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A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.
The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible, and probable, with support and treatment.
The recovery journey is unique for each individual. One of the most important principles of recovery is this: recovery is a process, not an event.
Choosing the right mix of treatments, services and supports that work for you is an important step in the recovery process. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face. Treatment choices for mental health conditions will vary from person to person. Even people with the same diagnosis will have different experiences, needs, goals and objectives for treatment. There is no “one size fits all” treatment.
Together with a treatment team you can develop a well-rounded and integrated recovery plan. When people are directly involved in designing their own treatment plan, including defining recovery and wellness goals, choosing services that support them and evaluating treatment decisions and progress, the experience of care and outcomes are improved.
Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms.
Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, click here for crisis resources.
Helplines, Agencies and Services
Following are Central Florida and national resources on mental health and related services.
Further info | NAMIGO | 407.253.1900 | firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way Crisis Line: call 2-1-1
Free counseling and community support, call for hours
Call 407-822-5036 and press #1 to speak to someone
Clear Statewide Mental Health Access Line:
Call 1-800-945-1355 for help finding a provider
Mental Health Association of Central Florida:
Call 407-898-0110 x 27 for help finding a provider
Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990
United Healthcare-Optum: Call 1-866-342-6892
CHILDREN & YOUTH RESOURCES
CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTERS
COMMUNITY HOSPITALS & PRIVATE TREATMENT CENTERS
Dave’s House – Men only
Family of Friends – Seminole County Men only
Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services – Osceola County
College Students (for students with mental health conditions)
Cuidado de Salud (partner site of HealthCare.gov)
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ASSISTANCE
OTHER CRITICAL HELPLINES
- Child Support Enforcement Hotline: (888) 369-0323
- Collection Complaints Hotline: (800) 379-0688
- Debt Relief Hotline: (800) 453-1738
- Discount Prescriptions: (800) 291-1206
- Free Bankruptcy Advice: (800) 379-0985
- Mortgage Relief: (800) 750-8956
- Tax Relief Hotline: (877) 283-8580