Mental Health Conditions, What You Need to Know

Did you know that mental health is part of your overall health and wellness? Mental illnesses interfere with your thinking, personal relationships, and work output affecting your daily life. The diseases have become quite common, affecting 1 in every five individuals, including children.

Finding and seeking help is the first step towards healing. If you are struggling with a mental condition, San Diego psychiatrist Dr. Murphy provides advanced and personalized treatments to address your problem. Contact the Mindset office today to learn more about mental health treatments.

What Is a Mental Health Illness?

A mental illness is a mental health problem that interferes with your thinking, feelings, and behavior. Mental health issues may happen frequently, but it becomes a mental disorder when the symptoms lead to excessive stress and disrupt your normal functioning.

Usually, mental illnesses affect your relationships, including work and school, which lowers your life quality.

What Are the Symptoms of Mental Illnesses?

The symptoms are different depending on the type of mental condition. But, usually, the symptoms affect your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate you have a mental illness:

  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
  • Excessive anger, violence.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Inability to cope with daily stress.
  • Feeling sad or down.
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.
  • Tiredness, low energy.
  • A significant change in eating habits.
  • Sleeping problems.
  • Excessive fears, guilt, or worries.
  • Suicidal thinking.

What Are the Most Common Mental Conditions?


Depression is among the major mental disorders affecting over 264 million individuals worldwide. The condition may start as being sad and develop into a more severe health issue.

Depression affects your mind, emotions, body, and energy. Though hard to identify, it is recommendable to seek help if you experience the following symptoms for more than two weeks:

  • Insomnia.
  • Depressed mood that occurs almost every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Fatigue or low energy.
  • Feeling restless.


Did you know that about 2% of all children aged 8 have autism? Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that occurs during early childhood and lasts throughout adulthood. Autism patients experience:

  • Difficulty communicating and socializing.
  • Restrictive interests and activities.
  • Repetitive patterns of behavior.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that occurs due to damaged brainwaves. The brain does not process all the information causing the patients to struggle with concentration, self-control, planning activities, and behaviors.

Other mental illnesses include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, sleep apnea, and concussion.

Treatment of Various Mental Health Conditions Using TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS) is a treatment procedure placed over your scalp to emit electromagnetic pulses. The treatment enhances nerve cell activation, improving your symptoms. TMS is recommendable for patients not responding to past medications.

The non-invasive treatment stimulates your brain using electromagnetic induction, improving your mood. You may also combine medications and psychotherapy for more improved benefits.

TMS works by recording brain activity in various functional regions, including emotions, specific skills, or activities. Your provider uses tests and surveys to develop your customized treatment plan.

The treatment focuses on restoring the function of your brain networks based on your specific needs. It is comfortable and painless. You may be required to have various TMS sessions for some time, depending on the extent of your condition.

Contact a Psychiatrist Today

Dr. Murphy at Mindset uses the TMS technique to treat different mental illnesses, including depression. Contact him today to schedule your appointment.