Mental Illness is often overlooked and is more common than we think.
Types of mental illnesses
Mood disorder: also known as mood affective disorders, is a group of conditions where a disturbance in the person’s mood is the main underlying feature
- Bipolar Disorder
Symptoms: mood swings, sadness, elevated mood, anger, anxiety, apathy, apprehension, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, or loss of interest or pleasure in activities
Anxiety: A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities
- Panic disorder
- Specific phobia
- stress that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event
- inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.
ADHD: A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
- Predominantly Impulsive
- Predominantly Inattentive
- lack of restraint
- persistent repetition of words or actions
Psychotic Disorder: A mental disorder characterized by a disconnection from reality.
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Schizophreniform disorder
- Delusional disorder
- Constant feeling of being watched.
Eating Disorder: An eating disorder causing people to obsess about weight and what they eat.
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa:
- Acid reflux
- Inflamed and sore throat
Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder:
- Eating alone due to feelings of embarrassment and shame
- Eating until uncomfortably full
Personality Disorders: a mental disorder involving a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving.
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- motional instability
- feelings of worthlessness
- impaired social relationships
It’s Mostly in the Genes
The biggest cause of metal illness is based on genes. If someone in your family has a disorder you are 20-30% more likely to get it.
The best way to help or control mental illness is medication and therapy. There is no treatment that works for everyone people can chose the treatment, or combination of treatments, that works best for them.
Another great method of treatment is peer support and support groups. Having people who have been through or are going through similar experiences can help a lot.