Getting Your Head Around Mental Health Recovery

If you received a cancer diagnosis, you would know roughly what treatments to expect. There might be surgery, chemotherapy, and so on. Equally, if you had a heart attack, you would know the steps to take to return to a healthy heart. You would change your diet and exercise regimes to fit around and improve the problem.

But, some illnesses are less known when it comes to recovery. Where mental health is concerned, for example, much fewer people know the options. As such, they may find it harder to choose a path which suits, or helps them back to health. For the most part, this lack of knowledge is a result of mental health misunderstandings. We still don’t treat it the way we do a physical illness. And, while it’s past time attitudes change, that doesn’t help us in the present day.

If you develop a mental illness, it’s crucial you know the recovery options available. Otherwise, your journey will be longer and harder to cope with. Whether you’re already suffering, or simply want to prepare, we’re going to look at the options you’ll face, and their purposes.

Hospitalization

If your doctor recommends hospitalization then do so

Receive treatment in the supportive setting of a behavioral health hospital. Pexels, CC0.

If you had a physical condition, you wouldn’t think twice about going to hospital. Yet, many people panic at the suggestion of psychological hospital care. There’s a stigma with this treatment that may never leave. In the past, psychological hospitalization was a horrendous experience. But, the truth couldn’t be more different now. With a behavioral health hospital like Vista Del Mar, you’re sure to receive the best treatment in a supportive setting. And, if you sign yourself in, you’ll be free to leave at any time you wish. So, if your doctor recommends this route, you shouldn’t hesitate to take it.

Medication

Pills and brain chemicals

There are debates as to whether or not to take medications for mental health issues. Pixabay image (CC0).

There are many conflicting opinions when it comes to mental health medication. Some long term sufferers choose not to take tablets because of the effects they have. And, anything that changes your brain chemicals is sure to have an impact on your personality. But, you wouldn’t refuse to take blood pressure pills, would you? So, why are we reluctant to take pills for mental health? As with any tablets, it may take a while to get your dosage right. But, once you’ve settled on the perfect combination, side effects should be minimal. Plus, you only need to take pills until your brain chemicals have leveled. By taking tablets, you’re not committing yourself to a life of popping pills, as many people seem to think.

Therapy

Two people talking

Talking can help. This is where therapy sessions come in. By Selena Wilke (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Therapy doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves when it comes to mental health recovery. In some ways, it’s easy to see why. You wouldn’t treat a tumor by talking about it. But, mental health is a different beast, and talking can take you far. It can help you work through issues, and even change your outlook. Many sufferers claim that a mix of medication and therapy sessions are the best treatment available. So, don’t think you can skip this step.

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