Feelings of anxiety have been beneficial throughout human history when they are experienced in one-off situations. Increased blood flow and levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline fuel a fight or flight response, which primes your body for action. As soon as the perceived threat has passed, your body returns to normal.
However, chronic anxiety can be hazardous to your health as it means that your heightened response never quite calms back down. It also is detrimental to your well-being.
Check out some of the various effects of anxiety on your physical health.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
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Depression is a major epidemic in America, with about 10 percent of the population experiencing clinical depression at some point in life. If you’ve ever had a family member suffer from depression, you may be worried if you’ll get it yourself. But is depression genetic? Get the facts in our article below.
The Correlation Between Depression and Genetics
Genes play a major role in many mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Likewise, genetics do play a part in the likelihood of developing depression.... Continue reading →
Suicide can often be an intimidating or even taboo topic to discuss. In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, we at Las Encinas Recovery Center want to raise suicide awareness by making sure you recognize signs of suicide as well as information about how you can help someone at risk.
Signs of Suicide
If you’re worried that someone close to you may be having thoughts of suicide, pay close attention to their behavior and demeanor to recognize potential suicide signs, which can manifest themselves in... Continue reading →
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect how you think, feel, and act and can lead to a number of emotional and physical problems. Clinical depression is more than feeling sad in response to setbacks and other stressful situations—it can be a persistent feeling of hopelessness.
As with many other mental disorders, depression is not a weakness and you can’t just “get over it.” It’s important that you learn the physical signs of depression so you can receive the treatment that you need.
Here is a list of 10 signs of depression. Note that as every person is different, you don’t have to... Continue reading →
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real issue, one that affects millions of Americans each year. Of all the possible situations that can cause PTSD to manifest, the men and women who serve in the military are most likely to experience situations that will cause the disorder.
This is because nearly 100% of military servicemen and women are vulnerable to traumatic scenarios and situations. But there is a stigma associated with military mental health, especially any negative military mental health.
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It is an unfortunate fact that so many Americans today have to deal with increasing amounts of debt. This debt can manifest in multiple ways, through mortgages, car payments, credit card debt, and even student loans, which recently has become one of the largest kinds of debt Americans have to face.
All of this amounts to a great deal of debt stress that the average American has to cope with, which in turn may cause financial depression.
Stress and Depression
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Using substances like alcohol and marijuana is commonplace and relatively accepted in society. Substance abuse occurs, is societally tolerated, but is a problem and a sign there may be other mental health issues co-occurring. In 2014, 20.2 million adults 18 and over struggled with substance use disorder (SUD). If left untreated, substance abuse can escalate into chemical dependency, a potentially dangerous physical condition.
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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. Over 18% of adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety each year, suffering from symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, tension, and chest pains.
The best way to treat anxiety is by visiting your healthcare provider and obtaining an accurate diagnosis so you can begin the correct treatment. However, there are natural cures to anxiety that you can use right now in conjunction with medical treatment that allow you to fight off the side effects of anxiety.
Here are 7 tips on how to treat anxiety naturally.
With April being Stress Awareness Month, there is no better time to discuss stress and strategies to handle it. Health professionals everywhere are joining forces to help bring awareness about the causes and cures of stress to the public.
Stress continues to be a major epidemic for Americans, meaning that it is extremely important to learn the signs of stress and the effects of stress on the body and mind.
Signs of Stress
At some point, everyone experiences stress in their life. Stress manifests differently for every person. However, there are common symptoms and signs of... Continue reading →
College is a time when students experience some of the best moments of their lives. New friends, new city, and new relationships can all create a rich environment for many students. However, the transition isn’t easy for everyone—fortunately, mental health professionals understand this and know how to help.
Negative mental health in college students is difficult to understand because most students don’t notice they are suffering. Classes become more taxing as students progress. Money may not always be flowing.... Continue reading →