Mental health: when to seek help and more
In 2018, mental health has become a much discussed topic. Slowly people are realizing the importance of it. According to a systematic review of data and statistics from community studies in EU, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland : 27% of the adult population (18-65 years) had experienced atleast one episode of a series of mental disorders in the past year (this included substance use, psychoses, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. These figures show an estimated 83 million people being affected, which is a huge number. Around 50% of chronic sick leaves are due to depression or anxiety and around 50% of major depressions are untreated.
So when should you see a mental health professional?
All of us face problems and sometimes even the best of us can get bogged down by it. But if you feel overwhelmed, anxious and feel like something is interfering with your normal life and not allowing you to function normally, then it would benefit you to reach out to a trained professional who can hear you out and assist you.
Some of the common types of issues that triggers people to seek assistance are:
– Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
– Feelings of extreme emotions (highs or lows)
– Excessive fears, worries and anxieties,
– Thoughts of self harm
– incessant confusing and overwhelming thoughts
– An emotional dysfunction that seems to interfere with your work, school or daily life and hinders forming and following healthy habits, lifestyle etc.
– Substance abuse
– Eating disorders
– Not being able to communicate effectively and being too antisocial
– if you have experienced trauma of any kind
These are just a few but if there is something in the way of making you feel negative then it would be a strong sign to reach out.
Who can you reach out to?
There are different type of mental health professionals:
Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in mental health care and can prescribe medicines. They have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses.
Psychologist/Counselor: A professional with doctoral degree in psychology and has the license and experience to provide therapy.
Substance Abuse Counselor: A professional with specific clinical training in diagnosis and counselling of individuals with substance abuse issues.
Marital therapist: A professional with master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, with focus on marital and family problems.
There are also organisations like Mental Health Europe who do advocacy for mental health. They can connect you to other mental health professionals who can help. You can also find a mental health professional on Meopin according to what you want assistance for.
Mental health should not be neglected. It is as important as physical health.