Mental Illness Conditions

It is a statistic that underscores just how common mental illness is: one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. The problem may be minor and manageable with minimal support, or it may be persistent and require intensive and long-term treatment. There is not one type of mental illness, one set of symptoms or one treatment method. Mental illness can be as individual as the people who live with it. While there are standards for treatment, and symptoms associated with certain conditions, mental illness can not be fit into a box.

Somewhere, every day, we cross paths with someone who is living with mental illness.

Here, we provide information on the most common mental illnesses, their symptoms and treatment. Please speak to your healthcare provider for more detailed information.

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Anorexia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss. It is the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses. Mortality rates after 20 years are between 15-20 per cent.

Schizophrenia affects an estimated 1 in 100 Canadians and their families. There isn’t yet widespread agreement on the cause of schizophrenia. While there is no cure, there are effective treatments. Many people living with schizophrenia manage symptoms, and enjoy a full life, with the help of treatment.

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder not otherwise specified. It is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating.

It can be difficult for family and friends to know how to help when someone they love has an eating disorder. Here, we offer some guidelines  to help you help your loved one.

With any illness - whether physical or mental -  it is crucial to have all the information you need in order to make decisions about  your care.

Everyone experiences symptoms of mental illness differently.  Here are some general symptoms that may affect your - or a loved one’s - behaviour, thinking, mood, perception, and social interaction.

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