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Mental health illness refers to a disease that results in mild to severe disturbances in a person’s behavior, moods, or thoughts leading to an inability to cope with ordinary routines and demands in life. Examples of mental health illnesses are anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, addictive behaviors, and schizophrenia.

At one point or the other, a lot of people have various mental health concerns. However, a mental health concern may turn into a mental health disorder when the signs and symptoms cause regular stress and affect your day to day activities.

 Mental illness can interfere with your ability to function. It can also make you miserable. In most cases, the symptoms can be effectively managed with psychotherapy and medication.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of the different types of mental health disorders vary depending on the illness, circumstances, among other factors and they include:

  • Feeling down or sad
  • Excessive worries or fears
  • Feeling extremely guilty
  • Significant changes in eating habits
  • Excessive violence, hostility, or anger
  • Having extremely high or low moods
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Trouble relating to people or situations
  • Reduced concentration levels or confused thinking
  • Hallucinations, paranoia, or being delusional
  • Inability to cope with stressful situations or daily problems
  • Sleep problems, excessive fatigue, and having low energy levels
  • Changes in your sex drive
  • Having suicidal thoughts

Treatment for Mental Health Illness

There are different types of treatment methods for mental health disorders and they are:

Medication

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Patients can either be treated in an outpatient or an inpatient mental health facility. Medication together with psychotherapy is used to treat certain disorders, depending on the type of mental health illness. Some of the medications used to treat mental health disorders include:

Anti-anxiety Medications: These types of medications are used for individuals who suffer from panic attacks, social anxiety, or generalized anxiety. Anti-anxiety meds are only prescribed for a short duration. If they are used for prolonged periods of time, they can lead to dependence or even addiction.

Antidepressants: They treat depression symptoms; however, in some cases, they are also prescribed for insomnia or anxiety.

Mood Stabilizers: They are prescribed for people struggling with bipolar disorders to stabilize their moods as well as prevent significant depression, mood swings, and mania.

Antipsychotics: These treat psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.

Psychotherapy Treatment

This type of treatment for mental health illness is also referred to as talk therapy. It involves talking about your mental condition with a qualified therapist. In psychotherapy, you learn more about your disorder, your moods, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. With the knowledge and insight gained, you learn stress management and coping skills.

Psychotherapy uses various methods of treatment with each approach aimed at improving an individual’s mental well-being. In most cases, psychotherapy is successfully completed in only a couple of months, although, other cases may require long-term treatment. Psychotherapy may either be in an individual setting or a group setting.

Brain-Stimulation Treatment

This treatment is used for mental health disorders such as depression. Brain-stimulation is usually reserved for cases in which psychotherapy and medication haven’t worked. It includes transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, vagus nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation.

The current generation, no doubt, values mobility and technology. Computers, smartphones, and telecommuting jobs have brought a major change in the work environment. People no longer have to be physically present in order for communication to take place. This has made it possible for people to work from basically any location in the world.

One of the biggest advantages of technology is flexibility. The psychological world has not been left behind with this new advent. Therapists are increasingly embracing telehealth counseling. This type of counseling involves therapy sessions being conducted through video conference. Patients can choose to either go for individual or group counseling. The video sessions can be conducted anywhere and at any time that fits the schedules of both the client and therapist.

There are many benefits of online counseling. Already, there are several studies that show that when internet counseling is combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), it’s very effective on various clinical issues. Other benefits include:

1.Accessibility

Telehealth counseling is easily available to anyone who wishes to use it. Web counseling overcomes barriers that may discourage others from seeking therapy. For instance, people living in remote or rural areas where counseling services are not easily accessible will benefit greatly from online counseling.

Individuals with disabilities or people who are unable to leave their homes are able to access telehealth counseling with minimal inconvenience.

2. Anonymity

Telehealth counseling eliminates the need for attending therapy sessions physically. This helps clients communicate more freely and openly without concerns for age, race, size, physical appearance, or gender. In turn, this may result in increased levels of honesty and, thus, higher validity in self-disclosure cases. After all, the internet can provide a level of anonymity that is seen by many as non-threatening allowing some form of invisibility that’s to a certain extent disinhibiting.

3. Convenience

Both the client and the therapist have the convenience of conducting therapy sessions at different times that best suit them. This style of therapy makes it possible for therapists to easily provide services to clients as they can potentially schedule appointments within 24 hours. Also, therapists can extend their services over a larger geographical area.

For individuals who may find it uncomfortable to attend therapy physically or who are suffering from anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, or social phobias, telehealth counseling will be a better and a more preferred option for them.

4. Affordability

Web counseling has shown to be very economical for the client as well as the therapist. Compared to traditional counseling services, therapists save on commercial space and rent money, therefore, lowering the overhead costs of property, and capital. Clients save on commuting expenses.

5. Fewer missed sessions

Although therapy is regarded as important, there are times when things get in the way of people keeping their appointments. For example, an end of day meeting may run late or there may be a lot of traffic. Such unexpected occurrences may cause missed appointments. As a result, this may lead to negative effects on your mental health. Having telehealth counseling sessions gives you the power to have your therapy sessions anywhere. 

Tips For Throwing a Vape Party That’s Dope AF

It can be easy to run out of ideas for things to do with friends over the weekend. Whether you’re used to hanging out in a group and going out to the local bars on Friday and Saturday nights or prefer to drive to the city for a concert or sporting event, sometimes you want to try something new. If you’re looking keep things low key and try something a little bit different, consider introducing your friends to vaping.

This activity gives you the ability to relax while playing games and munching on snacks. Here are some tips for throwing a vape party that’s dope AF so that your friends recommend doing it again next week.

Pick the right flavors and tools

When set out to plan your party, make sure you have all of the right components. You’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of vape pens for people to use, as well as fun flavors like blue slushie vape juice for people to try. One reason why many people prefer vaping to regular cigarette smoking is because ofthe many choices of e-juice flavors.

If you have any friends who arenew to vaping, let them know of the benefits it has compared to cigarette smoking, such as preserved flavor, less chemical inhalation, and a lighter smell.

The vape pens are available in many shapes and sizes. Some vapes come in certain colors, that you can get to reflect your character, others like the Juul are slim and feel similar to a traditional cigarette. Some even include lights that shine when you’re inhaling from the vape. Having a variety of pens might be a fun way for your guests to experience vaping and try the different options.

Serve delicious treats

No vape party can be enjoyable without the right collection of snacks and food. As inhaling nicotine can get your blood running, you’ll want to provide food as well as an abundance of drinks for your guests. A reliably good optionfor food is always pizza. You can order it in advance with the group’s favorite toppings, or even pull out a trusty frozen pizza. Other classic options are potato chips, pretzels, and pub mix.

If you’re looking to go a bit more healthy, consider ordering sandwiches and having some vegetables and dip. Sometimes having healthy options in addition to junk food is a good way to balance the spread. Your health-minded friends will thank you.

For beverages, people always love soda, but consider also having options like sparkling water or juice, or sport and energy drinks.

Don’t forget about desserts; people will love to munch on cookies and brownies.

Provide entertainment

Beyond socializing and trying the different vape flavors, you’ll want to also have some games in mind that your group can play. Consider favorites like CardsAgainst Humanity, or the newer and similar What Do You Meme.Games like these are social, don’t require much strategy, and don’t necessarily facilitate fierce competition. They simply are a great way to make jokes and laugh with the group.

You can also consider including other activities at your party. Maybe you want to rent an indoor bounce house NYC and let your guests get crazy, jumping up and down while buzzing on vape juice. If you’re having a party outside, you might want to have fireworks available, depending on yourstate laws, to light and watch explode in the sky. Funny movies are also alwaysa classic option, as well as music. Sometimes it’s nice to have background noise going on that you can go in and out of paying attention to. You can finish the night off laying in the grass and staring at the stars, pondering life’s biggest questions.

Keep these tips in mind so that your first vape party leads to plenty in the future.

With the holiday season in full force, most of us have been focusing on putting together the best Christmas decorations that we can manage, the most delicious menu we could imagine, and the most exciting gifts that we can purchase.

We do all of this just to see a smile on the faces of our loved ones, and seeing them being so happy makes us forget about all the turmoil and the grueling tasks that we go through to achieve that picture perfect holiday.

However, while having a holiday plans discussion with a friend the other day, both of us realized that no matter how much focus we put on our family during the holiday season, we forget about a key member as well as their wellbeing and health in the process.

We were, of course, talking about ourselves: the mothers and the showrunners of the family who put their needs on the backburner even without realizing it.

And that is where I started thinking about all those times I advised another mom about what she should be doing for self-care and why it is important, while very subconsciously yet clearly refraining myself from taking my own advice.

That discussion led me to talk to other mommy-friends in my circle, and we all came to a stark realization: we look at ourselves through a lens that often tends to ignore us.

In order to not let that perspective take the better of you and make sure that you receive the best self-care just so you could be at your best for your family, here are a few tips that I gathered from those discussions.

Do Not Overwork Yourself

Whether it is the holidays or just any other part of the year, you like any other human being or any other member of your family need to have a balance between work and relaxation. Make sure that you are making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy balance between these aspects and not pushing yourself to exhaustion. Take some time out to rest, just like how you would advise your kid to do in their everyday life.

Do Not Ignore Your Health

Another thing I noticed in those personal discussions is how often we ignore our health and the precautionary measures associated with them. While we get our partners and our kids to regular health screenings, doing so ourselves is often pushed back with to the old “I’ll do it later” ideology. This behavior isn’t just restricted to mommies with a big family either, but also to single moms who push back crucial appointments such as those with a testing clinic. Whatever you do, make sure not to overlook this aspect.

Do Not Prioritize Yourself Too Low

While it is the sign of a good parent to put their children’s needs first before they do anything for themselves, there has to come a point where the line is drawn.

For instance, if you have been working with a problematic car for years in the hopes that you will change it one day while having your partner and kids get newer models year after year, then it is a sign that you are prioritizing yourself too low on the family chain.

Be kind to yourself and make sure that you get equal treatment within the other members of your family.

Do Not Feel Guilty About Working

The thought of being judged about not giving my best to my work while doing so for my family, and not being a good mom to my kids while I exceled at work always nagged me.

It was only recently that I discovered that it wasn’t just me who had gone through a few personal situations on these fronts, but almost all of us do so on a frequent basis – while dads are never held to that standard.

Keep a clear head on your shoulders in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and if you have to work hard to achieve a certain place in your career without neglecting your kids even if you cannot be there with them every moment of the day, then do not feel guilty in doing so.

Don’t Be Afraid of Asking for Help

For a surprising number of moms, the thought of being independent in raising their children is so overwhelming that they often tend to refrain themselves from reaching out for help from friends and family. This feeling can often cause us to feel alone, even when we are not alone in doing so. Make sure that you trust your ability to parent your child but also be confident in yourself enough to know exactly when to ask for help.

These easy yet profound approaches could very well go a long way into helping you take care of the one person who needs to take care of others: you. If you are not at your best, then your family gets disrupted. Make sure to exercise some much needed self-love from time to time.