Mental Health

Mental health issues include more than depression and anxiety. Managing stress and maintaining good relationships are essential components of good mental health. At the same time, if you need to seek help from a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor, you aren't crazy.

This section of tips will help you understand that mental health issues can affect everyone and are often just a part of normal life. You will find tips to help you recognize and deal with stress and learn how it can affect your life. There are also some great tips about recognizing the signs of some common mental health concerns including depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Tips, Tricks, and Answers

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   Dealing Constructively with Stress
Although it is virtually impossible to eliminate the stress associated with everyday life, it is easy to deal with it in a positive and healthy way. Making permanent and constructive changes in your life can make you more productive and happy.

   Dealing with ADD Naturally
With so many controversies about problematic drugs full of harmful side effects, many people are turning to treating conditions like ADD naturally. There are many alternatives to medication available, from herbal remedies to nutrition to specific activities.

   Dealing with Hypertension
If you have hypertension, don't worry! There are things you can do to improve your situation.

   Eliminating Holiday Stress
Remember when you were little and you loved every moment of the holidays? That's probably because you weren't the one responsible for running the show behind the scenes. But even adults can enjoy more of the holiday season if they follow these tips to eliminate holiday stress.

   Finding a Stress-Free You
Stress-just hearing the word can increase our heart rate and start a pounding headache. While we often can't change stressful situations we find ourselves in, we can learn to control and avoid a negative reaction to these situations, leaving ourselves relaxed and at peace.

   How Does Stress Affect Health?
Every day of this modern world in which we live places increased demands on our time and energy. There are only so many hours in the day, there is always so much to do, and you want to maintain a healthy family and personal life, and all you may be thinking is your stress level is at critical mass.

   Improving Self Esteem
If you are troubled by low self-esteem and it is harming the relationships you have with family and friends or holding you back at work, you can take steps to improve your self-esteem through cognitive behavioral therapy, self-help groups or individual/group therapy. You can find referrals for therapists and self-help groups through mental health organizations.

   Keeping Your Cool at Work
Spending so much time at work may be good for your bank account, but bad for your stress and irritation level. Fortunately, keeping your cool is easy if you can develop a few coping and stress-relieving strategies that will keep you happier and enable you to perform better.

   Living in a Stress-Free Environment
Have you ever been stressed out by the room you were in as much as the task you were trying to accomplish? Often we forget how much our surroundings affect us, and an unfriendly environment can lead to unproductivity, poor performance, and personal stress. Here are a few tips to creating a stress-free environment.

   Recognizing Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is a serious illness that can impact the health of a new mother and her child. Recognizing the symptoms of postpartum depression could mean the difference between life and death. Depression is different from feeling "blue." The symptoms of feeling sad, hopeless and overwhelmed last for at least two weeks and are accompanied by thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby. You should take these symptoms seriously and get help from a healthcare provider.

   Recognizing Signs of Depression
Depression is unfortunately a large problem among people of all ages. Here are some tips to look for the signs, whether you are watching out for a loved one or you are trying to figure out if you are depressed yourself.

   Signs of Adult ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a disorder that not only affects children, but adults as well. Many of the children with symptoms of ADD/ADHD will continue to have symptoms into their adult lives. Signs of Adult ADD include excessive problems with concentration and organization. Sufferers also have poor social skills and an inability to listen. These difficulties make it a challenge to succeed on the job and build successful relationships with family members.

   Signs of Juvenile ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder that affects children and the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity in these children may extend into adulthood. If left untreated, it can cause life-long problems with building relationships and pursing education and a career.

   Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Most people do not know that the stress experienced post trauma is actually a disorder. Watching for the symptoms can help you identify this disorder quickly so that you or your loved one can get back to life.

   Stress Management Techniques
Everyone experiences stress on a day to day basis. It is important to develop stress management techniques so that you can deal with stress constructively.

   What is a Healthy Body Image?
A healthy body image is key to avoiding eating disorders and keeping physically active. A negative body image is related to feeling uncomfortable and awkward in your body. A healthy body image is about feeling proud and accepting of your unique body. You celebrate your physical appearance and don't look for approval from others to justify your self-worth.

   What to do During a Panic Attack
For those who suffer from panic disorders, the looming possibility of a panic attack can be so debilitating that every day activities may be avoided. When a panic attack hits, there are some simple techniques to follow that can help lessen the severity of the attack and give confidence to anyone with a panic disorder.