Living With A Mental Illness

Living With A Mental Illness -Taking Care of You
Seeing a doctor regularly, monitoring your symptoms, regulating stress, bringing your thoughts in line with the thoughts of God, exercising, and eating healthier are all essential keys in your ability to fulfill your God-given purpose for living. Taking medications as prescribed, and seeing a doctor regularly are important strategies for maintaining your health, and living the life that God has for you. In fact, if you have a mental illness or think that you may have a mental illness, seeing a doctor will be the second step in your recovery process. Your first step will be developing or maintaining a relationship with Je-sus Christ.
Seeing a Doctor First Time
When you see a doctor for the first time, he or she will talk with you about your symp-toms. Then he or she depending on the setting may schedule or request that you obtain a physical and blood work. Again, this will depend on the type of doctor you are seeing and the circumstances. For example, if you are seeing a Primary Care Doctor, he or she may request the blood work and complete physical on site. But if you are seeing a Psychiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in mental health), in his or her office he or she may conduct the mental health evaluation first and then refer or request that you see your Pri-mary Care Doctor. Regardless of when you get it done, obtaining a complete medical physical to include blood work will be necessary.


Esin ati Emi Oluwa Kini O?

Esin ati Emi Oluwa Kini O?
A le ṣalaye ẹsin gẹgẹbi ikopa ninu ilana-ẹkọ ti ipilẹṣẹ / eto imq tabi ṣeto ti awọn igbagbọ ati awọn iṣe lakoko ti a ṣe fi ẹmi jẹ igbimọ ẹni ti ẹni kọọkan ni ita agbaye ti iriri lẹsẹkẹsẹ tabi agbọye ọkan ti ara ẹni bi apakan ti agbara ẹmí nla. O tun le wa ninu ẹsin gẹgẹbi iṣafihan ti ẹmi (Hodge, 2004).

Iwadi ti ṣe idanimọ ibaramu gbogbogbo laarin iwa-ẹmi (ẹsin wa pẹlu bi iṣafihan ti ẹmi) ati awọn oriṣiriṣi awọn opolo ti ilera ọpọlọ lati ni “imudọgba ti o pọ si ikunsinu si ara ẹni, igberaga ara ẹni, atilẹyin awujọ, ipo-aye ati idunnu” ṣugbọn nitori awọn iwo ti ko dara ti diẹ ninu awọn eniyan, awọn anfani rere laarin ẹmi ati ilera ọpọlọ ko ni iriri nigbagbogbo nipasẹ gbogbo eniyan. Ṣe o rii, fun diẹ ninu awọn eniyan, ti o ni aisan ọpọlọ ni a rii bi ẹmi eṣu tabi ijiya lati ọdọ Ọlọrun. Fun awọn ẹlomiran, ẹmi-ẹmi jẹ igbẹ-alọ, ọna ijade, ati ipalara. Laanu awọn iwo mejeji ti ṣe idiwọ ọpọlọpọ eniyan lati gba iranlọwọ ti wọn nilo.

A dupẹ, a ti ni oye bayi pe awọn eniyan ti o ni aisan ọpọlọ ko ni ẹmi-ẹmi tabi ti Ọlọrun jiya. Ati ogun ẹmí ati awọn ohun-ẹmi eṣu kii ṣe kanna pẹlu aisan ọpọlọ. Awọn oniwosan ati Awọn Onisegun mọ pe wọn ko ni lati bẹru ẹsin / ẹmí tabi gbiyanju lati sọ awọn eniyan jade kuro ninu igbagbọ wọn.
Arun ọpọlọ jẹ ipo iṣoogun kan ti o ni ipa lori ero eniyan, rilara, tabi iṣesi eniyan ati pe o le ni ipa agbara rẹ lati ni ibatan si awọn ẹlomiran ati iṣẹ lojoojumọ. Awọn aarun ọpọlọ jẹ gidi ati pe a ṣe itọju.



Religion and Spirituality

Religion and Spirituality What Is It?
Religiousness can be defined as participation in an institutionalized doctrine/theological system or set of beliefs and practices while spirituality is framed as an individual pursuit of meaning outside the world of immediate experience or understanding one’s self as part of a larger spiritual force. Religion can also be included as an expression of spirituality (Hodge, 2004).
Research has consistently identified a generally positive association between spirituality (religion is included as an expression of spirituality) and various dimensions of mental health to include “increased adaptation to bereavement, self esteem, social support, life sat-isfaction and happiness” but due to the negative views of some people, the positive benefits between spirituality and mental health is not always experienced by everyone. You see, for some people, having a mental illness was seen as demonic or a punishment from God. For others, spirituality is a crutch, a way out, and harmful. Unfortunately both views have pre-vented many people from getting the help that they need.
Thankfully, we now understand that people with mental illness are not demon-possessed or being punished by God. And spiritual warfare and demonic possessions are not the same as a mental illness. Therapists and Doctors know that they do not have to fear religion/spirituality or try to talk people out of their faith.
Mental illness is a medical condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function daily. Mental illnesses are real and are treatable.


Stress

There are many strategies we can use to manage our stress. But there is no one strategy that will work for everyone in every situation. So in order to manage your stress you must look at the specific situation you are facing and choose a strategy that will work best for you. For example, changing jobs, learning how to relax and learning better communication techniques may be appropriate strategies for one situation, but making diet changes, learning assertiveness skills and exercising may be more appropriate in another. While a person can manage stress in many ways, the one strategy we want to focus on here is the strategy of changing the way we think. Face it—we may not be able to change the situation that is causing us stress, but by changing our thoughts we may be able to decrease the impact of stress on our lives. Take a few minutes to review the list of strategies below and pick the one that works best for you.

 

 

Managing Stress—Changing How We Think

 

  1. Face reality. Some things you may not be able to change.
  2. Learn to release feelings of anger in appropriate ways before it builds up.
  3. Evaluate the things that cause you to worry. Instead of letting your mind focus on the problems, spend some time trying to identify ways to solve the things that cause you to worry.
  4. Learn to see a crisis as a chance for change.
  5. Learn to see both sides of a problem. Remember every situation may have three sides: your side, my side and the right side.
  6. Instead of meditating on negative things, meditate on ways to solve your problem using the Word of God and His principles.
  7. Eliminate thoughts that distress you. Challenge negative thoughts that come to your mind. Are those thoughts balanced? Are they accurate?
  8. Think about the consequences.
  9. Have realistic expectations.
  10. Realize you will have to say no sometimes.
  11. Realize you will have to make a decision sometimes.
  12. Realize you will not get what you want sometimes.


Stress

Stressful feelings are triggered by our view of a situation or event, not necessarily the event itself. Just because a situation is stressful for me does not mean it will be for you. But when the mind does perceive a situation to be stressful it sends orders to the rest of the body. The body then responds to the orders it receives from the mind by becoming both emotionally and physiologically aroused. Have you ever almost had a car accident? Or have you ever been startled by something that seemed to come from out of nowhere? If so, you may have experienced a sudden increase in your heart rate, sweating and muscle tension. Those symptoms were activated by the mind to prepare the body either to flee or to face the situation that was triggering the response. When the event that caused your body to be aroused was removed, those symptoms diminished. But some of us live in a constant state or near constant state of arousal or stress.

 

 Our bodies and emotions don’t get a chance to relax so we are always on guard. Unfortunately, the longer our bodies are subjected to stress, the more detrimental the impact will be. Ongoing symptoms of stress can trigger a whole host of negative symptoms that include increased sleeping, overeating, depression, muscle tension, ulcers, nervousness, loss of sexual appetite, tiredness and memory loss (Cunningham, 2000).
 

There are many strategies we can use to manage our stress. But there is no one strategy that will work for everyone in every situation. So in order to manage your stress you must look at the specific situation you are facing and choose a strategy that will work best for you. For example, changing jobs, learning how to relax and learning better communication techniques may be appropriate strategies for one situation, but making diet changes, learning assertiveness skills and exercising may be more appropriate in another. While a person can manage stress in many ways, the one strategy we want to focus on here is the strategy of changing the way we think. Face it—we may not be able to change the situation that is causing us stress, but by changing our thoughts we may be able to decrease the impact of stress on our lives. Take a few minutes to review the list of strategies below and pick the one that works best for you.

 

 

Managing Stress—Changing How We Think

 

  1. Face reality. Some things you may not be able to change.
  2. Learn to release feelings of anger in appropriate ways before it builds up.
  3. Evaluate the things that cause you to worry. Instead of letting your mind focus on the problems, spend some time trying to identify ways to solve the things that cause you to worry.
  4. Learn to see a crisis as a chance for change.
  5. Learn to see both sides of a problem. Remember every situation may have three sides: your side, my side and the right side.
  6. Instead of meditating on negative things, meditate on ways to solve your problem using the Word of God and His principles.
  7. Eliminate thoughts that distress you. Challenge negative thoughts that come to your mind. Are those thoughts balanced? Are they accurate?
  8. Think about the consequences.
  9. Have realistic expectations.
  10. Realize you will have to say no sometimes.
  11. Realize you will have to make a decision sometimes.
  12. Realize you will not get what you want sometimes.


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