Does someone you love have a mental illness?
That's why there's NAMI.
You Are Not Alone. NAMI Chattanooga is here for you!
What is Mental Illness?
A mental illness is a brain disorder that causes severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating to other people. Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, gender or intelligence. On any given day, 285,000 Tennesseans experience mental illness.
- Depression is a very common illness. We all experience ups and
downs, but a person with clinical depression feels so sad that he or she
finds it hard to function at work, at school or in relationships.
- Bipolar Disorder (also called Manic Depressive Disorder) is a
chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a person to cycle between
periods of frenetic activity and deep depression.
- Schizophrenia damages a person's capacity to express feelings
appropriately and think clearly. Someone with schizophrenia may hear
voices, have terrifying thoughts and feel cut off from others.
- Treatment Works! During recent years we've learned a great deal
about medications and therapy that relieve the symptoms and suffering
of mental illness.
If someone you love has a mental illness, treatment can help. And so can NAMI.
Contact NAMI Chattanooga, an Affiliate of the National
Alliance on Mental Illness. Contact Information is under
the Tab "About NAMI".
We look forward to hearing from you!