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Mental Health Awareness month is observed in May and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans is affected by a mental health condition. Many suffer from anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, there is a stigma surrounding mental illness, making it difficult to ask for help.

People who suffer from mental illness often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Using drugs or alcohol puts a person at high risk of developing an addiction, worsens symptoms of mental illness, and can lead to serious health issues. The stigma of mental illness can lead to discrimination. Some may think a person is unsafe to be around or could suddenly become violent due to a mental illness.

There are harmful consequences associated with the stigma of mental illness. People who suffer from a mental illness can feel hopeless, helpless, and alone.

If you suffer from a mental health condition:

  • Get treatment. It can be difficult to admit you have a mental illness. Get help from a professional who can treat your condition, prescribe medication if necessary, and manage your treatment.
  • Do not feel ashamed. Do not let the stigma of mental illness hold you back from getting help. Learn about your condition. Mental illness does not equate to personal weakness.
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol. Using drugs or alcohol can increase the symptoms of mental health conditions and are destructive for your mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Join a support group. There are support groups and forums for mental health and some are for a specific illness. This is a great way to meet others who share similar experiences and prevents isolation.
  • Do not isolate yourself. Surround yourself with supportive, encouraging people. Family and friends can learn more about mental illness in support groups.

Anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD often co-occur with substance use and addiction. If you or a loved one is battling a mental health condition and addiction, get help today. Do not let the stigma of mental illness keep you from seeking treatment and getting help.

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