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Risk of Vaping to Mental Health

Vaping is quite famed to the youths of today, and this has already been proven by the Market leaders statistics gathered by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO stated that the number of vapers rapidly increases to 48 million people in 2018 from about 7 million in 2011. Vaping has been regarded as less risky by the youth than regular cigarettes. However, I am sure you still want to know if it is bad for you. Keep reading to know the answer to your question.

The Question: Vaping? Is it Bad for My Mental Health?

Vape is a battery-powered e-cigarette that heats the liquid into vapor for a vaper to inhale. The liquid may contain nicotine, chemicals, and flavors. Thus, vaping makes the number of young adults who use nicotine increase. Also, with or without nicotine, vaping directly affects impulse control, especially of adolescents whose brains are at the developing stage. Mood disorders, damage to brain parts responsible for critical thinking, emotion, and memory are just some of the risks that vaping may pose.

Is Using Vape as Bad as Using Cigarette?

Several tests and researches are conducted to determine the effect of vape on a person’s wellness. These found that the same dangerous chemicals used in cigarettes are present in a vape as well. There is chemical such as propylene glycol that turns into formaldehyde gas when evaporated and is dangerous to ingest. Here is the list of some dangerous content of Vape.

Nicotine: Some products are described as “nicotine-free” but still may contain nicotine. Statistics also show that 99.6% of vape contains nicotine.

UFP (PM0.1): Ultra Fine Particles may be inhaled and cause scarring to the lungs. Also, exposure to UFP can contribute to pulmonary diseases and increase cardiovascular and respiratory disease risks.

Heavy Metals: Aluminum, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, nickel, silicon, tin, and zinc are found in vapes which may pose serious health problems ingested.

Flavorings: Cherry, custard, and pastry flavored vape juices contain diacetyl which may cause permanent lung damage.

Volatile Organic Compounds: VOC, such as benzene, are carcinogens and are commonly found in paints, thinners, dry cleaning fluid as well as wood preservatives.

Negative Effects of Vaping in Mental Health

Nicotine damages the nervous and cardiovascular system affects cancerous tumor development and stillbirth in pregnant women. It also interferes with the development of the brain in the adolescent period, which hinders it from becoming healthy. Another health risk is the popcorn lung which is a medical condition caused by fumes inhaled that causes damages to the bronchioles and difficulty in breathing. Also, vapers are linked with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Because of the nicotine consumption from vaping, mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, impulsivity, and ADHD worsens.

This article shows the effects of vaping on the body. Since a small amount of nicotine is present on the vape, it causes a depressant effect. There are already some studies and researches related to this that are available online. However, because of the lack of concern, this problem is not widely arising and is not addressed properly, and hence, the youths of today still thought of it as less risky.

Anxiety 101

Anxiety disorders have taken over almost a quarter of the population. It is an alarming problem in society that really needs to be taken care of.

Here’s a brief discussion about anxiety and everything you need to know:

What it really is

  • Anxiety is an emotion we experience from time to time. It is what we feel every time we are in a situation we’re not used to. It is characterized by being easily irritated, ill-tempered, worried, insecure, and excessive loneliness. A small amount of anxiety is good, but too much may indicate a serious underlying problem.
  • Frequent anxiety attacks may be bad and could develop into anxiety disorders such as GAD and depression. Also, anxiety tends to stop people from doing what they want and reaching their goals.
  • Patients suffering from abnormal cases of anxiety can become physically weaker. This is because unstable mental health affects the whole system of the body—starting from the digestive down to the very critical cardiovascular system.

Characteristics

  • It can happen to anyone.
  • It can be triggered by anything, even the tiniest bit of inconvenience.
  • Entertaining anxiety causes frequent attacks and could lead to abnormal cases.
  • Fears and stress are the top external factors that contribute to high anxiety levels.

Overcome

The best way to overcome—aside from seeking professional help—is to do the things you love without minding what others will say. Extend your boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. Leaving from someone else’s box and creating your own is good and actually healthy in maintaining your mental health.

Take trips alone and do things exactly how you want it. Never compromise your own goals. Break the norms and teach yourself to have a positive outlook in life—because remember, Fear and Stress are the best friends of Anxiety.

Anxiety at Home

Although the home is where a person’s heart is, at some point, home is also the first place a person tends to grow apart from.

The emotional development and the construction of a person’s behavioral pattern start at home.  The first people that a person engages with are the people he grew up with.

Anxiety can seem like a harmless feeling. It comes, and it goes. Anxiety can be intense, and sometimes, it really demands to be felt. Keep in mind, though, that your home is no place to embank anxiety with, and it shouldn’t trigger anxiety disorders.

You, as a parent, have to be observant of the ambiance of your home. See to it that your family talks regularly and issues are being properly resolved.

One more thing is that you should always remember that you yourself are also prone to anxiety disorders—from your stressful days at work to doing exhausting household tasks. In that case, you should always be open to your family members and work on it together.

Have frequent recreational activities together to develop your family bond even more. Also, it is advised to have a mental health checkup once in a while to ensure a sound mental system for everyone in your home.

Workplace Anxiety

Work-life balance is a principle that universities and colleges tend to imprint on students’ minds. Right after graduation and upon having the right job, little did they know that this principle is more of a dream than a philosophy.

Recent studies reveal that the most stressful locations include the workplace. Employees, fond of getting their job done and earn, tend to neglect their own health. They tend to overwork, sleep late, and skip meals. Their physical body may already be immune to these stressful activities, but their mental system isn’t.

37% of fatalities linked with mental illnesses were due to mental disorders caused by workplace anxiety. In order to prevent having one, here are 5 tips that might actually help:

  1. Time management. Cramming is really stressful. And as we know, mental disorders start from engaging in too many stressful activities. Achieve and keep up on your deadlines by managing your time. As soon as a project needs to be submitted and deadlines need to be met, make a schedule of the things you should do. This will help you track your progress and increase productivity.
  2. Make mistakes. This is one useful tip to success given by Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder. Being obsessed with perfection is a bad trait and attracts stressful vibes. Being afraid to make mistakes is one of the factors that can trigger anxiety. Making mistakes is actually good because it will help you learn. Pushing one’s self to his limits just to prove perfection should be avoided.
  3. Calm breathing. Calm breathing is an exercise where you take deep breaths while being in a relaxed position. This is helpful in times where you are experiencing panic attacks or emotional breakdowns. This exercise also relieves stress and puts the heart rate back to normal.

Don’t be a victim of over anxiousness. Stay healthy, be optimistic, and overcome the odds!

Normal vs. Abnormal Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion we feel when we’re having problems, feeling lonely and having personal issues. However, there are certain levels of anxiety that are critical and we really need to keep an eye on.

Normal Anxiety

  • Normal anxiety occurs depending on a situation and the anxiousness level matches the extremity of the situation.
  • Anxiety attacks are very occasional, not severe and not prolonged. Also, it has a minimal effect on a person’s life in general.
  • This type of anxiety is normally caused by reminiscing memories, having regrets, and non-achievement of a certain task.

Abnormal Anxiety

  • Abnormal anxiety has different types such as GAD, Panic attacks, Phobias, PSTD, etc.
  • Anxiety attacks are observed on a regular basis, it is severe, oftentimes prolonged and interferes with the person’s life.
  • The anxiety level is out of proportion when it is matched with the extremity of the situation which triggered the anxiety attack.

If you are suffering from these type of symptoms and learned that you’re experiencing the abnormal type, it’s better to seek professional help before it’s too late.

Always be aware of your mental health status by regularly having consultations or mental exercises with your doctor.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t wait until anxiety takes over our lives. It can have fatal consequences.