This refers to a wide range of mental health problems, conditions and disorders that affect our daily lives, mood, emotions, thinking and behaviour. Mental illnesses are actual health problems and conditions that are linked with distress, anxiety, or life functions. They can be short or long term and they can be brought about by biological, psychological, or environmental factors. I discuss all of these in the book and understanding these is at the heart of the 8Wise™ Approach.
Many people can suffer from mental health problems in their lives. However, this can become a mental illness when it starts causing stress or impacts one’s ability to function. The symptoms vary depending on the particular condition and circumstances.
There are a wide range of mental illness that I talk about in this book, all of which can only be diagnosed by a doctor or mental health practitioner.