“is an eating disorder and serious mental health conditionPeople who have anorexia try to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food or exercising too much, or both. This can make them very ill because the to starve.They often have a distorted image of their bodies, thinking they are fat even when they are underweight. Men and women of any age can get anorexia, but it’s most common in young women and typically starts in the mid-teens.” (nhs.uk/conditions/anorexia/). Anorexia means that the person affected will consider themselves to be fat even when they are well below a healthy weight. They feel depressed and anxious. To loose weight is the only achievement in life an all food is surrounded by fear of getting fat. It affects a person psychologically but also physically, they lose weight, bone density, fertility. Treatment at the earliest opportunity is recommended. You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling its adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711. ( NHS) .https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/anorexia
Anxiety is a normal part of our lives. It makes us perform better, try harder. But sometimes it can prevent us from doing things, from living a full and varied life. Anxiety triggers our survival mode, it heightens our bodily responses ready in case we are attacked. Primitive but effective. However most of the time the response is too great for the challenges faced in modern life. Then anxiety becomes habitual and damaging to our health, physically and emotionally. Its effect is cumulative and toxic. My Anxiety Workbook helps you to address what is out of balance in your life and helps you to introduce new ways of living that can reduce anxiety. Anxiety can be conquered!(https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk
“Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.”Unhappiness is normal to all people at times but depression is an intense feeling of hopelessness, sadness that does not lift but permeates every aspect of your life. (mentalhealth.org.uk). Depression can effect anyone, from any social strata or age group. Money and success does not make you immune. For about half of the sufferers, it only happens once, but fro others it can recur. It takes from 6 months to year to recover.https://www.mind.org.uk
The internal voice that expresses its disapproval , frustration , doubt in our actions. It is the ‘should’, the ‘you always get it wrong’ voice that makes us doubt our ability and can damage self confidence. We can tame our Inner Critic!
The autonomic nervous system has 3 parts.
- The oldest is the “dorsal vagal,” (part of the parasympathetic nervous system) that triggers the freeze response to threat.
- The sympathetic nervous system is the one that activates ‘Fight/Flight’ response.
- Our mammalian parasympathetic system or ventral vagus, is in charge of communication and social engagement.
The neuroperception of danger dictates which of these 3 systems are activated.
1.If the environment is seen as being safe, we are free to use the ventral vagal social engagement system is active, we can communicate and be relaxed.
2,.The sympathetic nervous system takes control if we feel unsafe.
3.If this lack of safety continues, then te freeze response from the dorsal vagal system steps in, meaning that our ability to communicate & be social creatures is shut down. ( https://www.windhorseimh.org/being-polyvagal-the-polyvagal-theory-explained/)
” Vicarious trauma, also known as secondary trauma, can be described as indirect exposure to a traumatic event through first-hand account or narrative of that event. People in the helping professions—counselors and therapists, rescue workers, police officers, doctors, and lawyers—may be at risk of vicarious traumatization. Any person who has a significant relationship with a survivor of trauma may also come to experience secondary traumatization.” (goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/vicarious-trauma). This can also happen to parents/carers of traumatised young people. It can lead to depression, anger, anxiety, feeling son loss and low self worth. They experience the trauma and it is best to seek therapy early on.(J W on Unsplash). https://www.tendacademy.ca/resources/defining-vicarious-trauma-and-secondary-traumatic-stress/
“The experience of shame—a feeling of being unworthy, bad, or wrong—can be extremely uncomfortable. Shame has the potential to change the way we see ourselves and may lead to long-lasting social, professional, and sexual difficulties.” (https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/shame). Shame can be excruciatingly painful to have. It is connected with how a person feels about their inner self, whereas guilt is about an act taken or a wrong step taken, shame is that you are intrinsically wrong. It’s root sac be in societal expectations, Religious norms, trauma history or low sense of self. It runs deeply through a persons core belief system.
“Traumatic events usually come out of the blue. Accidents, illnesses, disasters, assault, combat, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse are all events which are potentially traumatic. Such events can leave us feeling shocked, disorientated, and distressed. We may feel like our world has been turned upside down.: ( BACP). Trauma manifests itself in many different ways and is very individual. Sometimes the effects will disappear naturally over a number of weeks, sometimes they remain and can intensify, effecting eating, sleeping, mood, relationships etc. This is when seeking professional help is advised. For more information see the BACP website: (bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/trauma-and-ptsd). https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/coping-with-traumatic-events/
“A toxic boss is one who abuses the power of his or her position.” (https://exploringyourmind.com/characteristics-of-a-toxic-boss/). A Toxic Boss will make employees feel inadequate, worthless and lacking in skills. The employee’s feeling of self worth can be eroded having a negative impact on mental health. The impact of working for this type of boss can leave long term scarring, effecting performance, confidence and preventing people from reaching their full potential. You can become ‘stuck’ in the freeze mode of human responses.