Mental health problems are real, common and treatable. In fact, one in five young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have diagnosable mental health problems at any given time. Symptoms often emerge in the late teens or early 20s. Mental disorders are real medical conditions, and are as equally important to address as physical ailments. They are not character flaws or signs of weakness. They are challenges that should be recognized and symptoms that should be treated.
While one may want to believe that determination and sheer will power alone will make symptoms disappear, it is important to get help- sooner rather than later. When properly diagnosed and treated, most people with a mental health problem can recover, have a career and realize their dreams. Acknowledging the problem and getting help is the most important thing one can do to stay well and continue to realize one’s hopes for the future.
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There are more than 200 mental health disorders. Depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are among the most common. They occur in people of every age, race and gender. Symptoms and warning signs may vary in severity, but may include: prolonged periods of sadness, excessive fear or worry, delusions, social withdrawal, inability to function or cope with normal daily activities, fear or suspicion of others, and suicidal thoughts.