Updated: Jul 12
Disclaimer - I am not a listened therapist and this site does not serve as a way to make a diagnosis, if you are experiencing an emergency or a crisis, call 911 or contact your doctor/therapist.
Acknowledging you need help and knowing what your diagnosis is, in my opinion, are important steps in your journey toward healing. Once you have accepted this, you need to find a doctor that will give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are not sure what type of doctor to see, go to your primary care doctor and they can treat you themselves or give you a referral. You may struggle with accepting your diagnosis, taking meds or even going to a therapist, but don't be discouraged - you ARE making process! Here's a reality check for you: if you broke your leg what would you do? You'd feel the pain and acknowledge the need to go to the hospital. You would get x-rays and a cast, you would accept crutches to help you walk and medicine as well. Most importantly, you would know that it will take time to heal and get better before you are walking on it gain. Well, the same goes for your mind. Just because we can't see the pain doesn't mean it's not there. When you have a mental health illness, your mind needs time, therapy and sometimes medicine to heal. Be patient with yourself, it took you a while to get to this point, getting better will take time as well.
So, why did I say all of this? I'm glad you asked! Everyone needs a starting point, so I listed the 7 most common mental illnesses according to NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Health) below. If you think you may be challenged by one or more mental illnesses, click on the link provided and it will take you to MayoClinic.org where it will give you information about symptoms, causes and treatments. If you happen to live in Arizona, Florida or Minnesota, you can see doctors associated with the Mayo Clinic and if you live in Minnesota you can be treated at the actual clinic. Again, this information should NOT be used to self-diagnose or treat yourself, but use it as a way to educate yourself of possible symptoms and discuss them with a doctor.
7 Most Common Mental Illnesses
I hope this post was helpful and that you feel better equip to face your challenges, remember Brown Girl that Feels Blue on Sunny Days, you got this and you are NOT alone.
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