I feel compelled to write this and see what others are thinking. Is a physical problem more important than a mental problem? Why is there such stigma for mental issues when treating individuals should be holistic?
We all have different life experiences and coping strategies come from these experiences. Some people cope better than others, often predetermined by our DNA. Some people have many horrific life experiences. Many individuals are able to cope while others perceive these same experiences as insurmountable. What makes it that some people “go with the flow” and bounce back from everything while others “fall apart”?
It doesn’t matter what the situation is or who the person is, we are all human and deserve the same respect. If you have emotions, there must be at least one emotional problem in your life…unless you have a perfect life. Perfect life does not exist, unless you’re under a cloud of denial. It’s a shame that people can’t get help when they need it without so much discrimination. This is an awareness that healthcare has cut mental health drastically over the recent years.
What’s going to happen when one does not get help because of limitations in healthcare . The actions or inactions of individuals that don’t get proper mental healthcare may have a ripple effect. Sometimes these actions/inactions affect only a few to several and other times thousands?
Then what happens to the few or thousands of others who may or may not need mental health interventions? The actions of one person can be criminal in nature, but could they be prevented? It’s always easier to look at situations in retrospect, but we need to learn from them and change or take responsibility for having a system that is failing.
We hear more about gun control in America than we hear about cuts in mental health funding. Many with traumatic brain injury are misdiagnosed and patients and families suffer immensely. It’s incomprehensible what these families endure. I know from experience. By not getting treatment it becomes a daily torturous life of others who seek treatment and just can’t get it. What is the real issue here? Funding cuts for mental health.
Any tragedy that affects others is devastating for all those involved. The media also involves the world around everyone. How many people a tragedy effects is directly associated with all those involved. Lives change forever. They live with the ramifications for the rest of their lives. There will be more people dealing with PTSD and other psychological issues because of one event. Some will do well, other’s don’t. It’s not a character flaw, it human nature!
Mental health is so often overlooked. America’s funding for mental health has been cut so inpatient stays rarely exist, and office visits are limited to a certain number of visits per year. How do these and will these people get proper help when the funding is not available?
These are invisible injuries to the mind and brain. Some of these people will need chemical changes that need continuous monitoring. Others need ongoing psychological care. All those involved in tragedy bear the burden in different ways. Many come out unscathed. Others feel as though they are living a different life. They are because their lives have been altered. Altered simply by perception. Coping occurs in so many different ways and fashions. There is no one size fits all.
Some people will find that issues that were not problems before, become problems now. They will be considered pre-existing conditions. It won’t matter at what level they were functioning prior to the event. Suddenly, their past history will become an issue. It’s just digging up dirt, and they’ll find it on everyone. If they can’t find something, they’ll make something up.
Everyone has a history from their life experiences. To place blame on past history, is unacceptable. They are innocent, and treatment needs to happen. How are we expected to help all these individuals with their mental health, when all the funding has been cut?
Mental health issues are not resolved in a few brief visits. They are not resolved with a 3 day inpatient stay. When anyone seeks help from a mental health professional it should be expected that they receive proper care. This care is based upon what our insurance company guidelines identify. It takes at least two weeks for chemical changes in the brain to occur. During these two weeks patients should be monitored closely on inpatient basis or frequent routine visits, but that no longer exists. Neither is cost effective.
Mental health can and is often controlled with chemical changes and should be treated as anyone with a cardiac, respiratory or any other physical ailment. It’s not, and very frustrating to say the least. Many of these other physical ailments are treated effectively with medications and so are numerous “mental or brain problems”.
Here is a thought for the day: Why is it considered a mental problem because if it’s treated with medication and alters chemistry that is very much a physical problem!
Inpatient stays should be mandatory for those with extreme psychiatric issues. Two weeks is just the start of changes within the brain, hence a longer stay or evaluation period should happen. Thirty days with frequent visits to a mental health professional is definitely appropriate to help any individual regulate their brain chemistry and identify ongoing problems.
This might be an alternative to inpatient stays, but the funding is just not there. I’m concerned that our mental health issues are out-of-control simply because of funding. Patients aren’t looking for excuses, they are looking for help. The same holds true with traumatic brain injury. It’s an expensive invisible injury. Families, friends, acquaintances all lose sight what is happening and don’t know how to help these individuals. They lack the education simply because funding is not available.
We’ve heard repeatedly about gun control, but I see a bigger issue at hand that is rarely spoke about. What about the Mental Health Issues of all that are involved? This is not to minimize anything that has transpired, but funding has been cut for mental health that few people ever receive it.
From the most recent incident in July 2012 many more people will need mental health support and treatment. Will they get the much needed treatment if it relies solely on their healthcare insurance and not on litigation? Are they aware that all their medical records will hold “anxiety” and any additional diagnosis related to this incident and future physical problems can easily be overlooked?
- “Physical Ailments Take Toll on Mental Health: Study” (pamhi.wordpress.com)
- Mild mental illness linked to premature death – CBC.ca (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- 4GoesMad (deborahklayman.wordpress.com)
- Paul Burstow MP writes: Mental health, no excuses (libdemvoice.org)
- Dogs: A medicine for mental health problems? – CNN (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- Mental health funding on the cards (times.co.zm)
- Agency Offers Courses In Mental Health Aid (fox2now.com)