Only 61 percent of Americans feel it appropriate to divulge to family members about a mental Illness diagnosis. The first full week of October was established as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) by Congress 24 years ago; in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise awareness of mental illness worldwide.
Mental illness can affect any person regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity at any point throughout our lifetime. Certain mental illnesses; such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, are most commonly spoken about in today’s society. These disorders can be managed through various options; such as proper therapy, medications, and other treatment options.
Importance of a MedicAlert Medical ID
Wearing a MedicAlert medical ID at all times is particularly important for those living with mental illnesses; since many signs of a mental disorder aren’t always visible. First responders and medical personnel are trained to immediately look for medical IDs during an emergency.
When being instantly aware of the condition their patient; first responders are able to ensure your loved one receives exceptional medical treatment and care. With our 24/7 Family Notification Service; a MedicAlert team member will contact you with the details of your loved ones’ condition and their location so that you can quickly be reunited!
Types of Mental Illnesses
It is important to understand that a mental illness is considered a medical condition. When refusing treatment, a person’s ability to manage the demands of daily life can slowly diminish. Maintaining healthy Interpersonal relationships and keeping a job are commonly the first aspects of one’s life to be affected.
To find out more information about the types of mental illnesses listed below, visit National Alliance on Mental Health
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Seeking Treatment for a Mental Illness
With proper diagnosis and treatment, mental illnesses can be managed in order to lead life to the fullest. As with any other medical condition; when caught in its early stages, treatment can be more effective.
If you or a loved one is living with a mild mental illness with well-controlled symptoms, treatment from your personal health care provider may be adequate. However, Mayo Clinic speaks of a team approach to treatment in order to ensure all psychiatric, medical and social needs are met. A team approach is particularly important for severe extreme mental illnesses. Members of your treatment team may include:
- Family or primary care doctor
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician assistant
- Psychiatrist, a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats mental illnesses
- Psychotherapist, such as a psychologist or a licensed counselor
- Social worker
- Family members