One of the most troubling aspects of mental illness is the tremendous
burden of shame or stigma that is too often associated with these
medically-based, diagnosable and, most importantly, treatable conditions. Many people are reluctant to seek treatment because they are afraid of negative stereotypes, while others may fail to recognize that their emotions and feelings are actually symptoms of a more serious condition. Getting help is the first step towards successful treatment and recovery, and recognizing the symptoms of mental illness is the first step towards getting help.
Some Types of Mental Illnesses
Mood Disorders, also known as "affective disorders" including:
Lasting feelings of great sadness or hopelessness.
- Bipolar Disorder
Extreme mood swings (highs and lows); also known as "manic-depressive illness."
A group of disorders marked by very unusual thoughts,
actions and emotions. Symptoms include:
- Obsessions and delusions (false beliefs)
- Strong fears and hallucinations (having visions or hearing voices)
- Unusual thought and speech patterns
- Behavioral problems and withdrawal from every day life
- Anxiety Disorders
Severe or lasting fears and/or anxieties. They include:
- General Anxiety - Constant worrying or tension
- Panic Attacks - Sudden fear or terror, causing heart flutters, dizziness, sweating, etc.
Our Help Line is available
Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
by calling (973) 509-9777
At other times or in the case of a crisis or potentially dangerous circumstances, please contact your local hospital emergency room.
For free and confidential mental health information and referral, call:
The NJ Mental Health Cares HelpLine:
or visit www.njmentalhealthcares.org