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Can Mental illness be prevented?

Can Mental illness be prevented?

by: Dr. Ruby Ahuja
Consultant - Clinical Psychologists Paras Bliss, Panchkula

A common myth about mental illness is that it cannot be prevented. There is a genetic component to mental illness and it can become more chronic. Like any other heritable disorder, preventive care can be very effective in preventing chronic mental illness or minimizing its effects. Even when there is a family history of disorders proactive lifestyle habits can help prevent mental illness and similar disorders like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Mental illness can make your life unhappy and can create a problem in your day to day life such as work, school or relationships. In many cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of talk therapy and medications (psychotherapy).

With symptom awareness and early intervention can help to reduce the impact of disorders and if these care caught early it can also be reversed which can become a chronic illness in the future. Here are a few suggestions which can help to reduce mental illness:

  • Pay attention to warning signs and symptoms: Tell your doctor and therapist about everything that what might be the possible reason for mental illness. Work out a plan so that if the symptoms return, you should know what you can do. You can also consider your family and friends to warn the signs.
  • Get routine medical care: Get yourself checked by your health care provider, do not neglect the check-ups especially when you are not well. You may develop a new health problem which will occur due to a side effect of the medication.
  • Get help when you need it: Mental health conditions are harder to treat if the symptoms go bad. Long-term maintenance treatment may help prevent relapse of symptoms.
  • Take good care of yourself: Healthy eating habits, regular physical activities, and sufficient sleep are keys to the healthy lifestyle. Try to maintain a regular healthy schedule for the day to day life. Talk to you doctor if you are encountering any problem like trouble in sleeping, questions related to diet and food or what physical activities should you involve in your routine.

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