May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20% of the adult population will meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis each year. About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their lifetime.
People spend far more time addressing their physical health than their mental health. Mental illness is more common than cancer, lung disease and heart disease combined. An untreated mental illness can complicate many minor and serious physical disorders. It's not a weakness or personality flaw. Anyone can be affected by mental illness, regardless of age, gender, race or status.
Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to encourage people to address the symptoms of mental health condition, such as depression, PTSD, grief, anxiety, etc, as early as possible rather than waiting for symptoms to worsen.
Contact Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare in Guntersville for more information on mental health screenings. Call (256) 259-1774.