Mental health issues plague millions of Canadians. It is not uncommon for someone to feel depressed or anxious and let these feelings remain untreated. Mental illness that is not treated can lead to addiction and in some cases, even suicide.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mood, mind and concurrent disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. If you or someone you love experiences severe disturbances in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that are affecting your/their every day functioning, you/they could be suffering from mental illness.
Many Canadians are plagued by mental health problems. The most common mental health issues in our country are:
Feelings of sadness and worthlessness that are so intense that they lead someone to lose interest in life itself
A cyclical illness that is marked by the individual experiencing periods of mania that can last for days, followed by periods of severe depression
Experiencing panic attacks, intense phobias, or obsessive compulsions that could lead to severe depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders occur after an individual witnesses a life-threatening or disturbing event such as military combat or assault
When someone sees, hears or smells things that are not there and believes in principles that are only sensible to them
Not eating (anorexia), binging and purging (bulimia), overeating then overcompensating with exercise (exercise bulimia), overeating during one sitting (binge eating)
Borderline personality disorder
Someone who has difficulty being in relationships with others, constantly places themselves in harm’s way and has trouble interacting with people in everyday settings
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when an individual is so anxious that they are convinced that certain actions, rituals and behaviours will stop bad things from happening, leading them to be obsessively compelled to repeat these actions
Concurrent disorders refer to the underlying mental health conditions that are involved with substance abuse. These disorders can range from depression to schizophrenia and other mental health problems.