Discover NIMH: ADHD Awareness Month; OCD Awareness Week

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Community Outreach

Discover NIMH is a newsletter from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to help community advocates and health professionals raise awareness about mental disorders and the importance of mental health research. Find free education and outreach materials in this newsletter and our Education and Awareness portal to share with your community. We encourage you to use the hashtag #shareNIMH to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. 


October is ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder marked by unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. ADHD symptoms can appear as early as between the ages of 3 and 6 and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. 

Learn more about ADHD:

Let's Talk about ADHD

Help raise awareness about ADHD by sharing informational materials based on the latest research. Share science. Share hope. #shareNIMH

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OCD Awareness Week

October 11-17 is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Awareness Week. OCD is a common, long-lasting disorder characterized by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) that can lead people to engage in repetitive behaviors (compulsions). OCD can affect adults, adolescents, and children, and if left untreated, OCD can interfere in all aspects of life.

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Download a FREE copy of NIMH's new OCD publication to learn more about signs, symptoms, and treatment options #shareNIMH

OCD is treatable

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a common, long-lasting disorder characterized by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) that can lead people to engage in repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Talk with your health care provider about your symptoms: #shareNIMH

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OCD can interfere with all aspects of life

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts and behaviors. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and treatments: #shareNIMH

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 4-10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Empower others to determine if they need help and how to get it. 

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My Mental Health: Do I Need Help?

Do you need help with your mental health? If you don't know where to start, this infographic may help guide you. #shareNIMH


Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Provider

Don’t wait for your health care provider to ask about your mental health. Take control and start the conversation. Here are five tips to help you talk to your health care provider about your mental health and get the most out of your visit: #shareNIMH


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National Depression Screening Day

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October 8 is National Depression Screening Day. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Screening for depression, like other illnesses, should be a routine part of health care. 

NIMH has a wealth of information and resources on depression in men, women, and older adults. 


I'm So Stressed Out! Infographic Available in Spanish

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Te sientes abrumado? Lee esta hoja informativa para saber si se trata de estrés o ansiedad y qué puedes hacer para sobrellevar este sentimiento #shareNIMH

PANDAS - Questions and Answers

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Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, refers to the sudden onset of OCD or tic symptoms after a child has a streptococcal (strep) infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever.

PANDAS Awareness Day is October 9. This fact sheet provides information about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of PANDAS. 


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