More Than Moodiness?
Everyone feels moody or occasionally has “a case of the Mondays,”
but when disruptions in thought or behavior cause someone to lose his
or her ability to cope with normal functions and routines, they may be
dealing with a much more serious problem than mere moodiness.
Sound Mind, Sound Body
Mental health is just as important to a person’s overall health as
his or her physical condition, and mental illnesses must be cared for
as diligently as any physical illness.
There are more than 200 identified forms of mental illness, the most common
of which are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and
anxiety disorders. Mental illnesses often manifest physically as well
as emotionally and psychologically and can be caused by excessive stress,
genetics, and/or biochemical imbalances.
- Long periods of sadness or irritability
- Feelings of extreme anger
- Extreme emotional highs and lows
- Excessive feelings of fear and anxiety
- Social withdrawal
- Several unexplainable physical complaints
- Substance abuse
- Denial of pronounced issues
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
What Can You Do?
Most people with mental illnesses do not know how to get help and often
go without the services they need. If you suspect a loved one may have
a mental health condition, there are several resources available to you
that can offer counseling and mental health referrals.
Emergency medical services
Always call 911 for emergency assistance if you believe the situation may
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI also offers discussion groups and education and support programs
for caregivers and family members suffering from a mental disorder.
Do not hesitate to get help for someone you believe may be suffering from
a mental health condition. Given proper treatment, many people are able
to cope with or even recover from a mental illness. A medical or mental
health professional can help both you and the person suffering from a
mental health condition, and could even help save a life.
See our blog post about suicide and
mental health resources available in the Fredericksburg community.
Snowden at Fredericksburg, the leading provider of comprehensive behavioral health services in the