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.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

Psychiatric Medications and the Youth Population*

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While psychiatric medicines such as Lithium, Abilify and Risperidone exist designed specifically for younger consumers, pharmaceuticals need to create safer ones.  A young person’s brain isn’t fully developed until their early twenties.  The body as a whole should have the capacity to withstand medications. Presently, many youth experience toxicity, weakened bones, and neurological challenges from appropriate drug usage.  Kidney damage, at times irreversible, is one of the consequences from Lithium.

All medications have side effects and not every user will experience them.  However, side effects associated with psychotropic drugs can be greatly reduced with newer medicines targeted for this segment of the population.

*First-generation psychiatric drugs went on the market before the late 1980’s. These medications can result in neurological problems.  Second generation psychiatric drugs went on the market after the late 1980’s. These medications can result in weight gain, diabetes, elevated levels of cholesterol, and neurological problems. 

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