Does a mental illness ever go away?

Can mental Disorder go away?

For a disease to go away it is to be cured

The word "cure" is never used by a psychiatrist.. The word is likely to be used for post-treatment of typhoid, stomach ache, headache, fever, etc (mostly for physical diseases)

Mental diseases are not cured, they are managed or controlled in time through patience and practice..

Its like reading philosophy - You read and read and then you practice it everyday throughout your life, and then you learn new ways to control and shape your mind (thoughts and perceptions).. But you will never fully learn.. It is a process that you will have to abide by, a discipline.

I actually stopped having suicidal thoughts after i accepted that my mental disorder cannot be cured.. I realized that there is nothing to cure.. You cannot cure yourself of thoughts and perceptions.. They are what make your mind..

Think about it, what do you cure in a mental health problem?
You cannot get rid of your thoughts, you cannot get rid of your anxiety and fears.. You can control them, but you cannot get rid of them, you cannot make them go away..

You will be nothing but a robot if these things go away, Without thoughts and perceptions.. You will have nothing left..

A Schizophrenic patient's delusions are never cured.. The patient however can learn to differentiate between reality and delusions, with the help of medications and therapies.. This patient will then establish his/her life on the basis of the change in their thinking pattern.

So,

Can Mental Disorder go away?
No

Can Mental Disorder get Better?
Yes.

However, My answer might be outdated in the future when the humans will start fathoming more about how the mind works, and will be able to create new techniques in the treatment of mental health problems.


A mental illness NEVER REALLY GOES away.

Mental illness covers many disorders. Some might go into remission over time but the disorder can re-appear. PTSD will always be with the sufferer. People learn ways in DEALING with PTSD, but the disease never vanishes from their brain.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. An estimated 40 million adults in the U.S., or 18%, have an anxiety disorder. Approximately 8% of children and teenagers experience the negative impact of an anxiety disorder at school and at home. Most people develop symptoms of anxiety disorders before age 21 and women are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men. - See more at: (NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Anxiety Disorders)

A "disorder" like anxiety is commonly treated with meditation, yoga, and therapy.

Bipolar and Schizophrenia will always need some type treatment.

Never allow anyone besides a doctor to advise when it's okay to stop taking medications or leave therapy. There are "snake oil" salespeople who try and make money from peoples pain.

You've asked a general question. There MAY be some disorders that might go into remission and the patient may feel it's cured.

A doctor needs to make that decision.


Sure, for some people.

Many people who are diagnosed by the semi-arbitrary criteria of psychosocial constructs ("non-physical illnesses") will not always meet those criteria, though some parties have moved to amend criteria to include a clause basically stating "if you ever qualified, you are hosed for life".


Exactly what this means is manifold. Some people have a problem, and the problem resolves. Some people have a problem, and the problem is misdiagnosed but then either rediagnosed appropriately or resolved. Some people never had a problem to begin with. Some people no longer qualify after symptoms resolve even if underlying factors that led to those symptoms were not fully resolved. Some people still have ‘symptoms' but they no longer cause significant debilitation or distress. So, "going away" can be a short term, long term, or permanent thing, depending on the individual and the situation we are discussing.

Chronically experiencing states of unwellness, and the most common treatments prescribed for many mental and physical health concerns, can both create, worsen, or perpetuate symptoms that might qualify someone for a diagnosis of being ill. This feeds you back into the previous position: Are these continuing symptoms the original problem, or something new? Are they resulting from current efforts or a lack of efforts? If they go away, does that mean the problem is resolved? If they do not go away, does that mean the problem is not resolved? If they go away, or if the problem is resolved, is that an enduring state?

Some conditions have a high rate of "going away", even without treatment. Major depressive disorder is perhaps the most diagnosed mental health issue, and is also one of the conditions most likely to "go away" forever-with or without seeing a doctor or other professional. Since these "illnesses" are defined through cultural perspectives rather than scientific and physical criteria, defining "sick", "remitted", "recovered" and other such terms does not strictly rely on the experiences of the individual deemed "ill" and so ‘going away' may not have any meaningful say in what someone actually experiences.


Having a diagnosis doesn't mean you're sick, not having a diagnosis doesn't mean you're well, and a change in your diagnosis or status does not mean you are better or worse. It is better to live by your own goals and standards than hope a profit-based rubric of how socially acceptable you are can tell you whether you're doing okay or not.


No, it really doesn't. Depending on the disorder, you can mask it really well but that also takes knowing yourself very well. Taking medications and recognizing simple cues that you have created for yourself are helpful.
Mental illness's ebb and flow as well. So you may have a period of time where you are not particularly feeling the symptoms of your disorder. Keep in mind that many things can affect the severity of your illness. Doing yoga religiously is a huge help. Your environment can make or break some people. Even down to whom you hang around with. A person that has a toxic personality can be all the trigger you need for things to go bad. And there is always the usual proper diet and exercise along with the right amount of sleep.
Don't let this get you down, it's better to know this than to walk around thinking you are going to overcome.


It depends on what mental illness you look at. Depression can resolve completely, particularly, if it is a reactive depression and there are no stressors in the person's life right now. But schizophrenia is more difficult to cure. Often there has to be some maintenance medication that is taken. Anxiety disorders are also more difficult to cure. A lengthy psychoanalytical treatment protocol may give some improvement, but a cure is difficult to achieve.

There can be waxing and waning of symptoms. Even if there is a cure, there can be recurrences. So, other than for depression, it is unlikely that mental illness will ever go away.


In my own limited experience I say that it depends on the illness. Just like with physical health, there are lots of different mental illnesses; some need extensive treatment and rehabilitation, some just need time and others will be a recurring or continuing problem for the patients lifetime.

I think in all cases part of the solution is to learn how to manage the illness and come up with helpful coping methods. Just like if you have insulin dependant diabetes, you are able to have a ‘normal' life if you make adjustments.

Finding a treatment that works for mental illness is generally not as simple as with physical health so it can make it seem that the problem will never be resolved. The causes of mental illnesses are still not understood so a cure can not be ruled out at this time. It also begs the question of what is truly illness and what is just an extreme of ‘normal' behaviour, thoughts and emotions.


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