It’s almost 2016, and mental illnesses and mental health problems are still stigmatized by most people in our society. We either never admit to suffering from them, or think we could get over them by ourselves without seeking professional help.
Identity would like to shed the light on some of the most common mental illnesses, that you, or someone you know, might be suffering from. We’ll be listing some of the symptoms, however, we are no professionals. If you think you might be suffering from any of them, please seek professional help.
People suffering from anxiety usually feel like they’re afraid and dreadful of random situations, for no specific reasons and without the ability to control themselves. There are also physical signs, like rapid heart beating and/or sweating. Anxiety could also lead to OCD, panic disorder and phobias.
Mood disorders are the most overlooked disorders because they get confused with normal emotions. Mood disorders, however, make the sufferer feel a certain uncontrollable consistent emotion. They could be living through the best days of their lives, yet feel extreme sadness or they could be switching between emotions rapidly without any external factors. Depression and bipolar disorder are the most common mood disorders.
People suffering from personality disorders have traits, thinking patterns and behaviors that make it hard for them to maintain relationships, and strongly affect their work and school performances. Their behavior is uncontrolled, and sufferers don’t always like being “introverts.” The lack of ability to form a social life could cause isolation and severe depression. Anti-social personality disorder, OCD, and paranoid personality disorder are the most common personality disorders.
Eating disorders let people have extreme emotions towards weight and body images. Sufferers might starve themselves or force themselves to throw up in order to lose weight, or the exact opposite, they binge eat when they go through distress. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are the most common eating disorders.
If you feel like you might be suffering from any of these disorders, please seek immediate professional help. What we highlighted above are only the brief symptoms, not the whole diagnosis of these disorders.