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All infomation below is from the Sane Australia website

Anorexia Nervosa

An eating disorder that affects two out of every hundred teenagers. It is characterised by a loss of 15% body weight due to their refusal to eat food, perception of being fat and a tendancy to exercise obsessively.

Bipolar Mood Disorder

Bipolar Disorder (sometimes called manic-depression) is an illness that affects the normal functioning of the brain, so that the person experiences extreme moods - very high and over-excited or very low and depressed. People with bipolar disorder can become high, over-excited and reckless, or imagine that they are more important or influential than they are in real life. They can also become extremely low, feeling helpless and depressed, with difficulty making decisions or concentrating.

Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD is the name given to one of a group of psychiatric conditions called 'personality disorder'. BPD is characterised by distressing emotional states, difficulty in relating to other people, and self-harming behaviour. This may include idealising or devaluing other people, difficulty compromising, marked impulsiveness and intense outbursts of anger, depression and anxiety. They may feel dependent on others for their identity or afraid of being left alone, and so often making frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.

Bulimia Nervosa

an eating disorder which affects one in six females in their late teens and is characterised by eating binges and then attempting to compensate for the binges by self-induced vomiting and or the use of laxitives


Depression significantly affects the way someone feels, causing a persistent lowering of mood. Depression is often accompanied by a range of other physical and psychological symptoms that can interfere with the way a person is able to function in their every day life.

Symptoms include: feeling extremely sad or tearful; disturbances to normal sleep patterns; loss of interest and motivation; feeling worthless or guilty; loss of pleasure in activities; anxiety; changes in appetite and weight; loss of sexual interest; physical aches and pains; impaired thinking or concentration.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is characterised by the presence of recurring intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses - obsesssions and repetitive behavioural and mental rituals - compulsions. People with OCD are usually aware that their symptoms are irrational and excessive, but they find the obsessions controllable and the compulsions difficult or impossible to resist.


Psychosis is an illness where the individual looses touch of reality sometimes resulting in the hearing of voices, confused thinking and or delusions.


Schizophrenia is an illness, a medical condition. It affects the normal functioning of the brain, interfering with a person's ability to think,feel and act. Symptoms include Delusions, Confused thinking and Hallucinations


It is important to remember that all of these mental illnesses can be treated. The most common forms of treatment include:

Individual Counselling

Family Therapy

Group Therapy



For more information on Mental Illnesses go to:




Anthony Hopkins

Adriana Xenides

Courtney Love

Daniel Johns

Eric Clapton

Geri Halliwell

Harrison Ford

Rachael Griffiths

Johnny Depp

Kurt Cobain

Princess Diana

Freddie Prinz Juniour


Sally Field

Winona Ryder

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4 in every hundred young people have Depression

1 in every hundred young people have Schizophrenia

2 in every hundred young people have Bipolar

2 in every hundred young people have Anorexia

1 in every six young females have Bulimia

1 in every twenty young people have an anxiety disorder

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