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What is Mental Illness?

Written & Compiled by Dr. Regina M. Baldwin

Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood and often their ability to relate to others, themselves and the world around them.    Mental health disorders or illnesses are not a result of character weakness or poor upbringing.

Examples of mental illness are depression, bipolar,  anxiety disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, addictive behaviors and eating disorders.  Mental illness can not be prayed or willed away.  Most people have mental health concerns from time to time but those diagnosed with mental illness usually differ in the longevity and severity of sign and symptoms,.  There are as many different types of mental illnesses as there are behavioral symptoms.  If you are beginning to become concerned for yourself of a loved one, make an appointment with a psychiatrist or mental health center for an evaluation.  Despite lingering social stigmas and myths still floating in our society today, many family health practitioners can and will readily address your mental health concerns.  Mental illness can cause much suffering for both the patient and their significant others and family members.  The great news is that recovery is possible.  Mental illness can be successfully manages just like diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease.   Most mental illness can be regulated with medication, therapy/counseling, proper education and emotional support.


Mental Illness and the Christian

Although we believe that God can and does heal both mental and physical illnesses, more often than not, He supplies individuals with Grace sufficient to manage their illnesses conventionally.   Mental illness is not a result of weak faith, sin or rebellion.  Here are a number of articles discussing the Christian Faith and Mental Illness: Mental Illness is No Laughing MatterChristians Can’t Ignore the Uncomfortable Reality of Mental Illness,Mental Illness and the Christian: Scripture and Science3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness:  Which One is Most BiblicalConference Takes Aim at Christians’ Silence on Mental Illness,  Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness.

Now that you have read about the top news, information, and God’s thoughts on the matter, don’t delay in contacting Christian Mental Health & Family Hope Ministries for counseling, support groups, bible studie (online webinars and local community groups) along with information to bring to your church leaders.  This is our mission.  We provide training, awareness, literature, referrals, seminars, workshops, and more to local churches.  No one should suffer with out the support of their church community and/or other Christians who understand their plight.  Mental illness affects 26% of adults yearly and 25% of adolescents.  God cares and is there for you and so are we.  DON’T DELAY.

If you have been considering or thinking about getting mental health help; try taking this Mental Health Evaluation to best determine what further steps you may need to take.  Click on the link Below and return to our site for further assistance  when you complete the assessment.

Mental Health Assessment

For information on particular mental illnesses click on the following disorders.  For additional HOTLINES, WEBSITES, AND RECOMMENDED READING, SEE OUR RESOURCES SECTION.


Adult, Child & Adolescent Mental Illness


Asperger Syndrome

Aggression and Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children


Antisocial Personality Disorder

Attachment Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Acute Stress Disorder

Adjustment Disorder


Alzheimer’s Disease


Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Brief Psychotic Disorder

Conversion Disorder

Cyclothymic Disorder

Delusional Disorder

BiPolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Conduct Disorder

Conversion Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder

Depression and Depressive Disorders

Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

Dysthymic Disorder

Dual Diagnosis

Eating Disorders

Hording Disorder


Intermittent Explosive Disorder in Children & Adolescents

Histrionic Personality Disorder


Major Neurocognitive Disorder

Minor Neurocognitive Disorder

Pain Disorder

Panic Attack

Parkinson’s Disease

Pathological Gambling


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Shared Psychotic Disorder (Delusional Symptoms in Partner)

Somatic Symptom Disorder

Specific Phobia

New Specifiers of Bipolar Disorder and Depression


Unspecified Psychotic Disorder


Reactive Attachment Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder

Personality Disorders

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Sexual & Paraphilic Disorders


Erectile Disorder (ED)

Exhibitionistic Disorder

Female and Male Orgasmic Disorders

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Fetishistic Disorder

Frotteuristic Disorder

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Premature (Early) Ejaculation

Sex Addiction (not a recognized diagnostic category at this time)

Sexual Masochism and Sadism

Transvestic Disorder


Voyeuristic Disorder

I hope this page has provided you a basic education on mental illness and also given  you plenty of information regarding how your Christian faith and church fits into these often complex and debilitating illnesses.  For HOTLINES, WEBSITES and recommended reading and other resources, please check our menu.  Also, please note that Dr. Regina M. Baldwin has some openings available for individual, couples and family counseling.  In home, office where located or Nationally in the comfort of your home via Skype (free internet download…no babysitters…no worrying about weather…confidentiality…all rules apply.)  Contact us toll free for more information, to schedule a free consultation, or just to share this vital literature with your church or business family.  We pray that you would also consider partnering with us monthly or making a one time tax deductible donation (receipt generated) in order to help us educate churches, corporation, institutions of higher education and most of all to provide needed services to those who because of socioeconomic status or lack of community resources would not receive any help or treatment.  Please check out our blog and sign up for our education and encouraging newsletter ensuring you to be the first to know “WHAT’S HAPPENING” here at our ministry.