Mental health issues are taking center stage as our government deals with budget concerns. Many states that have decreased budgets for mental health care are now reconsidering those budget cuts as leaders recognize the value of the preventative care for mental health disorders.
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Bradenton, FL states that 6 percent of Americans are living with a mental health disorder. Mental illness is a brain disorder, but unlike physical issues like diabetes or cardiovascular issues, it is sometimes more difficult to recognize and can sometimes remain untreated.
Barriers to Treatment
The cost of untreated mental health disorders far outweighs the cost of prevention. NAMI estimates that our country spends $100 billion each year on untreated mental illnesses. But even if a mental illness is diagnosed, barriers still prevent some individuals from seeking help for their mental health needs. Some of these barriers include:
• Financial concerns. Believing that mental health care is too costly is a common misconception.
• Misdiagnosed illness. Occasionally, individuals can be misdiagnosed if they are not seen by a mental health care professional.
• Lack of motivation. Some individuals with mental health issues may be reluctant to begin or continue care on their own.
• Denial. Due to the stigma of mental illnesses, some people deny the existence of their issues rather than seeking help.
• Self-medication. Far from helping the person, alcohol and drugs are temporary escapes from symptoms.
Bringing Down the Barriers
Please don’t let any of these barriers prevent you from getting help for yourself or those you love in Bradenton. Call this number to begin the journey towards better mental health.