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Effects of Mental Health Problems

Posted under Dental Health Tips on July 15th, 2014 | No Comments

I decided to write a blog about mental health.  What does that have to do with oral health you ask? Nothing really. However, people tend to see their dental providers more often than their physicians. At Santa Teresa Dental, we value and treasure every relationship we have with our patient. We do notice subtle changes in patient behavior. We live near Silicon Valley and many of our patients hold high-stress positions. We often are the first one noticing any mental health changes. We hope the following blog will help some of you noticing the warning signs of mental health problems for yourself and/or the love ones.

The seriousness of mental health

Mental health problems are challenges and very common all over the world. They affect our way of thinking, feeling, and coping with everyday situations, handle stress, make choices and relate to others. Associated problems are often described as having ‘anxiety’ or ‘depression’ attacks. However, they can be a much more serious, with condition and consequences often underestimated. Your mental health is all- important from childhood, your teen years and throughout your adult life.

There are a variety of ideas regarding the diagnosing of problems with mental health, the causes, and the best way of treatment for the particular problem. Mental illness can feel just like any other illness only often the person concerned is unaware of their condition.

The most important thing to remember is that diagnosis of a mental health issue is not a sign of weakness, or a stigma. Recovery is possible, and you will be able to lead a full and productive life.

Mental Health Fluctuations

For people who suffer from their mental health fluctuating, financial pressures can result in a bad attack, especially if they will not consider seeking help to solve their financial crisis. Often people in this state of mind will not answer the phone or open envelopes if they should look official. These people suffer from such a low self-esteem they cannot bring themselves to discuss their debt problem with the bank or other moneylenders.

The link between mental health and money affects the mental state of sufferers with anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, or schizophrenia, and their ability to work. This can result in major loss of income, adding to their already financial burden. Losing their job affects their self-worth and in turn, this affects their mental health.

Mental illness such as bi-polar disorder often leads to heavy spending sprees. Research in the United States found that people buying compulsively were the most likely candidates to make the minimum payments on their credit cards. The interest charged by the credit card companies soon adds up, with their customers ending up paying far more for goods than necessary.

Early warning signs of mental health problems

  • Having low or no energy
  • Eating or sleeping too little or too much
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Withdrawing from other people and usual activities
  • Feeling as though nothing matters any more
  • Sudden severe mood swings causing relationship problems
  • Thinking of harming yourself or other people
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Feeling confused, on edge, forgetful, worried or scared.

There are many causes of mental disorders. Genes and family history do tend to play a role, together with experiences such as childhood or adult abuse, and biological factors. As there is treatment for mental health disorders available, sufferers of any mental health disorder should consider it as an essential undertaking. Another option is to discuss your problem with someone you can trust instead of keeping them to yourself. We hope you enjoy the blog and see you in two weeks.