Mental illness is also known as mental disorder or psychiatric illness it is just like any other disorder such as diabetes, hypertension and so on. The word mental is related to the mind. In other word, it has to do with the brain.
Mental illness is a treatable just like any other illness. However people suffering from mental illness do feel ashamed to talk about it because of the stigmatization and other sociocultural reasons.
It occurs when there is a gross changes in the behaviour, thinking and emotion of an individual.
The disturbances caused by this Illness varies from mild to severe depending on the type, family support and coping measures.
Most people believe that mental illness is rare and affect some specific set of people. In fact an estimated 54 million of Americans suffer from mental illness each year, 1 out of 4 adult has mild mental illness in the United State.
Mental illness does not discriminate, it can affect anyone regardless of age, religion, race, background,socioeconomic status, income, gender, spirituality, sexual orientation, or other cultural identity.
Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity. While mental illness can occur at any age, three-fourths of all mental illness begins by age 24.
The Aetiology of mental illness will be discuss later.
However, victim of mental illness do not pray for it. Do your part by reducing the stigmatization, show then love, embrace them , accept them as friend and encourage them so that they can fulfil potentials.
* Serious mental illness is a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. Examples of serious mental illness include schizophrenia.
* Remember, it can affect anyone.
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