How Acceptance Helps Mental Health Sufferers on the Road to Recovery
Mental Health Issues May Be Closer Than You Think.
The words mental health often conjures up images of very ill people and of course, the established traditional mental institutions. Yet a huge percentage of us will suffer from some type of mental health problem at some point in our lives. These problems can affect physical health as well as have a detrimental affect on relationships, careers and home life.
Mental health issues do not discriminate, conditions can affect absolutely anyone regardless of gender, age, race or social background and of course, conditions can range from depression, stress, personality disorders or schizophrenia and there are understandably varying degrees of seriousness with these conditions too.
The worrying aspect of Mental Health issues is that so many things can trigger off these problems. Trigger points can be quite varied and what affects one person may not affect another which makes it quite difficult to pinpoint.
Some triggers include:
- Grief - losing someone close can be too much to bear.
- Redundancy - loss of control, dignity and income.
- Home being repossessed - feelings of inadequacies and fear
- Long term sick or incapacitated - which can lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Families and friends may notice quite dramatic changes in the individual’s life and it is important that someone suffering from any mental health issues is encouraged to seek help quite quickly.
Quite often, those close to the individual need to take advice too once a diagnosis is made so that they can help to provide on-going support once they understand the technicalities of the condition. As mental health problems relate to how we feel and how we think, it is not always easy for the person suffering to accept that there is even a problem and denial is a common trend initially and as a result, sometimes conditions go unchecked. There still appears to be some stigma associated with mental health problems and this is another reason why those affected, fight against receiving help.
This lack of acceptance and acknowledgement of a health problem can lead to costly delays in diagnosis and treatment but research has shown that once the individual has come to terms with the diagnosis, recovery is much quicker. Although difficult, understanding what is happening and accepting the condition is the first step on the ladder to recovery and is in fact crucial. Without this acceptance, the individual fights against receiving help of any kind and tries to ignore that the condition even exists.
The mind is a very powerful tool and with the right treatment or guidance, can heal as sufficiently as any other part of the body. There are numerous treatment options available to those who are suffering such as counselling, complementary therapies, self-help or even psychotherapy.
These can be useful in aiding in the recovery of an individual. Any feel good therapy such as massage, aromatherapy or traditional spa treatment works wonders on the human mind and body and these should be encouraged depending on the severity of the problem being experienced.
Stress has an impact on us all and will always have a negative impact on anyone suffering from a mental condition. Fear and uncertainly play a huge part in slowing down the recovery time. Relaxation techniques and meditation can help overcome these feelings and help the mind and body to heal itself whilst reducing the strangle hold that fear has.