues?

It is an unfortunate reality that seeking help for mental health conditions carries a stigma in black communities. Mental illness is a significant problem for black Americans who are 20 percent more likely to suffer from problems like depression or anxiety and yet are half as likely to get help from mental health services.

The concept of therapy and treatment has especially had a stigma for hip hop artists who often felt that a psychologist couldn’t possibly understand their experiences. Hip hop and rap artists in the past believed that their music and art is their own form of therapy and so they denied themselves any professional help. These beliefs are beginning to change however as more artists in the hip hop world are opening up to the idea of therapy.

Shows like “The Therapist” have captured the evolution of rappers engaging in therapeutic discussions. The creators of the show spoke to musicians and hip hop artists such as Young M.S., Chief Keef and Freddie Gibbs. Most significantly, major artists like Jay-Z have spoken more openly about the concept of therapy being valid and useful for people like himself.

In his recent album, Jay Z even raps about his therapist and the role of therapy in his life. He also had discussions for a video series about black mental health with celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Che and Meek mill. In the series, Jay Z implores viewers to get help for their past traumas and look past the stigma of therapy to deal with their feelings.

As more rappers open up about their experiences in therapy it may help to encourage the hip hop community and hopefully the black community as well to be open minded about therapy and mental health treatment. These artists understand that therapy can help anyone no matter what they may have been through.

Overspending During Manic Phase

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Overspending During Manic Phase

People with bipolar disorder experience different phases of their illness and a unique set of symptoms for both their depressive and manic episodes. While during the depressive stage they may be lethargic, hopeless and tearful, their manic phase can cause them to behave erratically and take dangerous risks at times. One of the most common symptoms that people experience during their manic phase is a tendency to go on shopping sprees and engage in overspending.

The manic phase can cause bipolar individuals to act impulsively and irrationally because they feel unusually elated and energetic. Wild shopping sprees can have dire consequences for bipolar people and their family members because it may lead to financial problems if the person accumulates debt. Preventing overspending can be an essential element of living with bipolar disorder and managing the symptoms.

Overspending may take the form of making significant investments due to manic feelings of grandiosity and the belief that they can do no wrong. They may also buy extravagant gifts for friends and family due to grandiosity and impulsivity or begin a risky gambling habit. They might also find expensive outlets for other symptoms such as hypersexuality which is common during the manic phase.

In order to prevent overspending from becoming a recurring problem it is important for people with bipolar disorder to create a plan for handling it. Tactics such as restricting time on the internet, putting cash and credit cards away or having a spouse or other family member restrict bank account access can help. Having precautions in place and strategies to curtail overspending can make it easier to manage finances for someone with bipolar disorder.

Learning to identify early signs of a manic episode as well as the beginning of a spending spree can give the individual or friends and family the chance to put a plan into action.

Male-Type Depression

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Male-Type Depression

Depression is a problem that affects millions of Americans and can be especially prevalent among women. However, it is a significant mental health issue that can affect men deeply and in different ways than women. Because men and women experience depression differently, it is common for people to miss the signs of male-type depression.

Although women tend to have higher rates of depression overall, it is believed by many mental health experts that depression among men is underdiagnosed. Researchers are beginning to understand that male-type depression can involve a different set of symptoms that are not as easily recognizable. Men may also be less likely to report their depression or acknowledge their mental health problems in order to accept treatment.

Men often experience “covert depression” meaning that they are less likely to verbalize their symptoms or simply talk about their emotional issues. They also are more likely to express their depression through anger or aggression instead of the typical sadness, tearfulness and lethargy that people often associate with the illness. Men are often taught not to cry or express feelings of sadness when they are young because it is not considered masculine which can lead to suppressed emotions which may manifest as anger.

If men are struggling with depression it can be more difficult for others to tell as they may have trouble expressing their emotions. Many men turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with their depression because they need a way to self-medicate. It is important for men with covert depression to find treatment that helps them learn to verbalize their experience and release negative feelings.

Cultural and social expectations can make depression more problematic for men but with therapy they can begin to resolve some of their issues and minimize their symptoms over time.

Internet Addiction is Real

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Internet Addiction Real

Addiction is an issue that is usually characterized by compulsive behavior and it can occur in many different patterns from drug abuse to gambling and even shopping addiction. But more recently, people working in addiction treatment are beginning to see these issues develop more often on the internet. The types of symptoms most often associated with drug abuse can occur with internet addiction.

People who exhibit symptoms of internet addiction are often more vulnerable because they also have problems with depression and anxiety. As is usually the case with substance abuse they may use the internet as a way to ease their emotional symptoms. People with internet addiction may become consumed by their obsession and will be physically unable to stop checking their phone or using their computer.

Initially there was some debate in the field of mental health as to whether internet addiction was a “real thing”. However it has been gaining ground especially due to numerous cases of compulsive internet use which can at times become debilitating. Although it has not yet been officially recognized as a disorder in the DSM, mental health counselors are working to help patients cope with their issues with internet addiction.

In spite of its unofficial status, the amount of people being treated for their internet problems continues to increase. Some studies suggest that internet addiction may affect up to 38% of the general population in the U.S. and Europe. Numbers vary due to differing research methods and a lack of standardized criteria for the disorder but there is a substantial number of people affected in most western areas.  

Lack of standardization has negatively affected the ability to study this disorder and determine its true impact. It has been generally accepted that internet addiction is a subset of technology addiction in general which can include issues such as video game addiction, television addiction and other types of media. However in the digital age, internet addiction has quickly become the most prevalent of these types of addictions.

Recognizing Symptoms of Internet Addiction

As with any addiction, compulsive use of the internet often leads to negative consequences in a person’s life. When someone uses the internet to the point where they cannot stop themselves in spite of its effect on their health, relationships or financial situation then it can be considered an addiction. There are a number of different symptoms in terms of the emotional and physical manifestations of the disorder including:

depression

-dishonesty about internet use

-feelings of guilt

-euphoria when using the computer

-inability to prioritize time or keep schedules

-isolation and loneliness

-avoidance of work and procrastination when using the internet

-agitation and other mood swings

-boredom with routine tasks

Physically a person with internet addiction have symptoms of poor health as a result of their excessive computer use such as:

-backache

-carpal tunnel

-insomnia

-poor nutrition and personal hygiene

– dry eyes and vision problems

When someone uses the internet so obsessively that they begin to harm their own physical and mental health then it is time for them to seek professional care. What can make treatment for internet addiction difficult is that most people use their internet or smartphone for many of their personal needs. It becomes hard to avoid the internet when it has become such an ever-present part of modern life.

Understanding Internet Addiction

Even though the average person checks the internet daily and may use it often to connect with other people they do not necessarily have an addiction. Internet addiction can happen in a few different categories since the internet can encompass a lot of different things. Addiction can come in the form of online gaming, social networking, email, blogging, online shopping and inappropriate use of online pornography.

Addiction to certain aspects of the internet are not necessarily due to the amount of time spent in these activities but rather how they are used. When internet use becomes risky or causes social impairments and otherwise interferes with normal life then it can be considered an addiction. People with internet addiction often become dependent on their internet use and find it difficult or painful to stop.

Researchers theorize that internet addiction is caused by the same type of issues that can cause other addictions such as substance abuse. Like other addictions it can affect the pleasure center of your brain and release dopamine, the feel good chemical. People feel they experience certain rewards in their internet use and become dependent on the pleasurable feelings that they get when spending time online.

In order to treat internet addiction, patients must seek a therapist and a support group where they can learn to minimize their internet habits. It can be difficult and nearly impossible to completely abstain from using the internet. With treatment addicts, can start to use the internet for necessities only and learn to control their compulsive behavior.