Mental Illness in Adults
Anxiety Disorders in Adults
Bipolar Disorder - Adults
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Mental Illness in Adults

Adult Mental Health


A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s brain. It causes difficulties in thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to others. For additional information about mental illness in general, go back one step. The Surgeon General reminds us that there are effective treatments for mental illness. Read more about “Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General”. Read also about his supplemental report "Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity" and how these factors affect mental health.

Learn more about Evidence-Based Practices, clinical interventions found to be effective, at This web site contains information about evidence-based practices for adults with severe mental illness and is the initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
     To help you understand specific adult mental health problems (or diagnoses) we have prepared summaries that include links to other sources of information for: 

      - Anxiety Disorders  
Bipolar Disorder (manic-depression)
      - Clinical Depression
      - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Each summary includes easy-to-read answers to these important questions:

  • What is this mental health problem (diagnosis)?
  • What causes it?
  • How can it be treated?
  • Where can I get additional information about it?
  • What are the Westchester County resources for treatment of this problem?

If there are other adult mental health problems (diagnoses) about which you would like information, please call our Information and Referral Service at 516/504-HELP (4357)or e-mail us at

Read our page on Suicide in Adults to learn the warning signs, who is at risk, how you can help and for other information.

 Information courtesy of MHA of Westchester County