Seeking professional help for mental wellness is crucial for individuals dealing with depression and other mental health disorders. Yet most people ignore mental wellness – despite the fact that doing so may result in physical, emotional, and psychological problems.
Research indicates that approximately one in five U.S. adults deals with a mental health disorder annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Additionally, NAMI notes 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.
Mental wellness affects a person’s mood, behaviors, and actions. If a person’s mental health prevents him or her from working, going to school, or performing other everyday activities, the consequences may be dire. Fortunately, professional help is available to ensure that individuals can address mental health disorders.
At Achieve TMS, we encourage individuals struggling with a mental health disorder to seek professional help right away. We offer deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) therapy using magnetic stimulation directed into the cerebral cortex to help treat depression and other mental health conditions, and normalize neural circuitry. We also try to educate individuals about mental wellness so they can get the support they need to treat their mental health conditions appropriately.
Let’s take a look at three misconceptions about seeking professional help for mental wellness – and explore why these popular beliefs are false.
Depression resources are virtually impossible to find.
Mental health disorders are complex, but resources are available to help people understand these conditions. In fact, the following organizations offer free resources to educate people about mental wellness:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Offers a behavioral health treatment services locator, as well as contact information for organizations that provide mental wellness support.
- National Institute on Mental Health: Helps individuals find a healthcare provider, explore mental wellness treatment options, and receive immediate mental wellness care and support.
- Mental Health America: Provides contact information for 24-hour crisis services, community mental health services providers, and individual mental health providers.
Visit the websites for any of the aforementioned organizations, and see how easy it is to access comprehensive resources to learn about depression, its symptoms, and how it is best treated.
You can treat depression on your own.
A person who expects his or her depression symptoms to disappear on their own may struggle to achieve his or her desired results, especially if depression is persistent. Major depression involves a change in brain chemistry and functionality.
Depression entails a low mood that persists for at least two weeks. In certain instances, depression causes a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that can last for weeks, months, or years. Some research shows that people may require five years or longer to recover from major depressive disorder. As such, an individual who tries to ignore his or her depression symptoms is unlikely to overcome these issues.
There are many depression treatment options, including:
- Lifestyle Changes: Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and social support together can help an individual combat his or her depression symptoms, especially in conjunction with other treatment options.
- Sleep: There is a strong correlation between sleep and mood; thus, an individual who develops a good sleep routine is well-equipped to avoid irritability, moodiness, and other depression symptoms and start the healing process.
- Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy are among the psychotherapy options designed to help individuals understand their depression triggers and take steps to address them.
- Medications: Doctors may prescribe antidepressants to treat moderate to severe depression symptoms. Sometimes, antidepressants provide short-term depression relief. On the other hand, antidepressants may cause nausea, vomiting, and other unwanted side effects.
- dTMS: Deep TMS is performed in a medical office, and a treatment session requires only about 20 minutes per day to complete. During a dTMS treatment session, magnetic pulses into the brain to stimulate neurons and help re-set neural circuits in order to alleviate depression symptoms.
Each individual’s needs are different. The first step in determining the right depression treatment involves meeting with a doctor or therapist to help identify the best ways to manage and relieve depression symptoms.
Depression therapy is a sign of weakness.
The stigma associated with depression and other mental health disorders often makes it difficult to treat these conditions. But those who understand the stigma – and the misconceptions associated with it – can overcome this problem. They can share their mental wellness insights with others to eliminate this stigma, too.
Some people view depression therapy as a sign of weakness. This stigma occurs due to a lack of knowledge associated with depression and depression treatment. The stigma can also be internalized and/or shared publicly; in either case, it may cause severe harm to an individual who’s already dealing with depression.
There is no surefire solution to instantly stop the stigma associated with depression therapy. But education offers a terrific long-term solution to help the patient, loved ones and others understand the realities behind depression and depression therapy.
For those who are struggling with the stigma of depression therapy, it is important to remember that knowledge is power. By obtaining accurate information about depression and depression therapy, an individual can gain insights to better treat this condition and can share these insights with others in order to help them overcome the impact of this condition.
Schedule a Free Deep TMS Treatment Consultation with Achieve TMS
Achieve TMS is prepared to put the aforementioned misconceptions about seeking professional help for mental wellness to rest. For those who would like to learn more or are considering depression treatment we are here to assist you. To schedule a free dTMS treatment consultation with Achieve TMS, please call or text us today at 877-296-5032.