About Behavioral Health

Mental disorders are conditions that affect your thinking, feeling, mood, and behavior. They may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic). They can affect your ability to relate to others and function each day.

There are many different types of mental disorders. Some common ones include anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias; depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders; eating disorders; personality disorders; and psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.

There is no single cause for mental illness. A number of factors can contribute to risk for mental illness, such as your genes and family history; life experiences like stress or a history of abuse; biological factors such as chemical imbalances in the brain; brain injury; a pregnant mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals; alcohol or recreational drugs; serious medical conditions like cancer; and having few friends and feeling lonely or isolated.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of your mental disorder. You and your provider will work on a treatment plan just for you. It usually involves some type of therapy. Some people also need social support and education on managing their condition. You may also take medicines.

Source:  Medlineplus.gov

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