Mental Health Problems And Mental Disorders

Mental Health Problems And Mental Disorders

A significant number of people who are homeless suffer from a range of mental health disorders and problems. These conditions range in severity from those who experience depression, to those recovering from trauma, and those with serious psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and mood disorders, for instance. 

The causes of such mental health challenges for people who are homeless can often be traced back to events and circumstances prior to homelessness as well as current situations and issues. They are likely to have experienced a wide range of hardships, substance use, victimization and trauma. Even when mental health problems are not a direct cause of homelessness, they can reinforce and lengthen the experience of homelessness.