Well-Being and Treatment of Problems of Living

Transcript

Dr. Patel
Challenging life experiences can evoke uncomfortable emotions, such as sadness, fear, shame, guilt, and anger. In themselves, these emotions aren't usually a problem. In fact, all of our emotions can help us recognize what's truly important in life.

Dr. Jerman
However, because these emotions involve pain or discomfort, it's not uncommon to behave in ways aimed at avoiding, escaping, or numbing these experiences. While such behaviors may provide short-term relief, they ultimately tend to deepen suffering.

Dr. Patel
Avoidant behaviors often result in reduced engagement in life, including engagement with those things that make life worth living. For this reason, avoidant behaviors tend to worsen the very experiences they're intended to ease.

Dr. Jerman
The good news is that these challenges are absolutely manageable, and can be overcome with varying degrees of self, community, and medical or psychological help.

Dr. Patel
In this section, you can find information on the biopsychosocial model, which is a framework for understanding well-being, the development of problems of living, and the treatment of those problems. We also talk about how to seek professional help when self-help strategies are not enough.

Dr. Jerman
We discuss what to expect if you seek help from a mental health professional, and we also address how to recognize and overcome barriers to seeking care.