Mental Health & Depression
When most people think of home health care, they most often imagine only physical injuries or illnesses. However, mental health is an important part of our overall health and can directly affect our physical wellbeing or health. Mental illness requires diagnosis and treatment just as physical conditions do.
What is a Mental Condition or Disorder?
Health conditions are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms, as well as on how much the condition affects a person’s daily life. Signs and symptoms can affect:
- Behaviour – Like drinking too much alcohol or constantly washing your hands
- Feelings – Such as deep or ongoing sadness, joy or anger; or,
- Thinking – Such as thinking that the television is controlling your mind – or thoughts of suicide. Mental illness or a mental health condition can happen at any age, it can affect children, adults or the elderly.
There are more than 300 diagnosed mental health conditions or disorders. However, the 7 main types of mental disorders are:
- Anxiety – Obsessive compulsive behaviour or post-traumatic stress disorder
- Attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Mood disorders – depression
- Personality Disorders
Mental Health Condition or Disorder and Diagnosis
Every mental health condition has its set of signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional assessment and help may be needed if someone:
- Has a noticeable, serious change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
- Is unable to deal with problems or daily activities
- Has strange or grandiose ideas
- Shows excessive anxiety when facing daily life
- Feels depression and not caring about usual life for over two weeks
- Thinking or talking about suicide
- Abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol
- Displays extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behaviour
Many people who have mental health conditions think their signs and symptoms are normal part of life. It is important to encourage such individuals to see a doctor or psychiatrist who will offer an assessment to see if the behaviours of feeling are really a mental health condition.
There are treatment options just as with physical illness, like medication and counselling, which can help a person return to a normal life and activities.
How we can help?
Amber Home Carers can support the treatment of individuals and help them and their families live with, and in many cases recover from a mental illness.
We will manage all daily activity required and maintain a safe living environment for the individual concern.