Depression

Long Term Affects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Long Term Affects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder When people experience or witness a traumatic event, and are unable to let go or move on, they are putting themselves at risk to developing Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD). In brief, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that results from traumatic experiences, which is sometimes relived by the patient though flashbacks and nightmares.  It can also be when triggered by certain situations e.g. a soldier fresh from the war may remember the gunfights and bombings when they hear loud banging doors. Causes of Post Traumatic Disorder Trauma and an individual’s inability move on from it, is the common cause of PTSD. Traumatic experiences often involve life-threatening situations or events that cause intense fear in the individual such as the following:   Extremely severe accidents like car crash, plane crash, etc. Frightening natural phenomena like hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, etc. Being a victim of torture or other crimes Exposure to war and conflict Physical, mental, and emotional abuse Loss and grief is the second cause of PTSD. When an individual grieves over the loss of someone or something they can consider to be very important, it can cause a flood or rush of emotions.  This often causes strain and stress on the individual and if not dealt with in the right way can lead to long term affects.  The following situations, particularly when unexpected and sudden, can put a serious amount stress to the individual which can result in PTSD:   Death of a family member, a friend, or any one they love and consider important Divorce or end of a relationship Being fired from a job that they are passionate about Loss of a dear pet The Long-term Effects […]

The Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep can have serious impacts on our well-being, both in the short and long term. Living in a society where there is just too much work to be done, children to look after, parties to attend, movies to watch and so on, it seems that inadequate sleep is a common problem. When we do not get enough sleep, the short term effects are immediately obvious. For one, we become groggy and unable to focus on our tasks and responsibilities. We also can be grumpy and easily irritated by even the smallest nuances. These effects by themselves are dangerous and scary, but the long term effects of sleep deprivation on our body, mind, and overall health are much more concerning. Sleep Deprivation and Obesity There have been a number of studies conducted on the links between sleep deprivation and weight gain.   There is a strong connection between how much sleep we get and how much weight we gain for the following reasons:   Hunger – When you are tired, you tend to eat more because the body wants to compensate for the energy used whilst staying up all night. Food choices – Sleep-deprived people tend to go for foods which are high in calorie, like processed and junk foods. Energy – If you are tired then you’re less likely to have the energy to exercise and burn off all the fat that you have eaten. All of the above points can contribute to gradual weight gain over a period of time. Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Diseases Long term sleep deprivation is also known to be linked with the development of heart and cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. An article conducted on […]

Depression, Suicide and Counselling

It is a known fact that many people from around the world – over 120 million according to this article from curiosity.discovery.com – suffer from some kind of depression.  These can range from mild, moderate or extreme cases. A bigger concern though, is that those who suffer from depression are bound to develop suicidal tendencies, or at least contemplating it. Suicide rates all over the world in general have been on the rise over the past decades. In Australia there are around 2,500 deaths per year as a result of suicide, which is around 6 per day.  With the popular celebrity Charlotte Dawson recently taking her life, it’s important to bring this issue out to help those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Depression and Suicide Depression and suicidal tendencies should not be taken lightly and ignored. These are serious problems with serious implications on the life of the people suffering from it and those around them. They affect a person’s ability to work or study, to do hobbies or play sports, to engage in meaningful relationships and so many other good things in life. Luckily, there are warning signs that help us spot whether a person is suffering from depression or not like strong feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, weight, sleep patterns and others. There are also signs that their depression has escalated into suicidal tendencies like a sudden change in behaviour, going from extremely sad to suddenly being calm and happy. Verbal message like “They’d be better off without me,” or “It doesn’t matter” can also be signs. Of course, saying these things do not necessarily mean that the person is automatically suicidal, and that is why professionals like counsellors are there. Getting […]

What is happiness

Happiness: It starts with you What is happiness? This is probably one of the oldest questions of all time – one that has been asked since time began, and one that is still asked today. You would think that with all of our ancient wisdom, revolution and our present technological advances, we would have finally answered this million dollar question.  However the ultimate definition seems to be as elusive as happiness itself.  What we do know is this: Happiness does not come pouring like rain from the outside; instead, it springs forth from within. The Outside World We have been told time and again that true happiness is not brought about by indulging in materialistic desires. Yet, here we are, working regular day jobs and hoping to earn more money in order to buy ‘the next big thing’. This way of life can be attributed to the kind of lifestyle that this generation is brought up in.  A lifestyle of consumerism where people are conditioned to think that the more you have, the happier you are supposed to be. Sure, this indulgence may bring a short respite and joy for the weary and sad, but these effects don’t tend to last long. While you are smiling and laughing, you may feel a pang inside that you just can’t seem to shake off. Even family and friends and those closest to you cannot do anything about this ‘thing’ that we feel.  They may be able to alleviate the emptiness and void, but ultimately it begins and ends with you. It’s All about You Happiness has been defined and explained in so many ways, and one of the most famous and accepted reasonings is that true happiness […]

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