Mental health encompasses what we think and how we feel and react. A mental health disorder can and will affect daily activities, relationships, and physical health. Mental health impacts the way a person will view themselves, their daily lives, and other people in their lives. Like physical health, good mental health is important at every stage of your life. For example, an eating disorder and depression are forms of a mental health disorder – but the good news is that mental health problems can be treated and you can life a fulfilling life.
Depending on the symptoms described by clients, mental health issues fall into two categories:
- Neurotic: An acute mental health condition such as anxiety, panic, depression, or an eating disorder. According to statistic – 10% of men and 205 of women will suffer from this type of condition during their lifetime.
- Psychotic: A sense of reality is altered or distorted like in the case of schizophrenia.
Mental health problems can affect any person, at any age, regardless of financial status or ethnic group. In much of the United States, mental health disorders are the leading cause of disabilities. In fact, almost 20% of Americans will experience a mental health problem this year. One in every 25 adults living in America suffers from a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Is rehab an option?
There are many different reason a person might suffer from a mental disorder. Oftentimes, it can be prevented or relieved with the proper rehabilitation. To find out if your mental health concerns can be helped with rehab, contact Cornerstone Rehab.
Some signs that a child is affected by a mental health disorder include, but not limited to:
- Unreasonable sad feelings.
- Overreacting to situations.
- Feeling of guilt.
- Constantly worrying.
- Unexplained fears.
- Obsessed with their physical appearance.
- Decline in school grade.
- Avoiding family and friends.
- Chronic nightmares.
- Feeling angry most of the time.
Below are some common disorders:
Anxiety is a fear that is linked to a certain situation or object. Many people sadly do not seek treatment for this disorder as they will avoid whatever may be triggering the anxiety. Some examples of anxiety include, but are not limited to:
Panic disorders: people affected by this experience a sudden paralyzing fear that danger is imminent.
Phobia: there could be a thousand or more different types of phobia but some of the more common one are a fear of objects (such as snakes, heights, water, etc.), or a social phobia where the fear is stemmed from being judged by other.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): is when a person is possessed by constant thoughts in conjunction with the urge to do acts repetitively.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): this type of disorder is usually triggered after a person has witnessed or been part of a frightening or traumatic event and may have a constant fear of being in danger or that they cannot protect their loved ones or control what is happening inside their head.
Mood-disorders: is another common mental disorder that affects many people. Some examples include, but not limited to:
Major depression: if when a person is no longer interested in things that they previously enjoyed participating in. An individuals affected by major depression will experience long periods of sadness.
Bipolar disorder: was previously referred to manic depression in which the patient can go from periods of euphoria to despair without warning.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): is a specific type of depression that is triggered when daylight is limited. This disorder is common in people who live far from the equator. SAD is usually triggered during late fall, all winter, and the early parts of spring
Why is seeking treatment important?
Getting treatment will help to manage the illness and improve your overall quality of live. Living with an illness is a battle, but when the proper treatment is followed, you will be able to enjoy all that life has to offer. Other benefits of seeking mental health treatment include better overall physical health, as sleep improves and physical pain is reduced. Additionally, productivity also increases as motivation to do tasks in a timely manner is restored. As a final note, when mental health is improved, your life expectancy may be extended.
Final note: Treatment is a process, not a “quick fix”. Addictions and some other mental health issues are a lifelong struggle; however, with the proper treatment – that struggle can lessen.