You may see all types of horror during Halloween season: goblins, zombies, ghosts, clowns and even chainsaws. To many though, mental illness can be greater than any and all of these.
A mental illness can destroy the lives of yourself and those around you. Nevertheless it can be like any other medical condition given the proper treatment and medication. One must take good care of themselves, and have a strong support system.
Here are some of the more common illnesses.
1. Paranoia Schizophrenia
The name itself is enough to strike fear in most. This affliction can cause one to see and hear things that do not exist, and can become dangerous if not properly treated. It can be hard to function with schizophrenia but definitely not impossible.
2. Bipolar Disorder
This is also called manic depression. Many of us know those people whom have rapid mood swings like Jekyll and Hyde. This is part of it, but much more. Many with this disorder also have an inflated sense of self, sleep less, and in a manic stage, can become very dangerous to others. Extreme depression can kick in, and one can become suicidal.
3.ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/ Hyperactivity Disorder)
This is two of the most misdiagnosed disorders. It is basically where one has problems staying focused on one thing or subject. You see this more common in schools. A child can be a little energetic or rebellious. Next thing you know, they are being prescribed meds for ADHD. There is a difference between being bored and hyper, and simply not being able to concentrate.
OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is actually more mild than most of these diseases. However, it can also get extreme. There are folks that always have to do things in a specific order or have items in a particular place. Being overly clean is also a symptom of OCD.
This is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, common among those who have experienced tragic events, including rape, murders, and specifically war veterans.
A PSTD victim definitely needs assistance and counseling, and it needs to be ongoing, not much different from these other disorders.
6. Anxiety Disorder
This one can also be mild but life threatening. Panic attacks are common among anxiety victims, and it can be a challenge to simply cope with daily life. The treatments are often simpler, as are the conditions of staying stable.
The common thread in all of the listed disorders is proper care. This can be through medicine, counseling, and overall support. One can live a normal, functional lifestyle if they take care of themselves. There is no difference from any other medical condition in this regard. You can't ignore it, or be afraid to seek help.
Visit your local mental health center or health department for further information, and Google mental illnesses to see these and others. WebMD.com is a great place to start. Knowledge is always power, and knowing more about these supposed "horrors" can help you realize there is hope. No need for anyone to hide in the closet or basement anymore.