We are faced with many kinds of situations and phases in our lives. Some of them are positive and bring us joy, while others are challenging, even difficult.
Difficult situations in life
Concern over a loved one
Mental disorders are common and their degree of severity varies a lot: the milder disorders only slightly interfere with everyday life, whereas the most severe disorders may reduce the patient’s ability to function almost into non-existence.
Telling about a mental disorder
Even today, it may feel difficult to tell friends and family members about having a mental disorder as people often lack knowledge of mental health problems. Perceptions of mental disorders are often based on past ignorance, poor treatment methods and negative attitudes.
Specific personality disorders
Fear of interaction with people
Heikki remembers being timid already as a child and being scared of being the centre of attention at school and talking in front of others. Simply having to answer a question in class would make his heart race and his hands sweat.
As late as the 1950s, it was still commonly believed that one could not recover from a mental disorder. Perhaps that is why many still seem to think that mental disorders are lifelong permanently affect life.
Psychotherapy is a form of treatment based on the interaction of two or more people. In psychotherapy, a person talks with a psychotherapist or in a therapy group, for example, about the things they need help processing.
Phobias or excessive fears
Phobias or excessive fears are disproportionate and unrealistic fears of certain issues, objects or situations. Typical objects of fear include heights, closed or open spaces, spiders, injections, flying or darkness.
A traumatic crisis is caused by a sudden, unexpected and intense incident. The event produces a significant emotional shock that temporarily overwhelms the individual. Traumatic crisis is a reaction to an event which threatens the essential aspects of life.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a phobic anxiety disorder. Its primary symptoms include obsessive thoughts and actions the person has no choice but to compulsively obey. Obsessive-compulsive disorder means that the symptoms constantly repeat themselves, causing significant anxiety or suffering.