Persons suffering from Mental Illness will be stress relieved as Ontario simplifies medical reviews for people on disability support  Read more.

It is always refreshing when our elected officials understand the issue at hand and take a more simple action to lessen the stress level on persons suffering from mental illness.

What is the Definition of Mental Illness?

mental health problems 2Mental illness includes of a wide range of mental health conditions; it is disorders that affect your mood, your thinking, your behaviour.  Some examples of mental health are: anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time, however, in spite of having these mental health concerns, they are reluctant to address the area of mental health with a qualified professional.  It is advisable and encouraged to have mental health check-ups so your concerns can be addressed and managed. Symptoms left unmanaged, will eventually become an illness.

mental health check up

Most people have an annual check up with their family doctor.  If you have any concerns about your mental health you should speak with your family doctor and ask for a referral to a qualified professional in the field.  Ongoing stress will affect your daily life. Pay attention to your mental health if you are experiencing some of the signs and symptoms below:

mental-health-problemsSome examples of signs and symptoms are:

  • You’re feeling sad
  • You’re feeling confused
  • You’re not able to think or concentrate
  • You’re feeling fearful
  • You’re constantly worrying
  • You’re feeling extremely guilty
  • You’re experiencing extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • You’re withdrawing from friends, family and activities
  • You’re experiencing significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • You’re detached from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • You’re unable to cope with daily problems or stress
  • You’re having trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • alcohol & drug abuseAlcohol or drug abuse
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking

In addition, symptoms of a mental health disorder can sometimes appear as physical problems, such as a stomach pain, a back pain, a headache, or other aches and pains.

See your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of a mental illness.  Mental illness is a serious problem.  Take care of your mental health before it turns into mental illness.

suicidal thoughtsSuicidal thoughts and behaviour are common with some mental illnesses. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right away:

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • Call your mental health specialist.
  • Call a suicide hotline number — in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
  • Seek help from your primary care doctor or other health care provider.
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.

Get help call 911

Suicidal thinking doesn’t get better on its own, get help.

How to help a loved one?

If your loved one has done self-harm or is considering doing so, take the person to the hospital or call for emergency help.

 

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