Defining mental illnesses
MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
The person usually experiences strong feelings of hopelessness, despair and anger for a longer consecutive period of time. Energy levels are low, daily tasks and personal relationships can become overwhelming.
GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER
Those who suffer from GAD often feel fear, panic and anxiety for an extended period of time. They have a general sense that something bad will happen. Panic attacks may arise even without any known triggers.
Those suffering from bipolar disorder experience both depression and mania, are often over active and tend to leave tasks unfinished. They experience delusions of grandeur during highs, then plunge into extreme lows.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
People with OCD tend to fear contamination and disease. They also suffer from irrational fears and feel a need for routines, symmetry and patterns.
Schizophrenia sufferers tend to be oblivious to responsibilities, talk to themselves repeatedly for no reason, withdraw socially and experience severe lack of emotional reactivity.
Diagnosed as a mental health issue, there is a wide scope to cover when it comes to eating disorders. At their most basic, eating disorders can impair emotional and cognitive function and often result in many medical complications.