Mental health disorders are determined by a variety of different tests and evaluations.
In a thorough mental health screening, your doctor may first examine you physically to determine whether the problems you are facing are of a physical nature and whether they may be contributing to your symptoms.
Next, there may be a series of laboratory tests which can check the function of your thyroid as well as hormones and other related issues.
Finally, a complete psychological evaluation may be ordered where a physician speaks to you about your symptoms, feelings, behaviors and other issues.
Often it can be tricky to determine exactly which mental disorder you may have and how it is causing your symptoms. But it’s necessary to spend the time exploring these issues and working with a medical professional you trust.
Making Sense of Mental Illness – What’s what?
The American Psychiatric Association has published a manual called the “Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders” and it includes definitions and descriptions of a wide range of various mental illnesses and conditions.
But while these are outlined in great detail, it’s more difficult to determine just what causes each one.
There was once a time when parents were automatically considered to blame if their child exhibited signs of mental illness. While nature and nurture do play a role, the realm of health information has moved beyond this antiquated practice.
Is it possible to identify the root causes of mental health challenges and their symptoms?
Much of your mental health can be chalked up to biology. Like it or not, there are just certain biological factors that are out of your control. This includes chemistry in your brain as well as your genetic make-up.
Then there are the outside factors that play a role.
- Did you have any serious childhood illnesses that might have triggered any sort of mental issues?
- Did you suffer from a traumatic life event?
- Did you grow up in a particularly stressful environment such as an abusive home?
No matter what your unique situation might be, there may be steps you can take to improve your physical, mental and emotional health.
Diet and exercise play a role in your overall health and many individuals have experienced health benefits from changing their eating habits.
For example, maybe you are gluten-intolerant and suffering from the effects of celiac disease or something similar. Your gut health is directly tied to your mood and overall well-being.
Have you considered removing gluten from your diet to determine if that might be a contributing factor?
What if there were a spirit-mind-body solution could work to drastically improve your mental health and wellness?
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