Mental Health

Mental health is a broad term, and it's companion term mental illness, is a catch-bag for a wide range of conditions that can affect ones emotional state and also ones ability to make proper judgments and function rationally. Among the conditions considered to be mental illness are depression, schizophrenia, a wide array of phobias, psychotic disorders, bi-polar conditions, and an array of behavioral patterns.

Furthermore, there are emotional and cognitive conditions which exist as secondary elements of physical illness or injury. From the depression that often follows childbirth to the despair associated with Alzheimer’s, there are many things that affect mental health. It should be obvious that with so many potential ways mental health can be put at risk; there are as many ways to restore health.

Physical Basis of Mental Health

Many forms of mental illness appear to have their roots in recognized medical conditions. From the dementia and depression associated with diabetes, to chemical disturbances of bi-polar disorders, these conditions must first be dealt with on a purely medical level, and then on a counseling level.

Whether your goal is to control existing illnesses to prevent side effects, as with diabetes, or to treat ongoing issues of brain chemistry, as with bi-polar, the pursuit of mental health in these instances begins with a physical approach. Only after the biochemistry has been dealt with can counseling serve as more than a stop-gap.


Mental Health Issues and Medical Treatment

Other conditions, while less clearly rooted in an ongoing physical problem, nonetheless respond well to a combination of counseling and direct medical treatment. Depression and anxiety attacks have proven to be responsive to medication, while often requiring counseling to achieve control and remission. By recognizing their blended nature, mental health can be supported by using a blended approach, using counseling to manage one aspect of the illness, and medication to manage another.

Counseling for Mental Health

Other conditions are best treated through a primarily counseling approach. Phobias, while they may be treated in part with medications to reduce anxiety, are often best controlled through skills learned through counseling, and through various forms of behavior modification. Work in families and relationships, work aimed at restructuring lives, grief counseling; all of these respond well to therapies focused on counseling treatments.


Manage Mental Health

To learn the best way to manage whatever conditions threaten your own mental health, make use of the information and services offered here. Whether you want to learn more about how a particular condition is usually treated, what counseling of various types entails, or how to get a referral to a reliable professional