Things We Misunderstand About Managing Mental Health

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We still have a ways to go

While some strides have been made in moving mental wellness up on America’s agenda, there’s still a lot of work to be done, says Dr. Jackson. “Generally speaking America does not prioritize mental wellness enough. We often wait until issues become a great concern before seeking help, making treatment more reactive than proactive. There are many things that may explain why this is but some include lack of resources and access to care, varying cost of treatments due to economic status, and systemic issues and inaccurate information and depictions of mental health in the news and media. We also live in a culture that prioritizes productivity over wellness, resulting in high stress levels and sometimes a fear of slowing down or taking time off, which is often necessary to reset in order to be more productive.”

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