Mental Illness


What is Mental Illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts 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.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.


Specific Mental Illness

Anxiety Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder


Dissociative Disorders

Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Eating Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Panic Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tourette’s Syndrome


Conditions Related To Mental Illness

Anosognosia (lack of insight)

First Episodes of Psychosis


Sleep Apnea


Tardive Dyskinesia

Older Adults

Depression And Suicide For Older Adults

Children & Adolescents

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Depression in Children and Adolescents

Dual Diagnosis: Adolescents with Co-occurring Brain Disorders & Substance Abuse Disorders

Eating Disorder – Bulimia

Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa

Improving the Mental Health and Well-being of Children

Onset Schizophrenia

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children & Adolescents

Self-harm in Young Adults

Teen Suicide

Tourette’s Syndrome