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May is Mental Health Month

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. That’s why this month’s awareness is so important. During the month of May, the American Counseling Association (ACA) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.

Talking about mental illness can be hard. But mental illness is a common problem. So, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Your family doctor is a good place to start. You might not feel comfortable talking to your doctor about any mental or emotional problems you are having. But your doctor can help you. Doctors today are better equipped to address feelings of depression and help patients feel whole again. Depression is not a sign of vulnerability or weakness. It’s a common health condition that affects people of all ages and circumstances, and it can have serious consequences.

Every mental illness has its own list of symptoms. But there are common ones that could be a red flag that something is wrong. These include:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Thinking negative thoughts about yourself.
  • Frequently feeling anxious or worrying a lot.
  • Irritability or moodiness.
  • Having trouble concentrating.
  • Having trouble concentrating.
  • Finding day-to-day life difficult (getting out of bed, going to work, etc.).
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.

It’s important to seek help for these symptoms since they can cause significant distress and affect your life and your relationships at home, in school, at work, and in other important areas.


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