Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mental illness?
Just like a person can develop illnesses of the body, a person can develop illnesses of the brain that affect thoughts and behavior and interfere with normal living.
What are hallucinations?
Seeing and hearing things that do not exist are examples of hallucinations.
What are delusions?
Delusions are fixed false beliefs that cannot be changed by outside evidence.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a biological brain disease which impairs the ability to think rationally and relate well to others. Persons with schizophrenia may have hallucinations and delusions.
What is a bipolar disorder or manic depression?
This is a condition that causes severe mood changes, such as feeling sad, hopeless, suicidal or feeling overly active and restless. These symptoms are often so severe that they disrupt a person's life.
What is a personality disorder?
A life-long pattern of maladaptive behavior that results in significant legal, social, and/or work difficulties.
What is depression?
A condition in which a person feels sad and hopeless, often having problems with sleep, appetite, and sometimes thoughts of death or suicide.
What is anxiety?
A condition in which the person feels extremely nervous, afraid, or as if something terrible is about to happen.
What is substance abuse?
A common condition in which the person abuses alcohol or drugs. Continued abuse often results in addiction, severe life problems and sometimes death.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in children. The core symptoms are inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.