The things we take or do to diminish bad feelings actually increase them in the long run, or even in the not-so-long run. Marc Lewis Ph.D.
Awareness of emotional and/or mental health can be traumatizing in itself. You hardly have enough words to describe what’s inside your head or how you’re feeling. It is a very humbling situation, but remember you’re not alone.
If you carefully read the Psalms you’ll realize emotional or mental health problems aren’t new at all.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior, and my God. Psalm 43:5
Another truth about mental health is that neither your religion, social-economic status, nor even your educational background matter. Many suffer in silence and turn to self-medication to hide from the stigma or simply because they cannot afford professional care.
Mental Health & Self-Medication
The term self-medicating is used when substances, drugs, or alcohol, are abused to mask symptoms of a mental health issue. American Addiction Centers
There are many more prevalent forms of self-medication such as eating disorder, sexual addiction, social media addiction, exercise, tv, etc. It’s important not to judge someone else’s addiction, but to understand them and get them help, because self-medication rarely deals with the root cause.
You can’t heal a wound without opening and cleaning it. You can apply all the bandages or medications you want but it won’t matter unless you dig deeper and clean it out.
We have tons of information on how to deal with different types of mental health disorders at our fingertips. Yet, why do so many people still suffer? It is because there’s no one size fits all solution, and the root causes are not dealt with.
Stay safe, and have hope that the best is yet to come, and God is always on your side no matter what.
Thank you for reading. Happy Wellness Wednesday. Stay Blessed Always!
Harris, K. M., & Edlund, M. J. (2005). Self-Medication of Mental Health Problems: New Evidence from a National Survey. Health Services Research, 40(1), 117–134. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2005.00345.x