Mental illness comes in many different forms. Thus, depression, anxiety disorders, addictive behavior, eating disorders and schizophrenia all are possible manifestations of mental illnesses, affecting one's mood, behavioral patterns or ways of thinking.
Even though we are all exposed to stress and unhealthy conditions daily, most of us manage to get a grip on life and stay mentally strong and positive. Unfortunately, those who do not succeed in this end up miserable and lost, incapable of dealing with their problems. Luckily, many symptoms of mental illness can be dealt with through medications and proper psychotherapy.
Preventing Mental Illness
Bearing in mind that people with mental illnesses did not choose these but rather broke at some point in their lives, we do not have a universal way of preventing these conditions. However, we can make our self-esteem stronger and more durable, control our stress levels more and keep the symptoms of mental illness at bay.
Do Your Best to Help Yourself
If you are supposed to be taking medications, do it. Never skip your regular therapy, even when you are feeling better and believe that you do not need these. The symptoms may return to bother you the moment you skip your medications and you may start suffering from withdrawal symptoms once you quit taking them.
The same goes for the psychotherapy. Even when you believe that you do not need this anymore, go and visit your psychotherapist, since this process is more helpful than you can possibly imagine. If your medications or some aspects of the therapy are making you uncomfortable or uneasy, speak to your psychotherapist about it.
Usually, mental illness patients have specific triggers which engage their symptoms. Make sure that both your family and your therapist know which triggers these are, helping you avoid the symptoms. Once you start feeling the warning signs, you can save yourself from trouble by reacting constructively.
Additionally, do not skip routine medical checks. The medications you are taking may have some negative effects on your physical health. In order to prevent this, seek medical assistance regularly and undergo regular checkups.
Finally, lead a healthy life, eating the right, natural and healthy food, staying physically active and having enough sleep daily. If you experience any problems during these processes, seek help from your therapist, your family or your doctor.
Alternative Helping Hands
Learn more about your condition. You can find all the information you need on the Internet. Do not hesitate to use these resources in order to help yourself. Also, stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs because these may interfere with the effect of your medications, making matters worse, threatening your health.