Daybreak Interview: The signs of a mental illness and when to treat it

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — According to, 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness.

Licensed therapist, D. Renee Smith, joined 41NBC News at Daybreak via Skype to share what the difference is between mental illness and mental health and when you should seek help.

Click on the video hear what Smith has to say.


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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.