5 Common Mental Health Conditions

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There are a wide range of different types of mental health or behavioral health conditions. They range from mild to severe and can occur to anyone at any age. Those with behavioral health conditions may struggle to cope with everyday life as a result of distorted thinking, moods, and behavior associated with these conditions.

Mental health professionals are learning more about these conditions every day. The following list contains an overview of five commonly diagnosed behavioral health conditions in the United States.

Depression

Affecting over 300 million people worldwide, depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental condition. More common in women than men, symptoms include loss of interest or pleasure, general sadness, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, difficulty falling asleep, eating pattern changes, exhaustion and a lack of concentration.

There is no one true cause of this condition. Instead, it can be brought on by a range of different factors – both external and internal. These factors include genetic disposition, life events, medical conditions, and even prescribed medications.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the second most common type of mental health condition in the United States, and they usually go hand in hand with depression. Studies have shown that nearly 18% of the adult population and 25% of children 13 to 18 years old are affected by one of these disorders. Treatments such as psychotherapy and medication can help control and manage symptoms.

Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects men and women equally, often presenting itself between the ages of 16 to 30. Marked by significant changes in cognitive and emotional function and distortions in perception and behavior, schizophrenia impacts the most basic human aspects of life.

Common symptoms of schizophrenia include hearing voices, hallucinations, delusions, and abnormal reasoning.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers believe that nearly 4% of the population suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. It is an anxiety disorder that causes the person to suffer from fear and severe anxiety due to a physically or emotionally violent or life-threatening event.

People with PTSD repeatedly experience a traumatic incident as a real-time event that disrupts their daily activities. PTSD can prompt persistent nightmares. Ordinary work or social interactions can trigger negative flashbacks or violent emotional reactions.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, ADHD is characterized by a persistent pattern of hyperactivity-impulsivity and/or inattention that interferes with daily development and functioning. Treatments include medical, educational, behavioral and psychological methods.

If you or someone you know is seeking help for one of these conditions, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare can help treat mood disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, and more. Our goal is to help you find success. Please contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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