While all forms of anger are appropriate to use in some circumstances, the more extreme kinds can be problematic if they form a style, or a typical kind of response to injury. Mental health is about having a full range of options, knowing when particular type of response is likely to be most effective and being able to use your anger appropriately.
Most people don’t think about anger when they swat a mosquito. Most people wouldn’t think that calling a friend when they are lonely or needing company as a use of their anger. They wouldn’t consider that looking for a new job when they are unhappy with their current job as being an act of power. And how many people think that taking a bath to relax when they are stressed out is an angry behavior?
Assertive behavior is the use of anger to take care of yourself interpersonally. It’s the part of the anger spectrum that is used most frequently. As a style, it is the healthiest.
Overall, 6 percent of children and teenagers in the United States take medication for depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other behavioral and emotional problems. Many of the drugs, especially the antidepressants, are the same as those given to adults, but have not been approved by the FDA for children. The best known of these is Prozac (fluoxetine).
The relationship between anxiety and disturbed eating has been the subject of several studies. It is hypothesized that social fears, discomfort with the thought of being judged in social settings, or generalized anxiety may be an important first step to developing an eating disorder, particularly Anorexia Nervosa.
A person who has depression or another mental illness does not think like a person who is feeling good about himself. Depression can twist thinking, so a person can’t think clearly.
Holidays are stressful for many people. The months of November and December are supposed to be joyous times – getting together with family and friends, and going to parties. For the socially anxious, however, all of this can be a nightmare. But it does not have to be.
Schizophrenia is a medical illness that causes strange thinking, strange feelings, and unusual behavior. It is an uncommon psychiatric illness in children and is hard to recognize in its early phases.