You Are Not Alone: Why Mental Health Matters
The month of May is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, and there is no better time to explore the importance of mental health care. At Mahajan Therapeutics, we believe in you and want you to know you are not alone. Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness, and there is no shame in finding the information and support you need.
Johns Hopkins Medicine found that one in four adults (26%) “suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year”, and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) states that despite the “reach and prevalence of mental health struggles, stigma and misunderstanding are unfortunately widespread”, which is why Mahajan Therapeutics is client-centered and focused on individual needs. We’re dedicated to erasing myths and reaching those who need support.
The destigmatizing and normalization of mental health care is essential. Here are four common struggles that Americans face every day:
According to the Mayo Clinic, addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), impacts the brain and leads to a compulsion to use substances including alcohol and drugs to the point of dependence. Roughly 50% of those struggling with addiction will experience a co-occurrence of other mental health illnesses, which further leads to a lack of control when engaging in destructive behaviors.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after one has experienced a traumatizing event that reframes how our bodies react to stress. When our natural fight or flight response goes into overdrive, it results in a constant state of agitation that keeps us on edge even when we are safe. While a short-term response is expected after a difficult or painful experience, if one continues to be impacted after a month, it is important to seek care. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of feelings or places, sleep changes, and/or anger.
While some anxiety is a natural response and can be expected, anxiety disorders are different. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes a “display of excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances.” Symptoms include irritability, issues with concentration, fatigue, and restlessness. Panic disorders include heart palpitations, sweating, and feelings of dread and excessive worry.
The American Psychiatric Association states that “Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, which can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems resulting in a decrease your ability to function at work and home.” Symptoms include feelings of unworthiness, loss of purpose, guilt, loss of interest in things you once enjoyed, fatigue, changes in appetite, and suicidal ideation.
Mental health care is invaluable. You are not alone. If you’re struggling or the experiences above are impacting your life, we’re here to help you. To serve you best, Mahajan Therapeutics offers individual and group therapy at all of our locations, including our new center in Columbus, Ohio.