Seeking mental health care

The mental health care is available for children and adults of all ages. Unfortunately, many people do not seek attention for several reasons. This lack of treatment can lead to a worsening of the disease, impaired physical and mental health, legal problems, marital breakdown, job loss substance abuse and suicide. People with mental health problems should be encouraged by family and friends to seek appropriate care.

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A study published in 2007 entitled “Perception of barriers to the use of mental health services in the United States, Ontario and the Netherlands” reported that attitudinal barriers tend to be because Americans do not seek mental health care. These barriers include the belief that mental illness will resolve itself and not believe that psychiatric care is beneficial.

Financial concerns and disparities

Many people do not seek mental health care for financial reasons. Lack of health insurance coverage or coverage that leaves a lot of debts to the patient, leading many to avoid seeking care. Many Americans are unaware of the free health services or discounted for mental health care available to them in the city, county, or state and private clinics in the Veterans Administration. A report by former Surgeon General David Satcher said that racial disparities, age, gender and cultural world in search of services, mainly related to financial issues.

Poor self-perception

Unlike physical illness, it is the nature of many mental illnesses that the patient does not know it that is sick. Believing his behavior, emotions and mental state are normal, you may experience a life of disordered thinking that could be improved with proper treatment. Family intervention is critical to the success of the stabilization of the disease in these cases.

Limited Access

Some Americans have little access to mental health services because they live in a rural setting. Others may not logistically get treatment due to lack of transport or the overwhelming work and home responsibilities. In some areas, a mental health is available, but not psychiatric hospitalization. Clinics can have long waiting lists so that people with mental illness waive care.


The Community Action Network reports that many patients feel a stigma about mental illness and negative stereotypes that could damage their careers or relationships. Shame and fear of what others might think sometimes prevents many from seeking or continuing the services they need.