One in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime - it is not as uncommon as you think. We have put together advice and information to help.
Mental disorders (also called mental illnesses) refer to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that have an affect on your mood, thinking and behaviour. Mental health disorders can affect anyone regardless of race, age, sex or social status, and there is no shame in having a mental health disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops after you experience something extremely traumatic, such as violence, abuse, rape, neglect, a life-threatening situation or witnessing a serious/terrible accident.
Bipolar disorder can be a life-long mental health problem that mainly affects your mood. It affects how you feel and your mood can change massively. You can experience episodes of mania, and depression. When your mood changes, you might see changes in your energy levels or how you act.
Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression. Depression is a long lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities.
We all have feelings of anxiety, worry and fear sometimes. But if you have an anxiety disorder these feelings of fear and danger can be ongoing and interrupt your daily routine long after the threat has gone. It can make you feel as though things are worse than they actually are.
Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder characterized by the maintenance of at least two distinct and relatively enduring personality states. The disorder is accompanied by memory gaps beyond what would be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
An eating disorder is a mental illness. You will use food to try to manage your feelings. If you have an eating disorder you will have an unhealthy relationship with food. This may be eating too much or too little food.
A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people.
Schizophrenia is still one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses, with many false ideas and stigma surrounding the disorder. It is an illness of the brain that affects how a person perceives the world, thinks, and behaves.
BPD is a type of ‘personality disorder’. It is an illness that makes you struggle with your emotions and this can affect your relationships with other people. Around 1 in 100 people have BPD.
OCD is a disorder consisting of two parts: the ‘obsession’ and the 'compulsion’. Obsessions tend to be thoughts, while compulsions are usually behaviours.
Suicide itself is not a mental disorder, but one of the most important causes of suicide is mental illness – most often Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorders.
While the primary threat posed by COVID-19 is to people’s physical health, the pandemic is also taking its toll on people’s mental health.
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