How Do You Know If You Have A Mental Illness?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- How Do You Know If You Have A Mental Illness?
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Have you ever fretted about your mental health, asking yourself, "Do I have a mental illness?" You're not alone if you have. Life can be stressful. Sometimes we experience anxiety. The very act of being anxious can create a new worry: "Do I have an anxiety disorder?" Do you like things in perfect order? Have you had a friend or family member tease, "You're so OCD"? Perhaps you've been sad for a while. Do you wonder if you have major depressive disorder or simply the blues?
Occasionally experiencing some symptoms of a mental illness doesn't mean that someone is mentally ill. To be diagnosed with a mental illness, someone must meet specific criteria. While each mental illness has unique symptoms, there are standard hallmarks a person must experience in order to be diagnosed with any mental illness. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, to qualify as a mental illness, symptoms must
- Impair thoughts, feelings, and behaviors—the whole person
- Disrupt life (work, family, school)
- Exist even when there isn't a stressor present
- Endure and cause distress and dysfunction over time
If your symptoms and experiences fit these criteria, talking with your doctor can help you answer the question, "Do I have a mental illness?"
Related Articles Dealing with Wondering About Mental Illness
- What To Do If You Think You Are Mentally Ill
- Adult Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
- Am I Just Worried, or Do I Have an Anxiety Disorder?
- Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: What's the Difference?
- Psychosis Test: Am I Psychotic?
- Online Psychological Tests
Today's Question: If you’ve ever worried that you might have a mental illness, what things made you suspicious? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.
We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Do You Leave a Bipolar Partner if They Refuse to Get Help?
- How To Explain Trauma To People Who Don’t Get It
- BPD and Codependency
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Anxiety Over a Loved One’s Health: Dos and Don’ts (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Stop Cancelling Plans Because of Low Confidence and Feel Confident about Your Relationship with Food (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Adrenaline Rushes and Bipolar Disorder (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Three Myths About Depression (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Finding A Safe Place Is Important For PTSD Recovery (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Improve Your Mental Health by Contributing (Mental Health For The Digital Generation Blog)
- Holiday Stress Reduction Tips For Bliss (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Romanticizing Mental Illnesses Feeds Mental Health Stigma (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Binge Eating Disorder Triggers: What You Should Know (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Why Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is Often Misdiagnosed (Dissociative Living Blog)
- Early Sobriety Will Trigger Anxiety (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- Planning Ahead for Mental Illness During the Holiday Season (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- When Your Roommate Has Bipolar Disorder (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- Reframing the Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Is Mental Illness Relapse a Part of Recovery? (Getting Through Tough Times Blog)
- Dating in Alcohol and Drug Recovery: When to Disclose (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Antipsychiatry, Stigma And Schizoaffective Disorder (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Mom's Favorite Child More Likely To Be Depressed
- Resilience-Based Interventions Could Curb Depression In LGBT Youths
- Medicine Used To Treat ADHD May Also Help Patients With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Mindfulness Training Helps Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
- Being Moody May Help Us Adapt To Change
- Right Side Of Brain Compensates For Speech Loss After Stroke, Study Finds
- Study: Strength Of Brain Connectivity Varies With Fitness Level In Older Adults
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 20 November 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD