Category Archives: Mental Health

Substance Abuse – Mental Health Awareness

Substance abuse refers to the harmful and excessive use of psychoactive substances. This category includes a variety of substances such as medication, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Both legal and illegal substances contain chemicals that can alter how an individual’s body and mind work. These substances are known to alter an individual’s mood by giving them a pleasurable “high”, easing stress, or help one avoid problems in their day-to-day life. These drugs are popular across age and cultures and are said to have addictive properties.

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Warning Signs of Anxiety Disorders – Mental Health Awareness

How do we recognise anxiety disorders?

There are several groups included in the anxiety disorder spectrum such as Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), Specific Phobias, Social anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

For people who have an anxiety disorder, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling in both private and work life.

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The Impact of Anxiety Disorders in the Workplace – Mental Health Awareness

Having an anxiety disorder can have a major impact in the workplace. People may turn down a promotion or other opportunities because it involves travel or public speaking for example. The number of persons with anxiety disorders is steadily increasing which of course also influences their jobs. However, only a small amount of these individuals discloses their diagnosis to their employers or seek professional help for their illness.

The most common anxiety disorders found in the workplace are: Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), Specific Phobias, Social anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Mental Health Awareness – Anxiety Disorders

The number of people diagnosed with mental disorders is said to be on the rise, globally. Researchers thus far have been unable to pinpoint the actual cause of mental illnesses. However, the following factors have been implicated: a variety of genetic, social and environmental factors that can contribute to mental illness such as inherited traits that cause a higher susceptibility to such disorders. Some of the most common affective mental disorders are depression and anxiety disorders. Although anxiety often accompanies depression, not everyone with depression experiences an anxiety disorder and vice versa. In commemoration of #MentalHealthMonth, the first of this series of articles will be dedicated to anxiety disorders and their probable impact on the lives of those affected.

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It’s not about you but it’s up to you!

Joseph Butler states, happiness does not consist in self-love. Still many people are told to love themselves since that is the Cornerstone of happiness. So, is happiness about you?

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