Spectrum of Mental Wellness

Processes usually move along a spectrum. Mental health is no different. Our individual mental health changes throughout our life as we develop and experience living in all its variety. We traverse the expanse of mental wellness as we move through the spectrum of mental health, changing as our experiences and coping skills shape us.

Currently, there is a wave of stress that is challenging even the most experienced mental health professionals, as we cope with the enormous changes that we face globally with Covid-19 still on the rise. Without even a chance to prepare for such moments, the required changes to how we behave have also left us with fewer buffers to ease the onslaught. That wave grows in intensity with social and financial stressors, and in many parts of the world, a failure of political leadership. But by recognizing the fluid nature of mental health, we can help mitigate some of the more difficult waves we encounter. Understanding mental health as a spectrum of wellness and illness is a first step towards actively shaping our individual wellbeing and providing support for our loved ones.

Most adults, and sadly more adolescents, live in an almost perpetual state of stress or stimulus overload. Our cultural climate (especially if consumed through social media), and the technology by which we consume it, generate their own levels of stressors. Even before the pandemic, and even if not already stretched by the responsibilities of making a living or supporting others – often experiencing lack of restorative sleep – day to day life has often been overwhelming. We know that we need to follow certain wellness practices to help relieve the pressure, ranging from exercise to meditation, as well as eating a healthy diet, and ensuring restful sleep. Especially in these extreme moments of change, we need to rely on all healthy modes of stress relief and create new modes of human interaction as many have been able to do. But not everyone can find alternative methods as easily. Left unchecked, high levels of stress will move one along the spectrum in the direction of mental illness – towards depression and other physical and emotional conditions. Find a way that works for you to channel that stress into an activity that brings you pleasure to maintain a more balanced mental wellness.

Traumatic life experiences that are left unresolved can also quickly move an individual along the spectrum to PTSD, or towards developing a substance abuse (or an excessive, risky behavior) especially if there is a predisposition to addiction in one’s family history. There are also mental illnesses that do not make themselves evident until a particular age is reached, often around late adolescence to early adulthood. Spotting changes in behavior can help us see early signs of mental health crises that need to be addressed.

The best care we can provide ourselves or our loved ones is to read the signs for help and seek the professional support needed. Social isolation, or changes in mood or energy levels might be easy to spot and may often be the first signs. For introverts, look for changes in behavior towards beloved activities. If you notice a decrease in productivity or activity for some time there may be more serious reasons than burn-out or disinterest. Also consider erratic behavior or distorted thinking as clear signs for help.

Ketamine Health Centers offers a myriad of procedures and therapies to help address the wide gamut of the mental health spectrum. We invite you to review our services to learn about the various therapeutic treatments and wellness options that Ketamine Health Centers provide. We are dedicated to helping our clients reach a balanced state of wellness.

Therapy vs Psychotherapy: The Debate

Do you find that you struggle with your mental health or often just need someone to talk to? There are various mental health solutions that are catered to your specific needs and goals. While many use the words psychotherapy and therapy/counseling interchangeably because of overlapping methods, the two do have a few differences. Finding the right solution for you is a personal preference and Ketamine Health Centers aims to match you with the right type of sessions and medical professionals.

Therapy and Psychotherapy aim for the same outcome, are dependent on a strong relationship between patient and therapist, and rely on working through problems. The two are effective for a broad demographic, including adults and children. Different mental health professionals that conduct either therapy, psychotherapy, or both are tasked with understanding how their patients think, studying their behaviors, and helping them cultivate more positive futures for themselves and their loved ones. However, they have significant differences that are important to keep in mind when choosing which type of therapy is most suitable for you. Dr. David S. Soane uses this analogy to stress why knowing the difference between the two is pivotal: “It’s like blending and equating physical therapy and surgery. Physical therapy is valuable and exactly what some people need, but it’s not surgery. Counseling is valuable and exactly what some people need, but it’s not psychotherapy.”

Therapy, which can also be referred to as counseling, targets specific issues, or present events. A person may seek therapy for life-altering events such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, or loss of a job. The treatment aims to give individual advice or guidance on how to navigate a specific situation through personal actions and behaviors. Therapy takes place over weeks to several months individually or in group sessions. Therapy is a secondary process, a logical approach that involves creating more exact mental representations, judging the results of one’s actions, locating events in chronological order, solving problems, and communicating clearly. If a therapist concludes that their patient needs extensive care, the patient may be referred to a medical professional.

Psychotherapy explores past issues that gave way to present-day challenges. Individuals who suffer from chronic mental illnesses or emotional difficulties seek Psychotherapy. Those who suffer from anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder often choose to meet with a psychotherapist. Psychotherapy analyzes patterns or recurring concerns, it targets the root cause of current issues to incite lasting change. It is a long-term process that takes place continually/intermittently over a year or several years. Psychotherapy, in contrast to therapy, is a primary process, taking a more abstract approach by focusing on analyzing emotions, dreams, and instinctual demands or drives. Psychotherapy may incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy or talk therapy depending on the severity of the case.

While the debate may exist, it is not a matter of which one is superior to the other, but rather, which one is the right option for you. At Ketamine Health Centers, we offer therapeutic services and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with a team of experienced and licensed medical professionals. Our services go beyond in-person sessions, our team is available for virtual meetings as well! Whether you are seeking individual, couple, or family therapeutic options, we encourage you to speak to our team and find out the best solution for you based on your needs, circumstances, and payment options. Our consultations can be the start to your journey to a better tomorrow. We are here to help you get better and stay better. Schedule your consultation today!

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