Mental Health and Mental Health Support in New York City and the Tri-State Area


Millions of people live with some sort of a mental health problem, including obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorders, depression, social anxiety, and emotional and substance abuse disorders. Today, mental health is more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. Yet mental illness is still largely considered a stigma in our society—something to feel shameful about—that others will think less of us, we’re weak, we lack character, and we’re just “not normal” like everyone else. But that is far from the truth.


In reality, a combination of things, including genes, biology, and life experiences, can be related to a mental health disorder. Whether a disease or a condition, mental illness affects how we think, feel, act, or relate to other people around us.


Did you know America spends $135 billion on mental health? According to an article in the Huffington Post titled “‘New York Times’ Magazine on Mental Illness Gets It,” it stated, “the least ill go to the head of the line for services while the most seriously ill go to the jails, prisons, shelters and morgues. Hospitals close, and promises are made to reinvest the money in the community, but the money is never invested in services to help those who were previously hospitalized.”


The reality is many people have experienced or have a mental illness or they know someone who has. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) claims that this disorder affects about one in five U.S. adults from their research conducted in 2014, and that 1 of 25 lived with someone who had a serious condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.


Some mental health disorder signs can include:


Physical Symptoms – A lack of energy, a change in sleeping and eating patterns, headaches, stomachaches, backaches, or a neglect of personal hygiene are all signs that you may need mental health treatment. These symptoms point to the possible presence of a psychological illness.


Mood Swings – Swings of mood from high (mania) to low (depression) is often an indicator of mental illness. However, occasional mood swings are typical if you’re experiencing high levels of stress or physical illness. If you notice that you’re experiencing mood swings that are out of character and if there aren’t any other contributing factors, mood swings can sometimes indicate the presence of a mental illness.


Behavioral Changes – If you notice yourself behaving in a way that is out of character, destructive, or debilitating, a mental illness may be present.


Poor Work Performance – Depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ADD are illnesses that can cause a person to experience confusion, lack of concentration, and irritability. This can influence a person’s ability to do perform well at work and it get in the way of having healthy relationship with family and friends. If you notice that you’re not doing as well at work due to symptoms, it could be an indication you need mental health treatment.


Self-Medicating – If you find yourself exhibiting escapist types of behavior, such as drinking, using drugs, self-harm, disordered eating, or excessively engaging in sports or other activities, you may be self-medicating. This is a pattern that comes with an inability to cope or manage internal experiences, especially symptoms of mental illness. When a person is self-medicating it can also point to the presence of a mental illness.


Although symptoms can vary from mild to severe (depending on the person), often the day-to-day living and functioning is challenging for an individual struggling with a mental health disorder. But when an expert helps you get treatment, getting your life back on track is possible.


Connections in Recovery New York’s trained and qualified Recovery Coaches and Companions in New York City and the Tri-State area, who undergo intensive training in the C.R.E.A.T.E. Outcomes™ Model by Connections in Recovery Director Dr. Allyson Cole, Psy.D., provide personalized mental health support for individuals struggling with a mental health issue.


Connections in Recovery New York Recovery Companions and Coaches-All of our staff has rigorous, specialized training by Dr. Cole PsyD. in the C.R.E.A.T.E. Outcomes™ Model. This training offers them with the comprehensive support and resources to better assist our clients. The training includes therapeutic methods of overcoming obstacles—tools to help our clients succeed and methods of implementing the treatment plans provided by practitioners. Our companions and coaches also receive individual weekly supervision to ensure you and your loved ones are receiving the best care possible.


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