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Are You Mentally Well?

Mental Health in the United States

We tend to take the minor things for granted in life. We didn't know how important something was until it was gone, and how much better we could have managed it if it had been with us. One of these things is mental wellness. Some people are still cautious to bring up the subject of mental health. Others are unconcerned about their mental health in general.

Mental illness is still the "elephant in the room" in home, work, and school. We're aware of the problem but prefer to remain silent about it.

I've often wondered why people are so scared to speak up about something that we can all connect to and about which we should all be deeply worried.

Nowadays, one of the most common problems we see our ordinary American face is dealing with mental health difficulties. You don't have to be diagnosed with a mental health issue to recognize that managing it is difficult for you. Stress, frustration, worry, and other mental agony can alter how we live, behave, think, and feel about other people, places, and things.

Because it requires them to sit down and be present with their thoughts and feelings, some people avoid treating their mental health. We must understand that escaping from these emotions or thoughts through people, places, or things simply makes things worse.

Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, OCD, sadness, bipolar disorder, mood disruption disorders, phobias, eating disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, and other mental health diseases are just a few examples.

Mental health problems are caused by a variety of factors. These may include but are not limited to:

Genetics and family history, life experiences, unresolved negative emotions (stress, guilt, shame, etc. ), pregnancy exposure, medical conditions, isolation, abandonment difficulties, childhood trauma, and abuse history are all factors to consider. The most important question is HOW? How do you deal with these problems? What kind of services or programs can we build and give to the general population to address these issues? What can we do to increase awareness?

When does mental health get a lot of attention?

Mental health is sometimes utilized as a "get out of jail free" card." Many tragic cases in which people claim mental illness as a justification for their awful inhumane behavior are seen and heard. News of mass shootings in schools, supermarkets, movie theaters, and other public areas where children and adults congregate are examples.

We frequently witness footage of a "shooter" who has had a mental health crisis or has been diagnosed with a disease. If this is the case, and it is, where, in my perspective, is the history of our communities or, more importantly, parents lobbying for programs that can aid with managing the mental health issue of concern? The question is what you've done to guarantee that the problem is correctly handled, and what efforts you've taken to avoid a scenario like this from escalating.

And after that, what happens? There's more to dealing with a mental health problem than popping pills. We need to delve deeper and come up with approaches that are healthful, self-paced, and provide long-term benefits.

On the other hand, there are some people who are having difficulty managing their mental health difficulties and are looking for services that will help them.

Let's look at mental health in the United States in more detail.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health was always prevalent, and the number of mental ailments has continued to climb. According to an online American mental health database, both children and adults' mental health is declining.

In compared to the 9.1% reported the previous year, 9.7% of our youth in the United States are depressed. Adults are having more suicidal thoughts than ever before. Between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the number of people in the United States who had serious suicidal thoughts increased by 0.15 percent, or 460,000 people, compared to the previous year's numbers.

There is still a scarcity of mental health treatment for both children and adults. During the 2017-2018 school year, 60 percent of children with severe depression received no mental health treatment. Over 38% of people do not obtain the mental health care they require, even in the states with the best availability.

Only 27.3 percent of children with severe depression received treatment on a regular basis. 23.6 percent of adults with mental disorders reported unmet treatment needs in 2017-2018. This figure has stayed constant since 2011.

The number of persons with mental illnesses who are uninsured has grown for the first time since the Affordable Care Act's passage (ACA). In the United States, there are 5.1 million adults who are uninsured. This ratio varies significantly by state: in New Jersey (ranked #1), 2.5 percent of those with AMI are uninsured, compared to 23 percent in Wyoming (ranked #51).

Finally, even though there are numerous initiatives that encourage mental health wellbeing, we should advocate for more. As part of the educational curriculum, mental health wellness initiatives should be included. Mental health services should be available in hospitals, community centers, and any other agency that focuses on individuals.

Be Well.

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Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Word for the day is: MANIPULATION

Manipulation is a behavior that involves controlling or influencing someone or something in a dishonest manner such that they are unaware of it. Almost everything we see nowadays has been manipulated in some way. Many people use manipulation to gain influence over someone, somewhere, or something.

When it comes to employing manipulation as a tool, it can be beneficial. Managers can motivate their employees to achieve some of their goals when they are used positively. When used in a physical aspect, such as alternative medicine, manipulation can be useful. This can include chiropractic services, exercise, yoga, and other treatments that use the body's tissue and muscle.

When does manipulation become a problem?

Since manipulation is all about self-control, many people use it to exert control over

others. Manipulation can take the form of someone doing something they know they shouldn't do but do nonetheless in order to feed their ego.

You are aware that a person has feelings for you, but you have chosen to ignore those feelings in order to play off the individual's emotions. This person then tries to take advantage of the fact that the other person likes you by attempting to obtain something that they desire. Money, time, gifts, energy, attention, and a variety of other items could be among them.

When someone confronts another person about their activities, they say things like "I didn't know," "if I knew, I wouldn't have done that," and "why didn't you tell me?" Gaslighting is when someone says things like "I didn't know," "if I knew, I wouldn't have done that," and "why didn't you tell me?"

Manipulation can occasionally be a woman who has developed feelings for a married male coworker. Even though the worker is married, the female employee uses seduction, exposing attire, and flattery to persuade the male coworker to yearn after her and even become involved with her.

Manipulation also includes withholding facts from someone. The expression "I tell you what I want you to know" is frequently used, yet it can be harmful, especially in love relationships. This type of manipulation confuses the receiver by leaving them with ambiguous information. You're attempting to control the narrative by withholding information, leading the other person's perspective and feelings to fluctuate.

Manipulation can be demonstrated in circumstances where you employ items that the other person likes since you know you'll want them to do or give you something. A person who ordinarily does not compliment you does so in order to ask for a favor a few days later. Another example is a lady cooking her husband's favorite dinner and then asking for a loan.

Manipulation is the practice of paying or giving money or gifts to those who agree to take a vaccine. Many people's ideas are frequently manipulated by the media. We are shown what we are supposed to see and hear at any given time, with no way of knowing whether or not what we are seeing is truly happening in real-time.

Control is linked to manipulation, and many people love manipulating others because it offers them a sense of power and immediate fulfillment.

If we wish to improve the world, we must first examine within, recognize the true problem, and attempt to solve it. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Be well.

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Updated: Oct 7, 2021


Control, according to Oxford, is defined as "the ability to influence or steer people's conduct or the course of events." Many people, I believe, struggle with concerns of control. It's one of those things where folks overlook the warning signs. We're witnessing a lot of situations that highlight how easy it is for someone, somewhere, or something to lose control.

Control in relationships

Control in a relationship is characterized as a man directing his girlfriend how to dress when she should be home and what she should do, and with whom she should or should not communicate. Control in a relationship might include things like checking his phone every night, purposely getting pregnant and using the child to keep the man imprisoned in the relationship, and luring a man by wearing overly revealing clothes in order to encourage him to pay your expenses or rent.

Control in relationships is demonstrated by insecure men who emotionally abuse their wives in order to feel better and acquire control over their emotions. This acceptance could be dangerous since the person will be aware of your sensitivities and will continue to abuse you. Knowing someone has affections for you but rejecting them or playing on their emotions by dating or showing affection to someone else in front of them is a form of control. Because you're aware of the person's feelings and know that executing this action would lead them to feel anything, it's a form of control.

Control is shown by a parent who uses guilt to get their child to pay money or purchase things. "I gave birth to you," or "everything I've done for you," are two examples of strategies that may cause a youngster to feel guilty and give in to your demands. A parent who uses their position of authority to intimidate a child into remaining silent about things that the child knows is wrong. A parent forcibly compelling their child to lie or consent to a false story is an example. Another example is a child who has been assaulted by a powerful figure but has been silenced because they are afraid to tell anyone.

Control can also take the form of a child being molested by her mother's boyfriend, but the mother refuses to believe her, and the boyfriend is fully aware of her denial, highlighting the toys and clothes he purchased her in order to keep the abuse going. To accomplish what he wants, the lover is abusing his power over the mother and child.

Another example that we frequently witness is among the parental figures. Offspring born into families with parents who have not recovered from their own troubles or childhood traumas will pass on their parent's actions and attitudes to their children. A parent with control difficulties makes absurd restrictions and expects their child to follow them, abusing their authority as a parent.

Control in the workplace

In the business sector, control can resemble a director who is appointed to this position in order to wield power. This director then decides to begin making various modifications to the firm or program and dictating specifics in order to feel as if they are accomplishing something, but also to maintain control and make life tough for the employees. This is frequently a person who has never held a position of authority or has struggled with a controlling parent or spouse.

Control everywhere

Even the things we see on TV and hear in our music can be used to exert control. We see control everywhere, but the awful part is that it is all hidden; too bad our typical Joes don't grasp what it means. In recent headlines, control has been used to force a group of people to do something they may not agree with, even though it is their choice and right. Nonetheless, if they do not do "something," they may be in danger.

There are several examples, and we witness this behavior on a regular basis; the question is, how do I manage or stop these behaviors? To see the change, individuals must first desire it strongly enough. Most people enjoy having authority and being in command of someone, somewhere, or something. These behaviors are typically formed during childhood, and it's important to remember that children are sponges until the age of five, after which everything that happens after that becomes a part of their subconscious mind (behaviors), which continues and intensifies throughout adolescence and adulthood.

Therefore, it's so important for people to take the necessary steps to heal and grow into better versions of themselves. Let us be the change that we so much desire!

Be well.

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