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7 Long-Term Effects of Mental Health Problems on Your Body

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Mental Illness Statistics from John Hopkins Institute tell us that 26% of Americans suffer from diagnosable mental disorders. [1] That is one in every four adults. And this percentage only includes Americans aged 18 and above. There are many juveniles who also suffer from diagnosable mental disorders but aren’t included in these statistics.

I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in my teens. I struggled with it for many years in silence and isolation before my diagnosis. There came a point where my only interaction was with my cable internet plan. No human contact, no social contact, no nothing. I was constantly anxious when among people.

Eventually, through a mix of medication and talk therapy, I managed to bring some stability to my life.

But my struggles with depression and anxiety are not the purpose of this post. The effects of undiagnosed disorders are.
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Acute Stress Disorder vs PTSD – Are they Similar or Different?

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US Soldier With PTSDAcute stress disorder (ASD) and
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are mental disorders that can happen to any individual who experiences a traumatic event.

Both mental health disorders can hamper different aspects of an individual’s life – social, career, relationships, etc. Both need early intervention and proper medical treatment for a speedy recovery.

But this is not the complete story. There are subtle differences between the two mental health disorders. Let’s find out what they are:
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The 7 Best Drinks to Reduce Your Anxiety

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Avocado and baby spinach smoothieIt is common to be freaked, worried, and anxious. You could be upset about family, love, work, health, or even money.

Maybe, your heart beats faster, your mind can only imagine pending doom, your breathing gets rapid and shallow, and all you could ever wish for at this time is relaxation.

You might opt for popular energy drinks as a way of calming yourself. You could also swallow some pills from your local pharmacy. While these medications and beverages might promise you a significant calming effect, they have been associated with a horde of side effects including insomnia, heart palpitations, nervousness, anxiety, and depression.

Ultimately, the body is bound to react to such distress. The outcome could be positive, including the motivation to work harder. Alternatively, the effect could be detrimental where you experience worsened symptoms or diseases including high blood pressure, headaches, stomach upset, insomnia, and chest pain.

Whether you are just freaked out or are suffering from full-blown anxiety, it is recommended that you try safe and healthy remedies before you consider the option of medication. There are many non-drug drinks which have a calming effect on distress.

Below is an extensive discussion of some of these drinks. Note that while some might have an instant calming effect, others improve your condition over time.
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Demystifying Anxiety

1 Comment – Posted in: Anxiety, GAD – General Anxiety Disorder
“Don’t Let them in, don’t let them see,
Be the good girl you always have to be.”
– Elsa. Frozen. The Movie.

 
Elsa - Frozen - Walt DisneyThe movie, “Frozen” is Disney’s highest grossing animated film ever. Did you watch it? Probably.

And, if you are like me, someone who has struggled with anxiety for a long time, you may have recognized the similarity between Elsa’s struggle to control her magical impulses and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Huh?

Elsa assumes she cannot control her magical ability to freeze everything around her. This lack of control terrifies her. She is convinced that the only way to protect those around her is to isolate herself and hide her special ability.

Many of us who suffer from anxiety also tend to isolate ourselves out of fear. Fear of triggers. Fear of embarrassment. Fear of judgement.
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Anxiety as a Brown Man: A Horror Show

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Old Man AnxietyLiving with anxiety is a crippling affair. You cannot make a steady decision without running endless laps in your brain while your heart pumps gallons worth of blood that shoots up and down your body with relentless intent.

Having lived with anxiety and depression for the last thirteen years, I’m aware of the effects it has on the human mind.

When it began for me, at the age of 12, there wasn’t the level of support you can find for people with this affliction that you have now. The world has taken the right course of action toward educating the public at large over these problems.

However, this movement hasn’t been felt in the eastern side of the planet as much.
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