Sometimes, it can be challenging to determine what constitutes “normal” behavior and what thoughts and actions are out of the ordinary. For instance, if you are always fatigued and unmotivated, does that mean you are depressed, or could you be dealing with another issue like work burnout?
In general, you might have a mental disorder if symptoms are interfering with your relationships, quality of life, and daily ability to function. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Get Diagnosed With a Mental Disorder
Though there’s no standard medical test for accurately diagnosing mental health concerns, the DSM-5-TR is a comprehensive publication that describes the symptoms, duration, and risk factors of several hundred mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder. These guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association help doctors evaluate their patients.
If you’ve been struggling with your well-being, schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist or your general practitioner. Health professionals have screening tools to evaluate your condition and rule out symptoms of other illnesses. They will likely ask you questions about how long you’ve been struggling with your mental wellness, whether you have a family history of mental disorders, or if you have experienced things like grief, trauma, or abuse.
What’s the Relationship Between Addiction and Mental Disorders?
Many people with mental illnesses believe they must accept their difficulties as a fact of life, or avoid talking to their doctor out of fear or shame. They often self-medicate with drugs and alcohol – a dangerous habit that can lead to the development of a dual diagnosis.
Sometimes, men suffer in silence because they think asking for help is a sign of weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. You can’t tough your way out of mental disorders, and without treatment, your overall health will continue to worsen. Over time, people living with an untreated dual diagnosis can expect to experience significant problems in their personal and professional lives.
How to Heal Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
The first step to finding relief from a mental disorder or dual diagnosis is to accept that you have a problem you cannot solve on your own. Though there’s no cure for conditions like depression and addiction, you can learn to manage your symptoms with evidence-based methods like therapy. You can also enroll in a treatment program that provides a complete continuum of care, starting with medically managed detox and continuing through aftercare that enables a smooth transition back to the “real world.”
At The Last Resort, we offer transformative recovery programs that address issues like addiction, mental illness, and trauma in a single-gender environment designed exclusively for men. On our secluded, ranch-style campus in Texas, you’ll find a supportive community that encourages you to forge lifelong friendships with other men.
To learn more about our values and how to receive a customized treatment plan that allows you to regain control of your life, connect with us today.