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Training our Brains: Positive Psychology - God's Way

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How many of us think more about the negative before we think about the positive?

Unfortunately, we are bombarded with messages that are negative and attack values, beliefs, and well-being. Anxiety disorders are most common mental health issue now affecting as many as 40 million adults per the National Mental Health Institute as of 2016. One half of those people will be also diagnosed with depression. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

It is also one of the most treatable conditions yet many people suffer in silence. Symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, panic attacks, and ruminating thoughts affect work, relationships, and physical health and daily life activities. Many people will also not recognize this as a serious health problem until its affects have taken their cost on family and relationships. 

God has given us incredible bodies and brains that work in amazing ways! In a short amount of time with positive psychology training and assessment, an anxiety disorder can be treated in a matter of few sessions depending on the hard work and practice of an individual. 

Here are some ways that retraining can help reduce common symptoms.

Simple Ways to Retrain our Brain to Reduce Anxiety:

+ Prayer and Mediation- Praying is not only scientifically proven to benefit us in many ways but faith has also changes our brains and has baffled scientists but not Christians. 

+ Journaling: Using journaling at least one gratitude a day practices and trains our brain to thing positive. Neurotransmitters are released in our brains when processing and working through our anxiety. 

 

+ Practicing gratitude: Sometimes as little as 21 days of practicing gratitude in our words and actions can train our brain to produce and act more positive.  

* Acts of Kindness: Showing and doing acts of kindness with no expections in return train our brains that love does help by giving then receiving.

Signs and Symptoms Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:

  • Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that's out of proportion to the impact of the event

  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry

  • Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge

  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"

  • Worrying about excessively worrying

  • Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision

  • Carrying every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion

  • Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness

Physical signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension or muscle aches

  • Trembling, feeling twitchy

  • Being easily startled

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Sweating

  • Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome

  • Headaches

Symptoms in children and teenagers

In addition to the symptoms above, children and teenagers who have generalized anxiety disorder may have excessive worries about:

  • Performance at school or sporting events

  • Being on time (punctuality)

  • Earthquakes, nuclear war or other catastrophic events

A child or teen with generalized anxiety disorder may also:

  • Feel overly anxious to fit in

  • Be a perfectionist

  • Redo tasks because they aren't perfect the first time

  • Spend excessive time doing homework

  • Lack confidence

  • Strive for approval

  • Require a lot of reassurance about performance

 

 

Referenced from Mayo Clinic see: 

 

 

(This is not a diagnostic tool or a complete list. It is only a checklist for what some people who have Anxiety disorder.) Please call make an appointment for a clinical assessment. 

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