“Mental illnesses are common. There are nearly 200 types of mental illnesses. Some of these are common mental disorders, like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosomatic problems (physical symptoms because of psychological reasons). The more severe psychiatric disorders include schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder. Alcohol and substance abuse are common forms of mental illness. Mental illness is a dysfunction of our mental functions (thinking, feeling, acquiring and making sense of information, problem solving, decision making and judgement).
“This dysfunction is a result of an interaction of biological vulnerability in the form of certain neuro-chemical changes, and risks in the form of psychological and social difficulties that a person may face. In any community, one in four people are likely to experience a mental illness. Any one of us may experience mental ill health,” Dr Bhagat told IANSlife.