Mental Health

Mental Health

How well you cope with life - your mental health - is just as important as your physical health. Worry, stress, anxiety affects everyone, but if it overwhelms your ability to cope, make good decisions, and have fulfilling relationships, you need help. Counseling, medications, and supportive friends can help strengthen your ability to cope - and improve your mental health.

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    What does it mean to be clean enough?
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    If significant vascular cognitive impairment symptoms have already developed and you're wondering if it would be helpful to take cognitive enhancers, the answer is maybe or maybe not.

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    Why is it important to trust my intuition when it comes to my health?
    It's key to trust your intuition when it comes to your health, since it's a reactive, physical part of your brain and gut. Watch oncology researcher Kelly Turner, PhD, explain how intuition can help create awareness of your health and any issues. 
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    A mental health assessment is usually carried out by your doctor in the office. The doctor evaluates how you are doing overall in your level of functioning. There are many things that are taken into account, such as your ability to think clearly, your memory, your hygiene, your mood and your behavior. The doctor will ask about your family and friends and your social support system. Sometimes, the doctor will order blood or other lab tests.
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    Studies in Australia show that more than 75% of people who develop a serious mental illness have their first episode before the age of 25, with the highest prevalence being the 18-24 year age group. Such disorders can have a profound effect on the lives of young adults. It is important to highlight the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment -- and the sooner, the better.
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    Sleep disturbance and sleep deprivation are well known to disorient people with serious mental illness. Encourage the person to get up and stay up and engage in walking or other physical activity so that when it is bed time the person feels tired.
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    For many reasons a number of people with serious mental illness (SMI) leave the family home to live in their own apartment or a group home, or other residence. They have few friends frequently, so that opportunities to talk and share experiences are limited. A study by the national mental illness charity in Australia, SANE, discovered that many people with SMI hadn't touched another person in a whole six-month period.

    Though you may not live with your relative you should keep in touch with them regularly, if possible call them on the telephone, drop in to talk to them and leave a greeting/post card if they are out. In general, make them feel needed and wanted. Other family members can be encouraged to do their part; siblings and cousins can plan to meet the person for tea or go on some other pleasant activity (other than going to the doctor).
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    After several years of illness, and even before that, many people with serious mental illness (SMI) lose their self-esteem when any efforts they make to secure a good future are dashed (e.g., inability to get or to keep a job).

    In many cases SMI causes moderate or severe impairment, so that encouraging them to do small tasks around the home can help, both to raise esteem and build trust and a loving relationship. For example, you can ask the person to help shop for and carry home groceries. Gardening is another pleasant activity to share. Versions of activities the person used to do before getting sick can also be considered, so long as they are not too demanding. Do not be annoyed if they are not done as well as you had hoped.