Mental Health Counseling & Therapy

Christopher “Chris” Jones

LPC, LPC-Supervisor

Chris Jones grew up in a small town south of the metroplex. He has managed to remain close to his small town roots (really— he even owns an RV) and enjoys a relaxed lifestyle with his smart, pretty wife (we think he over-achieved) and his two terrific daughters.

After receiving his Bachelors in psychology from Baylor, Chris stuck around for his... Read More

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Unraveling Mental Health Myths…

Mental Health Myth #1: Mental Health Disorders are caused by “personal defects”.

If you suffer from a mental health challenge, then you’re probably no stranger to stigmatization.

Although studies show that millennialsanother stigmatized term!—are less likely to regard mental health challenges as a “personal defect”, not everyone agrees that counseling isn’t an external symptom of an internal weakness.

But, what’s in a name? In this case, a great deal of the problem! The word mental suggests a rational or volitional (“free will”) component to mental health—and erases the physical nature of the problem. Just as you can inherit crappy knees and a receding hairline from your parents—so too can you acquire their propensity for anxiety, depression, and a host of other “mental” conditions. (Thanks a lot, by the way, mom and dad! 😉

Which Psychological Complaints Are Labeled As “Mental Health Disorders”?

…How much time ya got? Most psychological complaints share features with mental health disorders; but there’s a caveat! For the crossover to become official, the complaint must cause serious impairment to your everyday functioning.

Some of the most common mental health disorders include: Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Addiction, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We see these disorders so often in our practice that we’ve devoted a full page to each topic on our website; however, our dedicated team of mental health specialists also addresses the following conditions:

  • Bipolar Disorder: A mood disturbance characterized by alternating episodes of mania (increased activity and decreased need for sleep; rushing thoughts; feelings of invincibility or delusions of grandeur; reckless behavior, etc.) and depression (the inverse of mania: decreased activity and increased need for sleep; sluggish thoughts; feelings of worthlessness or suicidal ideation, etc.)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: A severe personality disorder characterized by an overpowering fear of abandonment; volatile or destructive relationships; “black and white thinking”; risky, attention-seeking, or manipulative behaviors; suicidal thoughts; and intense, unpredictable rage or chronic paranoia
  • Schizophrenia: A psychotic disorder characterized by auditory and visual hallucinations; delusional or paranoid beliefs; disoriented thoughts and disorganized speech; or catatonia (repetitive/agitated movements; or episodes of abnormal/prolonged immobility)

Which brings us to…

Mental Health Myth #2: Mental Health Disorders (in general) and Schizophrenia (in particular) are characterized by violent behavior.

Sometimes the tritest phrases ring true: People have a tendency to fear what they do not understand.

We’ll spare you the disturbing history lesson on the treatment of mental health disorders; but equip you with some modern statistics: According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), only 3-5% of violent crimes are committed by individuals who have received a diagnosis of serious mental illness.

The other 95-97%? Entirely composed of individuals who have a “clean” bill of mental health!

Can Mental Health Counseling Help Me?

Mental Health Myth #3: People with “mental” health issues can recruit their willpower to “snap out of it” on their own.

Just as a magnet never has a north pole without a south pole, “mental” health disorders don’t exist independently of their biologic or genetic influences.

And even if they did…

If someone offered you a lifeboat and you were 300 miles from shore, should you turn down assistance in favor of swimming back on your own? (Even the longest distance ever swum by a champion swimmer was only 140 miles!)

There’s nothing wrong with making the route to healing easier on yourself. And at Lifeologie, we specialize in reconnecting the lost-at-sea with the security of the shore!

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