Clinical depression is a mental illness that is often misunderstood or not taken seriously due to the common misuse of the word to refer to “sadness” in everyday situation.
However, major depression is much more devastating than mere sadness. Continue reading “Clinical Depression”
Bipolar Disorder is also called manic-depressive illness.
It is characterized by an alternance of manic episodes (emotional highs) and depressive episodes (feelings of emptiness, sadness, low energy).
Continue reading “Bipolar Disorder”
Schizophrenia is a mental illness often characterized by psychosis, although it can take many shapes.
It affects about 1% of the world population and usually appears in the late teen years or around 20.
A lot of different symptoms can be linked to Schizophrenia. The main symptoms are the following :
Continue reading “Schizophrenia Spectrum”
Mental illnesses are disorders that affect a person’s mental health. They can be diagnosed when they affect the sufferer’s life, putting them in one of the situations of the 4 D’s of abnormality : distress, dysfunction, deviance, or danger.
They can be divided into the following categories, which is a non exhaustive list of the main mental illnesses:
- Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Schizoaffective Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders, which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders, which include Anorexia and Bulimia
- Addictive Disorders
To recover, mental illness usually have to combine therapy and medication. Medication is delivered by psychiatrists and therapy is provided by therapists.
In addition, one of the most important things to find a path to recovery is having a good support system.Support from family and friends can make a huge difference in helping a mental illness sufferer reaching more mental stability.
Hope in Mind – Resources for mental illness sufferers and their families