Mental illness is a terrible condition both for the patient and the family members. Idaho has a high percentage of mental health patients with almost 6 out of 100 people having severe illnesses like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It doesn’t end there. Idaho has a 48% suicide rate, which is way higher than the national average. So, what’s the solution?
Counseling of patient
According to Idaho Statesman who are calling this situation a crisis for Idaho residents, the first step towards a healthier mental condition is counseling the patients. However, most Idahoans don’t get mental health care until the condition becomes an emergency. With depression episodes prevalent in age groups between 12 and 17, it is high time that parents accept the fact that their child needs treatment.
Schizophrenia is a common issue among youngsters more than adults. With 4.7% adults and 16% of minors suffering from such episodes, medication is not the only treatment that you should keep in mind. Idaho counselors can come to your rescue, provided you are ready to accept that your family member has a mental problem. Many people think that counselors only keep talking to the patient, and the treatment goes nowhere even after several sessions. Well, not all Idaho counselors are the same. You need to choose someone that is specially trained to address your unique needs.
It is sad that although thousands of Idahoans, including children and adults, suffer from various mental health disorders, only a few receive correct treatment. Counseling can help patients get their normal life back on track again. They talk to the family members and the patient to diagnose the condition better. Whether it is bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, or eating disorder, the counselor has the experience and knowledge to handle such patients expertly.
Consequence of the problem
With such a high rate of mental illness existing in Idaho, the employment rate has also gone down significantly. This is a direct consequence for not seeking help from counselors when it comes to treating the mental health condition. And, it is not just the adults that are contributing to this problem. Children between 13 and 18 also experience severe mental disorders leading to a poor literacy rate.
One of the reasons why many adults don’t consider counseling for their mental disorder is they think it’s a shame that others will consider them as psychos. Well, psychotherapy is different from counseling. Counseling involves understanding why the patient is behaving differently and what conditions are leading to such behavioral changes. It hardly includes medication because it tries to uproot the problem from its base. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, involves both medication and various therapies to treat the patient.
Most people don’t understand the difference between psychotherapy and counseling. They don’t want to cooperate with the counselors when it comes to performing activities at home that can solve their disorders. This leads to chaos and hence the recovery time increases.
However, experienced Idaho counselors talk their way into the minds of the patients so that they can come up with an effective treatment method. The issue with mental disorders is every patient needs a different type of treatment. It is not like viral fever or common cold that the counselor can suggest specific medicines. The job of a counselor is a lot trickier than what you can imagine. Assessing the condition of a mental patient takes time. Most importantly, different patients have different symptoms that make it challenging to diagnose the precise problem.
So, if you are an Idaho resident with a mental disorder patient at home, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest counselor. Trust his/her diagnosis and treatment so that your family member recovers quickly.