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What is the outlook for people with mental illness?

Thomas Bellinger, MD
Family Medicine
     As a family physician with a fairly extensive background in mental health diagnosis and treatment, I concur with the 80 percent recovery rate. I also am convinced that those with mood and thought disorders need a supportive and insightful 'family' of friends and a few mentors to keep challenging old thought patterns and confront negative feelings. A skilled therapist along with a well trained mental health physician are crucial in maintaining mental health. No one recovers alone, and bad company ruins good recovery work, so be diligent and wise with choices in how you treat your brain and relationships. 

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