Treatment Plans are Crucial to Recovery
Mental health treatment plan goals: the ultimate goal of any treatment plan for mental health is to alleviate the symptoms of the illness that is causing the disruption in the individuals life and return them to a life of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. Unfortunately mental illness has been so stigmatized by society, studies have shown that nearly 50% of mental illness sufferers delay seeking treatment for up to 10 years. This is despicable! the symptoms and destruction of mental illness are often on par with a terminal disease. Mental illness carries with it some of the most physically painful and psychologically tormenting symptoms. Society needs to learn that mental illness is a grounded in biological issues and is a physical illness as with any other organ in the body that is not functioning properly. Once this stigma is lifted (and much progress is being made) the more people will seek professional help instead of living for years with these horrible symptoms.
To date there are no cures for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia so targeting the symptoms are the best for mental health treatment plan goals. Alleviate the symptoms, send the illness in to remission, and teach the individual the triggers to avoid that bring on certain episodes are the goals to target. In some cases ADHD is a condition that young people can grow out of and sometimes OCD as well; but for the most part treating mental illness is treating the symptoms. Additionally sometimes anxiety and depression might be situational which means they are minor symptoms and go away once the individual is removed from the situation that is causing the symptoms. With the latest studies in genetics there does seem to be some hope in the future that certain genes and mechanisms in the brain and nervous system are being identified that seem to cause certain diseases and thus opening a door to a cure through genetics. This however is a ways in the future.
Mental Health Treatment Plan Goals Start with Accepting the Diagnosis
A good treatment plan begins with the diagnosis and the patient accepting the diagnosis and agreeing to work with the psychiatrist to do whatever it takes to treat the illness. Secondly this treatment plan will begin with medication. Often it might take several attempts to find the right medication because not all people respond to the same medications as well as others; additionally the side effects might not be tolerable for certain medications as well. There might come a time where these side effects are unavoidable and then the patient must choose between the side effects or the symptoms of the mental illness. This is common in all aspects of medicine.
Diet and exercise are musts and should be included in any mental health treatment plan goals, certain trans-fats have been suspected to cause depression, certain Omega fish oils ostensibly have mood stabilizing effects. The brain is not an island and will suffer or be rewarded along with the rest of the body. Proper nutrition is vital to the bodies ability operate properly. Exercise not only increases endorphins but also has an effect of helping the body release the neuro-transmitters in the brain responsible for mood stabilization and stress relief. Factoid: weight resistant exercise will create more testosterone in the body than any of the testosterone replacement creams. People with poor diets and low to no exercise in their lives are at risk for depression. Caffeine in small doses such as a cup or two a day is OK and might give you a boost; however, not recommended for anyone with an anxiety issue.
Counseling and behavioral modification are very important very effective as well. Brain-spotting is a form of self-hypnosis that is very effective for dealing with past trauma. Google Gregory Crow PhD in Scottsdale AZ for instructions on this. These techniques in minor cases of mental illness keep someone in remission and assist avoiding a relapse, however for the more serious cases they should be an augmentation to medication management.
These are just a few ideas demonstrating good mental health treatment plan goals, this is not exhaustive by any means but mental illness should be approached in a holistic sense for best results.
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