Mental Health Overview

Mental Disorders

Mental disorders include a wide range of problems, including

  • Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia

There are many causes of mental disorders. Your genes and family history may play a role. Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, may also matter. Biological factors can also be part of the cause. A traumatic brain injury can lead to a mental disorder. A mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant may play a part. Other factors may increase your risk, such as use of illegal drugs or having a serious medical condition like cancer.

Medications and counseling can help many mental disorders.

Source: NIH: MedlinePlus
Data Spotlight: Half of Women on Probation or Parole Experience Mental Illness
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This report is based on data analyzed from SAMHSA’s 2008-2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). It shows that women aged 18 to 49 on probation or parole are nearly twice as likely to experience mental illness as other women.

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Data Spotlight: Half of Women on Probation or Parole Experience Mental Illness
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Data-Based Planning for Effective Prevention
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Presents the key principles and core expectations of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroups, designed to use data to inform and enhance state and community decisions regarding substance abuse and mental health disorder prevention programs.

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