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This Mental Health Awareness Month, Commit to Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Each May, we recognize and support Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). 

While American society has made noticeable strides in reducing mental health stigma, and has embraced emerging solutions like psychedelic therapy, there’s still a concerning, and common theme that arises: Americans wait far too long to seek mental health treatment.

This MHAM —and every month— Mindbloom encourages you to prioritize your mental health as you would your physical health, and to seek any care you may need.

To help you take this first step, Mindbloom is offering new clients $150 off. Take our brief candidate assessment and use code MHA150 at checkout to begin your journey.

In gratitude for those who’ve already begun their Mindbloom journey, we’re offering existing clients $100 off any continuing programs. Use code MHA100 at checkout.

Below are a few reasons why it’s important more than ever to prioritize your mental health.

Mental illness is becoming more prevalent in the U.S.

In early 2020, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 21%, or roughly 52 million adults in the U.S. now experience mental illness each year. Around 13 million of adults experience serious mental illness. (1)

Given this prevalence, seeking treatment at the first sign of symptoms could help reduce the number of serious mental health challenges Americans face. However…

Most Americans wait too long to seek mental health treatment

Data suggests that Americans delay treatment for mental health symptoms by 11 years on average. (2) In 2020, only 46.2% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment. (3)

This may indicate a disconnect in how Americans consider or prioritize their mental health in relation to their overall health. And it could be costing them in quality of life and overall life expectancy.

“The process of healing can be hard, but the ripple effect of not healing ourselves extends far greater,” Kristin Arden, Lead Clinician at Mindbloom says. 

Mental health disorders can increase health risks and affect quality of life

"Mental health awareness is so much bigger than mental health,” Arden says. “It is physical health, relationship health, career health and the health of future generations. Your mental health has a direct impact on all these areas of your life and the lives of those around you.”

Physical comorbidity —your mental health’s affect on your physical health— is a key reason to avoid delaying your mental health treatment.

For example, those diagnosed with depression see a 40% higher risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. For those with serious mental illness, the risk nearly doubles. (4)

In 2020, around ⅓, or 17 million adults in the U.S. with mental illness also experienced a comorbid substance use disorder. (5) Together, mental illness and substance use accounted for 1 in every 8 emergency room visits by American adults —approximately 12 million visits. (6

By seeking treatment immediately, you may reduce the likelihood of serious health issues and their effect on your wellbeing.

Ready to begin? We’re here to help.

Whether you’re beginning your mental health journey, or you’re seeking new solutions after years of diminishing results, Mindbloom is here to help.

We celebrate you for choosing to prioritize your mental health today, and every day!

Thanks to Mental Health America (MHA) and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) for their continued mental health advocacy and centralized mental health statistics

Ready to commit to your mental health?

This Mental Health Awareness Month, Mindbloom is offering new clients $150 off our introductory treatment program. Use code MHA150 at checkout to begin your journey.

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Disclaimer

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at +1 (800) 273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

Important FDA Safety Information

Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or anxiety. Learn more about off-label uses here.

Side effects of ketamine treatment may include: altered sense of time, anxiety, blurred vision, diminished ability to see/hear/feel, dry mouth, elevated blood pressure or heart rate, elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure, excitability, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), restlessness, slurred speech, synesthesia (a mingling of the senses).

Do not proceed with ketamine treatment if any of the following apply to you:

  • Allergic to ketamine
  • Symptoms of psychosis or mania
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • CHF or other serious heart problem
  • Severe breathing problem
  • History of elevated intraocular or intracranial pressure
  • History of hyperthyroidism
  • Other serious medical illness
  • Pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant

Ketamine has been reported to produce issues including, but not limited to, those listed below. However, lasting adverse side-effects are rare when medical protocols are carefully followed.

While ketamine has not been shown to be physically addictive, it has been shown to cause moderate psychological dependency in some recreational users.

  • In rare cases, frequent, heavy users have reported increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, pain urinating, passing blood in the urine, or reduced bladder size
  • Ketamine may worsen problems in people with schizophrenia, severe personality disorders, or other serious mental disorders.
  • Users with a personal or family history of psychosis should be cautious using any psychoactive substance, including ketamine, and discuss potential risks with your MindBloom clinician before proceeding with treatment.
  • The dissociative effects of ketamine may increase patient vulnerability and the risk of accidents.

To promote positive outcomes and ensure safety, follow these ketamine treatment guidelines:

  • Do not operate a vehicle (e.g., car, motorcycle, bicycle) or heavy machinery following treatment until you’ve had a full night of sleep
  • Refrain from taking benzodiazepines or stimulants for 24 hours prior to treatment
  • Continue to take antihypertensive medication as prescribed
  • Avoid hangovers or alcohol intake
  • Refrain from consuming solid foods within 3 hours prior to treatment and liquids within 1 hour prior to treatment
  • Ketamine treatment should never be conducted without a monitor present to ensure your safety

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