Read the Mental Health Edition, 2019
You may recognize Judy (her photo is on page 2). A SCAN employee before retirement, she appeared in several SCAN TV commercials and her photo was in many of our print materials. Judy now works with us as a Senior Advocate, and her upbeat nature makes her a natural on the phone as she talks with her fellow members.
Judy has also helped host many SCAN TeleTalks—those large-scale conference calls we hold on various topics. But it wasn’t until Judy hosted a SCAN TeleTalk on mental health that she admitted something to her co-workers: This topic was personal.
If you have a common condition like arthritis, you probably talk about it with your family, friends and your doctor. You ask for help managing the pain and loosening up your joints so you can take part in the activities you enjoy. But what if you have depression? Do you talk openly about that, too? Do you ask for help managing the condition so you can continue to enjoy life?
I’m worried that I might need to talk to a doctor about thoughts I’ve been having. But the idea of talking to someone, anyone, is overwhelming. What am I going to tell her—that I’m afraid I’m going crazy?
As a SCAN member, you can receive care from psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to diagnose and treat conditions important to your emotional health and well-being.
SCAN member Mariana, 74, is able to do what seemed impossible to her a year ago. “Back then, I wouldn’t have been able to talk to you like this because I couldn’t bring myself to pick up the phone,” Mariana remembers.
About three weeks ago, I saw a psychiatrist and she prescribed a pill to help me with my anxiety. I’ve been taking it just as she told me, but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything except making me a bit drowsy. Can I just stop taking it if it’s not working?
Living with any mental health issue can be a challenge for anyone, but coping can seem impossible for people who have multiple physical and mental illnesses at the same time.