How Many Mental Health Illnesses Exist?

How Many Mental Illnesses

A mental illness is a mental health condition that can affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. A behavioral or mental pattern that can cause a person suffering or inability to function on an everyday basis should be diagnosed by a professional. There are various types of mental illnesses according to WebMD, each with its own symptoms.

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  • Anxiety Disorders
    • General Anxiety Disorder – rapid heartbeat, or abnormal extreme response to a situation
    • Panic Disorder – Constant fear or state or worry
    • Social Anxiety Disorder – Nervousness or fear takes over in social situations
    • Phobias – an overreaction or unreasonable fear caused by a specific object or situation that may not actually cause danger
  • Mood Disorders
    • Depression – Constant feelings of sadness
    • Bipolar – Extreme mood swings
    • Cyclothymic – Irregular and unpredictive mood severities from low to high
  • Psychotic Disorders
    • Hallucinations – experiencing images or sounds that do not exist causing delusions and false beliefs.
    • Schizophrenia – Hallucinations, and feelings of fright and paranoia
  • Eating Disorders
    • Anorexia – Fear of gaining weight causes one to eat the minimum food to survive
    • Bulimia – Overeating and then purging
    • Binge Eating – Compulsive overeating used as a way to cope with emotions or stress.
  • Personality Disorders
    • Antisocial – Indifference to those around you usually involved drugs and alcohol start from adolescence
    • Paranoia – Eccentric ways of thinking. Can sometimes cause mistrust and suspicion of others.
  • Impulse and Control Disorders
    • Pyromania – Impulse to start fires
    • Kleptomania – Uncontrollable need to steal
    • Compulsive Gambling
    • Alcohol & Drug addictions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
    • Constant thought or fear that can only be calmed by an obsessive task
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • A condition developed following a traumatic or terrifying event. Causes long lasting frights and memories.

There are a few treatments for mental illness which include medication, psychotherapy, support group, hospital treatment, and natural at home exercises. When the illness is detected at an early stage it is best to find a therapist who can treat you professionally.