Why Is Even Good Change Sometimes So Hard?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
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- Why Is Even Good Change Sometimes So Hard?
- Good Change Can Produce Negative Effects
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
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Even good change can be hard. To feel things like stress, anxiety, and depression in the wake of any change makes sense. After all, people need routine for optimum mental health and wellbeing. When change disrupts the life pattern we're accustomed to, we feel it physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. (Take our online stress test.) But is this okay, or does it mean there's something wrong with us for being so upset and out-of-sorts even when change is good?
Events such as a new job, a move, the birth of a baby, or a child becoming an adult are, in many cases, wonderful life events. But despite the fact that they can be joyful, they can bring upheaval and distress. Positive change can feel negative because the stress wreaks havoc on our mental health. It can make existing mental illness worse, and it can lead to mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder in people who are susceptible to these conditions. When struggling with either good change or difficult change, reaching out to a therapist can help. Chatting openly with a therapist can help people shift perspective and develop strategies for coping with the change.
Related Articles to the Difficulty of Positive Change
- Facing Change? Anxiety Can Be Related to Adjustment Disorder
- Fear Change? Seven Ways to Quiet Anxiety of the Unknown
- Change Often Incites Fear in PTSD Recovery
Today's Question: Has good change ever affected your mental health? How did you deal with it? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- How To Handle Trauma Triggers Caused By Domestic Abuse
- What is Happiness? And How Do You Find It?
- Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Overcoming Trauma: How To Face Life After Residential Treatment (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- Nighttime Anxiety and Getting Back to Sleep (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Three Steps to Stress Relief (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Bipolar Triggers You Can’t Control (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- How Community Service Affects Psychiatric Symptoms (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Why Animals May Help With Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- The Link between Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat PTSD (Understanding Combat PTSD)
- Self-Medicating: The Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Parenting a Child Who Has Low Self-Esteem and How to Stop Being a Perfectionist (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- How to Stop Stress from Taking Over Your Life (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Dealing with Mental Illness Stigma is Manageable (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Body Shaming My Old Binge Eating Disorder Body (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Living With People Who Don’t Understand Your Anxiety (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- How Do I Know if I Have Depression? What Is Depression? (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Blog)
- Mental Illness and Relationships With Our Parents (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- How Recovering Alcoholics React to Normal Alcohol Use and Maintaining Addiction Recovery on Vacation (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Medication Changes for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
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These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Childhood Brain Tumors Affect Working Memory Of Adult Survivors, Study Finds
- Early Exposure To Tobacco As A Cause Of Behavioral Problems In Children
- Children With ADHD And Their Mothers May Live Less Than Average Population
- Childhood Stress May Raise Risk For Diabetes, Heart Disease In Adulthood
- Teens With Bulimia Recover Faster When Parents Are Included In Treatment
- Early Intervention Improves Preschoolers' Heart Healthy Habits
- External Brain Stimulation Temporarily Improves Motor Symptoms In People With Parkinson's
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Last Updated: 15 July 2018
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD