Mental Health, Depression & Anxiety

Speaking out about Mental Health issues

Claire Hegarty of Tranceformations Personal and Business Excellence and Emperor Training Solutions Ltd has been sharing her thoughts on mental health problems with us.

Suffering in Silence

While we all are aware of the impact our mind can have on us, whether that be in a positive or negative way, I still find it saddening the amount of people who suffer with mental health problems and suffer in silence.
person troubled with mental health problems
When someone’s physical body isn't well they consider it important and will readily go to their GP and seek appropriate medical attention. They will likely also feel able to let people such as their boss know they have this appointment, as the perception commonly held is that going to the GP for medical reasons is accepted and something everyone does.
When it comes to a person's mental health people often feel they can't tell their bosses, as there is still such a stigma.  They worry about what their boss will think: "What if they think I am not fit for work", "I am going to be off for a long time"or "they can find someone who doesn't have mental health problems to do the job better". All these questions running around someone's mind can either mean they do not take any help at all OR get help and feel they can't tell anyone.

We are all human and no one has a perfect day every day of their life - I wish I had the magic wand to make that happen!

The Unseen Problem

The other difference between a physical and a mental health problem, is that physical problems are often visible, mental health problems are “unseen” and many people get very good at hiding them. Keeping these problems in can lead to a person being isolated and often compound the problem as it escalates more and more in someone's mind.
There can be a whole range of causes to mental health problems and the range of symptoms can vary massively from one person to the next. It could be from a major event in someones life, ill physical health, stress, poor diet, dehydration, repeated negative situations, one time events, lack of sleep…the list goes on.
You may feel you're the only person who has ever felt this way and it's important to realise that there are others who either have been or are in similar situations. As we don't share we don't realise that other people have difficulties too.
person with mental health problems, depression and anxiety
When people feel they can open up about their experiences, you will find that everyone has had “low times” most people have lost people they loved, relationships not worked out, falling out with people.
The problems people have can range from low mood, stress, bad temper right up to psychiatric conditions, so covering a whole range of symptoms.
What we can do is look at what leads to the problems, use a range of holistic approaches to resolve them, learn how you can deal with this differently and what new strategies can you put in place to manage life's challenges in more effective ways in the future.

What to do if you are concerned about your mental health?

Firstly always go and speak to your GP - this is really important as low mood can be easily corrected if due to a vitamin imbalance or dehydration for example and it is important to have a medical diagnosis. I hear people say that they don't want this on their medical records and everything you share with your GP is always completely confidential and you could always ask to speak to the practice nurse if you are more comfortable doing this.

Sharing our experiences

In the media we are hearing more and more of celebrities suffering with mental health problems, which again shows us that we are all human.  It is good that celebrities are willing to share their experiences as often there is a perception that mental health problems never happen to people who are often seen as idols and having an idyllic life!
When you have had everything checked medically, you can then look into holistic approaches which work very well complementary to medications.
Look at your lifestyle, how is your diet, how are your sleeping patterns, has anything changed that you can pin point?
Are you drinking enough water? So many people are severely dehydrated and this is causing and contributing to their mood imbalance.
Do you drink a lot of drinks with stimulants in?
Are you happy in work?
Do you take time for you to do the things you enjoy?
Do you have a support network, people you can be yourself around and fully share how you feel?

 Helpful Techniques

 If you are looking at techniques that can help you, Time Line Therapy ® is one of the most quickest and effective ways to gain back emotional control and balance, remove all the negative emotions from the past, delete limiting beliefs and “re set” yourself back to your true self.
Hypnosis is great to connect more with your real self and to also take some mental time out.
NLP is very powerful to teach you how to take charge of your mind and thoughts.
When you combine these three models together, you can really get to the roots of mental health problems, learn how to resolve them from a mental/emotional point of view, re-set yourself back to who you really are and also learn new and effective strategies of how to deal with life's uneasy situations. And the beauty of these techniques, is, once you have learnt how to use them once, you are then equipped with many powerful skills to take charge of your own mental health to enable you to be as mentally well as you possibly can be, meaning you then can experience the best possible you, you can be!
relieved person free from mental health issues

More from Claire

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The Health Inspector

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Wednesday's 5 - 6 pm

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Telephone: 0151 6783358 or 07714853524