Before I proceed; I want to iterate that anything after this is not to be seen as an adequate replacement for seeking individual, clinical mental health treatment. While I am a licensed, independent mental health therapist this piece is to be considered a support/resource...not treatment.
Mental health is a major component of one’s overall health and well-being. It's just as important as physical health being that mental and physical play off of each other. Depression can induce physical health symptoms like: irritability, fatigue, and even physical pain. Likewise, health conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain, and obesity can affect our mood by causing long term sadness and worry.
The stigma on the conversation of mental health is beginning to decrease thanks to online platforms like social media. This has made it easier for people to discuss what they are going through emotionally.
Different resources like: online support groups, in person support groups, Facebook groups... and more traditionally: one on one therapy and medication management can help to alleviate mental health issues.
Mental health issues come from different sources: genetics, bad home environments, chaotic school environments, and stressful work environments. Additional triggers include: emotional abuse, physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse; and as mentioned before physical health conditions.
One of the best places to begin, when looking for mental health care assistance, is one's doctor. If a primary care office does not have an in-office therapist, they can most likely coordinate a referral out for counseling and/or medication management.
As mentioned before, mental health treatment is just as important as taking care of your physical body.
It’s important that you recognize what you need, so that you can get the help you deserve.
Please go to www.taniamooninc.com for additional information on mental health, and resources for treatment.