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The Importance Of Seeking Help For Mental Illness And Depression

June 6, 2016 All, Depression, Mental Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition by Aaron Van Gaver

In today’s fast paced modern society, more and more people are being raised with the idea that mental illness and depression are problems that we can simply overcome, if only we put out minds to it. But how can a person fix their mind, when it is already broken?

If you fell down a flight of stairs and broke your arm, would you decide to walk it off or would you go to a doctor? While the answer to this question is obvious, there are many who follow the exact opposite principle when it comes to their mental health.

The idea of seeking help for mental health issues and depression comes with a shameful societal stigma attached, a stigma that we must do our absolute best to break down for future generations. One of the reasons why seeking help for mental health and depression is so important is the example that it sets for the adults of tomorrow.

Children are much more perceptive than given credit for and when they hear adults speak in a derisive manner about fellow adults who are struggling with depression and mental illness, they take these lessons to heart and often become reticent to speak about their own problems in a forthcoming manner.

As adults, don’t we want our children to live in a world where they can discuss their feelings openly, without being afraid to be labeled as “crazy” or “gloomy”? Instead of continuing to live in a world where it is believed that mental illness and depression are things that can be overcome if we try hard enough, we should be working to embrace all of the benefits that therapy and support can provide.

There is a wide range of support available to those who are in need and there is no reason why a person should continue to suffer with mental illness and depression when they have all of these resources at their fingertips. CBT, mindfulness therapy, DBT, solutions Focused therapy, all of these treatments focus on different areas of the mind, providing patients with the specific assistance that they need to get back on track.

The mind is a much more powerful tool than we realize and attempting to power your way through mental health issues and feelings of depression typically only makes it worse. Think about it this way: if your car is stuck in the mud, would you try to push it out yourself and risk further damage or would you call a professional to help?

When our minds become bogged down and we cannot overcome certain thoughts and feelings, turning to a medical professional is the best choice that you can make, both for yourself and for future generations. Don’t fall victim to the old ways of thinking when so many new innovations have been made.