By LOUISE ROSE/FAIRFAX NZ Mental health expert Dr Jennifer Purdy has said it’s important to be realistic about mental health issues, because people’s minds can change in a hurry.
She says it’s impossible to predict what a person will do in the future.
“I don’t think it’s a great idea to believe everything you read in the news,” she said.
“People can be more optimistic than we thought they would be.
It can be a good thing.
People who have had positive experiences are more likely to have positive experiences in the long term.”
We need to be mindful of the things we say in the short term and the things that we don’t say in a short term.
“Dr Purdy says we need to stop making it a “silly thing” to believe we can predict the future and focus more on making ourselves more optimistic.”
When we’re depressed, our brain becomes more reactive to things, like when we’re feeling anxious, we can’t focus on the task at hand,” she says.”
And if you’re stressed, we may become more aggressive, or we may be more resistant to things.
“If we’re more pessimistic, our mental processes become more sluggish and our thinking processes become less efficient.”
In a sense, we’re not rational enough to deal with this new reality.”READ MORE: