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Mental Illness

ReachOut fact sheets are written by young people for young people and edited by a mental health professional. Want to discuss the topic in more depth? Visit the ReachOut Forums.

Non-traditional medicine & treatment

Making decisions about non-traditional treatments can be confusing. Learn about navigating your treatment options.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD affects people from all different backgrounds, classes, cultures and sexes. Learn about the symptoms, causes and what you can do to manage OCD.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder. Learn about the symptoms, causes, ways to treat this eating disorder.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Obsession or intense preoccupation with a part of your body is known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (or BDD). Learn about how BDD affects you and ways to manage it.

Your first visit with a mental health professional

There are lots of reasons why you might see a mental health professional. Learn what to expect and how to get the most out of an appointment.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that causes people to obsess about their weight and the food that they eat.


It is important that health and mental health professionals keep your information private. Learn how to make sure your information is protected.

Counselors who work in schools

School counselors can work with you to find a solution to the problems you're facing. Learn about the types of counselors who work in schools, the help they provide and your privacy.

I think I need a different counselor

Questioning whether your counselor is right for you? It is important to be able to trust any counselor you go to. Read some questions to help you decide.


Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that effects approximately 2.4 million American adults. Learn about the causes and getting help.

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