Mental health illness encompasses a number of areas a few of these which MAC looks into are:

Depression will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. We all get low from time to time, but with depression these feelings don’t go away quickly and can become so severe that they affect your everyday life.

The cause of depression can sometimes be known, such as the breakdown of a relationship or bereavement. In other situations, the cause cannot as easily be determined. Depression symptoms can also be a feature of medical conditions or illnesses, such as dementia, under or overactive thyroid gland, and vitamin B12 deficiency.

Whether it can be pinpointed or not, we often don’t realise just how depressed we are because of depressions ability to develop gradually. Symptoms of depression can include, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, loss of interest in life, restlessness and agitation, loss of appetite or weight gain, and sleeping difficulties.

Treatments for depression include talking treatments such as behavioural therapy and counselling, and antidepressants. Most people do overcome depression without help, however one in five people will remain depressed for more than two years.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling mental disorder. This is characterised by deficits in thought processes, perceptions, and emotional responsiveness.

There is currently no cure for schizophrenia, current treatments instead provide some symptomatic relief.

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