Adult behavioral health, or more commonly referred to as mental health, is thankfully being spoken about more often now. However, this wasn’t always the case and is, in fact, very recent. Still, though, there is a harmful stigma that surrounds the topic of depression, anxiety, and even bipolar disorder. We aim to change this.
How Present is Adult Mental Illness?
Although mental health is gaining some attention these days when it comes to teenagers, not enough attention is being put toward mental health within adults. This could very well be due to the fact that the stigma is so strong that adults feel forced to stay quiet. Teenagers are getting more support these days, so they feel safe enough to open up about their depression and anxiety, especially if it means it can help someone else.
Approximately 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness in any given year. 1 in 25 American adults experience a mental illness that is so serious it severely interferes with their daily lifestyle. 20.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced a substance use disorder, and 50.5% of the 20.2 million U.S. adults that experience a substance abuse disorder–or an alcohol/drug addiction–had a mental illness at the same time. Unfortunately, only 41% of American adults with mental illness received any help at all.
The Harmful Consequences of the Stigma Surrounding Adult Mental Health
We have seen many effects that result from the harmful view on adult mental illness. Among them are your family and/or friends not understanding you, bullying or harassment, and your personal belief that you will not succeed or improve your mental health. All of this hurts your self-esteem as an adult, often leading to self-judgment and hate. Unfortunately, being stuck in this dark cloud for long enough may result in a chemical dependency, such as alcohol addiction or drug addiction.
Sacred Oak Medical Center is Fighting the Discrimination With Our Outpatient Programs
At Sacred Oak Medical Center, we are fully dedicating ourselves to helping support adults who suffer mental illness through our behavioral health outpatient programs. We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program, each with different cases in mind. We strive to encourage you and remind you that your illness does not define you, and we will work with you to help you walk your path to recovery. Please schedule an assessment for more information.