Since the early 2000s, countless researchers have studied the differences in the prevalence of mental illness and the quality of the American healthcare system concerning race and ethnic groups. These researchers have showcased the existence of significant disparities in mental health and mental healthcare within the United States. However, these disparities exist regarding physical healthContinue reading “Disparities in Mental Health and Mental Healthcare Among BIPOC”
C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that causes trauma symptoms alongside difficulty managing emotions and maintaining relationships. Fear, isolation, depression, and anxiety shape the life of an individual living with complex PTSD. Those of us living with CPTSD would often use the words; broken, different, and distrustful to describe ourselves. Examining the symptoms and behaviors associated with CPTSD below will help you understand why.
Get angry. It is normal and entirely unavoidable. We all express anger differently. Some of us throw objects, hit walls, or scream at those that irritate us. Others shut down and turn the anger inwards. Both reactions are unhealthy ways to express and deal with anger that harms us or those around us.
America’s mental healthcare system is in desperate need of repair. Over 60 million individuals in the United States struggle with mental health conditions. Of these 60 million children and adults, almost 50% of them live with an untreated mental illness. American’s living with untreated mental illness face disability, unemployment, incarceration, substance abuse and addiction, homelessness, and suicide.
Do you often wonder why specific thoughts and behaviors reoccur in every relationship? Are you mistrusting, clingy, abrasive, or afraid in close relationships? Do intrusive thoughts, impulsive actions, and confusion hinder your ability to strengthen and develop relationships with others? Understanding relations, beliefs, and behaviors towards others is possible when you examine attachment theory and the roots of attachment issues.
Take control of your mental health through tracking and self-analyses. Understand that fluctuations in mood, outlook and behavior are often associated with specific triggers. Determining triggers and eliminating them from your daily life will allow you to exercise more control over your mental health. In addition to identifying triggers, self-analysis can assist you in determining what activities or patterns are beneficial to your mental health.
Consider the basic needs required to live a mentally healthy life. Do you picture Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? You should. The pyramid provides a general guideline of what is needed to uncover our full potential.
Once every action is taken in an attempt to fulfill some goal that provides you with a sense of personal achievement or improvement, your actions could be a sign of toxic productivity. Toxic productivity is the lack of ability in doing something simply to do it. Productivity becomes the main, or only goal often to the extent that it takes over other areas of your life. This could look like an obsession, competition, or addiction.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health while working on your physical health. I am going to attempt to explain to you why running improves your mental health.
I am not going to discuss anything that the professionals would say. Instead, I am going to explain how running has improved my own mental health. But to do this, you may need a little bit of background information.
Teaching children to care for themselves mentally at an early age and providing them with the tools necessary to do so will encourage a lifetime of mental well-being. Having a positive view of oneself affects so many aspects of our lives, from education to socialization our mental health touches on every interaction and experience we have.