Getting Help for Mental Health

What is Mental Health Care?

Mental health affects your psychological, emotional, and social well-being and if left untreated can also affect your physical heath, leading to wide variety of physical conditions. Accessing the correct mental health care is key to recovery from a variety of mental illnesses. This care can include therapies such as CBT and DBT, as well as medication and in some cases support from professionals. At some point in your recovery, you may well meet with a psychiatrist who can prescribe medicines and aid you with a diagnosis which correlates to your symptoms, which will then allow them to treat you more effectively.

Why should I seek help?

Mental health conditions should never be left untreated, because as with most illnesses, physical or otherwise, the condition can worsen over time without treatment. It can also become very dangerous for yourself and others if your behaviour changes and becomes irrational or uncharacteristic. Even conditions that many people think can go left untreated such as depression or anxiety, can cause serious complications if left undiagnosed. The individual may experience suicidal thoughts, sleep deprivation and malnutrition which over a prolonged amount of time can severely impact your health.

why should I seek help

What are the consequences?

The consequences of not acquiring help for mental health can be severe for both yourself and others. Not only can your condition worsen and cause complications with your physical well-being, but you could become at risk of harm to yourself or others, especially if your health deteriorates and leaves you in a state of distress or rage. The good news, however, is that there are lots of options nowadays with regards to looking after your mental health and treatments are getting better every day.

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Trained therapist from Leafcare mental health support

With Leafcare, you can acquire help from a trained therapist, whatever your mental health needs. We will create a tailor-made structured plan to aid you in your recovery that’s specific to your own individual personality and symptoms. Talking can be key, and its very important to remain open and honest throughout your recovery. All discussions remain confidential, and we will ensure that you are provided with a safe space to help aid you in your recovery.

Health Diagnosis

Once any possible physical ailments have been ruled out by a Medical Doctor, a psychiatric evaluation may take place with a qualified psychiatrist. There are often a few sessions which aim to provide them with as much background information as possible before they can reach a decision and diagnosis. For example, depression is a condition characterised by long term feelings of overwhelming sadness and a loss of interest in previous pleasurable activities. Whilst it’s exact causes remain unknown, it is thought to brought on by a variety of factors such as a stressful event, certain personality traits and your own individual genetic composition. These are known as triggers. Once diagnosed and if the patient meets the criteria, it is usually treated with a combination of medication (anti-depressants such as fluoxetine, sertraline, or venlafaxine) and therapy such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)

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