The beliefs behind a mental illness are often plagued with uninformed misconceptions. A mental illness takes place in the brain and can manifest itself in the way a person thinks, acts, or behaves.
The name “mental” often leads people to believe that the symptoms or cause are only those of the brain, but mental disorders can be affected by lack of chemicals in the brain or physical problems. Someone physically struggling with diabetes can mentally exhibit signs of forgetfulness, while someone struggling with depression can physically gain weight. Both can affect the brain but be caused by a physical or mental impairment. A mental illness is a wide-range term for any psychiatric disorders. These mental disorders can come in mild or severe forms. With diagnosis from a professional, most illnesses can be treated through therapy or medication.
The most common types mental disorders are depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and personality disorders. People diagnosed with a mental illness often do not have control of it and, try as they might, cannot wish or will it away. Recognizing you have a disorder is the first step to getting help. Many fear humiliation and struggle to accept that they have no control over their illness. Raising mental health awareness helps people suffering to know they are not alone and should never be embarrassed. Depression is very common, especially in teenagers and women, but is also an illness that is hard for many to accept. While feeling lonely, sad, and down, they also lack energy to socialize, get out of bed, and be involved. The depressed person believes they need to try harder and just be happy, but then they are let down when they cannot accomplish their goals. Depression is caused from a chemical imbalance in the brain and can be treated with drugs prescribed by a professional psychiatrist. Bipolar disorder is another illness that is often never diagnosed because it accompanies feelings of extreme happiness. The person battles with high moods that slowly alternate into a low depression. The mood could be the same for hours, days, or even weeks before changing completely into something new. This change makes it hard for the individual to recognize the illness as they are not always depressed and sad, but they frequently feel happy and on top of the world.
Getting help for an illness is critical for your overall happiness. There are six different aspects of health; social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health and all have a direct impact on your complete well-being. When one element is off, your body begins to suffer. A mental illness can impact the relationships in your life, how you perform at work, and your body’s physical wellness. Reading the signs and symptoms of a mental illness can help you determine if what you are experiencing is normal. If you suffer from more than two symptoms or feel like something is wrong in your behavior or moods, it is a responsible and proactive choice to schedule an appointment with a qualified medical professional. You deserve to feel good about yourself in a healthy and positive way. Getting help can increase mental health awareness so more people can enjoy a life filled with hope and happiness.
General Mental Health
- Mental Disorders Defined-PDF
- 50 Signs of Mental Illness-PDF
- What is Mental Illness?
- Classification of the Psychological Disorders
- Warning Signs of Mental Illness
Common Mental Disorders
- The ABC’s of Mental Health: Disorders of Personality-PDF
- Types of Personality Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- What is Anxiety Disorder?
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Drug Addiction
Mental Health Treatment and Recovery
- The Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Illness Today
- How Do You Know If You Need Therapy?
- Recovery Step for Mood and Bipolar Disorders
- Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety
- Mental Health Recovery: A Journey of Healing and Transformation
- Narratives of Mental Health Recovery
- DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
- Conventional Anorexia Treatments Challenged by IUB Professor in New Book
- Treating Bipolar Disorder with Acupuncture
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- Study Finds Vicious Cycle of Heavy Drinking, Worsening PTSD in College
- Hope in the midst of pain: Readers respond to mental illness struggle
- New drug may help combat PTSD by overriding painful memories
- Beyond the Blues: Dealing With Recurrent Depression
- They Said I Would Never
- Stories of Recovery From Mental Health
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- I Am a Survivor