Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through willpower and are not related to a person's character or intelligence. They are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others. People affected can be of any age, race, religion or income.
Mental illness comes in a variety of forms and is accompanied by a number of related symptoms. Symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. Some general symptoms that may suggest a mental disorder include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or know someone who is, make an appointment with a health care professional. Early diagnosis is key. Most people diagnosed with a mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in individual treatment plans.
The brief descriptions included below are for informative purposes only. For a qualified, professional diagnosis, please schedule an appointment with a mental health professional.