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"Mental health deserves more respect"

October 10, World Mental Health Day, associations, institutions and, among other things, Health Minister Jens Spahn want to raise awareness on the topic of "mental illness". Lisa Schnelten, a non-medical psychologist in Oldenburg, says: Even if the illness is not discussed prematurely, the importance of a suitable psyche is often underestimated.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, mental illness is the second leading cause of absenteeism in Germany. The number of cases is rising: For example, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported an increase of almost 100 percent between 2002 and 2012. Economic costs are more than five billion euros a year. There are already many studies and well-grounded theories among the reasons for the increase.

Recognizing the creep process

Almost more important than research into the cause is Lisa Schnelten's naturopath for psychotherapy, but the individual's behavior: "Physical complaints – from a nasty cold to a lumbago – are taken seriously. Go to a doctor or pharmacy for help. In the case of mental symptoms, this usually only happens when manifested a genuine disorder, when there is no other way. Even then very long therapy is often required. "Although there are mental illnesses whose relief lies beyond the jurisdiction of the person concerned. But these are exceptions, says Lisa Schnelten: "As a rule, mental impairment develops over a long period of time. Those who respond in time have a good chance of reconnecting themselves mentally before worse.

According to experts, it is crucial to seek support when they change in themselves or in their personal environment – for example persistent poor sleep, too much alcohol, aversion, often excruciating feelings, diffuse or excessive fears. "A professional usually knows pretty quickly where these complaints come from and how they" work. "If you understand what is wrong with you and what you can do on your own, you can overcome most difficulties before long therapy becomes necessary."

Dealing with emotional suffering

Unlike established professionals, there is almost no waiting time for non-medical psychotherapy professionals and free psychotherapists: “As a rule, our work is not paid for by health insurance. You usually need to fund the treatment yourself. But because we can work with different methods, we often succeed very quickly, "says Lisa Schnelten." I promote more respect for the psyche, "says Lisa Schnelten." If we get migraines or colds, we get upset but accept the disease and act. So, we should also deal with emotional complaints! "Who, for example, has become depressed and therefore no worse off and no one develops the power of washing because they think so well. "Mental disorders can usually be treated in the same way as physical complaints. The sooner the better."

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