Mental illness represents difficulty balancing one’s mood or organizing one’s thoughts, differing in intensity and duration depending on each individual. It affects the behavior, interpersonal relationships, and activities of the affected person.
Mental illness is a disease like any other, obviously not better or worse, and professional help is always advised.
What can cause mental health problems?
- brain injury;
- emotionally traumatizing events;
- conflict, change in your life or profession, poor health;
- external causes (medication overdoses, alcohol, drugs);
- prison detention
What are the symptoms of mental health problems?
- difficulty with paying attention, remembering, efficiency, and effectiveness;
- emotional upsets: prolonged sadness, overly extreme happiness without reason, negative thinking;
- extreme tiredness but difficulty sleeping;
- difficulty with self-control, dependence of medicines, alcohol, or drugs;
- sexual difficulties.
What are the most common mental health problems?
- depression is a common mental disorder that presents with a sad mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration;
- anxiety is an uneasy state of restlessness, like an unexplainable fear, often without a precise reason;
- alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the person’s normal family, social, or work life.
Where to look for help?
- family doctor;
- the Orizonturi Foundation.
What are the possibilities for resolving the problems?
- out-patient services under a psychiatrist’s supervision;
- individual and group psychotherapy;
- complementary therapies: music therapy, ergotherapy, relaxation therapy, cultural therapy;
- treatment in the hospital, supervised by the medical staff 24 hours a day;
- treatment in the daily care system, between 8 am and 3 pm.