Mental Health

untitledMental health is not something to make fun of. It’s more of a situation where you need to help out the person going through it. Mental health when a person is suffering from a level of conditions regarding their psychological and emotional well being. Serious mental illness could include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2014 about one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. 43.8 million or 4.0% experience mental illness in a given year. Around $193.2 billion is the cost of these mental illnesses in America per year. People with mental health problems can be violent and unpredictable, have lack of exercise and interest, overuse social media, and can have many other issues. Many research studies have shown that when people receive appropriate mental health care, their use of medical services declines. For example, one study of people with anxiety disorders showed that after psychological treatment, the number of medical visits decreased by 90%, laboratory costs decreased by 50%, and overall treatment costs dropped by 35%.

Early warning signs to seek mental health care

  • having low or no energy
  • hearing voices
  • believing things that are not true/ paranoia
  • pulling away from people and usual activities
  • dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • having strong feelings of anger unpredictably

Mental health is something that is hard to prevent but it is very possible to fight away. It affects families as well as individuals. The children of people with mental illness are at greater risk for abuse, neglect, and a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. So keep in mind to get help on time and prevent yourself and others to be affected by mental illnesses.

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