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One in Four Adults Experience a Mental Health Disorder

Posted Oct 11 2010 12:42pm

  To conclude Mental Health Awareness Week I would like to share this excellent illness and recovery fact sheet from  NAMI  I particularly like this fact sheet because it talks about how these illness' are in fact manageable with the right treatment. 

With the statistics as high as they are this information should be common knowledge to everyone, especially our law enforcement and politicians. As the fact sheet concludes,
"Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions."  

What is Mental Illness: Mental Illness Facts

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.

To read more about this article and information on illness and recovery visit my blog

Mercurial Mind Bipolar Blog



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