Types of Mental Disorders by Bipolar Bandit (Michelle Clark)

Article written by Bipolar Bandit, Michelle Clark. She is a mental health advocate and blogger who aims to educate, inspire, encourage and advocate. She has been blogging for 10 years. Michelle has lived with bipolar disorder for 35 years. We met through Instagram and got to chatting about our blogs, I received permission to share a few of her pieces, which I am excited to do. I hope that you find this material helpful.

Types of Mental Disorders


You probably have heard of many mental illnesses, but do you know the types of each one? There are many that you probably have not heard of and they are listed below with a brief description of each one.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

Personality Disorders



  • Agora
  •  PTSD
  • OCD
  • Specified

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Substance Induced
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Selective Mutism

  • Caffeine Induced
  • Androphobia
  • Panic
  • Social
  • Generalized


  • Schizoaffective
  • Paranoid
  • Brief Psychotic
  • Schizophrenium

  • Delusional
  • Shared Psychotic
  • Disorganized/ Hebephrenia
  • Cenesthopathic


  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating
  • Eating Disorder Not Other Specified (EDNOS)

  • Atypical
  • Purging
  • Night/Nocturnal
  • Orthorexia
  • Pica


  • Cutting
  • Carving
  • Using Objects (kicking or punching a wall)
  • Scratching
  • Picking

  • Ripping Skin off
  • Promiscuity
  • Infidelity
  • Burning
  • Hair Pulling
  • Rubbing objects on the skin

  • Misusing or Abusing Alcohol or drugs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Suicide Attempt
  • Law Breaking
  • Poisoning with toxic chemicals
  • Excessive exercise
  • Multiple piercings and/or tattoos
  • Overspending money


  • Inattentive
  • Hyperactive-Impulsive
  • Classic ADD
  • Overfocused ADD

  • Temporal Lobe ADD
  • Limbic ADD
  • Ring of Fire ADD
  • Anxious ADD


  • Alcoholism
  • Drugs
  • Nicotine
  • Food
  • Gambling
  • Internet

  • Sexual
  • Shopping
  • Work
  • Video Games
  • Plastic Surgery

  • Risky Behavior
  • OTC Medications
  • Arson
  • People Pleasing
  • Perfectionism


Walking Corpse: experience delusions they are dead, do not exist, or have lost their organs

Alice in Wonderland: see objects much smaller than they are and it is not because of an eye problem

Self Cannibalism/ Autophagia / Windigo: eating their own body or  body parts often resulting in having teeth removed

Erotomania: delusional belief that someone is madly in love with them even after the person has told them they’re not

Lyncanthropy: believe they are an animal or are being transformed into one

Alien Hand Syndrome: their limbs act with the person having control over them

Aboulamania: pathological indecisiveness

Synesythesia: stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic, involuntary experience (see sounds, taste words)

Foreign Accent Syndrome: develop a foreign accent that is different from their native accent and have not learned in the past

Koro Syndrome: anxiety that genitals or breasts are shrinking, retracting, and eventually will disappear causing death

Fregoli Delusional: delusional belief that different people are actually a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise

Stendhal Syndrome/ Florene/Hyperkulturemia: after viewing art it causes physical symptoms (rapid heart rate, intense dizziness, nauseau, hallucinations)

Pica: compulsion to eat things that have no nutritional value like paint or wood

Jumping Frenchman of Maine: extremely startled from a noise or sight resulting in involuntarily flailing arms, crying out or repeating words

Landau-Kleffner: children lose ability to express and understand language

Taijin Kyofusho: widespread in Japan where there is a crippling fear of social interactions with a fear of everything that could go wrong

Boanthropy: person believes they are a cow or ox

Riley Day/ Familial Dysautomonomia: insensitive to pain with difficulty swallowing and frequent vomiting

Stockholm: hostages in a kidnapping develop sympathetic sentiments towards their captors

Lima Syndrome: abductors develop sympathy for their hostages

Kleptomania: can’t  resist urges to steal items that you  don’t need and  usually have little value

Capgras: delusion where a person thinks that a friend,  family member or pet has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor

Paedophilia: (some don’t think it is a mental disorder) when an adult has a sexual attraction to  children before they hit puberty

Reduplicative Paramnesia: believe that a place has been duplicated and exists two places at the same time

Celebriphilia: unusually intense desire to be romantically involved with a celebrity

Bibliomania: type of OCD where there is passionate enthusiasm for collecting and possessing books often resulting in hoarding

Munchausen syndrome: a person  acts that  he or she has a physical or mental illness when they are not sick

Trichotillomania:  lack of impulsive control that results in repetitedly pulling out their hair often resulting in serious hair loss

Exploding Head Syndrome: while waking or trying to go to sleep they hear a loud bang similar to a bomb , gun, or cymbals that seems to originate from inside the head

Apotemnophilia/ Body Integrity Disorder: intense desire to have an amputation or a want to be deaf, blind or paralyzed

Hybristophilia: someone becomes sexually aroused by a partner who has committed a crime like rape

Coprophagia: a desire to ingest feces

Dissociative Fugue State: “one or more episodes of amnesia where they are unable to recall some or all of one’s past and either the loss of one’s identity or the formation of a new identity occur with sudden, unexpected, purposeful travel away from home”. Ref1

How many of these have you heard about before? Did you know what they were called or meant?  Hopefully you have learned something.

SOURCES: DSMVMind Health ConnectNED,Healthline, ifredBeyond BluePsych CentralEveryday HealthMedical News TodayHealth  CentralNIMHWebMDMental Health AmericaDBSASomethingfishyAdditude MagazineAddictionZWikipediaAll that is Interesting, BlogIssuesListverseNHS.ukAddiction Help CenterCalm ClinicHelpguideADAAPsychology Today

Michelle’s blog

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She also founded

Mental Health Advocates United Facebook page

Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses Group

[Thank you, Michelle, for allowing me to share.]

Old Rag Mountain, VA

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