Psychosclerosis: Misdiagnosing Depression and Anxiety
Anxiety, depression and other complicated mental health disorders have become mainstream conditions in the United States. With advancing medical technology, patients suffering from chemical imbalances are finding complications of mental health disorders are diagnosed more quickly than in decades past.
Mental health disorders can coincide with addiction, trauma, and many other conditions, and should be taken seriously. It’s important to find appropriate psychiatric help, outpatient mental health and addiction treatment, or a qualified hospital if necessary. The point is that there are trained professionals and you don’t have to go it alone! Whether you’re experiencing an anxiety disorder or depression after quitting opiates, reach out for help.
With the increased incidence of early diagnosis in mental health disorders, such as that of depression and anxiety, there is also an increase in the interest in alternative medicinal approaches to remedy mental health complications. While the mental health care society, as a whole, is striving to improve the complications associated with mental health disorders, there is a growing concern for the increased incidence of individuals suffering from an even more complex mental health complication known as psychosclerosis.
Psychosclerosis, simply put, is the mental health term used to describe an individual who may appear to be anxious and depressed but, instead, is suffering from a hardening of the mind, spirit and heart. When this occurs, the individual suffering from psychosclerosis will commonly exhibit symptoms which are perceived as lacking love and an overall enjoyment in life.
When the symptoms of psychosclerosis are untreated, the mental health sufferer may then develop physiological complications including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal complications and even complications of the immune system. For this reason, it is important to identify individuals who suffer from true depression and anxiety versus those who suffer from psychosclerosis.
To naturally remedy psychosclerosis, mental health professionals are working to educate the patient in the methods of natural self-healing. Evaluating boundaries and working on biofeedback, to enhance the emotional reaction to events, is crucial to improving psychosclerosis in a patient while educating the patient in the expression of emotions.
In addition to biofeedback, patients suffering from psychosclerosis often show some degree in improvement when they are exposed to new ideas, adventures and concepts and do so with an open mind, learning to grow and change with each new event. Reporting back, in verbal or written form, to the mental health professionals, the emotions felt during the event, will aide the psychosclerosis patient in the practice of expressing emotion, joy and, eventually, love of nature and of people.
As with any mental health condition, the key to optimal treatment lies, primarily, in the early diagnosis and intervention. For many depressed patients, prescription medications, in the form of anti-depressants, are the fail-safe method of treatment. However, when suffering from psychosclerosis, the use of anti-depressants will only mask the underlying psychosocial complication for which treatment is needed.