Is this section we aim to give you guidance on some of the key areas that may be affecting your life or someone you live. It will help give you some guidance on what is normal and what is not. Your General Practitioner is always a great starting point when you think you may need some additional help.
What are the Conman Mental Health concerns
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health “as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
What is Stress
Our brains are hard wired to keep us safe. Structures deep inside the most primitive parts of the brain look out for signs of danger, and when they fire up they take charge of the brain (and its blood flow) and put the body in a state of alarm and gear it up to act, to maximize our safety. This is called the FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE response. This response system is designed for short term threats that we can run from, fight or avoid. Unfortunately, many modern day ‘threats’ that can cause anxiety are hard to manage in this way. Things such as financial stress and worrying about what might happen are hard to fight or run from, but our physiological response still kicks in. An added complication is that our brains have the capacity to think of things in the past or things that might happen and trick the alarm response system into firing up. The triggers for stresses we face can be sudden or long-term, they can be real or unreal – but the associated feelings that we experience are ALWAYS real.
What is depression?
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any identifiable reason or cause. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious concern that affects a person’s physical and mental health that needs support.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or the stress is removed. Anxiety becomes a concern when these anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It can become a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren’t easily controlled.
What is acute stress disorder
It is common to have recurrent thoughts, images, nightmares and memories in the first few days following exposure to a traumatic event, as people process what happened, and seek to move forward. However, unpleasant feelings associated with exposure to trauma sometimes keep coming back along with recurrent images, intrusive thoughts, nightmares or bad dreams. People may feel that it’s all happening again or have brief but vivid memories or “flashbacks”. An acute stress disorder is when symptoms might occur during the month following a traumatic event and then lessen and disappear within a few weeks.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If the acute stress symptoms persist for several weeks after the event, and cause intense distress and affect everyday life, a specialist may diagnose this condition as PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes there is a delay of months or even years between the event and the onset of PTSD. If acute stress symptoms persist for some time, or become severe, specialist help is needed and a doctor will refer the person to an appropriate specialist mental health professional. It’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible and get an informed diagnosis. PTSD can be misunderstood or over-diagnosed.
Mental health continuum
It is healthy to move between your emotions, to have good days and bad days. The challenge we face is recognizing when we are having more bad days than good ones.
What are some of the conman challenges we have
Work RELATED CHALLENGES
Acute Stress /Traumatic Event
Work Place Bulling/ Harassment
General Work Stress
Acute Stress Disorder is ....
Normal behaviors you may experience after an event are..... If these behaviors become....... then you should.......
Home Based CHALLENGES
What are some warning signs
Ever person has a different base line of who they are as a person. There for, if someone if typically very quite, just because they are quite or reserved doesn't mean there is an issue. The "warning signs" are when someone changes from whatever their normal is to something different more than the day to day life changes. There is no exact list to check off but these are the more common changes in behavior that we would encourage you to get some additional support.
Change in Social Iterations
Change to Sleeping Patterns
Easily Irritable, Aggressive, Hostile or Violent
Major Change in Eating Habits - (Unplanned)
Change in consumption of Alcohol, Drugs or Gambling
Constant feeling of being Sad or Down
Lack of ability to Concentrate
Change in Sex Drive
Repetitive flashbacks or waking to the same dream/ scene
Overactive responses to Children or Animals
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