Challenges of Life: Mental Disorders in Adults
Life itself is full of challenges. Many of those challenges come not from outside-in, but from inside-out.
What I am speaking of are disorders. These mental disorders can be caused from a variety of circumstances:
As a firm believer in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, I believe God (The Trinity) is the greatest help and can deliver you from these mental disorders.
With that statement, I must also say: God made Doctors.
I have heard many "Christians" who come in contact with someone with a overwhelming mental disorder and they claim they have a demon. Of course, there is that possibility, but it is also possible that they have a bad mental disorder.
It is my belief that every one of us have a mental disorder of one kind or another.
The goal of this hub is to go through some of the primary mental disorders in adults and the treatments that are used.
Again, I must say that the greatest treatment of all is Jesus Christ. The fact remains that He (God) does use other people, and some of the people He uses are Doctors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and others who have experience with dealing with mental disorders.
We will now take a look at some of those most common disorders:
Many people suffer from these in one form or another. Anxiety comes from worry and stress.
Does it mean you need professional help if you feel anxiety at times?
Only when it becomes a chronic problem is when you may need help. There are symptoms of a chronic anxiety disorder. They may include:
- constant worry
- tense muscles
- shortness of breath
It is believed that approximately 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders each year.
Anxiety disorders are broken down into six separate types. They are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic Disorders
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Simple Phobias
Most of these disorders can be treated with medication and/or psychotherapy.
Some of the treatments used are:
- Antidepressant medication
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Beta Blockers
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Just because you feel anxious doesn't always mean you have and anxiety disorder. Always consult a Doctor and even get a second opinion before seeking a treatment plan.
I will always state, the best treatment plan is prayer and the soothing power of God's Word.
I personally, have had panic attacks and I believe I have had anxiety disorders. I have not been medicated, well excuse me, once a counselor prescribed Xanax which I never took. I found that attending Bible study and a life of prayer and meditation has helped me immensely.
Seek God first and Doctors second. If you just feel that you must take the medication or treatment, than by all means, do!
Bipolar disorder has become very common. Many experts believe it runs in families.
Many individuals with Bipolar disorder have extreme episodes that make it almost impossible to deal with life's normal situations.
At one moment the person could be happy-go-lucky and the next moment a severe depression can overcome their life.
The best way to know if you have Bipolar disorder is through a Doctor. They can perform tests that will show if you have this terrible disorder.
A person with Bipolar disorder can live a normal life pattern with the right treatment.
As before, I will always say, the best treatment of all is from the Greatest Physician: God. Prayer and meditation will help.
A Doctor can prescribe any one or more of treatment possibilities for Bipolar disorder. Some could be:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Many also use a natural substance called St Johns Wort.
If you face many signs of extreme mood changes, I recommend first prayer and then see a Doctor and explain your problems.
Help is available.
If you or a loved one has bulimia…
Call the National Eating Disorders Association’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237 for free referrals, information, and advice.
Here is a disorder that many individuals carry with them.
I feel for people who have an urge to just eat and eat and then secretly regurgitate the contents in their stomachs.
It is like an addiction.
There are really no medications; it takes will-power and being aware of the problem.
Do you suffer from Bulimia? Do you know someone who does?
Again, God can help with prayer and attending a congregation of loving people.
There is other help too.
The steps to recovering from this disorder is much like drug or alcohol addiction:
- Admit the problem. If you don't admit you have a problem, you will not do anything to fix it.
- Communicate with someone. It could be a close friend or a counselor. Talking about the problem will help.
- Stay away from problem places. If bakery's or other eating establishments triggers a bulimia episode, it is best to stay away from them. It is the same as an alcoholic staying away from bars or liquor stores.
- Last, but not least, seek professional help. There are counselors and programs available.
Keep in mind that bulimia is not just a case of wanting to stay at a low weight. It is also caused from other factors such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Trauma or abuse
- Appearance related professions
- Major life changes
Don't let bulimia win. You are worth more than that.
Other Mental Disorders-Scroll Across To See Complete Table
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, or drugs of any kind
Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
http://www.anad.org/, http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/, http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/anorexia.htm
Attention Deficit Disorder
A syndrome, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, a short attention span, and often hyperactivity, and interfering especially with academic, occupational, and social performance.
http://www.add.org/, http://www.drday.com/attentiondeficit.htm, http://www.addforums.com/forums/
a very serious mental illness in which someone cannot think or behave normally and often experiences delusions
http://www.schizophrenia.com/family/60tip.html, http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/tc/schizophrenia-other-places-to-get-help, http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction_information/schizophrenia/Pages/schizophrenia_partfam.aspx
Seasonal Affective Disorder
A form of depression occurring at certain seasons of the year, especially when the individual has less exposure to sunlight.
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-seasonal-affective-disorder.htm, http://www.webmd.com/depression/tc/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad-other-places-to-get-help, http://psychology.about.com/od/psychiatricdisorders/a/sad-treatments.htm
Do You Suffer From Any Of These Mental Disorders?
There are many mental disorders in today's world.
Please seek more than one piece of advice before taking any medications. We must always remember that Doctors are just people too; they can also make mistakes.
I will reiterate, God is the ultimate healer.
He can and will rid of you of your mental disorders. I have dealt with many issues in my life with disorders, many occurring after my Grandson of 23 months was killed. It was God who brought me through. He can you too.
Seek help please, don't attempt to fight a mental disorder alone.
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