Mental Illness is not the same as a ‘character flaw’ as it has been used in contemporary art to make a statement about the political-social-industrial system. Medical professionals would say a mental illness, mild or severe, is when you can’t lead the life you think is good because of your brain — hence its use as a metaphor for political oppression.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior (The Mayo Clinic)
A husband shares his advice with PBS News Hour as a caregiver and family member.
In the news clip below, they say some problems may go away by themselves — though if the problem persists longer than you think it should, and your lifestyle falls behind due to that, then you need to discuss it with a doctor.
One young patient had anorexia and it is not as easy as we think to get hospital help.