Making the diagnosis

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