Those who have mental health conditions can often feel isolated and overlooked. We rarely receive any education or awareness on mental illnesses so it can be hard to understand what it is or how to help someone who has a mental illness.
In this section we will take an in-depth look at the different types of mental illness, symptoms, statistics and how to help someone who is suffering.
Anxiety is when we feel unease, worry and fear. Feeling anxious sometimes is normal but when the feelings are very strong or last for long periods of time then your anxiety might be becoming a mental health problem.
This is a mental illness which mainly affects your mood. Those who suffer will have periods of extreme high mood (manic) or extreme low (depressive). These mood swings can be overwhelming and incredibly disruptive to your life.
A personality disorder where attitudes, beliefs and behaviors picked up throughout life are causing longstanding mental health problems. To be given a diagnosis you must have at least 5 out of 9 symptoms.
Low mood which lasts for long periods of time and affects your everyday life. Everyone suffers from low mood sometimes but severe depression can cause serious mental health problems and can cause suicide.
Our minds can dissociate when we are under extreme stress. This means that we feel disconnected from ourselves and the rest of the world. Dissociative disorders occur when dissociation is the body's main coping method.
BDD is a mental health problem that is related to body image. Those who suffer from BDD will spend lots of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. The flaws are often unnoticeable to others. Men and women of any age can have BDD but it is most common among teenagers and young adults. BDD is an anxiety disorder and the symptoms are similar to OCD.
This is a mental health problem which can develop after being involved in or witnessing traumatic events. It is common to be distressed after a traumatic event but when it lasts for more than a month or is very extreme you may have PTSD.
This is a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (emotional and physical symptoms occurring before and during your period. PMDD symptoms are much worse and can have serious impacts on your life and your mental health.
This mental illness affects the way that you think. This comes in the form of hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thinking. There are many different types of schizophrenia which we will take a look at in the Learn More section.
OCD is a mental health problem which causes you to have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It can affect men, women and children and typically develops in early adulthood. OCD can be very distressing and interfere with your daily life, but with treatment it can be controlled.
Eating disorders include a range of mental health problems relating to food. If you have an eating disorder then your relationship with food will be very unhealthy and can make you ill. This can involve eating too much or too little and/or becoming obsessed with your weight or body shape.