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Mental Health Month

May 01, 2018


A mental health disorder can be anything from bipolar disorder to ADHD to autism. It can affect people of all different ages and backgrounds. Many individuals are faced with debilitating mental illnesses each year. An important step in treating these individuals is early prevention. Not only are mental illnesses common, they are also very treatable.  Because of this, it is important to take a quick screening so that recovery could start as soon as possible.


The Four Stages of Mental Illness

  • Stage One: Mild Symptoms and Warning Signs
    • A person experiencing mild symptoms of the disorder but is still able to function relatively ordinarily. At this stage, someone may seem “off”.
  • Stage Two: Increase in Symptoms and Disruption of Life
  • A person’s symptom’s increase and become stronger. It becomes too difficult to perform in school, at home, or at work normally and a person may be unable to fulfill his or her responsibilities. It is now more obvious that something is wrong.
  • Severity of symptoms increase and many may be occurring at one time. The person may start to feel a loss of control over his or her life.
  • The combination of increased severe symptoms and impairment causes a development of other harmful health conditions potentially causing a crisis situation such as unemployment, hospitalization, homelessness, or incarceration. If untreated, he or she may die an average of twenty-five years early.
  • Stage Three: Symptoms Worsen and Serious Disruption of Life Activities
  • Stage Four: Persistent Symptoms Jeopardize one’s Life


Ways of treating an illness:

  • Therapy: Including individual therapy, group therapy, and many other types
  • Medication: Although unable to cure the illness, medication can treat the symptoms
  • Peer Support: Through friends or family
  • Community-Based Services: Including evaluations on your mental health and role in your community, education to empower recovery, case management, and more
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Ways of treating an illness outside of mainstream Western medicine
  • Self-Care: Including exercise and online self-managed programs


For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

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