What is a mental illness or disorder? 2017-05-29T18:25:29+00:00

You are not alone!

A mental illness is a diagnosable medical condition that impacts the brain and affects a person’s thinking, emotional state and behavior as well as disrupts a person’s ability to work or cope with daily activities.  Frequently, mental illnesses interfere with the ability of an individual to engage in satisfying relationships.

Mental illnesses ARE NOT caused by bad parenting, a lack of character or personal weakness.  People from all walks of life are impacted by mental illness, and mental illnesses are much more common than most people think.  In fact, current statistics state that one in four people will be impacted by mental illness.  If you are diagnosed with a mental illness, you are not alone!

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.

-Former President Bill Clinton

Mental illnesses are treatable, and depending on your diagnosis they may require a combination of therapy and medication to treat.  Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not mean that your life is over.  People diagnosed with mental illness can and do lead successful and productive lives.  As with any other chronic illness, it will be important for you to work with a medical professional to manage your illness.  There are many effective medications and therapies that can help relieve symptoms you may be experiencing.  The key is to communicate regularly with your health care provider about your illness, any symptoms that you are having and any side effects of any medication that you may be taking.   With proper treatment you can feel better.