Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a persons thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to other and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. Mental illness can affect people of any age, race, religion or income. Mentall illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
Learn more about a specific mental illness:
Click HERE for NAMI's fact sheet, Mental Illness Facts and Numbers, for more information about mental illness.