By Betsy Crick
Image from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
May is Mental Health Month, and according to NAMI, we all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and make meaningful contributions to the world. Without mental health, we cannot be fully healthy.
Each illness has its own set of symptoms, but some common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following, among others:
- Excessive worrying or fear
- Feeling excessively sad or low
- Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
DHEC employees – be on the lookout for posters in our buildings throughout the state with more information about the Right Direction for Me resources!