Mental Health Awareness and Screening

August is a reminder about the importance of mental health. Many times, this part of our health falls by the wayside while we worry about our physical health, but it is just as crucial to our well-being. In honor of mental health awareness, we urge you to take advantage of the month and go get a mental health screening. Know how you are doing emotionally, and get help if you need it. The stigma of mental illness is slowly going away as we, as a society, begin to understand the nuances of behavioral health. It is estimated that one-fourth of the United States population struggles with some form of mental illness.

What is Mental Illness?

mental healthMental illness is a term used for a variety of conditions affecting thinking, emotions and behavior. Typically, a mental illness will affect your daily life, especially work, social situations and family dynamics. Some of the most common mental illnesses diagnosed include:

• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Eating Disorders

Where to get Screened for Mental Illness

Mental health screenings are simpler than you might think and can be done at many different locations. The most obvious place to receive a mental health screening is the office of a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. However, primary care physicians are capable of detecting mental illness and referring you to an appropriate specialist. If you do not have health insurance, there are many clinics and community centers that have resources for mental health screenings.

Living with Mental Illness

The diagnosis of a mental illness can be an unsettling experience. With few behavioral health diagnoses and treatments discussed openly, it is natural to feel uncertain about managing a newly diagnosed mental health disorder. However, treatments for managing and living with a mental health disorder are numerous and varied. From holistic approaches to prescription medication, treatment options are available for every personality and lifestyle.

If you have questions about a mental health screening or would like to make an appointment, contact Questcare Medical Clinic.