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Mental health issues can include issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or addiction.  Having a mental health disorder or a dual diagnosis can be challenging.  It can be a difficult to manage.  Even with a variety of psychotropic treatments or psychological therapy, the benefits of these treatments may takes weeks, months or longer to see.  Antidepressants can take 4 to 4 weeks before there may be a noticed change in someone’s mood.  In addition, not all medications are best suited to each individual, so there may be a need for adjustments or changes in the medication prescribed.  Some medications may need to be altered, adjusted or changed.  Therapy also takes time to work through issues or work on new skills.  There are skills you can practice on your own wither with or without other treatments.


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for your behavior.  According to psychologist James Aikens, PhD, an assistant professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Michigan. “You’re not responsible for being depressed. Your responsibility is to make some reasonable efforts towards feeling better,” he tells WebMD.”


Here are some things you can do to help combat mental health issues.  Continue reading below…



Set goals

Part of the symptoms of mental health issues includes low motivation, lethargy, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Mental health issues can make a person feel like giving up.  The last thing they may want to do is to make a list of goals.  However, making a list of small goals and accomplishing them can make the person feel better.  Seeing success, even small steps of success helps to motivate and encourage more steps to be acted upon.

Bilsker, co author of a self-care guide for people with mental health issues, available for free from the university’s Mental Health Evaluation and Community Consultation Unit, says, “Don’t assume you will be able to leap out of mental health issues and turn your life around immediately. Start with some very small, detailed, specific goals,” Bilsker tells WebMD.

Make a list of small tasks that could be accomplished and continue to build the list with each noted accomplishment.  Breaking down each goal into small steps can make large goals more manageable.


Support System

Having a good support system is necessary for everyone, but especially those with mental health issues.  Develop and maintain relationships with those who understand mental health issues and can provide empathy and support.  If the person has withdrawn from family or friends, start out with reconnected to friends and loved ones with a call.  Work up to meeting for coffee or a lunch.  There are also support groups often run from hospitals or churches where a person can also receive support and understanding of the disorder.


Managing your overall health means your physical, emotional cognitive well being.  To be physical means to be in physical strength, thus have the ability to fight or to protect yourself.  It also means the ability to have physical well being with no symptoms of illness or the ability to manage the symptoms.   Exercise releases neurotransmitters in our brain that make us “feel good”.  Many times a person with mental health issues is lacking serotonin.  This is the neurotransmitter responsible for our ability to feel good, or not feel depressed.  Exercise help to boos this.  In addition, exercise can keep your blood pressure own and improve your overall health.  When we physically feel good, our mood can be elevated as well.

A study, published in the January 2005 issues of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, involved people with mild-to-moderate mental health issues who did various amounts of exercise for  the duration the total of a 12 week study. All groups in the study, including those in the control group, who only did stretches, had some improvement, but those who exercised as much as the CDC recommends fared best. In that group, 46% of the people reduced their symptoms by one-half, as rated on a scale of mental health issues severity, and 42% no longer qualified as depressed when the study ended.”