At some point in life everyone experience a sense of uncertainty, sadness, anxiety, and so on. Although we may experience some of these symptoms we delay in getting treatment for our emotional well-being. On the other hand when we experience unusual physical symptoms like chest pain, a rash, or a prolonged fever our initial thought is to visit a medical doctor as soon as possible. Early prevention can help save many lives from terminal illnesses. Just like early medical prevention is important so is early mental health prevention. Prevention is the key to help save lives whether medical or emotional.
It is important for us to pay close attention to symptoms that may be interfering with our daily function. You may be wondering what I mean by daily function it can be anything from lack of motivation, sleep pattern change, appetite change, isolation, and or tearfulness among many other symptoms. Most of the time people hesitate to seek mental health services because society has implied that it is shameful to do so. Another reason why most of us may hesitate to seek professional help is because people will perceive of us to be crazy. Mental health care continues to be a controversial subject in many cultures.
I like to focus on depression that is a common diagnosis among many people regardless of socio economic status, religion, ethnicity, gender, and educational background. We can experience depression due to the loss of a love one (romantic or not), change in environment (work, home, or school), low self-esteem, interpersonal partner violence, gender identify, among many more reasons. Unfortunately many people use drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism instead of seeking professional help. There are several ways to decrease depressive symptoms. Exercising on a daily basis along with healthy eating can help us feel better. It is also important to have a support system which can be made up of family and close friends. The best treatment is therapy but in severe cases, the use of medication may be required.
Feelings of sadness and loneliness can lead someone to feel suicidal which, is when meditation comes into play. Some common phrases people use to describe feelings or thoughts of suicide are “I do not want to live anymore”. “I would like to sleep and never wake up”. “No one is going to miss me”. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time talk to someone, you trust also seek professional help. Do not be embarrassed or feel shameful to ask for help keep it in mind that you are not alone. There people who care about your well-being.