With a growing acceptance of the power and utility of psychotherapy and other mental health services, increasing numbers of people are becoming aware of potential personal concerns and are seeking meaningful treatment, while research and clinical sectors develop better tools for helping people achieve more prosperous and fulfilling lives. But some within the industry, such as the author of a recent criticism published at The Huffington Post, suggest that the modern attention to nuances of well-being and the attainment of full potential has left more pressing mental health concerns, such as schizophrenia and some types of depression and anxiety behind.
Noting that both private and public organizations have opted to explore, fund, and support initiatives that focus on improving what might be clinically defined as minor concerns rather than directing resources to mental health issues that have traditionally presented greater personal and social challenges, the critic calls for a return to prioritizing care. As issues of mental health treatment accessibility pose significant difficulties around the world, including many Western countries, concerns over who is able to obtain treatment, and why, may become a more heated issue.
The quest to assist people in overcoming their mental, emotional, and behavioral issues to enjoy a greater outlook on life and a more positive experience is a central goal of the mental health fields, and is not likely to disappear. Yet some advocates of mental health clients with profoundly debilitating concerns have expressed their hope that enhancement will be studied, practiced, and achieved after the most basic of potentially life-saving treatments are successfully deployed. As the gap between types of care widens, some may wonder whether the mental health industry itself will experience a functional split.
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