Hundreds of millions of persons in our world are affected by some type of mental illness each year. The serious mental illnesses are the result of genetic, chemical, electrical, structural or traumatic problems in the brain. Moreover, the combinations of genetic, biological, psychological and environmental stressors play a vital role here. Personal weakness or character defect has nothing to do with this illness. Once when you are affected you need a good doctor, will and self-discipline to manage everything well.

The mental illnesses include:

• Anxiety disorder – different forms of abnormal and pathological fear and anxiety
• Attention deficit disorder – is a neurobehavioral and development disorder in children. 1% to 5% adults also suffer with this disorder
• Bipolarity – it is a condition in which people experience abnormally elevated and abnormally depressed states for periods of time
• Borderline personality disorder – causes a repetitive pattern of disorganization and instability in self-image, mood, behavior and close personal relationships
• Depression- is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration
• Eating disorders - are a group of conditions characterized by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake
• Generalized anxiety disorder - is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder - is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away
• Panic disorder - causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror for no reason
• Post-traumatic stress disorder - is an emotional illness that usually develops as a result of a terribly frightening, life-threatening, or otherwise highly unsafe experience
• Schizophrenia - is a severe, lifelong brain disorder. People who have it may hear voices, see things that aren't there or believe that others are reading or controlling their minds
• Social phobia - Excessive fear of embarrassment in social situations that is extremely intrusive and can have serious negative effects on personal and professional relationships
• Dementia - is the loss of a person's cognitive, or intellectual, function

The available treatments for mental illness include medication, psychotherapy, group therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy and behavior modification therapy. Alternative therapies, creative therapies, electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation and hypnotherapy are the other available therapies. Consult with your doctor if you need help.