Mental Health Disorders Specialist Questions and Answers
Your mental health is very important, as it can affect how you act, feel, as well as how your overall health is affected. If you are having any ill feelings and starting to lose interest in things you often loved, it may be time to see a therapist for your mental health. For more information, call us today at The Or Factor or visit us online to request a consultation. We are conveniently located at 400 N. Pennsylvania Suite 670B Roswell, NM 88201.
What is mental health?
Your mental health includes your emotional, social and psychological well-being. It can also determine how we are able to handle stress, how we relate to others, and in the end how we make choices. Your mental health is very important at any stage in your life.
There are several factors that could contribute to your mental health, including:
- Biological factors
- Life experiences
- Family history
Mental health problems are more common than you may think, individuals with mental health problems can get help and get better, and many recover completely from their mental health issues.
There are many early warning signs to look out for when it comes to noticing trouble with your mental health, or others mental health, including:
- Eating or sleeping less or more than usual
- Cutting yourself off from activities and people
- Low or zero energy
- Feeling like nothing else matters
- Feeling unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling hopeless
- Using illegal substances, smoking or drinking more than usual
- Feeling confused, forgetful, angry, upset, worried, scared, or on edge
- Yelling or fighting more with friends and family
- Severe mood swings
- Persistent thoughts and memories you cannot remove from your head
- Hearing voicing or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of hurting yourself or causing harm to yourself
- Not being able to perform your normal daily tasks
What are the 7 main mental disorders?
There are 7 common mental health disorders that are often noticed when an individual is dealing with mental health disorders, or mental illnesses that maybe affecting their mood, feelings, and behavior.
Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress or a situation which may cause you to feel overwhelmed. Anxiety can alert us to dangers and even prepare us or to make us pay more attention.
Depression often makes you feel negatively about yourself, the way you feel, think, and even how you act. Depression is much more common than you think, and can affect each individual differently than others
- OCD also known as obsessive compulsive disorder
Often is due to having a tendency to be excessively orderly, feeling of perfectionism, and great attention to detail.
- Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar is a brain disorder which causes the person’s mood, energy, and their ability to function. Usually, individuals with bipolar disorder often feel intense emotions that typically occur over days to even weeks, and they are called episodes.
- PTSD also known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder which causes individuals who may have experienced or even witnessed a traumatic experience to have flashbacks or have memories of them again.
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder common symptoms to look for include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech behavior, and a trouble with thinking or lacking motivation.
- Personality Disorders
Personality disorders are patterns of behavior and experiences that differ significantly from what was actually experienced.
Why is mental health important?
Mental health is extremely important, as it includes our psychological, emotional, and social-wellbeing of our health. Our mental health affects our emotions, how we act, and the way we think. It determines how we are able to handle stressful situations or traumatic events, how we relate to others, and the choices we make whether they are healthy or not.
Making sure our mental health is stable, helps us to be able to compromise situations, throughout our life from childhood to adulthood.
When should I see a therapist regarding my mental health?
You may be experiencing some of the following emotions or feelings, and if they are interfering with your life, then seeing a therapist may help to reduce your stress, and help you better manage your feelings and thoughts:
- Extreme feelings or rage, anger, or resentment
- Social withdrawal