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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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14 Signs someone is playing The Victim

14 Signs Someone Is Playing The Victim

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  • Posted On : 02-Apr-2019
We all have played victim before, but playing the will only make someone feel worse in the long run. Here are 14 signs to identify someone with this behavior. 1. They don't take responsibility: Victims has trouble understanding they contributed to a problem, instead they point finger or ignore their role in perpetuating the problem. 2. They are frozen in their life: Victims believe that they are at the mercy of everyone and everything around them. Usually they will not make progress or advance in their life because they perceive that they are powerless. As a result, their life is stagnant. 3. They hold to grudges: Victims like to hang onto old grievances. They carry these around like weapons, just in case anyone ever tries to hold them accountable for something. They will bring up old memories in which they were legitimately hurt, but they use them as reasons why they can't make changes to their attitude or their life, or their circumstances in the present. 4. They have trouble being assertive: Victims don't truly believe they can control their life, so they struggle to state what they need, desire or deserve. Their life involves repeating patterns of submissiveness and passivity. This pattern is detrimental to self-esteem and personal development. The victim fails to break this pattern and suffers from potential anxiety or depressive disorders. 5. They feel powerless: This could be a shadow behavior, meaning that the victim does not outwardly show that they feel powerless, Instead, the victim will try to be manipulative, coercive, and underhanded in getting what they need. 6. They don't trust others: This is a problem of the victim not believing themselves. The victim makes the assumption that other people are exactly like them. 7. They don't know when to say enough is enough: In relationship they have no sense of limits. 8. They get into arguments easily: Victims have trouble choosing their battles. They think every battle is a war and that they are under attack all the time. 9.They feel sorry for themselves: Victims have a habit of pitying themselves. They mirror a defenseless child that cannot fend for itself. This further traps them in the victim role. 10. They constantly compare themselves to others: Victims usually struggle wit the habit of comparing themselves to others negatively. 11. They see life as always lacking: Even when something good happens, victims will seek out what is lacking or what is missing. 12. They are a critic: Victims have a need to put others down and find fault in people. By doing these things they feel superior. 13. They think they are perfect: When there is a chance that a victim could be caught in an error, they suddenly become perfect. 14: They cut people out of their life: " they are out of my life for good" If you ever heard that statement before not referring to an abusive relationship, then you are probably dealing with a victim.

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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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