Mental Illness IS NOT…
…something that makes a person bad
…weird or strange
Mental Illness IS…
…a treatable medical condition, that requires lifestyle changes
….more successfully treated when a patient has a strong social network and encouragement.
…a condition that requires support, total acceptance, non-judgement and love.
…still stigmatized and one of the last few bastions of discrimination in Canada
…a condition that lacks awareness
…in desperate need of funding and strategy for medical care, social support and research
Mental Illness generally breaks down into 2 categories. There are Mood Disorders such as depression, anxiety and Bipolar Disorder (previously known as manic depression), and Thought Disorders such as schizophrenia. In cases of more severe illness, a mood disorder can affect thoughts and thought disorders can affect mood. Either Mood or Thought Disorder, these are medical conditions that require medication, therapeutic support and lifestyle changes…
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