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Symptoms Of Poor Mental Health

By |2019-12-03T21:33:32+00:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Fortunately, discussions of health and wellness nowadays nearly always includes mental health. That’s for good reason. Mental health and physical health have been linked time and time again. Mental health is a spectrum with a wide variety of possibilities on both the good and bad side. No two mental illnesses look the same, even when two people have the same diagnosis. Join us as we break down the most common symptoms of mental illness.

A few notes before we start. This is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms; every form of mental illness has different warning signs. If you or someone you love needs assistance, please reach out to a mental health care professional. There is a comprehensive list of helplines, crisis lines, online chats, and text messaging for a variety of issues here. All of these resources are free and most are operational 24/7.

  1. Excessive Sadness.

It is normal for humans to experience sadness occasionally. However, the sadness of mental illness is unmistakably different. It is a deep sadness that is almost like a cloud over people who are affected. From the outside, the sadness may seem illogical or excessive. Inside, the person is suffering greatly, and the melancholy feels inescapable.

  1. Extreme Mood Swings.

Mental illness often pushes emotions to their extreme. Those who are suffering either experience emotion at its extremes or have a complete absence of emotion. When dealing with the extremes, the mind often switches rapidly through despair, anger, and euphoria.

  1. Aversion To Socializing

Oftentimes, people with mental illness struggle to make it through the day while completing the bare minimum required of them. The sufferer is left with no social energy at the end of the day. This mental and emotional exhaustion means that they do not want to spend much time with other people. They will often disconnect from people entirely. If they do socialize, it is irregularly and often for short periods of time.

  1. Changes In Schedule

Changes in schedule include changes in appetite, sleeping habits, and sex drive. For appetite, the mental illness returns again to extreme. Either the individual loses all of their appetite, or they turn to binge eating. The same happens with sleep schedules. Insomnia is a common symptom of many mental illnesses, as is sleeping all day. Even if the person is getting the proper amount of sleep, it may be on the wrong schedule.

  1. Substance Abuse

Abusing drugs and alcohol is a fairly common way to cope with mental illness. The process is commonly referred to self-medicating. Substance abuse allows the individual to escape their problems, or at least distract themselves from them.

  1. Physical Problems

In psychology, there is a term for the physical side effects of a mental illness; psychosomatic symptoms. There is not one specific type of psychosomatic issue. It often presents as headaches, stomachaches or other vague pains. Some people may use the terms “run down” or “sore

Three Ways You Can Prevent Dementia

By |2019-09-14T18:54:01+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

 

Dementia is expected to impact three times as many people as it does now in 2050. The very thought of dementia is a scary prospect: a progressive problem that decreases memory and other cognitive abilities, sometimes extending to affect behavior and quality of living.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of different neurological issues. Despite monumental efforts from medical researchers and professionals, we still know relatively little about dementia. 

This week, we explore suggestions from the medical community on the best ways to prevent dementia.

Don’t Smoke

Cigarettes are immeasurably harmful. Many organizations have led successful campaigns against them for this very reason. However, medical professionals have expressed concerns about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, vapes, and marijuana. Anytime that you are taking anything into your lungs has the potential to cause harm.

Smoking is not adding much to people’s lives, in reality dementia is yet another reason to not smoke.

Maintain Your Health

There are a few components to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. First is maintaining a healthy weight. What this weight may be is different for every person. Diet culture causes some people to try and lose weight constantly – which is not necessarily what is best for your body. If your doctor does not have concerns about your weight, maintaining your current weight is healthier than your weight fluctuating constantly. 

Along with maintaining a healthy weight, you should also be eating properly and exercising on a regular basis. 

Perhaps the biggest part of maintaining your health is handling any health issues that you know you have. Existing health issues that require regular monitoring include diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

To control these health issues, you should schedule regular appointments with your physician. Typically, these are annual checkups, but your doctor may want to see you more regularly. Additionally, you should follow all instructions provided by your physician. Adjust your diet, or exercise, and take any medicine that he or she prescribes.

Keep Your Brain Active

The most recommended way to combat dementia is to keep your brain as active as possible. Just like any of the other suggestions, it is not guaranteed, but it is the medical community’s best safeguard for now. 

Oftentimes older adults struggle to engage themselves on a regular basis. It is fairly common to hear retirees complain that they are bored. A good way to combat this stagnation is to pick up a hobby. Something as simple as doing the daily crossword puzzle in your local paper is a good start. Other games like sudoku and word searches are also helpful.

Social circles are another good way to stay engaged. Gatherings like book clubs, sewing circles, and community service organizations can be amazingly beneficial. Not only do they advance the hobbies that are so helpful to mental engagement, they also require communication and socialization. Engaging with other older adults helps maintain mental agility and helps improve memory.

Mental Health in Senior Citizens

By |2019-09-14T18:53:34+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

According to the World Health Organization, the population of people over the age of 60 years will grow from 12% of the population to 22% by 2050. This means that senior health issues are of growing concern to the world health community. As mental health is discussed more openly by the public, it is important that people aged 60 and older also receive a similar education.

This week, we explore how mental health issues impact older adults, as well as ways to help.

Older Adults Experience Serious Mental Health Risks

Living as a human in the modern world is indisputably a stressful experience. These stressors pose a significant risk to mental health, and older adults experience additional facets of life that increase their stress levels.

Additional stressors that older adults may experience at a higher rate than other age groups:

  • Decline of physical ability: including reduced mobility, chronic pain, or other health problems. This may lead to dependency on medical personnel or family members.
  • Bereavement, or serious loss.
  • Drop or stagnation of socioeconomic status due to retirement.
  • Isolation or loneliness. 
  • Elder abuse, particularly financial abuse. Current studies suggest that 1 in 6 people aged 60 or older experience elder abuse.

It is important that people understand how physical and mental health impact one another. As physical condition deteriorates or someone deals with chronic illness, it negatively impacts mental state. Physical incapacity leads to complex feelings such as embarrassment, denial, and frustration. If these feelings are not addressed, they can develop into mental illness. Oftentimes, this leads to depression and anxiety in older adults.

How To Help

The good news is that, as a society, we are more educated and publicly aware of mental health issues than ever before. This broad education means that we are given more opportunities to spread the awareness to older adults. 

If you are an older adult, and you believe you may be dealing with depression or anxiety, the best thing you can do is reach out. Mental health issues are taken much more seriously than they used to, and doctors realize that psychology is an important part of a person’s overall health. You can reach out to a trusted family member or a doctor. Most insurance agencies cover psychologists and psychiatrists now, so treatment is affordable.

 If you are a family member or caretaker of an older adult who may have mental health problems, it is important to reach out. It is essential that when you reach out, you are not condescending. It is easy to believe that because of past misconceptions about brain function, that an older adult may not know how to look after their themselves. Mental health is, much like any other medical issue, ultimately between an individual and their doctor. 

The best thing you can do is offer support and encouragement. Offer to be a person they can vent to if you are able. Sometimes, all it takes to strengthen mental health is a listening ear.

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