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Top 7 Tips on Caring for Your Mental Health in Trying Times

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The pandemic has forced people into social isolation, which may cause health problems as alcohol abuse or smoking 15 cigarettes daily. Additionally, the researcher found that isolation causes mental and physical harm twice as bad as obesity. Read on to find the mental health resource that is most appropriate for your needs during these trying times.

1. Psychiatry  If you notice any abnormal behavior, emotional disturbance, or mental health issues, you should consult a psychiatrist. They are trained medical practitioners who will help you diagnose, prevent, or manage mental illnesses.

2. Individual counseling Nothing beats the human bond, and counseling provides that. You meet a therapist in a safe and supportive environment where everything is confidential and proceed to explore your beliefs, emotions, and challenges.

3. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) It is a convenient way of getting medical care without hospitalization. Visit the hospital and learn skills to deal with issues such as chronic depression, low frustration tolerance, and coping with recent loss and death. You then leave for your home to practice what you have learned.

4. Medication management You are different from everyone, so should your medication. When you meet your medical provider, they will discuss the purpose, goals, and benefits or risks of every medication to ensure you get the best mental wellness treatment plan.

5. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) After finishing PHP, you may ‘graduate’ to IOP, where you will receive 3 hours of therapy Monday through Friday. After 2-3 weeks, your provider will determine if you are fit to step down to counseling or continue with IOP.

6. Telehealth services With this resource, you receive your mental health services over a secure and confidential video link via the internet. You get to see your doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist from the comfort of your home. The good news is you can get most of the services above through telehealth services.

7. Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) It can cure symptoms of PTSD and trauma that no other method can. Even though COVID-19 has caused social isolation, you can still get safe and secure therapy using resources like telehealth service, while obeying social distancing rules. Contact us for your mental health solutions.