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SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
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Maxim Malyavin on whether to blame the lack of money for all troubles - Gazeta.Ru
“Money will not make you happier,” Arnold Schwarzenegger once voiced the well-known maxim. And he immediately brought an iron argument to confirm: "I have 50 million now, and I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million." Iron logic in iron Arnie, what can I say. And how is it really? Too often one hears, both at receptions and at medical examinations, where we, psychiatrists, are invariably present, that poverty is to blame. There was less money - and the depression began.
I will allow myself not only to doubt, but rather to clarify some points linking poverty and depression. Because not everything in this pair is so unambiguous. And not always the first is the cause, and the second is the effect. It just takes a little thought and clarification of a number of points.
The fact is that under depression, the average person, who is not versed in the subtleties of psychiatric terminology, most often means several radically different conditions, which are united by one sign: low mood. And it is not his fault that he puts in one basket both endogenous depression, and reactive depression, and depressive (or rather, more often subdepressive, not up to full-blown clinical depression) syndrome with neurosis, and just a bad mood outside of any illness. And now let's go through each of the listed points and take a closer look, and at the same time we will figure out: how dependent is each of them on material wealth?
The first item is endogenous depression.
Either in terms of bipolar affective disorder (or BPD, as it used to be called), or in terms of recurrent depressive episodes.
These episodes are vivid, powerful, with a risk of suicide, with a clearly expressed depressive triad (and this is a sharply lowered mood - one; inhibited thinking - two; and inhibited movements - three), with longing, tearing the chest into pieces up to the sensation of physical unbearable torment, as well as with a number of other equally unpleasant symptoms.
The key to such a disease is that it does not depend on external causes, which is why it is called endogenous. That's when the body, which inherited a failure of the genetic program, decides to once again upset its own balance of neurotransmitters and hormones, then the exacerbation will begin. Poverty can only indirectly affect the duration of such an exacerbation: for example, there is no money for medicines that are prescribed for preventive purposes. Directly, no, not at all.
Item two, reactive depression.
May present with the same symptoms and just as pronounced as endogenous. The difference is that the reactive one has a clear reason: after all, it develops as a reaction, and not just to stress, but to a personal disaster, tragedy. You understand, for this it is not enough just to earn less than a neighbor, or to find out that your salary has been cut. To do this, you have to lose everything. Or almost everything. Moreover, overnight or in a relatively short period of time. Are there many of these now? There is, of course, but not in the same way as it was in the nineties.
As for the third point, neurotic depression, or depressive syndrome in neurosis, here, yes, here, in order to get the debut of a neurosis or decompensation of an existing one, it is necessary that an unpleasant, stressful factor be not necessarily catastrophic, but act, undermining strength, quite for a long time.
And long-term lack of money can turn out to be just such a stressful factor. And indeed sometimes it turns out. Just something to take into account. Even in the presence of this very stressful factor, under other external conditions being equal, not every person will develop a neurosis.
Here, firstly, it is necessary to have a certain personality type, for which it is intrapersonal (oh, what a weakling I am, I don’t even know how to earn money!) you have to, all in the same place, with claims!) will be critically significant. And secondly, genes again. Predisposing to the development of neurosis.
Similar factory firmware on a phone or on-board computer of a car with preset settings. That is, there will be more neuroses arising from poverty than reactive and exacerbated endogenous depressions, but even if you add up all three points, the total amount will be much less than that which does not relate to something painful, has no right to be called depression and is represented fourth and last point.
So, the fourth point. Bad mood.
Any psychologist will explain where it comes from in case of lack of money. There is a whole chain: need - motivation - action - emotion for a positive or negative result. Well, no one needs to justify the need for material well-being: too much is now tied to money. Motivation to raise the butt, and actions to get this money, also do not have to be painted. As well as emotions, negative in case it was not possible to earn money, or it was possible, but not enough.
We just completely forgot that negative emotions are not always something bad or painful.
Just here they are completely natural and justified. Moreover, normally they should serve as an initiating pendle for the individual: get up, do something! Find additional income, change your job, and if it doesn't work out, cut your sturgeon... sorry, needs and requests - and don't worry!
It's just that someone has managed to relax and wean himself from the fact that you first need to fight for the right of Blessed Dolce Far Niente. And if Fortune has turned her back, some gestures must be taken so that in the future she is afraid to do it again. Hard? Yes. Scary? Yes. Lazy? Maybe. But the result is worth it.
So it's not depression in the vast majority of cases, it's just your Galya being spoiled. But there are no tasty pills for improving self-discipline among psychiatrists, sorry. So let's just do it ourselves. By the way, antidepressants, which are prescribed for people with depressive symptoms from the first three groups, act only on a painfully lowered mood. They don’t affect the bad things in any way, so it’s better not to even try to use them as a life hack.
9 life truths that will help you get rid of stress because of money - Ilya Solomennikov on vc.ru
Financial problems are the reasons for the constant unrest of most people. Many families only make ends meet, barely reach their salaries, have debts on loans. They are unhappy, they look into the future with a bleak look.
This condition is only partly due to the lack of means of subsistence. Often the reason for the bleak situation of a person or family is a misunderstanding of simple truths about money. Therefore, simply by looking for an additional source of income, the problem of permanent stress due to financial difficulties cannot be solved. It is advisable to slightly or thoroughly change your worldview.
Of course, by increasing the amount of your income, you will be able to get rid of want for a while and forget about worries for the time being. But the calm will certainly not last long, and gloomy thoughts will return again. You can solve financial problems once and for all only by changing your attitude to money and the material side of life in general. Here are some things you need to learn in order to stop constantly worrying about money:
1. For a happy and comfortable life, a person needs much less than he thinks
Surely you know that many inhabitants of the Earth do not have things familiar to us, without which, it would seem, it is impossible to do. For example, various gadgets, household appliances, cars, branded shoes and clothes, beautiful furniture. Business has simply imposed on society the idea that it is impossible to do without such attributes.
People have been taught that the purchase of various goods that are produced by the richest corporations is a natural need. If a person is not able to buy an advertised product, he begins to experience dissatisfaction with his life. To get rid of stress due to low solvency, you should understand and accept that many things can be painlessly dispensed with.
2. Money does not bring happiness
Not all rich people are completely satisfied with their lives. Many of those who have millions and billions are not at all so happy, joyful. Among them are many individuals who have been suffering from depression for years. Therefore, the statement that it is necessary to have a lot of money to be happy is erroneous. Of course, money gives a feeling of stability and security. But they can't make a person happy. True pleasure is given by other things - love, closeness and health of relatives, peace of mind, hobbies and many other joys available to ordinary people, not necessarily rich.
3. Money is not the main purpose of activity, professional, creative or otherwise
Financial reward is not always the main motivation. Often a job that is not to their liking does not bring any satisfaction even with a high salary. Of course, earning an income that is commensurate with the effort put in can reduce work-related stress. But it's hard to work just for the money. In addition to material benefits, work should also bring moral satisfaction, promote self-development, the manifestation of talents and abilities.
4. Rich people also have their problems and difficulties
Of course, the poor have many financial and other problems. But wealthy people also have difficulties, and quite a few. Not everyone thinks about it, believing that wealth is a panacea for all ills. This is not true.
Money has both a light and a dark side, it brings both joy and problems. Wealth, for example, significantly distorts moral principles, makes a person more rigid, cynical and callous, as well as soulless and arrogant. Not everyone who managed to achieve a high position and excellent prosperity remained kind, humane, compassionate.
Big money often changes people for the worse, which harms them and their loved ones first of all. In addition, there are problems that even money cannot solve. So, they will not help you find true love, true friendship, establish good and sincere relationships with people. On the contrary, all this is rather accessible to people with low incomes. It is more difficult for the rich to find simple human relationships in their environment.
5. The pursuit of wealth deprives a person of the joy of life
The desire to earn more money takes a lot of time, effort and health. The waste of such valuable, sometimes irreplaceable resources contributes to the depreciation of the really important and significant that is in our lives.
It is better to get rid of the obsessive desire to get rich. This will not only reduce stress levels, but also free up resources and time for other, more constructive activities. The things that bring true joy are the enjoyment of natural beauties, the pleasure of watching your child grow up, the opportunity to get enough sleep, to have good health. For a person who is satisfied with life, calm, but not a loafer, financial problems will surely be gradually resolved.
6. The presence of restrictions is not harmful, but beneficial
There must be boundaries in everything. They form a certain way of life, its basis. Not total, but some limitations motivate a person to seek and find happiness, joy in what he has here and now under real circumstances, and not in fantasies.
In relation to finance, such boundaries will be a plan of expenses for a certain period of time. Those who want to live in peace and without debts cannot do without it. After all, if a person lives beyond their means, their expenses exceed their income, and life gets out of control.
Planning a personal budget helps to adjust your needs to the level of available income, not to get into debt. It disciplines, gives confidence in the ability to keep your life under control. A smart person lives within their means, and does not spend more than they earn.
7. Generosity is wonderful
Money should not be regretted if it is spent for good purposes. Generosity makes a person happier. As practice shows, those people who are not afraid to part with money have better health, a more eventful life, and also a much lower level of stress than those who prefer to take care only of profit. Therefore, it is desirable for everyone to engage in charity, regardless of income level.
8. The feeling of security, which is based on the possession of money, property, is unstable and passes quickly
It is generally believed that only with wealth can one feel confident in the future and protected from all adversity. A very controversial opinion. The accumulation of money and property is not capable of providing security: there are enough examples in history when people lost their assets in a lifetime in one day.
To feel secure, a person must be surrounded by the warmth and love of loved ones. Many rich people do not have this due to the fact that the accumulation of money, their multiplication and preservation has become the most important thing in life. Everything else faded into the background. In choosing partners for relationships and families, they are guided by the stereotypes of appearance and behavior imposed by the media. Classical values, including kindness, fidelity, beauty of the soul, sensitivity, without which it is impossible to experience the highest enjoyment of life, are ignored and squeezed out of the set of needs of rich people.
What kind of internal security, confidence in loved ones can we talk about if they stay close for the sake of money and property? The accumulation of wealth will not bring joy, a sense of security and peace.
9. Money should be taken only as a tool to achieve the goal
With the help of money, a person receives necessary things (food, drink, clothing, a roof over his head) and luxury goods.