April is stress awareness month. Stress is becoming more and more part of our everyday—we cannot even think of daily life without stress anymore—and as such is also either cause or accompanying many mental health and other psychological issues people bring into psychotherapy and counselling. However, a closer look at the internet search statistics, reveals astonishing figures related to stress, anxiety and depression, which are the top three mental health-related searches in the UK.
Narcissism by nature of the personality structure manifestation makes it hard for a narcissist to engage in authentic and intimate relationships. People who engage in a relationship with a narcissist will often be subject to the lack of connection, empathy and intimacy. They may find themselves under fire of allegations that they are too controlling and smothering. Even though these accusations will be part of narcissist’s distorted reality, there will often also be some pathology related to why someone gets involved with a narcissist in the first place. Usually such pathology will be unconscious.
A therapist will often be faced with a question of what the difference between sadness and depression is and what low mood is then. This will either come up in therapy room as client is making progress beating depression or dealing with any other issue and trying to evaluate progress, or it will come up as a question before a client even comes in for the first session of psychotherapy or counselling.
If there’s something you don’t want to commit to this year, include it in your new year’s resolutions. I guess this is something that could sum up how we actually treat and sticking to new year’s resolutions after making them. They are known not to stick and until we don’t change the way we make them, they are going to keep failing us. We’ll keep failing. If the habits we want to break out of are not wanted and are not making us feel good, then why are they so hard to get out of and why is sticking to new year’s resolutions so hard?
Panic attacks and panic disorder are usually associated with anxiety. However, a panic attack should not be mixed with anxiety, even though they will most often present themselves together.
Anxiety and panic attacks are, like depression, common mental health presentations in therapy. Panic attacks will not accompany all cases of anxiety, however, it’s highly unlikely for them to be present with clients that do not suffer from anxiety. They are especially common with social anxiety. We need to take all this into account when treatment takes the form of psychotherapy or counselling.
Anxiety and depression are often considered hand in hand. When we talk about one, we often pin the other to it. When dealing with these two mental health manifestations within NHS, it is not a rare occasion that they will also be diagnosed together by GPs. And even though it might seem that sometimes depression will be accompanied by anxiety, the problem is much more complex than meets the eye.
Bipolar disorder and bipolar personality structure, also known as manic depression and manic-depressive structure, are something we are more likely to encounter in therapy than appears to be the case at first glance. Bipolar is predominantly characterised by swings in mood—from manic to depressive. However, contrary to common belief, neither the intensity of swings nor their frequency are deterministic of bipolar.
Bipolar and depression can often be mistaken for one another because of similarities in their presentation. Clients might come in for therapy claiming they are depressed, which they can in fact be, but that can easily be a symptom of bipolar personality structure or bipolar disorder whereby depression is only one of its manifestations.