The education and tasks of people working in mental health care differ from each other. There are many professional titles and roles, which may sometimes confuse the client. This section briefly describes the professional titles and tasks.
Professional confidentiality of health care and social services personnel
Patients should be able to discuss their mental health problems openly with the person in charge of their treatment. The personnel in health care and social services must sign a confidentiality agreement. They cannot disclose your medical records to anyone without your consent.
Livelihood of mental health rehabilitees
Economic livelihood affects the everyday survival of us all. In case the person suffering from a mental disorder is unable to work or study, he/she may make use of the various available benefits.
Concern over a loved one
Mental disorders are common and their degree of severity varies a lot: the milder disorders only slightly interfere with everyday life, whereas the most severe disorders may reduce the patient’s ability to function almost into non-existence.
Telling about a mental disorder
Even today, it may feel difficult to tell friends and family members about having a mental disorder as people often lack knowledge of mental health problems. Perceptions of mental disorders are often based on past ignorance, poor treatment methods and negative attitudes.
Specific personality disorders
Fear of interaction with people
Heikki remembers being timid already as a child and being scared of being the centre of attention at school and talking in front of others. Simply having to answer a question in class would make his heart race and his hands sweat.
Phobias or excessive fears
Phobias or excessive fears are disproportionate and unrealistic fears of certain issues, objects or situations. Typical objects of fear include heights, closed or open spaces, spiders, injections, flying or darkness.
Liisa is a 15-year-old girl, who is doing well at school and exercises on a regular basis. In addition to her hobbies, she also takes a long run almost every night. Liisa has lost a considerable amount of weight within the last year. She only nibbles at her food during family meals.