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May 2021

Celebrating Mental health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being, important all throughout life. It's just like our physical health as it fluctuates and there are things we can do to improve it. It determines how we respond to stress, relate to others, and make choices.

What is Mental Health?

What Kinds of Mental Health Conditions Are There?

  • Psychotic Disorders

    • Schizophrenia

    • Schizoaffective disorder

    • Schizophreniform disorder

    • Brief psychotic disorder

    • Delusion disorder

    • Shared psychotic disorder

    • Substance-induced psychotic disorder

    • Psychotic disorder due to another medical condition

    • Paraphrenia

  • Learning Disabilities

    • Dyslexia

    • Dysgraphia

    • Dyscalculia

    • Auditory processing disorder

    • Nonverbal learning disabilities

    • Language processing disorder

    • Visual perceptual/visual motor deficit

    • Executive Dysfunction

  • Substance Abuse Disorders

    • Opioid Use Disorder

    • Marijuana Use Disorder

    • Nicotine Use Disorder

    • Stimulant Use Disorder

    • Sedative Use Disorder

    • Hallucinogen Use Disorder

    • Alcohol Use Disorder

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    • ADHD

    • Communication, speech, or language disorders

    • ASD

    • Expressive Language Disorder

    • Fluency Disorder

    • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

    • Speech Sound Disorder

    • Intellectual disabilities or Intellectual Developmental Disorder or Global Developmental Delay

    • Motor disorders including developmental coordination disorder, stereotypic movement disorder, and tic disorders (such as Tourette's syndrome)

    • Neurogenetic disorders, such as fragile-X syndrome, Down syndrome,[2] Rett syndrome, hypogonadotropic hypogonadal syndromes[3]

    • Traumatic brain injury

  • Eating Disorders

    • Anorexia nervosa

    • Bulimia nervosa

    • Pica

    • Rumination disorder

    • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder

    • Binge eating disorder

    • Purging disorder

    • Night eating syndrome

    • Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED)

  • Mood Disorders

    • Major depressive disorder

    • Bipolar I disorder

    • Bipolar II disorder

    • Cyclothymic disorder

    • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder

    • Persistent depressive disorder

    • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

    • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    • Postpartum Depression

  • Anxiety Disorders

    • Social Anxiety Disorder

    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Separation Anxiety Disorder

    • Phobias

    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

    • Panic Disorder

  • Trauma-Related Disorders

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)

    • Secondhand Trauma

    • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

    • Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED)

    • Adjustment Disorders

    • Other and Unspecified Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

  • Trauma-Related Disorders

    • Paranoid personality disorder

    • Schizoid personality disorder

    • Schizotypal personality disorder

    • Antisocial personality disorder

    • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

    • Histrionic personality disorder

    • Narcissistic personality disorder

    • Avoidant personality disorder

    • Dependent personality disorder

    • Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)

What Kinds of Mental Health Conditions Are There?
General Statistics

General Statistics

According to the NIMH

  • In 2019, there were an estimated 51.5 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with AMI. This number represented 20.6% of all U.S. adults.

  • The prevalence of AMI was higher among females (24.5%) than males (16.3%).

  • Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of AMI (29.4%) compared to adults aged 26-49 years (25.0%) and aged 50 and older (14.1%).

  • The prevalence of AMI was highest among the adults reporting two or more races (31.7%), followed by White adults (22.2%). The prevalence of AMI was lowest among Asian adults (14.4%).

We All Have Mental Health - Anna Freud NCCF

We All Have Mental Health

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We All Have Mental Health is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it. It has been created for young people in Key stage 3 and can be used with accompanying teaching resources.


Articles About Mental Health

5 Ways to Support a Loved One With a Mental Illness

By Allie Curtis

"Chances are that you know someone who has a mental health condition. It could be a friend, family member, coworker or someone in your faith community. Even with these staggering numbers, we as a society do not receive enough formal education on talking about mental health issues or how to support a friend with a mental health issue."


Busting 5 Mental Health Myths

By Anja Burcak

"As someone who has been actively engaged in the mental health community on social media for the past few years, I have come across an alarming amount of misconceptions about mental health conditions. Many of these myths either minimize conditions (“Depression is just being sad. Cheer up!”). Others falsely stereotype entire populations (“People with psychosis are ‘crazy’ and violent.”). As someone who has a mood disorder myself, many of the misconceptions personally hurt me. I’d like to speak up about common misconceptions I’ve seen because it is time to fight the lies and illuminate the truth."



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