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The Link Between Grief and Anxiety

Posted on: November 4th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

The Link Between Grief and Anxiety

The loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences that a person goes through in their life. Grief is very powerful and can affect a person’s physical and mental health if they are not able to process their grief and reach a point of acceptance. One of the most common issues associated with grief are psychological issues such as anxiety.

Grief and anxiety are actually very closely linked in most cases because the vulnerability that a person experiences after a loss often leads to anxiety. When someone passes away people are then faced with questions about mortality and the unpredictability of their existence. People often have difficulty fully processing grief because of the expectation from society to quickly move on and they are then left with more complex problems like anxiety.

After someone passes away people are usually expected to return to work or school fairly quickly. There is a significant stigma around showing emotions such as grief in our culture and people tend to hide or suppress their feelings to appear functional and normal to others. Unfortunately this can complicate grief and cause the individual to feel anxious not only about death but a more general anxiety that they can’t explain.

Experiencing the death of a loved one can be shocking and traumatic in a way that we often can’t fully comprehend. Suppressing feelings and not coping with grief can very negatively affect our emotional life and make it hard to get through daily life. Grief is something that few people are prepared to deal with and it often takes the help and guidance of a professional to get through each stage successfully.

When someone is able to process their grief they can start to minimize their feelings of anxiety and ultimately feel a sense of acceptance about their loss.

Adjustment Disorder – Unable to Cope with Change

Posted on: October 20th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Adjustment Disorder - Unable to Cope with Change

Stress and anxiety can lead to different kinds of illnesses with specific issues that need to be addressed. People that have a particularly hard time dealing with major changes such as moving to a new city, starting a new job, switching schools or breaking up with someone may have a problem known as adjustment disorder. Although anyone may feel stressed out about a big change in their life, people with this disorder have persistent symptoms of anxiety that occur after a major life event.

Adjustment disorder can begin once an unexpected change occurs that carries a strong emotional effect. If a child suddenly moves to a new city or state or their parents separate then that type of change can have a major impact on them. It is normal for kids or even adults to feel anxious and upset when they encounter change but if those persist for months and they have trouble moving on then they may have developed symptoms of adjustment disorder.

When someone develops adjustment disorder it means that their environmental stressors have exceeded their resources for coping. Some degree of anxiety is normal when you do something out of your comfort zone but when your reaction becomes disproportionate to the event taking place then it is considered a mental health issue. Adjustment disorder is similar to situational depression which leads to crying spells and waves of anger triggered by certain events.

If you have adjustment disorder it can make it difficult to adapt to new situations and learn to feel more comfortable with changes over time. You might find it difficult to bounce back from your feelings of depression and anxiety that were triggered by a new experience. Talking to a professional about your feelings can help you address the symptoms of adjustment disorder and learn strategies to cope with change.

Panic and Anxiety Hotlines

Posted on: September 6th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Panic and Anxiety Hotlines

People who experience anxiety often don’t know where to turn when they are having a particularly bad episode. They may feel too embarrassed or afraid to call friends or family to talk about what they are going through. Anxiety hotlines provide people with an opportunity to discuss personal problems with a compassionate person who is ready to help.

Hot lines are anonymous and confidential which can make it easier for people who are worried about being judged for their anxiety issues. They provide valuable resources for those who have panic attacks or are going through a crisis and simply need someone to talk to who will be understanding about their situation. Having someone simply listen and give you support can be an enormous comfort when you are in the midst of a serious episode.

There are a few different types of anxiety problems including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety. Hot lines can offer advice and help for any of these issues no matter what your current level of anxiety may be. You can discuss your feelings of fear, shame, worry, pain or panic with a person who can help you feel more calm and relaxed.

One of the most important roles for hotlines is to allow people to feel that they are not alone in what they are dealing with. People with anxiety often feel isolated and unable to talk about their feelings for fear that others won’t understand. A hotline gives them a chance to open up and feel more connected to someone who truly cares.

Anxiety hotlines are convenient and helpful for anyone in crisis but if you have a long term anxiety disorder it might be beneficial to find a regular therapist. However, hotlines are a crucial support system that can be life-saving for people who are at their lowest point.

Generation Depression

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Generation Depression

The younger generation of millennials are experiencing a much higher risk for mental health issues than previous generations. Levels of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are becoming problematically high for today’s teens. While there may be many factors causing these issues, experts believe that more millennials struggle with perfectionism and elevated expectations which can lead to depression.

This younger generation may feel more pressure to achieve higher education, a successful career and better social standing. High personal standards and overly critical self-evaluations are causing millennials to struggle with the type of perfectionism that negatively affects their mental health. A recent study found that millennials actually suffer from multiple kinds of perfectionism including high ambitions, social pressure, and high expectations of others.

The current generation of teens and college students are dealing with more of these pressures than previous generations. They have increasingly unrealistic education and professional expectations of themselves which causes them to feel depressed and anxious when they don’t achieve their goals. Social media may also play a significant role in feelings of competitiveness and perfectionism that are contributing to mental health issues.

Seeing peers posting their achievements or noteworthy moments on social media can increase feelings of insecurity and the desire to do as well as others. Previous studies have revealed that social media sites like Instagram tend to have a negative impact on self-esteem and body image especially among young teens. Spending too much time on social media and comparing themselves with others online can lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

It is important for young millennials who are struggling with depression, anxiety and issues with perfectionism to learn to be okay with failure or not being perfect. Social media does not always show the ups and downs that other people experience. If you or someone you love is dealing with mental health issues or pressure from high expectations, seek therapy and counseling for help.

Treating Anxiety in Bipolar Disorder

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

Treating Anxiety in Bipolar Disorder

There are a myriad of different symptoms that can be associated with bipolar disorder and they can all be challenging to treat. Anxiety is a common problem for people with bipolar disorder and many patients can even have a comorbid issue with an anxiety disorder. Problems like panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder can all be co-occurring with bipolar disorder.

Whether a patient has a co-occurring disorder or simply experiences anxiety as a symptom of bipolar disorder, it can significantly disrupt their life and cause problems with functioning. Anxiety can lead to constant worrying, restlessness, fatigue, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. Treating anxiety as part of the overall management of bipolar disorder is crucial in order for the patient to live and work normally.

Someone with bipolar disorder and anxiety may need a certain combination of different medications to help stabilize them. Antidepressants can be very effective at treating anxiety but psychiatrists need to be cautious because they can potentially induce mania in some patients with bipolar disorder. Another option could be the use of antipsychotics although lower doses have been proven less effective for patients with bipolar disorder.

A combination of the right medication and psychological treatment is essential for reducing the symptoms of anxiety in people with bipolar disorder. Methods like cognitive behavioral therapy have been proven to be very effective at reducing anxiety in patients with all kinds of different disorders. Regular therapy sessions are an important step in helping patients learn to minimize their anxiety symptoms through positive coping mechanisms.

More than half of people with bipolar disorder also have anxiety so psychiatrists must assess each patient for the severity of their anxiety symptoms and come up with a treatment plan. It is possible to reduce anxiety along with other symptoms of bipolar disorder with qualified professional treatment.