Month: August 2017

5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Seeking Mental Health Support

5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Seeking Mental Health Support

Time
As with anything, getting the right mental health advice takes time; visiting a GP, being referred to the right specialist for you, and having repeated sessions makes the process as a whole time-consuming. Unfortunately, this often means that mental health issues are neglected, especially when juggling a number of other commitments to work, family and friends, which may interfere with availability. Simply put; it can be difficult to prioritise mental health whilst leading a modern, often hectic, lifestyle.
Fear
One major hurdle for those struggling with their mental health is admitting that there is a problem, something which can, in many cases, seem scarier than simply suffering in silence. Despite recent progress, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, making it hard for individuals to talk about their feelings to friends, family, or their local GP for fear of ‘making a fuss’, or not being taken seriously. However, failing to seek help early on only makes things harder, so it is always best to open up – either to somebody close to you, or in confidence to a professional – both are just as courageous.
Lack of Awareness
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between negative feelings and an underlying mental health issue, and so for many it is hard to know the right time to seek help. For those experiencing symptoms for the first time, it may be difficult to recognise the severity of how they are feeling until it is too late – finding that it can take longer than expected to be seen by a professional. This process may be made easier and more convenient, for clients and healthcare professionals alike, through video therapy – which would ensure that help is always at hand should an individual need it.
Practical barriers
Occasionally, the barriers to seeking advice are not internal, but external instead. Not having reliable transportation, child care issues or appointments that conflict with work/school schedules can mean that people are often forced to suffer alone. It is important that all individuals have access to mental health support if they need it, regardless of how busy their lives are, therefore anything which makes seeking help easier or more convenient is a step towards better mental health for all.
Don’t Know How
Even for those who have found the time and the confidence to seek help, there are usually still a few hoops to jump through. It can be difficult to know where to start when seeking mental health advice, especially if it is the first time, and often people are unsure of what services there are locally for them. Many may struggle to find a professional who suits their needs within a reasonable distance, or at the right time or price – something which may be resolved by having a mobile service (such as Dr Julian), which helps clients to seek out advice, get in touch with experts, and even book in video therapy sessions.

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How Stress Affects Chronic Illness

How Stress Affects Chronic Illness

A chronic condition such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or other medical conditions can be impacted when stress is present. Presently we all live in a high stress environment where each of us are expected to do a lot more, which means we don’t have the extra time to relax which is helpful for the body.
Stress from a difficult situation causes a fight, flight or freeze response which signals the brain to take action. The adrenal glands send out hormone called cortisol, this is also known as the stress hormone, which is then sent out into the body. Bodily cells have what is known as cortisol receptors, which can then cause a variety of reactions within the body. Heart rate might go up, the stomach may become painful or feel tight, migraines may also start and there may be confusion over what course of action one should take next.
Cortisol alerts the liver to turn proteins into glucose which would then energise the body to take the action of fight or flight. When the stressful situation is continuous this continued glucose release can really affect those with diabetes who need to keep their sugar stable for better health. Diabetes is a condition that also affects the other organs of the body so an elevated blood sugar can then affect blood sugar control. For diabetics on insulin balancing their sugar level is challenging enough, without added stress causing increased glucose release. Keeping blood sugars, insulin, food intake and exercise in check are vital to keep the blood glucose in a range that won’t affect damage to the organs. When prolonged stress is added to the mix keeping healthy does become difficult so getting some assistance like counselling can benefit one’s overall health.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease located in the brain and spine which affects the central nervous system. The results of multiple sclerosis can be quite varied from feeling fatigue to needing extra support in mobility. MS has continuous amounts of cortisol flooding the body because internal damage within the brain is a bodily stress. When there has been a relapse additional lesions occur in the brain which can mean extra effort is needed to do some of the basic tasks in life. Chronic stress can cause additional problems leading to diminished abilities in one’s body. A neurologist can help with the medical side and medication, however someone with MS can also help their own situation by relieving some of the stress with counselling or mindfulness.
It is important to note that cortisol is incredibly important for the body as it lets us know when there is a problem we need to deal with immediately. Stress hormones are released from everyday worries such as work stresses like when your boss has given you an urgent deadline. So, we need to assist your body and reduce the stress hormones, by allowing some time for yourself such as, mindfulness techniques, meditation or having counselling which can then assist in how you’re feeling and normalise the amount of cortisol that maybe flooding your body when you’re incredibly stressed. One’s mental health is as important as one’s medical health so getting assistance for both mental and medical situations is crucial for one’s well-being.
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