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Understanding Mental Health Disorders

Statistics show that people with mental health disorders are more prevalent than we think. Approximately 1 in every 3 people could be diagnosed with one type of mental disorder since there are so several types of disorders. Some mental health disorders may be harmless and have little effect on your daily life. However, there are also more severe disorders that can cause people to perceive things that do not exist and hear voices that no other people can hear.

People who suffer from high levels of stress are more prone to acquiring a mental health disorder. Environmental stress such as work issues, financial problems, or poor living conditions can all put in to the onset of the symptoms of a mental disorder. Also, a person who has a family history of mental health problems are more probable to be diagnosed certain mental health conditions. Some genetic susceptibility is attributed to developing mental health problems particularly regarding psychotic disorders, anxiety, and mood. Occasionally, signs and symptoms of mental illness occur because of a medical condition or physical change. Incidents like traumatic brain injury can lead to personality changes, but these changes are not always severely harmful. Moreover, further medical conditions like diabetes can also influence mental health. If not managed properly, fluctuations in blood sugar levels among diabetics can lead to considerable alterations in impulse control, cognitive acuity, temper, and mood.

Symptoms of mental health illness are known to include lost of interest in enjoyment and happiness as well as the tendency to social isolation that can be attributed to the feeling of loneliness, powerlessness and being disconnected from other people and the world. People experiencing mental health disorders are known to lose interest in sports, past times, hobbies, and social activities. In many cases, a mental sickness of different kind from bipolar disorders to depression is manifested as an explosive behavior and irritable mood. Mental health illnesses can also exhibit physical symptoms characterized by pains and aches that are not established by medical examinations, inability to track everyday routine & loss of concentration, food & sleep disorders exaggerated tiredness, loss of interest in sex, among others.

Some of the most common mental health disorders

As reported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about one-fourth of all adult people in the United States experience a type of mental health in any given year. The most prevalent types of these disorders are Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. ADHD is one of the most common childhood mental disorders. People with this condition manifest signs of impulsiveness or hyperactivity, inattention, and failure to listen to and follow instructions. Meanwhile, anxiety disorders are the most common form a mental health disorders in the US; roughly 18% of adults in America suffer from at least one kind of anxiety disorder. The most prevalent type of anxiety disorder is specific phobia. This is characterized by the inexplicable fear that a person feels when exposed to a thing or situation such as enclosed spaces, or a spider, and so on. Furthermore, the NIMH cited that the second most common example of mental health disorder in the United Stated is mood disorders. This condition can be further subdivided into 2 categories; unipolar and bipolar personality disorder.