Have you ever been at a point when you couldn’t process your feelings and emotions? Have you felt overwhelmed, anxious, sad or angry? You wouldn’t be alone if you have been in these emotional states at some point in time or other.
You, like so many people around the world, might have had a certain kind of problem. A real mental health concern. In fact, you might need to seek help from someone right now. A friend, a loved one or a professional.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. It is declared so this year by a Presidential Proclamation; https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/04/29/a-proclamation-on-national-mental-health-awareness-month-2022/. So, this is a good time as any to look at the stresses in your life.
If you do not get treatment for a symptom or illness whether the symptom is physical or mental, the condition may get worse and someday you may reach a point where you cannot turn back.
Mental Health Concern
Something that causes you to believe your mental health may be suffering is a valid and real worry. It does not matter whether the shape it takes is in the form of a symptom, a group of symptoms, or a diagnosable mental health condition. Seeking help or a bit of rest, is probably the best thing you can do for yourself.
A mental health concern is not the same as an actual mental health condition. However, it is important to note that many or a collection of causes, result, over a period time, in a mental health condition. We call these causes ‘risk factors’.
Mental Health Risk Factors
‘Risk Factors’ also affect the seriousness of a condition when it does show up. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the risk factors for certain sectors of the population. Youth were particularly affected due to disruption in routines, increased social isolation and learning loss.
Everything from poverty to trauma to lifestyle choices can be risk factors. So no one is immune to mental health issues. Remember, trauma is often caused by people or circumstances outside of your control. So, you should never feel that you need to be ashamed or unworthy of help. You should never suppress the need to get help for yourself. You will definitely feel better when you empower yourself.
This month, do yourself a favor. Get educated, informed and get help. You need to believe that you are worth it.
Because you know what? You are worth it.