It's the Friday of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the U.S.A. I thought it important that I say something about this issue since I am a health-care practitioner. I coach people in physical, emotional, and spiritual health and although I am primarily a nutritionist by training I think I have a responsibility to talk to each of my clients about their "whole person." More often than not I find that although I may be asked to help with dietary, exercise, or sleep issues; at the end of a period of assessement, most everyone I talk to is really dealing with an emotional or a spiritual issue. These issues are always affecting their physical health or productivity in some way.
I am really perplexed on why, in the year 2014 we still look at mental health as something that is so difficult to address. This can be especially true when it affects someone in our own family. Or, even if we are honest and open about discussing a mental health issue that may prevail in our own families, others can be very hesitant to enter into a discussion about it. It's as if they want to rationalize it away. Denial ( Stands for: Don't. Even. Know. I. Am. Lying.) in this way is very, very strong. Somehow talking about cancer, heart disease, or any of the other serious ailments is acceptable but saying that someone has bi-polar, schizophrenia, any kind of dementia, or even depression or PTSD somehow implies that they are weak. I've even heard people deny that a loved-one has severe mental issues because for some reason they are embarrassed or ashamed to admit it. (As if the person affected has done something wrong to cause it?) Sharing the news of a family mental health issue can be received with the same emotion as delivering a four-letter word.
We need to change this perception of mental health. I believe that we all need to address this epidemic affecting our societies and be honest about the stigma surrounding it. We need to get our heads out of the sand. I also don't think that pharmaceutical drugs are necessarily the answer. In fact, in some cases, with the exception of stabilizing the patient, the drugs can do more harm than good. (If you are currently on medicine this is not meant to shame or scold you....just saying that often times there are other options) If you are taking medicine I am not saying to stop taking it! Please don't misunderstand me. I am only saying that medicine is not always the answer. However there are many things you can do about your diet, your neurology (your brain health), and by adding certain nutrients. I can help you with these things.
I love what I do. Coaching people and talking to them about body, mind, and soul health is my passion. If you are struggling and need to talk to someone you can reach out to me. I don't accept payment, I only ask for a tax-deductible donation to my ministry. If I think your issue is beyond my scope of education and expertise I will refer you to a trusted professional. To reach me you can email: Donna@DonnaSchuller.com
If you suspect that you may be having trouble with any mental health issues, in order to take a complimentary assessment of your mental health you can use this link here to take your anxiety and depression questionnaire which is sponsored by The Amen Clinic. I know Dr. Amen. More than once he has been a big help to my family and friends. I trust him.
God wants you to be healthy in body, mind, and soul. Please don't be afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed of not being in tip-top mental health. There is help for you! Reach out to me or to someone you trust.