Types Of Mental Illness

A combination of biological, psychological, or environmental factors can lead to a wide range of mental illness such as anxiety, bipolar, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and PTSD. These are just some of them, there are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness, with each having its own symptoms. What is important to remember is that mental illness is extremely complex, involving significant changes in one’s thinking, emotions and behaviours. This is why it needs to be diagnosed by a professional.

Anxiety

A feeling of fear, dread and uneasiness about the future, which can impact you emotionally, physically and socially. We all feel anxiety at some time or other, but it can become a disorder when it does not reduce or pass.

Bipolar

This was formerly referred to as manic depression and is a mood disorder resulting in extreme high or extreme low moods. Extreme mood swings can make it difficult to manage everyday tasks or maintain relationships.

Depression

This was formerly referred to as manic depression and is a mood disorder resulting in extreme high or extreme low moods. Extreme mood swings can make it difficult to manage everyday tasks or maintain relationships.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people can suffer from this form of anxiety disorder. OCD is often characterised by obsessive, repetitive behaviour and uncontrollable thoughts, all of which can impact a person’s life.

Panic Disorder

This is a condition where the fear of having a panic attack may result in a panic attack. In this case, the onset of extreme fear can trigger a variety of intense mental and physical symptoms, making it difficult for the person to function.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifests as an aftermath of extremely stressful, traumatic, scary or distressing experiences. It is a form of anxiety causing those who suffer from it to relive those distressing, stressful and traumatic incidences.

At the root of the 8Wise™ Approach is the belief that we need to understand all of this terminology and I make an effort to clarify these in the book.