Ask Yourself the Tough Questions
Every day, you answer thousands of questions. They range from simple matters like what socks you are going to wear that day to more complex quandaries like how you want to pursue your career goals. Most of the questions you confront revolve around external issues. Your environment is constantly asking which path you want to follow or what brand of toothpaste to buy.
But how often do you test yourself on the internal conflicts that guide your future?
Your brain is mission control for the journey of your life. The mind dictates how to process emotions and how to perceive the world. When your mind is clouded by mental illness or addiction, it can lead you astray. Just like any sophisticated computer, your brain requires maintenance, monitoring, and care.
So, how can you get the perspective you need to assess the inner workings of your own mind? By stepping outside of yourself and analyzing your behavior, feelings, and cravings with an objective eye.
Self-awareness is the key to self-improvement. After all, how can you fix a problem until you identify it?
Addressing Mental Illness
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 46 million Americans are struggling with some form of mental illness. This represents almost 19% of the population in the United States or one in five adults.
These statistics are staggering enough, but consider this: of those 46 million individuals experiencing psychological distress, only 19.8 million are receiving mental health services. That breaks down to about 42.6% of those who need treatment actually getting treatment.
To get a more complete picture of our nation’s psychological landscape, let’s examine some of the major mental illnesses that affect our populace.
- Anxiety disorders grip approximately 19.1% of American adults every year. Over the course of their lives, over 31% of Americans will experience some form of anxiety.
- An estimated 2.8% of adults in the United States have struggled with bipolar disorder within the past 12 months. This number grows to 4.4% of the population when you look at the prevalence of bipolar disorder over the span of Americans’ lifetimes.
- Over 17 million people in this country have suffered one or more major depressive episodes. This accounts for an estimated 7.1% of the entire adult population.
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been diagnosed with increased frequency over the past two decades. From the years 2003 to 2011, cases of ADHD increased by a whopping 42%.
- Personality disorders affect an estimated 9.1% of the American population. Borderline personality disorders, specifically, occurs with a prevalence of approximately 1.4%.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined as a condition that may afflict anyone who has experienced a life-altering event such as assault or combat. An estimated 3.6% of American adults suffered from PTSD within the past year, with a total of 6.8% of U.S. adults encountering the syndrome at some point in their lives.
Acknowledging that you have a mental illness is difficult enough. Seeking help is even more daunting. When individuals caught in the throes of psychological instability cannot find the right counseling and resources, they may turn to drugs and alcohol. It is a short-term solution with long-term, disastrous effects.
We at Launch Centers feel that it is important to treat mental illness and addictive behavior holistically as well as medically. After all, they are two pivotal forces in the overall picture of one’s health.
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Coping With Addiction
In the year 2017, the United States witnessed 70,237 drug overdose deaths. That is 70,237 daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, and loved ones who lost their lives after losing their respective battle with the specter of addiction.
We wish we could say this epidemic is on the decline, but sadly, the opposite is true. Lethal overdoses rose a tragic 9.6% from the previous year. If this trajectory continues, the sadness that shrouds our national conversation around addiction will slowly suffocate us.
Although alcohol is more “socially accepted” than many illegal drugs, it is also more deadly. Excessive drinking claims the lives of over 88,000 Americans every year. The statistics are shocking, but they could get even worse, considering the fact that an estimated 14.4 million adults in the United States struggle with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). This represents 5.8% of the American population over the age of 18.
Of those dealing with AUD, only about 7.9% are actively engaged in a treatment program. That leaves an overwhelming majority who may feel lost, misunderstood, or helpless in the face of their dependence on alcohol.
Coping With Addiction
Due to the unfair stigma often attached to both mental illness and addictive behavior, nobody wants to acknowledge the possibility that they might be affected by these respective conditions. We often regard them as “other people’s problems” and shy away from the opportunity to improve our lives by looking inward.
But the harsh reality is that addiction is a disease. Similarly, most mental illnesses are treatable afflictions that require diagnoses, therapy, and comprehensive care. The first step toward finding the right remedy is identifying the problem.
This starts with knowing what signs and symptoms to look for.
The amazing team at Launch Centers is dedicated to pushing stigma aside and ushering compassion forward. We approach every individual as just that: an individual. We’ve put together various tests that may be able to help you discover whether or not you should consider getting help.
These tests are not intended as diagnostic tools, but rather indications that you may need help. If the following quizzes trigger any vulnerabilities or concerns, please contact a trained professional.