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We wrap off this series which is dedicated to the mental health for tradies month of August by tackling all things related to mental health.

Aside from physical stress, tradies and contractors endure a lot of mental pressure in their businesses that they become prone to such mental health problems.

To all the awesome tradies and contractors out there, never hesitate to seek guidance and support from your loved ones.

Your mental health is a very crucial aspect of your life!

Types Of Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems can be a silent killer because most victims feel very reluctant to seek help.

Like we talked about in the previous podcast, mental health is something everybody has. Just like everyone’s physical health, our mental health is also prone to various illnesses.

Awareness of the different mental health problems will eventually equip tradies to help those who are still suffering from it.

This short list is a good start in understanding what other people around you might be going through.

1. Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems. According to the Mental health Organization, approximately 300 million people throughout the world suffer from depression.

The unfortunate truth is that barely half of the people inflicted with depression receives subsequent treatment or attention.

In general, here are the different symptoms of depression:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-isolation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

A major lifestyle change along with consistent therapy is considered a very effective way to fight depression. A support group may come in very hand for depressed people.

For those of you with depressed family members, set aside time at least every week to make sure everything is going alright with the person. An open and listening ear can go a very long way.

2. Bipolar Disorder

Associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that causes the person to drastically switch from being extremely happy, sad, or upset.

The negative effects of a person suffering from bipolar disorder are as follows:

  • Excessive spending
  • Feeling overly excited and euphoric
  • Invincible mentality
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme depression
  • Frequent arguing
  • Broken relationships

The same treatment that helps people with depression also goes a long way when it comes to bipolar disorder.

3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior are also considered a threat to people’s mental health. This is due to the fact that it causes unusual behavior due to the mental state of the person.

Some obsessions that are usually observed are as follows:

  • Reasonless worrying of family members’ safety and well-being
  • Violent and intrusive thoughts
  • Excessive fear of food and water contamination

Some compulsions that are usually observed are as follows:

  • Excessive washing of hands and/or mouth
  • Repeating words in head
  • Need for reassurance (excessive checking on peers and family members)

The best way to help someone with OCD is to resist affirming their behavior. The problem with OCD is that it has become so common that people often let it pass when they see a friend or family member with this disorder.

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Matt Jones
Founder at The Site Shed
I'm the facilitator here at The Site Shed. My passion lies in doing anything that helps trade based organisations grow. My other company, Tradie Web Guys, helps tradespeople stand out online, while The Site Shed is all about education and resources.
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