A mental illness diagnosis doesn't mean a patient will have to live with it forever. Most people with mental health issues can get better, but treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that take time. It's important to understand that getting professional counseling is the first step in the journey to mental illness recovery.
"For some, a mental health diagnosis may be more permanent and the patient will have to deal with it their entire life, like with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder," explained Amanda Johnson, PhD, Clinical Director of Capstone Behavioral Health Care. "Other diagnoses, like depression or anxiety, may be more temporary or short-lived in some cases, but these may also be issues that a patient must manage throughout their lifetime. A good counselor will help determine the patient's situation."
According to Johnson, mental health recovery focuses on helping individuals reach a point where their symptoms are not impacting their daily life, and the person is able to function in a significant and positive way. "One important element of mental health recovery is that it should be individually based," she added. "Each person's preferences and goals in life are different, and their treatment and journey to recovery will also be unique. A high quality support team, consisting of doctors, therapists, family, and friends, will consider the individual's preferences and needs as they work towards recovery."
A patient may not be symptom-free, but could still be considered in recovery if they're able to maintain their basic needs, like food and shelter. "A positive journey through mental health recovery will also find the patient working towards achieving their life goals, making good decisions about their physical and mental health, and being able to participate as a member of a larger community," said Johnson. For more information about mental health recovery, please contact:
Capstone Behavioral Health Care
1123 1st Avenue E, Suite 200
Newton, Iowa. 50208