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Finding your path with Mental Health

After you have finally decided to make the jump, to put yourself first, can be quite overwhelming, especially if you have already been down this path and not had a favourable outcome.

Sound familiar? Long before my successful diagnosis, I had tried many times to seek help, to try anything to get results, hoping that there was a magic fix. A pill, that would do all the work for me (sorry to burst that bubble, but it doesn't exist)

This got me thinking and yes one of my many traits, is the ability to overthink, over analyse.

With so many forms of help available, which one is right for you? Where do you start?

The answer! At the beginning.

Firstly reach out to your loved one's and let them know what's going on, this in itself can be very therapeutic. Make an appointment with your regular GP, they have a wealth of knowledge and contacts. If you are diagnosed with a mental health illness, know that it's not the end of the world. Know that you have the right to make the decisions, how you will navigate your illness and what forms of treatment you take.

I have compiled a list of resources that may be of interest to you and that I have tried myself;

  • Psychologist

A psychologist is a professional trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn. Broadly speaking, most psychologists provide assessment and therapy to clients, help facilitate organisational or social change, conduct psychological research, or administer psychological tests to individuals or groups.

  • Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a specialist medical doctor who assesses and treats patients with mental health problems. Psychiatrists often work in collaboration with general practitioners and other health professionals to best meet the mental health and emotional needs of patients.

  • Counsellor

Counsellors help people who are facing problems such as stress, financial stress, domestic violence, divorce or relationship breakup. Counsellors also support people with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Time Line Therapy NLP

Time Line Therapy® aims to clear feelings that sabotage success and happiness. As an advanced form of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), the technique works with the unconscious mind to release negative emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, hurt, guilt and low self-esteem.

  • Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at imbalances that may be causing disease in the body. Kinesiology aims to detect and correct imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition or minor injuries. Kinesiology is not used to diagnose disorders.

  • Yoga

Traditional yoga is spiritual practice, as developed in India. That is, it seeks to guide us to our true nature, which lies beyond the limited concerns of religion or philosophy. It seeks to give us the key to mind- and ego-transcending enlightenment, or the awakening from the dream of conventional existence

As you can see there are many different ways, that you can approach your diagnosis and treatment and what works for one person, does not mean it will be what works for you. Like me, it may take you numerous tries, until you find the right one and it may take a combination, but the most vital piece of information I can give you, is DON'T GIVE UP

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