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When mental illness strikes, it can turn lives upside down. Some people may not even recognize what is going on, especially during the first episode of psychosis or early on in the illness process. It is important to understand that episodes and symptoms of mental illness can be challenging to diagnose and treat effectively and quickly.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that often result in a variety of symptoms that can affect daily life.

​Mental illnesses include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and others.