A Guide to Mental Health in 2021

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COVID-19 has had a big impact on many people’s emotional well-being. Mental health is important at every stage of life as it determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.2 It’s crucial to know the basics of mental illness so you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.1

Why is Mental Health Important

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines mental health as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.2 Depending on many factors, your mental health can change over time. Mental health is a component of overall health and well-being. For instance, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems. Additionally, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness.2 Some common mental health disorders include:1

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many factors contribute to mental health problems such as genes, trauma, brain chemistry and family history of mental health problems.4

Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems

If you aren’t sure if you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health problem, common warning signs include:4

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Inability to perform daily tasks

Myths and Facts Surrounding Mental Health

Misunderstandings around mental illness can fuel stigma and make it harder to reach out for help. Take this mental health quiz to see if you know the myths from the facts.2

Mental Health by the Numbers

Mental illnesses are very common health conditions in the United States:

  • More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.2
  • 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.2
  • 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.2
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.3
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.3

Tria Health and Mental Health

Many patients decide to take medications to effectively manage their mental health. There are a variety of mental health medications currently on the market, ranging from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to atypical antidepressants. Because there isn’t a test to measure to brain chemicals, it can be a trial-and-error process to identify the best treatment for a patient. If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one, private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for mental health, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. Your Guide to Mental Health and Wellness in 2021 – Port St. Lucie Hospital (portstluciehospitalinc.com)
  2. About Mental Health (cdc.gov)
  3. Mental Health Month 2021 – National Council for Mental Wellbeing « National Council (thenationalcouncil.org)
  4. What Is Mental Health? | MentalHealth.gov

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