Does someone you love have a mental illness?

That's why there's NAMI.

You Are Not Alone - NAMI Chattanooga is here for you!


What is Mental Illness?

A mental illness is a brain disorder that causes severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating to other people. Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, gender or intelligence. On any given day, 285,000 Tennesseans experience mental illness.

  • Depression is a very common illness. We all experience ups and downs, but a person with clinical depression feels so sad that he or she finds it hard to function at work, at school or in relationships.

  • Bipolar Disorder (also called Manic Depressive Disorder) is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person's mood. People with Bipolar Disorder experience high and low moods known as mania and depression which differ from the typical ups and downs that most people experience.

  • Schizophrenia damages a person's capacity to express feelings appropriately and think clearly. Someone with schizophrenia may hear voices, have terrifying thoughts and feel cut off from others.

  • Treatment Works! During recent years we've learned a great deal about medications and therapy that relieve the symptoms and suffering of mental illness.
    If someone you love has a mental illness, treatment can help. And so can NAMI.

Contact NAMI Chattanooga, an Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Contact Information is under the Tab "About NAMI".

We look forward to hearing from you!