If you break a bone, the pain is severe and immediate medical care addresses the damage. A cast is set, and over time the bone heals and the problem is remedied. Unfortunately, diagnosing a person suffering from a mental health disorder is not as easy as that. Moreover, people suffering from mental health disorders are not likely to admit that they have a problem and need treatment. There has always been, unfortunately some social stigma attached to suffering from a mental disorder. Sympathy is often in short supply as family and friends will provide advice such as "just snap out of it", but the solution is never that simple.
Complex chemical reactions in the brain may be derailed because of a chemical imbalance. Sometimes medication can restore the brain's normal functions. Approximately 18% of adults in the United States suffer from anxiety. Panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia are all classified as a mental health disorder. Some symptoms overlap and a combination of disorders may be diagnosed.
Are mental health disorders hereditary? Are there environmental factors? What exactly causes a person to suffer from a mental health disorder? The truth is, there still isn't enough research to determine the exact causes of mental health disorders, and that is why it's so difficult to treat. You might know someone who appears to be overly shy, sensitive, sad, high strung, withdrawn, or anxious. We all experience these feelings, but a person suffering from a mental health disorder will consistently suffer from these emotions unless treated with medication and therapy.
People living through a mental health disorder don't often realize what is happening to them. They can't explain why they are experiencing certain feelings and choosing to make decisions that may adversely affect their life. Feeling like you're losing control and being overwhelmed with emotions that threaten your daily happiness are often symptoms of a mental health disorder. Confiding in a friend or relative is a positive first step to reclaiming your mental health. There are many treatment programs available that are successful at restoring mental health.
Often a person with a mental health issue will also experience going through a dual diagnosis. People who have clinical depression or bipolar disorder may resort to illicit drugs as a way of self medicating the mental issues. Conversely, abusing narcotics, prescription medications or alcohol may lead to mental health disorder. Professional addiction counselors can help determine which treatment program would work best and explain what course of treatment should be expected. In many occasions, residential treatment program is recommended highly, which is the type of treatment that provides a controlled environment that is best suited to reduce the temptations and stressors of the outside world. Other programs such as outpatient or individual therapy are also used for particular mental health disorders.
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