Mental Health: Don’t Have a Blue Christmas
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 12/22/2017, 6:20 a.m.
Treating Mental Health
If one sees signs or symptoms of mental illness, Steele suggests that family friends do spot checks to check on the person by calling them or visiting with them at their home. Dr. Dyson adds that during those checks ask questions like, “Are you feeling ok?” Suggest that the person talks to you or another trusted person about how they feeling or go to a support group.
Dr. Dyson suggests adopting mental health behaviors to create your best self. In her opinion, mental health disorders are brought on because something is missing from one’s life. So to properly come out of that state one must examine themselves to determine what their best self looks like and how do they become that. Translating that into action may mean limiting your time on social media so you don’t compare your life to others. Or it may mean that you increase your activity to lose weight to like your appearance. Or you go out with your girls or guys once a week to distress. It is part of Dyson’s stop, think and act method where you stop as soon as you feel yourself getting blue or depressed. Next, you think what is triggering that feeling and ask are these feelings helping or hurting me. Then you act accordingly to make the feelings go away. Every time it works,
If the behavior persists, professional help is advised. Steele suggests first seeing your primary physician to see if there might be a vitamin deficiency or if it is the beginning stages of mental health disorder. Depending on that outcome, the next move can be made to take certain medications or receive other types of help from a mental health professional.
Stopping the Stigma
Both ladies agree that compared to the past; the stigma surrounding mental health is improving. People are no longer remaining silent. With more and more celebrities like Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lewis and others telling their own tales of struggling with mental health disorders they are removing the shame once associated with it and making it more acceptable to seek treatment.
“There is something about the human brain where there is an association of shame,” stated Steele. “A lot of times people are sticking to those stigmas (of being ashamed about mental health disorders) because they have not done their own personal research. But once they do their own personal research or they speak with a professional the anxiety or the shame associated with those ideas it begins to dissipate and you feel empowered vs. afraid.”
The worse thing anyone can do is not seek help. Mental illness is like any other illness. Untreated its bad. Treated it is good and one can overcome it.
Connect with Dr. Jinneh Dyson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @drjinnehdyson or visit her website jinnehdyson.com. Connect with Abbie Steele by calling Kingwood Pines Hospital at 281-404-1001 or her private practice, Steele Minds Counseling, at 832-317-6565.