Mental Health Basics
Mental health problems are common. However, most people with mental problems can get better.
What Is Mental Health?
Learn about mental health as a piece of overall wellness and the early warning signs of mental health problems.
Myths and Facts
Know the facts, use your knowledge to educate others, and reach out to those who may have mental health problems.
Recovery is Possible
Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen over time. The first step is getting help.
What To Look For
People can experience different types of mental health problems. These problems can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior.
People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread. Anxiety disorders can include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders, phobias, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations. An example of a behavioral disorder is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors involving weight and food. Eating disorders can include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Mental health problems and substance abuse disorders sometimes occur together.
Mood disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuating between extreme happiness and extreme sadness. Mood disorders can include depression, bipolar disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and self-harm.
People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that are distressing to the person and may cause problems in work, school, or social relationships. Personality disorders can include antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
People with psychotic disorders experience a range of symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions. An example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.
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