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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia.
Throughout history, mental health has been a topic that many shy away from. Whether it’s discussing their own mental health or discussing the mental health of others, many people would rather just avoid the issue altogether. However, being open and honest about mental health is extremely important. Creating safe and comfortable environments to discuss mental health helps to combat the shame that society has placed on these issues and allows an open dialogue that can breed understanding and compassion.
Dr. David Susman suggests that when you discuss mental health, “you focus on the person, not their illness.” In this way, you avoid defining the person by their mental illness and instead recognize them as a complex being whose identity is composed of multiple factors and traits.
Dr. Susman also suggests that you consider the terms you use when describing someone with a mental health condition. For example, terms like “crazy,” “psycho,” and “nuts” are insensitive and negative ways to discuss mental health issues.
Ultimately, if you are discussing mental health with someone who is living with a mental health condition, follow their cues when their discuss their mental condition. Use terms that they are comfortable using themselves.
The most important key to discussing mental health is to be sensitive and compassionate about the topic. Don’t place judgment or pity on those who have mental health conditions. Instead, work to understand where they are coming from and how they are feeling.
For psychiatrists who are here to listen and discuss your mental health with you, contact us at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA.