Fact Sheets

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Learn more about treatment and services that assist individuals in recovery.

Find out more about a specific mental illness:

Anxiety Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Depression
Dissociative Disorders
Early Phychosis and Psychosis
Eating Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenia

Find out more about conditions sometimes related to mental illness:

Risk of Suicide
Anosognosia
Dual Diagnosis
Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern
Self-harm
Sleep Disorders

Find out more about Psychosocial Treatments: