What is a mental illness?
Mental disorder or mental illness are terms used to refer a psychological or physiological pattern that occurs in an individual and is usually associated with distress or disability that is not expected as part of normal development or culture.
The recognition and understanding of mental disorders has changed over time.
Categories of diagnoses may include:
and many other categories.
In many cases there is no single accepted or consistent cause of mental disorders.
Mental health services may be based in hospitals or in the community. Mental health professionals diagnose individuals using different methodologies, often relying on case history and interview.
Psychotherapy and psychiatric medication are two major treatment options, as well as supportive interventions.
Treatment may be involuntary where legislation allows.
A number of movements campaign for changes to mental health services and attitudes, including the Consumer/Survivor Movement.
There are widespread problems with stigma and discrimination.
Articles on this blog related to Mental Health
Virtually all of the articles on this blog are related to mental health and/or illnesses.
There are specific entries related to the following conditions:
SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
(COMING SOON)EATING DISORDERS(COMING SOON)
(COMING SOON)AUDITORY HALLUCINATIONS(COMING SOON)
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