Medical IDs for Mental Health

A healthy mental health

Mental health is one of the most important aspects of overall wellbeing in a person. Mental health refers to the emotional, psychological, and social health of an individual. These factors can affect how well a person is able to relate to other people, make decisions and handle intense emotions such as stress and anxiety. Just like physical health, mental health can improve or worsen due to a variety of environmental and genetic causes and circumstances.  

It is natural for mental health to fluctuate through the course of a person’s life. Just like how our physical health sometimes deteriorates due to illness or if our physical needs are not met, mental health can deteriorate if a person’s emotional, psychological, and social needs aren’t met. Human beings need to feel safe, stay intellectually stimulated, and have a sense of social belonging in order to remain mentally healthy.  

Why wear a mental health MedicAlert bracelet? 

MedicAlert is the premier medical ID service, with over 65 years of experience in protecting and saving lives. MedicAlert IDs are a globally recognized symbol for individuals with chronic medical issues, including mental health conditions.  

Mental health conditions can be misinterpreted by first responders, law enforcement, or emergency personnel. Wearing a medical ID that informs others about your mental health condition can help ensure that you receive proper care in an emergency. An anxiety awareness bracelet, ADHD bracelet, depression bracelet, bipolar bracelet, schizophrenia bracelet, or other mental health awareness jewelry will allow medical and mental health staff to immediately receive your medical history and information about your mental health condition in the event of a crisis.  

MedicAlert’s 24/7 emergency response team is always ready to send your information to a mental health or medical professional when they need it. MedicAlert Foundation will even notify your loved ones in case you aren’t able to. 

The importance of a mental illness medical ID bracelet

Wearing a medical ID jewelry at all times allows your medical conditions to be known immediately in an emergency situation. With the presence of a MedicAlert medical ID, first responders have the ability to connect with medical personnel to obtain your complete health history.

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Signs of mental health issues 

Some indications of poor mental health include a feeling of emotional numbness, low energy, a sudden disinterest in activities you typically enjoy, mood swings, or a feeling of irritation that won’t go away. Everyone experiences symptoms of poor mental health occasionally, but if you experience these symptoms over a longer period of time you should consider seeing a mental health professional to help your mental health get back on track. 

Some mental health symptoms, however, are more long-lasting than just periods of poorer mental health. These are known as mental health conditions or mental health disorders and can seriously affect a person’s everyday life. There are a wide variety of mental health conditions, and each is associated with different symptoms and treatments. Here is everything you need to know about living with a mental health condition. 

What are some different mental health conditions? 

Mental health conditions affect a diverse range of mental factors. Some of the main categories of mental health conditions include: 

  • Anxiety disorders, which affect how people handle stress and anxiety
  • Mood disorders, which affect emotional regulation 
  • Psychotic disorders, which involve distorted awareness and thinking 
  • Personality disorders, which affect a person’s ability to regulate personality traits in a manner detrimental to everyday life  
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which involve persistent thoughts or fears that cause repetitive behaviors 
  • Eating disorders, which involve a person’s relationship with food
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can develop following a traumatic    

Common mental health conditions include depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Mental health disorders also include chronic brain disorders, such as schizophrenia.  

The exact causes of mental health conditions are not known for certain by medical professionals and vary depending on the condition. Contributing causes to the development of mental health conditions include biological factors such as an imbalance of the hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain, as well as infections, brain trauma, and prenatal damage. Genetic factors also play a role in a person’s overall mental health as well as their likelihood of developing a mental health condition.  

Psychological factors also play a major role in contributing to the development of a mental health condition. Psychological trauma during childhood, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse by a parent, adult or peers can result in the development of a mental health condition later onlater in life. The psychological harm of suffering a loss early in life such as the death of a parent or loved one can also contribute to a mental health condition, as well as parental neglect or not having social needs met by peers. 

Environmental factors such as acute sources of stress can also contribute to the development of a mental health condition, such as a poor family life, self-esteem issues, chronic loneliness, a sudden change in social environment such as by moving, changing jobs, or attending a new school. The cultural and social environment in which a person lives can affect their mental health and lead to the development of a mental health condition as well. Finally, substance abuse or the use of any mind-altering drugs can lead to the development of a mental health condition. 

How can a mental health condition affect your life? 

Living with a mental health condition can make life challenging in multiple ways. Mental health conditions can make it difficult to perform necessary functions in everyday life and live up to societal expectations. Different mental health conditions present different challenges for individuals. Anxiety disorders can make it highly difficult to cope with the stresses and emotional ups and downs of daily life, while mood disorders can affect a person’s motivation and ability to connect with others. Personality disorders make it challenging to work and interact with others in a cooperative and social setting, and chronic brain disorders can present a variety of psychological symptoms such as speech impairment and hallucinations. 

Mental health conditions usually involve long-term symptoms, but acute and sudden onsets of more severe symptoms can also occur. These vary depending on the type of mental health condition. Examples of sudden episodes of more severe symptoms related to mental health conditions include panic attacks, a sudden plummet in mood and will to live, or a sudden shift into an extremely aggressive or angry mood. 

When living with a mental health condition, it’s vitally important that you seek treatment from a mental health professional. Treatments for mental health conditions typically involve therapy, medication, or a mixture of the two. Being aware of your mental health condition and how the symptoms that you may experience will also help you to navigate work and social challenges in a way that takes your mental health condition into account. It’s also important that medical and mental health experts can receive your medical background and health information in case you require medical attention due to a sudden onset or worsening of symptoms. 

What should I engrave on my medical ID?

MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our medical ID products. The engraving on your mental health ID should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, including:

  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Implanted devices
  • Any medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness. Learn more about NAMI and find their available resources:

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