Mental health is important at every stage of life | News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America.

Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being. It also helps determine how we handle stress, interact with others, and make healthy choices.

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood.

Some CDC statistics on mental health include: more than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their life, 1 in 5 children, now or at some point in their life, have had a mental illness severely mentally debilitating. mental illness and 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. Depression increases the risk of many types of physical health problems, especially long-term conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Similarly, the presence of chronic illnesses can increase the risk of mental illness.

Statistics show that 5.7% of people aged 13 and older in the United States suffer from PTSD with a lifetime prevalence.

There is no single cause for mental illness. Examples include, but are not limited to: early adverse life experiences such as trauma or history of abuse such as child abuse, sexual assault, witnessing violence . Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain. Having a feeling of loneliness or isolation.

Fifty-six percent of adults with mental illness receive no mental health treatment. In 2014, Mental Health America (MHA) launched its Mental Health Online Screening which is a collection of online, free, confidential, anonymous, and scientifically validated screening tools to help individuals understand and learn more on their mental health.

In northwest Oklahoma, services from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse are available. Inpatient hospitals provide acute inpatient psychiatric care for people who pose a danger to themselves or others and who are temporarily unable to function in a community setting.

Community mental health centers offer a wide variety of services, including case management and other outpatient mental health services that work alongside community programs to help with housing, employment, and peer advocacy.

Crisis Stabilization Units are available in Oklahoma City. It offers a place of stabilization and direct access to mental health for the community. They accept walk-in visits like an emergency room.

For more information, please visit the CDC, MHA, or ODMHSAS at or or

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