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Hey there! Let’s begin with the basics of me. My name is Caitlin Jones, and I have been growing up in a country town in Victoria, Australia for the past 20 years of my life. At the moment I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communication majoring in Social Media; ironic, I know. And when I finish with that accomplishment, I am wanting to complete a PhD in the same field, as I am in love with learning in the media and communication area; again, ironic, I know. Oh and if you haven’t noticed already, I suffer from mental illnesses, in particular, anxiety and depression. You can read my blog posts to get the update on that!

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Mental illness is a disease that strikes the brain and represents symptoms which can include fluctuations in mood, personality, personal habits and social withdraw. These symptoms can lead on to disruptions into the individual’s lifestyle and way of life. The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, state that there are beyond 200 registered sorts of mental illness.

Here are only 8 of them, some you might recognise.

Anxiety Disorders

Includes generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Anxiety is a reaction to particular objects, situations, events, and people where one is overcome with either or both, emotional and physical symptoms residing from terror and trepidation. A person is only diagnosed with an anxiety disorder if their reaction isn’t suited for the circumstance, the reaction is uncontrollable by the individual, and if the response is interfering with their manner of living.

Mood Disorders

Includes depression, bipolar disorder, and cyclothymic disorder.

These types of mood disorders consistently manipulate an individual’s feelings into those of intense sadness, and isolation, into great joy and delight. The period that these emotions exist can be either regular or as inconstancies.

Psychotic Disorders (Psychoses)

Includes Schizophrenia.

Psychotic disorders centre around the contortion of one’s knowledge and thought. One of the most popular symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations, false perceptions such as hearing, feeling, or seeing something that isn’t there. The other common trait is having delusions, false beliefs such as thinking that someone is out to kill you, regardless of facts and evidence that it isn’t the case.

Eating Disorders

Includes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

Eating disorders circle around the concepts of weight and food, which incorporate toxic reactions, responses, and point of views. This can lead to either or a combination of overeating and undereating.

Impulse Control & Addiction Disorders

Includes pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing), and gambling as impulse control disorders and alcohol and drugs as addiction disorders.

These disorders can construct specific urges or impulses, which are unable to be controlled by an individual. The events that are carried out by the encouragement of the urges or impulses can be harmful to the perpetrator and others, e.g. starting fires. These impulses can then turn into addictions when an individual begins to lose, and disregard obligations and relationships.

Personality Disorders

Includes antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and paranoid personality disorder. 

A person’s structure of thinking and conduct contrasts outstandingly from the norms of the community, in that they also affect the individual’s lifestyle. Also, those with a personality disorder also have intense and stubborn characteristics that are harrowing and tormenting to the individual and can cause issues among work, school and communal environments.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The primary symptom of OCD is that people are harassed by persistent beliefs and fears, which provides grounds towards performing special and particular rituals and routines to relieve angst. Obsessive-compulsive disorder functions firstly by an obsession, a troubling thought, this then leads to a compulsion, a ritual or procedure, this practice can then become a repeating system. A frequent case is a person whose obsession is cleanliness, which can be relived by the continuous routine of washing their hands.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A disorder that exists when a person lives through a distressing and devastating experience, the length of time of an event can be from minutes to years to affect an individual, e.g. sexual assault or living in a war environment. A symptom of PTSD is the everlasting and terrifying thoughts, memories, and flashbacks of the situation.

All information provided by:

Mental Health Association in Forsyth County

WebMD

All material is provided for informational use and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice or instruction. If you or someone you know needs help, consult a medical professional.

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