Mental health and competitive sport: how do victories and defeats shape our brain?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Mental health, Psychology, Sports | Posted on 11-12-2017

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Competitive sport is what most parents want to push their children into. Playing football, basketball, or rugby ingrains strong team-building skills, teaches resistance, and enables to master emotions. Sports build the character of a leader, a personality capable of handling failures and moving forward whatever it takes. These skills are useful to kids, and it is always worth trying to enroll the child in a competitive sporting section if they are interested in any. As for adults, their character and mind can be not ready for competitive sports at all.
People who do not like competition would not benefit from competitive sports. Perhaps, they are introverts who are most productive and successful working on their own. For them, competitive sports is a stress they cannot handle. Narcissistic people will do no good for the competition as well. They cannot adequately react to a failure, and no sports can teach them such skill. On the other hand, we have people open to learning and new experience. They will greatly benefit from playing out with mates in their free time. They will find a great deal of socialization and support working with the coach and team.
The list of competitive sports is a long one. Except for aggressive football and baseball, there are badminton, bowling, field hockey, golf, skiing, swimming, water polo, and even dancing. Every person open to a new experience can find the one that will bring them strength, determination, and anti-stress.

Is narcissistic personality disorder more common than we thought? What are the signs of this problem?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Mental health, Psychology | Posted on 11-12-2017

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Psychologists have recently put up the issue of narcissistic personality saying that we face the epidemics of narcissism. Indeed, the features of a narcissist personality are characteristic of the current individualist society. Under the label of a “narcissist” fall people who are in love with their idealized self-image. These people escape looking vulnerable in any way by declaring their own brilliance and superiority. In fact, narcissists are the ones who once did not receive enough love and feel entitled to win common admiration for no matter what.
To give a few signs of a narcissist personality, such people take over in any conversation. They love talking about themselves and consider themselves a top authority in every topic. A narcissist does not give others a chance to speak up or does not consider an alternative point at all. People with a narcissist personality love taking trophies and create a false idealized image of themselves. Considering themselves grandiose, they are intolerant to criticism and indifference of others. In such case, narcissists express negative emotions without restraint and break the rules.
At first sight, these are quite common personality traits that occur in many people to some extent. In some cases, however, people develop a narcissistic personality disorder that drags other mental problems, like depression. When communication with other people inevitably fails, it is always the signal that something is wrong. In most cases, narcissists do not seek the help of therapists but they certainly show up to the counseling session when overwhelmed by depression or alcohol use.

Is depression affected by gender?

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Posted by admin | Posted in Gender issues, Mental health | Posted on 11-12-2017

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A number of psychiatric studies have confirmed that women are at least twice as much predisposed to depression as men are. Gender differences reveal mostly during reproductive years, which proves that hormones play a considerable role in regulating mental health. Nevertheless, a hormonal change alone does not cause depression. There must be a major life event or a stressful occasion triggering the disease. There are more gender-specific factors behind depression.
Puberty is a major change in boys and girls, but girls are the first to reach it, thus, more likely to develop depression at this age. Occasional mood swings are normal for teenagers, but issues like emerging sexuality, increased academic pressure, and common appreciation often trigger depression in girls. The gender gap in depression that arises in puberty lasts until menopause. The thing is cyclical changes in estrogen and progesterone disrupt the interchange of chemicals in the brain which makes it harder for women to control their mood.
But still, puberty is nothing compared to pregnancy. At this time, a female body undergoes dramatic changes that a risk of developing depression during pregnancy. Woman’s lifestyle changes as she stops to take in any medication and becomes rather vulnerable and isolated. Postpartum depression is another female-only condition. Having given birth to a baby, women undergo another major change in their body, and depression can last for months from this moment on.
Transition to menopause is the final point where women are more likely to experience depression than men. On the wrong side of 60, both men and women are highly vulnerable to developing the condition due to a weak physical health, isolation, or neglect. Life circumstances and social factors may also cause depression in women of reproductive age. Unequal status, work overload, and physical abuse are more likely to happen to women than to men.