When someone exhibits signs of a mental health problem — increased irritability, trouble sleeping, difficulty getting along with others — their symptoms often are not recognized as a health concern. And when they are recognized, victims might not seek help because of the stigma attached to mental disorders. Dr. Karen Wagner said she believes the stigma can be removed when people begin to view mental disorders like any other health issue. “There’s a biology to many mental disorders, a neurochemical abnormality within the brain,” Wagner said. “There’s a belief that people should be able to will themselves out of depression. Often, medication is necessary to treat depression.” [Note: This article was written by India Ogazi in UTMB’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Send your story ideas for consideration.]