For many people, mental health is often an overlooked topic. Regardless of personal health and internal thought processes, many assume that how they feel now is how they will feel forever. Sometimes this can be cultural, with people being told they must be strong in the face of adversity. Other times it may result from avoidance of certain traumas or a mental health disorder. Regardless of the reason, many people live with undiagnosed mental health issues.
What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy?
The first thing to note is that everyone has their own baseline of what it means to be mentally healthy. It is also important to realize that not every day will be 100% perfect. In fact, most days will not. Unfortunately, the idea that every day should be perfect is one of the main reasons people feel imbalanced.
For a person to achieve a balanced state of mental health, they must understand who they are, what they need, and that they are content with how they feel mentally. This may be for a minute, or it may be for a few days. The goal is for this feeling to last as long as possible.
Mental health is about finding that balance and understanding that people are allowed to have days that skew in either direction. Everyone has bad days; some even have bad months. However, there are also ways of making oneself feel better and having great days. It is simply about finding that balance.
The Roots of Undiagnosed Mental Health
People have a way of disregarding the impact different events have on their mental health. Some people may have repressed childhood trauma whose long-standing effects are felt decades later. They may not recall what has caused their lifetime of phobias or strange habits. Therefore, due to their reticence to attend therapy, they have been unable to confront their childhood and reconcile those memories and events that are still affecting their present-day decisions.
Some people are well aware of what has caused their trauma. These individuals have often experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life due to specific events. Often, they simply do not wish to talk about their experiences. Due to this fact, they will usually live with the side effects of such an event. Until they are able to speak with someone openly and honestly, they will often live with undiagnosed issues.
The third group is individuals with mental health issues unrelated to trauma or PTSD. These are people who were born with a chemical imbalance that has led to upsetting circumstances. In many cases, these individuals believe that because they have felt a certain way for most of their lives, there is nothing to be done. They may have considered attending some program but have ultimately been misdiagnosed or never diagnosed at all. For these people, therapy can do wonders.
Undiagnosed Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse
One of the most insidious parts of undiagnosed mental illnesses is that it often leads to self-diagnosis and self-medicating. Often, this can lead to people resorting to substance abuse to tamp down the overwhelming feelings. This will inevitably lead to additional mental and physical problems.
Ways to Deal With These Issues
There are a variety of options depending on the severity of the mental health issues and any resulting negative behaviors. These can include the following:
- Attending individual talk therapy sessions with a medical professional
- Finding group therapy sessions focused on a particular issue (such as PTSD)
- Work with a medical professional to properly utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Getting outside opinions about your behavior from people you trust
- Checking into a recovery center to allow professionals to help
There are other ways to attack the problem, but for some people, guidance is not available. Everyone wants someone else to swoop in and help, but many are afraid to ask for that very same help.
This can also be seen from the other side. When people notice that their loved ones are having difficulties, they may want to step up. Simply acknowledging the fact that there may be problems could allow the person to open up in ways they never have before.
How Twilight Recovery Center Can Help
For people attempting to get themselves mentally balanced, and for those who have found themselves in the grips of substance abuse, Twilight Recovery Center can help. The programs we offer can have a profound impact on how people look at themselves and the way they are living. They will also allow residents to self-examine in a safe space where our trained medical professionals can give solid advice and a helping hand.
For people going through these scenarios, it can be difficult to see the other side. However, there is a light of hope, and that hope can be rekindled at Twilight Recovery Center. Bring yourself to become your best self.
Many people go through life assuming that the way they feel is normal. However, most do not realize that mental pain and feelings of anguish are not typical. Twilight Recovery Center believes that everyone should have the chance to live a worry-free life. Often, this means finding a diagnosis as soon as possible. We offer medical staff that can administer care and counseling in a relaxed and caring environment. For people who are scared to learn their diagnosis, we can ease them onto the path and show them that a diagnosis opens doors they may never have considered. They will receive therapy and oftentimes medication to help with their symptoms. To learn more, call (888) 414-8183.