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We all have stress — at work, at home, and on the road. Sometimes we can feel especially stressed because of a bad interaction with someone, too much work, or everyday hassles like getting stuck in traffic.
The feelings of loss and grief can seem overwhelming, without end. It hits you in the gut, spreads throughout your heart, and makes you feel hopeless. The feeling of grief can last for hours, day, weeks, and even months. Feelings of loss can last just as long, even if someone close to you hasn’t died.
Have you ever called yourself “stupid” just because you made a mistake?
When you look in the mirror, do you curse your reflection for not being attractive enough?
Do you make silent, sarcastic remarks to yourself after you speak?
When you engage in self-criticism, it’s like having your very own personal bully living inside your head.
Your loved one has finally agreed to attend treatment for their addiction and you probably feel relieved that they are finally sober. Maybe you are thinking “when they finish treatment we can finally get back to having a normal life!”
Maintaining any healthy relationship can sometimes feel like searching for your partner in a corn maze. When one or both partners involved is dealing with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can feel more like navigating a corn maze while wearing blindfolds. But just because the effects of PTSD can make you feel lost in a relationship, doesn't mean it's doomed to fail.
As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong and in control of our emotions. When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up. But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives, not a sign of emotional weakness or a failing of masculinity. It affects millions of men of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those who care about them—spouses, partners, friends, and family. Of course, it’s normal for anyone to feel down from time to time—dips in mood are an ordinary reaction to losses, setbacks, and disappointments in life. However, male depression changes how you think, feel, and function in your daily life. It can interfere with your productivity at work or school and impact your relationships, sleep, diet, and overall enjoyment of life. Severe depression can be intense and unrelenting.
Exercise slumps, relationship ruts, and overall mental funks happen to the best of us. But while getting stuck is inevitable, staying there isn't. "Plateaus are perfectly normal—the human body is wired to adapt to things," says mathematician Hugh Thompson, PhD, who, along with investigative reporter Bob Sullivan, spent more than two years interviewing psychologists, CEOs, pro athletes, and scientists on what drives success—and what stalls it—for their new book The Plateau Effect. Here, they reveal the traps that threaten to flatline your progress.
A question I’ve been asked frequently of late is, “How can a person tell if they have anxiety?” At some point, the same person asking me this question would exclaim something along the lines of, “I’m always so anxious!” I find it interesting how often people express feeling anxiety and yet seem unable to recognize it.
Mental health literacy, a term coined in the mid-90s, refers to an individual’s knowledge of mental health as well as their ability to tell when there’s an issue, what treatment options to consider, self-help tools to utilize, and methods of supporting others who might be dealing with such issues. When a person lacks mental health literacy, they are less likely to seek help, often because they may not even realize there is anything they could receive help for. Poor MHL has been identified as a key obstacle to people receiving services that could, effectively, improve quality of life and overall well-being.
There are more than a dozen physical or emotional sensations that a person can experience during a panic attack. Not everyone experiences all of them, and people with panic disorder may report different feelings when having an attack.