risky business https://mhanational.org/ en The Basics of Hoarding - Is it all about acquiring? https://mhanational.org/blog/basics-hoarding-it-all-about-acquiring <span>The Basics of Hoarding - Is it all about acquiring?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align: left;"><em>By David Bain,&nbsp;CUCB Program Specialist at the&nbsp;<a href="http://mentalhealthsf.org" target="_blank">Mental Health Association of San Francisco</a></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/wide_pexels-photo-99533.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 300px;"></p> <p>Hoarding disorder is difficult for a lot of people to understand. Most adults can relate to depression because of the death of a loved one, a divorce or perhaps a major illness. However, it is very difficult for people to understand the inability to discard “stuff”.</p> <p>Frequently, people think hoarding is about excessive acquiring; however, in most cases, that is not the problem. Sometimes, people who hoard talk about a “shopping high” and a lack of awareness of the passage of time. However, that is more the exception than the rule. While we all can experience the “thrill of the hunt” when looking for just the right gift, shoes, book, or whatever might have our attention, most of us remain in control of our spending -- most of the time.</p> <p>Most individuals dealing with hoarding problems have accumulated their stuff over many years, and it is not until they reach their 40s, 50s, or 60s that the problem gets out of hand. The problem is much more about <em>not discarding</em> than it is acquiring. In fact, people who hoard have no problem discarding items belonging to<em> someone else</em>.</p> <p>The hardest thing for others to understand is that the problem is more about HOW people who hoard think about the stuff, rather than the stuff itself. Some examples of why people hoard include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Emotional Attachment </strong>- Do you have a picture, clothing, or decoration that you are keeping because of the person or event associated with the item? That’s emotional attachment.</li> <li><strong>Identity Associated with the Item</strong> - Do you have clothing or items related to your favorite sports team? That’s how an item helps you created an identity that you wish to present to the world.</li> <li><strong>A Sense of Responsibility </strong>- Do you have something you can’t just get rid of because it is too expensive? That’s responsibility.</li> </ul> <p>The behaviors associated with hoarding disorder are similar to an addiction. And, like an addiction, the first hurdle is to get past the denial. Often a person who hoards will first seek help when they get an eviction notice. However, there are many other factors that cause individuals to seek help. Typically, help-seeking behavior is a person’s first step in accepting the fact that they have a hoarding problem.</p> <p>The MHA of San Francisco provides a range of services to help people with hoarding issues. Whether their next step is attending a drop-in support group, requesting help from a peer response team member, or committing to a 16-session “Buried in Treasures” group, finding a non-judgmental support system that understands them can be life-changing or, at the very least, the first step in creating a life with less stuff. The knowledge that they can in fact learn to control the stuff, instead of the stuff controlling them, gives them a reason to hope and to act.</p> <p>To learn more about services and trainings that MHA of San Francisco provides, visit their website by clicking <a href="http://mentalhealthsf.org/programs/cucb/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <hr> <p><em><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">David Bain currently works for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. He is a member of a research team working with University of California San Francisco on the topic of hoarding disorder. He has led over 18 Buried in Treasures groups serving over 100 participants. He has developed multiple trainings for both clients and professionals and has presented nationally on the topic of hoarding and its treatment. </span></span></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mental-health-month" hreflang="en">Mental Health Month</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mhm2017" hreflang="en">MHM2017</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/risky-business" hreflang="en">risky business</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1504&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="rBJUoSW8mwtZbj1BmVXCaAhCEXQYh9LihsRLQoX1Hgw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 24 May 2017 12:38:04 +0000 JCheang 1504 at https://mhanational.org https://mhanational.org/blog/basics-hoarding-it-all-about-acquiring#comments The Risks of Exercise: Too Little and Too Much May Affect Psychological Health https://mhanational.org/blog/risks-exercise-too-little-and-too-much-may-affect-psychological-health <span>The Risks of Exercise: Too Little and Too Much May Affect Psychological Health</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/12/2017 - 08:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Timothy Neal, MS, AT, ATC, CCISM, NATA Liaison to Mental Health America, Assistant Professor &amp; Program Director of Athletic Training, Concordia University Ann Arbor</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/wide_gym%20injury.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 300px; float: center;"></p> <p>Life is full of risks. Choices are made all day long, some of which place or remove one from risk. It seems as if one moves from one risk to another during their daily lives. While some risks can’t be controlled, there are others that can. One area of “risky business” includes exercise.</p> <p>One risk associated with exercise is getting too little of it. Unless restricted by a physician for a medical reason, or a disability has left one unable to exercise to some degree, people of all walks of life and age can engage in physical activity. There are clear physical and mental health benefits to exercise. While there is some risk to exercising (injuries, dehydration), it is estimated that <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-80-percent-of-american-adults-dont-get-recommended-exercise/" target="_blank"><strong>80% of Americans do not get enough exercise per week</strong></a> to develop their cardiovascular or muscular strength needs. This inactivity can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and other associated medical conditions that are detrimental to health and well-being. <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/risky-business-exercise-extremes" target="_blank">One cause of an inactive, or sedentary lifestyle may be mental illness, especially depression, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, or losing interest in activities that were one enjoyable, such as exercise.</a></p> <p>Another risk associated with exercise that receives little notice, and in some circles, is lauded as a virtue, is exercise addiction. Exercise addiction, though rare, affects about <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210598/" target="_blank"><strong>3% of the population and poses mental health challenges to physically “in shape” individuals</strong>.</a> Research has shown that that exercise addiction, like any compulsive behavior, is maintained by its mood-enhancing effects. These effects range from merely managing anxiety to reducing the effects of anger, depression, and boredom. The double effect of improving one’s aerobic and/or muscle strength and appearance, along with mood enhancement through exercise serves to further increase one’s self-esteem as a result of adhering to a disciplined and rigorous exercise regimen.</p> <p>Many who are addicted to exercise are commended for their dedication or their appearance by friends, family, coaches, teammates, and the media. This validation and attention only reinforces the efforts of the exercise-addicted.</p> <p>People who are addicted to exercise may also have a second or a third addiction such as nicotine, alcohol, drugs, work, food, or sex. It is estimated that as many as 25% of addicted people have a second addiction, further complicating their condition and the care needed for successful treatment. One study revealed that eating disorders, as well as addictions to caffeine and shopping are closely associated with exercise addiction.</p> <p>How can a person tell if they are addicted to exercise? Common signs include:</p> <ul> <li>Escalating to an unreasonable level of sustained exercise;</li> <li>Exercising through chronic and sometimes debilitating injuries or illnesses;</li> <li>Needing more and more exercise, or escalating levels of intensity to achieve mood-altering effects;</li> <li>Not taking days off to recover; and</li> <li>Continuing a vigorous workout schedule despite negative consequences to relationships and work/school responsibilities.</li> </ul> <p>For example, a field hockey player may run three miles in between morning and afternoon practice sessions during the pre-season. Or a lacrosse player may lift weights both in the morning and afternoon to keep improving their appearance, as opposed to their strength levels.</p> <p>Another way to see if you could possibly be experiencing exercise addiction would be to use the <a href="http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=;rep=rep1&amp;type=pdf" target="_blank">Exercise Addiction Inventory Short Form</a>. It is a six-question tool to determine if a person is at risk for exercise addiction.</p> <p>Mental Health America and the <a href="https://www.nata.org/" target="_blank">National Athletic Trainers Association</a> believe it is important to identify exercise addiction and other conditions <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/b4stage4-philosophy" target="_blank"><em>Before Stage 4</em> (B4Stage4)</a>. This means getting help at the early stages of a problem, in order to prevent it from worsening to stages that put a person at risk for significant mental illness. Remember, treatment is out there and if you think you have been taking a risky behavior too far, you can seek care to live a full and enjoyable life.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mental-health-month" hreflang="en">Mental Health Month</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/may-mental-health-month" hreflang="en">may is mental health month</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mhm" hreflang="en">MHM</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/risky-business" hreflang="en">risky business</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/overexercise" hreflang="en">overexercise</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/nata" hreflang="en">nata</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/national-athletic-trainers-association" hreflang="en">national athletic trainers association</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-109167" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1494727607"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Claire Marsh (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Sat, 05/13/2017 - 22:06</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/109167#comment-109167" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/109167#comment-109167" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Excercise helps pschologicallly</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I have been depressed but with the help of exercise i feel joy and comfortable,</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=109167&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="38ge6iNzokxKbtO4ajRwerS3OsageJqYe5jvKukvAzk"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1486&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="R2h9tJQMIztW6RpR2FXmTb40sYjihdwL75Lj82TplCI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 12 May 2017 12:38:45 +0000 JCheang 1486 at https://mhanational.org https://mhanational.org/blog/risks-exercise-too-little-and-too-much-may-affect-psychological-health#comments