It has only been in recent years that Filipinos have started to appreciate the importance of mental health for their overall well-being. While public awareness of mental illnesses still lags behind that of our Westernized counterparts, the increased interest in mental health awareness also brings with it two very important questions: “When do I need to consult a mental health specialist?” –followed closely by: “Who do I consult?”
Unfortunately, many of our countrymen still view mental health consults as the territory of the psychotic—those who see spirits, hear voices, become violent, and so on—or lack reality testing. However, the truth is that mental health consults are beneficial not only for those who are nahihibang, nawawawala sa sarili,or nabababaliw. In fact, majority of mental health problems are not even psychotic in nature—most of the people who need mental health consults include those who have mood and anxiety problems, those with relational or family problems, and those who are struggling with addiction.
Struggles of the soul
According to the American Psychological Association, there are several clues you should keep in mind if you are considering seeking help from a mental health specialist. In particular, a consult with a mental health specialist may prove beneficial if you have any of the following: