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Frontier Health working to educate the public about mental health

May 17th, 2014 6:40 pm by Nick Shepherd

Frontier Health  working to educate the public about mental health

In everyday life, people worry about their health. They exercise and eat right, or at least talk about exercising and eating right, visit the doctor and are generally in tune with their bodies.

One aspect of health a lot of people don't think about is mental health. There is a reason people tend to forget about their own mental health.

"One of the big things that prevents people from getting help is the stigma associated with mental illness," said Tim Perry, divisional director for children and youth mental health services for Frontier Health. "People don't want to be labeled with a mental illness."

Perry said there are two categories the general population usually deals with, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Some examples of anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, among others.

Mood disorders include major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

The most common mental illness that affects the general public is depression.

Perry said everyone experiences sadness or feeling blue, but it will usually pass. But people who have depression find it interferes with their daily lives and causes pain to both the person and the people who care about them.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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