What is Mental Illness

Mental Illness  has been defined by the culture around its era. Mental health problems have been recognised from ancient times but there has been a shift in how the humanity has looked at the cause of mental illness.

Initially the “abnormal behaviours” were attributed to supernatural causes and people were killed because of their manifestations. 400 BC the Greek physician Hippocrates founded medicine and evolved over the past 2 milenia to the science we know today, including the new branch “psychiatry” concerned with the diagnostic and treatment of mental diseases.

Over the past seven decades mental illness has been described through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) issued by the American Psychiatric Association, curently at its 5th eddition, and through the International Classification of Diseases system (ICD), issued by the World Health Organisation, currently at the 10th eddition with the 11th coming into effect in January 2022.

Bot DSM and ICD describe a number of mental diseases based on specific diagnostic criteria.

Mental Diseases are grouped in categories:

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life. 

With the right support mental health problems can be overcome and people can regain their wellbeing and balance in life.