In conversations about health, physical wellness tends to get the most attention. But your mental health is just as important as your physical health, as the two are often related. Here’s a look into why your mental health matters, and how our behavioral health services are here to support you. 

Why Is Caring for Your Mental Health Important?

Mental health includes your emotional, social, and psychological wellness. It impacts how we think, feel, and lead our lives. It also plays an important role in self-esteem. Moreover, it can affect how we manage stress, interact with others, and make choices throughout all stages of life.

While mental health and physical health are different, they can affect one another. For example, depression increases the risk of serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. At the same time, certain health conditions, like chronic pain, can increase the risk of mental illness.

Just like your physical health, your mental health can change over time. Sometimes, external factors can lead to shifts in your mental health, such as stress from work, a breakup, or moving. In other cases, mental health issues may develop without any obvious cause or changes to your life. No matter the case, speaking with a behavioral health professional is the first step towards feeling like yourself again.

It’s important to note that poor mental health isn’t the same as having a mental illness. You could have dips in your mental health without being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or other formal mood disorders. Similarly, it’s still possible to enjoy physical, mental, and social wellness even if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness, especially if you seek professional care.

When Should I Seek Professional Help for Mental Health?

How do you know when you might need help? While everyone experiences mood changes from time to time, one of the most telling indicators of a more serious mental health issue is a change in your mood that lasts two weeks or longer. Our team can help you work through the following symptoms of mental illness that may require professional help, including:

  • Extreme mood swings
  • Withdrawal from or disinterest in the activities and people that once brought you joy
  • Inability to fulfill your normal everyday activities
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Intense anger
  • Overuse of substances
  • Physical symptoms that come with mood changes, including increasing or decreasing appetite, extreme tiredness or insomnia, and general aches and pains

Which Behavioral Health Services Are Offered at YourTown Health?

YourTown Health partners with Pathways Center, a premier behavioral health organization, to provide affordable and comprehensive healthcare for patients in Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, South Fulton, Spalding, and Troup counties. 

There are more than 200 identified mental illnesses, with anxiety and depression being the most common. Our behavioral health specialists treat these and many other mental health conditions through personalized treatments designed to help you reach your goals and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Whether you’re seeking top-notch behavioral health care or attention to a physical health matter for yourself or a loved one, turn to YourTown Health for your wellness needs. We offer compassionate mental and traditional health services for patients of all ages. Find your nearest office by visiting our website.