Mental Illness

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is a health condition just like any other medical conditions. It involves changes in the way a person feels, thinks, and behaves. It is associated with functional problems related to social, work, or family activities.           

Mental illness can be mild and may only affect certain behaviors. However, there are instances when a hospital treatment is necessary when it becomes severe and unmanageable. Anybody can be affected or may experience some types of mental illness regardless of gender, social status, age,  background, or culture.

A mental illness is a real health problem that may disrupt our daily lives. It changes the way a person feels and acts. These changes can be very disturbing, but we have to understand that it is not your fault. We also have to dispel the stigma about mental illness. Many people who are suffering are not comfortable talking about it because of shame or embarrassment.

Mental illness can be treated. The treatment will depend on the disorder, how it affects one’s life, and the person’s own wishes. There are many ways to maintain our mental wellbeing. Always remember that there is no one size fits all treatment. What works for one person may not work for another.

Life can be very tough. Many of us may have experienced anxiety, extreme sadness, low mood, and paranoia. Oftentimes these feelings and/or thoughts are short-lived. However, when these symptoms linger and worsen, it is better to seek help to address these issues. It is very important to know that there are treatments available to help people successfully manage their mental health conditions.


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