Mental Illness

Mental illness, also known as mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions, impacting how you think, feel, and behave. Globally, approximately 1 in 8 people live with a mental disorder. These conditions vary, and though effective prevention and treatment options exist, many people lack access to effective mental health care.


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What is mental illness

Mental illness, also known as mental health disorders, refers to a range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your thinking, mood and behavior. [2]

What are the different types of mental illness?

The primary types of mental illness include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. [1]

How is mental illness diagnosed?

Medical professionals diagnose mental health conditions by assessing your symptoms and history. They commonly utilize the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), for this purpose. [3]

Where can I find support for my mental health?

Your primary care physician or family doctor could be the initial person you turn to for discussions regarding your mental health issues. [4]

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