Why is Mental Health Neglected More Than Physical Health?

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Mental health is one of the biggest diagnoses going untreated today. Nearly 1 out of 2 Americans suffer from some type of mental illness, whether it be depression, schizophrenia, or anxiety. However you choose to look at it, there is a need for people to start taking just as much care of their mental health as they do their physical health.

The Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that chronic illnesses among Americans are directly associated with poor mental health, and with the treatment of the mental condition, the effects of the chronic illness can be reduced. Just as with our physical conditions, our mental conditions have no prejudice either. It will strike anyone regardless of race, age, religion, or sexual orientation.

We put more effort into preserving our physical health. We exercise to make sure our muscles, bones, joints, and heart are in tip-top shape so our bodies can properly function each day. We even change the way we eat to add to our healthier lifestyle by way or portion control, diet changes, and even by replacing meals with nutritious shakes.

There’s not a single thing that causes mental illnesses. It can be inherited, and it can also be triggered by certain stimuli in your life. Whether you think you may have a mental condition or not, it’s always good to get your mental health checked out, but unfortunately, lots of people neglect that area of their health. Check out some of the common reasons why people fail to have their mental health examined.

Don’t Realize They Need Help

How many times have you been at work and seen your coworkers stressed about something? We all have. When you asked them if they were okay, what did they say? More than likely, they said that they were okay, or that they were fine. That’s usually one of the first signs that they’re not completely “okay.” That’s all part of not realizing you have a problem.

We go about our everyday lives doing this and that, going here and there. Rarely do we ever stop and take a breath. Then when we get home, we’re non-stop too and tend to not go to bed at a decent hour.

Getting enough rest plays a big role in not only physical health but also in your mental health. Resting allows your brain to be at a state of calm. It helps if you stick to a regular sleeping schedule, have room darkening curtains, and upgrade your bedding to that of a higher quality.

Not Wanting to be Looked at as “Crazy”

This is an area that comes after knowing that you may possibly need to seek help, but choose not to because you don’t want to viewed as being “crazy.” This how all these breaking news headlines come about. You’ll see people on the news that have committed mass murders, and once they’ve been caught, they plead insanity.

The crazy thing about those stories is that a lot of the times, they have no criminal background or history. Their blow up was a result of them letting things build up from within until they could no longer handle it and took their frustrations out on innocent people. It’s definitely a tough subject to talk about, but the reality of mental illness is a very necessary conversation to have with family, friends, and children.

We’re so afraid of what other people will think of us to the point that we end up hurting ourselves with that type of mentality. Just the mention of the words “counselor” or “therapist” will make people give you the side-eye. There are people who voluntarily go to therapy not to treat mental illness, but simply to talk about the stressor of the week. It’s almost like a preventive measure. Everyone should experience therapy at least once in their life.

Expensive

People also neglect their mental health because it can be quite pricey. It’s sometimes more expensive to see a therapist than it is to go to a primary care doctor. A lot of therapists are able to set their own prices per hour, which can make it difficult for patients to pay, and that payment is typically needed up front.

Also, various insurance companies haven’t made it easy for mental health physicians to receive payment for their sessions. It’s just too big of a risk for the physician to have a large probability of not being paid for their work.

The price of therapy sessions vary and are dependent on multiple factors. The therapist and their level of education, office location, the typical rate of therapy in their area, and the level of expertise in their field. You can see anything from $75.00 to $300.00 per session, so therapy is definitely not some average appointment. Make sure that if you set an appointment, you’re serious about your mental health and ready to talk… it’s no cheap thrill.

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