There are many people affected by mental health issues in our world today as we all know.  Learning to accept and live with these issues affects people, families and friends in all walks of life. No race, gender or religion is excluded.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States, 4.8% of American adults are affected by serious mental health issues. Some of these diseases are hereditary with most mental health issues beginning by the age of 24.

There many different types of mental illness such as:

  • Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Attacks

There is a wide variety of treatment available for patients and their families dealing with a mental illness. Medications and counseling are necessary to help a patient improve in many cases. Most all of us are affected by mild depression and anxiety at some point in our lives but those patients who are unable to achieve a better mood or outlook on their own may benefit from treatment. Some signs to look for when a person is suspected of having some serious mental issues are as follows:

  • Excessive Paranoia, Worry or Anxiety
  • Long lasting Sadness or Irritability
  • Extreme Changes in Moods
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in Eating or Sleeping Patterns
  • Substance Abuse

Many improvements and strides have been made over the past few years in understanding emotional and mental wellbeing!  We all deserve to lead the happiest most fulfilling lives as possible! Society is beginning to accept emotional disorders the same as we would any physical health issue.  After all, it is well known today that our mood, emotional and mental wellbeing can greatly affect our physical health. 

Educating ourselves and having empathy and understanding for our fellow human beings with  substance abuse disorders is important in learning how best to help these individuals overcome their addictions by exploring and learning what underlying causes and issues may exist.

Science and medical treatment have made great strides today in treating people with substance abuse disorders in a more dignified and respectful way instead of attaching a “bad social stigma” to make a person feel even worse than before! Understanding and kindness are the best tools to begin with when dealing with a person who is having trouble coping with daily life and it’s responsibilities.  If we can all approach our fellow man with empathy and genuine desire to help, maybe we can begin to wipe out the stigma associated with emotional, mental and behavioral issues.