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About Mental Illness
Mental illnesses are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Examples of specific mental illnesses include:
- Mood disorders: major depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- Problem gambling
- Substance dependency
Mental illness arises from a complex interaction of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors. Mental illnesses affect people of all ages, education levels, income levels and cultures as well.
What is depression?
Depression is much more than simple unhappiness. Clinical depression, sometimes called major depression, is a complex mood disorder caused by various factors, including genetic predisposition, personality, stress and brain chemistry. While it can suddenly go into remission, depression is not something that people can “get over” by their own effort.
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Mental Health and Addiction 101 Series
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is pleased to offer you this series of free, quick, easy-to-use online tutorials. These tutorials will introduce you to topics concerning substance use and mental health problems.