Unfortunately, illnesses can strike the mind just as they do the body. The good news is that advances in psychiatric treatments have made those illnesses easier to control.
Psychiatric conditions affect people of every age, gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic level. They range from dysphoria, a feeling of "not okay-ness," that is not quite depression to post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, phobias, and even psychosis (a belief in things that do not exist in reality). There are also anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and disorders where the patient believes their objectively normal body has something drastically wrong with it.
The complications of untreated psychiatric conditions are vast. Sometimes, a person who has one untreated mental illness can develop another. They may find themselves isolated and unable to cope with social situations and have an increased tendency to abuse alcohol or drugs, both legal and illegal.
People with mental illnesses sometimes abuse substances as a form of self-medication, but over the long term substance abuse only makes mental illness worse. Moreover, substance abuse often leads to problems with the patient's physical health. This can be seen in the damage caused to the liver and other bodily systems by alcoholism.
Even if people with psychiatric conditions don't abuse drugs or alcohol, they can be more prone to other high-risk behaviors such as compulsive gambling or compulsive sex. These behaviors can also compromise their physical, mental and financial health.
Suicide is also a risk for people who are mentally ill. Though mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators, some do become violent or aggressive. This is because some psychiatric disorders lead the person to become paranoid or warp their sense of what is real.
Though there are no cures for psychiatric conditions, they can be controlled through various modalities such as medications. One problem with both of these treatments is that some patients do not think there's anything wrong with them and might resist them. This resistance also needs to be treated, for it is especially important for a psychiatric patient to take their medications on schedule.
Medications take time to reach a therapeutic level, and disrupting the schedule may mean that the patient must begin the regimen all over again. This is frustrating and possibly dangerous for the patient.
Fusion RX provides treatment options – in the form of compounded medicine – for our patients suffering from psychiatric conditions. We can also customize our treatments for children who suffer from one of this ailments of the mind. Contact us today to learn more.
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