The next time you are somewhere, take a look around.  Understand that 2 out of 10 people are dealing with some type of mental illness.  Challenge your preconceived notions about what mentally ill people look like…instead, offer a kind smile, a caring word or just a simple understanding glance.

Some common types of mental illness

  • Mood disorders involve changes and disruptions in mood and emotions. Depression and bipolar disorder are examples.
  • Anxiety disorders cause people to be overly anxious about situations that others would consider normal. This is the most common type of mental disorder.
  • Eating disorders involve a distorted body image along with serious (even life-threatening) behaviours to manage food and weight. These include anorexia and bulimia.
  • Attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADD or ADHD) can occur in adults as well as children, affecting the ability to focus attention.
  • Schizophrenia involves losing the ability to know what’s real and what isn’t (psychosis). Schizophrenics have difficulty thinking, speaking and interacting in an organized way.

Other diagnosable conditions include dementiapersonality disorders, and substance use disorders (addictions).


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