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Breaking the cycle of negativity

28 Aug 2016

Do you often find yourself thinking that something bad might happen to you or your family? Do you resist driving your car thinking you will be hit in an accident? Do you think you are not good enough? Do you avoid going by the metro believing there might be a bomb blast? Do you think you can’t do anything well? Are you worried about how you look? Do you avoid going in crowded places for a fear of stampede?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you might be initiating and encouraging the cycle of negativity.

The thing about negativity is that it thrives on itself. Let me give you an example. Ajit was a confident young man working in a MNC and was all set for promotion soon. However, he was under tremendous pressure working on last minute deadlines. Being stressed made him feel on the edge. Despite all reassurances, he wasn’t sure of getting the promotion. He began thinking of what will happen if he doesn’t get the promotion. He could imagine colleagues laughing at him, and his wife rejecting and taunting him. This further led to a decrease in his self-esteem. He could no longer concentrate on his tasks or do them as efficiently as before. Finally, on the day of his interview, he was so anxious that he was unable to answer the interviewers even though he knew it all. Result: He could not get the promotion and all his fears came true.

Did you see what happened there? Ajit was all set for promotion and he would have definitely got it. But as negativity set in, it took the shape of a cycle. Thus, the negativity of his thoughts eventually led to the consequence which he feared in the first place.

Negative thoughts reinforce negative emotions leading to negative actions. If this cycle of negativity is not interrupted, it eventually leads to an ill effect on the physical and/or mental health of the person experiencing it.  Further, if these cycles continue, they may even lead to depression and anxiety.

How to break this cycle of negativity?

Now that we know negativity begets negativity, we have to take a step to get out of the cycle. ePsyClinic helps you do just that. Our expert psychologists not only help you break through the cycle but also make sure that your life is full of positivity leading to self-confidence, high self-esteem and resulting in an increase in productivity making sure you have a healthy and happy family life and career.

These are some of the steps ePsyClinic Psychologist will take you through in the quest to break the cycle of negativity-

1.      Identify personal triggers of negativity

2.      Visualize the negativity cycle

3.      Weakening the triggers

4.      Disrupting the cycle

5.      Getting a fresh perspective

6.      Engaging in mindfulness

7.      Lifestyle Changes

Depending on how long these cycles have been a part of your life, the counseling sessions required will be somewhere between 2-5 sessions. However, you will realize a world of difference after these sessions.

Take a session and start with breaking the cycle of negativity right now!

 

Don’t wait. Consult us now to start the journey here at ePsyClinic.com, Asia's largest Online mental and emotional wellbeing mega clinic. 

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A to Z Of Personality Disorders: Everything you need to know about Personality Disorders

20 Apr 2016

 

 ‘Oh, don’t mind her, she’s just got that type of a personality’.

‘Did you see his personality?’

These are some of the ways in which we use the term personality in our day-to-day lives.  With the increasingly aware age of internet and social media, we have started using the term ‘personality disorder’ as well. So what is personality and what are personality disorders really about?

What is Personality and Personality disorders?

Personality is the whole sum of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors that makes us who we are. All of us behave in certain predictable ways no matter how different the situation is. These set patterns make up our personality. Our personality doesn’t change much over time but does develop with different experiences and as circumstances change around us. We are usually flexible to let our experiences change us for the good in order to cope with life effectively. Now this aspect of flexibility is what is missing when one has a personality disorder. It is then that our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving become more rigid and difficult to change. People with personality disorders hold long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible.

Who suffers from personality disorders?

At any given time, 1 in 20 people have a personality disorder. India reports the prevalence rate of 1.07%. 69.4% of those afflicted range from ages 21 to 40 years. Most of them are males. Although personality disorders have been significantly associated with the male gender, the overall prevalence has been seen to be similar across the genders. However, the sex ratio is different for specific types of personality disorders.  The most common disorders have been seen to be anxious-avoidant and borderline in a sample from North India. Compared to the anxious-avoidant group, the borderline group comprised of more females than males (60% vs 27.1%).

Types of Personality Disorders and their symptoms

There are varying types of personality disorders. These are-

Paranoid :

Borderline

Anxious-avoidant

Schizoid

Histrionic

Dependent

Schizotypal

Narcissistic

Obsessive Compulsive

 

Paranoid:  is a personality disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others.

Obsessive compulsive is a personality disorder characterized by a general pattern of concern with orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for control over one's environment, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. Work holism and miserliness are also seen often in those with this personality disorder.

Borderline:

One person may meet criteria for more than one type of personality disorder.

One of the most common personality disorders among females is borderline personality disorder. Its symptoms include-

·         Impulsivity – spur of the moment actions

·         Difficulty in controlling emotions

·         Feeling a sense of ‘emptiness’

·         Difficult to maintain relationships

·         Often self harm, like cutting self or suicidal attempts

·         Tendency to cling to damaging relationships as afraid of being alone

The other common disorder  is of anxious avoidant personality disorder has the following symptoms-

·         Hypersensitive to criticism and disapproval, expecting it often

·         Worrying about rejection

·         Worrying about being ridiculed or shamed

·         Feeling lonely, isolated and inferior to others

·         Wanting to be liked and accepted

Schizoid is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, and apathy. 

Histrionic is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people.

Schizotypal disorder is a personality disorder characterized by severe social anxiety, paranoia, and often unconventional beliefs.

Narcissistic is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and often others.

 

What causes personality disorders?

Personality disorders can be caused by multiple factors including upbringing (abuse in childhood, violence in family, alcohol dependent parent), early childhood problems (severe aggression, disobedience, temper tantrums), brain-related problems (neurotransmitters and chemicals), and triggers like stressful situations, financial problems, other mental health problems or loss of a loved one.

 

Impact of personality disorders

Personality disorders adversely affect an individuals’ life. If left undiagnosed and untreated, they can damage relationships and lives. These disorders cause the friends and family to withdraw from the individual. They may even lead an individual to depression, suicidal thoughts and even attempted suicide. The person may withdraw from socializing and may have mood swings.

Management of Personality disorders

Personality disorders can be managed in many ways. At ePsyClinic, we treat personality disorders by-

1)      Medication – Medications assist with personality disorders and our psychiatrist will help prescribe the best fit for you.

2)      Psychotherapy – It helps teach you the ways to manage your symptoms and reduce problematic behaviors that are a part of your personality and interfering with your functioning and relationships. The type of psychotherapy required differs based on what type of personality disorder you have.

Some quick tips to manage

Along with medication and psychotherapy, these are some of the ways you can manage the disorder-

1)      Destress, unwind. Do yoga, go for a walk.

2)      Get sufficient sleep.

3)      Eat balanced diet.

4)      Avoid alcohol and drugs.

5)      Exercise regularly.

6)      Take up a hobby.

7)      Talk to someone about how you are feeling.

8)      Get routine medical care, don’t miss your sessions.

Personality disorders do take time to treat as compared to other disorders but they are completely manageable. Stick to your treatment module and you will start seeing the changes sooner rather than later.

Don’t wait. Consult us now to start the journey here at ePsyClinic.com, Asia's largest Online mental and emotional wellbeing mega clinic. 

Just click the pink chat button and Type "PD" to start an instant consultation or know more about charges. 

 

 

A wife's Life explained in pictures.. Heatwarming and soul-wrenching must see

23 Apr 2016

 

It all Starts..... 

The happiness She feels that She will be soon with the Man she was meant to be with.. Butterflies all around her.. 

 

Her wedding is a dilemma only she can understand.  Its like her heart is being torn into 2.. She is leaving the one place she knew was HOME to build a new one, she has no idea of....

 

She still walks with confidence and hopes.. dreams and prayers with her Man that she trusts more than herself today...

 

She Steps in the new house.. The first day morning, she wakes up and embraces the house as it was always her own.... 

 

But her dreams are shortlived....Soon she starts realising that its going to be  wait and only wait for her husband to spend some time with her..

 

And while at home she faces anguish and anger from her new mother ...

That nothing she does is right...

 

And when she tries to share her pain and her needs with her husband.. manytimes this happens

 

This becomes a pattern and she starts losing her happiness and desire to feel good...  It puts her at  200% risk to fall under

Depression & go in the vicious circle of darkness..

 

Is this the fairy tale life she had wished for???

Could this have been averted?

 

 

NOW VISUALISE THIS 

 

Her Husband has atleast 1 hour a day to spend with her and enjoy

And her mother-in-law & new family spends time with her as a daughter 

 

Her husband supports her and loves her... understands that she is here only for HIM

 

She will now trust the world and build a happy home... her fairytale can come & has come true..

 

How beautiful is this life.. How happy can it be.. A wife is your new life and  your duaghter in law is your daughter.. Let's help her realise her fairytale.. A tale your Sister and your daughter saw and shared with you too...

 

HAPPY BEGINNING! 

If you are facing an unhealthy relationship or have discord and pain in your marriage, then ePsyClinic , country's best marital therapy brand can help you reach happiness. 

JUST CLICK THE PINK CHAT BUTTON AND TYPE "MR" TO INSTANTLY CONNECT WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST AND SIGN UP  FOR COUPLE'S THERAPY OR RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING 

 


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