Major Mental Illness

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and OCD

Mental Illnesses Are Misunderstood

Mental Illnesses are some of the most misunderstood illnesses that people can be affected by.  Many don't understand the severity of these types of illnesses and can be uncompassionate about the incapacitating affects they can cause to the suffers. 

Mental Illnesses not only take their toll on those who have to endure them but they also deeply affect the loved ones of those who are ill.  Dealing with someone suffering from a mental illness is not easy.  Sometimes the person you once knew seems to totally disappear underneath the effects of the illness and other times they require full time care in order to continue to function in daily life.

Yet, don't  despair and give up hope.  Many forms of mental illnesses can easily be diagnosed and controlled and the sufferer can go on to have a perfectly normal and functional life full of good mental health.  Learn more here in our sub section on Mental Illness about the many forms of mental illnesses and about what you can do to control and treat them.

Recognize The Warning Signs

Read here about how to recognize the warning signs to know if you or someone you know may be suffering from mental illness and learn what you can do to treat the condition.  Mental illness doesn't have to end or change your life for the worse.  There are many medications available that can help get your mental illness under control. Discover what you can do to deal with your mental illness and don't let another day go by neglecting your mental health.

Learn About Types of Mental Illnesses

Mental health problems often have no clear physical symptoms and many victims may suffer in silence trying to hide their illness from the world or even unaware themselves that they may be ill. Some of these issues include schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), mysophobia (also known as germaphobia), and bipolar disorder.  Find out more about each of these illnesses and about what you can do to treat or cope with them. 

The more you learn about mental illness the better you will be able to understand its symptoms and affects. Once you are aware of your condition, or that of someone you love, you will better be able to receive the proper mental health care. 

Family Members Need Help Too

Having a loved one with mental illness is stressful for the whole family, and in many cases family therapy can be a life-saver. According to Matthew Brill, MA, Associate Director of the Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic in Charlottesville, VA, "it works. It helps the family become stronger and healthier as a system for the loved one with a major mental illness to return to, it changes patterns of interaction amongst the family members that would result in a relapse, and promotes the overall long term welfare of all of the members involved. The end result in a family that is felt to be safe and growth oriented – each member contributing to the development of the individual so they can live a successful life.”  One excellent resource for familes is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


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