Exploring the Most Common Mental Health Conditions
Chances are you may already be familiar with the following conditions, as depression and anxiety are among the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses.
Depression is a common mental disorder that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, leading to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities and sometimes may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. They are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. Someone suffering from an anxiety disorder may experience intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event, but if symptoms persist and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, it could be PTSD.
Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. This condition is characterized by periods of overly-elevated mood or irritability (manic episodes) followed by periods of depression. While these conditions can be incredibly challenging, it’s important to remember that they are not insurmountable.
With timely intervention, professional help, and a robust support system, individuals dealing with these conditions can navigate their journey toward recovery and lead fulfilling lives. The key is to recognize the symptoms early on and seek help without delay. Remember, it’s okay to reach out – your mental health matters.