Mental Health Disorders

There are many different mental disorders, with different presentations. Mental disorders include: depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, cognitive disabilities and developmental disorders such as autism.

There are effective strategies for preventing mental disorders such as depression. There are also effective treatments for mental disorders and ways to alleviate the suffering caused by them. Access to health care and social services treatment and social support is key.

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Substance Use Disorder

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a chronic health condition. It occurs when people repeatedly use a substance, damaging their health or losing the ability to meet responsibilities at work, school or home. The use of alcohol, prescription drugs such as opioids, and illegal drugs such as heroine can become a SUD.

A substance use disorder or a mental health disorder can affect anyone, at any stage of life. These disorders can be treated — but often, people don’t realize they have them.

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Families including those with Mentor2Success

Mental conditions and substance use disorders take a huge toll on family and significant others. A 2004 study demonstrated that parents were still often blamed for causing their child’s mental illness. Siblings and spouses were blamed for not ensuring that relatives with mental illness adhered to treatment plans. Children expressed fear of being contaminated by the mental illness of a parent. Such false beliefs leave many families feeling alone and stigmatized.

In addition, those with substance use disorders and mental conditions need support to be good parents.

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