Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, yet often the first thing that gets neglected. The reality is that we need to put the same amount of care and diligence into our mental health as we do our physical health.
Trauma is any event or experience that overwhelms the brain’s ability to cope, and shapes our beliefs or behaviors going forward. It is anything that causes an individual deep, lasting distress during and/or after the event has taken place.
Move over, Prozac- anxiety is the new depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of the U.S. adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder. This number doesn’t account for people who experience distressing levels of anxiety but don’t meet criteria for a diagnosable disorder. Most of us have experienced anxiety throughout our lives, and it can be argued that between improvements in technology and the advent of social media, anxiety and stress levels are surging at higher rates then previously seen-especially for young people.