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MetroWest Medical Center knows that behavioral health treatment can be a lifelong process that requires our patients to understand and manage their conditions. We believe that educating yourself and following your behavioral health treatment plan are important steps toward taking control of your illness.

That’s why we want to help you get answers to all your questions and concerns, whenever you need them. Our online health library is a fast, free and easy way to help you learn more about your diagnosis and your treatment options.

Mental Health Support

Getting Help

    You don't need to suffer alone. Here's where to turn to find the help you need.
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Staying Balanced

    Life isn't perfect, but you can make the best of it by adjusting your attitude.
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Caregiving

    Sometimes a family member needs your support and assistance to deal with a mental health condition.
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Mental Health Care Center

Common Mental Health Conditions

ADD-ADHD

    Attention deficit is one of the most common conditions of childhood, Attention deficit is one of the most common conditions Attention deficit is one of the most common conditions of childhood, and boys are three times as likely as girls to be diagnosed.
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Autism

    Autism is called a developmental disability because it starts during a child's developmental period, before age 3.
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Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a lifelong brain disorder that causes dramatic changes in a person's mood, energy level and ability to function.
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Depression

    Depression is a real illness that saps your energy. It can leave you feeling sad, hopeless, lonely and guilty.
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Eating Disorders

    Because eating disorders can cause health problems, it's vital to recognize and treat them quickly.
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Grieving

    Grieving always hurts, but it's not a bad thing. It's a normal and necessary process for adjusting to life changes. 
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    OCD can be disruptive and disabling, but once identified, it can be successfully treated. 
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Stress and Anxiety

    Stress can cause physical, emotional and behavioral problems that can affect your health.
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Substance Abuse

    Whether it's alcohol to excess, street drugs or misused prescription medication, substance abuse can harm your head and your health.
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Finding the Help You Need

When your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The first person to consult may be your family health care provider to find out if your symptoms may be caused by medical conditions. If a medical condition is not the cause, your provider may be able to suggest a mental health professional.

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Mental Health Issues for the Different Ages

Children

    Sometimes being a kid isn't easy. Children can develop depression, have fears and anxieties, and grieve, just like grownups.

  • About Mental Health
    As a parent, it's important to learn the signs and symptoms that children with mental health problems may have, so you'll know when to seek help.
  • ADHD and Autism
    Two well-known child development and behavior disorders are attention deficit-hyperactivity and autism.
  • Behavior Issues
    Children learn to manage their behavior and emotions by observing and imitating how their parents handle them.
  • Kids and Anxiety
    Kids today are stressed by daily life, a tough circumstance when they are trying to figure out who they are—and just as important—who they aren't.
  • Kids and Confidence
    Building a child's self-esteem starts at birth. If a child feels a parent's affection, confidence will develop naturally.
  • Kids and Tough Issues
    Divorce, death, drugs, school bullies—the list of issues that you may need to help your child deal with is long.

Teens

    Adolescence can be a volatile time in life, with personal problems providing the flashpoint.

  • About Mental Health
    Teens tend to think with their emotions—because the connection between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center is still developing at this age.
  • Teens and Depression
    Depression in teens is more than just a phase. It is a real condition that can interfere with daily life—but it's also something that can be successfully treated.
  • Teens and Anxiety
    Unlike periods of anxiety that everyone feels because of stress, anxiety disorders are ongoing, marked by excessive, irrational fear and dread.
  • Teens and Eating Disorders
    Eating disorders run in families, especially among teens with perfectionist, obsessive-compulsive traits. Teen stress plays a role, too.
  • Teens and Substance Abuse
    Teens who are at higher risk for substance abuse include victims of abuse and youths with mental health problems.
  • Teens and Tough Issues
    Adolescence is a challenging time of life made more stressful by issues such as parental divorce, depression, or peer pressure.
  • A Healthy Outlook
    Teach your teen to tackle life without worrying about failure. The fear of failure takes away one of his or her most valuable learning tools—mistakes.

Adult

    Nurturing a healthy attitude and managing daily stress are two elements of good mental health.

  • About Mental Health
    Mental illness isn’t a weakness or defect in character. It's as real an illness as heart disease or cancer, and responds just as well to treatment.
  • Adults and Depression
    Feeling sad, discouraged, or worried can be a sign of depression, but so can physical symptoms such as a change in sleep or appetite.
  • Adults and Stress
    Stress is a part of life. When it becomes chronic—because of a bad marriage or a taxing job—it can lead to short- and long-term health problems.
  • Adults and Anxiety
    Not so long ago, anxiety disorders didn't even have names, but people still suffered from them, their lives ruled by overwhelming anxiety and fear.
  • Adults and Abuse
    Domestic abuse often begins with threats, name calling, violence in the victim's presence, or damage to objects or pets.
  • Adults and Alcohol
    More than half of U.S. adults have a close family member who’s suffering from or who has battled alcoholism or alcohol abuse.
  • For Your Well Being
    Poor physical health can impair mental health—and mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, can affect physical health.

    As you grow older, major life events can throw you off kilter.

  • About Mental Health
    As you age, it's important to exercise your brain just as you would your body to keep it in great shape.
  • Seniors and Depression
    Sometimes depression occurs for no apparent reason, but often it's triggered by the death of a loved one, deteriorating vision, or the inability to live independently.
  • Seniors and Memory
    If your forgetfulness is increasing, it’s helpful to know if you have a serious problem and what you can do about it.
  • Staying Mentally Fit
    Your social network plays a critical role as you get older. Being socially active can have the same positive impact on health as regular exercise.
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