How can we help people to understand that mental health has just as important as physical health?

In the video (1982), one of the doctors stated that the source or foundation of all psychological disorders is self or person. In the case, we are discussing human beings, so the individual comes to see a psychologist because there is an abnormality in his or her mind, behavior, or emotional that having a profound effect in his or her life. It could be that how a person’s been raised can influence the way they react to their conditions. Some problems are inherited, and others are developed from numerous methods such as medications, drugs, trauma, illness, and other maladies so in some cases, medical physicians deal with the physical where psychologists work with the mental and emotional disturbances. Some are self-inflicted, some from misinterpretations, and some instilled at various time of one’s. But what some people don’t take any concern about specific issues there are others that can devastatingly receive the same problem. Yes, there is an instance where self-centeredness is involved, but as psychologists, we are to listen and discern the needs of the patient. According to Hefferon & Boniwell (2011), positive psychology concentrates on wellbeing, happiness, personal strengths, wisdom, creativity, imagination, and characteristics of encouraging groups and institutions that will provide an improved and successful individual that will be capable of motivating others because they have modified their life.

As each generation has endeavored to make improvements and things better for the next generation there have been some issues that have been exaggerated further than intended. Baby Boomers (1946-1964) brought in the “me” generation, self-righteous and self-centered attitudes, etc. It was good for the time some notable changes came about, and some consciousness was formulated to reform the world for the betterment for all people.

Carl brought out some things that were good when he talked about “when a child is told to get over their feelings.” The question is who is listening and assisting the child to cope with his feelings? Who is nurturing the child to preparing for the different stages of his or her life? When that child, in turn, becomes an adult what has he/she developed to cultivate others.

Disorders have become so relevant that sometimes it is too late to help those who need it. For example, an African American young man about 13 years ago jumped out of a second-floor window trying to kill himself but was unsuccessful. I found out that last weekend he made another attempt again, but he jumped from the third floor and died. In spite of the family listening to Pastor Clay (deceased), doctors, and many others to encourage him to see a psychologist or counselor that ignored the advice and this is the results.  How can we help people to understand that mental health has just as important as physical health? These incidents are not isolated.

Mary

References

Hefferon, K., & Boniwell, I. (2011). Positive psychology: Theory, research and applications. New York,                     NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

J. Krishnamurti Online (Producer). (1982, April 16). The nature of the mind–Part one: The roots   of psychological disorder  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file].                         Retrieved from http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/content/roots-psychological-disorder- (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.0/roots

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