A distorted sense of body image can lead to anorexia or other eating disorders, postpartum depression, grief, bi-polar, PTSD, phobias and stigmatisms. Anxiety that interferes with your daily actions, dementia, AD/HD and obsessive compulsive disorders will impact typical daily functions. Even being overly optimistic can be considered a mental disorder when it, as well as the other disorders affect the moods, thinking processes and the behavior of individuals.
Reaffirming gives the person in question acceptance that it is okay to have feelings, and that getting help is a confident decision. This also gives acknowledgment that the issue will be held in confidence.
Re-aligning is the step that you hand off to the affected individual. The assistance they need has to come from a health industry professional. Never attempt to fully heal the individual without the help of an educated expert. By recognizing, responding and reaffirming their actions with them, to then re-align should come naturally and easier because of your actions. Re-aligning can mean time away, or simply an off the premises, after hour activity.
Physical attributes will arise from ignoring the signs. Weight gain and loss, insomnia, stress induced heart issues such as high blood pressure. Immunity deficiencies are also impacted by the body's reaction to mental health disorders, and this can lead to sickness, disability and early retirement.
The stigma that comes from mental health disorders is hard enough for individuals to cope with. Social exclusions, anxieties and the sort can lead to drug dependency and even suicide in extreme cases. Any supportive role that someone can make towards an individual will make an enormous difference, an unsupportive role can have the same affect in a negative manner.
With the variety of help available, corporate, legislative, clinical and personal, we as individuals and as a group can lend a more supportive hand in making a difference. The fact is that these issues hit us all a little closer than we care to believe.
If you believe that you, a family member, friend or co-worker is suffering from a mental disorder, and you would like to learn more, please check for information that can lead to help at the Mental Health Foundation.