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The Problem Is Not Your Symptoms

Our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are interconnected. So what we think will determine how we will respond or not respond to events in our lives. Uncontrolled feelings such as hopelessness can cause us to act as if things in our lives will never change and give up on our dreams and desires. But no matter how you may feel at this moment, never give up; always remember that situations can change in your life for the better. You do have something to add to the world in which you live, so begin to challenge your feelings of hopelessness with the Word of God. The problem is not your sickness or illness. There is a remedy for your problem. Your problem is how you think. Symptoms are natural manifestations of the disease and are to be expected. Depending on the situation, your symptoms may be mild or extreme. Symptoms may occur once in a while or daily. So don’t let the problem keep you defeated. Your symptoms may slow you down, but they do not have to stop you. Don’t focus so much on your symptoms that you forget to look at the good things around you. There is a plan and a strategy to overcome. You need to find it in God’s Word. Don’t be so upset with the symptoms that you start speaking negative words over your life. Your feelings about the symptoms can feed feelings of depression, sadness, anxiety, and fear. Your feelings about your symptoms and being sick can cause you to live beneath the plan that God has for your life. Jesus Christ knew that you would be ill or be faced with a negative situation. He has a plan for your life.



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.



 

 

 

 

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