Mental health has become a hot topic in recent years, as suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages.
A 2015 study by the National Institute for Mental Health found that nearly American adults suffer from some kind type of mental illness in any given year, and 21.4% of adolescents will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Talking about mental health is more important than ever because 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication.
Mental awareness week, World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day all occur in October. This awareness time is designated to help shed light on not just the prevalence of mental illness, but the symptoms associated with mental illness. Education and treatment is key, but people must understand the symptoms so they will recognize when it’s time to seek treatment.
So, let’s break it down. What exactly is mental illness? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.”
Almost everyone experiences a mental health concern from time-to-time, but mental illness occurs when that concern becomes ongoing and the symptoms cause frequent stress that begin to affect your ability to function in your everyday life.
The seven major mental health disorders include:
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