Mental Health Practice Area For OT


It is a fact that mental health is the fastest growing problem today. Many children are born with mental disabilities and some people develop it while they are growing up. The central nervous system controls the whole body and if the brain is impaired, the functioning of the body is affected. Occupational therapy deals with patients suffering from mental disabilities, which is why mental health is an important practice area to focus on.

4 Main Emerging Areas In Mental Health Occupational Therapy Will Be Working On

  • Depression- 1 in 4 American adults is diagnosed with a mental health problem. This can be depression, an eating disorder or a bipolar disorder. Less than half of these people get treatment and simply rely on anti-depressant medication. The advertising for such drugs rose from $32 million to $122 million from 1996 to 2005. It is evident that depression has become a prevalent mental health issue. The number of Americans taking anti-depressants has doubled. These drugs are not enough to treat depression but occupational therapy might just be the only solution. Occupational therapy works in enhancing the quality of life of a person. It tackles all problems regarding the physical, emotional and mental well-being of a person.
  • Recovery And Peer Support Model- Mental health problems attack the 18-25 year old age group the most. In fact, mental health issues have doubled but only a few seeks help. Occupational therapy believes that a peer support model will greatly help people with mental health problems to recover from it. The young people will have reduced depression since they feel the acceptance of a community and support from friends.
  • Sensory Approaches to Mental Health- When treating mentally ill patients, the old methods were seclusion and restraints. However, such methods just resulted in a high death rate among the mentally ill. Sensory rooms are a proposed strategic treatment for the mentally ill. This will reduce seclusion and restraints. Occupational therapy is actually the first to speak about reducing restraints but practicing sensory approaches instead.
  • Veterans’ and Wounded Warriors’ Mental Health- Soldiers who have fought in wars are highly prone to mental health problems. This is primary cause of hospitalization among military men. Post-traumatic stress disorder is prevalent among the veterans, which hinders them to continue living fulfilling lives. Since the government is still not doing much about this, occupational therapy believes that this is an area to be focused on.


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