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Mental Health – What Now?

Let me explain to anyone that has not suffered with mental health issues what it can be like to experience issues such as depression, anxiety or OCD.

  • It can be all consuming
  • It can stop you doing normal tasks
  • It can interfere with your work or stop you working altogether
  • It can impact your family
  • It can stop you sleeping
  • It can impact your physical health
  • You can feel like there is no way out

My wonderful clients have trusted me with the depths of their despair.  Yet these are incredible people and do their very best not to let their mental health issue take a hold of their life.

How have we got to this point?

I believe there could be many reasons why mental health has escalated and therefore services struggle to keep up or often lose touch with it.

Pressures of Life

Life has many ‘mental’ pressures nowadays.  In the past life was about having shelter and putting food on the table.  Now pressure starts at school age often with issues such as personal image, academic achievements and bullying.   Although these issues have been around for many years they are now escalated through social media and television.  There is no escaping and this has a huge impact.

Into adulthood, pressure continues with finances, finding work, debt and once again social media giving the impression that everyone is doing better than you and is happier and more confident than you, which is most likely not the case.

To address this, we need to learn to be ok with who we are. Encourage your children to have high self esteem, to know it is ok to make mistakes, take the pressure off them academically, communicate with them – a lot, guide them to understand money at a young age, address issues such as bullying.  Let your children know it’s ok not to be perfect.

As adults set some boundaries for yourself eg set your own limits on use of social media, don’t put yourself in more debt than you can comfortably handle, don’t let negative situations fester, surround yourself with positive people, take time out for you, speak to people when you are struggling in life – friends, family, a therapist.

Do something for your mental well-being every day eg dance around the living room for 10 minutes to your favourite 80’s music, spend 5 minutes doing deep belly breaths, go for a walk or swim, be creative or have a laugh with a good friend or watching a TV show or film that makes you belly laugh.

Recognising and Addressing Early Signs

Often mental health issues can escalate quickly.  A mild case can become a severe case in a matter of weeks.  If you or your child have experienced a trauma, eg bullying, a severe health issue, a shock, grief, family fall-out or separation seek help at an early stage as this can often stop things escalating.  Usually by the time people book an appointment with me they are in a moderate to severe place and very often if the root cause was addressed at an early stage they would not have had to suffer so much.

Specificity of Treatment

Mental health issues cannot usually be resolved through group workshops.  In the majority of cases there is a root cause or perhaps more than one root cause and that must be addressed on a one to one basis by understanding the person, their challenges and their story.  Each person is unique and there cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  Workshops are great as top ups or for well-being maintenance.

Modernisation

There are many fantastic therapies nowadays and working with the body’s energy system and/or subconscious mind have proven to be incredibly effective. The world continues to move forward and a mental health system should embrace this whilst of course continue to protect the vulnerable.  Using local therapists wherever possible ensures the all important continuity of service and a feeling of responsibility amongst those therapists.  One thing mental health should not be is about targets and box ticking.

Medication Should Be Temporary Not a Solution

I lay my cards out as I am not a fan of big pharma but understand that, for some, this is the best option and I judge no-one for going down this route.  However, for the majority of people, the right therapy treatment should help them and, if medication is used, this should be short term as unfortunately there can be many side effects and other health implications of these medications.

You Should Not Need to Fit in a Box

Personally I am not a massive fan of labelling people. I prefer to understand people, their unique problem and what got them to that point using what I refer to as a ‘solution-focussed approach’.  Robert Mandel said, “every problem was once a solution to a previous problem”. If someone is struggling it should not matter whether they fit into a certain category, what is more important is finding a solution.  It is important to be and feel understood!

To Summarise

Mental Health is a huge issue and one that is not going to go away.  On many levels we need to create a different world but that’s a big ask so as the future is today’s children, let’s firstly concern ourselves with their mental health and not ignore the early signs.  For adults, let’s keep talking about mental health but also let’s get up to date.  I call myself a modern day therapist and I have seen the results of working in this way first hand.

 

About Ann

ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register and General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and has run her own private practice in Guernsey for 7 years. She is also a practitioner of a number of therapies including EFT, Energy in Motion, META Health, NES Health, Matrix Reimprinting, Colour Mirrors. Ann is also a RMTi Consultant – the only one in the Channel islands.  She uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including depression, health, stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues.  Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.

If you wish to find out how Ann can help you please contact her here.

 

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If you wish to find out how Ann can help you please contact her here.

Ann Bowditch GQHP, GHR Reg., META-P
Dip (Hyp) Hypnotherapy
EFT (AAMET Certified) & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
Meta-Health & Colour Mirrors Practitioner
RMTi Consultant, NES Health Practitioner
PSTEC Level 1-A (Advanced PSTEC)

Tel: 07781 111186

www.hypnotherapy.gg

Ann Bowditch is a Member & Trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register

 

 

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