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Don’t Let Self-Pity Poison Your Life — Here is how..

Don’t Let Self-Pity Poison Your Life — Here Is How..

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  • Posted On : 16-Sep-2019
Unwanted changes, unexpected challenges, loss, disappointments, abuse or other forms of adversity often bring with them hurt or harm. Feelings of self-pity are quite normal and understandable. It is natural to feel sorry for yourself when you are having a hard time. But if self-pity takes over and you don’t reign it in, it is a very problematic emotion. The Problem with Self-Pity Self-pity reinforces the sense of being a victim bringing with it hopelessness and inaction. Your options seem very limited. You are preoccupied with the past and see it as defining your future in a very negative and restrictive way. Your perception narrows to seeing only loss, damage and problems. You believe yourself to be helpless, defeated and vulnerable. Self-pity may keep you rather passive, hoping to be rescued, by someone, somehow. The Power of Self-Compassion Self-compassion also acknowledges the difficulty you find yourself in. But it is not about feeling sorry for yourself, blaming others or dwelling on misery. Appreciating the realities of your situation, self-compassion is a nurturing attitude towards yourself. It involves treating yourself with the same kindness, caring and empathy you would have for a very dear friend: gentle and understanding with yourself when you are having a difficult time, feel inadequate or have failed. Instead of allowing your inner critic to take over or getting stuck in victim-hood, you look at yourself in a compassionate way and extend comfort and care towards yourself. When it seems you are the only one who is inadequate or suffering, remember that being human brings with it vulnerability and imperfection. Whatever your experience, keep a balanced perspective rather than ignoring your pain or exaggerating it.

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Mental Health - In cultures that rarely acknowledges it

Mental Health - In Cultures That Rarely Acknowledges It

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  • Posted On : 13-Jun-2019
As someone born from refugee parents, I can say I have so much to be thankful for. My parents, grandparents, and many more within the family have faced it all back in Cambodia in the late 1980s; war, poverty, threat, sadness, lack of healthy lifestyles, and loss of loved ones. And here I am, in graduate school, living with a roof over my head and sleeping in a cozy bed every night. I'm glad my parents are proud of what I achieved. But there's one thing I don't talk about with them. I see a therapist. In many cultures, mental health is seen as a controversial or taboo subject, especially within minority communities. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health in many minority populations are stigmatized, defies against cultural norms, and treatment is often seen is useless or ineffective. Unfortunately, my friends and I find that to be true based on experience, and there are quite a handful of youths going through the same. It is common that many adults deny mental health problems, for they simply do not believe in it. Therefore, those ideals are instilled upon their children. Meanwhile, the youth growing in America with cultural norms placed upon them by their parents can certainly give leeway to mental health problems. Imagine having depression, but your parents do not believe in it. Imagine having OCD, but your parents tell you to get over it. Imagine struggling with ADHD, but your parents tell you to just focus for one. Imagine dealing with anxiety, but your parents tell you "your too old to be scared." And yet, these are our parents. How can we defy them? They suffered through so much back in their homelands, therefore, how would our reasoning for mental health beat our parent's reason when they've "been through it all?" Moreover, it seems that the excuse of our parents "doing so much for us" will always get thrown in our face when we try to defend ourselves. For any of you out there dealing with this issue, I would like to say that there is a safe spot for you. Whether it be a therapist, best friends, close cousins, or online forums, there is a large community out there wanting to help and/or sharing their experiences with you! You can start anywhere, by acknowledging anything about yourself and then going out to speak, whether it be counseling or finding communities on Google. You are not alone. Moreover, your family will always love you. Life is beautiful and we have so much to be thankful for.

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Anxiety and Depression: a silent killer

Anxiety And Depression: A Silent Killer

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  • Posted On : 29-Mar-2019
Most people experience nervousness, a sense of worry, and sadness. Anxiety can be part of our normal life style and can happen at any given time of the day or life time to any one of us or family members. Anxiety can be referred as physical, mental, and behavioral changes in respond to threat. Also refer as "fight or flight". Anxiety disorder is different from every day anxiety to the point that interferes with a person's life. In the other hand, depression is a mood disorder that may be felt as an ongoing sadness. Symptoms of anxiety may include: a sense of worry, an overwhelming feeling of panic, and difficulty concentrating. Symptoms of depression may include: sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, anhedonia (loss of interest in activities such as work, sport, and sex), fatigue, and agitation. Some things that may allow you to help someone with anxiety or depression include: Talking about their experiences, indicating that you have notice a change in their behavior, highlight the option of seeing a health professional, recommend or assist them to make the appointment, go with them to see the doctor, talk openly about their feelings, encourage them to rest, encourage them to to face their fear with the help of their doctor or psychologist, and contact their doctor if they become a threat for themselves or others. Things that ARE NOT very helpful: don't pressure them to just relax or calm down, don't stay away, don't assume that you can make them feel less anxious on your own, don't help them avoid situations that make them feel anxious, and don't assume the problem will just go away.

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