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What to Do About Suicidal Thoughts

Posted on: August 28th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

What to Do About Suicidal Thoughts

 

There is a stigma surrounding the topic of suicide and many people don’t like to discuss it because it can be upsetting. Unfortunately, suicidal thoughts and even attempts can be common problems for people struggling with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. Even though the sufferer may think that their feelings are normal, suicidal thoughts are a serious issue and need to be treated by a professional.

 

If you are having suicidal thoughts and are not sure what to do about them then the first step would be to reach out and talk to someone. Isolating yourself with these thoughts is only going to make them a bigger problem. If you tell someone that you trust that you are dealing with these thoughts then they can provide you with guidance and emotional support.

 

If you are in a serious crisis and need help right away then there are suicide prevention hot lines that can help take you out of immediate danger. They are specially trained to talk people out of a crisis so that they are feeling better and are in a place where they can look for long term help. A crisis hotline will be the first step but it is important to follow it up with treatment or therapy.

 

If you are receiving help from a therapist then you can use additional tactics to help with suicidal thoughts. Meditating can help you process your emotions and remove yourself from negative thoughts that seem overwhelming. You can also write down your feelings or find some way to express them so that you don’t get stuck thinking in the same cycle.

 

Suicidal thoughts can be a symptom of mental illness. If you haven’t been diagnosed yet it is a good idea to talk to a psychiatrist about your thoughts so that they can assess your condition and provide you with proper treatment.

 

References

https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/suicide-prevention-update

Specific Phobias and How they Affect Mental Health

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

What to Do About Suicidal Thoughts

While general anxiety can involve fears related to a number of different situations, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that relates to once specific fear. When someone has a phobia they are dealing with an extreme and irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place or object. Their fear around this particular thing can build up to the point where they may have a panic attack in its presence or even feel anxious at the thought of their phobia.

Phobias can cause a person extreme distress and make it hard for them to function in their daily life because of their intense fears. A person that struggles with a phobia can have a hard time overcoming their feelings even though they often aware that their fear is irrational. They can have a number of uncomfortable physical reactions when they are in the presence of their phobia including sweating, chest pains, pins and needles and increased heart rate.

When dealing with a phobia the person will feel an uncontrollable sensation of anxiety and a feeling that their source of fear must be avoided at all costs. In moments when they are around their trigger they usually will not be able to function normally and it can stop them from following through on important tasks. The stress that they experience can even cause other mental health problems such as depression.

In order to overcome a specific phobia, the person must go through gradual exposure therapy and work through their anxieties. They will need to find strategies to handle their anxiety as they grow accustomed to the idea of their phobia and exposure to it in controlled situations. The only way to overcome phobias is to confront them slowly with the help of a professional therapist.

Overcoming a Misdiagnosis

Posted on: April 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Overcoming A Misdiagnosis

Mental health is a complex and intricate world that is still not fully understood. Although there has been plenty of progress in the field of mental health treatment, it is still possible for people to be misdiagnosed and be given the wrong kind of treatment for years. This can often occur with disorders that share symptoms with others, leading psychiatrists to make inaccurate assessments of the person’s illness.

Finding out that you have been misdiagnosed can be devastating and completely change your view of yourself and your understanding of your mental health. Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial for anyone to be able to manage their illness and a misdiagnosis can lead to increased symptoms and even be dangerous for the person’s well-being. Learning about your misdiagnosis can be a shocking discovery but it can also be a new starting point for finally improving your mental health.

Someone who is misdiagnosed may have been taking the wrong type of medication or been given inaccurate assessments of their mental state. Even though a diagnosis is simply a label it can inform the way that a person understands their own behavior and how to resolve their problems. Only with a proper diagnosis can they start to resolve some of their symptoms and move forward to living a healthier life.

If you receive a new diagnosis it can be a good time to go back into therapy and start to develop a better understanding of what your condition really is. You will need to relearn how to cope with it and gain a different perspective on your particular issues. It can be challenging to bounce back form a misdiagnosis, but ultimately it can be positive for your recovery.

When you are diagnosed with a condition it is a good idea to get a second opinion from other psychiatrists to ensure that you have not been misdiagnosed.

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

Posted on: April 10th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Importance of Self-Care for Mental Health

What words come to mind when you think about mental health treatment? Medication, maybe. Therapy of all kinds: CBT, DBT, existential, behavioral.

All of these have something in common. They’re prescribed or facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. However, the final piece of the puzzle is something that everyone can implement on their own: self-care.

Self-care is crucial for mental health, and is highly recommended even for those who are doing okay. Without self-care, all other treatments are fighting an uphill battle. Yes, they work. But their effectiveness is tempered by self-neglect.

Why is self-care so important for mental health? Let’s start by defining exactly what we’re referring to when we speak of self-care.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care refers to anything you do to improve your wellbeing and happiness. This can include anything from regular exercise to the occasional bubble bath.

Usually, we speak of it in the context of doing things for yourself that, technically, don’t need to be done. You don’t need a massage. You don’t need to listen to relaxing music or go out to the movies. Doing these things therefore epitomizes self-care. Some would consider it indulgent, as it isn’t technically productive time. But it does something of far greater value than most of what we consider productive activity.

Why Does Self-Care Impact Mental Health?

Some forms of self-care are intuitively helpful for mental health. Exercise, eating well, and sleeping well, all affect our physical health as well as giving us energy to do what needs to be done every day.

But how do hobbies, baths, and the like make a difference to mental health? There are 3 main reasons.

A Sense of Security

When it comes down to it, anxiety is a product of feeling unsafe in one way or another. It differs from fear in that it is not an urgent, life threatening sense of danger we’re worried about. Rather, anxiety relates to the things that keep our world as we know it in order.

Unfortunately, the solution to the problems excessive anxiety causes us cannot be to fix everything in our lives and keep everything in control. That’s impossible, especially because it’s not really up to us most of the time.

Therapy helps us learn to manage the anxiety, but self-care has its own important place. Self-care, quite simply, makes us feel cared for. When we know we’re cared for, we feel a sense of security. That sense of security reduces the potency of the anxiety. Yes, the triggers remain, but you will feel like a more robust person, ready to deal with them.

Because You’re Worth It

One common factor in most mental illnesses is a shaky sense of self. You’re questioning who you are and, more urgently, whether you matter at all. You may not have received the unconditional love of a parent, or maybe you interpreted their care as coming at a steep price.

Whatever the reason is, you need to develop your sense of self in order to truly heal. Self-care is a perfect start. Your mind may shred all evidence that others find you worthwhile, but actions can be potent regardless. Taking care of yourself is a practical demonstration of your own self-worth. In a way, it’s as if you’re “faking it til you make it”.

Yourself And Others

In case you feel that self-care is, in fact, selfish, here’s the good news. Without caring for yourself, you’re not going to be able to care for others. As RuPaul puts it:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

In other words, you’re the person you spend most of your time with. You’re the person who experiences your own attitudes and actions. If you’re not caring for yourself, you’re neglecting your caring skills altogether. Conversely, if you are giving yourself love and care, you build your caring skills and naturally start relating to others with more compassion and empathy.

Hopefully, you can see the importance of self-care for mental health. So, what can you do to care for yourself?

Self-Care Tips

The following are some of the tenets of good self-care:

  • Do things you enjoy. We tend to see hobbies as self-indulgent or a waste of time. After all, they don’t make us money and can take up a lot of time. But hobbies are often the very things that give us the sense of fulfillment we crave. Committing to do things you enjoy is the ultimate expression of self-care.
  • Be a pleasure connoisseur. Pleasure is also something seen as selfish or unnecessary. But pleasure is what gives life its glow, making us feel good and giving us energy to pursue our goals. However, if you indulge in pleasure mindlessly, you miss much of the experience and can end up doing unhealthy things. Rather, be a pleasure connoisseur, paying attention to the things you like and why you like them. Quality, in this case, is better than quantity.
  • See friends. Not everyone loves socializing all the time. But we all need it to some extent. If you’re not much of an extrovert, see friends in a one-on-one context. If you do love crowds, don’t feel guilty about taking a night off to go to a party or gathering.
  • Go home. Work is a hugely important part of our lives. And we treat it that way. It takes up much of our mindspace, as well as eight hours of every weekday. However, it is important to give yourself a break when you can. If you find yourself staying late at work when you don’t have to, or working on weekends, it is time to go home. Work may give you satisfaction and fulfillment, and at the least it gives you financial security, but we all need time away from it.

Self-care is incredibly important to mental health. By focusing on self-care, you make yourself less vulnerable to mental illness, and make recovery that much smoother.

Depression in Retirement

Posted on: March 16th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Depression in Retirement

Most people look forward to retirement as a time to relax and spend time with family. However, depression can become an unexpected problem for people in retirement because of the sudden change to their routine. In many cases people experience a sense of purpose and value in working everyday and suddenly quitting can have a dramatic effect on their mental state.

Having a fulfilling career allows people to meet their drive to achieve something and be a provider for their family. When their career ends through retirement they may lose their sense of accomplishment that they were able to get out of working. They might feel a sense of loss, sadness, fear about their new lifestyle and confusion about who they are.

People that experience depression after retiring can cope with those feelings by finding new hobbies and activities that give them a sense of purpose and achievement. They can become active in the community by volunteering or spend more time with family. If they view retirement as an opportunity to do things they never had time for such as traveling or learning a musical instrument it can be a more positive experience.

The most important thing to do in retirement is to create a schedule for yourself so that your days don’t feel empty. An unstructured day can lead to boredom and depression so creating your own new routine can prevent you from feeling lost. Schedule time to exercise, do work around the house, visit friends and family or other activities that you want to do.

Retirement can be a major change but making the transition can be easier if you find a new purpose and create a routine. If feelings of depression persist it may be helpful to talk to a therapist and work out some of your issues surrounding retirement.