Ever thought why we need a specialist for your teeth and your eyes but we rarely start with a mental health provider for our mind? Most of us see our dental every 6 months and we have an eye exam once a years, but there is no recommendation for a mental health check-up. Often the first recommendation from a physician for overwhelming feelings is medication rather than understanding the source of the problem and developing skills to manage them. If a general mental health check-up were part of your health care plan, would you want to know if you were doing well and get tips to keep your mind healthier?Say something interesting about your business here.
In the US the overall cost of mental health services combined with the lost earnings due to mental illness is estimated to be around $400 billion/ year. (Davidson, The Mighty 05/31/16). The World Economic Forum projected by 2030, mental disorders to be the highest health cost estimating at $6 trillion/ year.The World Health Organization writes "There is no health without mental health" and recommends a shift to preventing mental health problems with early detection and by emphasizing the cost to policy makers. Leaders do not want to talk about prevention. Perhaps because people don't want to talk about struggling with mental health or perhaps there is not a lot of money to make in prevention, or both.
f annual mental health check-ups were the norm, it would be just as routine as having a cancer, cholesterol screening or checking for cavities. Imagine talking to a professional to discuss strategies and coping skills to deal with life problems, or being assessed to see if you need something a little more. That would be like having a few weeks of physical therapy after an injury. Therapy shouldn't last years. Short-term Evidence Based therapies show more effectiveness than traditional talk therapy.
Did you know that 20% of children are expected to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder by the time they turn 18? Schools that are trying to address emotional intelligence generally teach negotiation skills but do not address the underlying need for emotion regulation. Regulating emotions is the key to reducing strong emotional reactions such as acute anxiety or anger, and according to Dr. Daniel Siegel, will grow the part of the brain that develops interpersonal skills.
The National Institute for Mental Health identifies that 4% of mental illnesses are severe and chronic to the point that their symptoms are difficult to manage except through medications and close monitoring. The majority of people with a diagnosis (25% of the adult population) can or could have prevented becoming chronically ill. Unfortunately, it usually takes a crisis before people decide seek professional help. This is because our society views "mental problems" as something to fear and demeaning. MENTAL HEALTH will never be viewed as any other health need until we stop viewing it as a weakness. Imagine being ashamed of seeing a physical therapist for an injury?
Mental health skills can be learned very quickly with motivation to change. Understanding the mind and learning ways to cope with emotional distress can be done in a few sessions. Specialized techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR along with practicing new skills are ways to manage disturbing thoughts and emotions without spending years in treatment.