MIAMI, May 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – It’s been more than a year since the pandemic turned the world upside down as we knew it, leaving many struggling with mental health issues such as increased anxiety and depression, difficulty controlling external circumstances and stressful or new mental health diagnoses. According to the CDC, during June 2020, 40% of American adults reported having mental health problems or substance abuse. This abnormally high number has disproportionately affected young adults, racial and ethnic minority groups, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers.
“There are many reasons why people do not seek treatment for mental health problems, but one of the main reasons is stigma, which refers to a negative way that some people judge those who have a mental illness,” says the Dr. Jamie Huysman, psychologist, author and head of compassion at WellMed.
“Talking openly about mental health can reduce stigma over time. Also, sometimes taking care of yourself means not doing it alone, especially given the pandemic and other crises affecting our world.”
Dr. Huysman offers some important messages to keep in mind:
- Self-care tips include doing regularly what makes you feel good, such as yoga or meditation, painting, reading, walking, jogging, any hobby or activity that comforts you.
- Talk to your doctor, especially if you are unsure of the meaning of your symptoms.
- Connect with others and consider conversation therapy. Conversation therapy from counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists can help people deal with feelings and behaviors and suggest ways to deal with them.
- Educate yourself by accessing online resources such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or PsychHub. The more you know, the more you can dispel misinformation or myths that can increase the stigma surrounding mental illness.
- If someone you know needs help, listen to them without judgment. It’s important to really express your concern and avoid blaming, criticizing, downplaying, or taking on things about your experience. If you decide that the crisis is an emergency or that the person expresses their desire or plan to get hurt, contact a security center, such as 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to discover the resources of your area.
For more information on mental health, visit WellMedHealthcare.com.
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SOURCES WellMed medical management