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Talking about- Mental Illness (Simple or Complex)

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).
It is not fun having a mental illness as some of you already know. It is one of those invisible illnesses that can really screw up your life and not show on the outside in any way. You all know the stereotype the so-called normal people associate with mental illness but when medicated very little shows itself to the world. And what does show people call quirks or eccentricities without looking for the deeper possibilities!

I would have given almost anything if my dysthymia had been discovered before I tried to kill myself the first time. I am glad it was a lame attempt and all I suffered was some ringing in the ears for a couple of days. I was 21! According to my first psychologist I'd been ill since I was thirteen. These days they start screenings around the age of five but it has had little effect on the ones who live their whole life without a diagnosis. My father was one of those, he went to his grave without ever knowing why he never quite fit in. What is more, I never knew he felt that way until about a year before his death.

Medication helps of course but it is nothing. it would be nice to know more than a few hours of happiness in any given year. I take two kinds and still, the sadness takes over, some days worse than others granted but ...

Below are some of the symptoms of dysthymia, if you recognize yourself in any of them and do not take medication to alleviate some of the symptoms I suggest you talk to your doctor. It will help.

Symptoms of persistent depressive disorder can cause significant impairment and may include:
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Sadness, emptiness or feeling down
  • Hopelessness
  • Tiredness and lack of energy
  • Low self-esteem, self-criticism or feeling incapable
  • Trouble concentrating and trouble making decisions
  • Irritability or excessive anger
  • Decreased activity, effectiveness and productivity
  • Avoidance of social activities
  • Feelings of guilt and worries over the past
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Sleep problems
In children, symptoms of persistent depressive disorder may include depressed mood and irritability.
I've linked the Mayo Clinic article I took this from above and suggest strongly that if you have been having any of the symptoms above for longer than two years that you go talk to your doctor. Talk therapy and the right medication can change the quality of your life in a positive way.


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