Tips & Advice
What is the most common type of mental illness?
The most common types of mental illness are anxiety disorders, depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Addiction and eating disorders are two categories most people don’t realize fall under mental illness, but they are, and treatment options are improving as professionals gain more understanding of the conditions.
Can mental illness be successfully treated?
Yes, mental illness can be successfully treated.
How is mental illness treated?
Mental illness is treated in a variety of different ways, the main categories of treatment being psychotherapy, medication, peer support and Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM). The latter category refers to non-standard medications or practices. Most treatment plans combine elements from different categories.
Does insurance cover mental health?
Many insurance plans have some mental health benefits, although the coverage varies according to the provider and plan. This is due to a 2008 law referred to as the “mental health parity law,” which requires insurance companies provide mental health coverage that is comparable to physical health coverage. All Affordable Care Act plans cover mental health care. Also, nearly 90 percent of employer-sponsored healthcare plans offer mental health benefits. Medicare does not always cover it, and not all Medicaid programs do, though most do.
How to convince someone to get professional mental help?
It can be a challenge to convince someone to get professional mental healthcare. If you see warning signs that indicate a loved one might need professional help, experts recommend setting a time to talk to them about their situation, and abiding to certain communication rules during the communication (for example, using “I” statements like “I’m concerned.”)
Experts also recommend looking up the details of a trustworthy professional ahead of time. You might even want to set the appointment. It also helps if you know that professional mental health care can be paid for by insurance, since many people don’t seek treatment because they don’t think they can afford it.
If the person is putting up significant resistance to professional help, experts recommend taking a more forceful approach (i.e. cutting off financial support or visitation access) and calling the authorities at the point where it seems the person could be a danger to themselves or others. If it comes to the point where strong measures are needed, professionals in the field say that a single phone call or threat is not sufficient. Getting the person in to treatment requires ongoing involvement.
What are mental health services?
Mental health services are special care and treatment options provided by the healthcare system and by private facilities. These services aren’t just for people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, but also for people who think they may be suffering from mental issues of any kind (including anxiety or addiction) and would like professional help.
How to help someone with a mental illness?
To help someone with a mental illness, always keep in mind that mental health is as important and biologically “real” as physical wellbeing. Do not belittle someone’s struggle or tell them they could fix it with a different attitude. Do not gossip about what they tell you in confidence. Tell them they are important, encourage them to talk to you, and communicate that you are ready to help them. Encourage healthy habits (i.e. getting sleep, getting exercise) and to at least discuss their situation with a professional mental health expert.
What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?
Both tests are very similar and test on nearly identical subjects. The major differences between the ACT and the SAT are that the ACT includes a science test section and the SAT has a math section that you cannot use a calculator on. Both tests are timed, but the SAT test gives you more time per question. There are key math components that are different. For example, the ACT has a greater focus on geometry then the SAT. The SAT factors in math more, so if that is not your strong suit, consider the ACT. The last key difference is the optional essay section. On the SAT you will read and analyze a passage, and dissect the author’s position using evidence and logical reasoning. You do not give opinions. On the ACT essay you will read and analyze the passage’s issue and provide not only different perspectives on the issue, but a personal opinion as well. Outside of the method of scoring, those are the major differences between the two tests.
What is a good ACT score?
The American College Testing (ACT) scores are the average of the test takers sectional scores in math, science, English, and reading: 36 is the highest possible score, and one is the lowest. The average ACT score is 20.8, which puts you in the top 50 percentile, so 21 and above puts you in the upper echelon. Getting 24 is a strong score, puts you in the top 25 percent and gives you more colleges to choose from. Anything above 24 is a very strong test score. Once you get more than 24 you are in the top 20% and from there your chances are outstanding. Obviously each institution has there own standards, but generally speaking, higher scores are a good way to push your application to the top of the stack, in what can be a very competitive environment.
What is a good SAT score?
The best score you can get in your SAT’s (Standard Aptitude Test) is a 1600, so if you can reach that, you’re probably a lock for any school in the country. The average score on the SATs is between 1000 and 1100, so a score in that area puts you in the “50th percentile,” which is the minimum you should be shooting for. Getting 1200 to 1300 is going to separate you from the pack, and above 1300 puts you in the upper echelon. Since this is literally a competition, you cannot aim for average if you want to maximize your chances (and options). If you do grade out near the average, don’t freak out, you will still qualify for plenty of schools, and scores are just area a school looks at for admission.