The value of your mental health

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When mental health comes to mind, you may not immediately think about house call doctors, but just like with physical health, concierge medical providers, like ours here at Doctors To You, are on the front lines.

With recent updates in the world of mental health, from the impact of our long workweeks on our stress levels, to how we can support loved ones suffering from various mental health ailments, concierge doctors like our Dr. Ernest Brown can meet you where you are and administer proper support to insure you’re stable.

So, contrary to popular belief, concierge medicine is not akin to the emergency room or urgent care where you barely get to know your physician; rather, we provide convenient primary care in the privacy of your home, dorm, or hotel room.

As we take a closer look at mental health, remember to keep in mind that as concierge medical providers, we are literally there for you.




When mental health comes to mind, you may not immediately think about house call doctors, but just like with physical health, concierge medical providers, like ours here at Doctors To You, are on the front lines.

With recent updates in the world of mental health, from the impact of our long workweeks on our stress levels, to how we can support loved ones suffering from various mental health ailments, concierge doctors like our Dr. Ernest Brown can meet you where you are and administer proper support to insure you’re stable.

So, contrary to popular belief, concierge medicine is not akin to the emergency room or urgent care where you barely get to know your physician; rather, we provide convenient primary care in the privacy of your home, dorm, or hotel room.

As we take a closer look at mental health, remember to keep in mind that as concierge medical providers, we are literally there for you.




The Importance of mental health

You may have heard the term “mental health” in real life or online. The subject is becoming more and more common to talk about, which is very important. Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, including talking about it and seeking help, can help many people find relief and even save lives. However, you may still not fully understand what mental health means or how it can affect you and those you love. Let’s learn more about the importance of mental health.

So, what is mental health?

According to the World Health Organization, "1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide." Mental health is more than just how you feel. It includes your emotions, psychology, and social skills. Mental health cannot be seen and is often ignored. However, your mental health strongly affects how you function in your daily life. When you have good mental health, then you are able to cope with stress in a healthy way, can realize your potential, be a productive member of society, and contribute to your local community. If your mental health declines, then serious issues can occur. Your quality of life will greatly decrease and you may have trouble performing simple tasks. Here are some signs that you or your loved one may be experiencing mental health problems.


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Signs of decline in mental health

“Growing numbers of people are harming themselves as a way of coping with feelings of anger, tension, anxiety or depression. However, a lack of NHS services and people’s unwillingness to seek help means that more than half of those who self-harm do not receive any medical or psychological care.” – The Guardian

Mental health effects everyone differently. There are many different signs of poor mental health and some people may exhibit many of these signs while others only show one. However, any of these signs should be addressed as quickly as possible.

  • Feeling lethargic
  • Feeling numb or that nothing matters
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Constantly feeling scared, confused, angry, upset, or worried
  • Eating or sleeping too little or too much
  • Having no energy
  • Unexplained pain
  • Causing fights with friends and family
  • Distancing yourself from friends and family
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more frequently
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories that will not go away
  • Inability to perform simple, everyday tasks like showering, going to work, or caring for family members
  • Panic attacks
  • Hearing voices
  • Delusions or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking about harming yourself or others

Reasons for self harm

Self-harming behavior can be triggered by a number of factors. Understanding the reason someone is hurting themselves is often an important step to supporting them. Examples of reasons include:

  • To cope with stress or negative feelings.

  • Distraction to deal with overwhelming emotions Deliberate self-harm is used by some people as one method of taking their minds off overwhelming emotions.

  • To feel something physical

  • To develop a sense of control over their lives

  • Self-punishment for perceived wrongdoings or deserved pain

  • Expressing emotions that they are otherwise embarrassed to show.


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Millennials are those born 1981 - 1996


The importance of understanding mental health

Having healthy mental health is just as important as having good physical health. However, since mental health is not easily seen and has historically been ignored, many people feel embarrassed or may not be aware that they need help; however, ignoring mental health issues can cause serious problems including self-harm and suicide.

Both suicide and self-harm is increasing in young people at an alarming rate. According to a recent study in England, one in five young women (between the ages of 16 and 24) have harmed themselves in some way. In the United States, there has been an increase in suicide attempts and self-harm in the last few years and the ages of children who try to hurt themselves is lowering. Kids as young as 10 and 11 years old have been taken to the emergency room for self-induced injuries.

However, mental health issues do not just affect the young. Genetics, life events, and family history all play a role in mental health, so problems may not arise until you are older. However, if you know the symptoms to look for, then you are much more likely to get help for yourself or a loved one.

    The Importance of Mental Health

    You may have heard the term “mental health” in real life or online. The subject is becoming more and more common to talk about, which is very important. Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, including talking about it and seeking help, can help many people find relief and even save lives. However, you may still not fully understand what mental health means or how it can affect you and those you love. Let’s learn more about the importance of mental health.

    So, what is Mental Health?

    According to the World Health Organization, "1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide." Mental health is more than just how you feel. It includes your emotions, psychology, and social skills. Mental health cannot be seen and is often ignored. However, your mental health strongly affects how you function in your daily life. When you have good mental health, then you are able to cope with stress in a healthy way, can realize your potential, be a productive member of society, and contribute to your local community. If your mental health declines, then serious issues can occur. Your quality of life will greatly decrease and you may have trouble performing simple tasks. Here are some signs that you or your loved one may be experiencing mental health problems.


    Image

    Signs of Decline in Mental Health

    “Growing numbers of people are harming themselves as a way of coping with feelings of anger, tension, anxiety or depression. However, a lack of NHS services and people’s unwillingness to seek help means that more than half of those who self-harm do not receive any medical or psychological care.” – The Guardian

    Mental health effects everyone differently. There are many different signs of poor mental health and some people may exhibit many of these signs while others only show one. However, any of these signs should be addressed as quickly as possible.

    • Feeling lethargic
    • Feeling numb or that nothing matters
    • Feeling helpless and hopeless
    • Constantly feeling scared, confused, angry, upset, or worried
    • Eating or sleeping too little or too much
    • Having no energy
    • Unexplained pain
    • Causing fights with friends and family
    • Distancing yourself from friends and family
    • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more frequently
    • Having persistent thoughts and memories that will not go away
    • Inability to perform simple, everyday tasks like showering, going to work, or caring for family members
    • Panic attacks
    • Hearing voices
    • Delusions or believing things that are not true
    • Thinking about harming yourself or others

    Reasons for self harm

    Self-harming behavior can be triggered by a number of factors. Understanding the reason someone is hurting themselves is often an important step to supporting them. Examples of reasons include:

    • To cope with stress or negative feelings.

    • Distraction to deal with overwhelming emotions Deliberate self-harm is used by some people as one method of taking their minds off overwhelming emotions.

    • To feel something physical

    • To develop a sense of control over their lives

    • Self-punishment for perceived wrongdoings or deserved pain

    • Expressing emotions that they are otherwise embarrassed to show.


    Image
    Millennials are those born 1981 - 1996


    The importance of understanding mental health

    Having healthy mental health is just as important as having good physical health. However, since mental health is not easily seen and has historically been ignored, many people feel embarrassed or may not be aware that they need help; however, ignoring mental health issues can cause serious problems including self-harm and suicide.

    Both suicide and self-harm is increasing in young people at an alarming rate. According to a recent study in England, one in five young women (between the ages of 16 and 24) have harmed themselves in some way. In the United States, there has been an increase in suicide attempts and self-harm in the last few years and the ages of children who try to hurt themselves is lowering. Kids as young as 10 and 11 years old have been taken to the emergency room for self-induced injuries.

    However, mental health issues do not just affect the young. Genetics, life events, and family history all play a role in mental health, so problems may not arise until you are older. However, if you know the symptoms to look for, then you are much more likely to get help for yourself or a loved one.



      Getting help for mental health

      Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline. Trained crisis workers will listen to you and direct you to the resources you need.

      While recovering from mental health problems can take time, it is possible. Options include talk therapy, medication, and a change in daily habits that include exercise, journaling, meditation, and more. Seeking help is important. Talk to a trusted friend or family member. Find a therapist. Or call or text a helpline that provides support. You can find a list of resources at NAMI Helpline or search helplines that offer support for suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and anxiety.

      Remember, you are not alone. Most people experience some type of mental health issue in their life. You can find help so you can get back to living a happy, healthy life.




      Getting help for mental health

      Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline. Trained crisis workers will listen to you and direct you to the resources you need.

      While recovering from mental health problems can take time, it is possible. Options include talk therapy, medication, and a change in daily habits that include exercise, journaling, meditation, and more. Seeking help is important. Talk to a trusted friend or family member. Find a therapist. Or call or text a helpline that provides support. You can find a list of resources at NAMI Helpline or search helplines that offer support for suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and anxiety.

      Remember, you are not alone. Most people experience some type of mental health issue in their life. You can find help so you can get back to living a happy, healthy life.

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