Mental Illness: What is It?

Hey everyone, I’m Angela, my passion is to break the stigma of mental health issues among fellow Christians. I’m here to help you live a life of purpose—in your relationship with God and with one another.

Today we’re gonna talk about mental illness: what is it?

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). They cause distress or problems for the individual and they can have trouble functioning at home with their families, in social setting or, at work or family activities.

Before my husband was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder we knew there was something wrong and were desperately trying to get to the bottom of it. He was going to dr. and counselors and no one was getting to the right diagnosis.

One year at a work Christmas party…

The bottom line is that mental illness has the potential to affect every part of your life.

Some examples of mental illnesses are:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

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The common mistake that we can make when thinking about mental illness is treating it differently than other illnesses. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and there is hope for treatment and management—just like diabetes and heart disease.

If you’re wondering if you are your loved one has a mental illness, don’t wait to get help. Start out with your primary care doctor and don’t give up.

And if you’re looking for a counseling referral, I’ll put some notes in the description below.

What mental illness would you like to know more about? I’d love for you to comment below.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)

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