Mental health discussions are now daily topics. What exactly is mental illness? Not long ago it was felt that someone with mental illness was possessed by the devil or some evil spirit. While it is now generally accepted that mental illness can be helped by medication, there lingers a pervasive thought that if you just straightened up, things would be better. Wake up, make your bed and take on the world. As usual, it is not that simple.

The American Psychiatric Association states that mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these) and can be associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Mental illness is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes. Mental illness is common, with nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiencing some form of mental illness. The most common form is anxiety.

Sally Robinson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UTMB Children’s Hospital. This column isn’t intended to replace the advice of your child’s physician.


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Virginia Stone

Nomobilphonephobia is the fear of being without a stupid smartphone. One of the unintended consequences of social media and the internet is how obsessed people become when they have information at their fingertips. The internet and social media's many excellent and helpful uses are wonderful. This obsession is the unintended consequence of what could have been, what should have been an incredible tool to help its users. We now have to filter out beliefs and ideas from many sources. We are bombarded with disinformation, so discerning truth is complicated. Social media and the internet can be dangerous weapons to manipulate and bully. In my opinion, it is the single most perilous obsession today.

Bill Cochrane

Phobias? I got a list for ya.

Cynophobia- fear of dogs

Nodogophobia – Fear of not having a dog

Mysophobia- fear of germs or dirt

Nowifeophobia – fear of making your own decisions

Meanwifeophobia – fear of her finding out about your phobias

Agoraphobia- fear of not being able to escape

Pteromerhanophobia- fear of flying

Social phobias- fear of social situations and people

Trypanophobia- fear of injections

Tomuchsexophobia - No such thing

Notenoughsexophobia – Fear of getting married

Astraphobia-fear of thunder and lightening

Acrophobia- fear of heights

Ophidiophobia- fear of snakes

Arachnophobia- fear of spiders

Nyctophobia- fear of the dark

Dentophobia-fear of the dentist

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