Mental Illness

Friday, February 18, 2011

If you have mental illness of any kind, you face special challenges in taking care of your health. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at some ways you can accomplish this in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Medicine is often needed to treat mental illness. Sometimes, this medicine causes or worsens certain health problems such as weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.

Mental illness may make it harder to take care of yourself. You may have trouble eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, getting enough sleep, grocery shopping or cleaning your house. Mental illness may make it harder to stay away from tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs.

Some medicine that helps mental illness can interact badly with other medicine, even over-the-counter medicine. These interactions may be dangerous to your health.

You need a team to help you take care of your health. Your team will probably include the following people:

A psychiatrist or another person who manages your mental illness medicines

Your family doctor

A therapist or counselor, who helps you cope with personal problems caused by mental illness

Your pharmacist, who has a complete list of your medications

Let your team help you improve your mental illness and stay healthy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.