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Symptoms of mental disorders should be taken seriously

Symptoms of mental disorders should be taken seriously

Mental health issues are as real and life-altering as cancer, heart disease or stroke. Although symptoms vary from person to person and condition to condition, mental health concerns can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, race or income.

“There are many, many mental health issues that can affect an individual’s ability to function and relate appropriately with family,” said Pete Steiner, M.D., a psychiatrist at the Norton Psychiatric Center. “Any combination of physical or emotional stressors; biochemical imbalances; social, environmental or genetic influences can throw a person out of synch and affect emotional well-being.”

Anyone can experience high and low mood swings, poor school performance, interrupted sleep, increased or decreased appetite, confused thinking or unwarranted fears, but persistent uneasy feelings, suicidal thoughts or emotional and behavioral changes lasting more than two weeks should be evaluated by a mental health professional, according to Dr. Steiner.

“Treatment depends on the condition, severity and duration of symptoms,” Dr. Steiner said. “One thing is certain, no one should be expected to just ‘snap out of it’ when it comes to emotional and psychological issues, nor should anyone have to face such issues alone.”

If you think you or a loved one may have a mental health disorder, call the Norton Psychiatric Center at (502) 629-8850  to schedule an evaluation.


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