What is Mental Illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Learn more about specific mental illnesses from resources available here and/or at NAMI’s national site:

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