Understanding Mental Health
Welcome! These educational pages are provided as a public service by the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians to expand your knowledge and understanding of mental health issues. They will help you learn about mental disorders and mental illness; the different types of mental health professionals, treatments and environments; and other aspects of seeking and obtaining appropriate help.
Beyond helping you become more familiar with these topics, we hope you will become more comfortable and actively involved in taking care of your or your loved ones’ mental health. Mental health is essential to our quality of life and our ability to achieve our full potential. It allows us to cope with life’s challenges, contribute to our communities, and attain our dreams for our families and ourselves.
If you have been touched by mental illness or addictions, know that professional help and caring support are here for you right in North Texas, and that you are not alone. In fact, in 2013, 34.6 million U.S. adults – 14.6 percent of the population aged 18 or older – received mental health care during the preceding 12 months.
Learn more about these subjects:
What is mental health? What is a mental illness? What causes mental illness and who is affected?
Why does mental health matter? What are the benefits of obtaining care, and when should you seek help?
Who provides mental health care? How do specialists differ in training, approach, and types of care or services?
In what types of facilities or environments is treatment provided and for whom is each setting appropriate?
What are other sources and types of supportive mental-health-related services?
What are the primary types of psychiatric disorders? What are their symptoms? How are they treated?
For what other life challenges and emotional stressors is mental health care beneficial?
What types of treatment are available for mental conditions and emotional or behavioral issues?
Where can I find other reliable mental health information online? How do I evaluate sources?
NEED HELP NOW?
EMERGENCY - Definite danger to self or others
Move to safety and call 911
Click here to learn how to inform police
IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE, CALL
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
URGENT EMOTIONAL CRISIS - No danger
Adapt Community Solutions Mobile Crisis & Hotline
NEED for public mental health services or info
1-888-800-6799 (toll free)
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In this Section:
- Seeking Help / Treatment
- Types of Mental Health Professionals
- Treatment Settings and Levels of Care
- Other Mental Health Resources
- Common Mental Disorders
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dual Diagnosis / Co-occurring Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance Use Disorders / Addictions
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Other Mental Health / Emotional Concerns
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health Treatments
- Mental Health Information Sources