Think quickly about all of the people you’ve met in your life. Have there been any moments in which you discussed mental illness? How many people have seen struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another mental condition? It’s likely that you can recall a few people who have gone through one of these illnesses at least for a brief period of time; after all, mental illness is much more common that most of us would like to think. Studies from the Scientific American and other reputable sources state that mental illnesses are so common, almost everyone will have at least one diagnosable disorder at some point or another in their lives.
Mental illnesses may come and go, or they may last a lifetime. It truly depends on a person’s family history and their genetics, their upbringing, personality, physical health, coping mechanisms, severity of the disorder, time at which they sought treatment, and more; those who never seek treatment likely struggle with symptoms of mental illness every day, significantly affected in their work, school, family, and social lives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that one in five adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, with one in twenty-five adults experiencing a severe mental illness in a given year. There are a number of symptoms associated with mental illness, depending on the disorder; however, here are some major signs you should look out for:
- Withdrawal from friends, family, and responsibilities
- Drop in productivity in school, work, etc.
- Difficulty with concentrating, thinking, remembering, and more.
- Loss of desire to participate in life’s activities
- Feeling disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings
- Heightened sensitivity to overly-stimulating situations
- Behaving oddly
- Dramatic shifts in mood
If a person’s symptoms are drastically affecting their quality of life, they may very well have a mental disorder. If you or a loved one recognize several of these signs of concern, what’s next? Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn about treatment programs that can help you or your loved one develop tools and healthy coping mechanisms for managing distressing symptoms. Recovery is possible.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.