Defin­ing men­tal ill­nesses

CLEO (Singapore) - - ADULTING -

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.

BIPO­LAR DIS­OR­DER

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

Schizophre­nia suf­fer­ers tend to be obliv­i­ous to re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, talk to them­selves re­peat­edly for no rea­son, with­draw so­cially and ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere lack of emo­tional re­ac­tiv­ity.

EAT­ING DIS­OR­DERS

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.

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