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Mental Health. James 1:2-3. Importance of Mental Health. Research Shows that the condition of your mental health has a profound effect on your physical condition. Stress. Your body’s response to external and/or internal changes Stressors trigger stress

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mental health

Mental Health

James 1:2-3

importance of mental health
Importance of Mental Health
  • Research Shows that the condition of your mental health has a profound effect on your physical condition
  • Your body’s response to external and/or internal changes
  • Stressors trigger stress
    • Stressors may include; academic tests, athletic performances, public speaking
    • But stress is not always negative, on order to function your body needs a certain amount of stress
      • Fight of Flight response – experienced when you face bodily harm
        • Gives your body a shot of adrenaline to fight, or run away
type a or type b
Type A or Type B?
  • Your personality influences how you respond to stress
    • Are you intense? Seem hurried? Really competitive? Then you may be a Type A
    • Are you calm? Are you patient? Are you not hurried? Then you may be a Type B
  • A person can learn to adapt their personality to handle stress more effectively
how stress effects you
How Stress Effects You
  • Positive Stress causes you to face and accomplish daily tasks
    • Completing homework, getting chores done
  • Distress is when stress reaches a point that feelings of depression and exhaustion replace the natural feeling to accomplish tasks
  • When distress outweighs positive stress, a person can be overwhelmed
    • This is the time when you need to go to God in prayer. When you feel overwhelmed, often times it is a result of not spending time in God’s Word.
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How Stress Effects You
  • Stages of Stress
    • Alarm – body and mind go on high alert
    • Resistance – body adapts, “flight or fight”
    • Fatigue – a general tired feeling (both physical and mental)
  • A person experiencing stress may face difficulty concentrating, mood swings, and risk of substance abuse.
how to cope with stress
How to Cope with Stress
  • Spend time in God’s Word and Prayer everyday!
  • Prevent Stress, work on time management so that you don’t get weighed down
  • Exercise, by exercising you stay physically healthy and your body releases hormones that help fight feelings of stress.
  • Get Sleep!
  • Eat Healthy!
    • Avoid comfort foods and caffeine
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How to Cope with Stress
  • If feeling overwhelmed, who can help me?
    • Your parents
    • Teachers/Coaches, Guidance Counselors
    • Pastor
    • Medical Professionals
  • Condition of feeling uneasy or worried about what may happen
    • To fight anxiety;
      • Exercise
      • Realistic expectations
      • Positive view of accomplishments
  • Prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and sadness
    • Reactive depression – response to a stressful event (loss of a friend), often goes away with time
    • Major Depression – medical condition requiring medical attention
getting help for anxiety and depression
Getting Help for Anxiety and Depression
  • Talk to supportive people
  • If the problem persists;
    • Seek out you support group (parents, teachers, pastors, doctor)
mental disorders
Mental Disorders
  • Anxiety Orders
    • Phobia – fear of items
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – persistent unwanted thoughts
    • Panic – unexplained terror
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- stress after a terrifying event
  • Eating Disorders
    • Pressures that consume a person’s self-image of their body
  • Conduct Disorders
    • A pattern of behavior that violates the right of others
    • Lying, theft, aggression, violence, truancy, vandalism
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Mental Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
    • Think and behave in ways that make it difficult for people to have a relationship with
      • Antisocial personality disorder – irritable, aggressive, impulsive, violent
      • Borderline personality disorder – poor self-esteem, fear abandonment, engage high-risk behavior
      • Passive-Aggressive personality disorder – uncooperative, resent being told what to do, anger issues
  • The deliberate taking of one’s own life
    • Caused by extreme depression or alienation
  • Warning Signs
    • Verbal
      • “I want to die”
      • “I won’t have to put up with this much longer”
      • Writing poems/songs that deal with death
      • Suicide Threats
    • Nonverbal
      • Obsession with Death
      • With drawl from friends
      • Bizarre behavior
      • Substance abuse
preventing suicide
Preventing Suicide
  • Initiate meaningful conversation –show interest and compassion for a person
  • Show support and ask questions – remind person that most problems have solutions
  • Try to persuade person to seek help- offer to go with person to trusted person