Mental illness is not just one type of disorder or disease. Mental illness refers to over 200 diagnoses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia and bipolar disorder. A person struggling with a mental illness is likely to have difficulty coping with everyday stressors, to the point where it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life.
In a given year, bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar disorder is arguably one of the most misunderstood disorders facing Americans today.
Also known as manic depressive disorder, it can cause serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. From highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.
When you think of an alcoholic, what image comes to mind?
Is it someone who looks rumpled and obviously unable to hold down a job?
Those struggling with an addiction to alcohol don’t always fit that stereotype.
It’s not unusual for children to feel sad, angry or moody for short periods of time. However, when those feelings last longer than two weeks and interfere with daily activities, that child may be showing signs of depression.