Treatment in behavioural health
Frequency of psychological problems
The line that segregates normal and abnormal thought processes and emotions is quite faint. Sadness, anxiety, fear, restlessness, irritability, frustration, disgust and even a sense of breakdown and impending doom can occur to the most sane and rational human beings. The issue in discussion is whether we take steps to prevent reaching the point of impending doom or we choose to believe that we will face the consequences when they occur and not waste time on building defenses unless terror strikes. Preventive health is the best form of health one can choose for themselves. And in psychological medicine, it is believed that prevention is the best cure. Thus prevention itself becomes a form of treatment.
Physical versus psychological problems
Consider a physical problem: a heart attack. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, being overweight, smoking, not exercising: these are classic factors that assure that the individual will get a heart attack. While most people are aware of this, few take the essential steps to monitor their weight, control their blood sugar, watch their diet, stop smoking, exercise regularly and choose to live stress free lifestyles. Many take essential steps once they have had a mild cardiac problem; but statistics show that majority wait for a serious event to change their faulty life habits. We have seen a multitude of people who in spite of having troubles insist that they are fine. A false façade may mask reality, but the truth is that is still a façade. Pushing the problem under the carpet doesn’t make it go away. Just like saying: ‘I am a smoker but I wont get a heart attack because that happens to those who smoke 15 cigarettes a day I smoke just 10!’ Ignorance (contrary to the common belief) is not bliss.
Prevention versus cure
Psychological wellness’s not different conceptually from physical health. Many feel that they are strong enough to deal with troubles of life by themselves. They all fighters, but few are aware of the costs of doing so. Just like a physical problem, in psychological issues too, prevention is much better than cure. Identifying sadness, anxiety, anger outbursts, falling performance, dwindling trust, poor communication with a spouse; unhappiness at work, repeated tantrums from your child, complaints from school teachers, diminishing employee performance all are signs to guide towards identification of the problem and generating a will to seek help in overcoming it.
Our focus: Preventive care
At an individual level as well as organizational standpoint, management of psychological troubles in oneself, one’s children, one’s employees as well as within schools; is the step to improving performance of human beings at all levels. While it may sound abstract, treatment options at MINDFRAMES even though therapeutic, don’t just aim at correction of an existent problem. Truly, the best form of cure in behavioral health entails a strategy to prevent emotional turmoil from occurring in the first place, as well as prevent it from recurring once cured. While medicines seemingly offer instant cure, the guidance counseling and varied therapy approaches empower the individual to endure life’s stressors, deal with them effectively and never allow life’s troubles to get out of hand. Truly in psychological health, prevention is cure. One mustn’t hesitate to take preventive and curative steps for oneself.