What is Mental Illness?
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that often result in a variety of symptoms that can affect daily life.
Mental illnesses include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, borderline personality disorder and others.
One in four adults—approximately 60 million Americans experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder and about one in 10 children lives with a serious mental or emotional disorder.
If you, a friend, or loved one is confronted with the issue of mental illness, please learn more about MHA’s supportive services.