According to the World Health Organization, almost one in four people will suffer from a psychological disorder during their lifetime. With Covid-19 causing high levels of anxiety, isolation, and grief, this figure has no doubt grown. This infographic gives the low down on the ten most common psychological disorders, along with their symptoms.
Given the sheer number of people that suffer from some form of mental disorder, it is surprising that in many societies these problems are heavily stigmatized. This stigma makes people reluctant to speak about their feelings or seek help in dealing with them, yet help is essential for people who are not coping emotionally.
Most symptoms are treatable through therapy or pharmaceutical interventions. Self-care and stress management aids such as exercise, a good healthy diet, and regular sleep can also help to keep symptoms at bay.
Mental health problems are triggered by a variety of issues. Some have genetic origins while others may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Traumatic incidents, lifestyle problems, and abuse also take a toll on the emotions and can cause longer-term problems.
Many of these disorders can seriously affect the behavior and function of people who have them. While many of the symptoms are manageable, others may be debilitating and may even take on life-threatening proportions. The good news is that there is help out there, so don't be afraid to reach out if you need to.
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