5 life events where psychiatric services may help
In the short-term aftermath of a traumatic or negative event, leading a normal life and keeping a good outlook can be extremely difficult. But highly stressful events can put a person’s long-term emotional health at risk as well.
Seeking the help of a psychiatrist or another mental health professional can be beneficial, both for dealing with the triggering event and beyond. Receiving psychiatric care can help a person work through their thoughts and feelings surrounding the event, help the person learn to maintain a support network and help them to gain control of their lives again.
If you or a family member have experienced any of the following events, consider the benefits of visiting a psychiatrist:
1. Death of a family member
The grief brought on by the death of a family member or spouse affects everyone differently. While some people may allow themselves to experience grief openly, others may feel obligated to keep their feelings hidden.
It’s important that people who are experiencing long-term grief reach out to friends and family members, as they might also need support as well. But therapy provided by a trained and experienced psychiatrist can also be valuable, both in the short-term and for extended recovery.
Feelings of failure, doubt and inadequacy are all common emotions during or following a divorce. And going through a divorce can affect more than just the person getting separated: couples may also want to seek psychiatric help for their children to help ease the anxiety and unease of separation.
It’s important to encourage children to share their feelings instead of burying them, and to monitor their progress with their psychiatrist or therapist.
3. Substance abuse
For a person suffering from an addiction, seeking help with recovery can be difficult. Drug and alcohol abuse can tear families apart. An addict may close himself off from friends and loved ones, making him feel like there’s nowhere to turn for help.
Some form of psychiatric care or therapy is almost always necessary for addicts going through recovery. Because substance abuse can cause tension between the addict and their loved ones, their friends and family may need mental health care as well.
4. Diagnosis of a terminal illness
A terminal illness can rob a person of their overall health, their independence and their general mental well-being. Even if the illness isn’t fatal, patients may experience feelings of anxiety, fear and panic.
Furthermore, caring for a terminally ill patient can take a toll on the caregiver as well; for spouses and family members who take care of their relatives, the strain can sometimes seem overwhelming.
5. Mental illnesses and behavioral disorders
Shrinking public health budgets and social stigmas about mental health care may keep some people from seeking the psychiatric care they need. But there are options for people who either can’t afford mental health care or are afraid to seek help.
Finding city and state-funded hospitals, working with colleges and universities who offer mental health professional programs and employee assistance programs can offer therapy and other choices.
If you or loved one has recently experienced any of these situations, an Indianapolis psychiatrist may be able to help. When and if you're ready to seek treatment, research and view health consumer information on more than 200 Greater Indianapolis-area psychiatrists.