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What is the future of mental health care?

Mental illness affects more people than cancer, diabetes or heart disease, but until recent decades social stigma and a lack of understanding has led to ineffective treatment. Advances in neurological and biochemical research have recently led to a greater understanding of mental health problems. What is the future of mental illness treatment? Could mental health problems be eradicated?
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Recognising the link between physical and mental
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Research into previously overlooked drugs may revolutionise mental health care
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Research will undoubtedly provide solutions, but stigma surrounding this issue needs societal change
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Recognising the link between physical and mental

The future of mental health care is recognising that mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behaviour, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. This has led some therapists to advocate for the re-education of mental illness as “brain health” as the physical and mental connection between organs and their biochemistry has already changed how scientists are looking at mental health, and societies are just lagging behind the future that is already here. Neurologist Robert Sapolsky has compared depression to juvenile diabetes in how much control the sufferer has over the condition, this flies in the face of traditional tropes of patients overcoming mental health problems through sheer will alone, the cultural norm of the “pull yourself together” attitude.

screening.mhanational.org/content/mental-illness-physical-or-mental amenclinics.com/blog/mental-health-brain-health youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc pinerest.org/mental-health-awareness-blog

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Research into previously overlooked drugs may revolutionise mental health care

Modern research into the neurology of mental health problems has called the efficacy of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) into question. Being one of the main drugs used to treat a multitude of mental health problems, SSRI’s long list of side effects and low efficacy have led to other solutions being investigated. One such treatment may involve ketamine, a drug usually used in anaesthesiology. Its popularity as a recreational drug has arguably slowed serious research, but having found it to involve a lower risk of side effects, greater efficacy and low level of dependence when administered clinically, Ketamine, and other overlooked drugs like it, may lead to a sharp increase in the effectiveness of psychiatric medication.

madinamerica.com/2017/02/new-data-showslack-efficacy-antidepressants news-medical.net/health/Efficacy-of-SSRIs-for-Depression.aspx nimh.nih.gov/about/director/messages/2019/new-hope-for-treatment-resistant-depression-guessing-right-on-ketamine.shtml webmd.com/depression/news/20190306/fda-oks-ketamine-like-drug-for-severe-depression#1 frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00844/full

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Modern research into the neurology of mental health problems has called the efficacy of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) into question. Being one of the main drugs used to treat a multitude of mental health problems, SSRI’s long list of side effects and low efficacy have led to other solutions being investigated. One such treatment may involve ketamine, a drug usually used in anaesthesiology. Its popularity as a recreational drug has arguably slowed serious research, but having found it to involve a lower risk of side effects, greater efficacy and low level of dependence when administered clinically, Ketamine, and other overlooked drugs like it, may lead to a sharp increase in the effectiveness of psychiatric medication.

Research will undoubtedly provide solutions, but stigma surrounding this issue needs societal change

The medical, physical, and psychological solutions are coming, but the awareness and social stigma still need to be worked on so people can actually ask for help. The World Health organisation estimates that nearly two thirds of people with known mental health disorders never seek help from a professional. So regardless of research-based or technological solutions, if this fear of seeking help is not addressed the future remains bleak for mental health care. Education needs to drive society into opening up around mental health issues to overcome this initial hurdle in approaching mental health care in the future.

nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2015/Changing-The-Way-Society-Understands-Mental-Health thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/On-a-journey-to-change-mental-health-perceptions-in-society/1840564-5629564-5224klz/index.html psych.ox.ac.uk/research/society-and-mental-health medacs.com/blog/2019/10/09/mental-health-in-society-today#.X4GrkJP7SRs

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https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/April-2015/Changing-The-Way-Society-Understands-Mental-Health https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/On-a-journey-to-change-mental-health-perceptions-in-society/1840564-5629564-5224klz/index.html https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/research/society-and-mental-health https://www.medacs.com/blog/2019/10/09/mental-health-in-society-today#.X4GrkJP7SRs

The future of mental health care may be drug free

With mounting evidence of the efficacy of nutritional based approaches to mental health problems the future seems to be inevitably linked to nutrition. The same could be argued for exercise and fitness, as studies have found numerous links between mental disorders and biochemical mechanisms in the body. With the complex issue of side effects associated with current pharmaceutical based approaches, if these problems can be fully understood in terms of a nutrition based biochemical perspective, it's possible that mental health problems could be eased or fully rectified with lifestyle changes.

theconversation.com/why-nutritional-psychiatry-is-the-future-of-mental-health-treatment-92545 happiful.com/is-nutritional-psychiatry-the-future-of-mental-health-treatment pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20232617

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https://theconversation.com/why-nutritional-psychiatry-is-the-future-of-mental-health-treatment-92545 https://happiful.com/is-nutritional-psychiatry-the-future-of-mental-health-treatment/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20232617/
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