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Mental illness , or mental disorders, are very common, with over one third of people in most countries worldwide reporting some form of it at some point in their lives. Even so, there are still widespread problems with stigma and discrimination against those suffering from mental illness. Mental disorders include anxiety and panic attacks, depression, cognitive disorders, as well as the more serious forms of mental illness like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Most all communities have mental health services, either based in hospitals or clinics. Mental health professionals use different methodologies to diagnose patients, relying on case histories and interviews. Psychotherapy and psychiatric medications are two major treatment options. Treatment may be voluntary or involuntary where legislation allows. Several campaigns are underway to make changes in mental health services and attitudes, including the Consumer/Survivor Movement.

 


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