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Mental health is the health subject on emotional, psychological and social well-being of a person. It has an impact on how we think, feel and act. It helps to ascertain how we handle stress, express to others and make decisions. Mental health is crucial at every phase of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. In our lifetime, if you experience mental health problems, you’re thinking, mood and behaviour could be affected. Many other factors also add to mental health problems, such as:

  • Biological factors, such as genetics or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma, tragedy or misconduct
  • Family history of mental health problems

Most people with mental health problems can be treated by specialists in the field of mental health. Processes for recovery are ongoing and it happens over a period of time. The first step is to seek help from the Mental health professionals. Professional Counsellors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.

Counselling is a joint effort between the counsellor and the patient. Professional counsellors help patients determine the goals and to provide potential solutions to problems which cause emotional anxiety; seek to improve communication and developing knack; bolster self-esteem; and promote behaviour change and optimal mental health. Treatment for mental health requires Professional Counsellors to treat with talk therapy and various other methods as it deems fit. Patients and Professional Counsellors shall work together to come to a common point for right medication and right amount of dose or treatment as mental health disorder treatments may not work in the same way for all mental health disorder symptoms. Even in cases like ADHD which is one kind of mental health disorder, treatments may not work in the same way for all ADHD disorder symptoms, so Professional Counsellors are required to treat the patients with understanding the proper grounds.

Mostly, counselling is discontinued when the mental health problem that you pursued counselling for becomes more attainable or is resolved.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Anxiety Disorder

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Eating Disorder

Depression

ADHD:

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a chronic mental health disorder condition which is not only found in children and adolescents but also in adults. Behavioural symptoms of ADHD are impulsiveness, inattention, hyperactivity, lack of concentration, mood swings, learning disability, fidgeting and repetition of words or actions.

ANXIETY DISORDER:

Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder related to having frequent intense and excessive restlessness, worry, anxiety and fear that interferes with daily activities. It may include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Proper counselling is required and also medication in extreme cases.

OCD:

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a chronic mental health disorder having constant thoughts or fears that compels a person to perform a certain act which is repetitive. Example is a person brushing teeth many times a day in the fear of plague in teeth. Excessive thought is an obsession and repetitive behaviour is a compulsion.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD):

PTSD is a disorder where a person does not recover from an extreme experience or witness of a terrifying event in life. In such conditions, there is a trigger to bring back memories of the trauma caused due to extreme emotional and physical reactions. Behavioural impacts are extra vigilant, agitation, solitude, irritability, mistrust, anxiety, nightmares and insomnia. It may happen due to accident, physical or sexual assault, witness to loss of life, tragic news, war, natural disasters etc.

EATING DISORDER:

An eating disorder is a mental health disorder where abnormal eating habits have a negative effect on a person’s physical and mental health. Types of eating disorders are Binge Eating Disorder (eating large amount in short period), Anorexia Nervosa (restrict food or do over exercise to manage the fear of gaining weight), Bulimia Nervosa (eat lot of food and then try to get rid of the food) and Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID – reduced or selective food intake due to psychological reasons).

DEPRESSION:

Depression is a mental health disorder having a constant depressed mood and no interest in regular activities. When someone experiences persistently and intensely sad emotional feelings for long periods of time due to tragedy in life then there is an impact on mood and physical activities. It may lead to loss of appetite, sleeplessness, low concentration, low energy levels and suicidal tendencies.

FAMILY THERAPY:

Family Therapy is a type of therapy to identify the root cause problems in a family and contribute to resolving a behaviour disorder in the family members. The family therapist involves in discussion and session with individual, group or couples and problem-solving sessions with the family. When the situation comes to a point where problems within a family are not resolved by themselves, then that is how the family therapist has a role to play in identifying the family problems and resolving behavioural health problems in family members. Family problems may arise due to substance abuse, drug addiction, conflicts in family members, financial problems, problems between siblings, children’s behavioural problems, a family member’s chronic illness or death, infidelity, divorce or shared custody of children.