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Mental health can be very hard to define.  There is no one definition that encompasses all of the illnesses that can hinder our psychological well-being.  Generally speaking, it is the psychological and emotional state of one’s mind. It affects our ability to process, see and interact with people and situations around us.  People who are healthy can react appropriately to people and situations we encounter every day. However, people who have a psychological condition can find everyday activities and interactions difficult to process and deal with.   

 

These problems can affect us physically as well as emotionally.  Mood disorders and ADHD and ADD can affect how much energy we have.  Conditions like depression make us feel tired, even if we haven’t done anything physically or mentally draining that day.  Other psychiatric problems can give use too much energy, which can in turn lead to insomnia. People who suffer from afflictions like schizophrenia can experience delusions.  They can see, hear and feel things that are not really there, making it hard to distinguish what is real.

 

Some of the most well-known mental health issues include depression, alcoholism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, ADD and ADHD.  There are many others though. For example, there are many different kinds of mood and anxiety disorders. There is even a little known illness called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.  It is important that people are aware of the signs and symptoms of these conditions. Those who are suffering from a mental health disorder should receive proper treatment as soon as possible.

The first step is diagnosis.

We invite you to take our test –and determine whether or not you’ve got an issue. If you do, read on, and consider contacting us to guide you through steering your life back to normal.

Type of Mental Disorder:

  1. Specialty is the impossibility or difficulty to concentrate on one subject.
  2. Consciously focusing on something causes a significant difficulty.
  3. Often you start many things at once and do not finish any of them.
  1. Creates the impression that before you do something, the child does not think at all.
  2. Children are constantly on the move and are always talking about something.
  3. ADHD is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders.

#1

Specialty is the impossibility or difficulty to concentrate on one subject.

#2

Consciously focusing on something causes a significant difficulty.

#3

Often you start many things at once and do not finish any of them.

#4

Creates the impression that before you do something, the child does not think at all.

#5

Children are constantly on the move and are always talking about something.

#6

ADHD is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders.

  1. Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.
  2. Being easily fatigued.
  3. Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

  1. Being irritable, difficulty controlling feelings of worry.
  2. Having muscle tension.
  3. Sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

#1

Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.

#2

Being easily fatigued.

#3

Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank.

#4

Being irritable, difficulty controlling feelings of worry.

#5

Having muscle tension.

#6

Sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep.

  1. Feel very “up,” “high,” or elated.
  2. Become more active than usual.
  3. Talk really fast about a lot of different things.
  4. Do risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex.

Manic episodes vs. Depressive episodes

  1. Feel like they can’t enjoy anything.
  2. Have trouble concentrating, forget things a lot.
  3. Feel very sad, down, empty, or hopeless.
  4. Think about death or suicide.

Manic episodes vs. Depressive episodes

#1 Manic

Feel very “up,” “high,” or elated.

#2 Manic

Become more active than usual.

#3 Manic

Talk really fast about a lot of different things.

#4 Manic

Do risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex.

#1 Depressive

Feel like they can’t enjoy anything.

#2 Depressive

Have trouble concentrating, forget things a lot.

#3 Depressive

Feel very sad, down, empty, or hopeless.

#4 Depressive

Think about death or suicide.

  1. Women
    have feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and excessive guilt.
  2. Men
    are very tired, irritable, lose interest in once-pleasurable activities, and have difficulty sleeping.
  3. Older People
    appear to feel tired, have trouble sleeping, or seem grumpy and irritable
    .

Depression affects people in different ways

  1. Children
    may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that a parent may die. Begins as high levels of anxiety in children.
  2. Teens
    may sulk, get into trouble at school, be negative and irritable, and feel misunderstood; may also be at higher risk for suicide.

Depression affects people in different ways

Women

have feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and excessive guilt

Men

are very tired, irritable, lose interest in once-pleasurable activities, and have difficulty sleeping.

Older People

appear to feel tired, have trouble sleeping, or seem grumpy and irritable

Children

may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that a parent may die. Begins as high levels of anxiety in children.

Teens

may sulk, get into trouble at school, be negative and irritable, and feel misunderstood; may also be at higher risk for suicide

  1. Fear of germs or contamination.
  2. Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm.
  3. Aggressive thoughts towards others or self.
  4. Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order.

People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both

  1. Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing.
  2. Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way.
  3. Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door is locked or that the oven is off.
  4. Compulsive counting.

People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both

#1

Fear of germs or contamination.

#2

Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm.

#3

Aggressive thoughts towards others or self.

#4

Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order.

#5

Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing.

#6

Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way.

#7

Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door is locked or that the oven is off.

#8

Compulsive counting.

  1. Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating.
  2. Bad dreams.
  3. Frightening thoughts.
  4. Being easily startled, feeling tense or “on edge”.

Symptoms: Re-experiencing, Arousal, Reactivity, Cognition & Mood

  1. Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event.
  2. Negative thoughts about oneself or the world.
  3. Distorted feelings like guilt or blame.
  4. Loss of interest in enjoyable activities.

Symptoms: Re-experiencing, Arousal, Reactivity, Cognition & Mood

#1

Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating.

#2

Bad dreams.

#3

Frightening thoughts.

#4

Being easily startled, feeling tense or “on edge”.

#5

Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event.

#6

Negative thoughts about oneself or the world.

#7

Distorted feelings like guilt or blame.

#8

Loss of interest in enjoyable activities.

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