Mental Illness

Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette. Photo by Justin Higuchi from Los Angeles, CA, USA – Alanis Morissette 5/19/2014 #8, CC BY 2.0, Link

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, 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. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.