b'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 persons 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,Mental Health Concerns155'