Wearing a mask and good hand hygiene, as well as social distancing, have been key in combating the Coronavirus (COVID19). For most, mask-wearing has not only become a necessity but almost second nature. For others, it may feel so strange it can cause things like rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, dizziness, feeling hot …
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an Anxiety Disorder that usually develops after an individual has been involved in one or more terrifying events in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. What Can Cause This? The trauma may involve someone’s death or a threat to someone else’s life, serious injury, or a threat …
It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to disasters and traumatic events. Below are some common reactions to distress seen in children. The common reactions to distress will fade over time for most children. Children who were directly exposed to a disaster can become upset again; behaviors related to the event may …
Children may respond to stress in different ways including regressing from previous milestones or becoming more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, and even bedwetting. Here are five ways to help them navigate COVID-19. Manage your own anxieties– Children pick up on the emotions of the adults around them even when they try to hide …
As with any medications, anti-psychotic drugs have side effects. Here are four tips on taking anti psychotics:
1) Know the risks. Conduct thorough research to understand the risks of your medication. Consult more than one source to gain the complete information. If you have questions or concerns about possible side effects of your medication, speak to your provider immediately.
2) Don’t be afraid. Everyone responds differently; no two people are the same in their response to medications. If your friend has had a reaction
to their medication that doesn’t mean that you will also have the same reaction.
3) Explore the alternatives. In some cases, a combination of counseling and medications can be more effective than medications. Also, speak with your doctor about any natural remedies that you are taking.
4) Not just for psychosis. Some anti psychotics can be used to help treat mood disorders such as bipolar. Do not be alarmed if your doctor prescribes an anti psychotic and you are not diagnosed with a form of psychosis. As always speak up ask questions, it is your body and health and you have every right to know why you are taking a medication.
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help with managing your anxiety. This means making time for yourself. Even if it’s just to take a mid day nap, meditating, listening to music, or simply taking a time out and stepping out can help clear your head and decrease your anxiety.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Writing down your anxious thoughts and getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxiety
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try heading out for walk or even jog whenever you start feeling anxious.
Do not skip any meals. Remain hydrated and limit your alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate and trigger panic attacks, and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.