Mental health problems strike many people at a point in life. As we all go through hard times, the difficulties in our daily lives sometimes are felt to be too overwhelming to cope with. If we can make an effort to fight this plight, we can overcome the psychological stress we find ourselves in from time to time. All it takes is a different approach in solving the seemingly impossible task of dealing with psychological siege.
Fostering social relations
The fast pace of modern culture can be overwhelming due to the pressures of work, family, bombardment with information, money woes and concerns about our political, economic and social environment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the CDC reports that workplace stress has also been found to have a significant impact on mental health. Finding holistic strategies that prevent the negative impacts of stress are integral to the promotion of mental well-being and lower the likelihood of mental illness and the use of medications.
Creating and connecting to a social support network through personal relationships is primal to the human experience. Human beings were meant to connect with people and being with the ones we care about make us happy. Laughter also boosts the benefits of being together. Sometimes just being around people, even if they are strangers, makes us feel better than being isolated in our own domestic cocoons. People not only make us feel good when we are happy but support us when we feel like we can’t cope with stressful situations or are hit a side curve by the journey that is life.
When one is suffering from mental health related conditions, prescribing drugs is not all is necessary in tackling the menace. There are other ways which are by far more effective and applicable that if well used, we can rid such people the suffering without exposing them to risk of the drugs’ side effects resulting from endless medications. If our medical practitioners could take the initiative to offer counseling to most mental patients, then the effects of these conditions could be confronted without much hustle and drug administration.
Helping psychological patients
According to long-term studies on mental health, the most effective treatment strategy involves reducing medication to the lowest effective level and providing expert counseling appropriate to the need. The least effective treatment for mental health is medication only, with no counseling. Counseling alone is more effective than medication alone, but only marginally.
This is not something most psychologists would do. Since the first principle of all health professions is to do no harm, and the second principle is to act more in the interests of the patient than you, long-term prescriptions of psychotropic drugs without matching counseling services should be a breach of professional practice that results in dismissal. Keeping patients dependent on addictive drugs for decades and shutting out other professionals who could help achieve recovery and rehabilitation, is not in the best interests of families, patients and society in general
In the recent years, life has taken a turn that is headed for the worse. Our psychological wellbeing is not spared either, as our mental stability is solely or more primarily dependent on what we eat. Only by watching carefully what we eat and dealing with environmental as well as occupational stress can help alleviate the menace of the increasing mental complications which we are experiencing in the current times.
Diet and psychological stability
Highly-processed snack and takeaway food products, rich in tasty fat and sugar, have now displaced much of the fruit, vegetables and other nutritious, unprocessed foods in our diets.
Taken together, this evidence suggests changes in global dietary habits may be influencing rates of depression and dementia. Importantly, given detrimental changes to diet are particularly obvious in younger people, the impact on the burden of these mental disorders may not yet be fully manifest.
In this sense, the mind-body dichotomy that has informed much of psychiatric practice throughout history is beginning to appear artificial and redundant. What all this means for general well-being is that measures to improve physical health should have positive benefits for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. It also reinforces the need for governments and policy makers to urgently address our “obesogenic” food environment, which encourages people to eat bad food and remain sedentary.