Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Studies show that somewhere between 20 and 25% of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness and that only 40% of those affected seek the appropriate treatment. It can be very intimidating to explore the possibility that you or your loved one may be affected by a mental disorder, but it is important to address any suspicions so they it be treated and managed properly. 

Of the over 200 classified mental disorders, there a couple common ones that we would like to detail so that you are better prepared to recognize the signs.

 

Anxiety

19% of adults in the United States are affected

32% of adolescents in the United States are affected

 

Types of Anxiety:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

This is characterized by excessive worry and anxiety related symptoms that last for several months

Symptoms:

  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension

Panic Disorder:

Panic disorder is tied to recurring moments of intense fear 

Symptoms:

  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Feeling out of control
  • Intense worry
  • Shortness of breath

Social Anxiety Disorder:

This is recognized by an anxiety over social settings where one worries about feeling embarrassed, judged or rejected. 

Symptoms:

  • Feeling highly anxious about being with other people
  • Struggling to communicate in social settings
  • Feeling self-conscious or humiliated
  • Worrying for days or weeks before a social event
  • Avoiding social settings
  • Struggling to build relationships
  • Blushing, sweating, or trembling 
  • Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach in social settings

Depression

7% of adults in the United States affected

13% of adolescents in the United States affected

 

Types of Depression:

Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

This is categorized by depression that is intermittently present for at least two years.

Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Lack in motivation

Postpartum depression

A form of depression tied to pregnancy and post delivery

Symptoms:

  • Feeling of extreme sadness and anxiety that sets in within two weeks after giving birth
  • Constant exhaustion
  • Lack of motivation and emptiness
  • Stress
  • Struggling to develop a relationship with newborn baby

Psychotic Depression

A form of severe depression combined with symptoms of psychosis 

Symptoms: 

  • Depressive emotions as described above
  • Delusions or hallucinations about upsetting things that others cannot hear or see
  • Unprompted feelings of guilt or illness

Seasonal Affective Disorder

A form of depression that develops during the Winter months

Symptoms:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased sleep and lack of motivation
  • Weight gain

 

Mental Health America offers screenings for some of the most common disorders. These can be taken at home for free! Please see the link below for more information.

http://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools

And of course, if you feel that a professional evaluation is necessary, please give us a call at Cornerstone Counseling. We would be happy to guide you through the process toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. 

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