Discover NIMH: ADHD Awareness Month; Mental Illness 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 Get Involved web section 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:

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Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional or disciplinary problems or missed entirely in quiet, well-behaved children, leading to a delay in diagnosis. Learn more about ADHD in children: #ADHDAwarenessMonth #shareNIMH

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

Share this brochure with information about ADHD in adults, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes, treatment options, and resources to find help for yourself or someone else. 

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

En español: Trastorno de déficit de atención con hiperactividad en adultos: Lo que usted necesita saber

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

Share this brochure to provide 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

En español: El trastorno de déficit de atención con hiperactividad en los niños y los adolescentes: Lo que usted necesita saber

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Millions of Americans live with a mental illness, 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 care for your mental health. #shareNIMH

National Depression Screening Day

October 6 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. Like other illnesses, screening for depression is an integral part of your health care. 

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

Depression: What You Need to Know

OCD Awareness Week

October 9-15 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 with all aspects of life.

Download or order a free copy of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts or Repetitive Behaviors Take Over to share information on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) including signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment options such as psychotherapy and medication.

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: #OCDAwarenessWeek #shareNIMH

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