Mental Health InformationHow much do you really know about mental health topics? Caring for your mind, as well as your body, is an important key for overall success in keeping healthy. Here are a few of the more commonly known mental health categories with some beneficial information.
Anxiety- Many people think that anxiety disorders and depression can only be treated with medication. In fact, a recent study showed that about 60% of people with such disorders reduced their symptoms with regular exercise. So try going for a walk, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, or working outside in the garden. It just might work for you!
Stress- It is often thought that the number of hours a person works causes more stress than the workplace itself. However, studies have shown that job environment has a far greater impact on stress at the office than the number of hours worked. Many places of business now offer some educational programs to promote an overall wellness campaign, so if your place of employment does, be sure to take advantage of what they provide that will help alleviate any stress in the workplace.
Suicide- Three million teenagers have either considered or attempted suicide in the past year, but only one-fifth of kids who need mental health services receive them. If you know of anyone who has mentioned suicide give them emotional support. Show that you take the person's feelings seriously and wish to help. Explain that with help and support, he or she, can recover from these feelings. There's plenty of professional help available from many sources.
Depression- Many people think that depression is a normal part of aging. It is not. People of all ages can go through depression. Sometimes people get seriously depressed after something like a divorce, financial problems, a death of someone close, a messed up home-life, or breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend. Other times, depression just happens-like with other illnesses. Treatment success rate for depression is actually more than 80%, whereas the rate for heart disease is 45-50%. The important point for people of all ages is to seek treatment if you feel depressed in any way.
Schizophrenia- It is often thought that once you have schizophrenia, you never recover. This is false! Up to two-thirds of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia actually recover significantly. Most antipsychotic medications can dramatically improve the functioning of people with schizophrenia. Likewise, family support groups provide information and help to those families needing assistance with this mental illness.
The National Mental Health America Information Center is a great source of comprehensive information and can be accessed by calling 1-800-969-6642. Locally, you can contact Mental Health America of Jackson County by calling 812-522-3480.