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UpCare Clinics

Primary Care Practice & Dental Clinic located in Olathe, KS

About 43 million Americans are living with some type of mental illness. If you’re one of them, it’s important to take your mental health seriously. Doing so can ease uncomfortable symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. At UpcareClinics in Olathe, Kansas, their health care team provides a variety of mental health services to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Mental health is a branch of medicine focused on your emotional, social, and psychological well-being. When you have good mental health, you’re better able to handle life’s challenges and can demonstrate resilience.

Several factors influence your mental health, including life events, your genes, and habits. Because your mental health and physical health directly relate to one another, it’s important you take both seriously.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness refers to many different conditions that influence the way you think, feel, and act. When left untreated, mental illness can negatively affect your quality of life, making even simple tasks like going to work or spending time with loved ones impossible.

Research shows that about one in five Americans is living with a mental illness. These conditions affect everyone differently. For some, mental illness is debilitating; for others, the effects are minor but require treatment with prescription medications or counseling.

What are some common mental health problems?

There are more than 300 types of mental health problems. At UpcareClinics, the team works to diagnose, treat, or prevent some of the most common, including:

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by episodes of energetic highs followed by depressive lows. Over time, these symptoms affect your ability to think, function, and make good decisions. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs, but those caused by bipolar disorder are excessive.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental illness that occurs after witnessing a terrifying event like an automobile accident or a natural disaster. It can also occur due to witnessing trauma while serving as a soldier, police officer, or paramedic. It’s characterized by nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of intense fear or anxiety. 

Depression

Everyone feels sad on occasion, but depression is more than a case of the blues. People who suffer from clinical depression experience weeks or months of down feelings and low energy. These symptoms make it difficult to perform routine tasks or spend time with friends and family members.

Generalized anxiety disorders (GADs)

GADs cause people to become extremely worried about things, even if there’s no logical reason. If you have anxiety, you might find yourself feeling nervous or anxious throughout the day. When left untreated, anxiety can make it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

OCD is a mental illness that triggers obsessive thoughts or actions. These thoughts occur alongside urges to carry out certain behaviors or compulsions. For example, you might find yourself washing your hands over and over again or trying to avoid stepping on cracks in the sidewalk.

With OCD, your behaviors and thoughts become so persistent they negatively affect your quality of life.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is particularly common in children and teenagers. This condition can make it difficult to focus or pay attention, especially in a classroom setting. 

If you want to improve your mental health, schedule an appointment at UpcareClinics. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.