Psychopharmacology and Mental Health
Brain health plays a major role in how we function in society and is directly related to our physical health. In fact, since science and technology are advancing exponentially, health professionals can now offer advanced comprehensive strategies to treat psychiatric health issues. Unfortunately, the vast majority of patients say they have never heard about integrative strategies to treat mental health. This may be because individuals who are experiencing mental health issues are simply not seeking the help they need due to negative stigma. Another reason may be family practitioners are simply not educating and/or referring their patients to mental health professionals that offer comprehensive strategies. Either way, the consequence of not addressing mental health issues as a child or adolescent can extend their issues into adulthood, limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling and productive lives as adults. Current models for understanding the importance of the interaction of our biology, psychological health, and social relationships help us understand the need for balance, and make clear how these factors play a major role throughout an individual’s lifespan:
Mental Health Model:
When one is healthy, the delicate interaction between one’s biology, social relationships and one’s psychological well-being produces a mind/body equilibrium, a biopsychosocial balance, and as a result we feel healthy, happy, and secure. So, if any of these sections in the mental health model become disconnected, one will experience stress which could lead to serious mental health issues, including psychosis.
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