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Utter the seven-letter word relapse in recovery circles and the room grows silent. Why did it happen? How did it happen? How much sobriety did she have? How long did she stay out? If a person had years of sobriety accrued, it is expected that the clock be reset – as if they had never stopped drinking.
While it is known that chronic disease and mental health issues disproportionately affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos, and Hispanics, evidence explaining why this occurs has been scant.
Two new studies by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities now shed light on the causes and impacts of this disparity.
The terms “anxious” and “depressed” get thrown around a lot in casual conversation, and for good reason: both are normal emotions to experience, routinely occurring for us all in response to high-stakes or potentially dangerous situations (in the case of anxiety) or disappointing, upsetting circumstances (in the case of depression).
Living with panic disorder can result in many unique stressors and cause disruption across various aspects of one’s life. A person’s career may be negatively impacted, relationships may suffer, and self-esteem may be reduced. Simple day-to-day tasks can also become a struggle, as people with anxiety disorders are prone to worry, difficulty concentrating, and frequent feelings of apprehension.
Healthy relationships shouldn’t take much work. And if they do, it’s time to go our separate ways. We must be compatible. If we need therapy, our relationship is already doomed. My partner is supposed to know what I want, and what I need. Healthy couples never argue, because fighting ruins relationships.
Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling or parent our grief can be particularly intense. Loss is understood as a natural part of life, but we can still be overcome by shock and confusion, leading to prolonged periods of sadness or depression. The sadness typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving is an important process in order to overcome these feelings and continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one.
Moving might be the right choice, but examine your motives. When we were drinking and using, we were irrational, impulsive, and at the whim of our heartbreakingly horrible decisions. We get into recovery to be more than that.
There is a big emphasis in our society on men being strong and tough. They should be able to handle anything and shouldn’t struggle with emotions and feelings. They just tough it out and power through. The only problem with that is, it isn’t true. Men can’t just power through anything and the belief that you should be able to is putting you in a bad situation. When it comes to depression women are more likely to be diagnosed, but does that mean that men don’t struggle with it too?
The Zeigarnik Effect says we tend to hang on to things in our mind, especially if we don’t finish what we start.
This makes it difficult to single task on purpose without mental distractions.
Calm your stressful brain to concentrate better.