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Debunking myths about mental strength

Debunking myths about mental strength

Mental strength is the way you think, feel and behave during certain situations. Building mental strength will help you gain self-acceptance while working toward self-improvement. However, there are several misconceptions about what mental strength is and why it’s important. Below, we discuss common myths about developing mental strength.

Myth #1: Mental strength and mental health are the same thing.

Mental strength and mental health, although they may coincide, are not the same thing. Mental health isn’t something we can control – mental strength is. Factors such as genetics and past life experiences can lead to someone developing a mental health challenge, but this doesn’t mean that person isn’t mentally strong. Everyone has the ability to build mental strength, regardless of whether they have depression, anxiety, etc.

Myth #2: You’re either mentally strong or mentally weak.

There is no physical line that separates those who are mentally strong from those who are mentally weak. Everyone has room for improvement when it comes to building their mental strength, and working toward developing that strength does not mean that you’re weak. Just as increased physical strength requires daily work, so does mental strength. Coming to terms with the areas where we can grow stronger will help improve our overall mental fitness.

Myth #3: Mental strength means always thinking positively.

Constant positive thinking isn’t going to make you mentally strong – it’s learning how to think rationally and realistically that makes the difference. You might not be in charge of a situation, but you can certainly dictate your own attitude, reaction and plan of action moving forward. To do so, establish coping skills that will help you manage certain situations. Developing mental strength through coping mechanisms can increase your ability to assess both positive and negative thoughts, which can lead you to make more conscious actions.

If you’re ready to take the next step in improving your mental strength, we encourage you to contact us today. South Bay Community Services strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. At South Bay, you will find the support and guidance you need.

For more information, contact us at 508-521-2200 or click here.

Depression: Just because it’s not visible, doesn’t mean it’s not real

Depression: Just because it’s not visible, doesn’t mean it’s not real

There are many faces of depression.

For some, depression can be so severe it’s crippling – keeping them from accomplishing day-to-day tasks. For others, getting out of bed and going through life’s motions is possible, but inwardly, they may be absorbed with a challenging set of symptoms invisible to those who know them. These individuals are considered to have high-functioning depression.

Because those suffering from this are able to function normally, the people surrounding them may not realize what they’re feeling inside. It’s important to understand, however, that this diagnosis can carry significant risks if left untreated.

Do you have a loved one who’s seemed ‘off’ lately? It might be time to reach out and talk about his or her mental health. Below, we outline feelings individuals suffering from high-functioning depression may experience – even though they don’t always show them.

Self-doubt

Those suffering from high-functioning depression may experience a constant worry – over their past, present and future. This doubt is inescapable and much more pervasive than the normal worries most of us experience over life’s stressors.

Criticality

High-functioning depression can cause insistent criticality – of oneself and of others. Those suffering from high-functioning depression are often their own worst critics, and it’s difficult to turn that criticism off.

Low energy

A lack of energy can cause a change in attitude and performance. Even though people suffering from high-functioning depression are able to get up and go through their daily routine, it doesn’t mean they don’t struggle to find the mental, emotional and physical energy to do so.

If you identify with the emotions discussed in this blog post or recognize some of the above characteristics in a friend or loved one, know that help is out there. South Bay Community Services strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. At South Bay, consumers can find the support and guidance they need the most.

For more information, contact us at 508-521-2200 or click here.