Since the early 2000s, countless researchers have studied the differences in the prevalence of mental illness and the quality of the American healthcare system concerning race and ethnic groups. These researchers have showcased the existence of significant disparities in mental health and mental healthcare within the United States. However, these disparities exist regarding physical healthContinue reading “Disparities in Mental Health and Mental Healthcare Among BIPOC”
C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that causes trauma symptoms alongside difficulty managing emotions and maintaining relationships. Fear, isolation, depression, and anxiety shape the life of an individual living with complex PTSD. Those of us living with CPTSD would often use the words; broken, different, and distrustful to describe ourselves. Examining the symptoms and behaviors associated with CPTSD below will help you understand why.
Get angry. It is normal and entirely unavoidable. We all express anger differently. Some of us throw objects, hit walls, or scream at those that irritate us. Others shut down and turn the anger inwards. Both reactions are unhealthy ways to express and deal with anger that harms us or those around us.
America’s mental healthcare system is in desperate need of repair. Over 60 million individuals in the United States struggle with mental health conditions. Of these 60 million children and adults, almost 50% of them live with an untreated mental illness. American’s living with untreated mental illness face disability, unemployment, incarceration, substance abuse and addiction, homelessness, and suicide.
Do you often wonder why specific thoughts and behaviors reoccur in every relationship? Are you mistrusting, clingy, abrasive, or afraid in close relationships? Do intrusive thoughts, impulsive actions, and confusion hinder your ability to strengthen and develop relationships with others? Understanding relations, beliefs, and behaviors towards others is possible when you examine attachment theory and the roots of attachment issues.
Health care systems could utilize telemedicine to correct America’s mental health crisis. Too many Americans lack the support and accessibility to mental health care services. Telemedicine can expand the availability of mental health care and help ensure that those who need help receive it.
The primary theory behind trauma-informed care is that the presence of ACEs and toxic stress has a massive effect on our current emotional and mental well-being.
Both Mental Health America (MHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim that the prevalence of mental illness in America is rapidly rising. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 13% increase in mental health conditions and substance use disorders since 2017.
Take control of your mental health through tracking and self-analyses. Understand that fluctuations in mood, outlook and behavior are often associated with specific triggers. Determining triggers and eliminating them from your daily life will allow you to exercise more control over your mental health. In addition to identifying triggers, self-analysis can assist you in determining what activities or patterns are beneficial to your mental health.
Consider the basic needs required to live a mentally healthy life. Do you picture Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? You should. The pyramid provides a general guideline of what is needed to uncover our full potential.