Feeling Lost? There is Help For You

Published on January 10th, 2014

As many as one in four Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness every year, and many more are treated for brain injuries and chemical dependency. You, or a family member suffering from one of these conditions, are not alone.

And as unmanageable as these things may be, as overwhelming as they might seem, there is help. The symptoms of mental illness, chemical dependency, or brain injury are manageable. You can get your life back and restore balance to your life.

Signs You Should Seek Help

Mental illness can manifest in a variety of ways even within the same diagnosis. If you’ve been blue or down for more than two weeks, have lost pleasure in life, experience overwhelming worry, cycle between various moods without cause, or have hallucinations, you may have a mental illness.

If you feel like your mood and emotions interfere with your daily life or you just feel like something is wrong, you should seek help professional help.

Likewise, chemical dependency and brain injury can have various symptoms. If prescription or illegal drugs or alcohol are making it hard to live your life or if you’ve altered your life around these substances, there are many treatments that can help you. And if you’ve experienced a mood, personality, or memory change after sustaining a brain injury, there are treatments for you, too.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or believe you may hurt yourself or others, please call (517) 337-1717 to speak to a crisis counselor or visit your local emergency room.

How to Balance Your Life

If you or your child is struggling with mental illness, chemical dependency, or a brain injury, there are many ways they can regain their lives.

While some people manage their illness without professional help from a therapist or other mental health worker, working with a therapist is much more effective. A therapist can give you treatment options, explain what might work for you and then tailor that therapy to help your individual needs.

Such treatments include what you think of when you imagine therapy–talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy. You can also receive treatment at home, and receive help with life and social skills. And if it’s right for you, inpatient treatment is also effective.

Treatment can help balance your life by controlling your symptoms and teaching you coping and managing skills. Managing your symptoms and learning to deal with them restores the balance that you lost. With the help of a mental health professional, treatment can be very effective in giving you your life back.

If you, a loved one, or your children are experiencing symptoms of mental illness, chemical dependency, or brain injury, please contact us or give us a call at (952) 564-3000. With help, you can start a new life today.