We fear what we don't understand
Understanding Mental Illnesses
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of hours, or days. A mood disorder is an illness that causes great distress and interferes with normal functioning. There is no single known cause of mood disorders. Rather, it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors.
The common forms of mood disorders include Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It can help a person to be better prepared in dealing with a tense situation. But when anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with your daily activities, it becomes a disorder.
Anxiety disorders can affect adults, as well as children. In fact, it is the most common psychological problem in children and adolescents. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, such as depression. Some adults may also suffer from alcohol/substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse.