HOW READING BENEFITS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

The reading culture in today’s world, is currently on the decline. People are not usually motivated to read, and they would rather spend their time doing something else, which is most times less productive than reading. However, there are few exceptions. When it comes to academic work, reading becomes very compulsory, as it is the major determinant to academic success. Hence, if the individual does not read, failure is feasible.

Some people are not aware of the fact that, reading has a strong influence on the mental health of an individual, and doing it on a regular basis, can boost your mental health. Just as good nutrition and exercising helps us to regulate our physical health, reading helps in granting our brain muscles enough strength.

One benefit which reading grants your mental health is; it ensures that your stress levels are reduced. Reading is a form of relaxation which a good number of people have not yet come to realize. The heart rates are reduced when you read, and the same effect which you get while listening to music, or taking tea, is also similar to what you would feel. Hence, anytime you feel stressed out, take a book and invest ample amount of time in reading it.

Also, you should know that reading helps you to be more sensitive to the feelings of others. If you are someone who does not display empathy, reading would help you see eye to eye with people, and you would be able to give reasons for them, if they mess up.

In addition to this, reading is an efficient way of stepping up your intelligence. A good number of times when we read, we come across facts which we had no idea about before. You would come to realize that, for each book you read, there is at least something to gain, and something new to learn.

Conclusively, it would also interest you to know that, reading enhances your memory, it makes your brain work better than before. This happens because, you would pay more attention, and also work with little details.

Mental Health: How Media Affects Teen Social Interaction

As technology continues to advance, we find ourselves in a world with very little face to face contact. Consequently, social skills begin to slowly diminish due to a lack thereof—as teens begin to look to a virtual reality, rather than at what’s right in front of them. Not only that, but the wide range of media platforms allows individuals the ability to engage in a multitude of ways—via things such as; chat rooms, interactive games, video chats, etc.

First and foremost is chat rooms, where teens are able to interact with a diverse amount of people—from anywhere around the world. In doing so, they can sit within the comfort of their room, and make friends (online) without even having to leave home. In addition, chat rooms are easily accessible, and oftentimes a lot less difficult for those who struggle with social anxiety. As a result, while teens begin to make friends online—through the click of a button—they oftentimes fail to make friends in real life.

Second is interactive games. For, it is through such that teens have the ability to interact via avatar. They may find themselves dressing their character to look similar to them, or choosing features that differ greatly. In fact, it is through such that teens can be anything they want—and/or whoever they chose—to be. Therefore, even though it is a fictional life of fantasy they may find themselves enthralled by it, due to the control they have—and in turn, cease to socially interact with those around them.

Third is video chat, which allow teens face to face interaction, but not directly. In turn, the person is there with them, but electronically, rather than in the flesh. As a result of such, they aren’t able to hug that individual, pick up on key social cues, or hear their laugh—unless it is through a speaker, from a distance, and/or on a screen. As a result, they aren’t getting that person in their full entirety, and vice versa.

In conclusion, media can be a good thing—and/or beneficial—by allowing teens to keep in touch with friends and family at far distances, as well as providing them with knowledge of the worldly issues which surround them. However, it can also pose as a disadvantage depending on the messages that are portrayed to teens. For, the more submerged teens are in the media which surrounds them, the greater of an impact it may have on their mental health, as they become detached from the world itself. In turn, they might find themselves feeling isolated, alone, and/or “not good enough”, etc—and as a result, they may try and project an image of themselves that is the complete opposite of how they feel.

Mental Health: How Television Affects Teen Self Esteem

In a modern day world—where technology is used on a daily basis—we find ourselves being subject to television for hours on end. But, as a result of such, we’re oftentimes desensitized by it—failing to recognize the consequences that it leaves behind on the human mind. For, the general population takes in several messages at a time, whether it be through commercial, split screen, or multiple shows and movies. And in doing so, we find that individuals may begin to develop a series of problems centering around their self esteem.

First and foremost is the negative effect—that television can have—on one’s self esteem. Self esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self respect.” In turn, as teens begin to develop such, they can find it being stripped away just as quick by the films they surround themselves with—and/or what they chose to watch. Of course, there are benefits that come through television—such as providing a number of individuals with newsworthy information, and/or knowledge, that they might not have been able to gain otherwise. However, when one begins to look at the wrong messages—rather than the right ones—it can begin to pose as more of a disadvantage than a benefit.

For example, if a certain show comes on—no matter the genre—and introduces an eating disorder, substance abuse, and other such things, this can cause teens to view themselves in a different light. It might trigger certain feelings/emotions within them depending on how they see themselves when they look in the mirror before they go to school in the morning, and can pose as an even bigger problem if they already struggle with such things. In turn, this can weigh on their self esteem, as girls compare themselves to those on TV, feeling as though a “Size 2” is what they need to be beautiful. The same can go for boys—as they see the next dose of pre-workout being advertised—causing them to feel as though they need to “bulk up” to be considered masculine. The possible scenarios listed above are only some of the various triggers that teens can experience when watching TV. Yet still, such triggers can result in teens comparing themselves to the actors on “the tube”, or their surrounding peers.

In conclusion, television can affect teen self esteem in a number of unhealthy ways if teens don’t remain careful of the material/messages they subject themselves to, and how much they take in of each. As a result of such, they must make sure to develop a good sense of media literacy, to not only gain knowledge—but the ability to discern between certain content—in order to maintain good mental health. Therefore, as teens allow themselves to interact with the world which surrounds them, rather than a virtual world all it’s own, they can begin to see their well being flourish, against the weight of negative media messages which threaten to hold them back.

Literature And The Truth On Mental Health

Mental health is not only a touchy subject for those who struggle with such, but for those who don’t. For oftentimes, individuals who have not experienced a negative impact on their mental health will wrongfully criticize another, simply due to the lack of knowledge they have in relation to the issue.

For example, if one doesn’t understand mental health they may feel uncomfortable when it is brought up, or grow silent at it being mentioned. In some cases it might even be overlooked since it is not something that can be seen to the eye, but rather something within. As a result, people might just see that particular person as having everyday problems, especially if their mental disorder is being normalized/romanticized in literature to be something that it’s not.

In turn, that is why mental health must be portrayed through literature in a way that sheds light on the issue, rather than dehumanizing the individual—and causing them to be seen as a monster. Therefore, one must be careful of the material they consume because if it fails to inform them of the underlying issues related to mental health—and fails to be objective—it may be framed in an opinion based way, doing little to inform.

However, there are several ways that one can be sure—that the content he/she is consuming—is accurately representing mental health. In fact, the easiest way to distinguish such is through the writer himself/herself. For, if much of his/her work details his/her own struggle/background with depression—and/or other mental health related issues—than it is much easier for one to discern the difference between what is true and what is not.

Examples of this can be seen in not just our modern day literature, but other eras of literature as well—such as the 1900s. For, it is in this era that we see famous poet Anne Sexton’s piece titled, “Wanting to Die,” discuss the underlying feelings/emotions in relation to her depression. The piece delivers a raw authenticity that allows you to feel the truth behind the words of someone struggling with her own mental health. In turn, this is one of many examples, as there are several in poetry—and various forms of prose—that go unknown to the world, but can do so much good for those uninformed, by highlighting such a controversial issue.

In conclusion, mental health issues are oftentimes swept under the rug, even by the individual himself/herself at times—as they are told to “get over it” or “to man up.” Yet, if we allow ourselves to be more media literate we may find ourselves not only gaining knowledge, but becoming more empathetic to those around us.


Mental Health, Literature, & Education

While growing up—and transitioning between middle school and high school—many adolescents found themselves having studied the story of Romeo & Juliet. Some may have found it to be cheesy, wondering as to why Juliet would kill herself over a man. While others may have found the story to be heartfelt, as the couple declared their undying love for one another before doing so. Yet still, how often was Juliet’s suicide overlooked, in result of the romance factor?

In turn, this is something that is overlooked more often than not—especially in schools. For, many fail to see what’s going on beneath the surface of Juliet’s mind. However, if they were to look—and/or even be able to feel the way that she felt within that instance—then they might be a little more empathetic of her, and carry a different perspective on the matter.

Furthermore, one cannot imagine the depressive state that might have settled over her in that instant as a result of losing her beloved. For, negative emotions—such as grief—can allow a breeding ground for mental health issues more often times than not. But, if one was to really step into the mind—and/or shoes—of those who are faced with mental health issues, by informing themselves, they might find themselves viewing them a whole lot differently.

For, those who fail to understand mental health issues may not understand why those who struggle with such feel the way they feel—and/or act the way they act. They might even see that person as dramatic, or carry a “just get over it” mindset towards him/her. But, if such is addressed earlier in education—through literature—then desensitivity can be avoided, and stopped in its tracks. In relation, mental health issues aren’t just shown through older works, but contemporary works as well.

Unfortunately, contemporary works are oftentimes what draw the attention of our modern day society, instead of older pieces. However, as a result of such, we see these newer works talked about through social media platforms—as they are deemed as controversial—but nowhere else. Take the book—and show adapted—13 Reasons Why for example.

In conclusion, if both old literature—as well as new—that addressed mental health issued was introduced in education more frequently, how great of an impact it would make in informing others. This would allow them to be more socially aware, accepting, as well as sensitive to the mental health of others—and have a better understanding of what to do.

How Addiction is Portrayed in the Media

As one going to school for English and Journalism, I’ve observed a variety of pitfalls within our modern-day media for those who are faced with addiction—and/or ones who are potentially faced with such. For, a wide range of individuals can either interpret media healthfully, or harmfully, as information is portrayed, framed, as well as received in a number of ways. Not only that, but the credibility of sources plays a big role within our society as well, as we live in a time where technology is on the rise, and continuously advancing.

First and foremost, we see information portrayed/framed through various platforms, and social media outlets, such as; books, film, internet, and so on. As a result, individuals who are exposed to such must be careful as to how they receive the information, as well as what information that they take in, since there is an abundance of falsity. In turn, this can cause problems, and oftentimes causes a number of people to share the wrong information, or be desensitized to those who are faced with addiction(s)—as well as their needs—because of how frequently we grow accustomed to that which surrounds us. We believe based on what we hear, see, are told, and/or read, instead of taking the time to make sure that which we are exposed to is truthful. It is then that we begin to find ourselves lacking to engage with others.

That’s why we must take into consideration how certain things are framed because they can be framed in such a way to where they can help addicts, or be framed in such a way as to harm addicts, and put them in a false light, by dehumanizing them. In relation to such, the basis of framing can be explained through frame theory which is “that the media focuses attention on certain events and then places them within a field of meaning”. In turn, this can be beneficial, or pose as a disadvantage by basing the content off of the meaning of one person’s perspective/opinion, rather than in an objective way.

In conclusion, individuals as a whole—whether they are struggling with an addiction or not—must be careful when stimulating themselves with the various forms of media, such as; books, television/film, internet, video games, and so on, because it is through such that the information can be beneficial or harmful for both the individual partaking in it, as well as the rest of the public.

Literature on Addiction

addiction literatureAddiction has long been studied as a mental and physical illness. Many studies on addiction emerged from American culture due to a history strongly tied to combating addiction. In the mid to late 1800’s, studies on and treatments for addiction began forming in the United States, and into the following century, they only continued to grow and multiply. Rehabilitation centers, halfway houses and other psychological treatments were employed to fight the problem of addition. Ethics have changed drastically in approaching these illnesses, and the long history of evolving addiction studies has been preserved in literature on addiction, which includes published book volumes, articles and internet circulations.

The internet has become the most common way of sharing and circulating reading material. We are more influenced by the information we take in on the internet than any other information source because of how pervasive and accessible it is. We prefer to receive information digitally to laptops, computers, tablets and phones than we do in libraries, book stores or magazine suppliers. Therefore, information on addiction that is circulated on the internet is the most important exposure society at large receives on the subject. It is very important to circulate addiction information responsibly, verifying each source before accrediting it as quality reading material. Quality addiction information will be created by an industry professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, professor of behavioral studies and rehab specialist.

Hard copy reading materials, such as books, magazines and newspapers, still contain excellent sources of information on addiction. They are simply less accessible than what is on the internet. Credible hard copy addiction resources contain information from formal studies, expert opinions and mental health industry trends. There is still a great deal of respect for hard copy publications because of their history and tradition. The professionals who publish these items come from a variety of psychological, behavioral and cognitive study backgrounds. These publications can be found anywhere that reading material is sold and specialized in.

Literature on Mental Health

mental health literatureThe volume of literature on mental health is astounding. Psychology dates back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, but it did not become its own modern discipline until the 1870’s. Studies into mental health as they relate to thoughts and behaviors have been evolving ever since, changing and being elaborated on. Very little of the groundwork for modern psychology is applicable today because of how rapidly the subject evolves. There is new information gained daily that needs to be circulated among industry professionals and laypeople alike. The most common method of circulating this information is through reading literature, whether it is in the form of books, articles, websites or other reading materials.

Books on mental health are very valuable resources on the subject. The most knowledgeable of industry professionals publish books on mental health. These are people who have devoted a great deal of time to specializing in particular areas and have enough of a following to interest a large number of readers. Books on mental health are studied in academic settings, referenced in the mental health industry and sought after by avid individual readers.

Articles published on the subject of mental health are also a popular means of taking in new information on the subject. Again, industry professionals, such as professors, psychologists, rehab specialists and counselors are typically the ones to publish credible articles on mental health. However, this form of literature is more loosely defined as articles may appear in official sources, such as journals and psychological magazines, or they may appear in personal blogs or less credible sources. It is very important to verify the credibility of your information sources before buying into them or circulating them.

The internet has, of course, altered the way we take in information. Some internet content is valuable and some is useless, but there is no denying that it is the fastest and most accessible way of circulating information. If a website belongs to a credible organization, institution or professional, it can be an excellent source of information on mental health. Just be sure to verify the origins of the website before putting any stock into it.

 

The Value of Literature on Mental Health and Addiction

literature addiction mental disorderMatters of mental health and addiction are of the utmost importance to our mental welfare, our healthcare and our society in general. There is a great deal of information currently emerging on mental disorders and addiction that must factor in to the way we approach these subjects. Written literature on mental health and addiction is a long standing, traditional method of communicating important information. It is very important that we preserve the literature on mental health and addiction from the past to monitor our progress, but also make a great effort to circulate the information that is emerging now to keep society current on what we understand about these conditions.

The key function of literature on mental health and addiction matters is to enlighten and inform readers. When readers encounter new information on mental disorders and addiction, they subconsciously factor it into their thinking and their behavior. Receiving new and important information on mental health and addiction can make a person go from being intolerant and unaccepting of those with disorders and addictions to forgiving and supportive of them, the latter of which obviously the more responsible method of approaching these matters. In being enlightened on mental disorders and addiction, people will make an emotional connection with the need for patience and acceptance and will exude more commendable behavior toward addicts and people with mental disorders.

By changing the way people think and act when it comes to mental health issues and addiction, harmful stigmas will be brought to an end. This is a very important step in the healing process for people afflicted with these disorders and should not be overlooked. A vast majority of people with mental disorders and addictions feel the weight of stigmas, which is negative self talk and low self esteem due to harsh judgments and stereotypes made by others. People with addiction and disorders already battle a great deal of mental torment, and when fuel is added to the fire by other people, the demons they battle only grow stronger. The best thing we can do as a society is learn to reach out and support those with addictions and disorders rather than chastise them.

The Value of Mental Health and Addiction Literature

literature mental disorder addictionLiterature on addiction and mental disorders is valuable for a number of reasons, the strongest of which is probably the part that it plays in ending societal stigmas and complexes for addicts and people with mental disorders. Educating the public is always important, but when it comes to addiction and mental disorders, educating the public is urgent. Did you know that addiction and a mental disorder can attack a person in unison, and the individual requires a highly specialized form of help called co-occurring disorder addiction treatment? A great deal of damage is done when ignorance is perpetrated against people with these disorders, and the public buys into myths about addiction. Addiction and mental disorders are hard enough to live with even when people are not kicking you down misinformed judgments. Addicts and individuals with mental disorders would have an easier time recovering from them and rejoining the world as productive persons without these additional hardships.

Credible information on addiction and mental disorders can be found on the internet through legitimate news sites and through certified mental health organization sites. The key is simply doing a bit of your own research to find out who published it and what their credentials are. Widely circulated and respected editorials, such as major newspapers and academic journals, are another excellent source of information on addiction and mental disorders. Any literature that the mental health industry puts out is valuable also, although some of it needs to be read with discretion. There is a vast body of literature available on addiction and mental health, and circulating it is vital to creating awareness about it.

If we all do our part to circulate accurate articles and information sources on addiction and mental disorders through out our social media sites, as well as through out our personal and professional lives, we can make an incredible difference. One of the hardest parts of being addicted or having a mental disorder is being made to feel like an outsider by society. This kind of dejection only makes people withdraw farther into their unhappiness and mental unhealthiness. Imagine the positive turn it could take if addicts and individuals with mental disorders felt their culture coming to their defense rather than chastising them. If you are serious about wanting mental unhealthiness to come to an end, do not complain about it. Fight it with the truth.