Is Introversion exposing you to physical and psychological health risks?
28 Aug 2016
Do you choose a quiet relaxing evening rather than partying out on weekend? Do you have a handful of friends rather than a huge group of friends? Do you prefer reading everyone’s facebook feed instead of updating your profile picture or status? Do you stand by and laugh at your whatsapp group conversations instead of participating? Do you like to listen more rather than talk?
If you answered yes to one or more questions above, you are more likely an introvert than extrovert. Although introversion and extraversion were initially seen as two facets of personality, recently a debate about how introversion may be less healthy has been sparked by mental health researchers. Albeit its inclusion as a mental health disorder being too farfetched, there are certain situations or times when being an introvert might come across as being less healthy than an extrovert. Let’s see how.
Introversion is a positive trait as it lets you introspect and reflect on yourself, others and the world. Some of the world’s most famous readers, inventors, poets and thinkers were introverts! However, despite its advantages, there are certain downsides to being an introvert. These are-
1. Introverts are more prone to psychological health risks. They have a higher risk of depression than extroverts. They also have a high risk of suicide.
2. They are more prone to have mood disorders (mania, depression, bipolar disorder) which emerge from substance abuse (alcohol, drugs).
3. Introverts have higher physical health risks like a poor immune system.
4. They have poor coping and stress management skills.
When does introversion begins to be a problem?
1. When you withdraw into your shell. Introverts have a limited circle of friends but that is important. Being withdrawn ups the risk of psychological health risks. Connecting with other people increases quality of life.
2. When you stop taking care of yourself. When you stop maintaining personal hygiene, it affects both your self-esteem and your personal relationships.
3. When you start feeling unhappy. When you notice your life seems unbalanced or you feel emotionally unstable, it’s time to ask for help.
4. When your family and friends tell there’s something wrong with you. They might be a bit over-worried at times, but it’s worth it to take a rain check just in case.
5. When you feel your self-esteem being low. Looking at social media, and everyone’s supposedly amazing lives, you feel like you are in a rut and this dips your self-confidence.
6. When everyone stops inviting you. You remain so aloof and say no to every invitation until people stop inviting you. That’s when there’s trouble.
Although all these problems are said to be related to introversion, you can get rid of them without turning into an extrovert. Some of the ways in which ePsyClinic expert psychologists can help you deal with them are-
1. Maintaining balance in your relationships.
2. Making healthy lifestyle changes.
3. Building relationships at work.
4. Keeping your self-esteem high.
5. Recognizing warning signs of depression and keeping them away.
6. Taking care of your fitness, both physically and psychologically.
As an introvert, you are prone to more physical and psychological health risks than an extrovert. Hence, it’s mandatory, you take measures to prevent them right away. Avail a session with our expert today!
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Constant worrying of women is a sign of Anxiety: Anxiety issues in Women
29 Nov 2015
“Mrs. Raman is a 31 year old well educated, well-to-do banker. She lives with her two daughters and husband. She has always been labeled as a ‘worrier’.
She would worry about her family, her parents, work, friends, herself, and sometimes, she couldn’t even find the source of her worry which would make her worry and be restless even more. If she had a simple ache or pain, she would start worrying that she might die. At times, even she accepted that her worries are irrational but she could not help them. Every time, she would get all tensed up, start sweating, trembling, feel nauseous, breathless, and light-headed and sometimes get stomach cramps or a headache. She often complained of fatigue and having sleepless nights or wake up with her muscles all tensed. Eventually these symptoms got worse with time and it started to affect her relationship with her colleagues, daughters and her husband. She knew she had to get help. She was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder after she saw a psychologist. She was given a combination of psychotherapies and counseling. With regular intervention, she is getting better. Her daughters now think that she is kind of ‘fun’ and her husband enjoys spending quality time with her now. Her colleagues invite her to their parties and other events and Mrs. Raman is happy that she is making progress and definitely worrying less.”
Do you feel the following symptoms too?
Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
An unrealistic view of problems
Restlessness or a feeling of being "edgy"
The need to go to the bathroom frequently
Trouble falling or staying asleep
Being easily startled
If you’re feeling most of the above symptoms over a considerably long time and you or you’re the people around you feel these are causing a negative impact personal and professional lives then you really need to think about it.
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Reasons that lead to anxiety issues:
1. Family: Taking care of one’s family can be very distressing and exhausting. Even in the modern times, taking care of the family is considered the woman’s responsibility. The responsibility of taking care of the children, husband, in laws, and sometimes one’s own parents becomes a core source of stress
2. Spouse issues: Marital discord or mismatch is another very common issue that becomes a major cause in disruption of mental wellbeing. These may include difference in thinking, misunderstandings among each other, poor communication and spending less quality time.
3. Life situations: Sometimes, certain unexpected situations come up like relocation to a new city, struck by a natural calamity, death of a loved one or even social maladjustment which can also lead to anxiety issues.
4. Financial causes: Debt, Loss of job, Sudden loss in a business, irregular income are all anxiety provoking.
5. Biological and genetic roots: If your family history shows traces of anxiety disorders or depression, you more likely to develop it. So, look out for such symptoms and act immediately.
Generalized anxiety disorder is a much simpler condition than it sounds. However, if unattended it may lead to much complicated and severe conditions. What looks like worrying over small things may lead to more severe psychological conditions like severe anxiety that disables a person's mind to think straight or get past fear, depression and even suicide.
So, if you find yourself fretting too much, even over the simplest things, maybe you should act as soon as possible. Early help and invention might save you a lot of your and other’s time and energy and more importantly a lot of worrying.
Management of anxiety:
1. Relaxation techniques:
Deep breathing, muscle relaxation, backwards counting and distraction techniques are some de- stressing techniques for immediate/ short term stress relief.
2. Healthy lifestyle changes: For long term stress relief, significant healthy lifestyle changes need to be made such as eating nutritious food avoiding junk food, taking adequate rest and sleep, exercising well and avoiding unhealthy coping by alcohol and smoking.
3. Spend time to focus on the positive things in your life: Make a list of the things that you enjoy doing or feel they are still a reason for you to be. Think of more things that still makes you happy. It can be a hobby or even an object.
4. Social support: Research shows that people who engage themselves in active social life are less prone to depression and live longer! Make sure you have a sociable circle be it the ladies’ club of the society you live in. You can volunteer for NGOs and meet people and will give you a sense of self-worth also.
5. Seek professional help:
a. Medication: Drugs used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety disorders include anti-depressants and anxiety-reducing drugs.
b. Therapy and counselling: Trained mental health professionals help people by talking through strategies for understanding and dealing with their disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one type of psychotherapy which is often used to treat anxiety in which the person learns to recognize and change thought patterns and behaviors that lead to troublesome feelings.
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