About Mental Illness

About Mental Illnesses

ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS

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A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
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Anxiety Disorders – a group of related conditions with unique symptoms, all including persistent, intense, and excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.
Bipolar Disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a condition characterized by difficulty regulating emotion, which leads to severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity, instability, and insecurity.
Depression is a serious mood disorder which causes symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
Dissociative Disorders – disorders that cause involuntary escape from reality, characterized by a disconnection between thoughts, identity, consciousness, and memory.
Eating Disorders – a group of related conditions (including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED)) that cause serious emotional and physical problems. Each condition involves extreme food and weight issues.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – characterized by repetitive, unwanted, intrusive throughs (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to do certain actions (compulsions).
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – ongoing unwanted psychological symptooms brought on by a traumatic event such as military combat, assault, accident, or natural disaster.
Schizoaffective Disorder – a chronic mental health condition characterized by symptoms of schizophrenia, and symptoms of a mood disorder.
Schizophrenia – a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others.
Anosognosia – being unaware of one’s own mental health condition or being unable to perceive one’s condition accurately.
Dual Diagnosis – when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously
Psychosis – disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t.
Self-Harm – hurting one’s self on purpose.
Suicide – The intentional taking of one’s own life.
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