Behavioral health and substance treatment can be difficult for some to receive due to the stigma associated with it. It may be even more difficult for those with careers such as pilots, policeman or physicians because of the additional stress their jobs put on them. It just seems wrong that we can easily treat any other organ in our body but when it comes to our brain, the most complex of all of the organs, there is no room for adjustment. Its unfornate but it seems more people lose their careers and families from not receiving treatment than those who do get treated.
We know from science that addiction and behavioral health issues are caused by both nature and nurture. Family history plays an important part in the diagnoses and treatment of different symptoms. It is very common for a new patient to respond” no” when asked if they have family members who had symptoms or issues only to realize later that their mother was a work alcoholic who was obsessed with germs and their uncle was depressed all the time and seldom slept well. Sometimes we need help in identifying the symptoms affecting us. One tool that the therapist uses to collect family data is a Genogram, this is a psychological family tree of the psychological patterns and problems handed down from one generation to the next.
It is so important that we give our mental health the same respect we give all of our other systems. We need a good intake process to determine if there are areas that are holding us back from true happiness and sometimes medications and therapy are needed to correct those areas. Never allow shame to hinder your treatment, people are more often damaged from not getting treatment then from receiving it.
Steve Spohr M.A., L.P.C. Board Registered Interventionist-II