FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
Myth: “Mental illness is rare.”
Fact: Mental Illness affects 1 out of every 4 people for an estimated 58,000,000 of Americans.
Myth: “Mental illness is not severe.”
Fact: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Myth: “Mental illness has no significant impact on the general population. It’s only a problem to those who have it.
Fact: Mental illness is the number one cause of disability in the United States and is responsible for an estimated $100 billion yearly loss from our economy.
Myth: “Mental illness is not real, they happen to people that are weak or unmotivated.”
Fact: “Genetic studies have determined that most mental illnesses have a hereditary/biological basis. However, environmental factors like upbringing, abuse, trauma, substance use, family and financial stress, among others, can cause and/or exacerbate certain mental illness.
Myth: “Treatment for mental illness doesn’t work.”
Fact: There are multiple approaches to treating mental illness like medications, individual therapy, group therapy, family counseling and other biological therapies among others. All have proven to improve the functioning and quality of life of patients.
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Eastern Atlanta Behavioral Health is a team of highly trained professional psychiatrists, licensed counselors, and clinical social workers specializing in treating all mental health problems.
These conditions are medical illnesses that affect all areas of a person’s health and environment. However, there still exists a social stigma associated with them. Such stigma sometimes prevents individuals as well as families from seeking the help they need.
There are a number of ways to treat mental illness. On the other hands of a properly trained mental health specialist, most individuals with such conditions will experience improvement.
If you are a person close to you is experiencing emotional distress or exhibiting abnormal behavior that is interfering with normal, daily functioning, please seek help from a mental health professional.
Eastern Atlanta Behavioral Health
1592 Mars Hill Road
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
Office: (706) 357-5467
Fax: (706) 357-5468
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