8 Of The Most Common
Mental Health Disorders
By Patti Sunio
Awareness is just the first step. If anything, mental illnesses, disorders, and such, are left untreated due to the lack of awareness, but education also plays a great role for both the persons with mental health disorders and their loved ones. That way, the whole family or support system is better prepared and mentally equipped on what’s going on and what can be done.
Here’s a good start:
This is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, which can mean feeling extremely happy or experiencing periods of deep sadness. Depression and bipolar disorder are examples of mood disorders.
While it’s normal to feel uneasy in certain situations, it becomes serious when the anxiety interferes with the body’s normal functioning or if the reaction cannot be controlled. That’s when it may be diagnosed as a disorder. Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, or having a specific phobia are common examples.
Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. Symptoms include delusions (when a person believes a false thing to be true), paranoia, having disorganized thoughts, and (when a person starts to see, hear, feel, or smell things that do not exist).
Eating disorders aren’t solely all about food consumption, but also how emotions and attitude affect one’s lifestyle, views, and behaviors about weight and food. Common disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.