진짜 차 팟캐스트 Jinjja Cha Podcast: Let’s talk about Jonghyun

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Very good article on Mental Health and Culture in South Korea

Letter Submission to Jinjja Cha regarding Mental Health:

Hello ladies, I hope you are doing well. In light of what happened to our sweet Jonghyun, I thought it might be good to share some mental health advice. It seems like people are always advocating for others to get treatment, but what does that really look like? As a healthcare professional I feel like it’s my duty to spread the word about your options.

For those that suffer from mild or sub clinical depression and anxiety, or if you are not quite sure if you need therapy or psychiatric help yet adding exercise, yoga and meditation, as well as a supplement named St.Johns Wart can help boost endorphins and regulate mood. Just make sure that you talk to your doctor before taking the St.Johns Wart because it can interact with other medications.

Finding a therapist/Psychologist; if you live in the USA , you can look up a therapist/psychologist in your area using the Psychology today website. Also, this is pretty great because you can filter for mental health issues, what kind of therapy, insurance etc as well. When you see a mental health professional I suggest choosing some one who specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. This type of therapy has been proven to help patients be more mindful of how they think, and thus are able to intercept and change negative thoughts. ( I’ve used this in my own life and it’s amazing). If you have other more serious mental health issues ( bipolar, schizophrenia , etc) therapy is still a great option , but medication is a must.

Psychiatrist/ Primary care physician:
If you are feeling tired, not wanting to get out of bed , and other physical symptoms of depression seeing a primary care docotor maybe a cheaper and better option for you. If you are not able to complete your work at school or at your job, you are weeping all the time , having suicidal ideation it may be a good thing to see a specialist such as a psychiatrist. Also, as you settle into your medication regiment from your psychiatrist , you can be referred to a PCP( primary care) to maintain your prescriptions. PCP visits are usually cheaper than specialist visits. At your first appointment with the Psychiatrist you will probably have to do a questionnaire that will pin point what is going on. The questions ask about how you are feeling physically , your emotional state and how often you feel that way. Many places will have you do this on online and they will go over the results at the office. You also have to do a drug screen to see if you are on elicit drugs and that will Taylor the kind of medication they will give you. Most people with general anxiety and general depression are prescribed low doses of Lexapro ( that’s what I’m on!) for the most part the side effects are some gastric issues in the beginning , appetite changes , and some other minor issues. This medication takes about a month for it to take full effect, but most people do really really well on it! Finally, it’s so important to take care of your self with exercise , therapy and medication. Also, making sure you have a strong social circle can do wonders!

Finally if anyone is feeling desperate and doesn’t want to be here the US suicide hotline number is
1-800-273-8255.

Be well my friends!

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