GO! Learn About Mental Health & Mental Illness

Posted on October 5th, 2009 by Clinically Clueless

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This week is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness with October 10th being International Mental Health Day. So what are some examples of mental illness/disorders, you may be surprised or not:

Mental retardation
Learning disorder (reading, math, written expression),
Motor skills disorder,
Communication disorders (expressive language, mixed receptive- language disorder, stuttering),
Pervasive developmental disorder), (autism, Rett’s, Asperger’s)
MentalHealthA3Tic disorder (Tourette’s)
Elimination Disorders
Selective Mutism
Dementia (at least 10 different forms)
Amnesic disorders,
Catatonic Disorder
Substance Related Disorders
Alcohol Related Disorders,
Amphetamine Related Disorders
Caffeine-Related Disorders (I was once diagnosed with this…I have know idea why, by the way where is my coffee!)
Cannabis-Related Disorders
Cocaine-Related Disorders
And the list goes on for each substance addiction
Schizophrenia (five different types)
Other Psychotic Disorders
Mood Disorders ( depression, bipolar, mood disorders, substance –induced mood disorder)
Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorde, Social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder)
Somatoform Disorders (presence of physical symptoms that suggest an illness, but is actually attributed an underlying stress. For me, my psoriasis and rash on my neck expresses my anxiety)
Dissociative Disorders (five types)
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
Eating Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Impulse-Control Disorders
Adjustment Disorder
Personality Disorder (Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal, Antisocial, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, Dependent, Borderline, Obessive-Compulsive)

MHWlogoWHO (World Health Organization) statistics for 2002 show that 154 million people globally suffer from depression, only one form of mental illness. Mental disorder effects everyone as one in four have some type of disorder globally.  Mental disorders comprise a broad range of problems, with different symptoms. However, they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. They must interfere with daily life functioning or cause significant distress.  Mental, neurological and behavioural disorders are common in all countries around the world, causing immense suffering and staggering economic and social llw_logo_197x79costs. People with disorders are often subjected to social isolation, poor quality of life and higher death rates. 

For more information, go to  Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services, WHO (World Health Organization), World Federation of Mental Health, World Congress Federation for Mental Health or do a Google Search.  There is a lot of information available.

Do you or someone you know have a mental illness?  Please describe your experience.

4 Responses to “GO! Learn About Mental Health & Mental Illness”

  1. Gareth in Thailand says:

    Schizophrenia – 5 different types

    What, one for each of me?

  2. Hi GIT,

    What it sounds like you are refering in by one for each of me is Dissociative Indentiy Disorder which used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder which also has five types. The five types of DID are Dissociate Amnesia, Dissociate Fugue, DID, Depresonalization, and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

    Those for Schophrenia include Paranoid Type, Disorganized Type, Catatonic Type, Undifferentiated Type, and Residual Type.

    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Borderline Personality Disorder A Personal Account =-.

  3. Jim,

    Are you imagining a night “alone” with GIT.

    Actually, what you said couldn’t be possible as each have different criteria.

    But, playing along…I wonder, how old they are and what sex?

    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..Borderline Personality Disorder A Personal Account =-.

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