Adulthood brings about a multitude of transitions, opportunities, stress, and responsibility.  Healthy individuals need to not only pay attention their physical health to succeed, but also to their mental health.  Mental Illness can be debilitating and even life threatening if not treated.  Mental Illness is treatable, and the earlier the intervention the better the outcome!

Statistics show that:

  • 1 out 5 adults in the U.S. are living with mental illness
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for adults – and it is preventable
  • Major Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44

Mental Illnesses that could present in adulthood include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Psychosis/Psychotic Disorders

Signs and symptoms of mental illness:

The average amount of time a person waits before seeking treatment for mental health concerns is nine years.  Nine years of living with symptoms that can have adverse effects on relationships, career, and overall health.  Many are unsure of when to seek help once they experience symptoms that could be associated with mental illness. The intensity and duration of concerning symptoms are often the main factors in determining if it is time to talk to a doctor or mental health professional. If any of the following symptoms/behaviors occur for two weeks or more it is advisable to seek a professional opinion.

  • Irritable mood or behavior changes
  • Trouble staying focused on tasks
  • Sadness/teary
  • Apathy, just not engaged or caring
  • Isolating/withdrawing from family and friends
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Unfounded fear or nervousness in daily activities
  • Changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches not explained by medical conditions
  • Self-injury such as cutting or burning (seek help immediately if this symptom is present)
  • Thoughts of suicide (seek help immediately if this symptom is present)

Continuum of care offered for adults includes: