Mental Illness

What is Mental Illness?

Mental Illness is a chemical imbalance. “Mental” in the brain; “Illness” is a disease or sickness.

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Clinical Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Mental Illness (Not Chemical Imbalance)

  • Situational depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Personality disorder

What is a Chemical Imbalance?

  • A chemical imbalance is treated with medications.
  • A non-chemical imbalance is treated with therapy and occasionally medications.


  • A symptom is a departure from normal function or feeling which is noticed by a patient, reflecting the presence of an unusual state, or of a disease.
  • An individual will have different signs of symptoms based on their disorder/mental illness.

Change your “mind set”

  • Education, education, education.
  • Do not segregate mental illness from other illnesses.


  • Stigma is your opinion about yourself.
  • Regarding mental illness as socially unacceptable.

Mental illness is real, it is not from poor parenting or the individuals fault.

Early Intervention – begins with knowledge and education.