A Few Clouds
38°FA Few CloudsFull Forecast

Making the diagnosis

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

About 20 percent of the population is estimated to be going through some sort of mental illness, some simple enough to handle with medication, some chronic.

Causes: Environment, medical conditions and genetics can contribute to mental illness.

Signs: Depression, mood changes, memory problems, changes in energy levels, and changes in weight in a short period of time.

Diagnosis: After a diagnosis, in what could be in an hourlong session, patients are often given follow-up appointments, which would be shorter in length.

Treatment: Can include medication, group therapy, inpatient services, and day programs, some more intense than others.

Source: Dr. Chandra Vedak, medical director for Horizons Behavioral Health

– Joseph Bustos

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Reader Poll

At what age is it OK to leave children home alone?
11 years old
12 years old
13 years old
14 years old
15 or older