The Anxiety Series, Part I, Long-Term Stress Can Lead To Anxiety, With Another Mental Health Issue Lurking In The Distance

The National Institute Of Mental Health (2020) provides information concerning traits associated with stress in, 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.

When unhealthy (long-term stress) is not reduced, it can lead to an anxiety disorder.  Bhatt (2019) provides a listing of these disorders, according to The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5):

 

– Separation anxiety disorder

– Selective mutism

– Specific phobia

– Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

– Panic disorder

– Agoraphobia

– Generalized anxiety disorder

– Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder

– Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition

 

 

An effective method in reducing stress can found in,

VIDEO:  3 MINUTE STRESS MANAGEMENT – REDUCE STRESS WITH THIS SHORT ACTIVITY (Therapy In A Nutshell, 2020)

 

 

The preventative health care has to occur during the stress phase to stave off the potential health calamity by engaging in stress management techniques.

 

Some of the others are:

Artistry

– Painting

– Crocheting

– Photography

– Sewing

– Sculpting

Reading

Exercising

Listening To  Music

Construction (example, Habitat For The Humanity)

Volunteer Work

 

 

For people who believe their stress is Coronavirus related, Gutterman (2020) gives a presentation on useful ways in how to deal with stress in,

VIDEO:  6 WAYS TO COPE WITH CORONAVIRUS STRESS AND ANXIETY 

 

 

The calamity:

When anxiety symptoms are ignored, anxiety can lead to depression;

Long-term depression can lead to psychiatric medicine usage because brain chemicals became damaged;

Certain psychiatric medicine can lead to weight gain;

 

AND THEN

 

The weight gain can lead to metabolic syndrome:

– Cardiovascular issues;

– High blood pressure;

– Blood sugar (diabetes), and

– Cancer.

 

 

Vikki

References

Bhatt, N. V., M.D., MPH. (2019). Anxiety Disorders. Retrieved From https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/286227-overview

 

Gutterman, D., Ph.D. (2020).  6 Ways To Cope With Coronavirus Stress And Anxiety.  Retrieved From https://youtu.be/a5WgPKHxYFE

 

National Institute Of Mental Health.  (2020). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress.  Retrieved From https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml

 

Therapy In A Nutshell.  (2020). 3 Minute Stress Management  – Reduce Stress With This Short Activity.  Retrieved From https://youtu.be/grfXR6FAsI8

 

 

 

The Anxiety Series, Introduction, Sociology, Social Psychology

This.  New.  Century.  Has.  Been.  Weird!

And 2020 walked in bringing another dynamic to the landscape.

As a result, we have earned a certain amount of stress which none of us wanted, or needed.

Over the next few weeks, this blog will discuss stress and anxiety and their many components to bring awareness on these topics, and methods in reducing these health difficulties.

The first part is Sunday.

See you then.

 

Vikki

 

A Brief Quiz To Determine Coronavirus-Provoked Anxiety

Lee (2020) has an evaluation for readers to complete in understanding how well they are coping in this environment with, Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (Lee, 2020).

Contact your doctor for any concerns regarding unhealthy levels of anxiety, and other mental health issues.

 

Vikki

 

Reference

Lee, S. A., Ph.D. (2020).  Coronavirus Anxiety Scale.  Retrieved From https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/coronavirus-anxiety-quiz/

 

Protecting The Mental Health Worker From That Level Of Dangerousness

There is hardly any mention about the killings of  psychiatrists in the general news media because their homicides are rare events (Davenport, 2018).  Be that as it may, of all of the medical occupations that exist (brand of doctors), psychiatrists are the most likely to become victims of homicide.

The killers are usually men; early 30’s; less than enthusiastic about receiving treatment; suffer from schizophrenia; or mood disorder; went off medication suddenly without therapist’s guidance; began illegal drug usage; combined that usage with alcohol; experienced hallucinations, or some other psychiatric condition.

The mental health professionals are usually female; mid-30’s, who perished by gun violence.

In “Psychiatrists The Most Common Victims Of Physician Homicide”, Davenport (2018) talks further about other members of society responsible for these deaths; the profile of the killers; workplace settings and other homicide venues; the personal history which is the genesis of the research, and other particulars

 

Vikki

 

Reference

Davenport, L. (2018).  Psychiatrists The Most Common Victims Of Physician Homicide.  Retrieved From https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/895220?faf=1&src=ppc_google_rem-traf_mscp_psychiatry-viewarticle895220-ia-ph_t1-psych-mobile_us

 

The Mind Is A Sanctuary, Protecting That Sanctuary With Old Familiar Things When Society Has Lost Its Way (Again), A Spiritual Message

 

Favorites which are:

 

– Biblical passages;

– Mentoring children;

– Volunteering at nursing homes;

– Listening to certain music;

– Reading publications (Poetry, Fiction, etc.);

– Viewing television, film, stage productions from long ago;

– Creating art;

– Photography,

– Gardening.

 

These activities, pursuits, can bring comfort temporarily, but have long-term health benefits.  Returning us to days of yore.  Great memories.  In maintaining contentment.  A positive attitude.

 

These are examples of reinforcing healthy, strong coping skills.

 

What are your examples?

 

Vikki

 

 

 

Anxiety Disorders, Coronavirus, Societal Restrictions

Mental health difficulties are invisible illnesses

 

Cassiday (2020) has an important article for members of the public who were already diagnosed with anxiety problems before the coronavirus burst onto the global scene in, “Finding Calm In The Middle Of The COVID19 Storm When You Have Panic Attacks And Agoraphobia.”

 

Vikki

 

Reference

Cassiday, K., Ph.D. (2020).  Finding Calm In The Middle Of The COVID19 Storm When You Have Panic Attacks And Agoraphobia.  Retrieved From https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/finding-calm-middle-covid19-storm-agoraphobi-panic-disorder

 

Illegal Drug Usage, An Already Compromised Immune System, The Potential For Acquiring COVID-19

Gemme (2020) has a strong argument that individuals who use illegal drugs are one of the populations more susceptible to the Coronavirus in, “Risk For Contracting COVID-19 Likely Increases With Illicit Drug Use.”

 

Vikki

Reference

Gemma, M. (2020).  Risk For Contracting COVID-19 Likely Increases With Illicit Drug Use.  Retrieved From https://amp.press-citizen.com/amp/2882743001