This impacts the path to treatment. We know something is wrong. Our daily life is impaired. But it seems like this is who we are and how can that change? On top of those reasonable concerns, there remains a stigma in our society towards any mental health disorder. Talk about setting up odds against treatment and treatment success.
Although the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V) underscores that a mental health disorder is something different than normal, something that impairs daily life, it is important to pause to consider what normal really means and doesn't mean. Everyone, including your boss, your neighbor, your friend from third grade, faces fears. These fears can encompass losing what you have and not getting what you want. It can come down to a difficulty in accepting life as it is, for anyone.
First, recognize that everyone is faced with fears of some sort.
Second, consider whether your fears and your beliefs impede upon the kind of life you want to live.
Third, consider whether your current behavioral choices are ones that you often later regret.
Fourth, there are solutions in the form of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy.
When you've come to recognize that your thoughts are constantly negative or your choices are impulsive and regretted, it can help to gain tools that help you remain in the moment, at peace with what is as it is. It can also help how you interpret your environment. We engage in common errors when struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders. We fill gaps in the environmental data with ideas that fit our expectations, thus increasing our distress. You can learn tools that help you interpret what is going on more accurately. Lastly, you can learn new behavioral approaches in terms of coping with stress, managing boredom, tolerating uncomfortable emotions. The key point is to always remember that everything is transient, especially emotional states.