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May is Mental Health Month

Written by kumaran   // May 14, 2011   // Comments Off

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for people to learn more about mental health conditions and seek out help for them.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health concerns affect 1 in 10 Americans today, but fewer than 25 percent of people with a diagnosable mental disorder seek treatment. Mental Health Awareness Month hopes to help increase the number of people who will talk to their doctor or a mental health professional about their concern.

Mental illness is a real and treatable set of conditions that include diagnoses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia among dozens of others. The concerns are serious enough to significantly impact a person’s daily life functioning, whether at school, work or in their relationships with others.

Although mental illness is currently thought to be caused by a complex set of factors that includes genetics, neurochemistry, psychological and social characteristics, there are a number of effective treatments for virtually all mental health concerns. A combination of psychotherapy and medication is most often prescribed for most people’s treatment. People who take both types of treatment tend to feel better faster than those who take only medications.[Read More]

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