While it can be easy to think of mental health problem as something that should be hidden and ignored, in fact, admitting you are struggling and reaching out for some help can be one of the best things that you can do. After all, there are many different treatments and therapy options available for a range of issues, the most prevalent of which I will discuss in the post below.
Depression and anxiety
These two conditions often go hand in hand, with depression chasing along behind the heels of an anxiety attack or a particularly worrisome period. They can also be tough conditions to seek help for. In fact, you may end up using all of your available energy to just to complete normal things like brushing your teeth and cooking the dinner, something that leaves very little left over to make the sometimes tricky step to get help.
Anxiety and depression can make you want to hide away from the world.
However, it is important to remember that help is out there, and while depression and anxiety conditions you can read more about at https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/ are horrible, they are medical issues, not a life sentence. In fact, you will be able to successfully manage these issues with a combination of medication, therapy, and a suitable support structure.
In particular, two types of therapy are most often prescribed for those suffering from these conditions. These are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and talk therapy.
CBT focuses on identifying the issues that are causing your depression and dealing with them more constructively. In particular, it focuses on the way that we think and how we can distort situations because of our thinking bias or mood at the time.
What this does is provide a more neutral way of looking at things, so they are less emotionally loaded. Something that means dealing with specific issues and tasks can be made a lot more comfortable, and old patterns of depressive thinking are harder to fall into.
Talk therapy is less focused on coping strategies but is int read more about providing a safe space in which you can release your worries and emotions. Many talking therapies are based on the psychodynamic school of thought which suggests that an underlying conflict in the psyche causes mental illnesses. Something you can read more about at https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor-articles/what-is-psychodynamic-counselling.
Of course, not everyone agrees with this approach, and therefore it is vital to pick a type of therapy that not only has good results but which you can connect with on an intellectual and emotional level too.
Addiction / alcoholism
Another mental health issue that many people suffer from is addiction and alcohol issues. Sadly, many people feel that such problems need to be kept quiet as they are a sign of personal deficiency or weakness.
However, addiction is an illness linked in a significant way to genetics. It also doesn’t discriminate, and while those that have other mental health issues or are suffering from economic deprivation may be more likely to develop an addiction problem, it is an issue that spans genders, ethnicities and social classes.
With that in mind, you may be wondering what you can do if you are suffering from an addiction issue? Well, you will be pleased to know that there’s a lot of help out there.
One way that some folks suffering from alcohol issues chose to deal with it is by attending meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which runs on a 12 step program. While others go a more medical route and seek outpatient care that is supervised by a psychologist and doctors. Still, others can benefit from programs like the ones offered by https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/treatment/alcohol-detox/ which are residential in nature. Something that allows the person in recovery to focus solely on getting well without any additional distractions.
Last of all, a condition that people often suffer in silence with is OCD. Now, the media would have us believe that this is all about cleaning things, and washing of our hands, but in reality, OCD is something that can attach to anything that the suffer values, and it can cause untold torment.
OCD occurs when a person attaches too much significance to an intrusive thought and then takes compulsive action to relieve their suffering. Sadly this compulsion only reinforces the negative beliefs about the intrusive thought and make the whole thing worse.
That’s why most OCD therapy focuses on reducing compulsions as well as challenging the importance of the mental intrusions themselves. Something that can be done through a particular form of CBT called ERP
Of course, it’s not easy to seek help, but with up to three times the total population of London suffering from this condition the world over, it is essential for OCD sufferers to remember that they are not alone. You can even find out more about through charities such as https://www.ocdaction.org.uk, so whatever you do, please do not feel as if you have to suffer in silence.
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