What Is Mental Illness

Mental illness is a health condition that affects your behavior, thinking, and mood. Some of the most widespread types of mental illnesses are depression, mood disorders, addictive behavior, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorder.

Almost everyone has occasional mental concerns. But when it persists with frequent stress and ongoing symptoms as well as the ability to function normally, it turns into mental illness. If left untreated, mental illness can wreak havoc in anyone’s life such as at work, school, or personal relationships.

Symptoms and signs of mental illnesses

The symptoms and signs of mental illnesses can fluctuate, depending on circumstances, environment, type of disorder, and so on. Many of the symptoms can have a substantial effect on behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Some of the most common symptoms and signs are:

  • Feeling down or sad
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Can’t concentrate
  • Can’t think straight
  • Detached from friends and relatives
  • Hallucinations or paranoia
  • Completely unable to deal with stress and daily problems
  • Excessive anger and hostility
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

 

In some cases, some of the symptoms can even manifest as physical problems such as headache, back pain, stomach pain, aches, or other unexplained pains.

 

Causes