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How to get help for a mental health concern (infographic)

March 14, 2019

If you or someone you love is living with a mental health issue, you're not alone. From anxiety to bipolar disorder, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness. But sadly, too many people with a mental health issue don't get help.

"Treatment works," says Dr. Fadi Nicolas, chief medical officer of Sharp Behavioral Health Services. "Don't delay if you think you or a loved one needs help."

Below you will find various treatment options to help you get started.

For mental health questions or concerns, call your primary care doctor. You can also reach out to a mental health provider directly with most insurance plans; the contact information is usually located on your health insurance card. If you or someone you love is experiencing a serious mental health crisis, you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-273-8255.

How to get help for a mental health concern. In the U.S., 43.8 million adults experience mental illness each year. Do you know how to get help if you need it? We can help you get started. What is mental illness? Mental illness is a medical condition, just like heart disease or diabetes. It's common and treatable, and defined as any health condition involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior. 1.1% of American adults live with schizophrenia. 2.6% of American adults live with bipolar disorder. 6.9% of American adults live with major depression. 18.1% of American adults live with anxiety disorders. Stats and Facts. 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness. 50% of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; 75% by age 24. More than 90% of people who die by suicide have symptoms of a mental health condition. Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org. How to get help. From a primary care consult to a more intensive program, a range of treatment options are available. Your first step. These mental health professionals offer various levels of care, depending on your treatment preference. Primary care doctor - MD, DO. Who they are: Doctors specializing in comprehensive care such as family physicians, general internists and pediatricians. How they can help: Primary care doctors receive mental health training and manage an array of mental health problems. Psychiatrist - MD. Who they are: Licensed doctor specializing in mental illness. How they can help: Through talk therapy and sometimes prescribing medications. Therapist - PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW. Who they are: Clinical specialists in mental illness. How they can help: Through talk therapy and sometimes prescribing medications. More intensive support. These programs are designed to offer a more targeted treatment. They range in focus from child and adolescent to adult and senior care. Intensive outpatient program: Care for those who need ongoing treatment without a hospital stay. Partial-day program: Part-time hospitalization for those experiencing a significant disruption in daily living. Inpatient program: Short-term crisis intervention in a safe, secure and structured setting. Reach out. If you or someone you love is experiencing a serious mental health crisis, you can call Suicide Prevention Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-273-8255. From the expert. We've made tremendous strides in mental health treatment in recent years. Treatment works; don't delay if you think you or a loved one needs help. - Dr. Fadi Nicolas, chief medical officer of Sharp Behavioral Health Services. sharp.com/news. 2019 Sharp HealthCare. All rights reserved.

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