Mental Health Diagnosis And Mental Health Problems

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One of the biggest challenges facing mental health professionals dealing with mental health is getting an accurate mental health diagnosis. Not everyone with a mental health problem will seek help and not everyone who seeks help believing they have a mental health problem is actually suffering from one.

Depression can present with a number of different symptoms which can vary between person to person and to different degrees of severity. There is no diagnostic test for a mental health problem like depression, so an accurate diagnosis rests upon a detailed analysis of the symptoms.

Only a qualified professional can make a mental health diagnosis as they will be able to assess the patient’s full medical history and personal circumstances in order to rule out any physical cause of the symptoms, whether the symptoms are due to another medical complaint, medication, or as the result of substance or drug abuse.

How to recognise a mental health problem

The main criteria for depression is low moods along with a loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy and that the symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from carrying out your normal daily routines. These symptoms can be physical, emotional or even social.

Physical symptoms can include complaints about vague aches and pains, headaches, changes in appetite leading to weight gain or weight loss, gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhoea, constipation or maybe both, as well as indigestion, nausea and dizziness.

Symptoms of depression can include feeling:

•    Sad
•    There is nothing to feel happy about
•    Hopeless, guilty or worthless
•    Tired most of the time
•    Restless and agitated
•    Excessively worried, anxious and fearful
•    Stressed
•    Life is not worth living
•    Alone

Other symptoms of depression can include:

•    Social withdrawal
•    Changes in sleeping patterns
•    Problems at work or in the home

Serious symptoms of a mental health disorder can include:

•    Experiencing hallucinations or delusions
•    Disorganised thoughts or speech
•    Catatonic behaviour
•    Bizarre behaviour or ideas
•    Dramatic changes in personality
•    Thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide

Dealing with a mental health problem

The first step in dealing with a mental health problem is to get an accurate mental health diagnosis. Only a qualified professional can do this. The good news is that the sooner help is sought, the sooner the individual can get back to their old selves again or at the very least regain some control over their lives.

The vast majority of people who do seek help for a mental health problem go on to make a full and complete recovery. For those who don’t and who are suffering from a severe mental disorder, appropriate treatment and support can dramatically improve quality of life. Mental health problems don’t just go away; they persist, and without treatment can cause unnecessary suffering and distress.

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2 Comments

  1. Paul
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Hello!

    I generally never have the attention span when reading, but your blog was very engaging. Even though my illness seems slightly different to what you’ve suffered, there was a lot I could relate to.

    I’ve been taking Omega 3 for ages, but resently have been rather relaxed about taking them. I have suffered with depression all my life, and I understand the wealth that comes from a good diet, exercise etc. I never really knew the full benefits of Omega 3 until reading your blog. I’ve been going completely manic inside lately, and now I think it could be due to the lack of Omega 3.

    Regards, Paul

  2. admin
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Paul

    I wish you good health and good luck :) you cant beat a healthy diet and lifestyle.

    kind regards Karl

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