mental health awareness May shines a light on a health topic that many shy away from – mental health; especially important this year due to the challenges of Coronavirus isolation. There are different mental health disorders that affect individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. And the more we can talk about it, the less the topic is tabooed. So, in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s educate ourselves on what mental health is and what we can do to help.

What are Some of the Most Common Mental Health Issues?

Below is a list of the mental health issues that are more common in our society. Some people are predisposed to mental health issues through a family history. However, others can develop mental health issues from traumatic experiences and unsafe environments.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia)
  • Mood disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Social anxiety disorder

What are Signs or Symptoms of Depression?

It’s fitting that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. As the coronavirus has continued to spread, it is impacting the quality of daily life for most everyone. For instance, adults and children are more likely to deal with symptoms of depression and anxiety as they try to figure out a new normal. Depression, one of the most common mental health issues, can manifest in different ways. Increased or decreased appetite, sleeping more, insomnia, mood swings, sadness, restlessness, and loss of interest in regular activities are just some of the symptoms. Unfortunately, having to shelter-in-place may only enhance these symptoms. Additionally, it might also be more difficult to access professional help. 

What Can I Do to Help?

For those who have been diagnosed with a mental health disease and are undergoing treatment through therapy and/or medication, it is important to continue taking all medication as prescribed. Reach out to your doctor or a therapist to continue therapy, so that symptoms do not increase. Many therapists are offering sessions via Zoom or other video conferencing tools. Dramatic change in routines can be detrimental to the stability of someone who is already struggling with a mental health disease. Monitor family members and friends who have a history of a mental health disease. 

If you or someone in your family is having any of these symptoms, try to get into some positive habits. For example, go for walks, exercise, meditate, read a book, take a long bath, get some rest, and avoid alcohol.  And for children, listen to them and validate their feelings, turn off the news, try to keep a routine, ask them questions, allow them to show their feelings and emotions, and be a role model in dealing with difficult situations.

There is no one fix for all. People cope with change in different ways. When it’s a complete change in daily life, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Stay in touch with your friends and family and talk about how you feel. You are not alone. Like any other disease, mental health diseases need to be treated, not ignored. 

You can also call one of the hotlines listed on this website to talk to speak to a counselor immediately.

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