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Priceless Lives: Disorders

June 2, 2017

Hi guys! This may be longer than usual but I think this is very important to talk about. Disclaimer: seeing only one of these things in your child, your friend, or yourself does NOT mean that you have that mental disorder. If by chance you see more than just one in someone, please keep up with them, they might need help and chances are that they are trying to get someone’s attention through their actions. Here we go…

Signs of depression include:

  • Loss of pleasure in daily activities; something they use to enjoy, they lost interest in.
  • They think about the worse possibilities in any situation.
  • Forced happiness; they are trying to put on a happy face for someone else or always deny that something is wrong.
  • Mood swings; if it’s a repetitive pattern of being hostile, irritable, or short tempered.
  • Struggling to concentrate; depression fills the mind with negativity, therefore, someone with depression may have a decrease in productivity.
  • Extreme guilt; if they are expressing a lot guilt towards past or present experiences or if they feel bad about their emotions or existence.
  • Changes in sleep patterns, appetite, weight, and drug use.
  • Talk of death or negative statements.
  • Wanting to get their will together or giving away valued possessions.

Suicidal thoughts are a medical emergency, therefore, we need to treat them as such. Never leave someone that you suspect is suicidal alone. If they try to harm themselves, call 911. If you are not with them, have them call the suicide hotline for their area. The united states is 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). When addressing the issue, the first step is to talk with that person. They need professional help but they also need help from loved ones. Next step is to encourage them to seek professional help but never show aggression. Make sure they know that you are willing to provide continued support. They will need help sticking to a schedule and making it to their appointments, let them know you’re there for them.

 

First, let me help you understand what’s normal and most likely not a disorder. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time especially when doing a presentation or going through financial issues. Telling if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line to a disorder is never easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms including social anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks. Distinguishing between an official diagnosis and “normal” anxiety is usually blurry. If you experience any of the following symptoms on a daily basis, you may want to consult your doctor.

Signs of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worrying; generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the broadest type of anxiety which includes worrying about everyday things, small or large. When it begins to interfere with everyday life, it becomes a very big problem and can be unhealthy.
  • Sleep problems; trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because you’re worried about something may be a sign of this disorder.
  • Irrational fears; some anxiety is attached to a specific situation or thing like flying, crowds, or animals. If the fear becomes overwhelming or disruptive to your life, it may be a sign of a phobia which is a type of anxiety.
  • Muscle tension; may include clenching your jaw, balling your fists, or even flexing your muscles throughout your body. After a person does this for so long, they may not even realize they are doing it. Regular exercise may help the muscle tension.
  • Chronic indigestion; even though anxiety starts in the mind, it can travel into the body and cause physical symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition characterized by stomachaches, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, and can commonly be connected to anxiety.
  • Stage fright; it’s normal to get butterflies before going up on stage but if no amount of coaching is helping you overcome the fear, you may have a kind of social phobia. People with this anxiety tend to worry for days or weeks leading up to the event.
  • Self-consciousness; social anxiety does not always come from speaking in front of a large group but sometimes comes from making one on one conversation at a party or eating/drinking in front of a small group. In these situations they feel like all eyes are on them and usually experience blushing, nausea, sweating, trembling, and difficulty talking. This makes it hard to meet new people.
  • Panic; including panic attacks that are repetitive. These people live in fear about when, where, or why their next attack might happen, therefore, they avoid places where they have already had an attack.

There is so much more, but these are some of the most common symptoms or signs to look for. Just like any other disorder, you need to seek help and advice. A good starting point is your doctor, they have been taught what to do and how to help these disorders.

Was this helpful? Comment if you wanna see more of these with different disorders like bipolar, schizophrenia, or eating disorders. Thank you for reading these, and I hoped it helped in some way. Love, Hailee.

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