Mental illness is a medical condition where it affects your health, mood, thinking and behavior and influencing your ability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routine.
There are a lot of mental disorders occurring in our society. Some of the most common types are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and dementia. As with any medical disorders, mental illnesses often affect the physical, emotional and psychological aspect of the human being.
The cause of mental illness can be hereditary; can be caused by excessive emotional trauma, severe head injury or a combination of both. Not all families or friends are ready to cope upon knowing that a family member has a mental illness. It is important to remember that there is hope.
Each mental illness has its own specific signs and symptoms, but they do share common symptoms as well. It is very important to pay attention to changes in thoughts and behaviors to better cope with the condition. Other signs and symptoms may also show, which includes:
- Feeling of extreme highs and lows or mood swings
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Strange thoughts
- Unexplained feelings of anger
- Hallucinations or seeing or hearing noises or things
- Inability to cope with daily stress, concerns or activities
- Confusing thoughts and behaviors
- Withdrawal from friends and family or social withdrawal
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
If you think you are suffering from Mental Disorders you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Mental Disorders as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).