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Mental Health Awareness Week

by The Radically Adorkable Sarah
Mental Health Awareness Week; Mental Illness

Since 1990, the first week of October has been Mental Health Awareness Week. You might be wondering why we need a week dedicated to Mental Health, when there is already a month dedicated to it. Well, let me tell you. There is no such thing as spreading too much awareness.

The world is in crisis mode when it comes to Mental Health. Did you know one in four adults are diagnosed with a mental illness each year? Yet, still, no one knows much about mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Week is much needed to educate individuals on all the different types of Mental Illnesses that affect so many individuals.

Let’s Get Educated.

[Related: 10 Powerful Mental Health Quotes That Will Make You Think]

Mental Illness Types

Mental Illness

There are so many mental illness’s. Let’s change that through education and knowing when to seek help before it is too late.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is characterized with the inability to pay attention for long periods of time. As the name suggest, hyperactivity is also a common symptom. What people seem to forget is that ADHD affects more than just children, it can affect adults too.

To learn more go here.

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

Wait what? Bipolar is another term for being depressed. Well, yes and no. Bipolar disorder consists of having mood swings where you can go from being super depressed, to inexplicably happy.

To learn more go here.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings, inconsistent behaviors, and unpredictable self image. This disorder I feel is incredibly difficult to explain, so I am going to direct you here to learn more about it.

Eating Disorders

There are actually several different types of eating disorders.

  1. Bulimia Nervosa – This is when you eat as much food as you want. Then you throw it all back up again.
  2. Anorexia – When you purposely restrict calories, basically starve yourself.
  3. Pica – Eating things that are not food. Examples include dirt, toilet paper to name a few.
  4. Binge Eating Disorder – Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, this is when you eat as much food as you want, but you do not throw it all back up. Binging is mostly done in private.
  5. Rumination Disorder – I had actually never heard of this one before researching. This is when you regurgitate food you have already chewed, to re-chew and either swallow or spit it out when through.

To learn more go here.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive disorder is where you feel compelled to do something a certain way. Your thoughts take over, and you become obsessed. If any of you have watched the TV Show Monk, he is the perfect example for someone with OCD.

To learn more go here.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You hear mostly about the effects of PTSD from soldiers when they return from war. They have witnessed and experienced something first hand that has left them traumatized. PTSD is when you live you worst memory over and over again, like it is happening to you currently.

To learn more go here.

Schizoaffective

To have schizoaffective is incredibly rare. Schizoaffective can take a long time to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Schizoaffective is a mix of the three to my understanding.

To learn more go here.

Schizophrenia

I mean no offense when I say this but usually the first thought that pops into most peoples heads when they hear the term schizophrenia is crazy. That is one of the problems with mental health and education today.

Schizophrenia is when a person has lost touch from reality. There are three different types of symptoms Positive, Negative, and Cognitive

  1. Positive – Hallucinations/Delusions
  2. Negative- Flat Affect/Reduced feelings of pleasure
  3. Cognitive- The ability to take information and use it effectively is lost/memory problems/Trouble Focusing

To learn more go here.

Depression

Depression causes severe negative symptoms on how you view life. It affects how you eat, sleep, and make decisions. The rational brain you once had is no longer.

Recognizing the symptoms of depression can help those around you. I try to look at what someone is not saying rather than what they are saying. Anyone can put on a great big brave face, and make pretend happy.

When I was depressed I’d break down crying randomly, but never in front of anyone. I’d at least wait till they were out of the room. I would go to work and smile. But ask me if I was sociable? I would try to make as little small talk as possible, and that is saying something when it comes to me. Some steps I took to get out of my hole, and hey might help you or your friend, are right here.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression go here.

Anxiety

Overall, anxiety is where you worry non stop about something. You worry when there is no need to worry (At least in my experience). There are multiple types of anxiety disorders.

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Fatigue/mind goes blank/muscle tension
  2. Panic Disorder – Can cause Heart Palpitations/sweating/feelings of impending doom
  3. Phobia Related Disorders – “Phobia” Meaning Fear
    • Specific Phobia – Heights/Spiders/Drowning
    • Social Anxiety Disorder- Thinking about a situation before you are in the situation. Getting up to throw trash away in the middle of class, going in for a doctors appointment and worrying about whether the doctor or nurses are going to like you and what you can do to make them like you.
  4. Selective Mutism– Having Necessary Social Skills, but choosing not to talk.

To learn more go here.

Tools to Help with Mental Illness

Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health Screening Tests You Can Take Right Now!

Online Therapy

Mental Health Awareness Week Has Just Began. Educate those who do not understand. There are people who don’t think mental illness is real, if they can’t see it, it’s not true. [Much Like Santa Clause]

Let’s Kick this weeks butt with positivity, and gratitude.

The Radically Adorkable Sarah

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5 comments

teani October 8, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Very good article. My oldest son has Schizoaffective disorder and it is very hard. He will not take medicine so that makes it even harder. They really need more education on Mental health issues.

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radicallyadorkable October 8, 2019 - 3:04 pm

I cannot even imagine how difficult that must be for you! I feel that Schools really should start educating children on mental illness probably around middle school or so. That way mental illness is not looked down on, and It is seen as a disease much like cardiovascular disease.

The Radically Adorkable Sarah

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Charlie | The Barefoot Life October 8, 2019 - 2:43 pm

Such an important cause – thank you for this helpful educational post! Charlie xo

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radicallyadorkable October 8, 2019 - 3:00 pm

You Are More Than Welcome – Glad I could Help Educate

The Radically Adorkable Sarah

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Naomi October 8, 2019 - 3:10 pm

This was so great, mental health is so important to know about!

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