Mental health problems are common. However, most people with mental problems can get better.
Learn about mental health as a piece of overall wellness and the early warning signs of mental health problems.
Know the facts, use your knowledge to educate others, and reach out to those who may have mental health problems.
Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen over time. The first step is getting help.
What To Look For
People can experience different types of mental health problems. These problems can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior.
Want to learn more about other types of mental health conditions? Visit the “Mental Health and Behavior” section on MedlinePlus.
People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread. Anxiety disorders can include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders, and phobias.
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations. Examples of behavioral disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional-Defiant Disorder (ODD).
Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors involving weight and food. Eating disorders can include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
Mental health problems and substance abuse disorders sometimes occur together.
Mood disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuating between extreme happiness and extreme sadness. Mood disorders can include depression, bipolar disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and self-harm.
If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. You do the same thing over and over again to try to make the thoughts go away. Those repeated actions are called compulsions.
People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that are distressing to the person and may cause problems in work, school, or social relationships. Personality disorders can include antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
People with psychotic disorders experience a range of symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions. An example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.
Suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over.
Talk About Mental Health
If you have, or believe you may have, a mental health problem, it is helpful to talk about these issues with others. Learn more about building a strong support system and developing a recovery plan.
Mental health problems don't only affect adults. Children, teens and young adults can have mental health problems, too.
It can be hard to talk to your child or dependent about mental health problems. Get tips for starting the conversation.
Anyone can experience mental health problems. Friends and family members can make all the difference in a person’s recovery process. Learn how to support your friends and loved ones with mental health problems.
Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Find out about mental health problems, what you can do, and how to develop effective strategies to meet the mental health needs of your students.
Many people may turn to faith and community leaders when facing mental health problems or traumatic events,? before they turn to a health care professional. Learn how to support mental health in your community.
Find tools and resources to help you get involved and build awareness of mental health problems in your community.
How To Get Mental Health Help
If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, there are ways to get help. Studies show that most people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely.
People often don’t get the mental health help they need because they don’t know where to start. Use these resources to find the help you, your friends, or family need.
Current and former service members may face different health issues than the general public and may be at risk for mental health problems.
Mental health services may be available to you through your health insurance plan. Learn more about your coverage and options.
The National Institute of Mental Health supports research studies on mental health and disorders. Find out more about participating in a clinical trial.