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Stopping Your Downward Spiral

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Stopping Your Downward Spiral

For people that struggle with mental health issues, and even people who are simply dealing with a lot of stress they might be familiar with the downward spiral. When you start to have negative thoughts and emotions that start small, they can begin to spiral into bigger and bigger problems in your mind. This is a common issue for people with anxiety and depression who allow their negativity to spiral out of control.  

The subconscious mind can cause a downward spiral because of deeper wounds and insecurities that become triggered by something in the present. In order to cope with the tendency to spiral it is helpful to learn to identify triggers and recognize the beginning of feelings of shame as soon as possible. When feelings of shame come up you can try to give yourself compassion and reassurance instead of continuing the cycle of shame and guilt.

If you are able to stop some of your negative thoughts and feelings you can try to reclaim your power and get back on a more positive path. You can start to assess the situation and regain your sense of mental balance by recognizing which of your feelings are legitimate reactions in that moment. If you are really struggling to get back on track then it might be a good idea to call a friend or reach out for help from someone that you trust.

The most important way to stop a downward spiral is to try to focus on positive things. Feelings of gratitude for even the most basic things that you have in your life – your health, your family etc can all generate a more positive mindset. Trying to find something positive to keep you grounded can prevent a downward spiral from progressing and get you back on track quickly.

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

Posted on: January 26th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

A form of anxiety known as “imposter syndrome” is something that affects many high achieving people. Essentially, imposter syndrome is a deep feeling that a person is not as competent as others perceive them to be. They may feel that they are not as smart, talented or capable as others believe even though they might have achieved a certain level of success.

Beneath imposter syndrome is a sense of anxiety and perfectionism that causes the person to feel like a phony or a fraud. They may be in a social situation and fear that the other person will find out that they are socially awkward or inept. They might be in a performance situation and feel that they don’t belong there because they aren’t talented or skilled enough.

These “imposter” feelings can be strong linked to anxiety and depression as the individual never really feels able to accept themselves as worthy. Feeling like an imposter can lead to hopelessness, worry, the desire to isolate themselves and other issues. They may spiral into a serious depression because they feel they can’t reach the level of competence that they want to have.

In some cases, imposter syndrome can fuel feelings of motivation to achieve but for others it may lead to depression and even giving up. People who are struggling with imposter syndrome and depression can move past these problems by talking to a therapist and getting help. Opening up about these feelings can help relieve some of the pressure that someone with this issue often puts on themselves.

In therapy, someone with imposter syndrome can learn to develop a more accurate view of themselves and their abilities and accomplishments. They can learn to stop comparing themselves to others and accept that they provide value to people by being who they are.

Chronic Illness and Depression

Posted on: January 19th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Chronic Illness and Depression

One of the most common complications that goes along with a chronic illness is the tendency to suffer from depression simultaneously. When someone has a chronic illness, they are dealing with sickness and pain that lasts a long time and often cannot be fully cured. This kind of physical discomfort that goes along with chronic illness can cause sufferers to become depressed.

Examples of chronic illnesses include problems like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, lupus, HIV and multiple sclerosis. People suffering from these kinds of illnesses are coping with multiple physical symptoms every day that can interfere with their lives. It is estimated that up to one third of people with a chronic illness are also dealing with symptoms of depression.

When someone develops a chronic illness they are suddenly dealing with intense life changes that can limit their functioning, mobility and independence. It can make it difficult for the sufferer to do the things they used to enjoy and they may have to adjust their lifestyle because of their illness. The inability to continue their lives as they used to can cause people to feel hopeless and depressed because of their illness.

People with both chronic illness and depression can start to isolate themselves or become less motivated to try to manage their issues. It is important for people with these two problems to get help for both in any way that they can. For many chronic illnesses, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise as well as medication can help them manage their symptoms and minimize the impact on their lives.

Getting treatment for mental health issues can help decrease the pain that a person with a chronic illness experiences on a daily basis. Managing depression and chronic illness can be challenging but working on both can be beneficial for overall health and well-being.

Depression and Overeating

Posted on: January 4th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Depression and Overeating

People dealing with depression often find ways to self-medicate their feelings and food can be one of the ways that they comfort themselves. Depression and overeating often go hand in hand for a number of different reasons. Unhealthy eating habits can have a negative effect on mental health, leading to a painful cycle of binge eating, depression and anxiety.

A person who struggles with overeating and depression can find it difficult to resolve each issue because they are so closely linked. They may overeat because they feel depressed and their depression becomes worse because of their eating habits. Both problems need to be addressed in order to recover and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Someone who overeats may compulsively eat more than their body needs even when they are not physically hungry. People who eat for emotional relief may never feel fully satisfied and will keep eating large amounts of food. They may eat because they feel numb, guilty or depressed in a way that the food temporarily relieves.

A therapist may be necessary in order to relieve issues with both depression and overeating. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful in identifying the causes of emotional eating and allowing the patient to find alternative ways to ease their depression. A therapist can help with weight control behaviors and getting eating habits under control while also addressing mental health.

Understanding the underlying causes of depression and overeating can make it easier for a patient to find different behaviors that relieve stress. When they know the triggers that cause them to overeat they can engage in healthier activities that will alleviate their feelings without the use of food. Finding ways to ease painful feelings and stress can make them less likely to binge eat as a way to escape their emotions.

When Pills Make You a Better Parent

Posted on: December 24th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Parenting

Parenting can be stressful and full of frustrations along with the ups and downs of raising a child. Many parents feel that they need some type of medication to keep them calm and cope with the rollercoaster of parenthood. More parents than ever are taking some type of pill such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds or other prescription to help them through their daily lives.

For many parents, the problem can start with post-partum depression which can affect the mother and the father. This is a common issue that people experience when they have their first child and aren’t prepared to deal with the overwhelming stress of caring for an infant. Doctors may provide post-partum moms or even dads with anti-depressants so that they can continue to function normally.

Children can trigger anxiety and depression for many people that are sensitive to sudden change and the unpredictability of being a parent. In fact, parents experience depression at twice the rate of the general population. Parenting is not easy for anyone and those who are more vulnerable to depression need to be careful when it comes to raising children.

It may be helpful for some parents to take regular medication such as anti-depressants if they are recommended by their doctor or psychiatrist. It may make it easier for the parent to handle their emotions and stay stable for the sake of their family. Anti-anxiety medications can be helpful too but it is important that they are not abused or taken in large doses.

Parents struggling with raising a child may be hesitant to take medication but it can be a helpful temporary solution if their depression has become a problem. Eventually some may want to wean off of their medication and focus more on long term solutions like regular therapy sessions to improve their emotional life and stress levels.