From the perspective of S. Denise Kullman, Mom
Did you know that 1 in 5 adult Americans has a mental health condition? Yet, less than 50% of those adults receive services.
May is mental health month—a good time to focus on this serious and overlooked topic. Mental health conditions are the unseen illnesses. You can’t physically see them. They carry a stigma in our society so no one likes to ask for help. That means most people with mental health problems don’t get the support and treatment they so desperately need.
Depression and bipolarity both run in my family. When we’re all together it’s like oil and vinegar sometimes—a very messy scene!
My adopted son Tyler has bipolarity and attachment disorder. The bipolarity was inherited. His attachment disorder is a result of abuse, neglect, and lack of bonding with his birth mother his first three years of life.
Tyler’s therapy to address these conditions occurs 24/7—at home, school, and weekly therapeutic sessions. He won’t ever be free or cured of these conditions. But our hope is that he will learn and use tools that will help him manage himself so can grow into a successful adult.
Check out www.mentalhealthamerica.net for tips on improving your health and a quick screening for four common mental health conditions.
Wishing you happy health!
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