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.