Mental disorders need new approach

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5 percent of adults in the United States suffer from mental illness every given year, with 4 percent of adults in the United States suffering from mental illnesses that interfere with the person’s ability to function.

This research shows 90 percent of who people commit suicide do so because of mental illnesses.

These statistics have made me think of many cases in which people suffer from mental illnesses but do not get help and appropriate treatment for them. There should be more opportunities for help, such as psychotherapy or medical treatments.

Many people who have these disorders do not get help and end up making a wrong turn in their life either by abusing drugs or alcohol, committing suicide, or responding to family and friends with aggression and violence.

There are many options for treating depression, but those who do not actively seek help tend to not go for help because of financial and personal reasons.

Personally, I have suffered feelings of anxiety and depression. I was never clinically diagnosed with those disorders but I have had moments of feeling anxious about certain things in my life, such as exams and schoolwork.

Those causes are not serious enough to be diagnosed but those are common anxieties people feel. There are many degrees of depression with which people suffer.

My degree of depression was what my counselor called “high-functioning” depression.

I can function in life and have a smile on my face and appear to be happy on the outside, but inside I felt alone.

Psychotherapy, talking and connecting with loved ones can help with these mental disorders.

If these do not work, then medication should be a last resort.

There is hope for those who suffer from mental disorders. Suicide is not the answer to mental disorders because it is a permanent decision and mental health issues can be temporary.

There should be new approaches to these solutions and more research to improve treatments of these disorders.

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