chronic mental health

Mental Health Concerns for Millennials

Millennials are a stressed generation. They are working more hours, making less than older generations and have mountains of student loan debt. Stress not only hurts their emotional and mental wellbeing, but it is also damaging their sex lives.

Mental Health

Millennials are reported to have higher rates of anxiety and depression than any generation before them. This can be attributed to a growing conversation around mental health which has prompted them to come forward with their struggles. Regardless, living with a mental health condition can present challenges when it comes to intimacy and sex. Depression and anxiety can leave us with a lack of interest in sex and intimacy, and having a low libido is often a side-effect of antidepressants. Managing mental health is vital to one’s health. If you are feeling depressed or anxiety, seek help from your doctor and mental health professionals.

Chronic Stress

Working 45+ hours a week, having a side business, and maintaining a social life can leave anyone feeling drained. Many 20 and 30 somethings are working hard to build their business while sacrificing their love life. Nothing is sexier than someone with ambition, but that bubble bursts when a significant other forgets about their partner. Work-life balance is an important thing and something everyone benefits from. On average, employees who take time off and have boundaries around not answering phone calls and email off work hours tend to be happier. And when you are happier and less stressed, it allows you to connect with your partner.

Hormone Imbalance

Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can all impact our sex lives. Having happy and balanced hormones is essential for keeping our sex drive up. When we have an increase of stress in our lives, our cortisol levels rise and directly affect our hormones in a negative way, impacting our sex drive. Managing stress will help to keep your hormones balanced. Meditation, exercise and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with limited processed foods will help maintain your hormones. With the demands of work, time for family and friends, it’s no wonder millennials are having less sex on average. These overworked, underpaid 20 and 30 somethings are feeling the reality of a changing world. At the same time, it is important for millennials to remember sex and intimacy are an important part, of well...being human.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and keeping your mental and physical health in check will help to make your sex life more enjoyable!

Maryland’s Approach to Chronic Mental Health Issues and Therapy

We work with many individuals and families who live with a family member with chronic mental health issues.  As Maryland residents, there are a variety of different programs to help support and meet the needs of people living with chronic mental health diagnoses.  These include both therapy and rehabilitation elements to help with recovery.  Chronic mental health conditions can include: schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar, and major depressive disorder.  

The Assertive Community Treatment model (ACT) is traditionally used to help best provide services for someone with chronic mental health needs.  This model allows a team approach to provide the best level of care and meet each person where they are in life.  

What program support does Maryland provide funding to in order to provide the best mental healthcare?  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs (commonly known as PRP) provides both in-home and community-based rehabilitation counselor visits - occurring at least six times each month.  The team includes a licensed therapist who helps develop a recovery plan with their client along with their case manager’s help.  

Case managers can help provide support in conjunction with a client’s rehabilitation plan both in home, as well as in a group atmosphere at a counseling agency.  Both community group support, along with home support and crucial elements in recovery for chronic mental health issues.  For more information and recommendations about psychiatric rehabilitation programs for you or a loved one, please give us a call at: (301) 960-8991 and we are happy to discuss referral options in the community that will be best for your needs.