Curious about Mental Wellness? Get to Know the Mental Illness Spectrum.

In a society where mental illness is associated with weakness, we tend to feel shame for even suspecting that we may not be alright. It’s time to change. It’s time to consider getting help. But the only way we can get help is if we first acknowledge that something is wrong.

Here is a list of the most common types of mental disorders that you may have noticed in yourself, a colleague or a loved one:

Eating disorders

Such disorders involve extreme behaviors, attitudes, and emotions towards weight and food. Examples of eating disorders include binge eating disorders, bulimia nervosa and Anorexia nervosa.

Mood disorders

These disorders include bipolar, cyclothymic disorders and depression. Mood disorders are also referred to as affective disorders. They involve consistent feelings of sadness or phases of feeling extremely happy. They also consist of variations from extreme joy to extreme sadness.

Psychotic disorders

These disorders involve distorted thinking and awareness. A common example of such is schizophrenia. Two of the most common symptoms of such disorders is hallucinations and delusions that leave a person experiencing visions or sounds that are not real as well as them believing false fixed beliefs despite proof of the actual truth.

Anxiety disorders

People with these type of disorders react to certain situations or objects with fear and dismay  and demonstrate signs of anxiety or panic that results in a rapid heartbeat and sweating. Anxiety disorders are diagnosed if the individual’s response is not appropriate for the situation at hand for example if the person cannot control the response or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.


The easiest and fastest way to go about recovering from mental illness is to seek help from a certified professional. The journey will not be easy. It may require digging deep and unlocking traumas. You may want to give up. But don’t.

Nothing worth having has ever been easy to get. Take comfort in the knowledge that unlike your physical body, the mind is quite complex and sometimes healing requires unlearning a lot of things. Also, remember that there’s always going to be good days and bad days but eventually you will come out stronger and better. To help you get started on this journey, get access to wide range of Doctor’s network here available with our medical cover package.