Mental health conditions and disorders
I didn't know anything about mental illness before I was diagnosed, even after working as a nurse. Now I want to help others understand.
There are many different types of mental health conditions and disorders, and a wide range of symptoms within each of them. A person’s experience can be anywhere from mild to severe, and may occur over a short or long period of time. They can strongly affect your behaviour, physical health, relationships, ability to do work, and even your feelings and perceptions of the world.
Anyone can experience mental health issues, and there is a wide variety of factors that may result in or intensify a mental health condition or disorder. Stress, lifestyle, certain events and even your genetics can play a role in whether you develop symptoms.
Looking after your wellbeing and receiving the right support are the best ways to prevent and manage mental health issues.
Getting a diagnosis
It’s normal to go through a range of emotions when you’re diagnosed with a mental health condition. For some people, a diagnosis provides a sense of relief and understanding, but for others it can be hard to come to terms with. A diagnosis can help you understand what’s happening, connect with people experiencing a similar thing, and access services and funding. We have information on what getting a diagnosis means, how to build a support team, and how to prepare for follow-up appointments and next steps.
Types of mental health conditions and disorders
Browse the list below for information and services related to some of the more common mental health conditions and disorders.
Not sure what you’re experiencing?
It can sometimes be hard to know or describe what you’re feeling, or to work out if it might be a problem with your mental health and wellbeing. Take the Head to Health quiz to know how to spot the signs and find what might help you.