Mental Health

May 23, 2013 - By Dr Robin Lawrence

It's time to be open and honest.

For far too long a persons mental state has been a taboo subject in many communities and families, very misunderstood, but thankfully the tide is changing and peoples perceptions on the subject are changing too.

When an individual is suffering in some way or form in their mental health, the worst thing is for them to keep it to themselves, they should feel that they can talk to someone and be taken seriously.

Your Mental Health is just as important as your physical health and not so difficult to understand. Depression, post traumatic stress disorder, addiction, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, attention deficit disorder, sleeping Problems, anhedonia, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, pointlessness, suicidal ideation, obsessive ruminations, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, seasonal affective disorder. The list goes on and on and at some point I would say we have all dealt with some kind of mental health issue in our life and perhaps not even realised. For some people it is mild and short lasting, but for others it is not so, and requires intervention through psychotherapy and/or medication to help them recover.

If you think that you are suffering with a mental illness, then there are people here who can help, you are not alone and what you are going through is not an isolated case.

Remember, mental health is a serious issue that should be taken just as seriously as your physical health. It is not something to be ashamed of and you certainly should not be ashamed to reach out for help.

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