Health Challenges That Mess up Your Life and Space By Marla Stone
Mental, Emotional, Physical Wellness versus Mental, Emotional, Physical Illness is a positive way to talk about Mental Health Challenges. I also like to talk about the difference between mental health vs. emotional health vs. physical health because they all work together. Vibrant Health is all about inner feelings, feeling balanced and whole, being happy and satisfied with life, and having a good mood. Mental Health is all about how your mind, thoughts, and cognitive processes are working. Physical Health is all about how your body is operating and staying healthy and balanced.
The separation of Mental, Emotional illness vs. Physical illness has always confused me. Why are brain (mental health/emotional issues and physical health issues split into two categories? The answers are in psychiatry, which started in the 1800s and asserted that it was the "medical" treatment for "the mind." Why didn't medical treatment for the whole person, mind, body, and spirit ensue? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychiatry. Isn't your brain and your emotional self part of your body? I would think so.
At some point in the early 1800's when Psychiatry, a new field started, anything to do with depression, psychosis, "odd or strange" behavior, personality traits, and communications started to fall under Psychiatry instead of going to the old family doctor. Many of these "odd or strange" behaviors come from Medical issues, childhood issues, trauma. Yet, the person would be dealt with by a Mental Health Specialist or Psychiatrist versus a "regular doctor."
That is when stigma increased, and terms like "nervous breakdown," "crazy," "mental patient," and any other negative connotations about mental health challenges started growing and upsetting the actual care necessary for mental health. The other problem with the separation between medical and mental health care is that many mental and emotional health challenges have organic and medical causes. That often was overlooked by Psychiatrists who wanted to find a dynamic and or personal weakness as the cause.
Many people can die from having a Psychiatric diagnosis take over their treatment when the mental and emotional health issues originate from a physical disorder.
The ideal situation if one is having mental/emotional health issues is to have a Psychiatrist and a Physical Health Practitioner on one team. Often there is NO communication between the two disciplines causing lengthy and unsuccessful results.
Most people, though, who suffer from emotional, mental, and or physical health challenges, may become disorganized and have difficulty with motivation to clean and keep things organized. Emotional illness comes from having the mental state disrupted. Emotional illness can be from having physical condition disrupted. Sometimes mental and physical disruption is happening all at once, and then your self and space will be tremendously affected. Finding a team approach to help you get back to WELLNESS may help put you back on track and the fast train to recovery.
Looking at old memories of hurt and pain, facing them and talking to a Licensed Therapist, examing your diet, exercise, addressing physical health issues, staying on a good medical/mental health regimen, and pulling all of your support and resources together is essential to recovery.
Finding out the source of why there is an emotional factor (hostile and harsh feelings) would be the first step in addressing any self or space imbalance. Once you find out the source, then the treatment can be organized so you can get organized and resume a balanced self and space.
If you are experiencing any mental, emotional, and or physical issues, and you realize you want or require help, contact your insurance carrier and or any community resources in your area to address these issues immediately. You may want to get a mental health consultant and or coach for guidance and resource coordination. Waiting to focus on your mental and medical health issues may only extend the suffering of yourself and your space.
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