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Top 5 Most Dangerous Mental Illnesses

Updated on April 2, 2020
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Hunter studies in computer science and medicine and will often post about mental illness and sometimes fashion.

Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia | Source

What is mental illness?

By definition, mental illnesses are medical conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior. Mental illness is different than personality disorders, an example of a mental illness is Bipolar Disorder and an example of a personality disorder is Psychopathy. In this article I will be covering mental illnesses, I will write an article about personality disorders in a different article. This will be judged by severity of the effects caused by the mental illness.

Number 5 - Anxiety

Now there are many kinds of anxiety disorders, ranging from Social Anxiety to Panic Disorder. Anxiety is the constant worry about an event with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety often is accompanied by paranoia, paranoia would be described as a felling that people are "out to get you". Common medication that are used to treat anxiety are Vistaril (Most common in kids because no addiction probability) and Xanax. Anxiety can also be treated by therapy, the most common therapist is a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT).

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Anxiety | Source

Number 4 - Alice In Wonderland Syndrome/HPPD

This one may sound like a joke to you, but it's really a serious mental illness. Not much is known about Alice In Wonderland Syndrome, but what we do know is that it is associated with psychedelics, most commonly LSD. This syndrome makes things around you sound and look distorted. Some examples are that you would hear things that would sound farther or off and you would see the walls "move" or "melt". Common medications prescribed for this are Risperdal and Zoloft. It can also be treated by a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT).

Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
Alice In Wonderland Syndrome | Source

Number 3 - Depression

This one is a common mental illness, just like anxiety. Depression makes you feel sad and down all the time. Depression is caused by a long and persistent state of sadness. Anxiety is another common symptom of depression. Depression could only last a few months or it can be lifetime. It is common in both adolescents and adults. Common medications prescribed for depression are Pristiq and Zoloft. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide worldwide. Depression can also be tremendously treated by a therapist most commonly a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT).

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Depression | Source

Number 2 - Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder people can be dangerous to not only themselves but especially to the ones around them, it can be dangerous for kids to be around bipolar parents also. People with Bipolar Disorder have "blow ups" which is why its so dangerous for people around them because they are very often physically abusive in some cases. Once they blow up it seems difficult for them to find a way to calm down. A common medication for Bipolar Disorder is Zyprexa. Another treatment for Bipolar Disorder is through therapy most commonly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder | Source

Number 1 - Schizophrenia

The most severe and dangerous mental illness on this list is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that causes you to often hallucinate (auditory, visual and tactile). It also gives you delusions (believing things that are not true), an example of a delusion could be that you thought that you could fly. Most people with schizophrenia cant tell the difference from whats real and whats not real. Schizophrenia can sometimes make people get super angry or make the person inflict self harm, if that's the case they usually restrain the psychiatric patient and give them a sedative (usually ativan or valium). A fact is that schizophrenic people are more dangerous to themselves than others. Schizophrenia can be treated by a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT).

Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia | Source

NOTICE: This does not substitute for a diagnosis

If you think you may have one of these mental illnesses please setup an appointment with you PCP (primary care physician). This is not a doctor it does not diagnose things. I wrote this with the best of my knowing about mental illnesses and what they do so please correct me if i'm wrong about anything. And lastly do not self diagnose, leave it to the professionals. Thank You!

A Video Explaining Dangerous Mental Illnesses

NOTE: The reason the main illnesses from this video are not featured is because most of those conditions are very rare and rarely happen.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Hunter Wiktorowski

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