May is Mental Health Awareness month, a movement initiated by the American Psychological Association, which means to bring to the public`s attention the impact that psychological disorders has on a person and how to recognize the signs of a mental health problem in themselves and those around them.
A study conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, revealed that 4% of working adults have experienced at least one episode of anxiety in the past year and the number grow when we refer to people who are unemployed or who work part time.
Although it is a manageable episode that can be solved through counseling or mild medication, few of those who experience an anxiety attack visit their physician.
But anxiety is not the only mental problem that can creep up on a person, eating disorders and depression are some of the most common mental health risks that the modern man has brought upon himself.
With such a wide diversity of mental health issues, it comes to not surprise that, statistically speaking, 25% of Americans will have some sort of mental illness episode during the following year. This means that one in four people, will be going through a rough patch and it might be up to you to recognize their symptoms and help steer them in the right direction.
The symptoms that should demand your attention and indicate that you or a person close to you is experience a mental health disorder can be divided into four categories:
- Changes in thinking pattern. This could translated into suicidal thoughts, extreme and irrational worries or fears and also difficulties remembering information or in learning new things.
- Changes in your emotional well-being. Sudden changes into a person`s emotional state, from exaltation to extreme sadness, without any cause, is a good reason to visit a doctor.
- Changes in your physical shape. If you find yourself without the strength to perform the activities that you usually did or if you have trouble sleeping then you should consult your physician.
- Changes in the way you act. This means that if you find yourself withdrawing from social gatherings and avoiding friends and family, you should think that there may be something more behind this, than just a wish to be alone. Also, if you noticed a tendency towards abuse of substances, this should also be cause for alarm.
Those working to promote mental health awareness have said that: Knowing more about these types of problems should concern every member of the modern society and Mental Health Awareness month is a good way to get the right information out there, to those who need it.
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