What is mental health? Mental health is a part of well being that deals with the mind, the chemistry of the brain, and how one views situations that he/she may encounter. In other words, it affects anything that has to do with "thinking" about anything that one needs to do, and any emotion that is felt. In this essay, the background of mental health, different mental illnesses, and current treatments that are used to help people with these illnesses will be discussed.
According to many sources, about one in five adult Americans (18 and older) suffer from mental health problems including depressive disorders, dysthymic disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, panic disorders, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), phobia, eating disorders, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Autism, and finally, Alzheimer's disease. All of these illnesses have dramatic and saddening effects that can forever change a person's life, but in this essay the three main mental illnesses that will be further informed are depression, OCD, and schizophrenia.
Depression is a mental disorder that is becoming more and more common amongst many nations and many people, and although many consider it to be "contagious" like a virus, others consider it to be something non-existent to the human race (in denial of the existence).
Depression is a mental state of depressed mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through dysthymia to major depression. It in many ways resembles the grief and mourning that follow bereavement, there are often feelings of low self esteem, guilt and self reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact and physical symptoms such as eating and sleep disturbances. In addition, individuals who do experience this have the tendency to being substance abuse, dramatic weight gain, and various addictions that... [continues]
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