What is Mental Illness?Mental illness is a biological brain disorder that disrupts a person's thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning, sometimes resulting in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Mental illness is a medical disorder, as is cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Mental illness, most importantly, is treatable, and early treatment means chances for a better recovery; however, many people do not seek treatment because of the stigma that accompanies diagnosis.
Mental illness characteristics may include:
Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion or socioeconomic status and is found all over the world. In Colorado alone, an estimated 200,000 persons are affected.
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