Mental health is an important part of who people are. It dictates how we feel, how we relate to others, and how we solve problems. It matters when we’re children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. With 65 million Americans living with mental health conditions, suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Mental illnesses are emotionally and psychologically painful. It’s no wonder that people suffering with them are eager to overcome their symptoms and feelings. Patients often turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain, which commonly leads to a substance addiction. Psychiatric professionals are more adept at addressing these illnesses with healthy and effective treatments.