What is mental illness?

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Click here for information about treatment and services that assist individuals in recovery, and to read about specific mental illnesses.

 

 

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Keeping NAMI Support Going Through These Tough Times

At the current time, various face-to-face mental health support and events are being cancelled all around us. It looks like our local Wellness Centers Read More...

NAMI Family Support Group Meetings

NAMI Greater Monmouth will now be running online NAMI Family Support Group meetings via Zoom on the second and fourth Mondays of every month from Read More...

NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings

NAMI Greater Monmouth will now be running online NAMI Connection Support Group meetings via Zoom every Sunday from 1-2:30pm, and will continue to do so Read More...

NAMI of Greater Monmouth took the Pledge!

“Together, we can encourage acceptance and understanding. Together, we can advocate for a better world.  Together, we can turn Stigma Read More...