+Image Building Step 3

« Build on your strengths. Vanquish your weaknesses. »

Chriselda Barretto

Step 3

In order to project positivity, we first need to heal internally! Let’s delve a bit deeper, to be able to recognise possible inhibitors to good mental health and growth.


A) Mind Healing and Growth

To be able to start mental healing or cleansing, we need to understand what it is about. The possibility exists that we might suffer some sort of issue but are living unawares with this problem. Therefore to rule it out completely, we need to understand the problems most commomly faced and if you identify with any, then that in itself is the beginning of the cure towards it.

“Being able to recognise our shortcomings, helps us to work progressively at finding a way out of it.”

Understanding Mental Health

4 most commonly faced mental health issues are: Depression, Anxiety, Substance abuse Anti-social problems

According to the ‘National Alliance on Mental Illness’, some 1 in 5 American adults will experience a mental illness during his or her lifetime, but men and women are prone to different disorders. In a study published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Abnormal Psychology, researchers found that men are more likely to develop substance abuse and antisocial problems, while women lean more toward anxiety and depression, among other mental health issues.

To be able to recognise these mental health issues means to be able to first recognise the symptoms.
Listed below are the related symptoms.
Read on :

Symptoms of Depression

o Emotional – Prolonged sadness, loss of interest, feeling overwhelmed/hopeless, trouble concentrating, inability to make simple decisions, thoughts of death/suicide
o Fatigue – Feeling tired or fatigued nearly every day
o Sleep – Sleeping too much or not enough
o Weight – A weight change of more than 5% (up or down) in a month when you haven’t been trying to gain or lose weight
o Unexplained body aches and pains
o Difficulty in thinking, concentrating, or making decisions

Symptoms of Anxiety

o Panic, fear, and uneasiness
o Sleep problems
o Not being able to stay calm and still
o Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands/feet
o Shortness of breath
o Heart palpitations
o Dry mouth
o Nausea
o Tense muscles
o Dizziness

Symptoms of Substance Abuse

o The need to use the drug regularly — daily or even several times a day
o Having intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts
o Needing more of the drug to get the same effect
o Making certain that a supply of the drug is maintained
o Spending money on the drug, even if they can’t afford it
o Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities
o Continuing to use the drug, even though it causes problems or causes physical or psychological harm
o Doing things to get the drug that they normally wouldn’t do, eg ; stealing
o Driving or doing other risky activities when under the influence of the drug
o Spending a good deal of time getting the drug, using it or recovering from the effects of it
o Failing in attempts to stop using the drug
o Experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop taking the drug

Symptoms of Anti-social problems

o Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
o Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
o Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
o Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
o Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
o Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
o Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another


Please remember:

« You can afford to lose everything…but your mind and common sense! »

Take care and till next week…

Bon Voyage!

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