Reducing The Stigma
It can be scary to receive a mental health diagnosis. You might feel alone — however, a mental health diagnosis does not have to define you! It's important to remember that mental health diagnoses are prevalent. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 1 in 5 adults in the United States live with a mental disorder.
There are numerous types of mental illness, each with its unique signs and symptoms. Let's examine the two most common:
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States or 18% of the population. That means that if you have anxiety, you are not alone.
Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- Feeling restless or on-edge
- Having a hard time relaxing
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
Depression is another prevalent mental illness affecting 17.3 million adults in the United States or 7.1% of the population. Depression can make it challenging to appreciate activities you used to love and can decrease your motivation to do anything.
Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
- Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Changes in appetite
- Sleeping too much or not being able to sleep
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Thoughts of death
Other Mental Health Conditions
Although anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders in the US, alternative disorders may be identified based on your symptoms.
It is crucial to get a complete evaluation by a mental health professional to seek the proper treatment plan for your diagnosis.
What to Expect After a Diagnosis
You can expect a few things if you have received a mental health diagnosis. First, your doctor will likely prescribe medication to help you manage your symptoms. They may also recommend therapy, either in individual or group sessions.
It is essential to take your medication as prescribed and attend all therapy appointments. These treatments will help you to manage your symptoms and live a healthy, happy life!
Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your mental health diagnosis. They will be able to answer any questions and help you get the treatment you need.
Providing 24/7/365 Support at Advance ER
Advance ER is here to help you on your mental health journey 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you don't feel like yourself, it's okay to get help — and while we handle emergencies, we're also here to support your mental health journey whenever you need it.
To request resources or learn more about our emergency services, please contact us online or by telephone at (214) 494-8222.