Types Of Mental Diseases

There are several types of mental diseases which are classified based on their causes. The major ones that are frequently diagnosed include:

* Anxiety: People suffering from these types of mental diseases always respond to situations or certain objects with dread and fear, and always show signs of nervousness or anxiety like sweating and rapid heartbeat. Anxiety disorder is recognized if the situation disrupts the normal functioning of the individual, if the response cannot be controlled by the individual, or if the individual’s response is not right for the circumstance. The following are examples of anxiety diseases: specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.

* Mood disorders: They are equally known as affective disorders and is diagnosed by constant feeling of extreme happiness or sadness, or constant mood swings from extreme sadness to extreme happiness. Some common examples of these types of mental diseases include bipolar disorder, mania, and depression.

* Psychotic disorders: This involves distorted thinking and awareness. A symptom of a psychotic disorder is the feeling of delusion (someone having false beliefs about something in spite of overwhelming evidence that proves him wrong). Another symptom of these types of mental diseases is hallucination (where someone experiences sounds or images that are nonexistent). One very good example of a psychotic disorder is schizophrenia.

* Eating disorders: This is another form of mental disease which deals with extreme behaviors, attitudes, and emotions towards food and weight. The most common types of mental diseases in the category include binge, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.

* Addiction and Impulse control diseases: Those with types of mental diseases are not able to control their impulses or urge to do something that can harm others or themselves. Compulsive gambling, kleptomania, and pyromania are some good examples of addiction disorders. Most often they tend to ignore relationships and shy away from responsibilities because of their invo9lvement in their addiction objects.

* Personality disorders: They are among the most common types of mental diseases and disorders. People suffering from personality disorders usually have inflexible and excessive level of personality traits which causes distress to the individual or cause troubles in social relationships, school, or work. Also, the individual’s way of reasoning is quite different from the society’s expectation and their attitude tend to be very stiff in a way that it affects their normal functioning in the society. Some good examples are paranoid personality disorder, obsessive personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder.

* Adjustment disorder: This is not as common as other types of mental diseases. It is prevalent in people who develop behavioral or emotional symptoms as a response to tense or traumatic situations. These situations might include crises, like diagnosis of a deadly physical disease, or the occurrence of natural disasters like tornado or earthquake. Other stressors that can lead to this type of mental disorder include an issue with substance abuse, losing a job in the midst of financial crises, the demise of someone so dear, or a divorce case.