Mental Health Recovery, Symptoms Of A Mental Health Problem

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Mental health problems are common, affecting roughly one in four of the population at any one time. However, it is reassuring to know that regardless of what kind of mental health problem you have, with appropriate treatment and support, most people do go on to regain control of their lives and the vast majority make a complete recovery.

First of all, who is likely to develop a mental health problem? The simple answer to this is anyone at all. Mental health problems affect people of all ages, from any social background or ethnicity and regardless of gender.

On saying that though, according to the office of national statistics, women are more likely than men to report a mental health problem to their doctor. Consequently it is believed that many cases of depression in men go undiagnosed.

The first step towards mental health recovery is in recognising that there is a problem in the first place. In a nutshell, if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health problem and these symptoms are enough to interfere with your ability to carry out your normal routines then you could well be suffering from some form of mental health problem.

Symptoms of a mental health problem can include:

•    Sadness and lack of joy
•    Sleeping too much or too little
•    Lack of motivation
•    Hallucinations or delusions
•    Changes in appetite leading to weight loss or weight gain
•    Anxiety, stress and fearfulness
•    Obsessive or bizarre behaviour
•    Inability to concentrate
•    Fatigue
•    Social withdrawal
•    Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

It is vital that you seek help as soon as possible because research has shown that the sooner a mental health problem is detected and treatment given, the better the long term outlook is for the patient.

Mental health problems left untreated can ruin relationships, break up families, destroy careers, negatively impact on financial health and could even result in suicide.

Types of mental health problems

1.    Depression
2.    Anxiety and Anxiety related disorders
3.    Eating disorders
4.    Personality disorders
5.    BiPolar
6.    Postnatal depression
7.    Post traumatic stress
8.    Schizophrenia

This isn’t an exhaustive list but represents some of the better known types of mental health problems.

The most common type of mental health problem is depression and anxiety or anxiety related disorders. However, even people with more severe mental disorders such as Schizophrenia can lead relatively normal lives once they learn how to cope with their illness on a day to day basis.

To recover from a mental illness an individual first has to believe they are capable of recovery and this can be helped along by finding out as much as you can about mental health problems and the issues surrounding mental health. Trying to battle it out on your own could make the symptoms worse and unnecessarily extend the period of suffering.

In order to become mentally well again, the individual may need treatment in the form of prescription drugs, self help, some type of therapy and of course the right level of support from family and friends.

Mental health problems don’t discriminate against anyone, it could happen to any one of us at any time and by seeking help, or more importantly, not being afraid of seeking help for a mental health problem can lead to faster mental health recovery and a better quality of life.

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  1. Emily Attewell
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink


    Sorry if this isn’t the right way to contact you I couldn’t find an email address.

    I work for a website called Hypnotherapy Directory ( which is an online web directory listing hypnotherapists all over the UK. Each hypnotherapist has a profile stating what areas they specialise in, a bit about their background, and their qualifications. All the hypnotherapists registered with us will have a relevant qualification and insurance cover or proof of registration with a professional body, so we are assured of their professionalism. The site also has a wealth of information about various types of distress that hypnotherapy can help, as well as a blog about the latest health news.

    The search facility on the site means you simply type in your postcode or town and the site produces a list of all the hypnotherapists in that area, allowing the individual to browse through them and select and contact one that would be exactly suited to their needs. The site is free to use.

    We want to provide the UK with a huge hypnotherapy support network, enabling those in distress to find a hypnotherapist close to them and appropriate for their needs

    The site was only launched a few months ago, and we’re looking to try and get our name seen by as many people as possible, as we know from feedback that we provide a valuable and much needed service.

    Therefore, I wondered if you could write an article about us on your blog: I think it would be interesting and useful to your readers as a source of information. I can provide any information you might need, or send you a more in-depth press release.

    Thanks for your time, and I hope to hear your thoughts soon.

    Emily Attewell

  2. admin
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Well Emily , seen as you wrote a very nice email , I thought I would just publish it for people to see… saves you writing again :)

  3. Wendy
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Having returned from the GP today once again diagnosed with depression I have found your website a huge source of comfort. It is good to know that I am not alone and that support is out there. I know I will recover as I have before but each time I fall down again I begin to wonder is there any hope but I am a fighter and determined to have a happy life. Your website has made me feel safer and thank you for taking the time to put it together.

  4. admin
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    You are very welcome, your never alone, one in four people have some kind of mental health problem so there are plenty of us to go round :) keep your chin up and best wishes !

  5. anxiety
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Your article was quite interesting. I agree with you on a lot of things. I appreciate your insights. Thanks for sharing.

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