May 18, 2011
Its mental health awareness month everyone! Check out the American Psychological Associations 'Blogging for Mental Health" event at http://www.yourmindyourbody.org/mental-health-month-blog-day-may-18/
Bloggers from all over the world are posting about psychology, psychotherapy and the experience of coping with mental health problems. The goal is to help get the word out that we need to seek treatment for our mental health problems the same as we do for our physical ones--without shame or stigma!
Did you know that mental health problems are among the most expensive problems the world faces? Depression alone costs more in terms of diminished worker productivity than most diseases like heart problems or diabetes. Mental health related problems like substance abuse, juvenile behavior problems, and non-adherence to medical treatment plans (like not changing your diet if you have diabetes!) not only cause a lot suffering, they have a significant economic impact.
The good news is that the fields of psychology and psychiatry have developed effective treatments for these and other mental health problems. These problems are treatable, but so many people out there are afraid to get psychological or psychiatric care. So take a moment today to think about if someone you love needs a little encouragement to go get some help.
Dr. Rebecca Resnik