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Many people may not be aware of mental illness, they tend to believe that mental health conditions are rare and “happen to someone else”. But like physical illnesses, mental illnesses are also health conditions that are common and widespread. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, that is, nearly one in five (19 percent) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness. With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with mental illness can overcome this debilitating condition. For psychiatrists to focus more on patient care than on documentation tasks, it’s best to rely on an experienced provider of medical billing outsourcing services.

Mental illness, also called mental health disorder, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. They are most commonly associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time but then it becomes a serious issue when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. In most cases, the conditions can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy.

The stigma and misunderstanding around mental illnesses are unfortunately widespread. To help the issue of mental illness reach people widely, each year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country observe Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) during the first week of October. According to NAMI, in 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as MIAW in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since then, mental health advocates across the country have joined with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness. Even though mental health conditions have to be discussed year-round, highlighting them during this week provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice. They have also formed a campaign WhyCare?, which is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness and a challenge to address broken systems and attitudes that present barriers to treatment and recovery.

According to Mental Health America (MHA), this year Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place from October 6 – 12, and October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day. The theme for the year is “7 Days, 7 Ways”. During this Mental Illness Awareness Week, MHA will focus on sharing information about 7 major mental health conditions, because, many people don’t recognize the symptoms of mental illness and so they don’t seek treatment in the early stages. The mental conditions are:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression (On October 10 to coincide with World Mental Health Day and National Depression Screening Day)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Addiction/Substance Use Disorder

Information about mental health conditions and 7 ways to start getting involved with mental health awareness and advocacy will be shared each day of the week.

The diagnosis, screening tests and other treatment procedures performed by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists or other physicians must be carefully documented using the correct medical codes. The 2019/2020 ICD-10 codes for the above mentioned mental conditions are –

  • F41.9 : Anxiety disorder, unspecified
  • F31 : Bipolar disorder
    • F31.10: Bipolar disorder, current episode manic without psychotic features, unspecified
    • F31.11: Bipolar disorder, current episode manic without psychotic features, mild
    • F31.12: Bipolar disorder, current episode manic without psychotic features, moderate
    • F31.13: Bipolar disorder, current episode manic without psychotic features, severe
  • F23 : Brief psychotic disorder
  • F50 : Eating disorders
    • F50.8 : Other eating disorders
    • F50.9 :Eating disorder, unspecified
  • F33 : Major depressive disorder, recurrent
    • F33.0 : Major depressive disorder, recurrent, mild
    • F33.1 : Major depressive disorder, recurrent, moderate
    • F33.2 : Major depressive disorder, recurrent severe without psychotic features
    • F33.3 : Major depressive disorder, recurrent, severe with psychotic symptoms
    • F33.8 : Other recurrent depressive disorders
  • F43.1 : Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • F43.10: Post-traumatic stress disorder, unspecified
    • F43.11: Post-traumatic stress disorder, acute
    • F43.12: Post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic
  • F10 – F19: Mental and behavioral disorders due to psychoactive substance use
    • F10 – Mental and behavioral disorders due to use of alcohol
    • F11 – Mental and behavioral disorders due to use of opioids
    • F12 – Mental and behavioral disorders due to use of cannabinoids
    • F13 – Mental and behavioral disorders due to use of sedative hypnotics
    • F14 – Mental and behavioral disorders due to use of cocaine

Medical billing and coding services provided by reputable medical billing and coding companies can help physicians use the correct codes for their medical billing purposes.