Dealing with life on life’s terms is a good way of summing up the myriad of issues facing people and their families in this modern stress-filled world. Talking about mental illness can be fraught with stigma, a sense of shame and an unwillingness to talk about issues openly for fear of being judged.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans deals with some form of mental illness. Think about that in practical terms – anxiety, depression, OCD, an eating disorder, postpartum depression, trauma… those are all things covered under the very broad umbrella of mental illness diagnoses.
You or someone you love is either currently dealing with one of those or may be likely to in their lifetime.
WJTV 12’s ‘Focused on Mental Health’ opens a frank discussion about the basics of an intense topic. What is a mental illness diagnoses? Where can people go for help? What can an untreated or undiagnosed condition lead to? What are the best ways to support someone or to be successful in treatment?
Dr. Philip Merideth provided a more in-depth followup on the subject, take a look at this digital exclusive interview.
This week WJTV 12 brings you an exclusive look at mental health in Mississippi. What does treatment look like these days? What help is available? What conditions are encompassed under the broad umbrella of mental health diagnoses?
Dr. Philip Merideth, MD is a psychiatrist with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Merideth joined us to talk about the latest changes in the field and what someone can do to get help.