Saying ‘thank you’ can help beat depression

Saying ‘thank you’ can help beat depression

According to a new study done by the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the universities of Houston, Texas and Pennsylvania State, a mere “thank you” is enough to encourage people suffering from ambivalent emotional expression (AEE).

AEE is a condition in which an individual struggle to share his true emotions with others. Moreover, depression was found to be more common in people suffering from AEE. According to the study results, being thankful coincided with cognitive reappraisal that is the capacity to see positives in a difficult situation. Researchers noted that interventions may help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety in individuals who have a higher AEE.

As per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in every five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year; one in every five youth aged between 13 and 18 years experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life; and 13 percent children aged between 8 and 15 experience a severe mental disorder during their lifetime.

Though difficult to diagnose, untreated mental illnesses can result in significantly diminishing a person’s quality of life while making it difficult for them to face problems at home, school or work. Though medicines and treatment are often the first resort while seeking treatment for mental disorders, researchers often look at alternative ways to treat these, too. And what comes as a surprise for all is that kindness can help in treating symptoms related to anxiety and depression.

During the study, the researchers surveyed 352 men and women aged between 18 and 58 on their personalities. The study participants were handed questionnaires in which each individual noted the degree to which they felt grateful or depressed as well as the mechanism they used to cope with stress.

The study concluded that expressing gratitude for small acts of kindness could have an impact on the physical and mental health of those suffering from AEE. The study findings have been supported by Dr. Cynthia McVey of the Glasgow Caledonian University who stated that while depression still requires treatment, small gestures would act as spoonful of tonic helping the individual feel happy and content in his or her life. The study was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Reaching out

Though staying happy might be a thing of choice, there would be times, when one just might not be able to do so. It is for times as these that the Sovereign Health stands for you. We understand that each patient is unique and for this reason, we offer our patients a treatment program that is not only comprehensive but also compassionate.

At the Sovereign Health, our trained clinical staff treat a variety of mental disorders including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and others. We offer evidence-based therapies that range from individual therapy to specialized treatment.

The various treatment modalities at the Sovereign Health include individual and group therapy, yoga, art therapy, mindfulness meditation, music therapy, and equine therapy. In addition, our unique cognitive remediation program provides our patients with insight into achieving healthy living on a daily basis in their lives. Our aim is to make Sovereign feel like a home away from home, only happier.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any kind of mental illness, contact the Sovereign Health to get treatment from trained professionals at our treatment centers. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with our representatives to get more details on our mental health facilities in California and mental health facilities in Los Angeles.

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