The effects are graver then they seem.
As many of the prior pages noted, there are many treatments for mental disorders. They are not to be taken lightly and the sooner you get help, the better. If you feel worried about coming out about your issue, there are anonymous places where you can get support groups. The best way to prevent these disorders is to recognize the effects and be aware of any risks that make you or someone you know more susceptable to these disorders.
Together, we will get through this.