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About Mental Illness

about mental illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. 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.

Common mental health diagnoses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder, which you can read more about below.

The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible. While it may be hard to see now, remember that a mental illness:

  • can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income–it does not discriminate
  • is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor parental upbringing
  • is treatable–most people diagnosed with mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan


Learn more about treatment and services that assist individuals in recovery, as well as local resources.

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