Some people will never understand mental illness and in turn they will never understand themselves. Because if they look real close they will find areas where they don’t quite measure up and there is usually a name for it.You’ll find it on the list below. You have to be honest with yourself. I believe that everybody has something. Some form of mental illness or disorder. Some choose to acknowledge that and others just live with it. And sometimes make other people’s lives miserable. And some like the chaos an illness can bring and the attention that goes with it.

It’s so easy to point fingers and make fun of people with disabilities but you have your own. Take a look. It’s not an easy task at all. Unless something bad happens we don’t look at ourselves as deeply and then when we do it’s more than likely to find blame. There is such a terrible stigma for people with mental illnesses…..like they can help it.

How many mental illnesses are there?

Mental illness, like physical illnesses, is on a continuum of severity ranging from mild to moderate to severe. More than 60 million Americans have a mental illness in any given year. Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in five children.

There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. So currently the DSM ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) lists about 400 give or take mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. Even professionals forget to use all these codes a lot of the time.

The following list came from the NIMH website. (National Institute of Mental Health)

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