Discover NIMH: ADHD Awareness Month, OCD Awareness

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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 on 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 marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. While there is no cure for ADHD, treatment can help reduce symptoms and improve everyday functioning for children and adults with ADHD.

Learn more about ADHD:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Teens: What You Need to Know

This brochure provides information about ADHD in children and teens, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment options, and helpful resources.

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ADHD can impact your child or teen's social relationships and school performance, but effective treatments are available to manage the symptoms of ADHD. Learn about ADHD, how it’s diagnosed, and how to find support. #shareNIMH

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults: What You Need to Know

This brochure provides information about ADHD in adults, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else. This brochure is also available en español

ADHD is not a childhood disorder. Many adults who are struggling with ADHD may not know that they have it. Know the signs and symptoms. Learn more about ADHD in adults. #shareNIMH

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Mental Health Minute Video: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. #shareNIMH

October 10-16th is OCD Awareness Week

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (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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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts or Repetitive Behaviors Take Over


Download or order a FREE copy of NIMH's OCD publication to find more information about signs, symptoms, and treatment options #shareNIMH

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 3-9th is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Millions of Americans live with a mental health condition, and millions more family, friends, and coworkers are affected by mental illness. Join NIMH and advocates across the country in raising awareness about mental illness and advocating for the importance of caring for your mental health. 

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Mental health is a huge part of overall health and should be a priority for everyone, whether you have a mental health condition or not. Get tips and resources from NIMH to help take care of your mental health. #shareNIMH

National Depression Screening Day

October 7 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. 

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Eating Disorders: About More Than Food

Eating disorders are serious, biologically influenced medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances to one’s eating behaviors. This brochure provides information about eating disorders including who is at risk, common types of eating disorders and the symptoms of each, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else. This brochure is also available en español

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Eating disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health. In some cases, they can be life-threatening. However, with treatment, people can recover completely. #shareNIMM

Mental Health Minute: Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents

Got 60 seconds? Take a mental health minute to learn about stress and anxiety in adolescents. Learn more at: #shareNIMH

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Women Leading Mental Health Research

The National Institutes of Health and NIMH are committed to increasing diversity in the scientific workforce because it enhances excellence, creativity, and innovation. Learn more about early-career women scientists whose NIMH-funded research is playing a role in advancing NIMH's mission to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

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