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Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Issues, Therapy

Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Tips to Help

Inadequate sleep can hamper an individual’s ability to function properly. Continued lack of restorative sleep is detrimental to psychological and physical health. Sustained lack of sleep can cause poor decision making, flawed judgment, obesity, a negative outlook on life and difficulty in handling emotions. It can result in a person feeling fatigued and sleepy throughout the day. Sleep deprivation is a major culprit behind fatal automobile accidents as inadequate sleep impairs a person’s motor functions and reduces hand-eye coordination, similar to alcohol consumption. Common Symptoms Daytime napping is a common indicator of sleep deprivation. Other signs that indicate lack of sleep include: Frequent yawning Poor concentration Mood swings Fatigue Inability to focus Grogginess Depression Impaired motor skills A spurt in snacking A decline in sex drive Difficulty remembering things Hallucinations Sleep deprivation may result from a gamut of causes. Conscious choice – Some people tend to stay awake until late into the night to read a book or watch a movie, not realizing that they need restful sleep in...

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Posted on May 30, 2019 in Anxiety, Asperger Syndrom, Autism, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Mental Health Awareness, News, Parenting, Therapy

Vacations & Autism

Families of children with special needs often avoid taking family vacations as they feel it would be difficult to find a new place that will be adaptable to their child’s special needs. Children on the autism spectrum can have a difficult time dealing with the changing schedules and routines that come with taking a holiday trip. However, this does not mean that they should not have the opportunity to explore the world around them like other children. A  little mindfulness and preparation on the part of the family members can help make a welcome break for the entire family. Tips and Suggestions Research the airline service and hotel. Make inquiries prior to your traveling date in order to learn if there will be any difficulty in accommodating your child. Prepare the airline and hotel for possible scenarios but do not offend/scare them in the process. Ensure that your child is okay with flying. Autism experts and doctors recommended showing pictures of aircrafts to the child to help familiarize them....

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Posted on May 28, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues, Therapy

Men and Depression: How It Differs from Depression in Women

It is a common misconception that depression only affects women. Although women are more susceptible to depression than men, there are millions of men suffering from depression all over the world. It can, however, be tricky to diagnose depression in men as they are less likely than women to notice the symptoms and ask for help early on. Often, men do not get diagnosed with depression until they are at advanced stages of it. Symptoms of depression among men Although depression causes similar issues in both men and women, the way symptoms manifest in men and the way men deal with symptoms can differ greatly from the way women deal with depression and its symptoms. Sudden anger and rage: Sudden, unexplained bursts of anger and rage are common among men who suffer from depression. This happens mainly because most men do not express their emotions and keep them bottled up, which leads to a buildup of strong emotions. This buildup leads to sudden outbursts at the slightest provocation, however...

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Posted on May 23, 2019 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Mental Health Awareness, News, Other Resources, Relationships, Resources, Therapy

Support for Alzheimer’s Disease

It can be difficult to cope when your friend or family member is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are ways in which you can help him or her. You can improve their quality of life with your efforts and be a proud caregiver. Ideas to support a loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease Learn as much as you can about the disease. If you are made aware of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and body, you can anticipate emerging symptoms and be ready to deal with them. Reach out for support. You can access support and information from support groups, classes and family members who are battling the same to provide additional care tailored to suit your patient’s condition. You can also make use of the tips that they provide to carry out your daily activities more efficiently while also acting as a caregiver. Connecting with others facing the same problems as you can help alleviate your stress and anxiety.  Prepare yourself. Patients with Alzheimer’s may have emotional...

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Posted on May 22, 2019 in Anxiety, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Family, Mental Health Awareness, News, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety under certain situations is normal. For example, when a child is taking a test or when he or she is asked to speak or perform in front of an audience – these are situations where it is normal for children to experience some anxiety. But what if a child is always worrying, always anxious? When the anxiety of a child is disproportionate to the situation it can be termed as an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder in children is difficult to gauge because children are not very good at expressing their problems and anxious children are usually quieter. So how do you tell if a child has an anxiety disorder? Types of Anxiety Disorders General Anxiety Disorder – This is when a child worries almost every day over everything. Other than the usual things that children worry about, like homework or tests, kids with General Anxiety Disorder tend to worry about little things like playing with friends, riding the school bus or sometimes even about greater things like...

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Posted on May 21, 2019 in Counseling, Education, Mental Health Awareness, News, Resources, Therapists, Therapy

How to Choose a Mental Health Provider

It is important to find a mental health provider who understands your unique needs and problems. If you have never sought out a mental healthcare professional, this can be a daunting task. Tips to help find the therapist you need Figure out what sort of mental health provider you need – Do you need – a therapist, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse, a physician or a professional counselor. It is easier to ask for help when you know where to go to ask for help. How do you pick? If you have health insurance, you will want to pick someone from within your plan. If you are not sure of the type of mental health professional you need, your primary care physician can usually guide you in this decision. Ask for referrals – Ask your general physician for recommendations. Ask your friends and family if they have anybody they can refer. Search internet and phonebook listings. You may even contact up local mental health awareness and care organizations. Websites...

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