The Most Common Types of Mental Health Disorders

Struggling With a Mental Health Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that there are close to 44 million adults over the age of 18 who struggle with a mental illness each and every year. Mental illness is described as a mental disorder that interferes with your ability to function ‘normally’ in your daily life. It may limit your capacity to navigate regular aspects of life and make everyday tasks a challenge.

Some of the most common types of mental health disorders are:

1. Clinical Depression: Depression effects close to 16 million individuals in the U.S. Depression is classified as a mood disorder that affects your ability to have an interest in activities. A lack of energy and lack of excitement are side effects of depression and those who struggle with this mental health disorder often find it hard to enjoy anything that life has to offer. In severe cases, patients report no desire to leave their beds and this mood can go on for days at a time. Depression is a consistent feeling of sadness and fatigue, often accompanied by lack of appetite and affection.

2. Anxiety: This is one of the most widely diagnosed mental health disorders. When an individual struggles with anxiety, they tend to have constant worry and feelings of panic and restlessness. They may suffer from breathing issues and heart palpitations as a result of their anxiety. The persistent worry that those who suffer from anxiety endure can interfere with their ability to operate regularly in everyday life.

3. Bipolar Disorder: When an individual struggles with a mental health disorder, they suffer from extreme moodiness. They may feel hours of depression followed by bouts of contentedness. During the ‘Manic Phase’, individuals get a burst of energy and spontaneity. During the ‘Depressive Phase’, individuals will have an overwhelming depression to the point of not leaving their bed for hours or even days.

4. Schizophrenia: This type of disorder is considered a thought disorder which interrupts individuals thought patterns, behavior, and perception. Those who struggle with this type of mental health disorder will often have hallucinations and act in irrational ways. The individual cannot control their behaviors or thoughts and often require around-the-clock monitoring.

Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Those who struggle with a mental health disorder often require a combination of medication, therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling in order to successfully recover from their condition. Customized treatment can help you manage your disorder so that you can lead a life that is not defined by your mental health disorder.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to treating and managing a mental health disorder. After speaking with a doctor about your condition, the appropriate and tailored medication and treatment will be recommended.

Getting the proper treatment can help you more easily transition back to your home life, work life, and your relationships. There are multiple levels of care that each individual who struggles with a mental health disorder will go through and this will depend on your unique situation and personal requirements. Seek help for your mental health disorder today as there is a more fulfilled and enjoyable life waiting for you.


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About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.