May is Mental Health Month
Mental health disorders are real, common and treatable. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 adults and 13-20% of children living in the USA will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.
The following are signals that your loved one may want to speak to a medical or a mental health professional are:
Adults: confused thinking ,prolonged depression (sadness or irritability), feelings of extreme highs or lows, excessive fears, worries and anxieties, social withdrawal, dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits, strong feelings of anger, delusions or hallucinations, growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities, suicidal thoughts, denial of obvious problems, numerous unexplained physical ailments and substance abuse.
Adolescents and Young Adults : substance abuse, inability to cope with problems and daily activities, changes in sleeping and or eating habits, excessive complaints of physical ailments, defiance of authority, truancy, theft or vandalism, intense fear of weight gain, prolonged negative mood, often accompanied with poor appetite or thoughts of death and/or frequent outbursts of anger.
Younger children and pre-adolescents: changes in school performance, poor grades despite strong efforts, excessive worry or anxiety (I.e. refusing to go to bed or school), hyperactivity, persistent nightmares, persistent disobedience or aggression and/or frequent temper tantrums.
Where you seek help will depend on who has the problem and the nature of the symptoms. Often, the best place is to start with is your primary health care provider who can begin the process and offer referrals to various therapists or mental health providers. Consider getting a few names, so you can interview more than one person before choosing the best fit for your needs. During the interview process either on phone or in person, ask about their approach to working with patients, their philosophy, and do they have a special area of concentration. If you feel comfortable after the interview, the next step is to schedule an appointment.
The therapeutic process includes interview about the individual, their family, life in general and friends. Gradually, relief from the distress should occur, development of self-assurance and have a greater ability to make decisions and increased comfort in relationships with others. Therapy may be painful and uncomfortable at times but episodes of discomfort occur during the most successful therapy sessions. A few common types of therapy include: interpersonal therapy, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic and psychoeducation therapies.
3 rd K Registration: May 2 nd 7:30 -11:00 @ Melrose Office.
Upcoming Screenings: RI Hearing Center on May 16, 2014 – Students in Pre-School through Grade 3 will have their hearing tested.