Frequently Asked Questions
I am a new student, what should I know about Stressed Out Nation Courses?
We offer several excellent mental health and wellness courses, and over 30 mini-courses on a variety of mental health and wellness topics. You can find the one(s) that best meet your needs by exploring the “Courses” tab on the webpage for more information.
What is Stressed Out Nation?
Stressed Out Nation is a mental health & wellness education company that specializes in teaching high achievers who are 2-3x’s more prone to mental health problems, process their lives in healthier, happier, and more satisfying ways.
We offer a variety of courses that are both science-based and field tested, and offer a number of methods, tools, resources, and new habit routines to get better results out of life.
We are not Psychiatrists, Therapists, or Doctors, but have experienced first hand living with some of the more common mental and emotional health issues like anxiety, stress, burnout, depression, social isolation and loneliness, substance abuse and addiction recovery, among others.
Our primary objective is to help you transform and better manage your own mental health issues so that you can achieve your goals and live the life you have chosen with better perspective and greater results.
Understanding resources and services on Mental Health & Wellness can be confusing and overwhelming. Please take a look at the questions below before you contact us, you might find a helpful and clarifying answer just one click away! If after going through this list you still haven't got the answer you were looking for, feel free to contact us, we're happy to help you solve any doubts.
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Does Stressed Out Nation offer Coaching & Personal Guidance?
Yes. We have coached thousands of individuals, groups, and corporations on how to better understand and create a framework to cope with mental health and wellness issues that arise in others’ personal and professional lives. If you need help with any of the courses or more personalized instructions, we are happy to help either individually or in a group setting.
How do I know my personal information will be treated confidentially?
We have extensive experience with handling sensitive mental health and personal data. Our only interest is to help facilitate your own mental wellness journey and transformation. We pride ourselves in holding our members in the highest of confidence, to not disclose any personal or sensitive information with others without their express consent. We expect each student to be accountable and to not share such information with others. What we hear here stays here – so that no individual should feel uncomfortable or compromised in any way to not share with other students of Stressed Out Nation courses. Sharing is caring and helps everyone in Facebook and other coaching groups or sessions.
Do you guarantee your courses and services?
Yes, if not completely satisfied after using the product for 30 days, we completely guarantee the integrity of our products and services, except for coaching services rendered.
How often does Stressed Out Nation Update its information?
We do frequent relevant updates of course content and update our blogs every few days to stay as fresh and relevant as possible.
About Mental Health:
What is Stress?
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline.
Chronic stress is a prolonged and constant feeling of stress that can negatively affect your health if it goes untreated. It can be caused by the everyday pressures of family and work or by traumatic situations.
Mental health is more than the absence of illness. The World Health Organization (2014) defines mental health as “...a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Like physical health, we can all benefit from looking after our mental health.
Mental wellbeing (also known as ‘positive mental health’ and ‘flourishing’) Mental wellbeing is more than the absence of mental illness and it is more than feeling happy. Someone with positive mental health and high wellbeing is feeling good, functioning well, has satisfaction with life, is developing as a person, and has strong relationships.
Poor mental health is a state of low mental wellbeing where your ability to cope with the day-today pressures of life, work productively or contribute to a community are impaired. A person’s ability to realize their potential is hampered because of impacts on their emotions and thinking, and in turn their behaviors.
Mental health problems (also known as mental distress or mental illness) We all have times when we struggle with our mental health, but mental health problems develop when these difficult experiences or feelings go on for a long time and affect our ability to enjoy and live our lives in the way we want to. You might receive a specific diagnosis from your doctor, or just feel more generally that you are experiencing poor mental health.
Resilience is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to the ongoing demands and challenges of life. An increasing body of research from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and sociology shows that most people bounce back from risks, stress, crises, and trauma and experience life success. Resilience can be considered an individual character trait, a set of skills and learnings or as part of an emotional response. Resilience can also be considered a characteristic of communities.
What is Depression? Do I have Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.
Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.
Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. There is a high degree of heritability (approximately 40%) when first-degree relatives (parents/children/siblings) have depression.
What is Anxiety? Do I have Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
What are some types of mental disorders?
- Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
- Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
- Eating disorders.
- Personality disorders.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
Where Can I Go To Find Therapy?
Different kinds of therapy are more effective based on the nature of the mental health condition and/or symptoms and the person who has them (for example, children will benefit from a therapist who specializes in children’s mental health). However, there are several different types of treatment and therapy that can help.
Where Can I Learn About Types Of Mental Health Treatment?
Mental health conditions are often treated with medication, therapy or a combination of the two. However, there are many different types of treatment available, including Complementary & Alternative Treatments, self-help plans, and peer support. Treatments are very personal and should be discussed by the person with the mental health conditions and his or her team.
What Are The Different Types Of Mental Health Professionals?
There are many types of mental health professionals. Finding the right one for you may require some research.
Where Can I Go To Find A Support Group?
Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
Where Can I Go To Find Inpatient Care?
If you or someone you know is in crisis, inpatient care can help. Inpatient care can help people stabilize on new medications, adjust to new symptoms, or get the help they need.
Where Can I Go To Find Other Local Services?
There are likely plenty of resources that can be used to help you find mental health treatment in your community. These resources can help you find the right therapist, and enable you to better understand viable treatment options and the treatment process.