Understanding Mental Illness

Understanding psychosis

Describes what psychosis is, what causes it, what the risk factors are for developing psychosis and what treatment and recovery involves. Also includes a detailed table of symptoms (the physical experience of psychosis), associated behaviors and helpful interventions.

Understanding schizophrenia

Describes what schizophrenia is, its prevalence, its causes and what treatment and recovery involves. Also offers a useful table of symptoms (the physical experience of schizophrenia), associated behaviors and helpful interventions. Looks at risk factors for developing schizophrenia and includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding bipolar disorder 

Describes what bipolar disorder is, its prevalence, its causes and what treatment and recovery involves. Also offers an extensive table of symptoms (the physical experience of depression and mania), associated behaviors and helpful interventions. Includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding schizoaffective disorder

Describes what schizoaffective disorder is, its symptoms, its causes and what treatment and recovery involves. Looks at what medications are used in treatment and includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding depression

Describes the various types of depression, causes and what treatment and recovery involves. Also offers a useful table of symptoms (the physical experience of depression), associated behaviors and helpful interventions. Includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding anxiety 

Describes the various types of anxiety, its symptoms, its causes and risk factors for developing anxiety, and what treatment and recovery involves. Looks at panic attacks and examines conditions that accompany or resemble anxiety disorders. Includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding borderline personality disorder

Describes what borderline personality disorder is, its prevalence, symptoms, its causes and what treatment and recovery involves. Looks at risk factors for developing borderline personality disorder and includes some tips on how friends and family can be helpful.

Understanding suicide and mental illness

Gives facts on suicide, facts related to mental illness and suicide, describes risk factors, what causes someone to become suicidal what behaviours might indicate that someone might be about to suicide and what friends and family can do.

 Understanding mental illness and violence 

Explores the link between mental illness and violence, examines why people become violent and who in society is most vulnerable to perpetrating violence and what friends and family can do.

Psychosis - General information paper regarding the process and treatment of psychosis/>

Describes the effect of psychosis on the brain, the effect of medication on the brain, the action of new antipsychotic medication and the impact of repeated psychotic event.