Mental Illness: Time to Make a Difference
Oct. 5-11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). It is an important opportunity to learn the symptoms of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions.
It also is an opportunity for conversations about mental health care, helping to end the silence that often exists.
One in four adults experiences a mental health problem ever year. One in five children and teens also experience serious emotional disorders. One-half of cases of chronic mental illness begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24.
Unfortunately, there are long delays−sometimes decades−between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help.
Early identification and treatment can make a big difference for successful management of an illness and; recovery. Yet only one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with mental illness receive treatment. One reason is that symptoms may not be immediately…
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