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MAY 2015 - MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. 

 When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them.

 In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease.


So why aren’t we doing the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

When you or someone close to you starts to experience the early warning signs of mental illness, knowing what the risk factors and symptoms are will help to catch them early.

 Often times, family and friends are the first to step in to support a person through these early stages.

Experiencing symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, shouldn’t be ignored or brushed aside in the hopes that they go away.

Like other diseases, we need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.

Mental health conditions should be addressed long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4. Many people do not seek treatment in the early stages of mental illnesses because they don’t recognize the symptoms.

 Up to 84% of the time between the first signs of mental illness and first treatment is spent not recognizing the symptoms.

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