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Types of Mental Illness

There are many different conditions that are recognized as mental illnesses. The more common types include:

  • Anxiety disorders: People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety or nervousness, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person's response is not appropriate for the situation, if the person cannot control the response or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorderpost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)panic disordersocial anxiety disorder andspecific phobias.
  • Mood disorders: These disorders, also called affective disorders, involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuations from extreme happiness to extreme sadness. The most common mood disorders are depression, mania and bipolar disorder.
  • Psychotic disorders: Psychotic disorders involve distorted awareness and thinking. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations -- the experience of images or sounds that are not real, such as hearing voices -- and delusions -- false beliefs that the ill person accepts as true, despite evidence to the contrary. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic disorder.
  • Eating disorders: Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors involving weight and food. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the most common eating disorders.
  • Impulse control and addiction disorders: People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges, or impulses, to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing) and compulsive gambling are examples of impulse control disorders. Alcohol and drugs are common objects of addictions. Often, people with these disorders become so involved with the objects of their addiction that they begin to ignore responsibilities and relationships.
  • Personality disorders: People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that are distressing to the person and/or cause problems in work, school or social relationships. In addition, the person's patterns of thinking and behavior significantly differ from the expectations of society and are so rigid that they interfere with the person's normal functioning. Examples include antisocial personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder.

Other, less common types of mental illnesses include:

  • Adjustment disorder: Adjustment disorder occurs when a person develops emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to a stressful event or situation. The stressors may include natural disasters, such as an earthquake or tornado; events or crises, such as a car accident or the diagnosis of a major illness; or interpersonal problems, such as a divorce, death of a loved one, loss of a job or a problem with substance abuse. Adjustment disorder usually begins within three months of the event or situation and ends within six months after the stressor stops or is eliminated.
  • Dissociative disorders: People with these disorders suffer severe disturbances or changes in memory, consciousness, identity, and general awareness of themselves and their surroundings. These disorders usually are associated with overwhelming stress, which may be the result of traumatic events, accidents or disasters that may be experienced or witnessed by the individual. Dissociative identity disorder, formerly called multiple personality disorder, or "split personality", and depersonalization disorder are examples of dissociative disorders.
  • Factitious disorders: Factitious disorders are conditions in which physical and/or emotional symptoms are experienced in order to place the individual in the role of a patient or a person in need of help.
  • Sexual and gender disorders: These include disorders that affect sexual desire, performance and behavior. Sexual dysfunctiongender identity disorder and the paraphilias are examples of sexual and gender disorders.
  • Somatoform disorders: A person with a somatoform disorder, formerly known as psychosomatic disorder, experiences physical symptoms of an illness even though a doctor can find no medical cause for the symptoms.
  • Tic disorders: People with tic disorders make sounds or display body movements that are repeated, quick, sudden and/or uncontrollable. (Sounds that are made involuntarily are called vocal tics.) Tourette syndrome is an example of a tic disorder. Other diseases or conditions, including various sleep-related problems and many forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, are sometimes classified as mental illnesses because they involve the brain.

Strange and Simple but TRUE

  • Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer. 
  • 40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 
  • 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  • On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  • Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.
  • Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
  • Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
  • Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
  • The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!
  • By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
  • Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined. 
  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.
  • Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
  • The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  • To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • The "pound" (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • Dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in "mt".
  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off".
  • A cockroach can live for 10 days without a head.
  • We shed 40 pounds of skin a lifetime.
  • Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines.
  • Mexico City sinks abut 10 inches a year.
  • Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.
  • Blue is the favorite color of 80 percent of Americans.
  • When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying "yes" in Sri Lanka.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.
  • There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
  • The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
  • The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three Times each morning.
  • The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the Combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
  • The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette Company died of lung cancer.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
  • Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop growing.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
  • A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks. 
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
  • When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.
  • Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned His wife or mother because they were both deaf.
  • A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a Carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After Weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe Leaving her mentally retarded.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
  • Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking Countries because Colgate translates into the command "go hang Yourself."
  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
  • "Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters.
  • Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed People do.
  • The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every Letter in the English language.
  • If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line Would never end because of the rate of reproduction
  • China has more English speakers than the United States.
  • Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  • Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
  • An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
  • Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our Bodies.
  • Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average Man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his Lifetime.
  • According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.
  • The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturi-Pukakpikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu - a New Zealand hill.
  • If you leave Tokyo by plane at 7:00am, you will arrive in Honolulu at Approximately 4:30pm the previous day. 
  • Scientists in Australia's Parkes Observatory thought they had positive Proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space. However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a Microwave in the building.
  • Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.
  • More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria are exchanged during a French kiss.
  • Men can read smaller print than women, but women can hear better.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green.
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
  • The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.
  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
  • You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
  • If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
  • If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Ans. - Honey
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • All polar bears are left handed.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
  • Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
  • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  • The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • And finally 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

Call me


When a cook is cooking, the cook knows the importance of salt. Salt really makes a big difference. So if the cook decides to go, “Well, I know salt is going to make it taste good so let me add a handful, handful. Handful.” Then it won’t taste good.

In life, every day is a painting. And the painting isn’t about how much color you put on there. It is just the right amount in the right places that make that painting come alive. Just that pinch of salt at the right time, and the right dish, and it makes the flavors come alive.

The courage, the love, the admiration, the understanding - we all have. And we have the amount that is needed. Now what we have to learn is to paint properly with it.

Is anger all bad? Sometimes you can’t open that bottle, you get a little angry, you put a little extra bit in and the next thing you know, the top comes off.

There is that one story, I don’t know how true it is, but on one of the space modules, an air conditioner was broken so they were trying to fix it. And they couldn’t fix it up there, so they called down to the earth and said, “You know, this module is broken - fix it,” so the engineer was working on it, working on it - he couldn’t fix it down here, either.

So in his frustration and in his anger, he kicked it. And when he did, it started working. So he called up and said to the guy up there - he said, “Kick it! That’s all. I kicked it here and it started working.” So he kicked it up there and it started working, too.

But that anger out of bounds - a little too much - and it doesn’t taste right. Maybe a little bit, okay. A little bit too much, and it doesn’t taste right. You love somebody and you’re constantly next to them, “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.” I mean, right down to the point where you drive that person completely insane! It’s like, “Go away!”

Everything done in proportions. And every dish comes out great. Done in proportions. And it paints a beautiful scenario, it paints a beautiful painting. And never, ever feel that to paint the painting that you’re capable of painting every day - that you’re missing anything. Anything. You have all the ingredients. All the ingredients. That’s how you were created.

There’s a lot of technology that has gone into creating you. And it’s for something. That you can enjoy. That you can be happy. That you can be sad. But that’s not what you’re geared for. You’re geared to be happy. That’s when it feels good.

In your life, use that expression, and the courage, you have. You absolutely have.

The Piece of Me