Behavioral Health Frequently Asked Questions
Are you or a loved one interested in learning more about behavioral health? Whether you have general questions about mental illness, or questions specific to Hunt Regional’s behavioral health services, our FAQ section can help you find the answers you need.
What causes mental illness?
Typically, there isn’t one particular reason an individual develops a mental illness – it’s usually a combination of factors, which may include:
- Inherited traits or genes
- Psychological or emotional problems brought on by major life changes and/or events
- Exposure to environmental stressors before birth
How common is mental illness?
Millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in America experience mental illness each year, and 1 in 5 children ages 13–18 have, or will develop a serious mental illness.
What are the most common types of mental illness?
There are many different types of mental illness, but some of the most common types are depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders and eating disorders.
What are common signs and symptoms of mental illness?
Some common signs and symptoms of mental illness include:
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Homicidal thoughts
- Anger or irritability
- Posing a threat to others
- Loneliness, isolation or withdrawal
- Feelings of helplessness or despair
- Inability to cope with grief or loss
- Aggressive behavior
- Tearfulness or crying spells
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
It is also important to keep in mind that these indicators may vary depending on the illness, age of the affected individual, and/or other environmental conditions.
Once I’ve identified a mental illness, who do I contact for help?
If you think you or a loved one is living with a mental illness, you should contact your primary care physician as soon as possible for an official diagnosis.
Can mental illness be prevented?
While there’s no way to prevent mental illness completely, seeking treatment early on can help you manage and/or recover from a disorder. Being able to recognize the warning signs of mental illness is the first step in the recovery process.
Where can I learn more about Hunt Regional’s behavioral health services?
Our goal is to help individuals achieve wellness and a higher quality of life by providing quality care in a comfortable, respectful and patient-centered environment. To learn more, please visit our Outpatient Behavioral Health Facility page.
Can family members participate in the treatment process?
Yes. We understand that mental illness not only affects patients, but those who are close to them. We encourage family members to participate in the entire behavioral health treatment process – from helping identify problems and solutions to attending group/family therapy sessions.
Will my insurance plan be accepted?
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans are accepted after co-pays and/or deductibles are met.