Tips for Parents to Help a Teenager Ward Off Depression

Susan’s 13-year-old son Joe was rushed to the emergency department after being found unconscious in his bedroom with a slit in his wrist. The good-looking young teenager didn’t let anyone know that he was struggling with chronic depression, a result of his obesity and short stature. Like Joe, there are many teenagers in the United States who succumb to depression, almost 5,000 of them aged 15-24.

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6 Easy-To-Follow Tips to Boost Mental Health

Waking up early, meditating, exercising and replenishing one’s platter with an assortment of healthy tidbits can do wonders for a person’s physical health. However, in this fast-paced, technology-driven age, it is not enough to just take care of one’s physical health to achieve overall well-being.

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12 REAL Wellness Steps to Good Health


I recently wrote a critique of Dr. Ken Cooper's “12 Steps to Good Health.” One reader suggested that I offer my own 12 Steps to Good Health.

So I did. Enjoy.


Subscribe to the AWR and read a total of 12 editions. This should not be difficult. Subscriptions are free and all 763 previous editions are readily accessible, electronically. It will not matter which twelve you choose – any combination will set you on the path towards a REAL wellness mindset. If you doubt this, look into the eyes of migrant readers, notice how they carry themselves, their ease and harmony, their effervescent vapors and comportment valves, their self-poise, independence, candid and free spirits. Do not overlook their expression of reason, love of exuberance, enthusiasm for athleticism and love of mental as well as physical freedoms.

2. Reassess Your Mindset

This is especially critical if said mindset is not an original.

No matter how comfortable you may be from having gone along to get along, it could be that your ideas really suck in the grander sense of things and, most vitally, do not enable the enlightenment or level of happiness you might otherwise enjoy. Of course, maybe your mindset, regardless of beliefs in impossible things and ludicrous rules, are just dandy per your way of seeing things. Either way, you still might be better off on the whole if you take a close look at what you were told about life's persistent questions, to borrow a phrase from Guy Noir, Private Eye, the fellow who once owned the 12th floor of the Acme building on many a dark night in a city that knew how to keep its secrets.

(In case you're puzzled by this reference, it's a famous line from regular skits featured on Garrison Keillor's much loved “Prairie Home Companion” radio show.)

3. Minimal Exercise

Beginning today or if it's late at night and you need your sleep, tomorrow, go out and exercise for at least 20 minutes with no fewer than five pace pickups, raising your heart rate for 30 seconds to a minute. Do this daily for the rest of your life. Does not matter if you walk, run, bike, swim, row – whatever, just do it every day. Naturally, best if you mix it up, make it fun, dress appropriately for the activity and find others to join you, if socializing while exercising appearances – whatever it takes to keep a commitment to a daily exercise regimen.

4. The Best Diet

Experiment with and, if you can pull it off, become a vegan, or as much of one as you can manage. Only a few reliably (6% of Americans at present) so treated can pull it off, myself not included. I'm a mostly-vegan who caves now and then to the lures of gruyere cheese, egg whites, shellfish and cream in coffee. Ecotopia is not the goal. A vegan diet is great for your health (eg, weight control), there are unlimited yummy possibilities and, most important, it's essential for a better environment. The amount of animal cruelty alone warrants giving veganism an earnest attempt; so does slowing global warning via reductions of emission-heavy animal agriculture. The appetite-whetting possibilities will excite and delight your taste buds.

5. Heroism, Your Style

Perform a heroic act. There is no official definition of a heroic act. I use the term to describe an epic and triumphant experience. In order to accomplish such an experience, that is, moments in time when, after a period of months of disciplined preparation, you complete that which was challenging, special and meaningful, in your eyes, and celebrate the fine-tuned state that you ' ve managed, with a little bit (or a lot) of luck, and with support from special assistants and abettors and much hard work through energies wisely expended. The possibilities are rich and varied. A heroic act has only a few criteria and these are but suggestions – you of course can set your own standards. I recommend the heroic act being something physical, that it requires at least three months of preparation, that it's difficult but possible and even enjoyable in some ways (including when successfully completed) and that it is not a one and done deal. That is, once you have completed one heroic act meeting these criteria (or your own), follow up with another – once a year, every two years or whatever feels right.

Do not be tempted by or lured into extreme quests, such as racing non-stop up the Empire State Building, finishing an Ironman triathlon, climbing Mt. Everest or playing in the NFL or NBA. For most of us, such quests would be unrealistic. Choose something possible, but arduous and demanding, yet within your range.

Just know that, to accomplish heroic deeds, you'll have to do a lot of what it takes to land a gig at Carnegie Hall. (Hint: practice, practice, practice.) Good luck.

6. Conscious Meaning Re Life

Ponder and decide on the MOL, that is, the meaning of life or alternately, the meaning and purposes of your life, at the present time, until new information and insights come along. There is value in bringing to conscious awareness what you believe about why you're here, if indeed you decide there is anything more to your presence than improbable good fortune, or not such good fortune, depending on how you feel about living.

In “Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder,” Richard Dawkins writes that the fact that we are going to die makes us the lucky ones. Here's an excerpt wherein he makes this case for this claim:

“Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born.

So, buck up folks. Suppose you are too rational to accept the idea that a sky god put you here for a purpose. What then? Let reason be your guide – adopt a set of purposes for your life that will keep you going in good spirits. Maybe you'll decide, like Ingersoll, that there is meaning and joy contributing to the happiness of others. Perhaps you will find ways to nurture and express your talents, thereby “reaping your greatest reward in being loved by those whose lives you have enriched.”

The possibilities for human flourishing through personally satisfying, challenging forms of meaning and purpose based upon your unique character, talents, personality and circumstances are almost unlimited. It's up to you.

7. Healthy Models

Surround yourself to the possible possible with others who seem to have embroidered wellness mindsets, that is, people who take good care of themselves, are positive and kind, cheerful and realistic. Also favor those who are optimistic, embrace the common decencies and look after their families, friends and associates. Oh, and also be partial to making friends with people who carry on in ways consistent with reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.

In the middle of such company, having and sustaining good intentions will be much easier.

8. Daily Learning

Invest time and energy, more so than ever, in learning and exploring. Pursue education and new activities that broaden your perspectives. Doing so is invaluable at all ages, but more important than ever in the later years. This is a time that too often delays slowing down as important body parts and orgs become trouble spots, to put it mildly. Thus, renewed gusto should be summoned and directed at creative ways to sustain and even escalate the vitality that a REAL wellness mindset invites. Think of the possibilities out there as if the world were (for it actually is, sort of) a massive museum. Check out the vast collections on offer, and be a traveling dilettante experiencing the kaleidoscope of arts, history and culture, science and nature – so many choices.

Live it up – you can not take it with you, since you're not going anywhere when you die. Be courageous and do not shy from looking realities in the eye. Keep in mind that you will soon enough become infirm, your mind will expire before the rest of you and you'll become a burden on everyone, though few will let on. By putting the fact of death out of mind as much as possible, it becomes too easy to take life for granted, to get talked up in jejune concerns and waste precious moments.

9. Humor

Laugh more often, except your days are already filled with more crackups than a roller derby. Ingersoll suggested that “no one should fail to pick up every jewel of joy that can be found in his path.” Instead of looking for trouble (or love in all the wrong places), look for ways to laugh more often through the day, every day! It's good for your demeanor. By enjoying more of it, especially good old fashioned belly yuks – the kind that brings tears to your eyes. Humor will boost your health status and nearly everything else (social relations, work satisfaction and bodily functions) will improve, as well.

Opportunities for humor are everywhere – you can not escape it. Humor is more popular than porn, and much more socially acceptable. Best-seller books and TED talks celebrate the power of laughter in business and personal relationships; humor conferences (CEU credits available!) address the science of comedy, as do learned medical journals.

Humor takes many forms, including satire, absurdity, mischief, incredulity, surprise, awkwardness, puns, mockery and affectation, to note a few. You can have a ball with more humor in your life. Make a conscious effort to look for it – you can not wait for it to seek you out or opportunities will be missed.

However, exercise a measure of caution if you decide to be the one spreading humor. For starters, know your audience. Humor is subjective in the extreme and can be hazardous. While nearly everyone loves to laugh, what is experienced as funny is highly subjective. A gut-busting joke or situation explained with surprises and wit can crack one person up but make another want to crack a bottle over your head. For example, you would not want to make fun of certain people, like Kim Jong Un. What's amusing to some is definitely offensive to others. Forget jokes about blonds, ethnic groups or even lawyers. (Why do not sharks bite lawyers? Professional courtesy.)

So, look on the bright side with a few more laughs daily than you otherwise might if not looking for such opportunities. There's little danger of an overdose or adverse side effects.

10. Effective Thinking

Fine tune your decision-making skills at every opportunity. Not only is the media filled with fake news (and this is not a reference to media reports Trump does not like) but con artists, bogus healers, Russian hackers, get-rich hucksters, slick prosperity gospel preachers, lonely hearts seeking long walks on the beach with generous soul mates, and other charlatans on the prowl as never before – and they all want your money! So, consider this: whatever they're selling, it probably does not work, you do not need it anyway, the claims are likely untrue and you should not fall for any of it. Skepticism, doubt and wariness will stand you in good order until you've had time for due diligence.

Learn as much as possible about the three-pound wonder that produces the real you. Our brains are naturally associated to simple explanations of complexity, therefore, we are easily seduced by pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, absurd dogmas and superstitions, quackery and other forms of deception. Religions are another reason for faulty thinking because they teach obedience, not critical thinking. Religions frown on skepticism, doubt and wariness, vital tools for functioning in rational ways that enable better choices.

Ingersoll, a promoter of effective decision-making regarding religions, acknowledged that “reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers transported in the starless night, blown and flared by passion's storms -and yet it is the only light. that, and naught remains. ”

In the modern world (with our much-evolved but not entirely well-adapted two million year-old brains), reason is indeed a small and feeble flame, but still the only light. Guy Harrison, author of half a dozen books on reason, including “Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier and Wiser,” recommends such skills “be elevated to a moral issue – because an epidemic of poor reasoning looms as humankind's great unrecognized crisis. ”

11. Service to Others

Expect nothing in return. Seek no credit. Do it for someone or many in need, to advance a great principle (eg separation of church and state), to help a community, promote animal welfare, save the bloody planet – possibilities for selfless service are inexhaustibly diverse.

While personal rewards are not the point or purpose, service to others invariably brings a bounty of healthy and satisfying returns. Doing good, over time, adds to your sense of worth, purpose and the like, even if nobody notices.

Studies sponsored by the folks who wave us International Good Deeds Day (April 15 this year) suggest that such endavors decrease stress, increase life expectancy, promote happiness and feel good, due to the fact that such service sparks the release of endorphins, the brain's pleasant mood chemicals.

A 2012 study published in the journal Psychological Science found that thinking about times you've helped others make you want to help again. Service to others is self-reinforcing. The research indicates that reflecting on your past good deeds makes you feel selfless and motivated to do more. What a deal – personal health gains for you and help for others – a good deal for all concerned.

12. Beyond the Pale Blue Dot

Keep ever-present in mind the ultimate, fastest-acting stress management technique – thoughts about the cosmos. Who can not at least diminish for a spell the incompetent emotions associated with grudges, worries, fears, jealousies and / or upsets after only a few minutes, even seconds, thinking about space and time? What's the big deal about life's spilled milk equivalents – if you remember this advice from the Monty Python classic, “The Meaning of Life:”

“Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, and things seem hard or tough, and people are stupid, obnoxious or daft, and you feel that you've had enough eno-oooo-oough …”

(Thanks, Eric Idle, for the “Galaxy Song” – a wonderful stress release song.)

This reliable stress reliever involves shifting your mind, just briefly, to the fact that there are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy – which is but one of hundreds of billions of galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. And do not get your hippocampus in a knot struggling to sort out how many planets are out there, each revolving around its own special star. Perhaps there are planets somewhere in the misty deep teeming with inhabants, most of which have also been led to believe that they are the center of the universe, and the highest purpose of some grand design.

All the best. Stay weller than well.

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New Age Socialization & Weird Behaviors

Socialization is one of the basic human needs which makes us adaptable and part of the society. We can not deny the importance of socialization as human beings. The cultures, civilization, and nations all flourish and grow with the social influence of people.

Socialization also nurtures our personality and constructs certain behaviors which reflect the true identity of our background and culture. However, in a couple of decades, we have witnessed the considerable change in the common behavior patterns of people worldwide.

I would call that change “Global resocialization” which welcomed certain good & bad behaviors. These are very common and illegally materialized during this resocialization process. The advancement in technology, communication, and cyber social networking plays the pivotal role in the resocialization of the global community.

One of the conundrums which come out in this resocialization process and indeed under discussion in all ratione circles is “Social Anxiety Disorders”. The people become more distracted, mean and selfish as all are revolving in a vicious cycle of fulfilling their material needs. We, as people do not have time for ourselves and for others. No one is ready to extend love to fellow animals unless they are not beneficial to achieve their specific motive. We all are skilled in shallow socialization and communication but when there is real need to extend our support to others, we start calculating our benefit first.

This state of mind bought such leanness in us that we are very much interested in peeping in the lives of others through social networks. We also like to show off to others in order to get the pleasant feedback. We are very much comfortable in having huge social networking circles but in reality, we do not have time for ourselves to socialize with others and then suffering from Social Anxiety Disorders. And shallow socialization is one of the causes of this disorder.

Thankfully even in this materialistic epoch, we still have people who are energetic and think beyond the shallow socializing. They have such ardent & affectionate behavior that they can not stay peaceful without socializing with fellow humans in real terms. We all have such people around us who can be the catalyst in the society, but usually; they do not get the desired importance. We should respect and encourage them and try to be associated with them in order to make our society alive. These people are helpful to others without expecting anything in return.

I named them 'unicorns' because of their exceptional attribute that still subsists even in this present era. We must have to find unicorns around us or reincarnate the social unicorns inside us to bring out the fellow animals from Social Anxiety Disorders.

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Loneliness – The Haunting of the Aging

I lay there wondering how long it will be before I leave here. I do not seem to have the energy to get up. At least not right away. The back of my neck feels wet. Cold sweats? I sense a presence. I am not afraid. Spirits have visited before. This is different.

“Are you Death?” I heard myself asking as an unease crimped my breathing.
I fluff my pillow, turning it over as I do so. I sit up a bit higher to ease the suffocating pain.
“No, I'm not.”
“Who are you, then?”
“You know me. I am loneliness. We've been together for a while.”
“So we have.”

That conversation along with the restlessness of the night ends with a groan as I roll out of bed. I throw my robe around me, tie the sash tight, hoping it will ease the pain. It does not. I shuffle into the kitchen. It's three o'clock. Turn on the coffee pot.

People just do not understand. It's absolute deprivation-a desolation-that's what loneliness is-a dissolving of life. It is dangerous. It's dangerous because it can become an addiction in that it fosters the idea of ​​worthlessness in your life. You do not have to glue yourself to the television and listen to the killings and disaster circumnavigating the globe. It's dangerous to cultivate that behavior because it can become addictive and that removes any potential with an interactive contact with real people. Further, it may set up suicidal tendencies, I am not either one-addicted or suicidal. So what do I do to survive?

To survive, to exist and for what reason God only knows you have to make a significant effort. It's an absolute necessity. So what do I do? And what should you do? Begin each day with gratitude. That's a nice platitudinal comment. I do not recommend saying you are grateful for being alive. Instead, take a small step at a time. Each morning as I look out my window I see beauty even on a rainy, cloudy and windy day. I say, “thank you.” I image the great cedars are doing a dance. I watch the eagles float on the high winds. Even with little steps, you can cover a large territory. And it's that way with changing your outlook on life.

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The Winter of Life

The leaves of fall have turned to rainbows and gone their separate ways as the pallor of winter has settled in. There's a fresh crispness in the air. My cup of steaming coffee blends nicely with the vapor that lazily floats up from the lake. I stretch my legs up and onto the deck's railing and lean back in my rocking chair to soak up winter's sun. The chatter of snow geese invades my consciousness. It's been said that they care for one another. If one is sick, others come to its aid. I wonder what the sick one feet. Certainly not a sense of loneliness. No, I'm not going to talk about loneliness. Well, maybe a little. I think, like the geese, loneliness has a consort. I call it fear. But what is fear? It's a response to a perceived danger-emotional and or physical. Maybe it's a fear of the unknown, of tomorrow tomorrow or will not be.

Certainly, there are times I am afraid of not being found if I die and I am alone. Note it is not a fear of dying. I guess I just do not want the deceay of my physical self to stink up the place. Fear of not being found if I fall and injure myself. Fear of waking up and having nothing to do, now to go. Fear of no longer having a purpose or reason for my existence. That is real fear! No longer being of value.

The fear of not having a purpose, a reason for living is so very visible in local eateries where folks go for their breakfast. They exist and that's about all. There is a lack of vitality. They do not even seem to savor the food they are ingesting and they barely grunt as the waiter brings the coffee pot around for a refill. Some are reading a newspaper or a paperback. You ever see them turn the page? Most likely not. It's a camouflage. A camouflage so no one can see the emptiness in their eyes.

So at nearly eighty-five what purpose for living do I have? I no longer teach, and as a healer, my clients are few and far between. A woman, my age, recently revealed that Face Book gave her a life. I cringed. Do I really need to know what someone, half-way around the world, had for their dinner? Or that they have been “blessed” with a sixth grandchild? The argument over the value of the Internet runs from indifference to indispensable. Some claiming it segregates family life while others claim it brings people together. Whatever the case, it provides an outlet for my writing.

And therein lies a purpose. Writing. Writing to stimulate others, to challenge their thinking, and to provide a sense of empathy. To let them know they are not alone. Maybe it just to let the world know I give a damn!

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What Can You Learn From Robin Williams Films About Emotional Intelligence?

Last year's news on Emotional Health has shown some true understanding. Big stars got involved in the movement. Lady Gaga discussed mental health openly with Prince William, Katy Perry shared personal moments on video, JK Rowling has been in the media declaring her suffering with depression, Russell Brand release his new book 'Addiction' and Jane Parks – UK's youngest lottery winner Tweeded her stresses to the world.

Even with all this media being share, Robin Williams is still topping the heads frequently since his tragic suit in 2014, that look the world.

We all make jokes out of tragedy as a way of coping – Robin Williams being a top master of creating exactly that sort of humor, yet with depression in real life, we simply ignore it.

Robin Williams' death was such irony to the humor that he had displayed for many years. There was always that deep and sensitive side to his acting, that showed a real connection through his eyes, with the pain people feel in real life.

In Mrs Doubtfire Robin Williams depicted brilliantly, the pain of separation from his children, losing his home and his wife, while trying to find himself again through his work.

In Good Morning Vietnam he showed the stress of war, the pain of trying to fit in and connect with people in a whole different world, losing people around you and coping with PTSD while still trying to put on a brave face for the public. He also played out the pain of falling in love, through the barriers of war, language, culture and age.

In Good Will Hunting he talked of the pain of growing up in an abusive family or trying to make it in the world when you feel different to everyone else, or his part of having lost someone you love dearly. He showed the pain of finding yourself again, when you feel like everything you've lived for has gone. Again, finding that purpose was a key part to over his own depression, helping Will Hunting to overcome his demons.

In Dead Poets Society he showed the anxiety of seeing young man destroy him emotionally emotionally due to the pressure of his father, when all the help was there. He just had to ask his teacher for help, yet did not. Supporting the other students through emotional challenges while dealing with his own challenges, and the red-tape of the educational establishment.

In Patch Adams, he portrayed the actual mental health patient, who made changes, regained his life and career, only to have another tragic change happen that took away his faith again. He portrays brilliantly the pain of seeking a purpose in life and the joys of achieving the same. He showed brilliantly, the vulnerability that comes with having empathy for others and the strength it takes to keep that empathy out in front.

In each role, Robin shared the true nature of depression, emotional intelligence, and empathy with perfection. That does not happen without experiencing all these emotion in real life.

Robin Williams' films, although funny and entertaining in parts, are written and acted to send a message – to make the world a better place, and for people to NEVER give up.

Watching any of these films, teachers us the signs to look out for. The subtleties of stress, anxiety and depression. The emotional blindness that can prevent someone being saved from suicide. The simple things you can do to make a massive difference in someones life – including your own.

His films only help if we listen to the real message between the humor. The message that comes from his heart as much as his acting.

All these films highlight the need for more emotional intelligence, the need for compassion, the need to talk and the need to listen.

My own son was almost another statistic as young as eight. His journey with depression has guided my journey with emotional intelligence and a deaf empathy with Robin Williams' films.

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How to Tackle Weight Gain Associated With Mood Stablizers

Bipolar disorder and major depression are some of the main types of mood disorders that affect millions of people worldwide. Often, the only way to take care of such disorder when it unmasks is to put patients on what we call mood stabilizers, these include some of the most notorious drugs like Lithium, Valproate, Olanzapine, Quetiapine and more. And although, these drugs seem to control symptoms and relieve patients of many mental disturbances, almost all of them cause serious weight gain which ironically leads to low self-esteem and dwindling of overall physical and mental image of a person.

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Ways to Help Men Recover From Divorce

Marriage is one of the most sacred institutions and divorce can be a serious emotional dent on a person. Although it can have a debilitating effect on both the partners, most people offer advice to women on how to cope with the loss. Men, on the other hand, are no less the sufferers of this legal and emotionally draining battle. They too are at the receiving end.

Sometimes, the signs of a marriage not working are there, but the couple overlook them and continue to the point of breakdown. Here are some tips for men to navigate through the divorce and salvage their self-esteem:

  1. Stopping to live in denial – If the wives initiate the divorce, most men are taken by surprise. This is because they have been living in a state of denial. It is important to accept the situation, only then one can face it with will and grit.
  2. Not freaking out – It is important not to freak out when the man gets to know about the divorce as it will make him more vulnerable. It is normal to feel lost, hurt and dejected, but one should be able to de-stress and share the shock and disappointment with a friend or a loved one. Acting in haste can be disastrous.
  3. Calming activities – It is extremely important to calm down so that one can plan the next move. This can be achieved by trying yoga or some form of meditation. Deep breathing can also be immensely helpful.
  4. Spending time with kids – Many men get distracted from their kids when the divorce proceedings start. This complicates the matters further. Therefore, until the time custody issues are resolved, the man should try to spend considering amount of time with his kids and be a doting father. Even if the relationship with the mother is not working, the one with children should not suffer. The more time a man spends with his kids, the better the bonding is.
  5. Spending some time alone – Divorce can be psychologically and physically exhausting. Therefore, it is indicative to spend time on activities that one loves, like playing soccer with friends, watching a movie or anything else. The effort should be to remain strong and sane during the entire process and not let other things in life suffer. It's important to prioritize other tasks as well.
  6. Reaching out for support – Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can not stop ourselves from not being affected by the mental turmoil. In those times, one must not feel shy and reach out for support to the loved ones, support groups or a psychologist. Sharing grief can help one discover lost strength.

Regaining mental stability

Mental health problems can afflict anyone regardless of age, gender, culture or socio-economic background. Going through divorce and starting a new life can be a daunting task and cause immense stress. If left untreated, a person with mental problems can fall prey to other health issues and get into substance abuse. Such patients deserve the highest levels of care and compassion to recover fully and regain control of their lives.

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Why Mental Toughness Is Far More Important Than Physical Toughness

Mental Health

Mental fitness is a scale of psychological relief or a lack of mental illness. It is the “psychological situation of anyone who is functioning at a fitting level of emotional and social adjustment.” From the outlook of constructive psychology, intellectual health might also include an individual's aptitude to revel in life and construct a stability between existence things and do and efforts to obtain psychological suppleness. “The World Health Organization (WHO) states that intellectual fitness includes” personal well-being, apparent self-efficiency, independence, capacity, inter-generational dependence, and self-realization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others. “The WHO further reports that the well-being of a character is concerned in the cognizance of their abilities, coping with regular tensions of life, creative work, and assimilation to their group. all have an effect on how “mental health” is defined.f

Mental health is the fine motion of rational role, inflicting in innovative deeds, accomplishing interactions with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and deal with hardship. The term mental sickness denotes collectively to all diagnosable mental diseases-health stipulations considered by using shifts in thinking, attitude, or overall performance linked to struggling or diminished working. An individual writhing with their intellectual fitness might also experience this due to the fact of stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, the loss of life of a cherished one, suicidal thoughts, grief, addiction, a number of mood disorders, or different intellectual ailments of various degrees, as nicely as getting to know disabilities. Counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists or doctors can assist manipulate mental sickness with redresses such as therapy, counseling, or medication.

Mental health can be regarded as an unstable range, where an individual's intellectual fitness may have many unique possible values. Mental well-being is considered a wonderful feature, even if the character does not have any known mental fitness condition. This definition of mental health focuses emotional well-being, the ability to stay a full and advanced life, and the elasticity to deal with life's certain trials. Some discussions are expressed in watchwords of satisfaction or happiness. Many beneficial systems and self-help books deal strategies and ideas advocating methods and strategies praised as high-quality for further improving the mental wellness. Optimistic psychology is gradually more noticeable in intellectual health. Intellectual fitness typically includes standards-based entirely upon personal, educational, psychological, religious and sociological outlooks.

The most common mental illnesses in children include Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) autism and anxiety disorder, as well as depression in older children and teens. When a child has an anxiety fatigue, they avoid social collaboration and link many ordinary things with deep fright. This can be creepy for the child because they do not essentially understand why they act and think like it. Many scientists say that parents should be careful about their child if they see something strange in them. If the children are assessed earlier, they become more accustomed to their ailment and farming it becomes part of their daily routine. This is different in adults who might not improve as quickly because it is more difficult for them to acclimate.

Mental illness affects not only the person themselves but the people around them. Living with a mental disorder is difficult, so it's always important to have people around, friends and family play a very important role to make the life a little easier. However, there are negative factors that come with the social aspect of mental illness as well. Parents are sometimes blamed for their child's own illness. People say that the parents elevated their children in a certain way or they learned their behavior from them. Family and friends sometimes feel ashamed to like someone with a disorder in this case the child feels isolated and thinks that they have to hide their illness from other people. This behavior prevails the child from social interaction and treatment.

Mental diseases are more public than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Stigma is also a famous aspect of mental illness. Stigma is a mark of shame related to a specific condition, superiority, or individual. Stigma is used especially when it comes to the mentally disabled. Avoidance of a disorder at a young age may meanfully shrink the chances that a child will undergo a disorder later in life, and will have the most effective and actual measurements from a public health outlook. Prevention may require the regular session of a physician for at least twice a year to sense any symbols that discriminate any mental health alerts.

Mental health is a socially created and socially demarcated conception that is, different humanities, assemblies, philosophies, establishments, and businesses have very different ways of theorizing its environment and reasons, defining what is mentally healthy, and determining what intercessions, if any, are suitable. Thus, dissimilar pros will have different ethnic, class, political and religious upbringings, which will impact the procedure applied during conduct.

Unemployment has an undesirable impression on people passionate health, self-worth and more essentially their mental health. Cumulative employment has been shown to have a weighty impression on mental well-being, large gloomy illnesses. This is a vital concern when studying the activates for mental health disorders in any populace review. In order to recover your emotional mental health, the origin of the subject has to be fixed. Prevention highlights the evasion of risk aspects; campaign goals to boost an individual's skill to achieve a positive sense of self-respect, mastery, comfort, and social presence. It is very vital to increase your emotional mental health by neighboring yourself with positive associations. People feed off companies and contact with other people. Another way to expand your emotional mental health is contributing to accomplishments that can allow you to ease and take time for yourself. Exercise is a great example of an action that safeguards your complete body and nerves.

Emotional mental illnesses are a chief reason for ill health worldwide. Probing the grade and rigorousness of crude emotional mental disorders all over the world is a top urgency of the World Mental Health (WMH). These disorders are most critical to low and middle-income nations due to their incapacity to deliver their citizens with suitable service. In spite of up-to-date cure and restoration for emotional mental health maladies, even economically privileged civilians have conflicting urgencies and financial constrictions.

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Role of Music Therapy in Dementia


Dementia is a progressive neurologic disorder that changes behavior, diminishes cognition, and deteriorates memory due to a disease or injury. Some causes of dementia which may or may not be reversible are brain injury, use of certain medications, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, immune disorders, vitamin B12 deficiency, excess alcohol intake, and smoking. The common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia.

The most pronounced effects of dementia are on memory and visual-spatial. Some psychological and behavioral expressions that can manifest are aggression, agitation, depression, wandering, restlessness, and trouble eating or swallowing. During the late stages of disease, difficulty in swallowing can result in breathing food into the lungs that may lead to aspiration pneumonia.


The symptoms associated with behavior and psychology affect patients and their caregivers. Available pharmacologic treatments used to treat behavior have little benefit and significant risks. Due to increased risk of mortality associated with these drugs, the FDA has issued warnings against their use especially in elderly patients. The Dementia Action Alliance encourages integrated approach to focus on a person's behavioral and psychological expressions rather than following general practices.

In a holistic approach patient-specific behavior is identified and modified to eliminate conditions which contribute to a specific behavior. A targeted approach provides patient activity program and builds skills that simplify communication and tasks. Various therapies that have been used to support a person living with dementia are music therapy, art therapy, reality orientation, aromatherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Music therapy:

It is a health profession in which music is used as a therapy to improve mental, physical, and social wellbeing of an individual. It helps to balance spiritual and emotional needs of an individual to improve quality of life.

The qualified music therapist provides treatment based on individual patient's needs and may include playing musical instruments or video games, singing, dancing, song drawing, listening to music, and / or multisensory stimulation. It can be provided as individual or group therapy, however studies have shown more positive results with group therapy. Active therapy engages patient with direct participation while passive therapy allows patient to listen to music or engage in another activity. Active therapy has been found to be more helpful in improving physical functions of the patient like grasping an object.

Credentialing of music therapist:

Music therapy is a health profession based on evidence. The therapist must earn at least a bachelor's degree, complete 1200 hours of internship and obtain MT-BC credential issued by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to become a certified music therapist.

The therapist may hold different designs like Certified Music Therapist, Advanced Certified Music Therapist, or Registered Music Therapist. He must obtain continuing education credits and hold licenses in states that require board-certification to safeguard competent practice.

Impact of music therapy:

When we listen to music different parts of brain become stimulated. For instance, music stimulates amygdala which is involved in processing of emotions. Dancing and playing an instrument involves motor cortex which controls movement. Musical experiences excite hippocampus which is responsible for memory and spatial navigation. It increases blood flow in the brain, strengthens executive functions, supports heart, improves communications, and reduces stress.

Studies have shown the positive effect of music therapy on psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia. A study by Ozdemir L et al., 2009 [1] improved cognition and reduced depression and anxiety with continued effect for three weeks following the completion of study in mild dementia. Another study by Li CH et al., 2015 [2] showed that cognition in music therapy group was reduced less as compared to the control group and change of abstraction domain in the music therapy group was better.

Numerous other studies have been done using different assessment instruments like Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatric Depression Scale, Beck Anxiety Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Scale Scale, Clinical Dementia Rating, Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument, and Neuropsychiatric Inventory. Several studies have shown promising results in the form of decreased anxiety, positive emotional states, and increased relaxation.

It has the potential effect to enhance the quality of life, improve neuropsychiatric symptoms, and reduce symptoms like cognitive decline and depression. It benefits patients who have difficulty communicating or expressing themselves in words. This, in turn, strengthens patients' abilities and transfers it to other areas of their lives.


A clinician can play a role in facilitating collaboration with specialists and other healthcare professionals to implement music therapy. Researchers have demonstrated that music therapy can protect cognition, executive function, psychomotor speed, and autobiographical and episodic memories and can yield high levels of patient and caregiver satisfaction. Additional clinical trials will add evidence to support the positive effect of music therapy. Multisensory stimulation with dance, art, video game, and physical exercise seems an exciting and promoting approach.


1. Ozdemir, L, and N Akdemir. “Effects of Multisensory Stimulation on Cognition, Depression and Anxiety Levels of Mildly-Affected Alzheimer's Patients.” Journal of the Neurological Sciences. , US National Library of Medicine, 15 Aug. 2009, .

2. Fang, Rong, et al. “Music Therapy Is a Potential Intervention for Cognition of Alzheimer's Disease: a Mini-Review.” Translational Neurodegeneration , BioMed Central, 2017, .

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What You Need to Know About Histrionic Personality Disorder

Historical Personality Disorder involves an excessive desire for attention. HPD patients are self centered and get incensed whenever they are not the center of attention. More often than not, they are unaware of their condition and so are incapable of getting professional aid.

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Narcissism and Today’s Society

In this century, we are all addicted to our smartphones and the internet. We keep clicking our own ‘selfies’ every now and then and share them via social media. But, by doing so, we are actually trying to project an “ideal image” of our own, magnifying our self – love. And, here comes in the enigmatic concept of Narcissism and its associated disorders.

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Generativity and Recovery! Part Three: Dismantling Industry Constructs to Make Generativity Possible

When I think back to my twenty-two-year career working with other providers, my mid-career first-break, and the things that helped me recover, like my dog, I know for sure that the standard of care needs is a disservice to those who experience madness.

Many people who have breaks from reality get that permanent housings trajectory in their heads and rant and rail against it. They may still believe that there is such a thing as schizophrenia and be disinterested in the lives of their peers who are clearly schizophrenics. Those who have breaks, like me, are extremely diverse with distinct cultural backgrounds, different access to resources and varying levels of buy into the concept that they are permanently ill with something that will never go away. Those without a history of privilege become very susceptible for decline into permanent warehousing conditions that make healing very challenging.

Clearly, dismantling industry constructs for things like schizophrenia and poor prognosis is an important component of recovery. I have a hunch that to plan for generativity, schizophrenic constructs, other disorder constructs that block the formation of counterculture, and constructs from developmental psychology need to be challenged.


As I mentioned in part one of this article, I started to deconstruct the notion of schizophrenia, nine years ago, when I coined the term, special messages. Special messages are a broad set of experiences that lead people into schizophrenia. Special messages can range from intuitions, to dreams, to memories, to interpersonal interaction, to voices or other hallucinations, to coded / traumatic observations of media, words, numbers, or serendipitous reality. During a first break these experiences come together to offer powerful glimpses of reality that is real but overwhelming or confusing. In the least it leads to thoughts that tend to differ from mainstream thought.

Running survivor-led group therapy over the past nine years, I have identified at least seven other jargonized concepts other than special messages that significantly help define what is going on during a break. This involves looking at message receivers without seeing them as behavioral objects with brain disorders. Looking at the process of what is going on internally and externally in addition to the way individuals behave is necessary. And during this process of deconstructing schizophrenia, there are a host of potential solutions that arise. Along with eight components of “psychosis” I have developed eight solution strategies over time.


I believe it helps to share diverse ideas, coping strategies and learn more about the culture of peoples who experience a break. Although we come from diverse backgrounds, we become brothers and sisters when we become oppressed during treatment. I believe group therapy that focuses on the experience of “psychosis” can help restore that much needed human need for generativity. The hearing voices movement is currently starting to make this resource available to people. I believe that people who get special messages and have first breaks have skills that could become gifts if they learn how to manage them. Instead they end up separated into isolated disorders and alone. I tend to think of them as being neurologically different not psychologically and developmentally impaired.

Perhaps as a people, we message receivers are mistrustful for a good reason. Who wants to go in and out of the hospital until they are forced into permanent warehousing conditions?

As a paid professional, I was careful to hide my history and prove that I could function just like a normal clinician. It was not until I had worked six years and received my psychotherapy license that I decided to overcome my own fear of being fired for surviving schizophrenia. I started to run groups in which I shared and depicted my own experience and used that platform to foster mutual exploration. I have learned how to work with many in the program, telling stories and defending universal qualities of “psychosis.”


Another industry construct that needs to be dismantled are the assumptions that get made with the developmental psychological paradigm of Eric Erickson. The belief that someone with paranoid “psychosis” is stuck in the first developmental stage of trust versa mistrust and therefore not able to conquer later developmental tasks is common. Psychological malapropisms such as this contribute to preventing the industry from really treating people and offering them things that help them with generativity needs. Too many providers think along these lines, fail to explore a message receiver's experiences and do not train people towards getting generativity needs met.

Sure, some of us who have had breaks from reality have had problems with things like guilt and shame in our history, but many do not. Some of us may be industrious and have initiative, just like some “normals” are, and some not. These kinds of struggles can be addressed intermittently and developmental strengths may exist without the presence of trust. Likewise, we may have different levels of need in terms of intimacy and generativity, but we do have these needs just like everyone else. The idea that you can not love someone else until you love yourself is an example of this kind of malapropism. If loving and caring for others is a strength, why not utilize it.


When a person has a first break, it is a real shame when, suddenly, all resources go to providers who set trajectories of permanent warehousing and poverty. I believe it is wise to invest in people who get special messages. Once they are either economically empowered or enveloped in a safe and healing community they can engage in generativity and dismantle the constructs that keep them shackle bound.

Indeed, people with psychological training or a belief in modern ways may be at a significant disadvantage in surviving a break. It is well known that in many third world countries with compliance and indigenous practices, recovery is more common than in modern contexts. This proves to be true even when there is access to medication and the best practice: CBT for “Psychosis.” There are so many factors to consider when considering reality in this manner. It is a very mind-blowing and industry-condemning fact. I feel that getting important needs met like generativity is essential and can help more of us dismantle the paradigms that keep us defeated.

Although I function with a good job and a good relationship, I still struggle with the lack of safety I experience when dealing with mainstream community. Outside the community where I work as a facilitator, I prefer to stay at home where many of my needs are met with the canine who we just saved three weeks ago. I prefer to adapt to the positive qualities I learn about my current dog, Jayla, and focus on that present moment of joy she brings.

Meanwhile the apocalypse rages in the backdrop.

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