It is referred to as geriatric psychiatry and there is focus on the treatment of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, as well as depression.
There is shortage across the nation of psychiatrists, even more so, psychiatric providers who specialize in treating older populations.
Mental illness affects close to 15% of the older population. This number is a mere estimate, and doesn’t account for the untreated elders who do not have access to mental health services.
In order to support our elderly loved ones as they approach end of life, it is important to educate ourselves on what they are truly going through so that we can be there for them as they have helped us throughout our life.
Theories, religion, and society contribute different analysis of the human psyche. One thing about the human psyche that most can agree upon is that it is difficult to analyze our own personal condition without bias, in fact, it’s likely impossible. This bias is mitigated by the role of mental health professionals. We even attempt to eliminate this bias through friends and family.
Most people are not aware of their actual condition, and others may have a measure of self-reflection, however, they may overlook certain aspects of their condition unknowingly.
Self-reflection is not foolproof, which is why we must be willing to nuance our approach to the different challenges we will be presented with in life.
You have to really go deep in understanding the depths of what you need to go into, and to have a method to be able to combat that.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? IDing what your weaknesses are and accepting them. Seeing them as things that you can work on, and are not simply failures are important as well. Also, you can track your progress to see that you are improving in a certain direction. It is important to recognize how far you have come, and IDing these things in the very beginning as well.
Also, have something when you are at your lowest points as an immediate need when you are getting back into your mental headspace. For example, if your GPS goes off track, you need to re-route as soon as possible. Similarly, if you are having massive anxiety, you need to be able to revert back as soon as possible. Do you walk away, do you grab a drink of water, do you pray, what is it that you do to get your mental health in a certain direction.
Do not leave your plan or your program that you developed for yourself. It does not end there when you feel "better", and you can go back into that very quickly. Life is filled with a consistent stream of challenges that may present themselves at any moment.
Belief plays a huge role in mental health.
Research has found that mental health and social interaction have a strong connection with one another.
It is a central part of an individual’s survival. Research has found that the neurotransmitters responsible for regulating stress and anxiety are typically released during these moments of social interaction.
We find that social interaction plays an important role in boosting and maintaining good physical and psychological health in an individual.
The Impact of Social Isolation on Mental Health
Social isolation is directly linked with many mental health illnesses and so we see the importance social interaction has upon overall wellbeing. A marked symptom of depression is social withdrawal. One risk factor we observe amongst individuals who commit mass shootings is social isolation. The effects of social isolation have a negative impact not only on the body but also the mind. Research finds that social isolation was linked to a higher release of cortisol in both men and women. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces in response to stress. If cortisol levels gets too high we
There is much talk over the usage of Artificial Intelligence in Mental Health.
Machine learning technology is another form of Artificial Intelligence technology and is now being implemented for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. This technology differs from the image-guided technology and seems to be more applicable to mental health diagnosis and treatment.
Artificial Intelligence companies are using machine learning technology to analyze large volumes of objective and subjective data and use this information to make reliable diagnosis of the patient's mental health condition. Many psychiatric conditions are co-occurring and so machine learning offers greater accuracy in the dual diagnosis of the various mental health conditions.
What is also interesting is our ability to analyze large volumes of data is much more practical than how it was years ago.
The key is to take the data fed into the database and determine what is the most useful to provide feedback to clinicians and to allow for them to make differences in patient lives. For instance, if you give data suggesting to a patient that they are depressed, that won't necessarily help them become "less" depressed. The data needs to help give solutions to the patients and so it plays a role in not only the diagnosis process but also with treatment options.
Machine learning technology also offers a cushion between physician-patient relationship. There has been a stigma surrounding psychiatry. Many individuals who are suffering from mental illness have often been stigmatized and felt shame with regards to seeking help. Through machine learning technology, patients experience a cushion between them and the physician, and this subconsciously encourages more truthful recounts of their symptoms from the patient. The patient is less likely to feel they are being judged and so this allows for more effective treatment options.
A lot of these social anxiety experiences come from the internalization that those around us are judging us in the harshest way possible. That somehow, they have instantly picked up upon all our deepest insecurities.
We ruminate on these thoughts sending our body into panic mode. We experience somatic symptoms, including sweating, tightness in the throat, tremors, and raised heartrate. All of these symptoms are the result of a flood of adrenaline which puts us in fight or flight mode.
Something to remember is that social anxiety is multi-faceted.
The idea of willing ourselves to be more confident when we are in these socially crippling situations over and over again, so that we no longer panic sounds like the answer logically, but it oversimplifies what is actually happening in our minds that triggers the body’s response. It is difficult to regulate this involuntary body response in the moment, so I’d like to share a few things to keep in mind as a point of reference next time you find yourself in a socially crippling situation.
1. No one cares
But always remember this: every single person has social anxiety.
Perhaps not every second of every day but feeling nervous is a natural human emotion.
Statistically speaking the odds that every single person around you is shredding you to pieces in their minds are very low. And this is because most people are too busy worrying about themselves.
So remember, no one cares as much as you think they do.
2. Use others to inspire confidence.
There are individuals who are highly extroverted and are seemingly very outgoing in social situations but will tell you they too suffer from crippling social anxiety. How is this possible?
This is because confidence is quiet. The loudest person in the room is most likely the most insecure. And insecurity synergizes with social anxiety. We are afraid of being judged and rejected so being outgoing and dominant in social settings blocks that judgement and possible rejection.
So how do I build my own quiet confidence from scratch? Use other people for inspiration.
If you admire someone, it could be a family member, a friend, a celebrity, use them as your idol. Study all the things you admire about them and borrow their confidence.
Next time you are in a social setting, tell yourself that you are this person and you have their confidence. This is that quiet confidence, its internal strength you are borrowing from this person you admire and your body will follow your mind’s lead.
Our definition of success means a great deal.
It dictates how we spend our time, who we spend our time with, what we spent our time learning, how we relax, how much we sleep, what foods we eat, if we pray or not, and so much more.
In any goal that is difficult, there is going to be times where you feel down and do not feel that you can accomplish the goal.
Without having the kind of support structure that is needed, you would quit.
That is human nature.
Furthermore, If your upbringing define success as something that wasn't authentic to you, Then you would live your life to please those around you, even though it isn’t true to your own heart.
Many families say to focus on financial stability or social respects for instance however if the dream isn’t true to you this will bring heartache and pain in the short and long term.
All you can do is do your best.
All you can do is align yourself with the best individuals you can and make the most of your time.
Life has its moments of sheer stress, where we feel under immense pressure and overwhelmed.
Many individuals grapple with procrastination. For some individual’s they work best under pressure. The ability to motivate yourself each day and complete tasks of your own volition may rely entirely upon your personality type, personal values, and lifestyle.
If an individual is used to working by deadlines and strict schedules, procrastination is most likely a non-issue in their life. If an individual is used to fluidity in their daily responsibilities, they may procrastinate their tasks regularly.
Procrastination is not always a bad thing.
We spend so much time following rules to prepare us for autonomy. It feels a lot like an oxymoron. And it touches upon the concept of procrastination and how it is not categorically negative and may allow some individuals to thrive.
There are many times when we don’t feel like doing much.
The brief relief from relaxing even though there will be guilt in the future mean so much to us.
In a sense, this is the model of cognitive behavioral therapy, and also the model of drug addiction. Some heroin addicts and drug addicts will say that the future version of their selves will take care of a “something”.
Procrastination is often viewed as the neglect of one’s responsibilities and this seems to oversimplify the definition of procrastination and the role it plays in the life of certain individuals. There seems to be different degrees in which procrastination impacts our life.
It is good to understand that procrastination does not equate to neglect, it is defined as delaying or postponing something. Procrastination is not just limited to responsibilities and tasks, it can also affect emotions and thoughts.
Our responsibilities, as well as, our emotions are important and central to our well-being and livelihood. The brief relaxation we get from procrastination is small compared to the sustained feeling of accomplishment we get from doing what needs to be done.
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