What is Mental Health?
We all want good mental health, but just what does mental health mean? That’s almost a trick question because mental health means different things to different people. It is sometimes described as a state of emotional well-being. Most mentally healthy people enjoy life and usually:
- Feel good about themselves
- Feel comfortable around other people
- Meet the challenges and changes of life
- Have satisfying relationships with others
- Have healthy self-esteem
- Take pride in their accomplishments
- Look forward to the future
- Enjoy their job or school
But we all have times when we feel a bit overwhelmed by all of life’s ups and downs. Many people believe that major mental and emotional disorders are rare; that such things only happen to a few people. The fact is that one in five individuals will suffer from a mental disorder sometime during their lifetime.
What are the symptoms of mental illness?
- Recent social withdrawal and loss of interest in others
- An unusual drop in functioning, especially at school or work, such as quitting sports, failing in school, or difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with concentration, memory, or logical thought and speech that is hard to explain
- Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch; avoidance of over-stimulating situations
- Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity; apathy
- A vague feeling of being disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings; a sense of unreality
- Unusual or exaggerated beliefs about personal powers to understand meanings or influence events; illogical or “magical” thinking typical of childhood, in an adult
- Fear or suspicion of others or a strong nervous feeling
- Uncharacteristic, peculiar behavior
- Dramatic sleep and appetite changes or deterioration in personal hygiene
- Rapid or dramatic shifts in feelings or “mood swings”
How do I get the help I might need?
Talk to Your Family Doctor
If you have any of the frequent and persistent symptoms listed you probably need to visit a mental health professional. However, some symptoms can mask a physical problem, so it’s a good idea to visit your family doctor. In fact, some medical insurance plans require a referral from a physician before you can get services from a mental health professional.
Who should I see?
The Intake staff at CCMHC can help you answer that question. During your first visit to CCMHC you will be asked to visit with the Intake Staff. The staff is trained to administer an individual intake screening to determine which of the many highly qualified CCMHC mental health professionals you might need to see.
Having the right mental health professional is important. You should become familiar with the different types of mental health providers; the differences usually have to do with education and training.
How do I make an appointment?
If frequent and persistent symptoms continue after you have visited your family doctor to eliminate physical causes, call CCMHC at 620-231-5130. The receptionist will schedule your visit with the Intake Staff. During the intake screening, you will be asked questions about your general state of health and specifically about your mental health status. Be forthright and honest in answering all questions.
What are the benefits to therapy?
Therapy is hard work! However, your hard work will help you reap great rewards. You will learn things about yourself that you might not have recognized before. Therapy can be painful – very painful. You might discover things about yourself that you would just as soon keep buried. Keep in mind that as painful as it might be to dredge up old memories, the hard work will pay off in the long run. The process takes time, so don’t look for instant results. At times you might be reluctant to share feelings and memories with your therapist – after all, some of those feelings and memories are painful to talk about. Keep in mind that your therapist is there to help you. Tell your therapist that you are having difficulty sharing some thoughts. He or she will help you come to terms with those feelings and help you to be totally open during therapy sessions.
What if I need medication?
At some point your family physician or your therapist might suggest that medication might be in order as a part of your treatment. Keep in mind that only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. If it is determined that medication might help, you and your family should ask questions of the doctor prescribing the medication.
- What medication is being recommended?
- Why is medication being suggested?
- What might happen if I don’t want the medication?
- What will the medication do for me?
- How long will I have to take the medication?
- Will this medication interact with any other medication I am taking?
- What side effects can I expect from the medication?
- Is the medication addictive?
- Does the medication have any sexual side effects?
- Does the medication interact with any foods?
- Is a generic substitute available for this medication?
- Does the medication have an adjustment period?
When should I stop seeing my therapist?
As you progress in therapy, stop every once in a while and take stock of where you are and of how far you have come. However, this might not be the time to trust your feelings. It is not uncommon for symptoms to return when therapy is stopped too soon. The same is true for medication; don’t stop taking any prescribed medication except on the advice of the medical doctor who prescribed the medication.
Give therapy a chance to work. Seeing a therapist once or twice might bring a temporary feeling of well being. On the other hand, you might find that progress is painfully slow. In either instance, don’t stop therapy until you can answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Do I feel in control of my life again?
- Can I handle day-to-day problems easily?
- Do I feel as if I have the tools to handle any future problems?
- Do I understand what led to my difficulties?
- Does my therapist agree that it’s time to stop?
Who is eligible for services?
Everyone is eligible for services.
What is the fee for services?
A private fee schedule is set by the CCMHC Board of Directors. Clients may be eligible for a discounted fee based on the family’s income and the number of family members dependent on that income.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurances are accepted.
How do I request services?
Contact one of the offices:
Adult Community Support 620-231-5141
Adult Outpatient Services 620-231-5130
Alcohol and Drug Services 620-231-5141 or 620-724-8806
Children’s Services 620-232-3228
Crisis Services 620-232-SAVE (7283)
Where can I find more information?
Please use the below helpful Mental Health links