Posted on December 14, 2017 by Kacy
These illnesses are common, recurrent, and if left untreated, can be fatal. Thankfully, mental disorders are treatable and many do recover. Talking openly about mental and substance use disorders can help individuals recognize the signs of mental illness and encourage them to seek much-needed help.
It often takes time for people to recognize that what they are experiencing are symptoms of mental illness. Much of the time between first the symptoms and treatment is spent not recognizing the symptoms of mental health problems. Encouraging primary care physicians to discuss mental health problems are necessary for reducing untreated mental illness. Screenings play an important role in directing people to the care they need. Only 25% of adults with mental health symptoms believed that people are sympathetic to persons with mental illness. This can cause people in need of treatment to avoid being honest about their mental health. This finding highlights the need to educate the public about how to support persons with mental illness and the need to reduce barriers for those seeking treatment for mental illness.
Mental health problems are not moral failings. They are common occurrences and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health disorder, please seek help immediately.