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← Is Mental Illness Curable? [CC English & Español] | Kati Morton

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  1. - Hey everybody, today
    we're gonna talk about
  2. mental illnesses and whether
    they're curable or not.
  3. But before we jump into that,
    are you new to my channel?
  4. Welcome! I am a licensed therapist
  5. making mental health videos
  6. and I release them on
    Monday's and on Thursday's.
  7. So make sure you have your
    notifications turned on
  8. so that you don't miss out.
  9. But now, let's hop into today's topic.
  10. Many people with mental
    health issues of any kind
  11. want to know if they're
    struggle is curable.
  12. And for good reason.
  13. If we feel terrible week after
    week, we're gonna wanna know
  14. that there is an end to what we feel
  15. and that it won't come back, ever.
  16. Now, in order to answer this question,
  17. I first have to describe to you
  18. the difference between mental
    health and mental illness
  19. because it's in that differentiation
  20. that we will find the
    answer to our question.
  21. Now, mental health is
    something that we all have.
  22. Just like we all have a
    physical health, right?
  23. We can have days where we
    feel on top of the world,
  24. you know, checking so many
    things off of our to-do list,
  25. meeting with friends, feeling fulfilled
  26. and just really good.
  27. And overall, just know, that
    mental health is defined,
  28. 'cause I always like to
    define terms first, right?
  29. Mental health is defined as a
    persons condition with regard
  30. to their psychological
    and emotional wellbeing.
  31. If we are taking care of
    ourselves best we can,
  32. you know, we're taking
    breaks when we need them,
  33. making time for the things
    that we enjoy, et cetera,
  34. et cetera, we should have a
    pretty good mental health.
  35. We should feel pretty good, be
    able to manage all we need to
  36. each and every day and overall feel happy.
  37. Mental illness, on the
    other hand, is like,
  38. when we catch a cold.
  39. You know, first you can start
    to feel a little extra tired,
  40. then maybe our nose starts to run
  41. and then maybe we get a
    cough and before you know it,
  42. you're laid up in bed wishing
    you had taken advantage
  43. of all the time you
    had when you were well.
  44. That's not just me, right?
  45. I'm constantly feeling like that,
  46. where when I finally am sick
  47. and I just have to lay on the couch,
  48. I'm like, man, I should
    have got so much done
  49. when I was feeling good.
  50. Maybe it's just me though.
  51. Well, anyways, you have caught an illness.
  52. It is taking over your body
    and you aren't able to do
  53. all that you need to do.
  54. You have to rest, you
    have to take your medicine
  55. and you have to take care of yourself
  56. until you feel better, right?
  57. Mental illness is just the same.
  58. I mean, no, you aren't gonna
    catch it from someone else,
  59. don't get any ideas, but
    it does creep in slowly,
  60. make us feel a little
    different than we normally do,
  61. and finally make it
    impossible for us to do
  62. all that we need to each and every day.
  63. And mental illness impairs our ability
  64. to function in our daily life
  65. but with proper treatment
    we can manage the symptoms
  66. so that we can go back to living our life.
  67. And again, just like a cold,
  68. if we don't take care
    of ourselves, you know,
  69. when you aren't sleeping
    enough, you're working too much,
  70. you're more susceptible to catching a cold
  71. and the same goes for our mental health.
  72. If we don't take care of ourselves,
  73. do the things that we need to do
  74. in order for us to feel good,
  75. our mental health can
    become a mental illness.
  76. Does that make sense?
  77. If not, in short, mental
    illnesses aren't curable
  78. but we can take steps to keep
    our mental health in check
  79. so that the bad way we
    feel doesn't come back.
  80. Or at least won't stay as
    long as it did last time.
  81. Just like if we're physically sick
  82. and we take some days off, we
    sleep a lot, we drink water,
  83. and give our body time to heal,
    we won't stay sick as long
  84. as we would if we kept pushing
    our body to do more and more.
  85. And if you wanna know
    more about this difference
  86. and how you can care
    for your mental health,
  87. pick up my book, it's called,
  88. Are U Ok?: A Guide to Caring
    for Your Mental Health
  89. and it's available now through
    the link in the description.
  90. I talk all about this.
  91. Now, the last thing that I want to do
  92. is I wanna address neuroplasticity.
  93. Now, if you don't know, neuroplasticity is
  94. the ability of the brain to form
  95. and reorganize synaptic connections,
  96. especially in response to learning
  97. or experience or following an injury.
  98. Which really just means that, yes,
  99. you can teach an old dog new tricks.
  100. And yes, our brains can heal and change.
  101. And it's really the whole
    reason that therapy works.
  102. And I wanted to end by
    talking about neuroplasticity
  103. because it can offer some hope
  104. when we can feel like it's
    never gonna get better.
  105. Research on many
    different mental illnesses
  106. from Borderline Personality
    Disorder to Depression
  107. show that if we take care
    of our mental health,
  108. like, we're taking medication
  109. if it's part of our treatment plan,
  110. and we're working to use all the tools
  111. that we're learning in therapy,
  112. our brain can rearrange the connections
  113. so that we no longer have the
    mental illness we had before.
  114. Like it slowly moves things over
  115. to accommodate all the new behaviors
  116. and communication skills you're tying out.
  117. Sure, it's hard at first because it's new,
  118. it's not comfortable
    but it does get easier.
  119. And if you've been watching
    me for a long time,
  120. you may remember how I
    talked about the brain
  121. as if it was a balloon filled with sand.
  122. And when our brain sends
    a signal to have us react
  123. or act in a certain way, it
    rolls a marble over that sand
  124. and makes a little divot or rut, right?
  125. And if we keep doing that
    same thing over and over,
  126. that divot's gonna get
    deeper and deeper and deeper
  127. but if we decide that we
    want to do something new,
  128. that marble is gonna
    have to work extra hard
  129. to get itself out of that
    rut that it's created
  130. into a more new and healthy path.
  131. Does that make sense?
  132. And so if it keeps doing
    that new and healthy thing
  133. then that new divot is
    gonna get deeper and deeper
  134. and that old rut that we used to have
  135. will get more and more shallow.
  136. Remember, our brain is
    moving things around
  137. so that it can assist
    us with what we need.
  138. And as a result, all that healthier stuff
  139. is gonna get easier and easier to do
  140. and the bad unhealthy hard stuff,
  141. it's gonna be easy to stay out of it.
  142. So, overall what I'm really saying is
  143. just stick with it.
  144. Even when it's hard because trust me,
  145. it can and will get better.
  146. I hope you found that helpful
  147. and most importantly, hopeful.
  148. Have a wonderful week and I
    will see you next time, bye.