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What is Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Mental illness is common.

There are 7 types of mental illness?

  • Mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)

  • Anxiety disorders.

  • Personality disorders.

  • Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)

  • Eating disorders.

  • Trauma-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder)

  • Substance abuse disorders.

The diagnosis of mental illness can be controversial. There have been many debates in the medical community about what is and isn’t a mental illness. The definition can be influenced by our society and culture, but most mental illnesses occur across all countries and cultures.

What causes a mental illness? Mental illness itself occurs from the interaction of multiple genes and other factors -- such as stress, abuse, or a traumatic event -- which can influence, or trigger, an illness in a person who has an inherited susceptibility to it.

What are warning signs of mental illness?

  • Confused thinking.

  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)

  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows.

  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties.

  • Social withdrawal.

  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits.

  • Strong feelings of anger.

  • Strange thoughts (delusions)

What should you do if you dont feel well?

Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

Please contact our Wellnex Concierge for support, we will be able to help you seek the right advise!


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