Counselling & Mental Health
What is mental good health?
Mental health is a state of well-being where an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a significant contribution to his or her community. A person without a mental disorder is taken to be mentally healthy.
What is bad mental health?
The exact opposite of the above, when individuals can’t cope or manage with everyday stresses and are unable or struggle to make a significant contribution to their everyday life.
There are many negative attitudes and views around Mental Health in society and these carry significance for the people who suffer with various mental health issues. This is one of the huge factors associated with stigma and shame associated with mental health.
To be diagnosed with a mental illness i.e. Depression or Schizophrenia can be hugely stigmatic for the individual and for the family. Unlike a car accident, where people offer huge support a mental health issue offers the opposite.
For the sufferer it is hard to explain to others and often understand for self why and what it is all about. This can and is even more traumatising.
It is difficult to explain to others the reasons why we act or behave in the manner we do and how the illness effects us.
Unlike a flu when the sufferer has symptoms of coughing and high temperature which validate and normalise the illness for yourself and others.
Often as a society we label people with mental health issues as mad or crazy
What or How Does Counselling Help?
The medical profession seems to be convinced that Depression has and is caused by a brain abnormality or a chemical imbalance in the brain. The possibility that life experiences may also have caused it are neglected. A child may grow up in an environment where a parent suffers from depression so this leads the profession to label it as genetic if the child becomes depressed.
Counselling offers a place to talk about what is going on in the persons life. It looks in-depth at the relationship and social and psychological issues which may be the cause of the illness and are central to recovery. The fact that, as humans, we were not born with the issues is ignored by the medical profession which can be very quick to make diagnosis and offers a medical recovery often involving medication. Counselling is a process that listens attentively and makes the connection between the form of the persons distress and the life of the person.
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This allows the person to put words to their thoughts and feeling which have brought the confusions and distress into their lives.
Allowing a clearer understanding of what is actually happening this leads to a more secure individual. The things that a person had once feared or was unable to chat about now becomes a richer more creative place for the person.
Counselling offers support and new ways of thinking and behaving helping you to make better choices and decisions.
Mental illness is a normal reaction to something unknown to the person that has caused an abnormal behaviour. Counselling helps normalise the person and offers new ways of loving and appreciating who the person is and can become.
Issues That Counselling Can Help With
Some of the issues that counselling can help with are:
- Relationship Breakdown
- Eating Disorders
- Feelings of Hopelessness
- Symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Childhood issues & trauma
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Addiction Recovery
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