Mental Health Illnesses
Mental health illnesses are conditions that disrupt a person’s ability to think, feel or act normally (or a combination thereof). People suffering from these disorders may have difficulty engaging in social and work activities.
Mental illness is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, early life environment and stress. Despite this fact, most people are resilient and adapt to positive influences in their lives.
Mental illnesses may be caused by certain medical and hormonal conditions, negative childhood experiences, substance abuse problems, trauma or stressful adult events such as domestic violence, relationship breakdown, unemployment, financial troubles or being the victim of a crime. Treatments like psychotherapy, rehabilitation services, support groups and medications can help people manage their symptoms and return to a more normal lifestyle.
Treatment options will differ based on each individual’s diagnosis, individual needs and goals for recovery. In many cases, a combination of treatments can yield optimal results.
Medications can help alleviate some symptoms associated with mental illness, but you must always take them as directed by your healthcare professional. Excessing doses or changing dosages without consulting with your physician could have serious repercussions.
Your doctor or other mental health professionals can help you decide the appropriate course of treatment and refer you to a team of specialists who offer various services. Furthermore, they may assist in connecting you with people who can support your recovery, such as family and friends.