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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Updated: May 23, 2018

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from mental illness. This month, many organizations want to raise awareness, fight stigma, provide support, and educate. Here at Blue Hills, we believe your mental health is just as important as your physical health. 1 in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health discourages many people from talking about their problems, seeking help and getting treatment.

It is important to know that warning signs so that you may be able to help a family member or friend in need:

  • Excessive worrying or fear

  • Feeling excessively sad or low

  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning

  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria

  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger

  • Avoiding friends and social activities

  • Click here for more signs

Mental health conditions also affect children and teenagers. Most warning signs are behavioral and may include the following:

  • Changes in school performance

  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school

  • Hyperactive behavior

  • Frequent nightmares

  • Frequent disobedience or aggression

  • Frequent temper tantrums

If you think you or someone close to you may be suffering from mental illness, please don't be afraid to ask for help. Visit the links below and schedule an appointment your Blue Hills physician today.



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