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Posted: 02/03/2014 8:51 am EST
"Our findings suggest that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual's life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship," said the paper's author, Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, in a statement. “The young adults in the study who had strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships.”
For the study, published in the journal Applied Developmental Science, more than 500 young adults (ages 18 to 26) were surveyed about their attitudes toward and interaction with animals, as well as their general characteristics (confidence, caring, depression, etc).
The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance
How do you fully accept yourself when you don't know how?
Though related, self-acceptance is not the same as self-esteem. Whereas self-esteem refers specifically to how valuable, or worthwhile, we see ourselves, self-acceptance alludes to a far more global affirmation of self. When we're self-accepting, we're able to embrace all facets of ourselves--not just the positive, more "esteem-able" parts. As such, self-acceptance is unconditional, free of any qualification. We can recognize our weaknesses, limitations, and foibles, but this awareness in no way interferes with our ability to fully accept ourselves.
I regularly tell my therapy clients that if they genuinely want to improve their self-esteem, they need to explore what parts of themselves they're not yet able to accept. For, ultimately, liking ourselves more (or getting on better terms with ourselves) has mostly to do with self-acceptance. And it's only when we stop judging ourselves that we can secure a more positive sense of who we are. Which is why I believe self-esteem rises naturally as soon as we cease being so hard on ourselves. And it's precisely because self-acceptance involves far more than self-esteem that I see it as crucial to our happiness and state of well-being.
The beginning of the year is a bummer for many — the combination of dark days, no more holidays to look forward to and never-ending bad weather make this time of year ripe for Seasonal Affected Disorder, or clinical depression with a seasonal onset.
The major symptoms of SAD and clinical depression are the same, Dr. Brandon Gibb, a psychology professor at Binghamton University, told weather.com. You’ll experience an enduring sadness most of the day every day for at least two weeks. (It’s this duration that separates true clinical depression from a few sad moods.) You’ll also experience a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
“The other really key thing is [depression] starts to get in the way of things: work, your ability to do your job, your relationships with people,” he said.
But for some people, there are more subtle signs, counterintuitive to traditional depressive symptoms. Even if you’re working hard at work and going out with your friends, you still could be depressed, in fact.
Some people find it hard to accept compliments when they’re depressed or when their depression is starting to return. One explanation: A compliment disrupts a depressed person’s low self-esteem, so he or she refuses to accept it. Feeling self-centered (when’s the last time you complimented someone else?) is also a sign someone is retreating toward depression.
Many times we think we understand something well, but we may just not have all the facts.
FICTION: Only “crazy” people get mental health treatment.
FACT: Mental illness can happen to anyone. You are not alone. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMH) states that “one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year and approximately 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 experience some kind of mental disorder in a given year.”
FICTION: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.
FACT: Mental illness is not caused by personal weakness. It is a disease like any other and cannot be easily cured by positive thinking or willpower. Mental illness is not related to a person’s character or intelligence. It falls along a continuum of severity. Some people require proper treatment.
You've seen the TV commercials, the person in black and white and sad while they watch their friends and family in color happy as can be? Then the sad individual gets help, sees the world in color and has a dog run into frame to play with them, or they are suddenly on the couch petting their beloved cat. Well, there's a reason for that, pets can help individuals with depression/illnesses/anxiety.
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Depression affects millions of individuals in the USA alone. A lot of people reading this suffer from some form or know someone who does. A pet might not be right for everyone, so don't just show up with a pet one day for someone you know with depression.
Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics
TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds.
"Agitation is one of the worst symptoms for patients and their families: it puts the Alzheimer's patient at risk for other system overloads (cardiac, infection), wears them out physically, and exhausts caregivers and families," noted one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He said that while antipsychotic drugs are typically used to help ease the agitation, they are also associated with a higher risk of death for Alzheimer's patients, so safer alternatives would be welcome.
The new study was led by Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center in Baltimore. It included 186 Alzheimer's patients with agitation symptoms such as emotional distress, aggression, irritability, and excessive movem
At twenty years old, my 6 year battle with anorexia nervosa had finally caused my life to come crashing down.
My eating disorder had taken complete control of my mind and dominated my every thought. In just a few months I had lost over 2 stone, had drastically reduced the amount I was eating to just 200-300 calories a day and was wasting the little energy I had on excessive exercise. For so long, my ‘diet’ had given me a false sense of control and now it was apparent that, in reality, it was something that was controlling me.
I was finally forced to reach out for help when my starvation and decreasing health made it impossible to keep up with my student lifestyle. I had become depressed, was in a constant state of anxiety and no longer had the energy to pretend everything was OK. I was lost, confused and desperate for a way out, but felt unable to confide in any one.
My thoughts were so distorted by my illness; I was convinced that I was ‘much too big’ to have an eating disorder, despite being underweight, felt my friends and family would not understand, thinking I was just an attention-seeker. However, when I finally found the courage to reach out for help, the response I received was over-whelming and I could not have got where I am today without their support.
For a long time I was in denial of how ill I was, and was under the delusion that I would be able to continue at university and recover. However, it soon became clear that this was not possible and the decision was made to suspend my studies, return home and concentrate on recovery. I was diagnosed with anorexia and referred to a specialist eating disorder team, consisting of a psychologist, an occupational therapist and a dietician.
Hi everyone! My name is Landon! Obviously! I'm 20 years old and am on the uphill climb of beating depression! I can see the top! I am here for support and advice because at this point in my life I feel very alone and de-friended. I lost my first love of 4 years and pretty much haven't been the same since. I've suffered depression since I was 15 but this is w hen it all really became detrimental to my health. I am trying Wellbutrin XL and it seems to really be helping. I went out of my house tonight for the first time in weeks and saw a play i wanted to see. can't tell you how good that felt! Well, I hope to get to know all of you and I love there's a GLBT part of this Forum it really makes me feel comfortable!
Thanks in advance for all the love and support I believe I can get from this and reciprocate back to my community.
Category: About Bipolar
Misdiagnosed By Professionals And Unrecognized By Loved Ones
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression,
is a psychiatric disorder that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy,
activity levels, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is a
serious mental illness requiring specialized treatment, but the problem,
according to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director at Timberline
Knolls Residential Treatment Center
, is that bipolar disorder often gets
misdiagnosed by professionals and is unrecognized by loved ones.
"Bipolar disorder commonly co-occurs with other illnesses and
addictions, making it hard to diagnose without a thorough diagnostic
workup that includes looking at substance/drug abuse and use, and an
evaluation for possible early life trauma both of which can produce
symptoms that look like bipolar disorder," said Dr. Dennis. "Many times,
residents come to Timberline Knolls with a diagnosis of bipolar
disorder, but once evaluated are properly diagnosed with a drug abuse
problem, which looks similar to bipolar disorder when an individual is
going through stages of intoxication and withdrawal. Additionally, the
diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be missed by professionals who think
the patient is just suffering from substance abuse or dependence."
Not only do professionals miss the diagnosis, but loved ones and family
members many times do not recognize the real problem either because they
do not know what bipolar disorder is, or because they are focused on
something else, such as a co-occurring drug abuse problem.
Signs of bipolar disorder in its manic state include:
-- extended periods of feeling overly happy or outgoing
-- extremely irritable mood, agitation, or jumpiness
-- being easily distracted
-- little to no sleep for several days in a row without feeling tired
-- having an unrealistic belief in one's abilities
-- behaving impulsively
-- suicide attempts
Signs of bipolar disorder in its depressive state include:
-- isolation from friends and family
-- loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
-- feeling tired or slowed down
-- having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
-- abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially cocaine
-- dependence on sleeping pills
A correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and ensuring the appropriate
treatment is offered, is critical for those who face and treat bipolar
disorder and co-occurring disorders. People with this illness can
achieve long-term physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Dr. Dennis
encourages everyone to remember this is a disease, and the individual
did not choose to have the disease. Sufferers can choose to get
treatment and recover. Help is available and manageability is possible
when someone is connected to the right support system and specialized
treatment is sought.
Source: Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
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