Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health.
Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their cultural background, level of education, age, or income. It affects 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children in the United States each year. Mental health problems includes depression, anxiety, and other serious mental disorders.
Having a mental illness is not a matter of personal choice or weakness, but usually caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. It can be inherited, caused by emotional or physical stress, or a combination. Mental health problems are diagnosable, treatable conditions.
Do you know the symptoms of mental illness?
We know that a high fever is a sign of physical illness. What are signs of mental illness? In general, the warning signs are major changes in a person’s feelings, thoughts, behavior, and how they interact with the world around them. One common sign is problems handling the tasks and challenges of everyday life. When daily life seems overwhelming and you can't handle everyday activities, it's best to seek help as soon as possible.
Seeking professional help
A lot of times, people don't get help for mental illness, often because they're embarassed about it or not sure what to do. When a person needs help with their mental health, they should get help as soon as possible, just like they would seek help immediately for any other health issue. When mental health issues are ignored, they can get worse and affect your thinking, communication, learning, emotional growth, resilience, and self-esteem.
There is a wide range of professional and community resources to choose from for mental health problems. In general, it is a good idea to seek professional help for a mental health problem when:
- A symptom does not get better on its own
- A symptom becomes severe
- A symptom does not respond to self-care or help from family or friends
- Symptoms become numerous and affect all areas of your life
If you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, get help immediately.