Mental Health Issues
To remain healthy, understanding more about mental health issues is crucial.
This refers to a long list of mental health conditions or disorders. Mental health issues affect the mood, behavior, and attitude of a person.
Mental health issues are different from mental stress. Mental stress or illness becomes an issue when it interferes with your daily activities.
Mental health issues are somewhat common in the United States. More than 20% of American adults have mental health issues.
At least 50% of Americans will have mental health issues at least once in their lives.
In some cases, a person can suffer from two or more mental health disorders concurrently.
Some of the risk factors include
Some common types of mental health issues include
People with mood disorders have extreme mood swings. They might be extremely happy and extremely sad at sharp intervals.
Mood disorders are also called affective disorders. Common types of mood disorders include cyclothymic disorders, depression, and bipolar depression.
People with psychotic disorders have a distorted reality and awareness. Symptoms related to this disorder include hallucinations.
A good example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.
People with anxiety disorders have a disproportionate response to situations and challenges. This is usually characterized by fear, panic, or anxiety.
Examples of anxiety disorders include panic disorders, phobias, and anxiety disorders.
Personality disorders are marked by rigid and inflexible behavior. This behavior usually goes against the norms of society and is extreme.
Examples of personality disorders include paranoid personality disorder.
People with dissociative disorders usually experience sharp changes in awareness and consciousness of their environment.
Dissociative disorders are usually caused by severe stress. A split personality disorder is a good example of dissociative disorder.
Most people who suffer from mental disorders usually have two or more symptoms. Just having one of these symptoms does not mean you have a mental disorder.
Mental health issues can have negative effects on your life. This might include
There is no guaranteed guideline to prevent mental health issues. However, the following tips might help.
Most treatment options involve some form of therapy. However, the specific treatment used depends on the particular mental health issue. Medications and social support might also be needed.
To get treated, contact your doctor for more information.
You should see a doctor as soon as you see any symptoms of mental health disorders. Always remember that mental health issues can only get better with treatment.
So, getting treatment as soon as you can is important.
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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.
Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.
I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.