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Mental Illness: Learn the Facts About Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Discussion in 'News, Politics & Debates' started by anthony, Aug 17, 2006.

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    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    A recent survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that many people know little or almost nothing about the warning signs, causes and effective treatments for mental illnesses-even though in any given year, one in five Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder.

    Each year, more people suffer from a mental illness than from cancer and diabetes combined.

    Research shows that mental illnesses are caused by genetic and environmental factors, traumatic events, physical illnesses and injuries.

    Yet one-third of Americans mistakenly believe emotional or personal weakness is a major cause of common mental illnesses, and almost as many think old age is a major cause. As a result, many Americans may not get the help they need.

    Mental illnesses are real and treatable. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the rate of successful treatment for depression (70 to 80 percent) is much higher than the rate for other chronic illnesses such as heart disease (45 to 50 percent).

    Some of the signals or symptoms of mental illness include change in personality, inability to cope with problems and daily activities, marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns and extreme highs and lows.

    These are just some of the warning signs of a mental illness such as depression or anxiety disorder. Only 47 percent of those surveyed felt well-equipped to understand and identify the basic warning signs of a common mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder.

    The great majority-84 percent-said they would like to know more about how to identify these warning signs.

    For those want to know more, free information is available at http://. The website has the facts about common mental illnesses, the warning signs, and where to turn for help. A family doctor or a psychiatrist can also answer questions and provide help.

    By learning more, informed persons may be able to help someone who may be suffering from a mental illness lead a healthier, happier life.

    Source: The Acorn
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