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2022-05-26 12 mins

Depression: A Complete Guide to Its Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Depression is a common mental health problem marked by negative emotions or low moods that affect every aspect of one’s life. Depression causes severe symptoms that negatively influence one's way of feeling, thinking, and attitude towards managing day-to-day activities, such as working, sleeping, exercising, and eating.

Depression causes feelings of sadness, loneliness, or loss of interest in the activities you used to enjoy. Fortunately, depression is treatable.

People who are diagnosed with depression show symptoms for at least two weeks.

Types of depression:

Some of the unique forms of depression that may develop under unusual circumstances are:

Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a chronic form of depression whose symptoms may last for at least 2 years.

An individual diagnosed with dysthymia (PDD) may also experience alternating periods of major depression and less severe symptoms. However, to diagnose this condition, an adult must have a depressed mood with feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, and low self-esteem for at least 2 years.

Postpartum depression is a type of childbirth depression experienced by new moms. Postpartum depression can last for months compared to maternity blues which typically goes away two weeks after childbirth.

However, women with postpartum depression experience full-blown major depression symptoms such as mood swings, crying spells, and difficulty sleeping during pregnancy or after delivery.  The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany postpartum depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to take care of themselves and their newborns.

Psychotic depression is another serious form of depression that involves severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as delusions, hallucinations, or some other break with reality.

This type of depression affects roughly one out of every four people admitted to the hospital with a history of depression.

The seasonal affective disorder is related to changes in the season. This health problem begins and ends at about the same time in the year. This depression generally begins during the onset of winter seasons due to less exposure to natural sunlight. The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are loss of interest in activities, feeling hopeless, having low energy, and gaining weight. These symptoms however lift during the spring or summer seasons.

Bipolar disorder, sometimes called a manic disorder, is different from depression. However, it is considered a type of depression because of symptoms which include episodes of extreme mood swings that meet the criteria for depression. But the moods of a person with bipolar disorder often fluctuate between extreme high (euphoric or irritable) moods called “mania” or a less severe form called “hypomania.”

Other types of depressive disorders newly added to the diagnostic classification of DSM-5 include disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (in children and adolescents) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (in women able to get pregnant).

Signs and Symptoms:

Depression is now becoming a common problem. Therefore, a good knowledge of its signs and symptoms can help you get diagnosed earlier. If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms constantly for at least 14 days, you may be suffering from major depressive disorder:

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms constantly for at least 14 days, you may be suffering from major depressive disorder:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Angry outbursts or irritability over small matters
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Complete loss of interest in all daily activities and hobbies
  • Tiredness and lack of energy or fatigue
  •  Weight loss due to a reduced desire for food or increased cravings for food causing weight gain
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Slowed speaking or other body movements
  • Anxiety, agitation, exhaustion, or restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances such as insomnia and waking early in the morning or oversleeping
  • Uncontrolled thoughts of death, suicide, or suicidal attempts
  • Unexplained physical health issues such as headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

Not everyone suffering from depression experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms of depression while others experience many symptoms.

 The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual depending upon the stage of illness.

Risk Factors:

There is no single factor responsible for causing depression. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of factors such as:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Biological factors
  • Psychological factors
  • No age group is resistant to experiencing depression.

However, the most vulnerable group to suffer from depression is the adult group.

In older adults, depression is related to some serious physical illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

However, the medications used to treat these medical illnesses can cause depression as a side effect.

Common risk factors for depression include:

  • A strong family history of depression
  • Significant changes in life such as  loss of health, the death of a loved one, or stress
  • Conflict with friends or family members
  • History of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

Treatment and Therapies:

Fortunately, every type of depression is treatable.

Standard treatment options for depression are:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medications
  • Combination of the two

These treatments are effective in most cases. However, if these treatments do not reduce symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other brain stimulation therapies may be the alternative options.

It should be noted here that no two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no single treatment that helps everyone. It may take some trial and error to find the best treatment for an individual.

Medications:

You may have heard of “antidepressants”. These are the clinically approved medicines that treat depression. They help balance the levels of certain chemicals such as dopamine in your brain. This helps your brain control mood or stress.

First, you need to try several different antidepressant medicines to find out the one that improves your symptoms and has manageable side effects. Family history of using a particular medicine for treating depression can also be considered. Usually, antidepressants take 2 to 4 weeks to work, and often, symptoms such as sleep, appetite, and concentration problems improve before mood lifts. Therefore, the right approach is to try a medication before concluding its effectiveness.

Sometimes, people taking antidepressants feel improvement in their symptoms and then stop taking the medication on their own. This is not the right approach. According to experts, once you have begun taking antidepressants, don’t stop using them without consulting your doctor otherwise your depression might return.

After a course of approximately 6 to 12 months, when your symptoms have been improved to a great extent, you should consult your doctor about decreasing your dose slowly but safely.

This is because stopping the medicines abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms that can worsen your condition.

Note: The Food and Drug Administration U.S. recommends watching closely the patients taking antidepressants, especially during the first few weeks of the treatment. This is because in some cases children, teens, and young adults under 25 taking antidepressants are at risk of experiencing an increase in suicidal thoughts, especially in the initial days of treatment.

Pregnant women or those breastfeeding should talk to their doctor about any increased health risks to them or their child.

An herbal medicine called St. John's wort is a top-selling botanical product. However, the FDA has not yet approved its use as a prescription medicine for depression because of some serious concerns about its safety and effectiveness.

People with depression should never use St. John’s wort before talking to their health care provider. Other dietary supplements such as S-adenosylmethionine and omega-3 fatty acids also have not yet been proven safe and effective for routine use.

Psychotherapies:

Psychotherapy often called counseling or talk therapy is a popularly practiced treatment for depression. This treatment helps the patient find out some easy ways to deal with everyday stressors. Examples of evidence-based approaches specific to the treatment of depression include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), Psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and problem-solving therapy.

Many online platforms now offer online and virtual counseling sessions for the treatment of depression. Various virtual tools have been introduced that help you determine your degree of depression and then consult with a psychologist for treatment. Virtual counseling can help you get quicker results due to any time access to your therapist and 24/7 monitoring of your daily activities.

Brain Stimulation Therapies:

If your medicines don’t help reduce the symptoms of depression, brain stimulation therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an option to explore.

According to the latest research:

  • Electroconvulsive therapy can help people with severe depression who have not been able to feel better with other treatments.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy can be an effective method for treating depression. In cases where a rapid response is necessary but medications can’t be used safely, this therapy can even be a first-line intervention.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy was once strictly an inpatient procedure, but today it is often performed on an outpatient basis. The treatment consists of a series of sessions typically three times a week, for a period of two to four weeks.
  • ECT may cause some potential side effects such as disorientation, fatigue, nausea, confusion, headache,  and slight memory loss. Usually, these side effects last from minutes to hours, but, sometimes memory problems can persist for months.

Advancements in ECT devices and methods have made modern electroconvulsive therapy safe and effective for mental health patients. Before giving your consent to undergo ECT, make sure to consult with your specialist and get all information regarding the potential benefits and risks of this treatment.

  • ECT is not painful as you cannot feel any electrical impulses. Before starting the treatment, a patient is put under brief anesthesia and given a muscle relaxant. Then the treatment session is started which usually takes only a few minutes, and after one hour the patient is conscious and alert.

Other recently introduced types of brain stimulation therapies that have been proven effective for the treatment of depression (medicine-resistant) include:

  • Repetitive transcranial
  • Magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

Other things you can do:

Following are the some effective tips you or your loved can try to deal with the symptoms of depression:

  • Stay active or exercise regularly
  • Set some realistic goals for yourself
  • Try to spend more quality time with others and confide in a trusted friend or relative
  • Say no to loneliness and let others help you
  • Give yourself some time and expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
  • Postpone major changes in your life such as getting married or divorced, or changing jobs until you feel better. Share your decisions with others who know you well.
  • Stay on track and continue to educate yourself about depression.

The bottom line:

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects your everyday life. There are many types of depression and not every type has the same treatment. Medications and counseling are effective treatments for reducing symptoms of depression. In some severe cases where medications don’t work, ECT can also be used.

All information in this article is written based on the publication of The National Institute of Mental Health, a U.S based federal agency that researches mental disorders. The experts of NIMH provide information on mental health problems and the latest mental health research.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

2022-05-26 4 mins

Article
Stress Vs Anxiety: Difference, Symptoms, and Management

Life is always stressful— sometimes you feel stressed about your performance in school, the workload at your job, traumatic events, or a significant change in life. Everyone, from younger to the elder, feels stress at some point in their life.

Stress is the physical as well as the mental response of the body to external factors that can be threatening or unexpected for a person. These external factors are called stressors that can be short-term occurrences or happen repeatedly for a long time.

The most common stressors of every age are loneliness, overly restrictive rules or regulations, illness, the death of a loved one, and poor time management.

Anxiety, simply put, is the reaction of your body to stress. It is a feeling of apprehension about the future that might make you feel restless and tense.

Anxiety if not treated can interfere with your daily life which can affect your physical and mental health.  This may increase the chance of getting some psychological disorders or experiencing some other health problems.

Difference between anxiety and stress:

Stress is a response of your body to some harmful situations such as losing a job or chronic illness while anxiety is internal. It is simply your body’s reaction to psychological stress.

Anxiety involves a persistent fear of the future that doesn’t quickly disappear and ultimately interferes with one’s lifestyle. Stress, however, quickly goes away once the problem is resolved.

Stress can either be positive or negative. It may either motivate you to achieve your goals or cause you to lose your sleep.

Similarities between stress and anxiety:

Both stress and anxiety negatively influence your mental and physical health. The common symptoms of stress and anxiety are:

  • Excessive worry and uneasiness
  • Muscle Tension
  • Hypertension
  • Disturbed sleep schedule
  • Body aches and pain

Managing stress is very important. If symptoms of stress impair your life and you can’t handle it, there is a chance that you might develop some anxiety disorder.

Coping strategies for anxiety and stress:

Complete information about stressors and coping techniques can help you reduce stress and improve your daily life. Not a single strategy can work for everyone so it may take repeated analysis to discover what works best for you. Both mild stress and mild anxiety can be managed with similar coping strategies.

Following are some strategies that can help you cope with stress and anxiety:

  • Keep a diary and write your worries.
  • Download a verified app that provides some relaxation exercises or tips for meditation
  • Exercise daily and follow a healthy diet plan
  • Get sufficient night's sleep
  • Avoid coffee and tea
  • Fight against your demotivating or self-obstructive thoughts.
  • Reach out to your loved ones who understand you and can help you deal with difficult situations.

When to seek professional help:

Coping with stress or anxiety may drain away all your energy, so it is suggested to immediately consult a mental health professional. Medication and psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or counseling, are effective treatments for stress and anxiety.

Many mental health clinics offer online counseling that can help you deal with your mental condition. Through virtual counseling, psychotherapists track down all your daily activities and give some professional advice regarding changes you should make in life to become mentally fit.

One of the most effective and widely used types of psychotherapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is a type of mental health treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change the disturbing thoughts that have a negative effect on their lives.

The bottom line:

Both stress and anxiety are two major mental health problems that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. If symptoms of these problems are left untreated, they can interfere with your lifestyle and make you physically ill. So one should try some coping strategies or talk to a psychotherapist for effective treatment.

All information in this article is written based on the publication of The National Institute of Mental Health, a U.S based federal agency that researches mental disorders. The experts of NIMH provide information on mental health problems and the latest mental health research.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

2022-05-26 3 mins

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Women and Mental Health: Signs and Treatment

World Health Organization statistics indicate that women are approximately two times more likely to experience mental health problems compared to men. However, all mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders affect men and women differently. According to experts, there are some particular types of mental health disorders that are more common among women.

For instance, some women may experience symptoms of mental illness such as perimenopause-related depression, postpartum psychosis, and body dysphoric disorder at times of hormone change.

However, researchers are still working to clearly differentiate the percentage of men and women who experience some other mental health problems such as schizophrenia, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders.

The sex of an individual largely affects the course of the illness. Females experience these mental problems differently as certain symptoms in them are more common than in males.

Researchers are only now beginning to differentiate the various biological and psychosocial factors that may affect the mental health of both men and women and impair their lives.

Warning Signs:

Both men and women are vulnerable to developing the same type of psychological problems but they show different signs and symptoms. Here are some warning signs associated with some mental health disorders in women:

  • Persistent sadness, emptiness, and endless feeling of hopelessness
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Dramatic changes in eating, sleeping, and personal care habits
  • Appetite changes that lead to significant weight changes
  • Low energy or tiredness
  • Extreme agitation, anxiety, guilt, fear, or worry
  • Unshakable beliefs in something unnatural
  • Extreme changes in mood
  • Physical problems such as aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a known cause
  • Social withdrawal
  • Irresistible suicidal thoughts
  • Reduced sexual performance
  • Decreased productivity at work or home

Finding Help:

Fortunately, mental health disorders are treatable. First, consult a specialist and get your problem diagnosed. After this, your doctor will advise you to go for medications and psychotherapies (counseling). Besides medications, online counseling is becoming trendy due to its countless benefits.

Various mental health clinics offer online counseling to treat mental health problems. Psychotherapists talk to their patients, understand their problems, and help them figure out the ways to deal with the situation. Not only this but with virtual counseling they track your all-day activities and help you become mentally fit.

The bottom line:

Mental health disorders are more common among women compared to men. Although both men and women can develop the same type of mental health problem, their symptoms can vary. Thankfully, mental health illness in women is treatable. With online counseling sessions, you can easily get back to your old life.

All information in this article is written based on the publication of The National Institute of Mental Health, a U.S based federal agency that researches mental disorders. The experts of NIMH provide information on mental health problems and the latest mental health research.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

2022-05-26 4 mins

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Traumatic Events: Warning Signs and Management

A traumatic event is a type of incident that is highly stressful, shocking,  or dangerous. It can cause a lot of physical and psychological distress. Traumatic events are often marked by a feeling of helplessness, anxiety,   hopelessness, and extreme fear of death.

Experiences like natural disasters (such as earthquakes, and floods), war, terrorism, witnessing a death, domestic and sexual abuse, serious illness, car crashes, or other accidents are accounted as traumatic events.

Researchers are investigating various factors that can help people deal with stressful situations or that increase their risk for other health problems such as depression, following a traumatic event.

Warning Signs and Symptoms:

Every individual responds to traumatic events differently. However, shock and denial are the most common reactions.

According to the health experts, some people show immediate and brief responses while others show delayed but prolonged responses. Most people have an intense immediate response that can last for several weeks or even months.

These intense responses include:

  • Anxiety, grief, and rage
  • Trouble concentrating and sleeping, leading to laziness.
  • Continuous thoughts about the traumatic event

These responses are normal and expected to be lessened with time. But if these responses continue for a longer time and start interfering with one’s daily life, they should be addressed and treated immediately through some professional help such as online counseling.

Some warning signs that indicate that a person needs quick help include:

  • Anxiety, sadness, and fear
  • Crying often without any reason
  • Having trouble thinking clearly and performing well
  • Having flashbacks about the traumatizing event
  • Difficulty sleeping due to nightmares
  • Feeling irritable and becoming anti-social
  • Avoiding people, situations, and places that remind them of past stressful events

Similar to adults, children and teens also show these symptoms and develop kind of disrespectful and destructive behaviors.

They may feel guilty for failing to prevent the event, therefore develop feelings of revenge.

Some physical responses to trauma also indicate that an individual needs professional help. These physical responses include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach upset, anorexia, and digestive issues
  • Pounding heart, rapid breathing, feeling shaky and sweaty
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling detached and confused
  • Being very jumpy and easily startled

Individuals who have faced some traumatic events in the past, suffer from a mental health problem, face chronic stress, or lack moral and financial support from friends and family are more likely to develop severe symptoms, and therefore need some additional help.

Some people shift to alcohol and smoking to manage their symptoms unaware of the fact that these substances only help temporarily. Moreover, their continuous use can lead to other health problems and get in the way of recovery.

Tips to cope with traumatic stress:

Some proven ways that can help you cope with traumatic stress are:

  • Try to stay engaged in your work and social life
  • Avoid addictive substances like alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs
  • Try to spend quality time with your loved ones and friends who are always supportive
  • Pursue your hobbies
  • Maintain your normal routine
  • Give yourself time and recognize your power and control over happenings
  • Avoid major life decisions soon after the fearful event.

Finding Professional Help:

If you can’t practice any of the above-mentioned methods to cope with traumatic events, it is time to seek professional help. There are online counseling sessions and virtual counseling that can help you manage the situation. In virtual counseling, your counselor monitors your activities regularly and helps you to be accountable through an online virtual system.

This is an easily accessible service for everyone that ensures fast recovery.

The bottom line:

A traumatic event is a shocking experience that causes a lot of stress. Individuals show different physical and emotional responses to the trauma. If these responses interfere with life, they need to be managed through professional methods. Online counseling and virtual counseling are now widely used treatments that promise a fast recovery.

All information in this article is written based on the publication of The National Institute of Mental Health, a U.S based federal agency that researches mental disorders. The experts of NIMH provide information on mental health problems and the latest mental health research.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/

2022-05-09 1 min

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Homecare is care that allows people with personal and special needs to stay within the comfort of their own home.  This allows them to stay in their comfort zone and still be in control.

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

  • Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  • Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  • Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  • Meal prep
  • Medication reminders
  • Emotional Support
  • Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  • Grocery Shopping.
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  3. Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
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  7. Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  8. Grocery Shopping.

Any Medical needs above the basics listed above would require you to have an LPN or RN on the case.  These are generally used on higher acuity cases, such as needing injections, tube feeding, trach care or other high end needs.

The type of Home Care that is needed will be determined during our free consultation.

2022-04-28 4 mins

Article
Mental Health

According to the research lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning are more at risk of experiencing mental health issues due to different socioeconomic and cultural conditions. Depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidality, substance abuse, and eating disorders are the common mental health issues among LGBTQ community.

 

Not only this but 2020 report also shows that more than 1 in 3 Americans LGBTQ faced some kind of discrimination in 2019. The report adds that this discrimination adversely affected the mental and economic well-being of LGBTQ Americans. Other factors like family acceptance, peer pressure, and bullying are also responsible for the bad mental health of LGBTQ.

LGBTQ youth suffers a lot because of their sexual orientation, so it’s so necessary to help them cope these situations because LGBTQ lives matter.

 

In this article we’ll discuss all the mental health statistics, factors that make LGBTQ more vulnerable to bad mental health, and strategies to promote mental health among LGBTQ. So let’s walk into it.

   Mental Health Statistics about LGBTQ youth:

There are different pieces of research and surveys that provide global mental health statistics about LGBTQ youth but for your understanding we’ve jotted down major surveys in this regard.

According to the largest 2019 survey of the LGBTQ youth mental health by the Trevor Project,

 

  • 39% of LGBTQ youth considered attempting suicide in the year 2018.
  • 71% of LGBTQ youth reported discrimination due to gender identity and sex

2022-04-28 1 min

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Allows people with personal and special needs

Homecare is care that allows people with personal and special needs to stay within the comfort of their own home.  This allows them to stay in their comfort zone and still be in control.

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

  • Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  • Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  • Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  • Meal prep
  • Medication reminders
  • Emotional Support
  • Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  • Grocery Shopping.

2022-04-28 4 mins

Article
Millennials in therapy + how to maximize counseling outcomes

According to the research lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning are more at risk of experiencing mental health issues due to different socioeconomic and cultural conditions. Depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidality, substance abuse, and eating disorders are the common mental health issues among LGBTQ community.

 

Not only this but 2020 report also shows that more than 1 in 3 Americans LGBTQ faced some kind of discrimination in 2019. The report adds that this discrimination adversely affected the mental and economic well-being of LGBTQ Americans. Other factors like family acceptance, peer pressure, and bullying are also responsible for the bad mental health of LGBTQ.

LGBTQ youth suffers a lot because of their sexual orientation, so it’s so necessary to help them cope these situations because LGBTQ lives matter.

 

In this article we’ll discuss all the mental health statistics, factors that make LGBTQ more vulnerable to bad mental health, and strategies to promote mental health among LGBTQ. So let’s walk into it.

   Mental Health Statistics about LGBTQ youth:

There are different pieces of research and surveys that provide global mental health statistics about LGBTQ youth but for your understanding we’ve jotted down major surveys in this regard.

According to the largest 2019 survey of the LGBTQ youth mental health by the Trevor Project,

 

  • 39% of LGBTQ youth considered attempting suicide in the year 2018.
  • 71% of LGBTQ youth reported discrimination due to gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • 71% of LGBTQ youth felt sad or lonely for at least 2 weeks in 2018.

 

Another 2021 TransActual Trans Lives Survey reports that:

  • 63% of respondents experienced transphobia while seeking employment.
  • 85% of trans people experienced transphobia from their family members.
  • 85% of trans women faced transphobic street harassment from strangers.

These mental health statistics clearly depict the challenges faced by common LGBTQ people across the World.

 

 

   Reasons why LGBTQ are more vulnerable to mental health issues?

A problem can be treated once it’s causes are identified. Similar is the case with LGBTQ mental health issues.

Being LGBTQ doesn’t mean that those people would surely have mental health issues but unfortunately, such people are more vulnerable to mental health issues. Mass awareness about the reasons why LGBTQ are more vulnerable to mental health issues is necessary for their survival. 

So, here is the list of some common reasons behind LGBTQ mental health issues:

      1. Family non-acceptance

Acceptance by family guarantees the healthy survival of LGBTQ people because in stress conditions attachment system automatically activates. At this point, acceptance by the caretaker is like a new hope to live for such people.

But if family members deny the existence of LGBTQ, the sense of security and confidence diminishes and this refusal adds to the number of reasons for attempting suicide.

Experts say that LGBT youth often experience a disruption in the parent-child relationship if they get rejected based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

      2. Cultural and religious beliefs:

Many religions and cultures around the world don’t accept the existence of LGBTQ people. Continuous pressure of religious and cultural beliefs makes LGBTQ hopeless and they think of themselves as dishonest and sinful. Such people also try to avoid every kind of gatherings that makes them non-social and offensive.

     3. Bullying:

Every year a large number of LGBTQ youth are bullied in U.S. schools and colleges. This widely affects both their mental and physical health.

 Bullying also puts LGBT youth more at the risk of depression, anxiety, stress, drug abuse, suicidality, and a bad academic career.

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     4. Peer pressure:

Peer pressure and the fear of non-acceptance by colleagues is also a risk factor that makes LGBTQ people hopeless and helpless. As one’s community has a great impact on his personality so many LGBTQ people tend to suppress their gender identity just because of peer influence.

 This peer pressure is more likely to affect gay men. Study shows that among gay, teasing seems to be directly linked to body dissatisfaction, emotional health problems, and low self-esteem.

2022-04-27 1 min

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You and your mental health still matter this summer

Homecare is care that allows people with personal and special needs to stay within the comfort of their own home.  This allows them to stay in their comfort zone and still be in control.

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

  • Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  • Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  • Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  • Meal prep
  • Medication reminders
  • Emotional Support
  • Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  • Grocery Shopping.
  1. Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  2. Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  3. Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  4. Meal prep
  5. Medication reminders
  6. Emotional Support
  7. Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  8. Grocery Shopping.

 

2022-04-26 1 min

Article
WHAT IS HOMECARE?

Homecare is care that allows people with personal and special needs to stay within the comfort of their own home.  This allows them to stay in their comfort zone and still be in control.

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

These services are mostly performed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Home Health Aids (HHA) and the services are catered to the needs of each individual.  Some services are:

  • Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  • Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  • Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  • Meal prep
  • Medication reminders
  • Emotional Support
  • Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  • Grocery Shopping.
  1. Helping with ADL’s (activities of daily living)
  2. Bathing, Dressing and Grooming
  3. Light housekeeping- Laundry, cleaning, making the bed, etc.
  4. Meal prep
  5. Medication reminders
  6. Emotional Support
  7. Assistance to Doctor Appointments
  8. Grocery Shopping.

Any Medical needs above the basics listed above would require you to have an LPN or RN on the case.  These are generally used on higher acuity cases, such as needing injections, tube feeding, trach care or other high end needs.

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2022-04-26 3 mins

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Millennials in therapy + how to maximize counseling outcomes

The younger generations of today have received a bad rap. More specifically speaking of millennials. The overarching perception of millennials is that they are outspoken, uneducated, and always looking for a “quick fix” to problems. It is important to note that every generation has its strengths and weaknesses. Every generation has its own awakening, and the importance of therapy and mental health is the awakening for millenials. Without millennials, would the world know the importance of being your best self? Truthfully, you are not your best self if your mental health is not in check. 

When you think of the word “therapy”, who and what do you think of? Personally, I think of millennials and generation z as the average therapy goers. Why is this the case? Perhaps it's the vulnerability that comes along with social media- one of the upsides to social media. People are now more than ever inspired to be vulnerable and honest on social media, which can translate to off the screen as well. We must nourish ourselves to flourish with others. One way of nourishing ourselves is through therapy.Therapy is a wonderful and powerful tool to transform your mind and your life! However, this tool can be expensive. Like any other investment, we need to measure our return on investment. How can we maximize our counseling outcomes

 

Micheal Karson (Ph.D) suggests 6 things to look for in a therapist.

(https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-our-way/201905/6-things-look-in-therapist)

  • The first of these six elements is that you and your therapist are cohesive. Therapy works best if you and your therapist work together, not just utilizing therapy as a one-sided relationship. Set clear goals for your therapy and daily journaling of all activities toward your goals and what hinders you. Sharing your daily journals with your therapist will create a cohesive force toward reaching your goals.

 

  • The next element is pattern recognition. Pattern recognition is when a therapist can spot patterns of mistakes in your life and give you a different way of thinking and going about life. To emphasize,by sharing your daily journaling or mood tracing can be powerful for tracking your progress and measuring outcomes. 

 

  • The third element is vitality and convention. This section talks about life balance between you and your therapist. It is important to make time for each other, while also that life does not start and end with therapy sessions. Therapy is used as a means to guide you through life in a healthier way than before. 

 

  • The fourth element that Karson suggests when looking for a therapist is comedic sensibility; finding a middle ground between having a meaningful therapy session but also making it lighthearted. 

 

  • The fifth element is being correctable. A mindful therapist makes sure that there is no victim-blaming in conversations shared between the therapist and patient, and makes sure the patient knows his or her mistakes and learns from them.

 

  • Finally, the last element is titled therapeutic approach. Karson says to “Find a therapist who acts like a therapist and not like a friend or a doctor. And avoid therapists who compliment, criticize, or comfort you”. Therapists must do their job in the right setting. Of course a part of their job is to make sure you are comfortable, but their job is not to be your companion, but rather a colleague. It is important to have people you can rely on to help you become the best version of yourself. 


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