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Did you know?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “one in five American adults live with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year”. 6
A diagnosis of a mental illness is not a life or death sentence. 1 Help is available and recovery is possible. With support and treatment, most people who are living with mental health challenges report reduced symptoms and an increased quality of life.
About 10 percent of the American adult population will have a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar.2 3 And 18 percent have an anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder.2 3
Research shows that half of all mental illnesses start by age 14 4 and three-quarters start by age 24. But, an average of 6 to 8 years pass after the onset of mood disorder symptoms – 9 to 23 years for anxiety disorder symptoms – before young people get help. 5
National Council for Behavioral Health
NCB Magazine: Crisis to Recovery
2016, Issue 1
Far too many people in crisis still wind up in the wrong places with inadequate care and little follow-up, or get no care at all with disastrous consequences. Read how community-based crisis services are helping people recover and avoid crises – from strengthening partnerships with law enforcement to prevent suicides to using technology to track follow-up care and to spot emerging crises.
What is depression?
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.
Have you been dealing with a lot of stress lately? Not properly managing stress can have you feeling anxious, sad, hopeless, helpless, irritable or unfocused. These feelings could be normal, but they could also be something that requires help to overcome. If you were in physical pain, you would be checked by a physician to see if something is wrong in your body.
Mental health is just as important. Mental health problems affect your mind and body. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body. Go ahead and take the Wellbeing Self -Assessment. Share your thoughts and results with a health professional who can provide you with support and help.
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Healthy Lifestyle Stress Management Tips
Relaxation techniques are an essential part of stress management. If you’re an overachiever, you may put relaxation low on your priority list. Don’t shortchange yourself. Everyone needs to relax and recharge.
Relaxation is invaluable for maintaining your health and well-being, and repairing the toll that stress takes on your mind and body.
Almost everyone can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques can help to slow your breathing and to focus your attention on the here and now.
Common relaxation techniques include meditation, tai chi and yoga. But there are more-active ways of achieving relaxation. For example, walking outdoors or participating in a sports activity can be relaxing and help reduce stress.
It doesn’t matter which relaxation technique you choose. What matters is that you select a technique that works for you and that you practice achieving relaxation regularly.