Vickki-Ann Samuel, MD Psychiatrist 18425 NW 2nd Ave Suite 404B, Miami, FL 33169
A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe
disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability
to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.
There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness.
Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar
disorder, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia and substance use disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality,
personal habits and/or social withdrawal.
Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due
to a particular situation or series of events. Mental illnesses can
affect an individual physically and emotionally. Mental illnesses
may be caused by a reaction to social stressors, genetic factors,
biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. With
professional intervention, individuals can learn to cope or
recover from mental illness.