Introduction to Mental Disorders

Mental Disorders

Welcome to our Mental Disorders topic area. In this family of topic centers you will find information about various mental disorders including depression, generalized anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and schizophrenia, to name but a few. Disorders of Childhood are grouped under the Disorders of Childhood topic category

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Mental vs. Medical Classifications:

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What are mental disorders?

  • In this family of topic centers you will find information concerning various mental disorders including depression, generalized anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and schizophrenia, to name but a few.
  • There is always a question of whether a given disorder or issue would be better classified as a "mental" or a "medical-biological" disorder.
  • To some degree or another, there is no really firm distinction between mental and medical disorders.
  • Many so called 'mental' disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are now known to be primarily biologically based, while other 'medical' disorders have been shown to have a large 'psychological' component.
  • Therefore, many, including this site have decided to follow the lead set out by the authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard reference used by psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in classifying and describing mental disorders.

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      Keeping away from one another is crucial for stopping the coronavirus. But that distancing also risks keeping people away from vital support. More...

    • COVID-19 Is Making Psychiatric Treatment Tougher

      In the best of times, it can be hard to get mental health treatment. But these definitely aren't the best of times, and even for people who have established relationships with mental health professionals, the coronavirus pandemic is making it harder to find the right care. More...

    • AHA News: Pandemic Puts Health Care Workers' Mental Health on the Line

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      Americans are increasingly viewing people with mental illnesses as a violent threat, despite scientific evidence to the contrary, a new study suggests. More...

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