It Can Be Treatable

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities.

Fortunately, several mental health disorders can be treated effectively, and the prevention of mental health disorders is a growing area of research and practice. Mental Health Stigma has been slowly dissipating as the idea of caring for one’s mental health has now increasingly become a priority. Early detection and action to assist are the two components to find quick manageable relief of a burden that can be ongoing without support. Established treatment due to early diagnoses can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. To ensure longer comfortable lives, mental health assessments, and addressing the disorders are needed at the first sign of a potential problem.

As part of staying healthy, mental health is essential for a person’s complete wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and healthy relationships encompasses a whole body and mind to remain healthy. Not keeping alignment physically and mentally can take a toll on a person and their community. The most concerning populations with the highest risk of unhealthy and unsafe behaviors are those with mental health issues that have gone untreated, especially in children and adolescents. Dangerous behaviors that can arise can include substance abuse, violent or self-destructive behavior, and even suicide. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States for all age groups and the second leading cause of death among people age 25 to 34.

Again, the best thing anyone of us can do to take control of their mental health is to seek help and treatment early!