1 in 4 adults suffer from a mental health issue in a year.
Mental health issues can occur to anyone.
Depression and Anxiety
We may feel sad, crying all the time, easily angered, anxious and worried about many things and these are possible signs of depression or anxiety. You may also feel tired and struggle with falling or staying asleep or sleeping all the time. It is best to not wait until you find it difficult to function each day before you contact someone for help. Treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on the thoughts one has that often lead to negative thinking. Together we will challenge the thoughts as often they can be irrational and unsupported by evidence. It is surprising how powerful out thoughts can be. Depression and Anxiety can also be caused by hormonal and chemical issues and those areas can be explored through coordination of care with your primary care doctor.
If a person has experienced any form of abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse or sexual abuse during their childhood they may have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the experiences. People struggling with PTSD may feel as though they are always on guard and looking for escape paths from the room they are in known as being hypervigilant. You may experience frequent intrusive memories that seem to pop out of nowhere or have nightmares. People may say that you are "overly emotional" but in reality you are easily overwhelmed and go into the fight, flight or freeze response to protect yourself.
There are other events that can cause PTSD, being involved in or witnessed a life threatening event, car wreck, violent crime, rape, sexual assault, natural disaster, and involvement in military actions/war. PTSD can be treated and does not have to be something you suffer from for a lifetime. Treatment involves processing the traumatic events as the brain was overwhelmed and unable to properly process the event. This does not always require you to "tell your story" as that can also be traumatizing. Together we will explore how you interact with the world today and how your past is impacting your responses. The goal will be to reframe your thoughts and aid you with feeling safe and at ease and not allowing your fight or flight response and skewed perceptions to interfere. This treatment can take some time and you have to be consistent with treatment to overcome the trauma.
Families and Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult that is mostly likely known to them. (Statistics are from the Rainn.org, David Finkelhor, Anne Shattuck, Heather A. Turner, & Sherry L. Hamby, The Lifetime Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Assessed in Late Adolescence, 55 Journal of Adolescent Health 329, 329-333 (2014)
Sexual abuse often goes unreported for a multitude of reasons. If a child discloses abuse/assault please go with the belief that they are telling the truth and report it to the authorities where you are located. It is not on you to determine if it is true let those trained in investigating these things determine that (only less than 2% of reports are found to be fraudulent.) Perpetrators often have more than one victim and by making the report they hopefully will be stopped from hurting so many others.
Talking with someone who has an understanding of various experiences people may have when this type of crime has occurred is very helpful. the child may need help understanding that what they are feeling and experiencing is a normal reaction to these events. Parents and family members need help to as they often may blame themselves or feel that they should have known it was happening and stopped it. They often do not know what to do to help the victim. If these are concerns of yours please do not hesitate to call and schedule to see someone who has knowledge with helping people through this process.
Parenting is not always an easy job. There are a ton of books out there that one can read but there is no quick and easy answer. We learn to be parents based on those that parented us and those that we saw parent. The goal of being a successful parent is to raise a self-sufficient, well mannered adult who strives to be their best. But how do we do that?? As parents we want the best for our children but they will test us and push us. We have to start the process from the beginning by providing a safe and secure environment for our child that meets all of their needs. As they grow we begin to provide them with opportunities to learn about making wise choices and respect others. How we as parents interact with our children can have a major impact on their development. Together we can explore what is and is not working for you as a parent and if needed we can do therapy with the child and the parents separately and together find solutions and learn how to effectively communicate and express what we are thinking rather than be defensive and escalate to yelling and violence. Please note that this parenting support is NOT approved for court nor DSS. If you are being ordered by a court or DSS to attend parenting classes your caseworker or lawyer can advise of programs in the area.
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