It’s been a busy month, but not so busy that it would end before we explore the critical need to maintain good brain health. I believe the most succinct way to examine some of our behaviors is to understand the terms and make the decision to seek the many solutions available to each of us.
To start, click on the link for the following information from Terms to Know: A Mental Health Glossary | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)
Terms To Know: A Mental Health Glossary
If you’re thinking about addressing your mental health for the first time, you may come across words that seem simple, but you aren’t exactly sure what they mean. We’ve compiled this list to help!
Coping skill: a strategy to help you deal with difficult situations and lessen unpleasant emotions, thoughts, or behaviors
Health insurance: a signed contract with a health insurance company that requires the company to pay for some of your health care costs
Lived experience: first-hand, personal experience dealing with a mental health or substance use challenge
Mental health concern: anything that causes a person to believe their mental health may be suffering; could be a symptom, a group of symptoms, or a diagnosable mental health condition
Mental health condition: a set of related symptoms that have been recognized by the mental health community; includes conditions defined in the DSM-V, ICD-11, and by people with lived experience
Mental health professional: a licensed or certified mental health treatment provider. See mhanational.org/types-mental-health-professionals for a detailed list.
Mental health screen: an evaluation of your mental health and well-being through scientifically validated assessment tools
Neurotransmitters: chemicals that carry messages throughout your brain
Outpatient: treatment that takes place in an office, hospital, or other clinical setting but does not involve overnight stays
Peer: someone who shares the experience of living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder
Protective factor: something that decreases the chances of developing a condition and/or balances out an existing risk factor
Psychiatrist: a licensed medical doctor who has completed additional psychiatric training; can diagnose mental health conditions, prescribe and manage medication, and provide therapy
Recovery: a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential
Risk factor: something that increases the chances of developing a condition
Self-stigma: negative attitudes and shame regarding an individual’s own mental health, resulting from internalizing public stigma
Sliding scale payment: a payment model providers can use to make treatment financially accessible for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it due to income or lack of health insurance coverage
Social determinants of health: the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play that impact their health and quality of life
Stigma: negative, judgmental, and/or discriminatory attitudes toward mental health challenges and those who live with them
Stress: a feeling of emotional or physical tension in response to being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental/emotional pressure
Symptom: a physical or mental feature that indicates the potential existence of a concern, condition, or diagnosis
Therapist: a mental health professional trained to help individuals understand and cope with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; may assess and/or diagnose mental health conditions
Trauma: an emotional response to a disturbing, scary, or shocking experience that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope.
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BEGINNING WITH ourselves let’s work Step 2, Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Together we can break the stigma and be kind and sensitive to ourselves and those we love and know are suffering in silence.