Mental illness, also known as mental health problems, refers to a broad variety of mental health conditions, problems that affect the mood, mind, and behaviour. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and behavioral addictions.
Many individuals have occasional mental health issues. But when persistent signs and symptoms cause constant discomfort and impair the ability to work, a mental health problem becomes a mental disorder.
A mental illness can make you unhappy, and can create difficulties in your daily life, such as at school or at work or in ties. Symptoms will in most cases be treated with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).
Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the mental health disorder, these symptoms can affect thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
Some symptoms might include:
- Feeling down,sad and no will to do daily tasks/activities(depression)
- Reduced ability to concentrate(depression)
- Extreme feelings of guilt, not wanting to eat,always feeling cold and tired(eating disorders such like anorexia nervosa)
- Withdrawal from activities and friends
- Problems sleeping
- Delusions,hallucinations and paranoia
- Problems with alcohol and drug use
- Eating habits changing
- Suicidal thoughts/thinking