The importance of treating mental health
The health of the mind
To some, treating a health condition of the mind seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, for others treatment for a mental disorder is very real. Unlike the human brain which is composed of nerves and can be touched, the mind can’t.
Aside from vital organs that need to function properly to live, the mind is the most powerful component of the human body responsible for thinking, feeling, and wanting, which are the 3 most essential factors which drive a person through their daily lives.
As far as the human body goes, a lower quality of health is fairly easy to determine, but how can you tell if your mind needs a checkup or more important, treatment?
Types of Mental Disorders
Mental disorders or mental illness is classified as a condition that impairs or affects a person’s mood, thinking, and behavior. In the same way, a sprained ankle would affect a person’s ability to run, a mental condition would affect a person’s ability to think, behave, or mood. Here are a few common mental disorders or illnesses.
- Anxiety Disorder – A mental health disorder characterized by debilitating feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with a person’s daily life and activities.
- Clinical Depression – This is a severe form of a condition known as depression, and is characterized by a person’s mood being affected, creating a loss of interest in activities and causing significant impairment in daily life.
- Bipolar Disorder – This is a mental disorder associated with mood swings that range from a depressive low to a manic high.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Most common in military veterans and law enforcement. PTSD is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering from witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event.
- Schizophrenia – One, if not, the most serious mental disorder relating to a person interpreting reality abnormally. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment.
Treating Mental Health
The first step in treating your mental health is diagnosis. Some factors that affect a person’s mental health include mood changes, low energy, problems sleeping, inability to focus, paranoia, delusions, constant worry, and hallucinations. Once a person starts to experience one or some of these symptoms it may be time to talk to a healthcare provider or your physician to discuss the symptoms and find a solution.
A proper diagnosis is first required to fully determine the type of mental health condition you may be experiencing. Once a diagnosis has been provided the next step is treatment.
Each person and condition is unique to itself which means treatments, although safe, may not be effective for everyone.
In some severe cases, hospitalization may be required to determine the proper plan of action for treatment.
Some treatments for mental health conditions are below:
- Support Group
- Peer Support
See a Doctor
No matter your age or style of life, no one is immune from experiencing even mild forms of mental conditions at one point or another in their life.
If you are concerned about mental health symptoms you may be experiencing or know someone who may be able to benefit from seeing a doctor, contact Premium Healthcare.