Mental Health & Psychiatric Care in Adults

Mental Health & Psychiatric Care in Adults


Mental health is the general state of how people regulate their feelings, behave, and think. As adults get older, they tend to experience significant disturbances in their mental functioning. A person may develop a mental disorder when their patterns of thinking change. It can also happen when their feelings or behaviors disrupt or cause distress in their ability to function.

Unfortunately, mental health issues in adults often go unrecognized and undiagnosed. That is because people misunderstand, fear, and stigmatize mental disorders.

Furthermore, social expectations and norms play a role. In other words, many cultures do not have a standard measure of determining whether a person’s behavior is normal or troubling. What appears rational to one culture may be a concern to another.

When an adult has such a problem, it affects how well they maintain family or social relationships. It also affects how they perform in different settings and function in social environments. An individual’s physical health can also be impacted. For example, adults with heart diseases tend to suffer from depression.

It is on such backgrounds that it becomes essential to recognize and offer psychiatric care to adults who are suffering from mental health problems. That can help to improve and manage their conditions long-term.

Psychiatric care involves the use of various forms of treatment and medical evaluations to improve mental health conditions. Psychiatrists can apply the following methods when caring for individuals with such problems.

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  1. Medication

Medication helps to balance an affected adult’s brain chemistry to reduce their symptoms. That can help to soothe the brain to ensure that the treatment works better. When a person’s brain is not unbalanced and causing harm to their behavior, feelings, and thoughts, it increases their proper functioning and reduces further symptoms.

  1. Occupational Therapy

Psychiatrists use occupational therapy as a treatment approach for those recovering from physical or mental illnesses. It focuses more on an individual’s rehabilitation by helping them to sharpen and develop the necessary skills that can enable them to do their everyday activities. Therapists will treat an individual through the therapeutic use of daily activities.

  1. Behavioral Therapy

Psychiatrists offer behavioral therapy to individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, anger issues, and panic disorders. The treatment helps adults to manage anger and identify negative emotions and thoughts. In most cases, the therapy focuses more on an individual’s current issues and how to find solutions. Its long-term goal is to change one’s behavioral and thinking patterns to ensure they are healthier.

Proper psychiatric care can offer many benefits to people suffering from mental health problems. Some benefits can include:

  • Decreases an adult’s problems with their daily living
  • Helps to reduce social isolation
  • Increases an individual’s quality of life and general life satisfaction
  • Improves functioning at work, which can lead to financial stability

Generally, it is possible to improve the mental health of an individual by promoting healthy living. That may also involve creating a living condition and environment that supports wellbeing and enable people to live healthy lives.


Recognizing and treating mental health problems in adults is vital to ensure their wellbeing. Medical and psychosocial interventions are some of the two ways to treat these conditions. It is also important to encourage early diagnosis because it can promote optimal mental health management.


I am Dr. Marion Johnson, a Nurse Supervisor, Educator, and A clinician with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) both from Walden University. I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Presently, I am doing something I love most, which is being an online instructor. In this position, I believe I can learn, educate, create and implement positive input into the nursing field. Besides work, I am also an avid reader of nursing journals and articles that is why I have a passion for reading, learning and sharing on the trending topics in the nursing arena.

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