According to data from the U.S. Census, nearly 2.5 million grandparents in this country are raising their grandchildren as the primary caregivers. Even more grandparents are living with and taking at least partial responsibility for the raising of their grandchildren. Having grandchildren is a joy for most people; to see the next generation and to be able to spend time with the youngsters is largely rewarding.
Life is full of stressors, whether it’s something unexpected, such as a breakup with a girlfriend or being passed over for a promotion, or a major transition, such as getting married or retiring. Incidents like these can be very stressful – even if you’re normally a pretty resilient person. You may feel that your world has suddenly been jarred just enough to lose the firm footing you normally have. Instead of adapting and moving on, you get stuck for a short while. Symptoms of depression or anxiety creep in, or you find yourself missing work or lashing out at others.
Every mental health disorder – from ADHD to paranoid schizophrenia – causes problems in the lives of those who suffer from it. Social anxiety disorder – also known as “social phobia” – is no different. Due to the nature of the disorder, which often includes significant shyness and debilitating fear in all or certain types of social situations, social anxiety disorder can be particularly disruptive. In fact, if left untreated, the consequences of this disorder can severely impact every area of your life, leaving you with the feeling that your life is ruined.
Is that happening to you?
Perhaps you’ve encountered individuals who seem to really struggle in social situations. They lack confidence in themselves, feel inadequate in social situations, and rarely risk getting close to anyone unless they’re certain of being liked. They avoid social situations and any type of interaction that they believe will be uncomfortable or risky.
Whether we have a loved one or family member in recovery from addiction or are the immediate or extended members of the family, the days, weeks and months following our loved one’s return home from drug rehab are critically important. This is the time when they need nurturance, love and support more than ever.
It’s not uncommon to need mental health treatment at some point in life. Perhaps you’ve experienced a trauma, been feeling unusually sad or anxious, or are experiencing marital problems. Maybe you’re battling an addiction that you can’t seem to kick or feel completely overwhelmed and stressed out. Or maybe, your future feels so bleak that you’ve started to wonder if life is worth living at all.
Like most issues that are caught before they become full-blown problems, bipolar disorder in teens that is treated early can reduce the impact that disorder has on them later in life.
Eating disorders aren’t relegated to sporadic demographics – they can strike anyone of any age in any part of the world. But it’s the youth of the world who are at greatest risk of getting the help they need to overcome and continue to address the issue as they age.
Not all eating disorders, particularly bulimia and anorexia, are reserved for females – males can also present with these diseases. However, studies have shown that when it comes to body image dissatisfaction, college-age women are disproportionally affected when compared to men.
These body image issues will often manifest into eating disorders. One theory that has some relation with the looking glass perception of self says that people look at themselves as they actually are, as they strive to be and the person others see them as. But when it comes to a negative self image where the body is the subject (not the intelligence or facial structure or other areas where the looking glass is applicable), exactly what moods are triggered from a self-discrepancy theory are not known.
Impulsive behavior (also known as impulsivity) is the general term for a group of behaviors that occur with little or no planning or personal reflection. Doctors and mental health professionals can measure the tendency toward participation in these behaviors in several ways. Current research indicates that impulsive tendencies can play a significant role in the onset and continuation of several mental/physical conditions known as eating disorders. Forms of these disorders specifically associated with unusually high degrees of impulsivity include bulimia nervosa, classic anorexia nervosa, and a form of anorexia called binge/purge anorexia.