Depression

This week we are featuring Depression.
Depression is a mental health disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to multiple emotional and physical problems.
Symptoms of depression may include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, angry outbursts, irritability, loss of interest in hobbies and normal activities, insomnia or sleeping too much, lack of energy, reduced appetite and weight loss, anxiety, trouble concentrating, and suicidal thoughts.
Facts and Statistics of Depression:
– Depression affects over 18 million adults every year
– Women are 70% more likely to experience depression than men
– Family history and genes play a role in depressive disorder
– Depression can increase the risk of developing other health issues
Depression can be caused by multiple different things, such as brain chemistry, genetics, physical health problems, stress or negative life events, and medication side effects.
There are many triggers for depression, however, the triggers in the picture are the most common reasons why someone’s depression might come to the surface.
You can’t avoid every trigger, but you can learn to cope or deal with your depression.
It is important to identify your triggers to better understand your mental illness.
Recovering from depression is not easy but it is possible. Often the things that help the most when coping with depression, are the things that are the most difficult to do.
Taking the first step is always the hardest but doing little things like exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, and talking to your friends and family is a good start.
Support plays a big role when coping with depression. Developing a strong support network is key in your recovery because it is difficult to handle everything on your own. If you do not have friends and family to support you, try finding support groups in your community or online.
Improving your sleep, nutrition, and exercise is always good for you, but it is especially helpful when coping with depression. This will in turn reduce your stress levels because you are doing something that is good for your body.
Avoiding procrastination and keeping up with household chores will improve your mental health because the area around you will be inviting and positive. Keeping up with your to-do list will maintain a routine that reduces stress levels.
As always, therapy is recommended when someone is struggling with depression. It is so important to talk to a professional.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out to our agency and we will be happy to help you. You are not alone.
Agency phone number: 405-894-0320
National suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Anxiety

This week, we are featuring anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a normal feeling that we all have, however when you have a constant and overwhelming fear and worry, you may have anxiety disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety.

Anxiety can have many symptoms that would affect the body in different ways, such as physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Anxiety disorders can be caused by multiple different factors such as genetics, brain chemistry, environmental stress, drug withdrawal/misuse, or a medical condition. It is important to get diagnosed and get therapy to know why you are experiencing anxiety.

Facts and statistics about Anxiety disorders:

  • – Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and affects 30% of adults at some point in their lives
  • – Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million adults in the United States
  • – Only 1/3 of people with an anxiety disorder seek out treatment
  • – 8% of children and teenagers experience an anxiety disorder
  • – 50% of Americans diagnosed with anxiety disorders are also diagnosed with depression

Anxiety disorders can be caused by genetics or environmental reasons. Events, emotions, or experiences can cause symptoms of anxiety to worsen. These are called triggers. There are many things that can trigger someone’s anxiety. These can be internally, such as negative self-talk or unrealistic expectations. They can also be externally, such as major life changes, work or school, relationships, financial issues, etc.

Anxiety triggers are different for everyone but these are common triggers that someone with anxiety can be affected by. Some people may have multiple triggers. It is important to find what triggers your anxiety in order to manage the mental disorder.

If you have an anxiety disorder, it is important to find the best treatment strategy to help you cope with having a mental disorder. These coping mechanisms might include one or multiple different things and everyone with anxiety disorder will have a different coping strategy. Finding what is best for you is the most important.These are some long-term strategies that can help you cope with your anxiety disorder:

  • Identifying and learning to manage your triggers
  • Therapy
  • Daily or Routine Medication
  • Eating Healthy, Balanced Meals
  • Exercise Regularly

 

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms or if you think that you may have an anxiety disorder, please call one of these numbers below to get the help that you need. You are not alone.

Agency phone number: 405-894-0320
If an emergency, call 911
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

PTSD

This week, we are featuring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a traumatizing event.

Symptoms of PTSD include agitation, irritability, isolation, fear, anxiety, loss of interest in activities, insomnia, fear, flashbacks, and emotional detachment.

Facts and statistics about PTSD:
– 70% of adults experience 1 traumatic event in their lifetime
– 20% of people who experienced a traumatic event will be diagnosed with PTSD
– About 8 million people have PTSD each year
– 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD at some point in their life

There are a lot of things that can trigger someone’s PTSD such as a person, place, thing, or situation. The ones listed are only a few.

When faced with danger, your body gets ready to fight, flee, or freeze. Your brain stops some of its normal functions to deal with the threat, including your short-term memory. The brain attached details to the traumatic memory, which in turn becomes a trigger.

You can’t avoid all triggers, but you can learn to cope.

Some triggers are obvious but others may take time to identify and understand. These triggers can be external and internal.

Coping with PTSD can be difficult but with these tips, it can be manageable.

If you know someone with PTSD, you can do a few things to make their lives easier.
– Provide social support by being patient, educate yourself on their disorder, and don’t pressure them into talking about it.
– Be a good listener. Allow them to come to you and talk about what they are going through. Be interested in the conversation.
– Rebuild trust and safety by expressing your commitment to the relationship and keeping your promises.
– Anticipate and manage triggers by helping them get through their triggered reaction.
– Support treatment by emphasizing the benefits and encourage therapy.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, please reach out to us and we can help.
405-894-0320

If an emergency, call 911

National suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-283-8255

Tips and Information about Mental Health

Open Arms want to ensure that everyone has information about mental health. This slide show gives information about mental health, myths surrounding mental health, warning signs that your mental health is struggling, and prevention and recovery for mental health. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need professional health. We will welcome anyone with open arms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_tKKvYHQ7c&feature=youtu.be