Here is the good news – mental health is getting more attention from various governments around the world and as a result more mentally ill people have a better chance of a better lifestyle. As soon as someone around you begins to develop the symptoms of mental disorder, it is very important that you consult a mental health care provider and get help for the patient. Getting the right course of treatment helps to improve the condition of a person. In some cases, the patient might be able to recover from the illness which is a great achievement for all concerned.
When it comes to mental health treatment, community treatments are considered to be much more beneficial than hospital treatments. Obviously, psychological treatments are considered to be the most beneficial for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders, whereas medications are considered to be more suitable for people suffering from mental illness.
The Initial Assessment
Getting the initial assessment done for anyone experiencing symptoms of mental problems is extremely important. A Carer can help the patient by taking him / her to a mental healthcare provider and explaining the symptoms to help the physician make the correct diagnosis. For example, symptoms like difficulty in sleeping, failure to concentrate or any work, a negative feeling towards life in general or feeling ‘down’ for very long periods of time can indicate that a person is suffering from depression.
After an accurate diagnosis is made, the doctor can then decide on the course of treatment that would be best suited for the concerned patient. A number of times, the diagnosis changes with a change in symptoms. Thus, it is extremely important for the Carer to understand the patient’s symptoms to ensure that they can observe any change and if so the right treatment can be sourced.
Psychological Treatments for Mental Health Patients
Psychological treatments for treating patients suffering from mental problems are based on the belief that many problems occur due to the way different people perceive different things, the way they react and think about anything. Psychological treatment is a great way of reducing pressure and strain associated with symptoms of mental illness. However, keep in mind that it takes several weeks or sometimes even months, for the treatment to produce evident results.
Different kinds of psychological therapies which are used for treating mental health illnesses include:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy: This process of treatment involves examining the patient’s feelings, behavior, and thoughts and establishing how they get caught up in unhelpful patterns. The therapist works with the patient to develop different ways of acting and thinking. This technique is extremely helpful for treating patients of depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy: This process involves examining the way in which the relationships and interactions of the patient with people around them, affects their own behavior and thinking.
Dialectic Behavior Therapy: This therapy is considered to be ideal for people suffering from borderline personality disorder, in which the patient is unable to handle their emotions. The therapy can help them to manage their responses and emotions in a better manner.
Other Mental Health Treatments
Medications: Medications are more suited for patients who get seriously affected due to mental health problems. Antidepressants, mood stabilizing medications, and antipsychotic medications are often prescribed for mental patients.
Electroconvulsive Therapy: This is known to be quite effective for treating severe depression as well as for other mental illness. The process involves giving anesthetics and relaxants to the patients, after which the doctor passes an electric current through the patient’s brain.
Community Support: This includes providing the required information, help in finding work, education in health and better management, training, and psychosocial rehabilitations, as well as mutual support groups.
Chronic illnesses need medication but what is a problem is that many patients do not agree that there is anything wrong with them and do not want to continue treatment. This is where there becomes a problem as far as control and recovery from a mental illness is concerned.
Until a patient is in a fairly stable place they do not understand that they are actually ill and that they do need the help of medication in the recovery process.