Mental Health Problems

February 2, 2010 at 6:45 am

Physical health often gets the most publicity, but mental health is just as important. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and Harvard University, eight of the 10 leading causes of disabilities in the world are related to mental health.

Mental health problems include social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and various personality disorders. If you suffer from a mental health problem, the good news is there are many treatment options.

Depression – This medical illness involves both mind and body. It can cause a variety of emotional and physical problems. Depression sufferers may not be able to function in their normal daily routines, and it may make people feel that is worthless.

Social Anxiety – While some anxiety is perfectly normal, extreme anxiety in everyday social situations is not. But, those who suffer from a social anxiety disorder deal with this all the time.

ADHD – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. People with ADHD have problems with paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Bipolar Disorder – This serious disorder is characterized by extreme swings in mood and actions; at one point a person can be exuberant and excited, then change to depressed; go from reckless behavior to lifelessness.

Schizophrenia – Symptoms include distorted thinking and hallucinations. Schizophrenia can also cause the sufferer to be fearful and paranoid.

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