Mental Illness


Mental illness is best described as a medical condition that affects thinking, feeling, or mood. When your ability to cope with the demands of daily life becomes disrupted, you may be diagnosed with a mental illness, of which there are many different kinds (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.). Trying to deal with a mental illness can be emotional, confusing, and isolating; and can prevent you from living a full, happy, and successful life. But as damaging as they can be, mental illnesses are treatable.

Key Things to Know About Mental Illness

  • A mental illness diagnosis can be helpful in getting the treatment you need.
  • Many treatments are available to help you cope and live a successful and fulfilling life.

Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness

  • People with mental illness are dangerous
  • Mental illness is a lack of discipline problem
  • People with mental illness are criminals
  • People aren’t trying hard enough
  • Mental illness is caused by bad parenting
  • Vaccines cause mental illness

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