happiness-sign-pictureWe are going to talk about mental health in this article. Maybe you’re mentally well and have no problems, but reading this blog will help you to understand your mental state or behavior of anyone who is close to you, and who does not behave well when under a lot of stress and anxiety because of stress at work or at home. Sometimes we also suffer from periods of mood swings and depression. Maybe you’re depressed because you didn’t get the bonus or the vacation that you were hoping for. The life situations that we’re in have a profound effect on our emotions. There are also people who suffer from mental illnesses, mental disorders and acute or chronic depression.

We all want to live a happy life, but we don’t always find happiness so easily. Our lives are constantly full of stress and anxiety. We are constantly facing deadlines or some sort of demands for the future. We also tend to dwell too much on the events in the past. Our emotional baggage, painful memories, rejections and failures from the past could slow us down. Moreover, these could give rise to physical problems such as making us lose sleep, appetite, and enthusiasm in life. Stress and anxiety disorders not only cause mental problems but can also cause serious health damage if not managed properly.

It would make it a lot easier for all of us to deal with mental illness and deal with people with mental disorders if we understand what causes mental disorders and anxiety. It would also help if we knew how people felt when they were suffering from mental disorders, including episodes of anger, panic attacks,aggressive behavior, or chronic depression disorders, because these are all abnormal behaviors that could be treated and managed.

People acting in abnormal ways do not always realize that they are acting abnormal. It is also possible that you act in ways that might be normal to you but perceived as abnormal behavior by people around you because normality varies from place to place, person to person and also on situation.

Mental disabilities and disorders

types-of-stress-BLT-300x225Some people may be born with mental disabilities, and some people may become mentally ill and show abnormal behavior only when they are faced with certain challenges or situations. Some of these mental disorders are caused by anxiety, stress or substance abuse. Parents and peers also have a major impact on a child’s mental development and behavior. A lot of mental traits are inherited and a number of traits are also learned by children while growing up.

Anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders

It is absolutely normal to feel anxious in a situation of challenge, such as while facing a job interview, an examination or pressure from work. However, your worries should not interfere with your normal everyday life. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to a challenging situation, which alerts us of the potential danger;but if you worry too much about the future, you might be suffering from anxiety disorders. People with anxiety disorders often respond with fear or dread when faced with a challenge. Physical signs of panic and anxiety are also visible, such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, restlessness, mind going blank, and so on.

Once you understand the symptoms of anxiety disorder or panic attacks, it will be easier for you treat these symptoms. While light stress is healthy and may drive you to work harder, constant stress and anxiety isn’t healthy for anyone’s physical or mental wellbeing.

Once you understand the state of your mind and anxiety disorder, there are a few steps that you can take to reduce stress in order to regain control of your life and enhance your mental health and happiness.

Types of anxiety disorder

There are six major types of anxiety disorder.

  1. 8388484458_0ca93ee7e6-300x199Generalized anxiety disorder: Generally speaking, if you have constant fear about your everyday activities, your job, and your work load, meeting new people, and all the other normal things that people do in everyday life, you might be suffering from a general anxiety disorder.
  2. Anxiety attacks (Panic disorder): These are periods or episodes of intense fear or anxiety. This may happen suddenly and without warming. Patients tend to associate this disorder with “agoraphobia” where the panic attack may take place in places where help is difficult to find.
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder: obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. A person with obsessive compulsive behavior might act upon repeating worries. For example, he might go back and check doors and windows again and again, thinking that he might have forgotten to lock them before leaving the house.
  4. Phobia: A phobia is an unrealistic fear of any object activity or situation where there is no risk or very little danger involved. For example some people are afraid to climb stairs, and others are afraid of the sight of snakes, even pet snakes.
  5. Social anxiety disorder: If you have fear of criticism or public humiliation, you might be suffering from social anxiety disorder.
  6. Post-traumatic stress disorder:Post traumatic disorder or stress happens when a person starts having nightmares and flash-backs about a traumatic incident in life.

(Source: helpguide.org, Title: Anxiety Attacks and Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

Self-help methods for anxiety disorders

Waiting WomanIf you are feeling overwhelmed with worries about work, an overly demanding schedule, lack of rest, a life situation or relationship, you may have to make changes to your unhealthy and stressful lifestyle. There is help and also techniques available to balance your life that could easily help you get to your life together and put you on the way happiness.

Stress and anxiety-related disorders could aggravate and turn into more serious problems if you do not share your thoughts or seek professional help, or if you do not take steps to get relief from stress and anxiety. If you are unable to calm yourself, find yourself in constant stress or have episodes of intense panic attacks, seek professional help without delay.

Make sure that you get enough emotional support and take some time out from your busy day for relaxation and fun. You are the most important thing in your life, so take care of your needs. Most of all, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

We will be giving you tips on improving your mental health periodically on our site, so please keep reading our blogs regularly.

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Source: Balanced Life Team

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