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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The stigma of mental health is very real and stops some people from seeking help they may need due to either cultural or other thoughts that stop one from seeking care. I had a Doctor friend that once told me something I have never forgotten. They said that if a person has the condition of diabetes, pain or discomfort in an area of their body, or numerous other conditions, would they get care for it? People will seek care for those conditions but sometimes not for a mental disorder due to stigmas.

Mental Health – What is it?

Discussion about someone’s emotional and social well-being including how they behave, feel and act is considered one’s mental health status.

How do I know if I have a mental health situation that needs to be addressed? The list below could be some of the situations you could be experiencing. (va.gov)

• Feeling very sad or nervous• Muscle tension and weakness• Headaches or other physical pain• Irritability, anger, or “short temper”• Decreased energy, motivation, or interests• Problems functioning at home, work, or school• Problems with attention, concentration, or memory• Changes in sleep, appetite, weight, or intimate activities• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness• Unhealthy behaviors (misusing drugs, alcohol, food, or excessive spending to cope with stress)

Am I at risk or how do I know if I could have an issue?

Changes in behavior, thinking, feelings, or physical activity can be among the answers that could lead to more investigation by you.

How do you reduce your chances? Or what to do if you have an issue, like one of the mentioned above?

Talk and communicate with a trusted individual about your concerns. It is best to visit your Primary Care Provider that can lead you in the right direction.

What are some illnesses that are considered mental health conditions?

• Anxiety• Bipolar Disorder• Depression• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD• Schizophrenia

One should never feel like there is nothing that can be done. Help is always available.

References: mhanational.org, nami.org, va.gov

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