ADULT MENTAL ILLNESS
What is mental illness?
Mental Illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income.
Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
Many factors contribute to mental illness, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — that disrupt your mood, thinking, and how you relate to others.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Mental illness influences the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings.
Serious mental illnesses include:
- major depression: http://www.nimh.nih.gov
- schizophrenia: www.nimh.nih.gov
- bipolar disorder: http://www.nami.org
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): http://www.adaa.org
- panic disorder: http://www.adaa.org - posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
- borderline personality disorder: http://www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com/
- schizoaffective disorder: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
- anxiety disorder: http://www.adaa.org/
Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
What does recovery look like?
Mental illnesses are treatable.
As people become familiar with their illness, they recognize their own unique patterns of behavior. If individuals recognize these signs and seek effective and timely care, they can often prevent relapses. However, because mental illnesses have no cure, treatment must be continuous.
Recovery from any mental illness also includes maintaining good physical health, individualized skill building to enhance social functioning, and medication stableness.
Recovery is a process, not an event. The uniqueness and individual nature of recovery must be honored.