August 09, 2017
(HealthDay News) -- More than 43 million American adults, 18
percent of the U.S. population, had a mental disorder in the past
year, the most recent surveys cited by the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show.
These disorders -- characterized by significant changes in mood,
thoughts or behavior -- often make carrying out daily activities
more difficult and impair relationships with family and
If you or a loved one has a mental disorder, the agency
- Don't blame yourself or the person with the disorder. It's not
an "attitude problem," but a medical condition.
- Listen to the person carefully, but don't judge him or
- Ask gently if you can make an appointment to see a health
professional. The affected person may not be able to do this.
- As worried as you may be about the affected person, avoid the
temptation to argue or convince the person of a problem.
- Take the person to the emergency room if he or she voices a
desire to commit suicide.