The Attack of Mental Illnesses

By Alexandra Blockton
ablockton@lc.edu

In today’s society, mental illnesses are becoming even more common as the days tend to go by. As human beings, being able to know exactly what a mental illness is and where it comes from can really help everyone in the world we all currently reside in. In fact, there is just no one specific mental illness there are all kinds. But there are a few known, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and anxiety. Which all can have effects on the way we think, act, and feel. It includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Basically, it is determined how we handle stress, able to make healthy choices within our life, as well as relating to others.

Mental illness has been determined to have multiple effects on a person throughout their life. But over time it has caused individuals to change, which can depend on the high demands being placed on a person and how their mental health is being impacted. As well as, their coping abilities.

An individual diagnosed with mental health disorders can be known to become affected during their childhood as well as adolescence through adulthood. There is no age to be considered when being diagnosed. But there is treatment available to help an individual become stabilized. Whether it is medication, meditation, and therapy, etc. It just all depends on the situation of the diagnosis and what’s best for the person.

Can you believe that more than 50 percent will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime? Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year. Children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had to deal with having a mental illness. One in twenty-five Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar depression.

Currently, there is no single cause of mental illness because there are a number of factors. For instance, life experiences tend to happen in the early childhood years. For example, sexual assault, witnessing violence, child abuse, etc. Biological factors, such as chemical imbalances in the brain, and inside genes. Feeling isolated and/or lonely. The use of alcohol and/or recreational drugs.

An individual’s well-being is considered to be managed by self-reports and peer reports.

According to the Centers for Disease Control website, has measured well-being with different kinds of instruments including some that are psychometrically-based, utility-based, or with single items:

 

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