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5 Common Mental Illnesses

We need to have a healthy brain to do our daily activities, make our decision wisely and think clearly about everything. But for some, thinking is a hard thing to do especially to those who are suffering from mental illnesses.

Here are five of the most common mental disorders:

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction of our body, especially when faced with certain occurrences. However, it can impair us from doing daily activities if not addressed or treated. A person with an anxiety disorder may find it difficult to function normally especially in their social interactions and relationships with people. One of the most common anxiety disorder is the panic attack in which people have an onset fearfulness or terror. Some also experience a certain phobia. Phobia is a feeling of being afraid of a particular thing, event and person, among others. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is also a common condition among people in which they tend to have intrusive thoughts and impulses.

Mood Disorders

One of the most popular mood disorder is being bipolar. Bipolar disorder affects the person’s way of thinking, feeling and acting. They have dramatic shifts in their moods – from extreme happiness to depression. Bipolar often lasts for days, weeks or months. Sometimes it occurs anytime of the day. On the other hand, depression is also a common mood disorder in which they feel they are their lowest point in their lives. They feel discouragements, frustration, and despair. There are many cases in which a person commits suicide because of depression.

Eating disorders

Some people have mental illness in which their brain dictates what and how much to eat. One of the common eating disorders is Anorexia Nervosa in which they have an obsession with controlling the amount of food they are eating. While Binge Eating Disorder lets people eat an excessive amount of food at a time. Lastly, Bulimia Nervosa is a disorder which combines the characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. People with Bulimia Nervosa can eat a lot this time, and afterward, get rid of all the food.


Psychosis is a serious mental disorder which is characterized by an impaired relationship with reality. Psychotic people experience hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are sensory experiences that happen without the presence of an actual stimulus. Example, a personal hallucinating can hear his mother talking even if his mother is not around. Other common symptoms of psychosis are difficulty concentrating, depression and suicidal thoughts.


Schizophrenia is another serious mental illness that interferes person’s ability to think, manage emotions and make decisions. According to a study, this mental illness has been affecting about 1% of Americans. Schizophrenia can occur in the late teens to the early 20s of men and the late 20s to early 30s of women. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disturbances in thinking. This disorder is often genetic or may be acquired in the environment or substance addiction. There is no cure for a schizophrenic, however, one can undergo prevention measures and effective treatments to manage the symptoms.

Do not allow stress to take your life. In cases you experience early symptoms of these illnesses, do not hesitate to see the doctors.