Struggles in Life
We all manage the challenges we face in life differently. There are therapeutic powers to be found in our daily lives that we often engage in, in order to naturally alleviate and cope with our life challenges.
There are professional services for more debilitating mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. It is important to receive professional psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for these types of disorders because they affect us in a much more disabling and persistent way than everyday life challenges.
Life challenges, such as getting a bad grade, making a mistake at work, having a disagreement with a friend, these experiences naturally cue fluctuations in our mood.
Negative Moods Linked To Depression and Anxiety
There is a range of negative moods we experience. The spectrum of these negative emotions can be condensed into 3 categories:
When we experience a fluctuation in mood that leads us into a negative emotion from any of the categories above, naturally we find things in life to help us cope with these negative emotions.
Looking beyond obvious coping methods, such as, medications, drug and substance use, sleeping, binge eating, let’s take a closer look into these therapeutic powers.
Examples of coping mechanisms that many use to starve off depression
Therapeutic Powers :
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Are you checking your phone often?
What is driving our obsession with checking our phones impulsively?
Every few minutes we feel compelled to unlock our phones and cycle between the same apps. It's mindless but we still do it and for some ominous reason, it actually feels comforting to do so.
Every day we are bombarded with stressors. We are searching for any escape to alleviate the discomfort. The widespread access to smartphones makes this a common form of escape for many people.
We check our phones impulsively because it is an instant distraction. In some ways it is more effective than other forms of addiction and still allows us to be functioning individuals.
This is important to realize, because addictions to drugs and food affect our functioning in clear and obvious ways. We're able to determine our addiction and the negative affect it imposes on our life.
With the technology we have access to now, checking our phones, this form of addiction is subtle but it still may affect us in negative way and it is important to be aware and set boundaries.
How is Cell Phone Addiction Linked To Depression & Anxiety
We check our cell phones on impulse and it brings us a sense of comfort. Checking our phones isn't necessary but it gives us a momentary escape from anything we are feeling at the moment.
So how is this connected with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety?
Depression & Anxiety
The symptoms of Depression & Anxiety are discussed here on our pages:
Our addiction to checking our phones constantly may be a coping mechanism for symptoms of anxiety and depression. The feelings of loneliness, isolation, self-doubt, and instability may be reduced when we check our phones.
It's a comforting distraction and coping mechanism but if our use hides a bigger illness and helps to mask symptoms of a mental health disorder, it is brave and important to seek the care we deserve and need. Putting our phones down and giving our mental health some of that attention is a beautiful step forward.