Mental health disorders are common. In fact, according to Mental Health First Aid USA, "In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime." Here at Argyle Family Practice PA, in Argyle, TX, Dr. Christopher Hughes provides his patients with quality mental healthcare—read on to learn more.
What Is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is a type of disorder that affects a person's thoughts and behaviors, often making it difficult to deal with everyday activities. Common forms of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia.
Mental health conditions are caused by a variety of traumatic experiences, like death, violence, and divorce. Genetic components, chemical imbalances, or a combination of both may also result in serious mental illnesses.
Symptoms of Mental Illness
Determining if a person is suffering from a mental health condition is difficult, especially if it's a young child or a teen. Some symptoms adults and teens suffer includes persistent sadness or irritability, extreme anxiety/fear, having extreme emotional highs and lows, severe anger, delusional thoughts, confused thinking, hearing/seeing things that aren’t there, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and/or inability to cope with daily life.
Older children and pre-teens suffer from slightly varying symptoms like substance abuse, vandalism, theft, defying authority, intense/unpredictable mood swings, poor appetite, suicidal thoughts, outbursts of anger, change in sleeping or eating patterns, and/or the inability to manage responsibilities at school or home.
Young children suffer from poor school performance, extreme fear or anxiety, persistent nightmares, changes in sleeping or eating habits, frequently being disobedient or angry, or throwing temper tantrums, and/or hyperactivity
Concerned? Give Us a Call
Dr. Christopher Hughes of Argyle, TX, provides his Argyle Family Practice PA patients with mental healthcare. For more information on how to treat yourself or a loved one, call Dr. Christopher Hughes of Argyle Family Practice PA in Argyle, TX, today at (940) 226-4850.