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Caregiver guilt has been something that has featured heavily for me since my brother, Josh,* was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. For me, this caregiver guilt is a very uncomfortable emotion that I struggle to talk about -- and I want to pick it apart a little bit in this post.
My name is Victoria Peel-Yates and I am the new author of the "Binge Eating Recovery" blog. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the HealthyPlace community, focusing on the underlying emotional issues behind binge eating disorder and sharing tools and techniques that have helped me overcome them. I also look forward to hearing your stories and learning and growing together.
We should not underestimate the effects of stressful events on depression. Modern technology offers most of us the opportunity to know what's going on all over the world at any given moment of any given day; yet, so many of the current news stories have the potential to add to our stress and possibly worsen our depression. I've been struggling with managing my depression while also trying to find a balance between being adequately informed versus becoming pulled down into a major depressive episode due to information burnout.
Quite a few people in commenting about this blog have mentioned that they think my schizoaffective voices are spirits or come from the spirit world. Although I am a very spiritual person, I don’t believe my schizoaffective voices are in any way spiritual. Here’s why.
Overstimulation causes anxiety. Everywhere you go, everything you do, your brain takes things in. This is good. It means you're alive, alert, and active. However, the constant barrage of stimuli can work against you when "everything" becomes too much. Constant input from the world around us leads to thoughts, interpretations, and emotions and can keep us feeling keyed-up, on edge. This causes a pervasive sense of anxiety that can be vague and hard to pinpoint. Anxiety due to overstimulation can be exhausting and sometimes even debilitating. Knowing why this happens and how to refocus can reduce anxiety and leave you feeling a much-needed sense of calm.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes college harder. Two-point-nine, 2.9 was my GPA when I graduated from the local community college in the Winter of 2016 with a then three-week-old baby and three-year-old toddler. But I didn't care because "Cs still get degrees," and I already spent five years at that school. So how did I go from a failing teen skipping class every Tuesday and Thursday to the straight-A student on the academic Dean's List eight years later? The answer to my success with ADHD in college may surprise you, and none of it included stimulant medication.
Minimalism seemed too difficult because, for as long as I can remember, I've been bombarded with a series of commercials telling me to buy more. If only I could have a new car, the latest phone, or a wardrobe makeover, then I'd be happy. However, possessions aren't everything. In many cases, less is more. Minimalism is much more than I thought it would be.
Last week, I made an introductory post about the fire that struck my apartment last month, and what to do to keep your anxiety at bay if such a catastrophe were to happen to you. I mentioned that there would be no way to contain all I would want to say to one post; this is my first continuation of that theme.
Self-esteem is a basic human need, but it's not a primary need. It's natural that you are motivated to build healthy self-esteem, however. But did you know that there are prerequisites for maintaining the motivation you need to focus on successfully building self-esteem? I want to share a story about a time when I had poor self-esteem, and my situation demanded I focus on my primary needs first.
Battling daily depression takes a lot out of you, and going by my last few posts, you may feel that depression is debilitating to such an extent that, generally speaking, someone who has it cannot have a successful career. While it is true that depression does impair one's ability to be productive at work, this does not mean that nothing can be done about it. Like most things in life, there are certain hacks you can use to increase your mental and physical energy levels, improve your stress tolerance, etc. so that you can positively thrive at work even with daily depression.

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Mahevash Shaikh
Mahevash Shaikh
Rijhu
Very well explained Mahevash...rest is a requisite for success and peace of mind in the long run. We have to keep in mind to take complete and healthy rest as overworking can be very bad for our mind as it leads to depression also.
Martyna Halas
Hi Lizanne!

Thanks so much for the comment! I'm glad you like using this tool for yourself -- I have to try this with fear next time :) I mostly use it with self-doubt, though I can see how this method would work for a myriad of other negative voices. We can tackle absolutely everything if we learn to press pause and separate ourselves from our dark feelings. It takes practice, but it's so worth it.

Have a wonderful day!
Martyna Halas
Hi Andrei, nice to read you here :)

It's good to let the voice speak sometimes, at least you're not holding anything inside. Talking back to it can have a comical effect, too. Sometimes I chuckle when I tell my voice: "Whatever, Karen! Go home!". Recognizing it can be tricky, but I've noticed it gets better with time. And journaling can be helpful, too. I wrote about it in my latest post here: https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/speakingoutaboutselfinjury/2020/6/how-to-manage-self-harm-thoughts-with-journaling

Thanks for your comment and have a great day :)