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Mental Illness Is Not A Reach For Attention

Mental illnesses are difficult to understand for those who may not have them, and often it can appear that an individual who is actually suffering looks perfectly healthy to those surrounding them. For this reason, we at NAMI often hear that these folks are simply reaching for attention, and that their illnesses are downplayed by their friends, co-workers, family, or simply those they love. In order to understand that mental illness is very real and causes great distress to those suffering, one must first put into perspective just what having a mental illness may be like.

Patience And Understanding The Human Brain

The human brain is a complex and difficult to understand organ still being decoded by medical science today, and this is where mental illnesses manifest themselves and become part of an individual’s daily life. Medical professionals across the world are recognizing that the human brain must be better understood in its entirety when it comes to realizing and recognizing mental illnesses and the best ways to treat them, and this understanding is requiring patience as well as a realization of its utmost importance to society. Brain based illnesses cause a great impact to society in many ways, and the only way to lessen this impact is to learn more about the brain in an effort to provide solutions for the myriad of mental illnesses out there today.

Technology And Helping Those With Mental Illnesses

Just as technology helps people with remembering their personal schedules, their calendars, their Email, and their other important daily tasks, there is one device that is helping those suffering from mental illnesses to take the best care of themselves as well. We at NAMI understand just how convenient it is to have a gadget on hand in helping to set and remember your daily schedule, and now there is a device that can target the specific needs of those with mental illnesses as well with the Health Buddy.

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety can be particularly difficult to understand, and this goes for those suffering from the illness as well as those who may have loved ones with anxiety disorders. In recent years, medical professionals have begun to recognize anxiety not as a passing episode of neurosis, but as a legitimate mental illness which has a lasting impact on sufferers everywhere, and in turn, the way anxiety is treated is improving as well.

The Personality Of Anxiety

A number of anxiety disorders are being recognized by the psychiatric community as well as the general population. With the inclusion of social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in the DSM-IV, many people are seeing a validation of the condition, which also allows for greater access to coping and treatment resources. The recognition that the concept of hysteria as a passing neurosis has become outdated has also resulted in a greater empathetic response, which affords support and intervention.