Mental Health Issues
To remain healthy, understanding more about mental health issues is crucial.
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Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT
Review Date: 3/1/2023
This refers to a long list of mental health conditions or disorders. Mental health issues affect the mood, behavior, and attitude of a person.
Mental health issues are different from mental stress. Mental stress or illness becomes an issue when it interferes with your daily activities.
Mental health issues are somewhat common in the United States. More than 20% of American adults have mental health issues.
At least 50% of Americans will have mental health issues at least once in their lives.
In some cases, a person can suffer from two or more mental health disorders concurrently.
Some of the risk factors include
Some common types of mental health issues include
People with mood disorders have extreme mood swings. They might be extremely happy and extremely sad at sharp intervals.
People with psychotic disorders have a distorted reality and awareness. Symptoms related to this disorder include hallucinations.
A good example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.
People with anxiety disorders have a disproportionate response to situations and challenges. This is usually characterized by fear, panic, or anxiety.
Personality disorders are marked by rigid and inflexible behavior. This behavior usually goes against the norms of society and is extreme.
Examples of personality disorders include paranoid personality disorder.
People with dissociative disorders usually experience sharp changes in awareness and consciousness of their environment.
Dissociative disorders are usually caused by severe stress. A split personality disorder is a good example of dissociative disorder.
Most people who suffer from mental disorders usually have two or more symptoms. Just having one of these symptoms does not mean you have a mental disorder.
Mental health issues can have negative effects on your life. This might include
There is no guaranteed guideline to prevent mental health issues. However, the following tips might help.
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