Mental Health

What is Mental Illness?  (Chemical imbalance)

“Mental” in the Brain; “Illness” is a disease or sickness

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Clinical Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Mental Illness (Not Chemical Imbalance)

  • Situational depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Personality disorder

What is a Chemical Imbalance?

  • A chemical imbalance is treated with medications
  • A non-chemical imbalance is treated with therapy and occasionally medications


  • A symptom is a departure from normal function or feeling which is noticed by a patient, reflecting the presence of an unusual state, or of a disease
  • An individual will have different signs of symptoms based on their disorder/mental illness

Change your “mind set”

  • Education
  • Do not segregate mental illness from other illnesses


  • Stigma is your opinion about yourself
  • Regarding mental illness as socially unacceptable

Mental illness is real, it is not from poor parenting or the individuals fault

Early Intervention – begins with knowledge and education