GREENWICH, Conn. -- Dr. Jeremy Barowsky, a psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Greenwich Hospital, was a guest on a WGCH Radio podcast hosted by Tony Savino in which mental health first aid was the topic of discussion.
Barowsky discussed warning signs and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and intervention for mental health.
Some of the warning signs of mental disorders that were discussed are extreme euphoria or withdrawal and difficulty learning.
"Think about illnesses as an impairment to people's ability to live, laugh, love and enjoy life," said Barowsky on the podcast. "Mental illnesses are diagnosed when they invade upon a person's ability to do something."
You can listen to the entire podcast here.
In adolescents, mental disorders often manifest differently. Adolescents often become agitated and not morose. Other symptoms in adolescents include extreme risk taking and significant differences in grades and unwillingness to cooperate in school.
Mental illness interventions can be effective, if you express empathy and concern about a how loved one is functioning.
There are risks for not seeking treatment. A person's mental health issues can become more severe. Early intervention allows treatments to slow progression and make stable functioning more likely.
There are different types of non-medical and medicated treatments available. Exercise, yoga and therapy are all non-medical treatments that may help mental illness. In instances where non-medical treatments do not work, there are medicines to treat disorders. In extreme cases where people are hospitalized, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) also known as shock therapy may be used.
Greenwich Hospital offers a variety of mental health services, including behavioral health services and addiction recovery.
The behavioral health services offered are therapeutic services, marital counseling, couples therapy and medication management. For more information, call 203-863-3316.
The addiction recovery services department offers in-patient services for people suffering from withdrawal of alcohol and drugs. The outpatient program is group based and focuses on heroin addiction and pain medication abuse. For more information, call 203-863-4673.