Why Is Mental Health So Important?
Anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and psychotic disorders affect 1 in every 4 Americans each and every year.
What Causes Mental Health Disorders?
The exact cause of these disorders is unknown. There is rarely just one cause for these disorders; rather, these disorders manifest from any combination of stress, psychological trauma, heredity, and biology.
What are signs I should be aware of?
It is completely normal to feel sad or “off” from time to time. These feelings may even last several days. Normal “blues” become abnormal when they begin to consistently interfere with daily life.
If you experience any of the following signs daily for more than 2 weeks, seek out advice from your medical provider:
- Sadness or irritability
- Excessive worry or fear
- Feelings of panic
- Dramatic changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Withdrawal from family, friends, social activities
- Thoughts of harming yourself or others
Can I get better without medication?
That depends on your specific situation. You should seek guidance from your Primary Healthcare Provider who will be able to give you a detailed assessment and point you in the right direction.
In most cases, you cannot get better without treatment. However, there are many options for treatment both with and without added medication. Making changes to your diet, adding exercise, and finding a counselor/therapist are all important strategies to have as part of your treatment plan and the best place to start.
You do not have to walk the path to recovery alone. We here at LFHC would be happy to meet with you and help provide you with the resources you need to care for your mental health and wellbeing.