Mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite the stigmas surrounding mental illness, it is crucial to remember that mental health issues do not mean someone is weak, ‘crazy’, or bad. In the same way that a broken leg doesn’t make someone a bad person, neither does having a mental illness. Like a broken leg, mental illnesses are treatable and can be managed. You are not alone, and you are still you.
This resource page contains information on several mental illnesses, as well as online educational and informational links and videos.
Schizophrenia is a complex mental illness characterized by delusions, hallucinations (auditory or visual), paranoia, disturbed thinking, and social withdrawal. Find out more by clicking here.
Videos on Schizophrenia:
Schizophrenia – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology (Osmosis) Voices: Living with Schizophrenia (WebMD) Remember: recovery is possible with treatment. This video outlines a young man’s experience of diagnosis and recovery.
AFTER WINTER: A Real Life Schizophrenia Treatment Story
TED Talks on Schizophrenia:
A symptom of several mental health disorders, drug use and various health issues, psychosis is defined as a ‘break from reality’. Because early intervention has proven effective for helping those who experience psychosis, it is important to learn the early signs and supports for psychosis.
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Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) is dedicated to early support for people with psychosis.
Videos on Psychosis:
What is Psychosis? (The Centre for Health Care Services) Understanding Psychosis – Simon’s Story (headspace) Young Man on Being Diagnosed with Psychosis (PBS Newshour) Psychosis | Mental Health (Khan Academy)
Formerly known as ‘manic depression’, bipolar disorder is characterized by phases of mania (high energy, racing thoughts, feelings of grandeur) and intense depression. People with bipolar may also experience psychosis. Find out more by clicking here.
Videos on Bipolar Disorder:
TED Talks on Bipolar Disorder:
One of the most common mood disorders, depression may be characterized by difficult emotions (often sadness, but sometimes irritability, guilt, anxiety, etc.), or a lack of emotion, changes in activity and appetite, a loss of enjoyment in activities, withdrawal, and isolation, and often a lack of desire to do anything. Find out more by clicking here. Some people experience ‘high-functioning depression’, also known as dysthymia. This video outlines the signs that someone may be experiencing dysthymia.
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TED Talks on Depression:
Anxiety is characterized by pervasive and persistent apprehension and feeling tense without cause. While some anxiety is normal and even healthy, experiencing constant feelings of anxiety is unpleasant and can interfere with day-to-day activities. There are various types of anxiety (social, generalized, phobias, panic disorder, etc.), with more intense anxiety disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Find out more about anxiety by clicking here.AnxietyCanada is a great online resource for anxiety information and resources.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thought patterns and compulsive behaviours (actions). Find out more by clicking here.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often triggered after the experience of a traumatic event (or events). Characterized by flashbacks, maladaptive avoidant behaviour, and an intense, prolonged fear response, PTSD can be very complex. Find out more by clicking here.
Videos on Anxiety, OCD, PTSD
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – causes, symptoms & treatment (Osmosis)OCD and Anxiety Disorders: Crash Course Psychology (CrashCourse) Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – causes, symptoms, treatment & pathology (Osmosis)Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – causes, symptoms & pathology (Osmosis)The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder (TED-Ed)Debunking the myths of OCD (TED-Ed)
TED Talks on Anxiety, OCD, PTSD
How I live with high-functioning anxiety (Jordan Raskopoulos)How to cope with anxiety (Olivia Remes)Living with #OCD (Samantha Pena)Understanding PTSD’s Effect on Brain, Body, and Emotions (Janet Seahorn)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Characterized by issues with impulse control, ‘stormy’ relationships, unpredictable emotions, and often self-harm, Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be difficult to diagnose and recognize. With treatments focused on developing skills for dealing with difficult emotions and addressing risky, self-harming behaviours, BPD can be managed. Find out more by clicking here.