Does having a mental disorder mean that ” I am going crazy?” NO! There are many forms of mental disorders or illnesses and not all involve the person losing touch with reality, seeing strange things or hearing “voices”.
First of all, WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental Health involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in
- Productive activities (work, school, caregiving)
- Healthy relationships
- Ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity
Mental health is the foundation for thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also key to relationships, personal and emotional well-being and contributing to community or society.
WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
- Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these).
- Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.
Mental illness is common. In a given year:
- Nearly 1 in 5 experience some form of mental illness
- 1 in 3 will experience some form of mental illness in their life time
Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity. While mental illness can occur at any age, three-fourths of all mental illness begins by age 24.
Mental illnesses take many forms. Some are fairly mild and only interfere in limited ways with daily life, such as certain phobias (abnormal fears). Other mental health conditions are so severe that a person may need care in a hospital
The different forms include:
- Mood disorders such as depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Dementia or amnesia
- Disassociative disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Eating disorders
Mental illness can be treated, managed and with the proper support most people are able to function in their daily lives. Research is constantly showing how the human brain works, its plasticity and ability to form new neural networks. The vast majority of individuals, with the proper treatment and support, are able to continue to function in their daily lives.