Get to know your mental health!

12/9/2015

Kayla Woodman

     Mental health has a lot of hidden facts and a lot of inaccurate facts.  The subject of mental health is a very broad subject.  The Google Definition of mental health is “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.”  The actual definition for mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”  This is one example of how the internet lies about the real factors of mental health. Especially depression.

    Doctors describe depression as a “mental illness” but depression is not.  Depression is a symptom not a illness.  Depression is often a symptom too another problem.  You could be depressed and in reality have ADHD.  Mental health is such a broad subject.  Mental health means that you are diagnosed with an illness often diagnosed by a doctor or a mental health professional.  

Studies reveal that 10% of youths between the ages of 13-18 live with a mental health disorder.  11% of youth have mood disorders.  10% of youth have a behavioral or conduct disorder.  8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.  These studies were conducted by NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Health).  NAMI is an organization conducting studies and giving the real facts of mental health.

Mental health has different categories, categories as in eating disorders, suicide prevention, and coping with trauma.  This is how you can tell if someone you know or yourself is struggling with mental illness… Feeling withdrawn for more than 2 years, Suicide thoughts or actions or self harm, Sudden overwhelming or fear, Delinquent behavior, Lack of eating or taking medication to lose weight, Repeated use of drugs and alcohol in an inappropriate manner, and severe mood changes and loss in friendships no interest.  If you see ANY of these repeated behaviors then you or someone you know who is struggling with any of these behaviors then you need too have have an intervention and get yourself help or your friend.

What normally causes a mental health illness or disease is past or present trauma.  That is one of the main causes.  Something as simple as ADHD can affect you long term so it’s better to get help right away.  Or it could have been caused by a lack of attention as a child or abuse as they call it.  You will have a sudden need to fit in and “be a part” of the crowd.  That is reactive attachment disorder.  There are many disorders but the one that is mainly found in teens and early adults is Social Anxiety Disorder.  That study was conducted by teenmentalhealth.org.  

A mental illness can got ever “go away” but it can be kept on the down low and it can be managed with therapy and medications prescribed by a prescribing doctor.  If you have ADHD or any other mental illness there is most likely a medication for it and therapy is a good option.  

Here are some people to call if you ever need help with diagnosing with a disorder or too find out more information:

  • A school guidance counselor

  • A doctor

  • A mental health professional or screener in your area  

  • A trusted friend or adult

  • Find a local support group in your area

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health disorder(s) then you need to get help immediately or the long term effects can be damaging and harmful to yourself or others.  Remember that you are not alone and there is always someone you can go to for support.  You are never alone!