Twenty percent of American adults struggle with a mental health disorder. Millions of adults will experience some kind of mental disorder within the course of a year. Anxiety disorders are some of the most commonly occurring mental health disorders, with or without addiction and alcoholism. Yet mental health commonly goes untreated, or not considered important when it comes to treatment. Though the physical brain is the main source of operation forall things in life, it is disregarded as secondary to the complications of the physical body.

“The treatment of mental illness has long been held back by the sense that disorders of emotion, thinking, and behavior somehow lack legitimacy  and instead reflect individual weakness or poor life choices,” accurately explains Raw Story. “Why the disconnect? Psychiatry has been hampered by an inability to observe and record the physical workings of the brain. Because of that, psychiatric assessments and treatments have been viewed as somewhat mysterious.”

Thankfully, much of that is changing today. As awareness has built regarding the globally spread addiction epidemic, more awareness has been raised regarding mental health. Simultaneously there has been breakthroughs in neuroscience and the results provided by brain imaging studies. There is a capability to understand more about the brain today than anytime in previous history, along with more incentive to do so as well. Today, addiction and mental health disorders are not separated but seen as a common whole. Mental health is now part of the conversation regarding stress. More popular blogging sites and lifestyle sites are dedicating their content to exploring various mental health disorders, relaying personal stories of living with mental health disorders, and describing healthy coping techniques. Though the strides are great, they are still small. As the article writes, “Advances emerging from unlocking the brain’s physiology and biochemistry are coming at a time when mental health care is being integrated into traditional health care. The potential has never been greater to finally bring psychiatry quite literally under the same roof as the rest of medicine.”

 

Mental health has to be regarded as important as physical health. Cypress Lakes Lodge separates treatment into three phases, treating mind, body, and spirit. Our residential treatment programs for substance use and mental health disorders provide excellence in treatment for men and women. Spending time in the serenity of our beautiful lakefront lodge in Eastern Texas will help you become more balanced and confident as well as completely restored. For more information, call us today at 877-938-1577.