Are you depressed? Find out in 90 seconds – Apr. 3, 2015

Source: Are you depressed? Find out in 90 seconds – Apr. 3, 2015.

Self-diagnosis (even by professionals) is not recommended for many reasons. One reason is that tests tend to be “one dimensional” and mental health professionals will be able to see the “big picture” and help guide people toward appropriate treatment options if appropriate. The BHM-20 may be a tool that may diagnose depression in only 20 questions; however, and may be one tool of many that can be used by professionals to help care for people. If you think you might be depressed, seek professional help before taking any test.

How successful people handle stress – Yahoo Finance

Source: How successful people handle stress – Yahoo Finance.

Travis Bradberry writes a good article about Yale study findings about the positive and negative effects of stress on the body and brain. Limited stress “entices” the brain to create new cells related to memory; however, prolonged stress has many negative health effects, including reduced gray matter in the brain that we use for self-control. Successful people develop skills to manage their stress levels so that they solve problems by remaining calm under pressure.

Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder | Psych Central News

Source: Good News for Those with Social Anxiety Disorder | Psych Central News.

Those who suffer from social anxiety underestimate others’ opinions of their social abilities and way of being. Another way of thinking about this is that people who suffer from social anxiety are very harsh with themselves about their social interactions; consequently, they avoid social interaction because of their own negative evaluation of themselves, not because of others’ evaluation of them. Folks with social anxiety are too hard on themselves and rely on their own perceptions instead of objective information that they gather from other people.

This research provides hope for those who suffer from social anxiety because they can challenge their own negative evaluations of themselves and others’ with objective information. Hopefully, they can begin to form a more positive opinion of their social interactions and develop more intimate friendships and relationships.

Another interesting aspect of this research is that a person with social anxiety perceives the quality and intimacy of their relationships differently than their partners and friends. In other words, people with social anxiety perceive the level of intimacy as far less than their friend or partner.