Sometimes, things just don’t go the way you want them to.
Sometimes, that “thing” is your brain. Your thoughts, the words you are looking for, your emotions...
You are probably seeing many more articles and social media posts (including ours) this month for Mental Health Awareness Month. Partly because mental health issues are more prevalent than many know or like to acknowledge, and partly because of the stigma that comes with them.
Cognitive/mental/emotional issues present challenges to treatment. There’s no simple test, objective test that reveals anxiety versus ADHD versus trauma. Psychotropic medications have come a long way and help relieve symptoms, but we don’t have a cure for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
It’s hard, too, because we can rarely separate ourselves from our thoughts and emotions. We may not even realize something is off and it takes a loved one to point out something is wrong (which rarely goes well at first and certainly doesn’t feel good, not to mention a little scary for all concerned). Sometimes we don’t admit to feeling off because we need to keep up a front, we don’t have a safe space to talk through what might be going on, or we think, “Everyone else can deal with the stress, I’m just (weak/a failure/crazy)?”
Fortunately, we are learning more and more about how our brains work from many different perspectives – perspectives such as biochemistry (hormones and neurotransmitters), neurophysiology (nervous system), physiology (physical responses to trauma and stress, nutrition), interpersonal/relational (nurture, attachment), and spiritual (metanarratives). All of these and more give practitioners multiple points of entry to help you alleviate symptoms, deepen relationships, learn coping skills, and generally help empower you to have things go more the way you want them to.
Next month we will focus on prevention. Although you can’t prevent some mental/emotional issues, there is a lot you can do to set yourself up well to deal with things quickly and healthfully. So stay tuned. In the meantime, if you are dealing with “things,” know that you are not alone. You are not crazy/weak/fill-in-the-blank-with-your-negative-value-here. You don’t have to go it alone. There is good, non-judgmental help available.
“Things” can go more your way.
(We value a holistic approach to mental and emotional wellness. We are happy to chat with you about whatever you may be dealing with. If we can’t help, we probably know someone who can. You can reach out through our contact form on the website or give us a call.)
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