What does having a mental illness mean?
The most important thing to recognize is that mental illness are conditions that have nothing to do with the character of the individual the intelligence or their willpower. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas , mental illness is a condition of the brain’s biology.
What are the causes of mental illness?
Due to the complexity of these combinations there is no sure way to prevent mental illness. However, one can reduce their risk by seeking help when needed, practicing self care, and noting early warning signs.
What are the warning signs of mental illness?
Extreme highs and lows in mood
Excessive fear, anxiety, and worry
Strong feelings of anger
Delusions or hallucinations
Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
Thoughts of suicide
Increasing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
Denial of obvious problems
Many unexplained physical problems
Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
Can Individuals with mental illness recover?
Most individuals who are diagnosed and treated respond positively. There are some cases where symptoms return. However, with careful monitoring and management it is still possible to live a fulfilled and productive life.
What to do if someone you know appears to have symptoms of a mental disorder?
What treatment options are available?
What to know when beginning treatment?
Here are some questions that will need to be answered:
What course of treatment will be most helpful with this diagnosis?
Will this course of treatment involve services from other specialists? If so, who will coordinate these other services?
What medications are generally used with this diagnosis? How soon will I know if the medication is effective?
Are there any risk factors associated with the medication?
What can I do to help in my treatment?
FAQs about medication
What to know before starting a new medication?
They will be able to answer questions including:
What is the medication supposed to do?
When should it take effect?
What side effects are common with the medication? What should I do if I experience side effects?
How do you monitor medications?
If I feel better after taking medications am I “cured” and can I stop taking it?
Additional problems with stopping medication is you may experience withdrawal symptoms that can be unpleasant. If you and your provider feel that a medication should be discontinued then the provider will slowly decrease the dosage so that these symptoms will not occur.