Axia College of University of Phoenix
Case Study 2
Mental illnesses are a variety of disorders or diseases characterized by impairment of thought, mood, or behavior. Just like diabetes is caused by the pancreas, mental illnesses are caused by the brain and can affect an individual’s abilities to cope with normal daily demands of life.
Mental illness is a kind of disorder that can affect any age, race religion, or gender. There are more than 200 forms of mental illness. Some of the most common are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. There are several causes of mental illness, such as, brain damage, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these (VailPlace, 2007). Even though mental illnesses cannot be completely cured, they can be kept under control with regular doctor visits and the right medication.