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Treatment for mental illness

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Mental illness is treatable, and most people with mental illness recover to live productive and happy lives.

The treatment is different for each type of mental illness and can vary according to the individual, the severity of the illness and past history of illness. The main types of treatment include:

If severe, or a person is at risk of suicide, then treatment may involve hospital assessment and maybe admission.

Seeing a doctor is the first step to getting treated. If you’re concerned that you might be experiencing a mental illness, book an appointment with a doctor today.

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If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to manage mental health issues, try healthdirect’s Symptom Checker and get advice on when to seek professional help.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self-care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: November 2018

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