We live in the comfort of our homes with our family. They have always been there for us from as early as we were born. However, for some of us, this may not be the case. After all, a family is not limited to having a father or a mother. It is sometimes extended out to our relatives or to someone who has adopted us. Such a presence in our life can have lifelong effects in the future. Have you always wondered how your family’s mental health could affect you? Here are four ways how.…
What happens in a therapy convention or conference? Take, for instance, the 2015 Portland Therapy Convention. The link is all about the Brief Therapy Conference, focusing on Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. It means that the convention will tackle anxiety, depression and trauma situations – how specialists will approach this kind of cases, and the development of psychotherapy in general.
Why Is This Important?
Mental health treatment, if there are issues that need to be managed or to coped with, is more open these days than ever before. There is still a stigma in some places, but generally, when a person has depression, anxiety or other issues, people would just say – Get help. Go to a therapist or a psychologist. In the earlier days, the common treatment was bashing – Oh, you’re crazy for being like that. Now, it’s different.
Effective and efficient ways on how to treat people with disorders are researched and studied by experts for knowledge, and eventually, for application and practice. Mental health is as important as physical health because if it’s not in tiptop shape, the person would not be able to function properly. Similar to someone who is not physically healthy, if you are not mentally “healthy,” it will be difficult for you to go on about your day with work and personal life.
How To Be Mentally Healthy
For some, it is easy to do, but there are others who struggle with this fact. If you are among those who have no problems coping when it comes to depression, anxiety or trauma, then, broaden your understanding of people with these issues.
Anyway, there are some ideas on how to be mentally healthy, as self-help:
- Say something good about yourself every single day – think positive thoughts!
- Write something that you are grateful for – it can be about your love life, your work, your family, your health; anything! Do this every day.
- Focus on solving one thing at a time to have peace of mind.
- Be active and exercise!
- Eat a balanced meal.
- Talk to a trusted friend.
- Be nice and help somebody out who is in need.
- Take a break when your mind and body says you need it.
- Sleep and go to bed on time.
These tips are also discussed in therapy conventions. Use it for your benefit.…
We were supposed to be staying together, forever. That was the plan. Actually, it was our promise to each other. He was going to be faithful and loyal to me and me with him. Twenty years ago, we made that pact in front of our family, friends, and loved ones. God himself blessed this pact we made. We were wed, and it was the happiest day of my life. I didn’t know that it would change and or that he would break his promise.…
Asking someone to go to therapy will, more often than not, yield an outcome wherein the involved would go on full force defensive mode, immediately denying that there’s something wrong with his or her current disposition. There is a reason a person would vehemently renounce any suggestion that would lead to getting an appointment with a therapist. And that can be referred to as therapy anxieties.…
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy treatment used to treat issues such as sleeping disorders, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, and etc. It is a short term treatment, which is goal-oriented and involves a practical approach. People’s behavior and patterns of thinking, that may be causing problems for the them, are sought to be changed so that it may result in a subsequent change in the way the individuals feel. It takes into account the beliefs, ideas and thoughts that determine the behavior and attitude of the concerned individuals and how these affect the way in which the individual reacts emotionally.…
Maybe you are the type of person who is more comfortable communicating online than in person. Probably, you don’t like to sit face-to-face with someone. Moreover, you are better with the written word than the spoken word. Lastly, your schedule doesn’t have room for a therapist or group therapy appointment during traditional office hours. Chat rooms have gotten more secure and have safeguards in place to protect the participants. If you need a depression chat room, that is one of the many types of mental health chat rooms available.
*Never say anything in a chat room that you don’t want the public to know, including your full name, your address, your phone number, your email address, etc.
*Don’t share social media accounts.
*Refrain from posting or sending a photo of yourself to anyone.
*Don’t open any attachments that are sent or posted.
*Never meet up in person on your own.
*Use only secured chat rooms.
FINDING THE BEST CHAT ROOM
You can Google or research mental health chat rooms online. There are a plethora of sites to choose from. Just like with a therapist, you need to find one that fits your needs and comfort level. Visiting several sites first will give you a good idea of what is out there. Each of them may offer something a little different. Only choose one that you connect with and that you feel will give you the most support.
You may even ask your primary care provider or therapist if they know of any reputable, compassionate chat rooms. If they don’t have any references, check your health insurance website because they may very well sponsor their own health chat rooms.
Fortunately, many mental health chat rooms are presented by reputable companies or health care professionals. It definitely can be a safe place to discuss specific issues you may be having. Most mental health chat rooms are broken down into very specific needs. You know that going into the specific chat room will have everyone on the same page. If you are someone who feels uncomfortable talking about your issues face-to-face, this option may be a better alternative until you feel more comfortable communicating vulnerabilities.
When going online to find a chat room, you will notice that the landing page for the various chat rooms will have a disclaimer and a code of conduct for the chat room. You will need to click on the “yes I understand the rules and guidelines of this chat room” box. We all hope that all chat room attendees are coming from a place of support and kindness and that they are there to help and get help.
If you feel that you may want to hurt yourself or others, DO NOT go to a chat room. Call an emergency number, a close, trustworthy friend or family member. If you feel that the chat room is not serving its purpose, you can also consult your primary care physician or a therapist. The disclaimer on most/all of the chat rooms specify that the information in the chat rooms is not medical advice and should not be used as such. If you are looking for a forum to get ideas or support, chat rooms are great. However, they should not be used in place of professional mental health support.
Although moderators can kick out chatters who are being inappropriate, you may feel the need to report about the person, especially if they try to contact you outside the chat room, ask to meet, etc. Cyber Tipline is a place where you can make that report.…
So you feel that therapy would be a good idea because you have been having some issues that you can’t quite solve on your own. However, there are so many types of therapy out there. How do you decide which one is right for you? Group therapy, where you meet in a group with others who have similar needs, is an option. Are you ready to be vulnerable in front of others? Are you willing to have a stranger’s chat, offline or online? Read on what Betterhelp has got to say on this and let’s see what group therapy is all about.…
The mind is capable of directing one’s perception, the manner of interpretation and demonstrating actions that it desires to present. In person’s suffering from some forms of mental disorders, researchers believe that cognitive function has basically an important function in modifying and controlling the physiological and behavioral symptoms until such time that they can regain control of situations that primarily lead them to these types of psychological distress.…
I have a confession to make: I am a notebook junkie. I basically buy any notebook that I like. No, I don’t have OCD problems. There are reasons why I buy notebooks. I make them my journals. I actually have several active journals right now – work journal for my career and office work, personal and family journal, prayer journal, dream journal, food journal, travel journal and so on……