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Mental Health

Mental HealthMental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or income. Each year, roughly one in four Americans will be affected by some form of mental illness. When treated, rates of recovery are high. However, fewer than half of those with diagnosable mental illnesses will seek treatment.

Many reasons exist for not seeking treatment:

1. Mental illness may not be recognized in the first place.

2. There may be an incorrect belief that the illness cannot be treated.

3. The negative label or stigma linked to mental illness may prevent people from seeking treatment.

Stigma exists when people do not fully understand mental illness and those affected by it. The results of stigma can be profound. In those with mental illness, stigma can result in social isolation. It can result in difficulty loca (More)

Understanding Mental Health

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  • Mental Illness Reading List
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Seeking Help for Mental Illness
  • Dementia
  • Effects of Disaster on Mental Health
  • Mental Health Myths and Facts
  • Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope
  • Mental Illness Book List
  • Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health (American Academy of Family Physicians)
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  • How do I find treatment, including affordable treatment? (MHA)
  • How do I find a support group in my community? (MHA)
  • How can I get more information about medications? (MHA)
  • How can I get help paying for my prescriptions? (MHA)
  • How do I find inpatient or residential treatment? (MHA)
  • How can I find out about clinical trials? (MHA)
  • What can I do if I’m dissatisfied with my mental health therapy services/treatment? (MHA)
  • What do I need to know about my insurance benefits when seeking treatment? (MHA)
  • What do I need to know about my state's mental health parity laws when seeking treatment? (MHA)
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    NetWellness Expert Ram Chandran  Kalyanam

    Ram Chandran Kalyanam, MD
    The Ohio State University


    Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016