DEBRA DEBERRY, CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY
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Mental Health Education
What is Mental Illness?
Did You Know?
Someone I know is being treated for mental illness. What do I say?
It's not always easy to know how to properly refer to someone receiving mental health care. Here are some options for addressing those concerns.
What is it called?
Below is a comprehensive list of terminology used in mental health care. From diagnosis to treatment, click below to learn more...
Mental Illness: According to NAMI
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.
Want more information on the different types of mental illness?
According to NAMI
10 common warning signs of a mental health condition:
Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated)
Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others
Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing
Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain
Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits (e.g. waking up early and acting agitated)
Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts a person in physical danger or causes school failure
Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes
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