It’s no secret that taking care of our physical bodies is important — eating right, drinking enough water, limiting our screen time, remaining active, getting regular checkups, you know the drill.

But as much emphasis is placed on our physical health, it’s easy to forget the importance of mental health, which is just as vital, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). That’s why they define health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

When most people think of illnesses, we fear cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and the like, but did you know that about 15 percent of the world’s diseases are actually mental illnesses? To put it another way, in the United States an estimated one in five adults— which translates to about 44 million people — experience mental illness each year.

Anxiety

A condition affecting more women than men, anxiety disorders can leave sufferers so consumed by fear and utterly drained of energy that they are unable to maintain relationships and participate in usual activities.

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Bipolar Disorder

A serious mental illness, bipolar disorder causes unusual mood extremes that swing between mania, an elevated state of mood or energy, and depression, which can greatly interfere with the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

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Depression

Whether it’s helplessness, hopelessness, a loss of interest in your usual hobbies, sadness, guilt, or worthlessness, depression can make something as seemingly innocuous as getting out of bed each morning a challenge.

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PTSD & Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma, and there isn’t a neat, one-size-fits-all characterization of when the signs will surface or what they’ll look like because they vary from person to person.

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Why is Mental Health Important?

The reason we need to care about mental health awareness is because it includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, which play a starring role in how we think, feel, and act. How we handle stress, how we relate to other people, how we make everyday life choices, this is all related to mental health.

If someone is struggling with untreated anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, or PTSD, all conditions that are common given modern culture’s challenges, it can greatly interfere with how someone manages the ebb and flow of everyday life. And these mental health issues often co-occur alongside eating disorders and addictions.

But because of greater social awareness with WHO declaring mental health a global crisis and professional achievements that have been made in being able to identify and effectively treat these conditions, people can move forward in a way that’s much healthier.

Dual Diagnosis

In the United States, an estimated one in five adults experience mental illness each year.

Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

It’s no secret that life is hard and can present challenges that are too great to bear alone. If you — or someone you care about — is struggling with addiction-related to underlying anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, or trauma, we can help you gain the courage to face these difficult issues, heal from emotional trauma, overcome grief and loss, and become accountable for your own feelings, behaviors, and recovery so you can live your best, healthiest life moving forward.

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