Fact Sheets

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders - Complex developmental disorders of brain function.
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
  • Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression - Causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) - Characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self image and behavior.
  • Dissociative Disorders - Marked by a dissociation from or interruption of a person's fundamental aspects of waking consciousness (such as one's personal identity, one's personal history, etc.).
  • Dual Diagnosis Services - Treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders—mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Anorexia Nervosa - erious, occasionally chronic, and potentially life-threatening eating disorder defined by a refusal to maintain minimal body weight within 15 percent of an individual's normal weight.
  • Bulimia Nervosa - A serious eating disorder marked by a destructive pattern of binge-eating and recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviors to control one's weight.
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED) - Eating that is characterized by rapid consumption of a large amount of food by social comparison and experiencing a sense of the eating being out of control.
  • Major Depression - Unlike normal emotional experiences of sadness, loss or passing mood states, major depression is persistent and can significantly interfere with an individual's thoughts, behavior, mood, activity and physical health.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Occurs when an individual experiences obsessions and compulsions for more than an hour each day, in a way that interferes with his or her life.
  • Panic Attacks - A person who experiences recurrent panic attacks, at least one of which leads to at least a month of increased anxiety or avoidant behavior, is said to have panic disorder.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - An anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
  • Schizophrenia - Interfering with a person's ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others, schizophrenia impairs a person's ability to function to their potential.
  • Schizoaffective Disorder - Characterized by a combination of symptoms of schizophrenia and an affective (mood) disorder.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder - Characterized by recurrent episodes of depression - usually in late fall and winter - alternating with periods of normal or high mood the rest of the year.
  • Tourette's Disorder or Tourette's syndrome (TS) - A neurologic syndrome that involves multiple tics that are sudden, rapid, recurrent, non-rhythmic, stereotypical, purposeless movements or vocalizations.
  • Community Project Adult Mental Health Resource Guide

The following are fact sheets provided by the NAMI.org website. They provide need-to-know information on 16 mental health disorders.



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