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What is mental illness?

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Mental illnesses are diseases or conditions that affect how you think, feel, act, or relate to other people or to your surroundings. They are very common. Many people have had one or know someone who has.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe. They can also vary from person to person. In many cases, it makes daily life hard to handle. But when an expert diagnoses you and helps you get treatment, you can often get your life back on track.

From: Mental Illness Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Mental illness statistics."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental Health Conditions.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “What Is Mental Health?”

Blake, H. , Dec. 7, 2012. Frontiers in Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health: “Brain Stimulation Therapies.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “What Is Mental Health?” “Mental Health Myths and Facts.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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