What Are The Different Types Of Mental Health Problems?

What Are The Different Types Of Mental Health Problems?

Defined as conditions that are categorised by abnormal thoughts, perceptions, emotions, behaviours and relationships with others by the World Health Organisation, mental health problems impair the lives of approximately 450 million people worldwide.

Here at Rehab Clinics Group, we are often asked, “what are the different types of mental health problems?”. To offer greater insight into the types of mental health problems and the treatment available, we answer that very question here.

 

The Different Types Of Mental Health Problems

Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the most diagnosed mental health problems in the United Kingdom.

Although these mental health problems are frequently discussed as the government puts forth initiatives and campaigns in a bid to improve mental health among the Great British public, there are more than 200 recognised mental health problems.

These mental health problems are classified as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and trauma disorders.

To answer the question “what are the different types of mental health problems?”, we have provided an overview of the different types of mental health problems below.

 

Mood Disorders

Defined as mental health problems that impact an individual’s feelings, mood disorders often cause individuals to experience intense and prolonged bouts of sadness.

Those struggling with mood disorders also lack interest in their day-to-day lives and often isolate themselves from others.

Common mood disorders include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

 

Anxiety Disorders

Affecting one in five women and one in eight men in the United Kingdom, anxiety disorders leave many individuals experiencing persistent feelings of worry, panic and fear.

Associated with physical and psychological symptoms that have negative ramifications on an individual’s every waking moment, common anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Phobias

 

Personality Disorders

Unlike anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders cause individuals to think and behave differently from others.

Though the signs and symptoms of personality disorders greatly differ, it is not uncommon for those affected to struggle to control their emotions. Others will find it difficult to sustain relationships and may encounter pessimistic thoughts regularly.

The different types of personality disorders include:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

 

Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic disorders are grave mental health problems that have a significant impact on an individual’s perception. Though there are several types of psychotic disorders, the most common include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Delusional disorder
  • Schizophreniform disorder
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

 

Eating Disorders

Each year, more than 1.25 million people struggle with an eating disorder. Though eating disorders are mental health problems, they seriously impact an individual’s physical health.

Sadly, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among mental health problems yet, due to their very nature, they are often overlooked and undiagnosed.

Eating disorders include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bulimia
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Orthorexia
  • Body dysmorphia

 

Trauma Disorders

Trauma disorders arise when an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as a car crash, abuse, assault, and serious health problems at some point in their life. These disorders can arise years after an event has occurred. However, many will experience symptoms in the weeks and months that follow.

Below we have listed just a few trauma disorders that are recognised in the United Kingdom:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Reactive attachment disorder

 

Treatment Options For Mental Health Problems

As shared above, many different mental health problems can impact an individual’s life. Considering this, when it comes to securing treatment for a mental health problem, it is important to remember that there is no one fit for all. Each mental health problem is different, as is the way it consumes a person’s life.

To offer greater insight into the treatment options for mental health problems, we have outlined treatments frequently administered at our rehab centres below.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Bereavement, trauma, and abuse counselling
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder counselling
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Stress management
  • Family therapy
  • NLP counselling
  • Art, drama, and music therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Satori chair therapy
  • Medication

Although these treatments are available, here at Rehab Clinics Group, we consider several factors, such as the symptoms experienced, underlying causes, and the severity of a mental health problem, before diagnosing and administering a suitable course of treatment.

In doing so, we can help those struggling develop coping strategies that reduce the overall impact of mental health problems. Our treatments can also be employed to alleviate the symptoms that frequently come hand-in-hand with mental health problems.

 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Each year, many defer treatment for mental health problems due to the stigmas frequently associated with them. However, doing so sadly causes mental health problems to intensify. Delaying mental health treatment additionally gives way to several other issues, such as drug and alcohol addictions.

If an individual has a co-existing mental health problem and substance addiction, dual diagnosis treatment is the most effective form of treatment. Combining mental health treatments, such as those noted above, with addiction treatments, such as detoxification and rehabilitation, dual diagnosis treatment enables mental health problems and addictions to be simultaneously overcome.

While not everyone living with a mental health problem requires dual diagnosis treatment, it is believed that at least 50% of those with severe mental health problems do.

 

Get In Touch With Us Today

Whether you are searching for answers to the question “what are the different types of mental health problems?” in a bid to seek help for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to get in touch with us today.

In doing so, we can provide you with personalised information and insight to ensure that appropriate help and a diagnosis can be sought as soon as possible.

To contact us, call us on 0800 470 0382 or text HELP to 83222.

 

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