Mental illness affects as many as 20% of North Americans, and rates are closer to 30% in the Aboriginal population. That said, you don’t need to have a diagnosable illness to have mental health concerns. Some of the more common general concerns are described below.
Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of worry or nervousness that is distinct from fear, which is an appropriate response to a real threat. There are many different anxiety disorders and they can range from mildly annoying to severely limiting. They include:
Depressed people often experience suicidal thoughts, and if this is the case for you or someone you love, it’s important to seek help immediately. In Toronto, you can call the Crisis Line at 416-408-4357 to speak to a trained, compassionate listener.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by alternating states of depression or low mood with periods of heightened mood. Bipolar I disorder is diagnosed when someone experiences an episode of full-blown mania, which can be dangerous. Bipolar II disorder involves periods of hypomania, which include some of the symptoms of mania, but to a lesser degree.
In addition to ADHD, there are many behavioral problems that parents can encounter in their children. Things like oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder can make parenting seem impossible. Adults may experience rage issues or other behavioral difficulties.
The standard treatment for most mental health concerns is medication, and many people are looking for alternatives. Sometimes medications are the best choice, but naturopathic doctors have naturally focused treatments that can help people feel better without using drugs.