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Introduction to Mental Illness Association of School Nurses February 6, 2014. Presented by: Kate Mattias, MPH, JD Executive Director, NAMI-CT. What Is NAMI?. National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut State Member of NAMI National . NAMI ’ s Mission.
Presented by: Kate Mattias, MPH, JD
Executive Director, NAMI-CT
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut
State Member of NAMI National
& advocacy,to improve the quality of life for people in recovery from mental illnesses, their family, friends, professionals and the public
Mental Health Treatment that incorporates:
Prevalence of Violence
No different than that of the general population while in treatment and not abusing substances
Substance abuse is a major risk factor
Typically drug seeking behaviors
More than 25% of persons with serious mental illness are victims of violent crime
12 times the rate of the general population
Steadman et. al., MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study, August 2001
Teplin, et.al., Archives of General Psychiatry, August, 2005
With the right treatment, between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms;
Early identification and treatment is important; the brain is protected from further harm related to the course of illness;
Advances in medication and other interventions have greatly improved the chance of recovery for many individuals
Mental illnesses strike individuals in the prime of their lives:
> Oppositional Defiant Disorder
> Conduct Disorder
> Stress/Trauma related to onset and course
> Genetics – for most childhood disorders
> Family factors related to onset and course
> Symptoms may be present since infancy or early childhood, or suddenly emerge in adolescence
Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has found that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.
Studies also reveal that untreated mental disordera can lead to a more severe, more difficult to treat illness, and to the development of co-occurring mental illnesses.
Suicide is the 2ndleading cause of death in Connecticut among that kids ages 10-14.
Approaches similar to that of an adult
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder:[NL]An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health
Characterized by three dominant features or behaviors:
Inattentiveness; not paying attention
Impulsivity and in many but not all cases,
restlessness or hyperactivity
Most children and adults with ADHD are treated with stimulants
Difficulty keeping attention while playing or doing other activities or tasks
Inability to listen when spoken to directly
Difficulty organizing, following through or finishing tasks
Avoiding or not liking tasks that require long attention spans
Losing things necessary to complete tasks or activities
Being easily distracted by outside stimuli
ForgetfulnessSymptoms of ADHD can include:
Most common anxiety disorders
Medication and Therapy
* Journal of American Medical Association
**Harvard School of Public Health