What are Mental Illnesses?
Mental illnesses are wars waged onto an individual’s mental state. The mental illnesses can occur from a chemical imbalance within the brain or from a more organic cause such as tumors, injuries, and even other illnesses (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). To be diagnosed with a mental illness, symptoms must occur for six months or longer.
What are Some Common Mental Illnesses?
Commonly talked about mental illnesses can include anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder. Each one of these mental illnesses derives from a chemical imbalance within the brain. Anxiety disorders can encompass generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias. Depression disorders can also be referred to as major depression disorder. Bipolar can involve depression and manic episodes.
What To Do if You Do Suspect Mental Illness
Some behaviors that can point towards mental illness can include:
- withdrawing from friends and family,
- losing interest in activities once enjoyed,
- being more emotional,
- and a lack of taking care of themselves (not brushing one's hair, for example).
If you suspect yourself or a loved one might be suffering from a mental illness, take time to openly talk with a trusted friend, family member, or doctor. Opening up can be an extremely hard thing to do. It is important to know that you are not alone in what you are battling and talking to a healthcare professional can help. They are there to help you, not to judge.