What is Mental Illness?

According to the American Psychiatric Association: Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

You are not alone. You are not your illness/disease. It’s okay not to be okay.

Before you make your own diagnosis, remember there are professionals out there who can help. There are an insurmountable number of self-help books, articles and web resources available to you. You do not have to do this alone; in fact, it is best if you can share this journey with someone, anyone, you trust and feel safe with. Your safety is of utmost importance. If you are feeling unsafe and/or overwhelmed please call or text one of the many crisis lines out there. Here is a link to Mental Health Support in Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/mental-health-services/mental-health-get-help.html#a1

For all other countries, you can visit:

https://www.opencounseling.com/suicide-hotlines

For a detailed list of the different types of mental illnesses and their symptoms, go to:

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-types-illness

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