October 10 is World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day. Today, we know more about mental health and its conditions than ever before. But, we still have some progress to make when it comes to acceptance and awareness of mental health illnesses, including self-awareness and acceptance of our own state of health.
Many people simply don’t understand what it’s like to live with a mental health illness, and others who do live with a mental health condition don’t seek help because of fear or shame. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. We believe the number of suicides and even crime could decrease considerably if the stigma of mental illness is shattered and more people were able to get professional help.
What You Should Know About Depression in the United States
More than 15 million people in the US aged 18 and older are suffering from depression. That number doesn’t include the 20% of the youth population that also suffer from depression. As if those statistics aren’t startling enough, only half of adults get treatment for their condition while a staggering 64% of youth never get help.
Now that you know how serious the epidemic is in our country, you should also learn the signs and symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression. Both illnesses are treatable.
- Lost of energy, lack of interest in usual activities
- Low self-esteem
- Feelings of hopelessness and guilt
- Poor concentration
- Repeated thoughts of suicide or death
- Changes in sleep or appetite
Bipolar Disorder Symptoms
Bipolar is a mood disorder characterized by extreme changes in behavior, energy, and state of mind. People with untreated bipolar disorder battle between mania and extreme depression. Depression in bipolar people is the same for people with depression disorder although the symptoms may sometimes be more extreme. Mania symptoms include:
- Aggressive behavior
- Extreme irritability
- Heightened optimism, energy, self-confidence
- Racing thoughts and/or speech
- Impulsiveness, reckless behavior, and poor judgment
- Easily distraction, flighty state of mind
Anxiety Disorder and PTSD
Other conditions that may lead to suicide or self-injury are generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorder is not the same as occasional feelings of anxiousness during times of increased stress or excitement, rather it’s a condition characterized by chronic worry, tension, and nervousness. Common symptoms include:
- Uncontrollable anxiety or worry
- Feelings of apprehension even when life is otherwise calm
- Difficulty concentrating and focusing
- Inability to relax, be alone, or enjoy quiet time
- Feeling tense including muscle aches or tightness
- Persistently feeling edgy, jumpy, or restless
- Inability to sleep
- Avoiding people, places, and situations that trigger anxiety
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that occurs following a traumatic event or series of traumatic events. PTSD is common among veterans, however, anyone can experience PTSD after trauma. Symptoms of this disorder include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sudden outbursts or extreme irritability
- Feelings of numbness or detachment
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Avoiding places, people and other things that remind you of the trauma
- Vivid, intrusive memories of the trauma
If you think you or someone you know could be suffering from one of these illnesses, please contact your medical provider now to get help. EliteCare’s providers are experienced in managing treatment for certain mental illnesses that have been diagnosed and prescribed treatment by a mental health professional. Dial 662-348-3342 to request an appointment to learn more about how we can help you manage your treatment. If you are feeling suicidal or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit your nearest emergency room.
You can take a screening online right now to learn if your feelings of sadness, stress or anxiety are symptoms of something more by visiting https://helpyourselfhelpothers.org/