Ease Irritability

Tips to Ease Irritability

Must-Know Tips To Ease Irritability

Irritability not only disrupts your mental balance, but it also escalates to other areas, eventually reaching everything and everyone around you.  It’s best to stop it as it surfaces. Mild cases often require little habitual changes such as fortifying your diet or assimilating exercise. Here are some ways you can casually ease irritability in your life.

· Address the source

The best way to ease and treat irritability is to address the underlying cause. The majority of persons experience irritability in one way or another through external factors such as drugs, medication, or stressful environments. However, the genesis of annoyance may initiate from other bodily reactions like infections and hormone misalignment. Often, once the underlying cause is addressed, irritability dissipates, and only a minuscule amount of supportive treatment is needed. Denial sneaks in, and acknowledging the actual cause may go amiss from time to time, so it’s best to be honest with yourself. Take some time to assess, address, and then seek help if necessary.

· Declutter your environment

One way to get stress out of mind is to address the mess out of mind. It’s subtle, but cleaning your environment offers a session of micro-therapy and can often uncover a lot of entanglements hidden beneath your physical and mental space.

· Exercise

It is no secret that irritability and boredom can stem from a lack of movement. Rigorous movements alleviate mental pressure, balances the hormones along with cleansing the body of unwanted matters. Exercise kicks your endorphins into gear, allowing this ‘feel-good sensation’ to circulate your biological structure for some time. So one free solution to your annoyance is scheduled exercise, get out and get moving to ease irritability. 

irritable 1· Reduce caffeine or alcohol

Any form of stimulatory substance overuse damages the immune system, compromises the nervous system, and can cause mental disturbance over time. For example, caffeine affects the body and generally causes irritability after the stimulation has ceased, even in the substance’s absence (withdrawal symptoms). Alcohol compromises the immune system, starves the brain of essential nutrients, and dehydrates the body but makes you feel good while doing it. You stem to gain more natural strength when you reduce caffeine or alcohol dependence. 

These are trying times as well during COVID-19, one could see how much more irritable they are due to the constant ups and downs of this pandemic.  Give yourself grace and know that we will get through this.  If you need any help, we are here.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning’s Impact on Mental Health

Distance Learning and Mental Health

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on mental health for virtually everyone in the world. The main goal for everyone in the world in the last six months has been health and taking the proper precautions. When it comes to schools, the mantra of keep kids safe has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind for the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year and is now a non-negotiable item for the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year. However, it is notable that the focus of all of these actions has been physical health. The hidden toll that coronavirus has taken on mental health should be taken just as seriously. If you want to keep kids safe by creating a distance learning environment there also needs to be a focus put on the social and mental impacts of distance learning on your kids.

Technology and Distance Learning

It is easy to forget in this world of technology that kids can be easily overwhelmed mentally throughout the day by being on screens for the majority of the day. Distance learning is only possible through technology and this type of learning puts the emphasis on being logged onto a computer. Research has consistently shown that the use of technology by kids actually rewires developing brains and if the use of technology is not limited it can cause long-term impacts of technology on kid’s health and limit its use outside of distance learning time.

Distance Learning

This is not to say that distance learning is inherently bad or worse than in-person learning in this unprecedented time. It is just important to recognize the mental health impact of distance learning on your kids. As long as the weather cooperates, going outside and getting fresh air during downtimes or after school is a great way to help health both mentally and physically. There is also no substitute for creative free play that allows kids to be off of screens and developing social skills. These are two simple ways that you can combat distance learning’s reliance on technology. It will help keep that balance in your kids life that is vital for proper development.

 

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Why Do We Worry?

Why Do We Worry?

Worrying is thinking about something that may happen in the future that we have no control over, or the outcome will have a negative impact on our lives. It is attempting to solve problems that present itself. Thoughts of worry are triggered by feeling helpless and out of control. We should often ask ourselves “Do I have control over this?” when we are worrying about something.

Constant worrying can lead to anxiety. Anxiety is the feeling you have when you are apprehensive and stressing out about something. Anxiety is triggered by worry.

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Having concern and anxiousness about certain situations is a part of human nature. We all have feelings of anguish and thoughts of misgivings about something. Those thoughts do not have to be significant or traumatic. We often express concern about very minute things which cause us to feel anxious.

Worrying is tied to control. When we are presented with a problem, we mentally try to solve it. Worrying occurs when the problem has no solution or a negative outcome. There are things in life we have no control over, such as the weather and the passage of time. Frequently we experience anguish over these things when, in reality, we can do nothing to control them.

Worrying is also tied to feelings of helplessness. When things happen, that makes us feel that we are unable to affect the outcome; these feelings can cause a great amount of worrying.

How can I stop worrying? 

There are some things you can do to reduce the amount of worrying. Whenever thoughts of concern enter your head, ask yourself, “Do I have control over this?” Contemplate that answer. Once you have determined the answer to that question, the key to reducing the amount of worrying that occurs is to accept the answer no matter what it is. This, of course, is easier said than done. Acceptance of things takes an incredible amount of willpower and control.

Worrying is a part of life. There is no way to eliminate worrying altogether, but you can reduce the amount of worrying you do by controlling your thoughts and reactions.

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Fitness for duty

Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluations

Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluations

Psychological fitness for duty evaluations for employees takes place in high-stress jobs when the employer gets a feeling that the employees may be incapable of carrying out some duties. It could also be for an individual who is yet to have a job where pre-employment screening needs to be done. For the case of an employee who has been working already, this could be a result of showing signs of stress either emotionally or psychologically.

Why an evaluation?

It is usually easy to point out signs of stress through their behavior. They could be hostile and threatening to their coworkers, therefore, causing the employer to be worried about safety. A high-stress job, for example, is likely to cause a serious impact on an employee. The evaluation is important in determining whether an employee exhibiting such signs is physically impaired or not, and if he or she can work safely and effectively.

Psychological evaluations may also be triggered by a situation where an employer does not want to be discriminative based on disabilities. This kind of employer referral requires a third party of observation report to the employee’s condition to be allowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The employee’s consent is also required in this case, and it should be obtained in writing.

A record of their behavior and some background study is required too. The consent does not mean the employee is required to accept in advance. It means that they will be aware of the happenings to enable them to accept findings and recommendations. In addition, pre-employment screening is essential to prevent future problems, especially if it involves a high-stress job.

Both psychiatrists and psychologists have come up with approaches to evaluate and employer referral procedures, not forgetting responses to evaluation results. There are specific guidelines that are followed until an employer is granted permission to evaluate an employee. Once that is done, doctor-client confidentiality is highly observed and emphasized.

When the psychological evaluation is done, a written report of the results of the evaluation is given. The report contains recommendations too. The opinion of whether the employee is fit for duty or restricted is also included. Employees could be fit for duty with restrictions, unfit for duty, or fit for duty without restrictions.

Terms of employment and law should be observed in deciding the fate of the victim. Medication, counseling, and therapy should be recommended if need be. On the implementation checklist there is;

1. Establishment of the policy governing psychological evaluations on fit for duty.

2. Specifications of coverage and scope of the evaluation associating procedures, rights, and oblivious.

 

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Slow Down

The Importance of Slowing Down

The Importance of Slowing Down

Everyone experiences the urge to do more, succeed, go faster, and surpass their expectation. Many people believe that working more hours and taking minimal rests is equivalent to success. This is not usually true. Ask experts and successful people, and they’ll tell you that taking time to do nothing makes a huge part of your success story. As far as you need to work hard to achieve your goals, taking a break before you experience total burnout is very important. Here are some of the reasons why you need to slow down.

Your Health Matters

You won’t realize that working too hard without breaks is affecting your health until you collapse at work and you have nothing else to do but fight for your life. It’s not news to see people fainting at work due to burnout. You don’t want to be one of them. Your body, mind, and spirit need to take a break if you want to be more productive and successful. Take time to entertain yourself, cook, and hang out with friends.

Slow Down and Make Better Decisions

When you’re tired, even your decisions will look and sound tired. Making better decisions needs a fresh and active brain. Taking time to slow down even when you have tight deadlines gives you time to rest and meditate. Resting restores your mental health which in turn helps you make better decisions. When you take time to slow down, you will resume work fresher and work better, faster, and be more effective.

Slow DownEnjoy the Beauty of Life

You need to switch off that hustle mode and start enjoying the beauty of life. When you’re always buried in your work, sometimes the only words that come out of your mouth often are ‘I’m busy’, you will forget that there’s the other side of life that exists. We have only one life, and if you spend all of it working, then you won’t live to appreciate the world. You need to slow down, take time off, and have fun. Hung out with friends or take a vacation with your family. You need to know the other side of life apart from just working.

There are several reasons you need to step out of that hustle mode and restore your calm. Don’t be that kind of a person that feels useless when you’re not doing anything. Slowing down and taking a rest is not equivalent to being lazy but a sign that you care about your mental health.

 

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Bariatric Psychological Evaluation

Questions about Bariatric Psychological Evaluations

The Importance of Bariatric Psychological Evaluation Before Surgery.

In 2018, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) conducted research that revealed an estimate of over 200,000 individuals had undergone gastric bypass surgery as a remedy to lose weight. With the numbers of individuals with an average Body Mass Index above 30 slowly rising, obesity is gradually becoming a concern. More people are abandoning the traditional methods of losing weight through exercise and dieting as such methods have seemed futile.

Unlike traditional dieting methods used to lose weight, gastric bypass surgery is a more intensive and permanent procedure that requires lifestyle adjustments. Thus, the National Institute of Health Consensus ruled out that all patients scheduled for bariatric surgery must go through psychological evaluations before the surgery. The psychological evaluation consists of two parts, clinical interviews, and psychological examination.

Clinical Interviews

Under clinical interviews, a psychologist assesses the patient’s mental health, focusing on the patient’s behavior and psychological symptoms. These interviews aim to assess the patient’s knowledge of bariatric surgery, collect information on the patient’s mental status, while simultaneously educating the patient. The psychologist asks about their reasons for seeking gastric bypass surgery, current eating patterns, weight history, social support, dieting history, and the psychological acclimatization in readiness for the procedure.

Psychological Examination

A recent study revealed that individuals with a BMI of more than 40 are more likely to develop depression than the average population. During psychological evaluations, the psychologist analyzes the patient for any psychiatric condition that may hinder the desired outcome following gastric bypass surgery. Patients are assessed for signs of psychosis, anxiety, substance abuse, or depression. Although these factors may not contraindicate the procedure, they play an important role in how the patient will recover post-surgery.

In a psych evaluation, the patient is advised to answer the questions asked honestly. The patient is told that the test results do not determine if they are viable for the surgery or not, as this may lead to intentional distortion of information. Based on the clinical interviews, psychiatric examination, nutritional evaluation, and patient history, the surgeon can draw conclusive information on their patient’s status.

In conclusion, before gastric bypass surgery, psychological evaluation of any patient is vital to understand their emotional status better and evaluate their cause and readiness for the surgical procedure. This will go a long way in determining the success story of gastric bypass surgery and mitigate relapses.

 

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Pre-surgical psychological evaluation

Why do I need a Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation?

Why do I need a pre-surgical psychological evaluation?

Having surgery is never an easy undertaking. This is truer today due to the requirement of some patients needing pre-surgical psychological evaluation prior to any procedure considered crucial, including bariatric operations, amputation, or any type of transplant. One of the main reasons why is due to these can be high-priced surgeries for insurance companies, so the insurance wants to ensure the proper steps are taken. A patient that needs any type of major surgery usually needs to make life changes, as well as decrease the number of resources that they rely on. The process of evaluation involves an in-depth interview process, health background history, and monitoring. The pre-surgical evaluation is also used to discuss these important areas that may be of concern.

History of Mental Illness

If a patient does not have sufficient pre-surgical care for their mental illness, then a major surgery may be out of the question. Also, any type of procedure could easily spark their mental disorder whether it’s a mood swing or something more severe. Having patients fully educated with expectations will help prevent them from falling back into their old ways. This is why it is important to have psychological evaluations because a patient with an unstable mental capacity will not be an ideal choice to undergo a major operation.

Substance Abuse

If a patient has been abusing substances, then they will obviously not be the greatest choice to have surgery. An exception to this is only if they are under treatment for their abuse. As a patient is being evaluated during their pre-surgical evaluation, a motivational technique will be able to lead the sufferer on the road towards recovery.

Adhering to treatment involves many steps in order to be successful.  Treatment might include changes in their lifestyle, adhering to proper medication use, and constant continued monitoring. It is important that a complete medical history is obtained that shows the patient complying with all required appointments, medicines, and any other relevant directions.

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Overall Coping Abilities

Devise a way to discover if any resources have been used as part of their overall coping ability towards stress while giving a pre-surgical psychological evaluation. If it is discovered that the patient utilizes unsophisticated mechanisms for defense while undergoing stress, then it may show an underlying disorder that may disqualify them as a surgical patient.

These are just a few reasons on why some surgeries may need a psychological evaluation.  Talk to your surgeon today to find out if one is needed for your surgery.

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Managing stress

Top ways to Manage and Reduce Stress

Managing Stress

Living with high levels of stress may not only have an impact on your productivity at the workplace but also can contribute to mental illness. If stress keeps increasing, it puts a damper on your body and can weaken your immune system, making you unable to think clearly and hence depriving you of a happy mood. If the situation continues for an extended period of time, you are likely to fall into depression. There is definitely no gain to living in a stressful situation.  Try to get control of your situation and manage your stress to make your life joyous again.

Top tips for managing stress

1. Find the source of your stressful situation

You will only be able to solve your problem if you understand its cause. Try to narrow down your habits and find the exact cause of your stress. You may be going through a divorce, getting pressure from your workplace or even finding a difficult time repaying your bank loan. Simply try to find the cause of the stress to help understand the appropriate solution to manage your stress.

2. Use the 4A’s techniques to manage your stress

The 4 A’s includes avoiding, alteration, adapting, and acceptance in an aim to get control of your stressful thoughts. You need to avoid unhealthy habits that are likely to increase stressful moments in your life, such as alcohol or drugs.  Avoiding a stressful situation is not always possible, so learn to alter the situation if you find it hard to avoid it. You may change how you communicate with others or even try to create a balanced schedule for your day to day activities.

Adapt to your situation. Try to live positively and appreciate everything that you are able to do even if you are not perfect at it.

Convince yourself to accept the things that you can’t change on your own.

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3. Exercise to relieve stress

Getting some sort of workout is among the best ways to keep your body active and free from distractions as well as keeping your mind relaxed to focus on positive thoughts. You may also consider taking a walk or even dancing around just to keep your body in motion.

At times you may find it challenging to take control of your stressful thoughts. However, these tips highlighted here should guide you through managing your stress to protect your mental health and live a happy life.

 

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Psychological Evaluations for Immigration, Why they are Needed

Why is a Psychological Evaluation for Immigration Needed? 

The general purpose of a psychological evaluation for immigration court is to document any mental health conditions or diagnoses and to describe, from a psychosocial perspective, how potential deportation would impact a client and their family.  There are thousands of people who are continually filing for different waivers and petitions.  Individuals are seeking means to get a reprieve of some sort due to various reasons. In this article, we highlight cases that necessitate a psychological evaluation.

Extreme Hardship Cases

There are instances where an individual is a sole breadwinner. In these cases where the individual has dependents who immediately rely on them for survival, the dependents may decide to apply for a waiver. These are said to be extreme hardship cases.

The exemption is due to the hardship the dependents may face or endure in any case the individual gets deported. The children or spouse of the individual may have to suffer from separation or job loss. The hardships are either typical or extreme, depending on the magnitude of the cases.

U Visa

A psychological evaluation is necessary for a situation where an individual is a victim of a severe crime in the US. These crimes may be rape, kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture, domestic violence, or even cases of murder.

In the case of such crimes, the evaluation helps to determine the extent of mental or physical abuse. Once determined to be accurate, they get a U Visa though they are undocumented.

Political Asylum Cases

There are several cases where an individual may undergo harsh or unfair treatment in their country. This treatment may be due to a contrary opinion in politics, religion, gender, or even their identity along ethnic lines.

In the political asylum cases, the individual may develop disorders (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which harms them. The evaluation in this regard will help to establish the effects of the abuse experienced.

Spousal Abuse (Violence against Women Act)

This Spousal Abuse, Violence against Women Act, provides help to both the man and woman in the cases where they become victims of their U.S. citizen spouses’ mental or physical abuse. In this case, the victim stands a chance of becoming a permanent resident of the United States once the determination is affirmative.

This determination will be made possible through the psychological evaluation used to establish the impact of the abuse.

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Conclusion

These are some of the cases where you may need to get a psychological evaluation to access the level of impact and fill in for a waiver or petition. You should also understand that the process of assessment helps to gather the necessary information needed and establish the best action to take with the help of a psychologist and your attorney.

 

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pre-surgical psychological evaluation

Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations, What Are They?

Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations, What Are They?

We live in a world where surgeries are a common thing.  So what is a Pre-Surgical psychological evaluation?  Candidates for most types of surgeries will need to undergo a psychological evaluation before the procedure. This has become an essential requirement and a standard practice that has been taking place for years now. The process is meant to improve the overall outcome of the procedure and patient satisfaction. Surgeries that need pre-surgical evaluations include; cosmetic, bariatric surgery, organ transplant, etc.

Why Go Through a Pre-Surgical Evaluation

1. Your insurance company needs it

Your insurance company is going to cover the cost of the surgery, so they need you to see a psychologist assure them that you’re ready for the procedure. They won’t pay for it if you don’t understand everything, including post-surgery effects, potential complications, and the required follow-up.

2. The evaluation will help you identify ways to improve your post-surgery recovery.

Mental preparation for the surgery is important for physical preparedness and recovery. The process will help identify your weaknesses, strengths, and motivation and point out areas you need extra guidance.

3. Your surgeon needs it

A pre-surgical evaluation is what will help your surgeon understand your case, needs, and mental state. These help them know how to deal with you on the operating table and understand all the behaviors you’re likely to show after surgery.

4. Patients need it

The evaluation process is essential for patients to help them learn more about themselves, their mental triggers, habits, and come up with a plan for recovery.

pre-surgical psychologyFactors That Are Likely To Affect the Surgery

Several mental weaknesses can interfere with the surgery is not addressed beforehand. These include;

• Demoralization

• Stress

• Anxiety

• Low self-esteem

• Fear of pain

• Substance abuse history

• Anger

• Chronic psychiatric issues

What to Expect During Pre-Surgical Evaluations

• An interview with a clinician to discuss the background and history of the patient. The questions during this interview will entail medical history, social information, and psychological history.

• Learning more about the surgery by consulting with the physician or surgeon and asking all the necessary questions.

• Psychological tests to examine current psychological functioning of the surgery candidate

• After this, your psychologist prepares a report and sends it to the surgeon for further evaluation before commencing with the type of surgery you are having. 

 

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