1 in 4 people will experience mental illness.
Types of Mental Illness
When you consider your overall health, you may think of your physical health. It can be easy to measure your general wellness by how often your exercise or if you eat healthy. However, you would be missing major components of wellness if you only focus on your body’s physical fitness or health. Instead, your wellness plan and goals should include a mix of each area of wellness, including your mental health.
The idea of wellness, according to the University of California (Davis), is not necessarily the absence of disease or illness. Instead, wellness is the conscious decisions we make to be healthy and feel fulfilled. Most research has pointed that wellness can be achieved in different areas of our life: physical, emotional, cognitive, occupational, cultural, social, spiritual, and environmental. Every decision we make can propel us to a higher level of wellness in one of these areas, or damage our progress.
Your mental health is a critical part of your overall wellness. In fact, mental health issues can affect other areas of wellness for better, or for worse. For example, consider when you are feeling stressed out. If you do not find a way to cope in a healthy manner with your stress, you could end up physically ill or exhausted.
While the stigma of mental illness is less now than it has been in decades, we all still have a long way to go when it comes to supporting one another and advocating for our own mental health. One of the best ways to begin advocating for your mental health, and learning how to cope with any concerns you may have, is to find a local therapist who can come alongside you to offer encouragement, guidance, and counsel. Finding a therapist can seem overwhelming at first, but if you use our 1in4 Mental Health resource page, you will be able to narrow your search and make your first step towards mental health wellness.
You can begin to make conscious decisions that positively affect your mental health no matter where you are starting from. Mental health concerns, or mental illness assistance, is nothing to shy away from. Take control of your wellness by adding mental health supports – your wellness is worth it.
People with anxiety disorders experience excessive anxiety, fear, or worry, causing them to avoid situations or develop compulsive rituals to try to ease their anxiety. Learn more about Anxiety Disorders.
Eating disorders are most common in men and women under the age of 30, but can occur in any age group or gender. Eating disorders are characterized by a serious disturbance in eating behavior (either eating too much or too little). Learn more about Eating Disorders.
Contrary to what some believe, schizophrenia is not a “split personality,” but is a brain disease and one of the most serious mental illnesses in the United States. It’s also relatively common, affecting approximately one percent of the population. Schizophrenia symptoms usually appear first in the late teens or twenties. Learn more about Schizophrenia
There are approximately 11 different personality disorders, each with a different medical name and specific symptoms.
Some deviations may be quite mild and interfere little with the individual’s home or work life, while others may cause great disruption in both the family and society. Specific situations or events trigger the behaviors of a personality disorder. Learn more about Personality Disorders.
Substance Abuse and Dependency
In the US, 15 Million people are currently affected by alcohol abuse or dependency, and another 3.1Million have problems with illicit drug use. Dependency on tobacco and prescription medications are also a mental health concern. Learn more about Substance Abuse and Dependency Disorders.
Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are disorders that interfere with the learning process because they reduce the ability to pay attention. Learn more about Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Suicide is something that is often difficult to talk about openly, yet it is more common than many people think. Those with a serious physical or mental illness, those who are using alcohol or drugs, or those who are experiencing a loss or major life change are most likely to attempt suicide. Learn more about Suicide.
Motherhood is a vulnerable role for all women, whether or not they readily admit it. However, there are additional and significant challenges that can add to the motherhood experience when mental illness comes into play. Maternal depression and anxiety can affect all ages, races and cultures; these mental illnesses can also affect first time mothers or more experienced moms. In any case, maternal mental illnesses can be treated and supported when moms feel comfortable sharing their feelings or worries.
Veteran Mental Health Concerns
Men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in the military are heroes for a variety of reasons. Viewed as symbols of bravery and freedom, our Veterans and active military members are a crucial part of our country. Men and women who serve and are physically injured have health care options available immediately upon their return home. However, we are only just beginning to pay closer attention to the mental health strain that serving in our armed forces can cause. Veterans and active military members are at an increased risk for a variety of mental health concerns and conditions