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Mental Health

Mental health affects how you think, feel, and act. It also helps our ability to handle stress, relate to others, and make good choices in our lives. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience distressing mental health issues, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Continuous untreated mental health conditions can also effect your physical health, lifestyle, and relationships.

There are many ways to help maintain positive mental health. They include:

  • Getting professional help
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing healthy coping skills

If you are dealing with a mental health issue, you are not alone. Consider these statistics:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness
  • Nearly 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. live with a serious mental illness
  • 6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder
  • 9% of adults in the U.S. live with major depression
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • 1 in 5 children ages 13 -18 have or will have a serious mental illness
  • 11% of youth have a mood disorder
  • 10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth ages 10 - 24
  • 90% of those youth who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide
  • 9% of adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year
  • About 26% of homeless adults in shelters live with serious mental illness
  • About 24% of state prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition
  • Nearly 60% of adults with mental illness did not receive mental health services in the past year

Common Misconceptions of Mental Illness:

"I'm fine. There's nothing wrong."

Unidentified and untreated mental illness can have some very direct effects in the body. The burden of mental illness can be exhibited as muscle aches and pain due to the unconscious tensing of muscle groups. It can also lead to gastric distress, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even premature death. On a social level, mental illness can lead to financial problems and difficulty to conforming to society's norms.

Mental illness is not the lack of coping skills, emotional weakness, or being classified as a failure. It is a life-altering illness that left untreated can make life much more difficult than it has to be.

"Mental illnesses will never really go away."

This is often interpreted to mean that the symptoms of mental illness never go away, and that is a misconception. If this were true, therapy and treatment would be pointless.
The facts are a bit more encouraging. The truth is it's very possible to treat many types of mental illness to the point that the symptoms can be managed and a person can live a fulfilling, happy life.

"Only violent or unstable people have mental health problems."

Mental illness can manifest in completely different ways from one person to another. For example, some depression sufferers internalize their symptoms and can appear perfectly happy on the surface, while others may show their symptoms very obviously. Anxiety can make a person very irritable or they may simply avoid social interactions. Assuming that mental illness makes someone unstable is like assuming people with brown eyes only wear polo shirts.
There is no evidence to suggest that mental illness and violence have any meaningful correlation. In other words, having a mental disorder does not inherently make someone violent, nor does being violent indicate that someone has a mental illness.

"If you are mentally ill you can't handle relationships."

Having a mental illness doesn't mean that you're unable to take part in normal things like friendships, work relationships, or romantic endeavors. Mental illness can cause stress in any relationship; there's often pressure to "get yourself together" before you can maintain a relationship. The opposite is actually true. Isolating from normal relationships can sometimes slow down recovery. Mental illness affects how you perceive reality so having supportive relationships can aid in recovery. Having a mental illness can make relationships challenging at times, but it doesn't disqualify you from having them.

"Treatment is a waste of time."

One of the most damaging misconceptions about mental illness is the idea that going to therapy is waste of time. Talking to your buddies at the bar or your neighbor may seem like an alternative to talk therapy and a much cheaper option, but the truth is they are not professionals. You would not go to your neighbor's house for medical help if you broke your leg. Chances are he lacks the tools and knowledge to tend to your health issue at hand. Like most other services where you hire a professional, you're paying for expertise. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

There are many different types of therapy to help with mental health issues. They can include:

  • Talk therapy - this includes sitting with a counselor who can help you sort things out and explore your inner feelings, helping you to understand the source of these feelings. This is done in a caring and non-judgmental environment. It can include individual, couples, and family counseling sessions.
  • Play Therapy - This therapy is generally done with children. Through play, a child can open up and discuss their thoughts, feelings, and problems they are facing. Therapeutic toys and games are used to assist children in this area.
  • Integrative technique - This therapy allows a highly individualized approach and can include both talk therapy and interactive methods.
  • True Focus Neuro Therapy - This therapy helps retrain the brain to operate at more normal frequencies and is appropriate for all age groups. It aids conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression, insomnia, migraines, and many others.

Access Bars

Healing Arts Center also offers Access Bars technique. Access Bars® is a set of 32 points on the head which, when lightly touched, stimulate positive change in the brain and defragment the electro-magnetic components of stress, thought, and emotions. This gentle non-invasive technique works on releasing both physical and mental blocks stored in the body and helps facilitate greater ease in all different areas of life. This technique is great for all ages.

The following are some examples of what a session of Access Bars® can help with: Increase quality of sleep; Deeper relaxation; Increase Motivation, Mindfulness, Productivity, Effectiveness; Increase in joy and happiness, Greater Mental Clarity; Stress and Overwhelm; Anxiety and depression; Panic Attacks, OCD, Migraines; Health and Weight Management

Healing Arts Center can help you overcome mental health issues that may be crippling your life. Consider coming in for a FREE HALF-HOUR CONSULT. Call now for your appointment!