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Can you Prevent Mental Health Problems?

September 27, 2021 , Agape Treatment Center

Can you Prevent Mental Health Problems?

Can mental health problems be avoided?

If you have been struggling with a newly developing mental illness or mental health concern, you might be wondering what you could have done differently. Does it have something to do with your diet? Maybe you need to eat more fruits and vegetables or drink more water. If you make certain changes to your lifestyle will the symptoms of your mental health problems subside? Maybe you need to stop drinking alcohol on the weekends or start getting enough sleep on a nightly basis. Suppose you have recently been experiencing mental health problems. In that case, whether you are experiencing increased anxiety, symptoms of depression, or any other psychological concerns, the most important step to take is reaching out for help. 

Extensive Mental Health Care Services at AGAPE Treatment Center

If you attempt to diagnose and treat yourself, you will likely end up in even worse shape than you started in. At Agape Treatment Center, we offer extensive mental health care services for clients struggling with dual diagnosis disorders. If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a mental illness like anxiety or depression, worrying about what you could have done to prevent these symptoms will not get you anywhere. What will get you somewhere is reaching out for the help you need. If you are ready to take the initial step, Agape Treatment Center will be there. 

How Do Mental Health Problems Develop?

How do mental health problems develop in the first place? There are numerous risk factors when it comes to the development of mental health problems, including:

  • Genetic predisposition. Many people who develop mental health problems have mental illnesses present in their family. For example, more than 50 percent of men and women who struggle with mental illness inherited the mental illness from an immediate family member like their mother or father. 
  • Environmental factors. Certain environmental factors like consistently high-stress levels contribute to the development of mental health problems. For example, suppose a person grows up in a household where their parents fight daily. In that case, they are more likely to develop insecure attachment issues, developing into anxiety or depression over time. 
  • Unresolved trauma any other adverse life experiences. People who experience traumatic experiences or other adverse experiences and leave them unaddressed are more liable to experience mental health problems later on. 
  • Substance abuse disorders. Mental illness and substance abuse issues go hand in hand for more reasons than one. Not only are people who abuse chemical substances more likely to develop mental health concerns over time, but people with mental health problems are more likely to self-medicate symptoms with drugs and alcohol. 

In most cases, mental health problems cannot be prevented. This is especially true when it comes to hereditary factors. However, people who abuse chemical substances are at higher risk of developing mental illness — and this can be prevented. Therefore, if you have been misusing drugs or alcohol for any period, it is important to reach out for help before more consequences develop. Fortunately, the addiction recovery experts at Agape Treatment Center are available to help you as soon as you decide to reach out for help. 

AGAPE Treatment Center and Mental Health Services   

At Agape Treatment Center, we do much more than provide our clients with substance abuse recovery services, treating addiction at the root cause. We offer comprehensive and effective dual diagnosis treatment services for those struggling with addiction and mental health. We understand how scary it can be to reach out for help. Admitting that you are struggling is no small feat. Even if you are unsure whether or not treatment is necessary, we are readily available to help you figure it out. Simply give us a call to get started.