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Mental Health Concerns
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WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
Mental illnesses and psychological suffering are conditions
that arise out of a complex mix of psychological, social, and
biological influences that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling,
mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
Mental illness is a broad descriptive category that can include
conditions like major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar
disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic
disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A variety
of psychological conditions and mental illnesses can affect
persons of any age, race, religion, or income. These
conditions are not the result of personal weakness, lack of
character or intelligence or poor upbringing.
The good news about these conditions is that there is a wide
variety of treatments available and those treatments are
very successful. Most people diagnosed with a mental illness
can experience relief from their symptoms by actively
participating in an individual treatment plan. Effective
treatment often involves a combination of psychotherapy,
medication, and social support. A healthful diet, exercise and
sleep contribute to overall health and wellness and are
essential in recovering from these conditions.
Below are some important facts about mental illness and
treatment:
The first indicators of mental illness often emerge during
late adolescence and early adulthood. College students,