Published on July 8th, 2015 | by abarries
Resources for Mental Illness
Mental-health plays one of the most important roles in our lives and is of essence throughout all of the different human stages of life. Not only does mental health allows us to cope with difficult and stressful situations in our lives in an appropriate manner but it also helps us maintain our physical health. Mental-health does not mean that we are always going to be happy and without problems, life is full of ups and downs. We will have times of joy and peace but also times of distress and despair. What truly matters is being able to get through the hard times so we can enjoy the good times. Life is all about balance.
However, there is also mental illness. According to the Mayo Clinic “Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors”. Mental illness can impair a person’s ability to function at their highest potential on a daily basis. Although experts cannot pin point a specific reason for the cause of mental illness, their extensive research suggests that some of the contributing factors could be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, traumatic experiences and/or is genetically passed down through the family line.
Like any other illness, mental illness can affect any person, from any age, ethnicity, race, gender or social background. Like other medical conditions, mental illness can also be treated. In spite of the fact that treating a mental illness requires commitment and takes time, recovery is attainable. Taking the first step towards recovery won’t be easy but in the end, it will be worth it. And remember that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and that you are not alone because there are millions of people out there going through similar experiences like yours.
For crisis help, support groups, education, and more resources you can visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Sacramento.
3440 Viking Dr
Sacramento, CA 95827