Millions of people experience the symptoms and effects of mental health disorders. Also often referred to as mental illness, mental health disorders impact people of all ages and genders.
As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted, more than half of all Americans will develop some type of mental health disorder over the course of their lifetime. The CDC also reports that the effects of mental illness can include physical, emotional, psychological, and social harm.
The good news is that most mental health disorders are treatable conditions. When you receive comprehensive, personalized mental health treatment from a reputable provider, you can learn to manage your symptoms and achieve improved quality of life.
Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
The signs and symptoms of mental health disorders can vary considerably depending on which type of mental illness a person has developed. The signs and symptoms of mental health disorders can also be impacted by factors such as a person’s lifestyle and environment, as well as the presence of a co-occurring mental illness.
In general, the possible signs and symptoms of mental health disorders can include:
- Dramatic changes in mood and energy level
- Hypersomnia (sleeping too much) or insomnia (having trouble sleeping)
- Significant shift in appetite and resultant weight gain or loss
- Acting with uncharacteristic recklessness or violence
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Losing interest in topics, events, or hobbies that were previously of great importance
- Displaying excessive anger or sadness
- Frequently thinking or talking about death and dying
- Failing to attend school, go to work, pay bills, or otherwise meet your responsibilities
- Apparent lack of attention to grooming or hygiene
- Inflated or diminished sense of self-esteem and self-confidence
- Delusions (believing things that are demonstrably untrue)
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- Depersonalization (feeling detached from your thoughts, feelings, and body)
A person who displays any signs or develops any symptoms of a mental health disorder may be in crisis and should consult with a qualified professional. Completing a thorough assessment and receiving an accurate mental health diagnosis are important steps on the path to improved mental health.
Mental Health Statistics
The following mental health statistics were reported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
- More than 46 million adults in the United States, or just under 19% of the nation’s adult population, are living with a mental health disorder.
- Among adults, mental health disorders are most common in the 18-25 age group. About 25% of people in this age group had a mental health disorder in the past year.
- Among adults who have a mental health disorder, about 48% of women and about 35% of men received treatment in the past year.
- In 2017, experts estimated that more than 11 million adults, or about 4.5% of the adult population, had mental health symptoms that met the criteria for serious mental illness as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Possible Effects of Mental Health Disorders
When a person needs, but does not receive, mental health treatment, they remain at increased risk for several negative effects of mental health disorders. Untreated mental illness can undermine your physical, emotional, financial, and social well-being.
In general, the possible effects of mental health disorders can include:
- Strained or ruined relationships with family members, friends, colleagues, and peers
- Separation or divorce
- Poor performance in school
- Academic failure
- Inability to find and keep a job
- Financial difficulties
- Physical health problems due to poor self-care or other self-defeating behaviors
- Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental health disorders
- Substance use and addiction
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Poor self-confidence and low self-esteem
- Loss of hope for the future
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
It is difficult to overstate the potential negative effects of mental health disorders. However, when you get effective mental health treatment at a reputable mental health treatment center such as Life Healing Center, you can begin to heal from any effects of mental illness you’ve already experienced.
While you’re receiving care at our mental health treatment center, you can learn to manage the mental health symptoms you’ve been struggling with, and you can develop the skills and strategies that will reduce your risk for experiencing future negative effects of mental health disorders.
Benefits of Mental Health Treatment
The many benefits of mental health treatment include learning about the disorder you’ve been suffering from, understanding how to manage your mental health symptoms, and developing the skills that will help you live a more productive and satisfying life.
Another essential benefit of mental health treatment is realizing that you are not alone. Depending on what type of mental health symptoms you’ve been experiencing, you may have felt a sense of isolation. At our mental health treatment center, you will discover how many others care about you and are prepared to provide meaningful assistance when you need it.
At Life Healing Center, the benefits of mental health treatment include personalized care, comprehensive support, detailed planning to promote continued progress, and the opportunity to remain connected with our staff through the Recovery Choice program.
Therapies Used in Mental Health Treatment
Individualized mental health treatment is a hallmark of care at Life Healing Center. When you enter our mental health treatment center, you’ll complete a thorough assessment. The information we gather will form the foundation of your personalized mental health treatment plan.
Depending on your unique history, strengths, needs, and goals, your personalized mental health treatment plan may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Basic medical care
- Medication management services
- Individual, group, and family sessions
- Adjunctive therapies
At our mental health treatment center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, near Albuquerque, we’re committed to serving as an ongoing resource. To support this effort, we provide a free 12-month connection with Life Healing Center staff through the Recovery Choice program to each person who completes mental health treatment with us.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Life Healing Center.