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Mental Illness

Mental illness is one of the most common health disorders. Yet, a large percentage of those afflicted do not get treated.

Stigma of mental health: The sound of silence

A high percentage of people with mental health disorders often refrain from seeking care due to the stigma of mental health.

Mental health providers

Although psychiatrists are doctors trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, there are several other types of professionals that treat people with mental disorders.

Major depressive disorder

Depression is one of the most harmful mental health disorders.

Bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder have mood swings that shift from depression to mania or hypomania.

Suicide: A tragic decision

Although suicide is more common in whites, it is the third leading cause of death in blacks and whites between the ages of 10 and 14. The incidence is increasing in blacks.

Anxiety: When worry or panic takes over

Anxiety is the most common type of mental health disorder. It is most often characterized by panic attacks, phobias or generalized anxiety disorder.

The link between healthy eating and mental health

Research is showing that healthy eating, such as the Mediterranean Diet, are good for the body as well as the mind.

Szechuan stir-fry

This recipe contains low-fat protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates, all of which can benefit mental health.

Yoga: Take a deep breath

Yoga is an ancient discipline that combines meditation with certain positions called asanas. Yoga has been found to improve physical health, and studies now suggest that it can improve mental health as well.

Exercise for mental health

It is well established that exercise improves health and can lower the risk of several chronic illnesses. Exercise can also prevent or help control depression.

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