Supporting those with Mental Illness

Many suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance and substance abuse and addiction.


What causes mental health and social issues?


Physicians don't know what causes mental illness however, it seems that one's genes, life experiences and biology seem to contribute to mental health issues. In addition, some mental illnesses may be triggered by psychological trauma that happens when a person is young such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, a parent dying early in life, neglect, problems in family relationships and substance abuse. In some cases these experiences are so traumtic the victims turn to self harm or suicide. Often this leads my into hospitals and medical centres. Sadly every so often the medical staff don't do their jobs properly and something can do wrong. If this happens it good to talk to a lawyer about clinical negligence if you believe that something went wrong when it shouldn't have.

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Symptoms of mental illness


To be clear, there are many different mental illnesses and their symptoms vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms are being confused or suspicious, mood swings, relationship problems, hallucinations, abuse of drugs or alcohol, thoughts of suicide, problems sleeping and feeling sad and depressed.


Treatments, community programs and physicians


Depending on the type of mental illness you have, how severe it is and what works best for you will determine the kind of treatment plan that is provided for you. If you have a mild mental illness with symptoms that are well controlled, one health care provider may be sufficient. However, if your mental illness is more severe and on-going, a team approach may work better. Examples of community programs and health professionals are your family doctor, psychiatrist, physician assistant, psychotherapist, pharmacist, social workers and family members. Hospital and residential treatment programs can also help with mental health issues.


Prescriptions drugs and self help


Some of the more commonly used drugs that are prescribed for mental health problems are antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood-stabilizing medications and anti-psychotic medications. In addition, by being honest and sharing your progress with your doctor or healthcare provider, you can add to your better mental health. By sticking to your treatment plan, avoiding alcohol and drug use, staying active and adopting a positive attitude you can enhance your treatment plan.


Other things you can do


Besides getting help from your doctor and other mental health specialists, you can do some things on your own that may help such as joining a support group, staying connected with friends and family, exercising and keeping a journal. Other things you can do that may help are learning some relaxation methods, setting small, attainable goals, eating well balanced meals and talking with someone you trust. In addition, taking time to walk and enjoy nature can also be relaxing and is a great way to get rid of stress and anxiety. Many mental health issues can be lessened by slowing down and taking time for yourself.


To conclude, many suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance and substance abuse and addiction. Talk with your doctor or other mental health professional and find the peace and help you are seeking! With the many benefits that come from mental health outlets, it just makes sense to check it out for yourself!