We are used to facing daily challenges, but the fast pace of life prevents us from always responding just as well to difficult situations. The job is demanding; the family life is ruined. The parents are toxic, we have gone through abuses that have left deep scars … Without realizing it, the problems overwhelm us, and then some of us seek help. But where should we go? Should we choose to confess to a friend or relative? When are we required to see a specialist (psychologist, psychiatrist)?
Self-diagnosis or self-medication is forbidden in mental illness because it can do more harm than good. Also, in the case of diagnoses of chronic mental illness, long-term collaboration between the patient and the doctor is the only possible solution to alleviate the symptoms and return the patient to an adequate level of social and professional life.
Mental illnesses that require seeing a specialist include:
- Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Mood disorders (major depression, bipolar disorder)
- Personality disorders (paranoid, antisocial, avoidant)
- Eating Disorders (bulimia, anorexia)
- Somatic disorders
- Cognitive disorders (dementia, alcohol and substance use disorders)
- Impulse control disorders
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Keep in mind that while some mental illnesses can cause more severe side effects than others, any condition that affects your neurological system can be problematic. Fortunately, according to medical specialists at Downtown’s Healthcare, several treatment options can help those living with a mental illness improve their overall quality of life and comfort level.