Treating Mental Health Using Mindfulness Therapy
Mental health is one of the largest medical issues of the past decade. Depression fills the daily lives of more than 400 million people globally each year, and it is estimated that one in 10 people have an anxiety disorder. While the numbers are difficult to believe, they may only be the tip-of-the-iceberg because many people wander through their lives while hiding their anxiety disorders or mental health issues.
Studies show mental illness is on the rise, and with this increase in number comes the need for treatment plans for a greater variety of mental issues. One of the biggest problems is finding the undiagnosed before they begin self-medicating with substances that alter their moods. When that happens, it can often compound the problem because the matter then becomes finding a treatment for addiction and mental illness.
Mindfulness therapy is a way of approaching dual recovery in a way that is non-judgmental. Using meditation to center the individual, the self-acceptance form of inner communication can be an effective treatment in a great many psychiatric conditions. Thus, teaching a person how to accept themselves for who they are can help them back onto the road to mental health.
Therapy using mindfulness and meditation can help individuals pay attention to the moment. This can help alleviate the fear of the future, distress over possibilities, and anguish about options. The resulting in-the-moment state of awareness can relieve depression and anxiety symptoms and help teach control over momentary emotions.
Science is still trying to understand the breakdown of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional problems that can result in mental illness. What is known is that when thinking, moods or behavior are considered outside the normal pattern, mental illness is thought to be at the base of the problem. Many times, the issue can be dealt with using medication, therapy, or behavior modification.
Most people experience a symptom of a minor mental health issue during a crisis in their lives due to a chemical imbalance, hormone problem, or sudden emotional distress. The result can be a change in their eating habits, deep feelings of sadness, or excessive mood swings. Science is still trying to understand why some people work through the issue within days and others may never snap out of it without help.
When suicidal thoughts begin, or substance abuse is used to numb painful emotions and feelings, it may be time to see a doctor. As with many illnesses, the recovery of mental health can be a difficult issue to handle on one’s own. Most times, the combination of mental health and substance abuse can alter a person’s life enough they only get worse with time.
Science is still learning how the chemicals, neurons, and emotions in the human body all work together to balance mental health. They are also trying to understand how an imbalance of any one chemical, or a misfiring of a neuron, can cause mental illness. For now, mindfulness therapy is one of the best methods of finding a way to bring the balance back and create an accepting personal environment.