May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Family Psychology Associates Promotes Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that 75% of mental health problems first appear by age 18? Anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, AD/HD and OCD can be reliably diagnosed in elementary school, and autism spectrum disorders can be detected during the preschool years.  All of these have a genetic component and none are caused by poor parenting.  May is Mental Health Awareness month and Family Psychology Associates wants to encourage early detection of mental health problems.  Almost every family has a member who suffers with a mental health problem.  This is one reason that mental health treatment should remain an essential service in health insurance plans.  Research also indicates that early identification and treatment of mental illness improves the outcome of treatment for physical illnesses.   High blood pressure, chronic pain and insomnia are just a few examples of where primary care is enhanced by the addition of behavioral health interventions.

What Does Mental Health Awareness Mean?

Mental health awareness means being aware of what the early warning signs and symptoms of having a mental health condition.  Mental illness rarely appears without warning signs.  Early intervention can improve the outcome of treatment.

What Are the Mental Health Early Warning Signs?

Mental health awareness means being able to determine if you or someone you love needs a professional mental health evaluation.  One or two of the following symptoms alone can’t predict a mental health condition but if a person is experiencing several symptoms at one time and they are causing problems in their ability to complete everyday activities, they should be seen by a mental health professional.

Early Warning Signs and Symptoms

  • It's Mental Health Awareness Month - Let's Start TalkingFeeling anxiety or overly worried
  • Not being able to complete school or work tasks
  • Changes in eating habits such as overeating or loss of appetite
  • Feeling empty, sad, worthless, or hopeless
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Problems with ability to think clearly, concentrate or memory
  • Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable
  • Disconnection with others or withdrawn
  • Changes in sleep patterns and energy levels
  • Sensitivity to sounds, touch, smells or sight

How Family Psychology Associates Can Help

By getting the help you need when life becomes difficult, you can work with a mental health professional to work through the issues you are encountering and achieve a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.  Some of the services offered and conditions treated at Family Psychology Associates include the following:

Call Us Today if You or a Loved One Need Mental Health Services

If you are in need of mental health services call us today at 727-725-8820 and get the help you need in a confidential and compassionate environment.  Our team includes 18 licensed mental health professionals including therapists, counselors and psychologists who have been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1992.  Our expert care is here for you and your family for every step your life.