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Getting Past The Stigma Attached To Mental Illness

Why is psychiatry such a difficult subject to talk about? For many years mental health issues were viewed as a separate form of medical care. When practitioners treated patients, insurance companies have different declarations for mental health than they did from medical. The stigma that is attached to mental health has slowly begun to be removed as more and more people are receiving diagnoses that are related to the constant stress of today’s world. Do you know that there are more than 30 million Americans taking anti-depressants, it’s time that some recognition be given to this extremely important area of medical care.

The brain is an organ just like any other part of the body. It can get sick, bleed, not function properly and cause all kind of problems. Since it is the hub of activity that controls the entire body, when it malfunctions there are grievous issues that a person must face. When dealing with mental illness, sometimes its roots are caused by trauma or an event that happened that was devastating to a person. Schizophrenia for one is often caused by something that happens that the brain sort of “short circuits’.” While this is one of the most devastating of all mental health diagnoses, the fact is there are treatments and help available.

Many people don’t go to the doctor because they are afraid of the negative response to mental health issues. Then on the other hand, there are people who go to the doctor for a medical condition that is yet to be diagnosed, and they are given the old speech “It’s all in your head.” Are we prescribing medications to a person that could have an underlying condition that needs to be discovered? Or better still, are doctors hoping that anti-depressants will be an end all fix all for pain and any other issue in the body?

There are not great deal of people who will branch into this area and dedicated their life to the study of mental illness. That cannot be said for New York Times bestseller Dr. Daniel Amen. He is a psychiatrist that has written many books and helped those who have had great issues. His courses of study lead him to opening one of the country’s foremost clinics that deal with psychiatric conditions. The Amen Clinic is world renounced and noted for their state of the art treatments. Dr. Amen is a friend of Dr. Oz, the famous television doctor and has appeared on his show.

Dr. Amen does functional brain scans at his locations in the states and in other countries. These scans give a live look at the brain and how it functions. Giving this knowledge to the doctors allows him to know how to better treat a patient. While there are many medications that are used to treat mental illness, sometimes medication is the last thing a person needs. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and other methods, there is a way to live life without pain and suffering every day.