When’s the last time you did something for your Mental Health? May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here at Rob Levine & Associates, we see firsthand how traumatic life events can cause serious effects to someone’s mental health. This month we are bringing awareness to mental health and celebrate mental wellness.
Mental Health Malpractice
Mental Health Malpractice is a form of Medical Malpractice. Unfortunately, mental health malpractice can be overlooked as it does not always present itself as consistently and clearly as a physical condition might. We see mental health malpractice in a variety of forms. Whether that’s neglect, misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose, failing to obtain medical history, unethical use of isolation or restraint, abuse, mental manipulation and many more. Claims of mental malpractice can be dismissed as patients struggle to convince others of their credibility over a medical professional.
If you have experienced negligence at the hands of a mental health professional, you should immediately contact attorneys to evaluate the case. Read here to learn about what qualifies as Mental Health Malpractice and how to file a claim.
Common Mental Health Conditions
Mental health is a very complex field of overall health and wellness. Our brain is one of the most important organs in the body and is extremely sensitive to any trauma it may endure. Trauma can result in a variety of mental health conditions.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions that affect most people to an extent. We all get anxious or have stressful episodes, but those with chronic Anxiety may have a hard time completing day-to-day activities due to paralyzing fear. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition where a traumatic life event from the past is a recurring trigger in your present life. PTSD can show itself if many forms including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression. We see this a lot in veterans and victims of severe childhood abuse but PTSD can happen to anyone at any time.
Anxiety and PTSD are just two of the many mental health conditions we see today. Conditions range from manageable to severe. Some can be assessed by routine checkups, medications, and therapy, while some require around the clock assistance from medical professionals.
You Are Not Alone
Unfortunately, many people suffer in silence every day at the hands of mental illness. Due to a lack of resources and forms of mental health malpractice, many victims may be misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed altogether. People struggling mentally are sometimes unaware of how much they are suffering. If untreated this can lead to self-medicating with outside substances, homelessness, and even suicide.
If you are having troubling thoughts, having trouble navigating your feelings, or noticed a loved one’s behavior is off, there are resources to help.
- SAMHSA Hotline: 1-800-662- 4357
- National Today Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or text “MHA” to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
This month, check in on yourself and those you love. Mental Health concerns are not always easy to spot and are even harder to work through at times. If you have suffered at the hands of a Mental Health professional, call the attorneys of Rob Levine & Associates to evaluate your case. Attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates will ensure you get the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.