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What to look for

A mental illness is a health condition that causes changes in a person’s thinking, mood or behavior. It is sometimes easy to forget that our brain, like all of our other organs, is vulnerable to disease.

What to look for

A mental illness is a health condition that causes changes in a person’s thinking, mood or behavior. It is sometimes easy to forget that our brain, like all of our other organs, is vulnerable to disease. Mental illness is a health condition just like diabetes or asthma. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer and heart disease combined. One in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and one family in four has a member who is mentally ill and who will require some type of treatment. Good mental health is an essential component of good physical health. Anyone can have a mental health concern. It is a lot more common than most of us realize.

Below are some of the most common symptoms and warning signs you might feel or see in someone else:

  • Depression
  • Withdrawal or preferring isolation from others
  • Significant increase or decrease in sleep or appetite
  • Inability to enjoy activities
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Spending too much money
  • Nervousness or frequent anxiety
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Frightening feelings of being out of control
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Destructive or high-risk behaviors
  • Hearing or seeing something that isn’t there
  • Constant feeling of being watched or that others are against you
  • Change in personal hygiene and/or appearance
  • Use of alcohol or other substances to alter one’s mood
  • Consuming large quantities of alcohol or other substances to achieve intoxication
  • Substance-related legal problems (DUIs, public intoxication, etc.)

Children May Show Problems in Different Ways, Such As:

  • Behavior seems to slip back to an earlier developmental phase (ie: bed wetting)
  • Reporting feeling lonely, having few friends
  • Involved in frequent fights
  • Refusing to obey parents/teachers
  • Cannot seem to sit still, having too much energy

Lakes Regional Can Help

If you, a family member or friend are experiencing these symptoms or others that concern you, we encourage you to seek help from a qualified Mental Health professional. There are solutions that work – no one needs to feel embarrassed that they might have an illness or substance use problem. We are a comprehensive outpatient Mental Health clinic staffed with trained and credentialed psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, licensed counselors, and social workers. Our goal is to provide the highest quality services in a respectful and caring environment focused on the needs of each client.

Need information on how we can help you?

To learn more about programs and services for adults and children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, click on the "Find a Location" link below and select the location nearest to you. You will be connected to trusted community services.

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