By Zoe McKnight Special to the Star Mon., April 30, 2018 Weeks after Gen Anthony arrived home from work to find her husband had moved out without warning, her girlfriends took her to dinner. They were still being friendly with her ex and Anthony was perplexed by what seemed like a lack of loyalty. “You don’t understand,” she told them at the time. “This is literally killing me.” It wasn’t just histrionics. Anthony was experiencing not just emotional but also physical pain, including symptoms she described as a “repeated punch” in the heart. The four-year marriage was less than perfect, but the dramatic end had come without warning, she says. For the next month, when Anthony got home from work she would hang up her coat and drag herself into bed with little energy for anything but deep breathing. When her mother suddenly died in 2013, Anthony felt these familiar symptoms. She was so worried she would have a … [Read more...] about The heart can actually break from emotional stress
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By Juli Fraga The Washington Post Mon., April 16, 2018 Like many fathers, Adam Elmaghraby enjoys spending time outdoors with his daughter. On weekends, he takes the 3-year-old to a farmers market, sharing his love of food with her and teaching her about fruits and vegetables. Elmaghraby especially appreciates this time with his daughter because his entry into fatherhood was difficult. A few months after her birth, he struggled with bouts of paralyzing anxiety and depression. “Shortly after my daughter was born, I started feeling anxious. My mind would swirl, and I felt out of control. I didn’t have enough time for myself, parenting and my professional life,” he said. Like many new parents, Elmaghraby struggled to adjust to the child-care responsibilities and sleep deprivation that a baby brings. As his mood worsened, he started to blame parenthood. But it took him nearly a year to reach out for help. Once he saw a doctor, he was diagnosed with anxiety … [Read more...] about Postpartum depression could affect fathers as well
SINGAPORE: Outwardly, his wife and two young sons are his sources of joy. He seems a regular family man when he's with them. What is less apparent is that Mr Mak Kean Loong struggles to feel emotions like happiness.“In the past few years, I think I’ve never even felt that emotion,” said the bespectacled 38-year-old, who speaks with the numbed air of a tired man.At first, they all thought he was “just becoming extra introverted”. It was, in fact, his descent into depression. And just a year ago, he came close to leaving them without a husband and father."I didn’t tell my wife," he said. "If you want to end your life, why would you tell someone close to you, right?"“The first part of the process was to bring my boys and my wife out for a good meal, for them to have something to remember me by. I felt nothing but pain.”He didn't go through with the suicide. But soon after, through a "mutual agreement" with his employer, … [Read more...] about Wrestling with demons and stigma: When depression puts careers on the line
Mental health is defined as one’s state of wellbeing, and includes emotional, psychological and social welfare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), good health is not only the absence of disease or disorder, but the optimum condition that allows a person to realize his/her potential, cope with the normal stresses of life and live a productive life. It influences how someone feels, thinks and acts. It affects how someone relates to other people, solves problems and makes choices in life. Unfortunately, many people often ignore their mental wellbeing and don’t take serious consideration of symptoms of mental health issues when they appear. The myths surrounding mental health problems also seem to contribute to one's decision to take action and seek help when their psychological wellbeing is in jeopardy. There are many myths about mental health disorders. Here are some of the most common and the antidotes to those perspectives: Mental health … [Read more...] about Debunking myths about mental health
By Nira Rittenberg Special to the Star Mon., March 19, 2018 My mom is 82 and I have noticed she is having issues with her speech. I am not sure if this is normal aging or something is really wrong? Signed, Incommunicado It is important to look at some of the changes that occur in normal aging when considering potential communication problems. As we age, there are changes in our memory, speed of thinking and how we process information. Sensory losses in hearing and vision are also contributing factors. As we age, we tend to hesitate more often (using “um ...” “eh ...”), inserting more fillers in our conversational speech. We use more frequently indefinite words like “this,” “thing,” or “that.” This however, does not mean that language is a problem. Change does not equal decline. We are still as competent as ever in comprehending and expressing ourselves. Some changes however, can be a presenting … [Read more...] about My elderly mom is having issues with her speech, is something really wrong?