Mental Illness

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Do you suffer from depression? Are you close to someone who suffers from depression? Do you try to hide this fact from the rest of the world? Depression is a mental illness. MENTAL illness. Oh that can’t be admitted to anyone! Why not? We accept that our physical body becomes ill, gets diseased, sustains injury so why not our brain?.

Many individuals dispute mental illnesses claiming the mental illnesses don’t exist. Counselors in many cases are diagnosing individuals everyday, and also to understand the symptoms and diagnosis you have to understand the underlying and overlying controversies that fall between. Mental health is crucial for everyday life. There are numerous signs that illustrate mental illness and often people disregard these symptoms like a misconstrued degree of understanding relating to the patients part.

There are several categories of mental disorders: organic brain disorders, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. The following mental illnesses each fall under different categories.

Schizophrenia
This mental illness falls under the psychotic disorders category. People who have schizophrenia may show symptoms of delusions and hallucinations, basically seeing or hearing things or voices that do not actually exist. They may also seem to lack emotion, will withdraw from social situations, and may even neglect their personal hygiene. The causes of this disease are not clear, though some doctors believe genetics and prenatal development may have something to do with it.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
If you are incredibly depressed in the winter or summer months, you may have seasonal affective disorder, also known as the winter blues or the summer blues, depending on when you feel depressed. This illness falls under the category of mood and anxiety disorders. There are many people who experience a significant mood change with the change in the seasons. People dealing with seasonal affective disorder, aptly nicknamed SAD, may stay in bed sleeping much longer than usual, and may feel a significant decrease in the amount of energy they have.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
You may know someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the most obvious symptom you will probably notice is that they seem to have a compulsion to do a particular behavior repeatedly. They perform these rituals obsessively and if they are unable to complete them, they deal with a great amount of anxiety. For example, some people must wash their hands thoroughly and repeatedly because they have a great fear of germs. Usually, people who have OCD are aware that they are acting in an unreasonable manner, but are unable to stop. This disorder is categorized as a personality disorder.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Sadly, many older people must deal with the fact that they may develop Alzheimer’s disease as they age. This disease is one of the more common causes of dementia, which basically means that the person will lose their brain function. Dementia can be caused by several other diseases, but Alzheimer’s is the more likely cause. This disease is categorized as an organic brain disorder. While Alzheimer’s is known as a disease that makes you forgetful, you should be more concerned about symptoms like finding you put your keys in an odd place like your sock drawer, or forgetting entire conversations instead of bits and pieces, or being unable to follow directions in a recipe that you used to know like the back of your hand.

If you keep a record of what you see or feel over a two week time span you will discover just how much affect this mental illness is having. Don’t expect to see all these symptoms. Also it is not always easy to spot as there may be quite a lot of cover up if the sufferer is at a stage where he can attempt to put on a front for others to see.

Let’s suppose that the sufferer is someone close to you, perhaps within the family. You see them everyday. You will be able to keep an eye on the condition so that you are aware of what is happening when the sufferer is entering an episode of depression. The person himself does not always notice. If you can see an episode starting you can suggest the taking of the prescribed medication.

Be prepared. Depression very, very rarely goes away forever. It recurs. Just be ready to take action on behalf of the sufferer.

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