How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

With the rise of anxiety, depression, and worse, suicide, in our country today, it is apparent that the work of psychiatry and psychology are even more important in the health care setting.  How can we better train our practitioners to look for the signs and symptoms that will help individuals take concrete steps to protecting their mental health? Instead of cancelling out their experience or downplaying it? 

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Addressing Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension, and Addiction through Acudetox

Since the protocol was developed, new studies have shown hope for suicidal individuals. Today, the Indian military uses the protocol to treat officers who may have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), suicidal thoughts, and depression.  It is remarkable just how much this protocol can do as psychiatric hospitals across Northern Europe have now included this in their treatment; seeing a significant reduction in the use of benzodiazepine medication to sedate indviduals. 

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Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

It appears as if being busy hasn't just cut us from things, but has also made us seem a little more important. And the worst part is, we thrive on it like a drug that keeps us high on the thrill of keeping ourselves occupied, seemingly working hard, hustling, beating the buzzer, and earning what we deserve. It's almost as if worth and recognition are synonymous with the word busy / occupied / unavailable. Because when we are occupied, demand is high for our attention, so we can then project a false sense of increased value. And the false sense of importance is what tends to get us hooked. 

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3 Ways to Anchor Ourselves When The Storm Hits

Managing our emotional thunderstorms differ from situation to situation. When we deal with the natural current of things, we manage to anchor quite well. But how can we strengthen our anchor to prepare us for the bigger waves? 

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On the reading list: Forgiveness and Trauma

This week on Healing Minds' reading list are workbooks that will help see you through tough times. Whether you're deep into a situation or you just feel like there are old wounds you're ready to face, the following books will be able to guide you through the process. All you need to do, is stay open!

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Celebrating Moments of Existence: Exercises in self-compassion

With health issues like depression and anxiety on the rise, we encounter people who question their existence and sometimes wish they weren’t alive. At what point did the people around them stop celebrating? And why? At what point did cultural norms ask them to set aside their child-like essence?

Here are a few self-compassion activities that may help you nourish your soul today:

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A Closer Look at Depression

In Asia alone 450 million people suffer from a mental illness or neurological disorder, with the Philippines having the highest incidence rate of depression in Southeast Asia (WHO, 2011). There are about 4.5 million Filipinos today who are reported to have depression with only 1 in 3 who seek help.  

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Healing With The Right People

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For all the geeking that I tend to do on this blog, let me take this moment to share a few things with you that can really help you HEAL. I realize that depression is often misunderstood, and where people may believe that someone is “seeking attention”, they may not realize how badly they could also be suffering. Depression is a mood disorder characterized by severe sadness. It is sometimes triggered by negative life events, major stress and /or burnout.

From experience I have come to learn that healing takes place when we surround ourselves with all the RIGHT people. And by right, I don’t mean tolerating comfort zones, family members, or long-time friends just because you think that length of time is what makes appropriate and supportive people. I hate to break it to you, but in periods of serious struggle, you may come to realize that there are some people whom you will not be able to count on. But how can you tell? It’s simple.

1) The right people empathize. They listen and understand your hurt first. They share in the pain and worry. 

2) The right people remind you about who you are. They highlight your STRENGTHS and find ways to help you see them.

3) The right people offer you support. They may not always know what to say, but when the going gets tough they will let you know that you can call them anytime. 

4) The right people don’t force you. They understand that healing doesn’t come over night, neither do problems truly disappear. They will wait with you patiently and will celebrate the days wherein you begin to feel better. 

5) The right people ask you how you’re doing and care to really know what the answer is. 

I know how difficult it can be. And I especially know how long it can really take to start to see changes in your life. But I urge you that if you are going through depression, to call out to your pillars of STRENGTH. You may be surprised that there are people in your community whom you may not have felt as close to in recent years, but who will offer you the support and love that you need to get through. These are the right people. 

If you happen to know someone who is suffering depression, ask yourselves, how have I become the right person for them? 

Depression Prevention

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Drinking 8 glasses a day is just a minimum requirement for you to address the nutritional needs of your body. Like proteins, carbohydrates, and fat, water is one of the daily requirements your body needs in the prevention of disease. In fact, water is so important because it acts as a solvent for any kind of chemical activity to take place. This means that in order for your body to grow and develop, water is the secret agent to helping speed up any process of change.

Sixty percent (60%) of our body is made up of water, but more importantly, the chief executive officer of our body, better known as our brain, is 75-80% water. Our brain requires such a precise use of nutrients that falling short of any may cause irritability, sadness, loss of concentration and even loss of memory. The slightest feeling of dehydration can affect our brains greatly, thus affecting our daily functioning and productivity. This is because water is the agent in charge of carrying amino acids like tryptophan through the body. Tryptophan converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood.

As mentioned, water helps speed up any process of change that our body may require - whether it means trying to lose weight or repairing tissues. When the body is dehydrated, this may cause depression as the transfer of tryptophan is slower. Feeling a little “out of it”? Try drinking water. By drinking a minimum of 8 glasses each day, you are simply maintaining the function of your body and can help you in your productivity.