Many psychologists think that there are two main types of mental disorders: anxiety disorders and personality disorders. According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is described as “a mental state characterized by exaggerated worry and tension; characterized by exaggerated self-consciousness and guilt.” On the other hand, “personality” is defined as “a complex pattern of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and responsibilities” and “an excessive degree of personal responsibility.”
There is a close relationship between anxiety and mental disorders. Anxiety often results in exaggerated and unrealistic fear about various situations. A sufferer may also be preoccupied with worries about inability to perform, humiliation, or embarrassment. Such a person will likely have unrealistic but well-founded expectations about his own behavior. Moreover, his anxieties will be exaggeratedly focused on one aspect of a problem rather than examining all possible solutions.
Usually, this exaggerated focus is caused by a combination of three factors. First, a person with an anxiety disorder may be excessively sensitive to negative messages. He may interpret every minor event or situation as a major disaster. Because of such sensitivity, he will be constantly looking for and evaluating possible causes and solutions to his problems. A person with this type of mental condition will keep repeating his responses to situations which do not warrant them.
In addition, a personality disorder is also involved. When a person suffers from this condition, it is likely that his reactions are also intensely personal and particularized. These reactions can include a repeated pattern of self-criticism such as comparing one’s achievements with those of others, constantly feeling insecure about one’s appearance, and worrying constantly about failures in other aspects of life. Such a person will fail to seek treatment because of the fear of being exposed to others and will remain untreated for a very long time.
Dealing With Mental Disorders
One could say that most mental disorders are characterized by a lack of control over thought processes and behaviors. However, it should be noted that not all mental disorders involve abnormal symptoms such as paranoia, or fear of being mocked. People with normal mental health need to know how to deal with the constant self-consciousness that they experience. Some people might also experience a tendency towards perfectionism. The ability to continuously feel that you are lacking in some way or you are being criticized in some way is what is commonly associated with mental disorders.
The lack of control that comes with mental disorder often leads to the inability to take any sort of risks or to ignore potential risks completely. A manic-depressive patient who continually uses self-criticism as a means of filtering out negative information will more than likely fail to live up to his potential. Such individuals will be unable to make any sort of healthy changes in his behavior. This results in a vicious cycle where manic depression leads to an increased sensitivity to criticism followed by a constant sense of uncertainty and the inability to make any meaningful changes in his life. In addition, another common symptom of manic depression is the constant rejection of his own ideas and opinions.
The majority of people diagnosed with a mental disorder will have no knowledge about their condition. A manic depressive patient will therefore try to ignore or deny that he is having any sort of problem. However, this will go on indefinitely if treatment is not introduced. It is for this reason that patients need to be made aware of the various types of mental disorders so that they can seek appropriate help.
In The End
The lack of self-awareness that comes with bipolar disorder makes it impossible for them to accept responsibility for their actions. Instead of accepting responsibility for their wrongdoings, they will try to blame others. Bipolar patients are usually unable to appreciate the fact that they are not perfect and that there are many good people in the world. The constant internal dialogue that goes on in their minds inevitably leads to mental disorders and the inability to accept responsibility for one’s actions.