-50% of mental illness begins by age 14

-Borderline Personality Disorder is the most misdiagnosed. It’s so misdiagnosed, in fact, that there isn’t even an accurate prevalence rate for the condition

-Borderline Personality Disorder is the most painful to live with. BPD can produce symptoms of intense emotional pain, psychological agony, and emotional distress.

-Having more than one mental disorder is called comorbidity or co-occuring disorder (7.9million of adults in the US, don’t know about Nigeria).

When you think you have every mental disorder, it’s a disorder in itself called somatic symptom disorder. The symptoms associated with somatic symptom disorder are not under the person’s voluntary control, and they can cause great distress and can interfere with a person’s life.

-When a person doesn’t have the ability to perceive or recognize his mental illness, it is called anosognisia or lack of insight (denial).

The reason why people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder refuse medications or do not seek treatment claiming they are fine.

-The five main warning signs of mental illnesses generally are as follows:

  • Excessive paranoia, worry, or anxiety.
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability.
  • Extreme changes in moods.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping pattern.

-Autotopagnosia- A type of agnosia involving loss or impairment of the ability to recognize (i.e., point to) parts of one’s own body. 

  • 5 major mental disorders most likely to run in the family
  • autism, 
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • bipolar disorder
  • major depressive disorder and schizophrenia

-Clerambault syndrome or erotomania or psychotic love is characterized by the delusional idea, usually in a young woman, that a man whom she considers to be of higher social and/or professional standing is in love with her.  

The core symptom of the disorder is that the sufferer holds an unshakable belief that another person is secretly in love with them.

-Othello syndrome (OS) is a type of paranoid delusional jealousy, characterized by the false absolute certainty of the infidelity of a partner, leading to preoccupation with a partner’s sexual unfaithfulness based on unfounded evidence 

Transableism is a term that refers to the desire to acquire a disability through choice rather than happenstance.

The syndrome of apotemnophilia, body integrity or amputee identity disorder, is defined as the desire for amputation of a healthy limb, and may be accompanied by behaviour of pretending to be an amputee and sometimes, but not necessarily, by sexual arousal.

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