Here is an important question for you…are you getting the right mental health support you need?
How are you addressing what keeps you up at night? Reach out and get the appropriate mental health care or psychological support that you need. Listed below are some common struggles in society that are responsible for disrupting our mental health.
ANXIETY / STRESS
That sick feeling of worry and uneasiness in your belly, feel familiar? For some it’s manageable, for others it can result in panic attacks and manifest in somatic complaints or a constant overwhelming sense of doom and failing mental health. Identifying specific thoughts and situations that cause anxiety goes a long way in conquering this handicap.
Depression is a problem that lurks under the surface of society and has adverse effects on people’s lives. It is characterized by low mood, a lack of interest in activities; it affects a person’s mental health by altering thoughts, behavior and feelings – damaging an individual’s sense of well-being. Counselling and psychotherapy can give hope and help people regain their desire to live.
The skills and techniques to have a good, healthy, loving relationship don’t come to most of us naturally. We have to consciously work at learning to master different ways to interact with our loved ones. Counselling and psychotherapy can help build bridges and teach new skills that will foster relationships that last through the years and improve the mental health of partners.
When it comes to personal growth, the sky is the limit. Growth is a lifelong process and involves consistently learning to understand yourself, your strengths, weaknesses, skills and abilities. It certainly increases your feeling of mental health. It is never too late to learn, discover and reach your full potential.
Life is full of changes and constantly requires us to adapt. An emotional and psychological upheaval is normal while going through a change and some of us have a harder time adapting. Even positive transitions tend to cause stress. Learning new life skills generally helps individuals cope better and feel they are in better mental health.
NEGATIVITY AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM
Feeling small, almost as if you don’t matter? Negativity affects the way we think about ourselves and the way we look at the world and our relationships. It changes how we feel and respond to situations. Give yourself a chance at better mental health and a chance to turn things around.
Learning to manage anger isn’t just about controlling it; it involves understanding the source of the anger and creating a safe space to express this anger in healthy ways. Figuring out triggers and what can be done about certain situations generally make clients feel more in control, empowered and in overall better mental health.
Workplace stress is normal and often leads to higher productivity. It is when this stress becomes overwhelming, interfering with productivity and regular functioning that it impacts the rate of success. Identifying stressors and learning to manage these high levels of stress can result in higher job satisfaction.
LOSS / GRIEF
Grief affects a person emotionally, mentally, psychologically, physically and even spiritually. Talking through the stages of grief helps come to terms with the void a person maybe be feeling, helping them adapt to a new way of life.
Eating disorders are seen mainly in older children, teenagers and young adults. An eating disorder not only affects a person’s eating habits making them very extreme but negatively impacts the body, emotions and ability to function. Helping clients regain a sense of control and self-worth are among the first steps back to health.
People tend to react to their present day situations from a trauma time. This can cause a lot of conflict in relationships and within an individual. Helping clients understand these confusing reactions and teaching them techniques to handle themselves in healthy ways can make them feel in control and experience a sense of achievement. Working through trauma generally results in better mental health.
CHILDHOOD AND ONGOING ABUSE
Abuse can be sexual, emotional, physical and even psychological. Teaching clients ways to be assertive and helping them feel safe/calm, building resources that will empower them, exploring the dynamic between the client and abuser are all ways to regain respect and a sense of identity.
Anyone who has lived with a phobia can attest to how frustrating it can be to live in extreme fear of something. Desensitizing the object of fear can lead to feeling calmer in sensitive situations where the object of fear is present. Live in freedom from fear.
COUNSELLING THE AGING AND ELDERLY
Aging can be scary for many people. Getting older is challenging for the best of us. Aging changes people in innumerable ways. Most people getting older are worried about having left a strong enough mark on the world, or the way their bodies are failing them.
Some elderly struggle with caring for sick partners with severe physical illness or other problems like dementia, some are grieving the loss of their partners, friends or children and a large number struggle with depression. Counselling and psychotherapy allows the elderly a space to process these changes happening in and around them, it helps them feel heard, seen and like they are not alone. Reach out for mental health support.
These are some of the problems we address at Yellow Brick Counseling. These issues are challenges for millions of people and yet many a time we feel like we struggle alone. Know that you don’t have to struggle through these problems alone. Whatever you are experiencing, maybe you feel trapped or stuck, maybe you feel like there is no hope, maybe you feel overwhelmed, just know that
there is always a way!