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What are Mental Health Disorders?


It can come as a hard shock to find out out that you, a family member, or a friend has a mental health disorder. However, before jumping to any conclusions or making harsh judgements, take some time to learn more about what mental health disorders really are. You’ll find that mental illness doesn’t ‘t equal “crazy,” or inadequate. It’s quite possible to live a healthy, vibrant, successful life with mental illness.

At, we work to pair people struggling with all sorts of mental health disorders with the treatment they need. We believe in the holistic approach to health and wellbeing, which means that we strive to treat our clients as complete individuals. Too often patients with mental illness are sent away with a pat on the shoulder and a prescription, but was they really need is pshycial, spiritual, and emotional care too.

Introduction to Mental Health Disorders

When we say someone has a mental health disorder, it means that there is some disturbance in their mental health; his or her wellness is disordered in some way. In other words, there is something preventing that person from achieving happiness, flow, and comfortable functioning in their lives.

Mental health disorders come in many different forms and intensities, and they are quite common too. One out of every five americans will experience some form of mental illness in a given year. For this reason, it’s important that we all take a little time to learn more about mental health. We’ve put together some informative, brief introductions to the main categories of mental health disorders out there. We hope this information will help you, and help you to help the people you love.

Mood Disorders

A mood disorder is a condition that affects, you guessed it, our mood. When we say mood, we’re referring to our general feeling in life and it’s either positive or negative. Unlike emotions which are fleeting, mood lasts for days or weeks. It’s normal to have a combination of good and bad moods in life, but a bad mood that just doesn’t let up could indicate mental illness.

Broadly speaking, there are 3 main mood disorders: Anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Anxiety and depression are both conditions where are mood is persistently negative. We just can’t stop feeling sad or afraid of our triggers. Bipolar disorder is different; it happens when someone’s mood is constantly going up and down out of control. Although bipolar disorder can sometimes put us in a good mood, it is still a disorder. The wild fluctuations in mood can lead to a lot of problems and discomfort.

Substance Abuse and Addictive disorders

When someone develops an addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, shopping, or whatever it may be, they are experiencing a mental illness. Addiction causes chemical and physical changes within the brain, and leads to debilitating mental health symptoms.

Oftentimes those who struggle with addiction have an underlying mood disorder as well. Some experts believe that addiction is a response to depression or anxiety because using drugs or other risky behaviors serves as a coping mechanism, or a way to feel better emotionally.

Eating Disorders

Mental illness can affect the way we nourish our bodies. Eating disorders happen when we develop unhealthy and destructive food habits. Some people severely under-eat while others severely over-eat. Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder are the most common forms of eating disorder.

Of all mental health disorders, eating disorders are the most lethal.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sometimes mental illness develops in response to a trigger. Post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a condition where someone’s mental health is injured by a traumatic event. They become fearful and jumpy, depressed, and unable to carry on with their normal lives.

To a degree, all of us experience a bit of post traumatic stress. It’s normal to feel upset after trauma. However, the disorder occurs when someone’s life, goals, independence, and relationships start to fall apart because of the trauma response. We see this disorder most often in war veterans, rape survivors, crime victims, and car-crash survivors.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD: we know it as the disease that makes us obsessively clean, although there’s a bit more to it than that. Obsessive Compulsive disorder is an unhealthy response to feelings of fear and anxiety. It causes us to develop obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors. OCD doesn’t always revolve around germs. People can experience obsessions and compulsions related to religion, patterns, tidiness, repeating behaviors, and more.


Mental health disorders aren’t a life sentance! There is effective treatment available out there. Therapy, physical exercise, medication and lifestyle changes can help you break free from the symptoms of mental illness. Reach out to us at for more information about how we can work together to beat mental health disorders.