Counseling Tip: Fighting Our Own Mental Health Issues

The stress of our daily cycle can affect our firm grip on the reality.  Imagine a continuous daily routine in a year!

A mental health issue can be very tricky. It can make you feel lost between a reality and a dream.A mental health issue can be very tricky. It can make you feel lost between a reality and a dream.

Your ability to remember things and organize your thoughts is often hampered, so you have to work extra hard to keep up at work and at home. Decision making can be extremely difficult. —  SETH J. GILLIHAN, PHD

Do you ever feel so lost in your work, so drowned in your passion or even love your work so much you lose touch with time?

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Studies show that approximately 18.2% of people are suffering from a severe mental health problem.  How likely can you be in this quarter of the population who has one?  Let us take a look!

Mental disorders associated with several psychiatric disorders include schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia and behavioral disorders.

The preceding paragraph has their common ground on the symptoms of the disease.  In case you are wondering, here are some of them.

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries, and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Strange thoughts (delusions)
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance use

But how do you toughen up and safeguard your mental state against these signs of a disorder? You can seek professional advice from experts like BetterHelp, do some recreational activities, and take care of your physical well-being.

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When afflictive emotions arise, we meet them with kindness, gentle acceptance, and the love of a patient mother. This helps us respond in ways that are healing and grounding. —  Cindy Ricardo, LMHC, CIRT

Far beyond BC, our ancestors used a technique well known to us known as meditation. To the Buddhist, meditation is part of the path toward Enlightenment and Nirvana. Who wouldn’t like that, right? Complete control over your mind and body.

Buddhism has a lot to offer regarding the no-go tips on mental breakdowns.

Buddha once said, “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

One of the most intense forms of mental training is meditation.  Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is one of the most influential teachers of mediation – a penniless and dirty man who has been prophesized to do great things in their land. He was to be a great king or a military leader, or ultimately a spiritual entity.

Buddha said, “The kind of seed sown will produce that type of fruit,” and can also be told as “Never do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As the first deed of our actions defines the value of our judgment, the better we fight our mental breakdowns, the more we set ourselves free from the obscurity of our daily routines.

Changing attitudes takes time, but repetition is the key, so keep getting the word out to bring about a positive shift in how we treat others. — David Susman, Ph.D.

So, does it matter if you lose touch with what is real or what is a dream? Does it matter if you feel so lost in work, drown in your passion, or love your work so much that you fail to grasp the touch of time?

If only we can learn to value ourselves, care for each other and bring out the empathy among us. Then there are no mental issues that we can’t surpass or fix the moment it eats us.