Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with Mental Illness in the past year? Half of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable Mental Health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14 yrs. old.
When it comes to Mental Health conditions, silence is not golden. Silence breeds stigma, and stigma prevents people from seeking help.
Together, we can fight stigma and encourage our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to seek help when they need it. Most Mental Illness begins in adolescence, yet it can take years for individuals to seek treatment. Stigma prevents people from seeking life-saving treatment and support. Mental Health Support Community hopes that you will join forces with us to inspire each other and to talk about Mental Illness, so that individuals won’t be afraid to seek the help they need.
“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” -Pete Carroll-
A Psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in Emotional, Behavioral, or Mental Disorders..
Therapy helps you learn Self-Awareness and how to process your Emotions. There are many types of Therapy including Talk Therapy or Therapies where you learn specific Coping Skills such as DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness.
See a Mental Health Professional if you experience changes in your behavior, or if your loved ones notice it as well, a diagnosis is the first step to learning more about what you have, and how to treat it. Take notes about what symptoms you experience, and bring them with you to your appointment. Use this Mood Disorder Questionnaire as a starting point:
International Bipolar Foundation
All types of Mood Disorders have been associated with Suicide. These include Bipolar Affective Disorder, Depressive Episode, Recurrent Depressive Didorder, and persistent Mood Disorders, (e.g. Cyclothymia, and Dysthymia), which form categories F31-F34 in ICD-10 (1). Suicide is therefore a significant risk in unrecognized Depression. Depression has a high prevalence in the general population and is not recognized by many as a Disease. It is estimated that 30% of patients seen by a Physician are suffering from Depresson. Roughly 60% of those who do seek treatment initially contact a General Practitioner. It is a special challenge for the Physician to work with both Physical Disease, and Psychological Disorders simultaneously. In many instances, Depression is masked and patients present only with the somatic complaints.