Mental Health Conditions
Mental illness is a term that is often used to refer to a wide range of mental health conditions that can be diagnosed by a health care professional. On this website, the terms mental illness and mental health condition have the same meaning.
A person's thinking, feeling or mood may affect and disrupt his ability to relate to others and function in daily life. These experiences will vary between people, even between those with the same diagnosis. Recovery, including the meaningful roles in social life, school and work can be achieved, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.
A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too.
Recovery and Wellness
1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.
50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.