The United States is observing the National Public Health Week (NPHW), from April 2-8, 2017. This is the right time to recognize and celebrate public health efforts in communities across the country. The NPHW aims at making the people more aware of what they can do to make themselves and their communities healthier. The theme for NPHW 2017, is “Healthiest Nation 2030,” with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation.
In other parts of the world too, several organizations and famous personalities are doing their bits to raise awareness about public health issues, including mental health conditions. One such effort celebrity is Kate Middleton, who recently opened up about her struggles with motherhood. At a Best Beginnings event on March 23, the Duchess of Cambridge gave a speech about the challenges of motherhood, urging women to talk about the stresses and strains of motherhood while emphasizing that asking for help should not be a sign of weakness.
While the Duchess acknowledged that being a mother was both a rewarding and a wonderful experience, she said that it was a huge challenge at times. She said that while rewarding for some, motherhood for others could be much harder due to the challenges they face with their own mental health. Many such women suffer in silence and are afraid to admit their struggles due to fear or shame of what others might think. She discussed how in the pressure to be the perfect mother, oftentimes women do not ask for help. The Duchess said that it was okay not to find motherhood easy and that asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.
During her speech, the Duchess also spoke about the Westminster terror attack that claimed five lives. Paying tribute to the victims of the attack, the Duchess urged families, especially mothers, to talk about their problems with their friends, families or professionals. According to the Duchess, “Conversations are crucial for mental wellbeing and they should be part of everyday family life. Talking about a problem with a friend or another trusted person can be the beginning of getting better.”
The speech is a part of a bigger initiative from the Royal Family that aims at de-stigmatizing mental health. The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge together with Prince Harry have launched the Heads Together campaign. The charity that has collaborated with eight mental health organizations aims at bringing together mental health charities throughout the U.K. Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, has helped some two million families with emotional and practical support during pregnancy and beyond.
Mental disorders affect men and women differently and while some disorders such as depression and anxiety are common among both men and women, others such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression (PPD) are unique to women. According to the Mental Health America (MHA), depressive disorder is a serious medical illness that affects more than 19 million Americans aged 18 years and above and about 12 million women in the country experience clinical depression each year.
While biological factors have often been linked to play an important role in mental illness, gender is also a critical factor in the possible development of mental health disorders among women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), gender is a critical determinant of mental health and mental illness. In addition to developmental, reproductive, hormonal, genetic and other biological differences, gender-specific risk factors for common mental disorders that affect women include gender-based violence, socio-economic disadvantage, low social status and rank, and income inequality, among others.
As per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), mental health disorders are generally characterized by changes in thought, mood and/or behavior, and can make it difficult to perform one’s daily activities and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family and friends.
Compared to physical illnesses, treatment for mental health involves a 360-degree approach and multiple levels of care and treatment plans. A comprehensive mental health treatment requires a combination of medicines and psychotherapy. For those living with mental health conditions, traditional behavioral therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), along with innovations in evidence-based medications and psychosocial services, have made wellness and recovery a reality.
However, as no two individuals suffering from mental illness have similar symptoms, treatment choices can vary from person to person. As there is no single treatment for mental illness, choosing the right mix of medicines and services is the first step in the recovery process.
Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is grappling with any mental disorder. At Sovereign Health of Arizona, women patients suffering from mental health conditions receive comprehensive and individualized behavioral health treatment in a safe and supportive environment. Our Chandler facility is a female-only residential rehab that offers our female patients the highest level of care for their mental health disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, and co-occurring disorders.
It offers a comprehensive behavioral health treatment program called “rebuilding our acceptance & resilience” (ROAR) that uses a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for patients. The consistent use of DBT, an evidence-based treatment, in ROAR helps patients improve their ability to cope with difficult emotions, overcome unwanted behaviors and strengthen relationships.
In addition to treatment for mental disorders, Sovereign Health offers treatment for substance abuse, co-occurring disorders and trauma-related disorders. Our treatment is a holistic combination of medication, detoxification and counseling. For more information on mental illness treatment, give a call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-598-5661. Chat online with our representatives to know more about the finest mental health treatment facilities and mental health treatment centers for women near you.
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