Mental Health and Mood Disorders

Mental health (or well being) is an ideal we all strive for. It is a balance of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Caring relationships, a place to call home, a supportive community, and work and leisure all contribute to mental health. However, no one's life is perfect, so mental health is also about learning the coping skills to deal with life's ups and downs the best we can. Mental illness is a serious disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning. [from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada - Quick Facts guide]

Some examples of mental illness include: schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Selected Library Resources on Mental Health and Mood Disorders


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