There is a difference between having common mental health concerns and suffering from mental illness. Most everyone, at sometime during their lifetime, has a mental health concern, such as anxiety about an upcoming event, job responsibilities or otherwise. When everyday life and functioning is affected, it becomes a mental illness.
What Is Mental Illness?
A mental health concern evolves into mental illness when a patient suffers from frequent stress and frustration, which affects their ability to function. The inability to carry on day-to-day activities in work, at home and among friends makes life unbearable, difficult and absolutely miserable. Feelings, moods, emotions and interpersonal relationships are adversely affected. It is difficult to cope with everyday life.
Mental illness is treatable with medication, psychotherapy, support groups or a combination of treatments. The selected treatment depends upon the diagnosed condition, which vary from schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder to severe depression. There are many different mental illnesses, and patients are frequently diagnosed with a combination or disorders.
Who Does It Affect?
Unfortunately, less than one-third of adults and one-half of children with treatable mental illness seek medical attention each year. There are often many years between the first signs of mental illness and the time a patient seeks medical treatment; early detection and intervention reap the best treatment results. During this period, productivity is often low and other serious physical medical conditions can evolve. Reports show that in the U.S., the loss of productivity due to mental illness is in the vicinity of $63 million each year.
A startling statistic is that suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. At least 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a treatable mental illness. Thus, it is imperative that if you or someone you know suffers from mental illness, treatment is sought immediately.