Why are Patients Seeking Help from Psych Associates of Maryland?
Despite the giant leaps we’ve made in mental health care treatments and acceptance, a stigma still exists in the minds of many people regarding why people seek mental health care in the first place. Many people lack understanding about the reasons why people seek mental health care, leaving the mind to wander and question whether patients are ‘normal people.’ However, Psych Associates of Maryland - a leading Maryland psychological association - is here to confront these beliefs head-on by breaking down the five most common reasons people come to our office for mental health care. Using this, we hope people can begin to acknowledge that mental health care is for everyone and can benefit people in a variety of situations.
Though it may seem like a vague category, one of the main reasons patients come to Psych Associates of Maryland is to cope with major life changes. Though many times these life changes are considered to be negative in nature - coping with a divorce, health issues, or financial stresses - sometimes these major life changes are positive things that cause a bit of upturn in life. Purchasing a home, having a baby, or reconnecting with distant family members can be points of stress for many people, which is why many people reach out to a Maryland psychological association for support during major life changes.
Our team of practitioners at Psych Associates of Maryland uses industry-leading techniques to work with our patients through these life changes. By identifying the real source of stress, building healthy skill sets for coping with new stress, and providing unbiased support, our practitioners help patients find the strength within themselves to working through life changes and gain the confidence to deal with future stressors head-on.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), more commonly known as depression, is one of the most popular mental health disorders in the United States. Affecting more than 16 million adults, depression reaches into many people’s lives at some point in life. With treatment, most people can be completely healed of all symptoms of depression. However, approximately only one-third of all people facing depression seek help from a professional for fear of coming off as weak or the low prioritization of mental health care in their daily life.
This stigma that depression does not need treatment is one of the most harmful assumptions in the world of mental health care. Additionally, depression is often paired with a sense of hopelessness. This sense of hopelessness is one of the biggest factors that Psych Associates of Maryland looks to remove from the picture by providing thorough talk therapy, support groups, and medication management to help balance the chemicals in the brain that cause depression.
More than 18% of people in the United States, or 40 million people, are affected by an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are persistent, unsubstantiated spells of worry regarding a threat that is minimally valid. This can involve social avoidance, fear of non-threatening objects, and avoidance of a specific stimulus that is unlikely to happen. Anxiety disorders take a variety of forms, including:
These disorders are not only considered anxiety disorders but are after tied to trauma and depression or exist with the combination of another disorder.
Maryland psychological associations work to tackle anxiety disorders in a variety of ways. Beginning by identifying the source of the anxiety, practitioners work to mitigate the feelings of necessary threat to an individual and provide patients with coping mechanisms for their anxiety. Additionally, sometimes a psychiatrist will prescribe a patient with medication that will better help them cope with the symptoms of their anxiety.
Most people know the level of stress that family tensions can cause in life. The nuclear family should consistently work to exist in harmony, but many families struggle to do this, causing a great amount of stress and anxiety in the home and within these interpersonal relationships. For this reason, many people seek family therapy from Psych Associates of Maryland. Our practitioners work with you on an individual or multi-member level to identify sources of conflict and foster healthy communication skills within the home. Most family therapy is completed on a short term basis and is completed in about 6 months to one year and can help reinstate a sense of harmony in the home.
At some point in our lives, many of us will face some type of traumatic event. Whether this involves being in a car accident, witnessing some type of disaster or someone else’s trauma, being involved in a terror attack, or experiencing physical or sexual abuse, as many as 8 in 100 people will experience symptoms of PTSD as a result of this trauma. Whether or not your response to trauma is identified as normal post-traumatic stress or post-traumatic stress disorder, Psych Associates of Maryland can help you work through your trauma with talk therapy, trauma therapy, and by providing you with medication that eases the feelings of subsequent anxiety and depression that are often coupled with trauma.
Mental health struggles can affect anyone and everyone. If you feel you need support through life’s biggest events, reach out to Psych Associates of Maryland - a leading Maryland Psychological Association - and learn how we can help you get your life back on track.
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