How Stressful Events Trigger Mental Health Issues

Posted in Mental Health

What Is a Mental Health Issue?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Issues, a mental illness is defined as “… medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning…” The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four American adults suffer from a mental health problem in a given year.  Mental health issues can vary greatly in severity and can last a short time or can be long-term. No matter the length or the severity, a mental health issue is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The majority of mental health issues affecting Atlanta residents can be managed with proper treatment whether it be medications, therapy, counseling or a combination treatments.

Can Stressful Events Cause or Worsen Mental Health Problems in Atlanta Residents?

Stressful events can lead to mental health problems and can even worsen already present mental health issues. Stress can be a leading factor in the following mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Manic depressive disorder

The above list is not a comprehensive list of mental health problems that could be triggered by a stressful life event, nor is stress the only factor that plays a role in these mental health problems. However, all of the aforementioned mental health problems can be stimulated by stress in Atlanta residents who are already prone to mental health issues. A stressful event could include everyday stresses or could be as severe as a death of a friend or family member, a life-threatening illness, or familial or social problems.

Additionally, stress could worsen an already present mental health problem. For example, if you struggle with depression and on top of that you lose your job, you may sink deeper into depression. If you struggle with bulimia or anorexia, and you go through a divorce, you may begin purging more frequently or putting even more restrictions on your intake. If not treated and managed properly, the cycle of stress and mental health problems will continue invariably.

How Do Stress, Mental Health Issues, and Addiction Relate?

Mental health issues and addiction often co-occur. According to a study by Conway, Compton, Stinson and Grant published in a 2006 publication of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, individuals who suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder are two times more likely to also struggle with a drug abuse or addiction problem. The compilation of addiction and a mental health issue can be devastating. The addition of a stressful life event on top of addiction and a mental health problem could be disastrous and even deadly. If you are an Atlanta resident struggling with too much stress, mental health problems, addiction, or a combination of the three, it is imperative that you seek help immediately.

Where Can Atlanta Residents Find Help?

Stressful life situations often lead to or worsen mental health problems. If the stress of life has led to a mental health problem, such as addiction, it is important to get help for both your addiction and your anxiety. Dual Diagnosis treatment is available to help Atlanta residents deal with both problems simultaneously to maintain long-term sobriety while managing stress in a healthy way. For help, call our toll-free helpline. Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you get the treatment you need. Call today for help!