Mental health disorders are often misunderstood and not many are aware of the true affects or true situation of a mental health disorder. I am hoping to help you understand mental health a little bit better by writing this article that covers a description of mental health, myths and facts about mental health, different types of mental disorders and explanations of them so that you can understand them better followed by a description of how a diagnoses is made , the symptoms of a potential underlying mental health problem and different treatment options
Why I Chose to Write This Article
Mental health disorders are often frowned upon and I feel that there is a need to create awareness about the issue. Mental health is very real and not just something that is in your head and requires proper treatment and needs to be paid much more attention to as a person’s mental health does contribute largely to the way we behave and act and treat others mental health also directly affects the way we as individuals handle stress related situations and failure to accept the possibility that you do have a mental health disorder can lead to a very unhappy and miserable life if left untreated.
Detailed Description About What Mental Health Is
As I have mentioned above metal health disorders affects a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being in other words it affects the way we feel, think and act. Mental health disorders also greatly affect the way we handle stress and also affects our decision making capabilities.
A more medical description of mental health disorders is believed to be an imbalance of neurotransmitters between nerve cells in the brain. A good example to make this statement clear is depression that can be directly linked to a serotonin shortage in the brain.
There are also mainly only three reasons why mental health disorders exists namely our genes and brain chemistry, any form of trauma or abuse witnessed or experienced and lastly a family history of mental health disorders.
Some Myths and Facts About Mental Health Disorders
People that have claimed to be unaffected by their mental health disorders or fail to acknowledge them generally end up with the sort end of the stick 301 diseases are found linked directly to mental health disorders that has made mental health disorders or problems an overall disease burden due to the high volume of suicides.
Panic attacks are not fatal however it can result in death. Panic attacks are highly uncomfortable and cause rapid heartbeat and hyperventilation and an increase in fear making it more than likely for a person having a panic attack to end up in an accident that may result in their death.
Young adults, teenagers and especially children are not affected by mental health disorders. Well what an absolute lie it has in fact been proven that mental health disorders can be detected before the age of only seventeen. Anyone can get affected by a mental health disorder regardless of age.
People with mental health disorders struggle with the stresses of holding a job down. That is just another misperception of a mental health disorder. There is no evidence that deem people living with a mental health disorder unfit to work and their productivity is the same as your average “normal” worker. Mental health disorders are manageable and do not affect a person’s work ethic to the extent of inability to coping with a work situation.
Many believe that a mental health disorders are permanent that is very untrue. Mental health disorders are not a “life sentence” psychology, treatment options and medications have made recovery possible. Please also note that recovery may mean different things to different individuals and may only find it easier to manage their mental health disorders.
Only lonely people or people without friends need to see psychologist or trained therapists. Yet another lie trained therapist and psychologist offer us much more help than our friends and or family ever could by offering us a much more needed service by addressing the issue constructively without judgment. The confidentiality offered by therapist and psychologist also makes it a lot easier to open up to them compared to friends and family members.
Some even believe mental disorders to be a sign of weakness in a person’s character and again it is load hogwash fighting a mental illness takes a great deal of inner strength and it is impossible for a person suffering from a mental health disorder simply to just “snap out” of it is almost like telling someone with high blood pressure or diabetes to “snap out” of it or telling them to come over it. Like I said above mental health disorders can be treated and does not mean weakness or that it is imaginary.
Last but not least I would like to tackle the myth that mental health disorders cause people to be more aggressive or violent than others that also is not true only minority of violent acts and aggressive behavior can be linked directly to people suffering from mental health disorders which immediately makes it a myth and aggression and violence can in fact not be linked to mental health disorders.
Deferent Types of Mental Health Disorders and a Short Description of Each
Depressive disorders: A more commonly used term for this disorder is known as depression that causes an affected person an intense or immense amount of sadness or hopelessness that can interfere with the daily task we as individuals perform and may result in suicide if left untreated.
Anxiety disorders: This goes beyond the normal and daily anxiety levels us as individuals’ experience this type of mental health disorder causes an intense level of anxiety for unnecessary reasons even when there is little to worry about. It affects the daily performance of a person living with this disorder.
Bipolar disorder: This disorder is also known as a multiple personality disorder. Bipolar disorder causes episodes of energetic highs and dangerously depressive lows. People suffering from this disorder have difficulty controlling their mood swings and or emotions but with the affective treatment the disorder can be managed and help the individual live a more “normal” life.
Schizophrenia disorder: This disorder makes it hard for the affected person to perceive reality and may cause hallucinations, delusions or in some cases people have reported to have been hearing voices.
Post-traumatic stress disorder: This disorder is also known as PTSD for short and is triggered by a traumatic event whether it is experienced or witnessed it can still happen to anyone and can cause the affected person to have a heightened sense of fear and easily startled and may cause a person to have “flashbacks”.
Obsessive compulsive disorder: Known as OCD for short this disorder causes repetitive thoughts or obsessions that happen unnecessarily for unexplainable reasons that forces a person suffering from this disorder to carry out unreasonable actions. A good example of this disorder is excessive cleaning.
Social anxiety disorder: More commonly known as a social phobia. This disorder causes people to be highly uncomfortable in social situations. This disorder causes a heightened sense of fear of judgment from others and therefor making it hard to communicate with others.
I am also sure that many more forms of mental health disorders can be found on the web but there are way too many to cover in just one article therefor I only mentioned the most misunderstood mental health disorders in my opinion. I am sure that it has brought some insight on some of the many mental health disorders.
How a Diagnosis Is Made You May Wonder
The first thing is first your doctor will perform a physical exam to overrule or identify any physical problems that may be the cause of your symptoms.
There after a series of lab test will be performed to determine for example your thyroid function or a full screening for alcohol or drug abuse will be done.
After the first to steps are completed you will be referred to a psychologist that will talk to you about your symptoms and help you to understand them better and shortly thereafter a treatment option will be discussed with you for your diagnoses and the future ahead .
The Symptoms of a Possible Underlying Mental Health Disorder
People with mental health disorders do show warning signs of the problem if unaware of them. If you are wondering what these symptoms may be here is a list bellow to help you identify a possible mental health problem:
- Overpowering feelings of fear
- Increased level of anxiety
- Inability to control mood swings and or emotions
- Problems focusing making a person feel confused and or disorientated
- Trouble with memory
- Self-harming thoughts
- Appetite changes(over or under eating)
- Disturbance in sleeping patterns(Insomnia or too much sleeping)
- Weight gain or loss
- Inability to perform daily task
- Little control over emotions
- Unexplained body aches and pains
- Panic attacks(or shortness of breath)
Again there are many symptoms related to mental health disorders spread wide on the web but these are the most commonly reported symptoms of mental health disorders .
Different Mental Health Treatment Options
Although mental health disorders affects a staggering amount of people it is not the end of the world many mental health disorders are treatable and can be affectively managed here is how:
Medications such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and mood stabilizer medications can and will be proscribed if needed.
There are also brain stimulation treatments available used to treat depression when medications have proven to have little or no effect on individuals for example electroconvulsive therapy or valgus nerve stimulation may be implemented.
Psychotherapy is also a highly recommended treatment which involves talking about an individual’s mental health disorders and or conditions. Talk therapy may also provide ways to effectively cope with a current situations and how to move forward efficiently.
However in some cases there are more serious treatment options available such as hospital and residential treatment programs where someone’s mental health disorders are so severe that the need to be hospitalized is a reality. In these situations the person is a direct threat or immediate danger to themselves and or others.
It is also very crucial that individuals partake in their own care and follow the treatment programs and it is so important for the proscribed medication to be taken in order to manage mental health disorders.
Although mental health is frowned upon it is greatly important that we accept the reality of mental health disorders trough this article we can clearly see that a large group of people are affected by this. Mental health disorders do in fact take hold of individuals in many forms but there is hope proper treatment and management can lead to overcoming or managing your mental health disorder.
It is greatly important that we all know we are not alone and having a mental health disorder does not make you weak or inferior. Mental health disorders are common and it does not make you any less of a person.