MASTERING MONDAY: MASTERING MENTAL HEALTH
In recent years, mental health has become an increasingly visible issue in society. With many organizations trying to shed light as to what is considered a mental illness and how to get help for it, the hope is that more people will not suffer through it. With that people still use words like bipolar, depressed, and having anxiety in incorrect contexts because they do not actually know what these illnesses entail. This Mastering Monday will open your eyes to how people who actually have a mental disorder feel and what is going on in their brain.
This video is basically an insight on how it feels to be depressed and how it can affect someone’s ability to do simple tasks like picking out what to wear or even get out of bed. Depression is a real thing where over 350 million people are affected by it worldwide. Not so long ago, people thought that depression could be biologically explained by a chemical imbalance, through decreased levels in serotonin. Recently scientists have discovered that it could be due to brain cell growth and the connections they have. It is also shown that people who are depressed tend to have a smaller hippocampus. Stress may be a big factor in the decreased size in the brain. Also you can regenerate the hippocampus when mood improves and new neurons are stimulated.
This article talks about how in the United Kingdom, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited and sat down with children who were involved in a program called Place2be. This group caters to kids who are having trouble with emotional and mental problems. Kids are helped through talking, creative work, and play. This program is awesome because, it tries to take preventative measures so kids are better prepared to avoid mental illnesses as adults. It talks about how one in every five kids experiences a mental difficulty before the age of twelve. This is really scary to see because kids these days are more anxious, depressed, and self-conscious. This program was put into action to help kids relieve mental difficulties and learn tools to help them cope with anything that life throws at them. Middleton has spread awareness by becoming a patron of the organization. If there were more programs and organizations in the world, it may change the world.
- Don’t desensitize mental disorders. When you use something like the “weather is being bipolar” or “I am so depressed” when you are not diagnosed this could be offending others. You are doing more harm than good. By desensitizing the word for people who actually have the disorder, you cause the illness to lose its meaning. Use phrases like, “The weather looks terrible” or “I feel a sad right now”. By leaving mental illness out of it, it can be used more accurately in the true context.
- Educate yourself. Along the context of my last point, educate yourself on the different mental disorders that are out there so you know what the actual symptoms of the disorder are. This can be helpful as you may witness these signs in a friend or loved one and may be able to have that caring conversation about seeking help.
- Do something active. The first thing you don’t think of when you are upset is to do something active. But, studies have shown that people who are in a bad state of mind can alleviate this (at least to some degree), by doing some physical activity.
- Seek Counseling. If you really think you may have a mental illness or are feeling down on yourself, please seek counseling or help. Talking out your problems with a counselor may be just the thing you need to help you make you a better you.
- Eat Healthier. What could also help with your mood is to eat healthier options at the dining hall on a daily basis. If you eat junk food and don’t give your body the nutrients it needs to carry out daily tasks, it may make you feel sluggish and contribute to mood swings as sugar has shown to do.
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