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Help make a difference, May is mental health awareness month

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Mental Health is a serious issue that we all need to be aware of,  it affects millions throughout the world.

May is Mental health awareness month, early last week during the North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley read a Proclamation informing May as Mental Health month. The proclamation supports the treatment efforts and Mental Health awareness of "B4Stage4". According to the www.mentalhealthamerica.net website, which promotes the B4stage4 awareness campaign.

Knowing the risk factors and symptoms of mental health will help with a plan of action towards your overall health.

According to the Mental Health America website, 17-28% of risk for mental health comes from a variation in common genes.

Other reasons for mental health includes your environment, those who have been exposed to an unfortunate childhood including, violence, abuse, divorce, and neglect are 2.6 times more likely to have depression, 5 times more likely to have serious alcohol problems, 17 times for more likely to have learning or behavioral problems and 3 times more likely to have serious job problems.

There are many different health disorders that fall into the Mental Health Disorder Category.

Anxiety disorder is one of the most common disorders for mental health illness in America and more than 40 million are affected each year. Anxiety disorders are illnesses that can cause people to feel distressed, uneasy, frightened, scared, and nervous for no reason.

If left untreated, these illnesses can cause a serious decrease in a persons quality in life.

There are several other anxiety disorders associated with Mental Health such as:

Panic disorder: A panic disorder is a sudden feeling of terror without warning, shortness in breath, chest pain, dizziness, fear of dying, heart palpations, and even abdominal discomfort.

 Obsessive Compulsive disorder: Excessive thoughts that lead to repetitive behaviors. This produces uneasiness, fear, or worry. Symptoms can include washing or cleaning the same thing over and over again, opening and closing a door over and over again without feeling satisfied with the result.

Post traumatic stress disorder: Often associated with a traumatic event from the past such as child abuse, natural disasters, rape, war, nightmares, car crashes, kidnapping, or the lost of a loved one.

Phobia: Is the fear of an object, avoiding the object is not always an option, which causes an overwhelming fear and a long lasting psychological reaction that can affect your ability to function at work and social settings normally.

Generalized anxiety disorder: Is having uncontrolled worry, and being apprehensive about events and daily functioning

 There are several different medications to help with these disorders such as, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa and more.

If you like the drug alternative simply because medication can get expensive and you want natural healing, exercise is a great alternative.

According to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and director or The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia LLC, exercise has been show to have a significant effect on mood and anxiety. Exercise stimulates the feel good endorphins in our brain, and reduces the stress hormones, it also leads to increased activity.  

Many people may know they have a problem , but don't know where to turn for help. Family, friends, and peers are often the first go to for the help and support you need to take the steps in feeling good again, there are also mental health professional and local support groups you can turn to for help.

If you are someone you know is suffering from a Mental Health disorder and have no one to reach out to, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264 or visit their website at http://www.nami.org for more information.

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